North West Thunder win Girls’ U14 Inter Regional title

North West Thunder won the Swim England Inter Regional girls’ U14 crown for the first time at last weekend’s Championships in Walsall.

Having stormed through the group stage with three wins from three, they defeated 2015 champions London in the semi-finals before a 7-4 victory over North East in the final.

Thunder’s northern rivals proved a tough nut to crack in the final, holding them to 3-3 at half-time and 4-4 at the final interval.

But a final quarter hat-trick from Harriet Dickens went unanswered in the fourth quarter as North West became the fourth different winner of the girls’ U14 title in as many years.

Five great performances

“We were very proud of the girls for putting in five great team performances over the weekend,” said North West Thunder coach Izzy Howe.

“They put into practice the key skills we had developed during our Regional Academy sessions and stuck to the tactics we had prepared, which helped us to control and win each of our games.

“There is no doubt that having the players together for a tournament like this helps improve their individual performances, as well as those of the team.”

South East, who finished second behind North West Thunder in the group stage, won bronze with a 16-5 defeat of London.

Caitlin Silk led the charge for the South East, scoring 10 of their 16 goals, including five in the third quarter.

Results and Group Table

Click or tap on ‘PDF’ to download a match sheet for each fixture.


5 – 8 Playoff
Scottish Saltires3 – 7East MidlandsPDF
East Angels3 – 5South WestPDF
Semi Finals
North East10 – 4South EastPDF
North West Thunder7 – 3LondonPDF
7 – 8 Playoff
Scottish Saltires9 – 7East AngelsPDF
5 – 6 Playoff
East Midlands7 – 8South WestPDF
3 – 4 Playoff
South East16 – 5LondonPDF
North East4 – 7North West ThunderPDF

Group A Results

North East18 – 2South WestPDF
London11 – 4Scottish SaltiresPDF
London9 – 2South WestPDF
North East21 – 4Scottish SaltiresPDF
North East14 – 6LondonPDF
South West8 – 5Scottish SaltiresPDF

Group A Table

North East3300416
South West3102-202
Scottish Saltires3003-270

Group B Results

East Midlands6 – 5East AngelsPDF
South East5 – 8North West ThunderPDF
East Midlands2 – 9North West ThunderPDF
South East13 – 2East AngelsPDF
East Angels3 – 10North West ThunderPDF
East Midlands3 – 12South EastPDF

Group B Table

North West Thunder3300176
South East3201174
East Midlands3102-152
East Angels3003-190