Who will take home the open U15 national age group title?December 8, 2023
The GoCardless Swim England Water Polo U15s National Age Group Championships begin this weekend with the open event being held at Coventry’s Alan Higgs Centre.
Fourteen teams are heading to the West Midlands for two days of action as we crown this year’s national champions.
This year’s U15 competitions have been split across two weekends with the open event being held from 9-10 December before the female event takes centre stage a week later.
Last year’s champions West London Penguin are back and will be looking to defend their title, which they won in nail-biting fashion in 2022.
They defeated City of Manchester 6-4 in tightly-fought contest at Ponds Forge last time out and the North West side will be out for revenge this time around.
The two teams could meet each other should they both top their four-team groups on Saturday.
Manchester headline Group A where they will face Exeter, Hucknall and Sutton and Cheam whilst Penguin will face Cheltenham, City of Birmingham and Barnet in Group B.
You can find the full schedule and more information about the event here.
How to follow the action
The top two in those two groups will go on to face each other for a spot in the gold medal match alongside one of the remaining group winners.
That could be one of City of Sheffield, Watford and Grantham from Group C or Worthing, Sedgefield and Beckenham, who make up Group D.
The entirety of the group stage will take place on the opening day as well as the first of the play-off matches.
The 14 teams will then come back on Sunday where they will compete in head-to-head matches to decide their final places and the all-important medal winners.
You can follow our live scoreboard for all the results throughout the course of the competition via this link.
And if you want to watch your side in action at poolside, tickets are still available for only £8 per day and can be purchased here.
Images from the event will be available to purchase from Will Johnston Photography.