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South West storm to first win in girls' U18 Inter Regionals 2016

South West defeated North West Lightning at the Palatine Leisure Centre in Blackpool to lift the title at the ASA Water Polo Girls’ U18 Inter Regionals 2016.

The ASA Girls’ U18 Inter Regionals 2016 was contested by some of England’s finest young water polo players as they aimed to book a selection spot for the England Programmes squad for April’s EU Nations Cup in Denmark.

Playing in Division One, the South West side opened their campaign with two solid victories against North West Lightning and London.

In both matches, Milly Wordley – who was part of the England U17 team that finished fifth in last year’s EU Nations Cup – scored a hat-trick of goals for the region.

In their opening match of day two, the South West team faced a strong North West Thunder side and had to settle for a draw (7-7). But the team were able to re-focus and signed off with an 11-8 victory over the side from the Midlands.

On the podium, South West Water Polo separated the two North West sides with NW Lightning taking silver, and NW Thunder third.


  • Top Goalscorer: Milly Wordley (South West)

Team MVPs

  • South West – Milly Wordley
  • NW Lightning – Molly Boniface-Ashton
  • NW Thunder – Annie Clapperton
  • London – Lydia Toth
  • Midlands – Fleur Kennedy

Girls’ U18 Inter Regionals 2016: Division One


Day One
North West Lightning8 – 5MidlandsFT
London Sharks1 – 12North West ThunderFT
North West Lightning5 – 7South WestFT
Midlands6 – 10North West ThunderFT
London Sharks4 – 10South WestFT
Day Two
London Sharks6 – 8MidlandsFT
South West7 – 7North West ThunderFT
North West Lightning14 – 6London SharksFT
Midlands8 – 11South WestFT
North West Lightning7 – 5North West ThunderFT

Division One Table

South West4310117
North West Lightning4301116
North West Thunder4211135
London Sharks4004-270

Division Two of the ASA Girls’ U18 Inter Regionals 2016 was hosted by the Midlands Region in Northampton and finished with North East Steelers securing promotion to Division One for next year after impressive performances throughout the weekend.

The Steelers were able to maintain their cool on day one with a hat-trick of victories against Wales (9-4), the East Region (6-1) and Scotland (4-7).

On day two, the team didn’t give the South East any room for manoeuvre as they won 11-0 in their opening match. North East then went on to seal the Division Two crown after a thrilling 4-4 draw against Ireland.

North East Steelers Head Coach Mark Sutcliffe said: “The girls delivered a very strong team performance, working with enthusiasm throughout every game. They implemented the team tactics and also demonstrated some individual flare.”


  • Top Goalscorer: Nia Sanders (Wales) – 26 goals
  • Top Goalkeeper: Sophie Jackson (North East Steelers)

Team MVPs

  • North East Steelers – Emily Pilkington
  • Scotland – Carys Hardy
  • Wales – Anna Jenkins-Delf
  • Ireland – Sam Brown
  • South East – Elouise Robb
  • East – Poppy Mayall

Girls’ U18 Inter Regionals 2016: Division Two


Day One
Ireland8 – 0South EastFT
Wales4 – 9North East SteelersFT
Scotland8 – 8EastFT
Wales7 – 8IrelandFT
Scotland10 – 2South EastFT
North East Steelers6 – 1EastFT
Wales14 – 6South EastFT
Ireland8 – 2EastFT
Scotland4 – 7North East SteelersFT
Day Two
Wales12 – 5EastFT
Scotland2 – 8IrelandFT
South East0 – 11North East SteelersFT
Scotland8 – 8WalesFT
Ireland4 – 4North East SteelersFT
South East4 – 11EastFT

Division Two Table

North East Steelers5410249
South East5005-420

Photo credit: Richard Clapperton