Watford hold nerve to seal final spotApril 14, 2018
Watford sealed their place in the final of the U17 boys’ Swim England Water Polo National Age Group Championships with a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over City of Sheffield.
The sides were tied 13-13 after a thrilling semi-final clash at the Manchester Aquatics Centre.
But it was Watford who held their nerve in the shoot-out to book a spot in tomorrow’s final.
They will take on City of Manchester who were 18-8 victors against Beckenham in front of a home crowd.
City of Manchester also booked a spot in the U19 girls’ final as they defeated Rotherham 15-8.
They will play Otter, who were 11-7 victors over City of Liverpool.
Otter also have a chance of being crowned U17 girls’ champions after defeating Tyldesley 10-6 in their last four clash.
The win set up a final tie against Newton Abbot, who were 12-5 winners over Cheltenham.
In the boys’ U19 competition, City of Manchester were denied reaching their third age group final as Sedgefield won 9-4 in their semi-final
They will play Caledonia in tomorrow’s final following their 18-11 victory over City of Sheffield.
Carmarthen seal Plate victory
In the Plate competition, Carmarthen were crowned boys’ U19 winners after victories in both of their matches.
They beat Northampton 12-5 to set-up a winner takes all clash with City of Birmingham, who had already defeated Northampton 12-8.
And they ran out comprehensive 16-4 winners to take top spot with a goal difference of 19.
Boys’ U19 Plate Results
|City of Birmingham||12 – 8||Northampton||FT|
|Carmarthen||12 – 5||Northampton||FT|
|City of Birmingham||4 – 16||Carmarthen||FT|
Boys’ U19 Plate Group Table
|City of Birmingham||2||1||0||1||-8||2|
Unbeaten Nova take Plate title
In the girls’ U17 Plate competition, Nova Centurion were unbeaten to take top spot.
They defeated Iceni 6-3, City of Sheffield B 10-0 and City of Manchester 9-3 to lift the trophy.
City of Sheffield B took second spot on goal difference from City of Manchester B with Iceni bottom.
All three sides finished on two points after winning one game each.
Girls’ U17 Plate Results
|City of Sheffield B||3 – 4||City of Manchester||FT|
|Iceni||3 – 6||Nova Centurion||FT|
|City of Sheffield B||0 – 10||Nova Centurion||FT|
|Iceni||4 – 3||City of Manchester||FT|
|City of Sheffield B||11 – 3||Iceni||FT|
|Nova Centurion||9 – 3||City of Manchester||FT|
Girls’ U17 Plate Group Table
|City of Sheffield B||3||1||1||2||-3||2|
|City of Manchester||3||1||1||2||-6||2|