Croydon win national junior water polo title
posted by admin at 10:31:07 31.03.2012
Croydon Amphibians joined the national junior water polo elite in emphatic style winning the ASA National title, the highest level competition available for age group club sides.
The team who have dominated their regional league all season needed to test themselves at national level if they were to be recognised among the best in their age group.
Teams from the Midlands and the North of England have historically dominated the competition and Croydon were un-seeded when they started the tournament and so found themselves in a tough qualifying group.
This did not seem to phase the young team when they played both the second and third seeds to win their group and set up a semi final against top seeds, last year’s winner and pre-tournament favourites, Manchester.
Croydon grew in confidence as their style of flowing and attractive water polo convincingly beat Manchester 9–1 to set up an all southern final with Invicta (Kent).
Assured defensive displays from Joe Philpot-Clark, Kane Nurse, Dylan Nurse and Joe Casey along with decisive saves from goal keeper Ieuan Jones meant the well organised attacking formation of Charlie Briers, Matthew Helps, Ross James, Ashley Castle and Rhys Singleton proved too strong for Invicta as Croydon won 10–3 to claim the title for the first time in the clubs history.
"They showed great maturity and should feel very proud of their achievement - after all they are the national champions.”