U16s Girls’ Inter-Regional Championships 2021

Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 December.2021 - Walsall Gala Baths

Ten teams were in action. North West Thunder, North East Steelers, East Angels, South East Anderida and Scotland Saltires were in Division One. East Midlands, West Midlands, Wales, South West Sharks and London made up the Division Two teams.

Division 2

South West Sharks - U16 Inter-Regional Water Polo Championships - Dec 2021

South West Sharks (pictured) topped the Division 2 table of the U16s Girls’ Inter-Regional Championships to win promotion to Division One for the U18s’ competition in 2023.

They also won all their matches, defeating Wales 26-2, London and the West Midlands 8-7 and East Midlands 11-3.

Nick Hume, South West Sharks’ head coach, said: “We’re very happy for the SW to win the group and move up into the top division. There were several very close, nail-biting games but credit goes to the girls who showed real heart and determination and came through with flying colours. We’re now looking forward to some hard work and the next competition.”

Joanne Mountfield, event organiser, said: “The crowd brought an enthusiastic excitement to the competition and there was fantastic support for all teams which really added to the event. We’d like to thank to the West Midlands Region for hosting both the boys’ and girls’ championships and all our volunteers who helped the tournaments run smoothly, especially our event manager Deborah Arthur.”

Division 1

North West Thunder  were the last winners of the U16s Girls’ Inter-Regional Championships having won the title in 2019, with no competition taking place last year due to the coronavirus lockdowns. Proud.coach Alice Byrne hailed a magnificent team effort after they sealed the U16 Girls’ Inter-Regional Championships Division One title for 2021 with a thrilling comeback performance. Thunder won all four of their matches to take top spot at Walsall Gala Baths and defend the crown they won back in 2019.

After winning their opening two games 10-7 against South East Anderida and Scotland Saltires, they faced title-challengers North East Steelers who boasted a 100 per cent record from their first three matches. North East stormed into a 3-0 lead but Thunder held their nerve in a close, competitive encounter and went 6-5 ahead before being pegged back. However, with only six seconds left on the clock, Lucy Blekinship scored what proved to be the winner for Thunder.

Victory in their final game against East Angels would seal the Division One title for them and they triumphed 11-7 to secure top spot.

Byrne said: “I am so proud of the girls’ performance this weekend. It was a real team effort and they got better with each game we played. The performance against a very strong North East side was excellent. Even after going three goals down, the team remained focused on our game plan and executed it perfectly to give us a thrilling win. Thanks to all the teams, officials and supporters for a fantastic weekend.”

Division 1 Fixtures & Results      
North East Steelers 12 – 4 East Angels FT
South East Anderida 7 – 10 North West Thunder FT
Scotland Saltires 5 – 14 North East Steelers FT
East Angels 4 – 9 South East Anderida FT
North West Thunder 10 – 7 Scotland Saltires FT
North East Steelers 12 – 2 South East Anderida FT
East Angels 3 – 3 Scotland Saltires FT
North East Steelers 6 – 7 North West Thunder FT
South East Anderida 8 – 3 Scotland Saltires FT
East Angels 7 – 11 North West Thunder FT


Division 2 Fixtures & Results      
West Midlands 18 – 4 East Midlands FT
Wales 2 – 26 South West Sharks FT
London 7 – 17 West Midlands FT
East Midlands 17 – 6 Wales FT
South West Sharks 8 – 7 London FT
West Midlands 25 – 3 Wales FT
East Midlands 4 – 10 London FT
West Midlands 7 – 8 South West Sharks FT
Wales 2 – 22 London FT
East Midlands 3 – 11 South West Sharks FT


Division 1

Team P W D L GD Pts
North West Thunder 4 4 0 0 11 8
North East Steelers 4 3 0 1 26 6
South East Anderida 4 2 0 2 -3 4
East Angels 4 0 1 3 -17 1
Scotland Saltires 4 0 1 3 -17 1


Division 2

Team P W D L GD Pts
South West Sharks 4 4 0 0 34 8
West Midlands 4 3 0 1 45 6
London 4 2 0 2 15 4
East Midlands 4 1 0 3 -17 2
Wales 4 0 0 4 -77 0



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