U18s' Girls Inter-Regionals Water Polo Championships 2022
19 & 20 March 2022 -
Division 1 at Palatine Leisure Centre, Blackpool (attended by Swim England President Ian Mackenzie who presented the Championship trophy and individual player awards).
Division 2 at Bolton One (attended by Swim England East Regional President Paul Kendall who presented the team and individual trophies).
[The divisions were based on the final places at the U14 (2005 and younger) championships as they did not compete at U16 level due to the coronavirus pandemic. North West Thunder won the Girls’ U14s competition in 2018 with South West Sharks, silver medallists.]
Delighted North West Thunder coach Laura Hesketh hailed a series of convincing performances as her dominant side sealed back-to-back Inter-Regional Championships titles. After being crowned U14s champions in 2018, Thunder were undefeated as they triumphed in the U18s’ girls competition at Blackpool.
Thunder were in no mood to relinquish their status as champions and hit double figures in all their matches to top Division One after beating London Sharks 16-8, South East Anderida 19-2, South West Sharks 14-5 and North East Steelers 10-8. That left them three points clear at the top of the table with an impressive goal difference of 36.
Hesketh said: “After winning the U14 title in 2018, North West Thunder came back to prove that lightning always strikes twice! A convincing set of performances with four wins from four to lift the trophy. Congratulations to captain, Izzy Robb, in leading her team to victory again and Amélie Cornell, the tournament’s top goalscorer and recipient of our MVP award.”
North East Steelers took second spot in the table on goal difference from South West Sharks after both teams finished on five points.
Top goalkeeper: Felicity Hughes, London Sharks
Top goalscorer: Amélie Cornell, North West Thunder
Overall MVP: Connie Swainson, North East Steelers
Unbeaten West Midlands showed ‘great team spirit’ to win Division Two in Bolton. Two wins and two draws saw them finish on six points ahead of Scotland Saltires and Ireland.
They opened up their campaign with a convincing 20-4 victory over East Midlands and then defeated East Angels 19-12. West Midlands then drew 11-11 with Scotland Saltires and 10-10 with Ireland much to the delight of coach Mark Ibbs.
He said: “It was a pleasure to be part of a fantastic weekend of water polo and to experience thrilling matches against Scotland and Ireland. West Midlands is a small region and our girls showed great team spirit, determination and skill to eventually get us over the line.
“I’m especially pleased for our older girls, as this was their last tournament. They have missed out more than any age group over the last two years due to Covid, so it was great for them to go out on a high!”
Top goalkeeper: Zara Christie, Scotland Saltires
Top goalscorer: Amelie Perkins, West Midlands
Overall MVP: Rachel Concoran, Ireland
|Division 1 Fixtures & Results|
|Sat 19 Mar|
|North West Thunder||16 – 8||London Sharks||FT|
|North East Steelers||9 – 9||South West Sharks||FT|
|North West Thunder||19 – 2||South East Anderida||FT|
|London Sharks||6 – 9||South West Sharks||FT|
|North East Steelers||21 – 4||South East Anderida||FT|
|Sun 20 Mar|
|London Sharks||11 – 6||South East Anderida||FT|
|North West Thunder||14 – 5||South West Sharks||FT|
|London Sharks||6 – 17||North East Steelers||FT|
|South East Anderida||6 – 12||South West Sharks||FT|
|North West Thunder||10 – 8||North East Steelers||FT|
|Division 2 Fixtures & Results|
|Sat 19 Mar|
|West Midlands||20 – 4||East Midlands||FT|
|East Angels||6 – 10||Ireland||FT|
|Scotland Saltires||13 – 2||East Midlands||FT|
|East Angels||12 – 19||West Midlands||FT|
|Scotland Saltires||9 – 6||Ireland||FT|
|East Angels||9 – 5||East Midlands||FT|
|Scotland Saltires||11 – 11||West Midlands||FT|
|Sunday 20 March|
|Ireland||11 – 6||East Midlands||FT|
|Scotland Saltires||8 – 9||East Angels||FT|
|Ireland||10 – 10||West Midlands||FT|
|Division 1 Team||P||W||D||L||GD||Pts|
|North West Thunder||4||4||0||0||36||8|
|North East Steelers||4||2||1||1||26||5|
|South West Sharks||4||2||1||1||0||5|
|South East Anderida||4||0||0||4||-45||0|
|Division 2 Team||P||W||D||L||GD||Pts|
North West Thunder: Amélie Cornell
North East Steelers: Laura Skelton
South West Sharks: Emily Mason
South East Anderida: Ruby Rosser
London Sharks: Felicity Hughes
West Midlands: Charlotte Turpin
Scotland Saltires: Anna Campbell
Ireland: Rachel Concoran
East Angels: Megan Calderwood
East Midlands: Lexie West