Both the U14 girls and boys team produced good performances at the Inter Regional Championships which where held in Walsall in December.
Both teams won their respective groups but lost the final in some strongly contested matches. In the girls competition, a player of note was Anna Motley who was the top goal scorer in the girls event.
North East Coach Kevin Swainson has provided us with the following report on the boys match:
The 2004+ North East Boys Water Polo team played the Swim England Inter Regional’s tournament at Walsall’s Gala baths the weekend of the 9th and10 December 2017. All the players played with such determination and passion over the weekend, every single one of them gave 110% effort when it was asked of them and showed grit and determination at times when things were not going our way.
Their conduct over the weekend was exemplary and a credit to the region and their clubs and it was great to see how all the players from different clubs got on so well over the weekend.
North East Squad
Ben Alderson (2005) Sedgefield WPC
Ethan Carpenter (2004) CoSWPC
Ryan-Jay Griffiths (2005) Sedgefield WPC
Dylan Hobman (2005) Rotherham Metro
Luke Taylor (2004) CoSWPC
Ben Urquhart (2004) CoSWPC
Henry Jackson (2005) Rotherham Metro
Jude Henderson (2004) Sedgefield WPC
Rohan Henderson (2005) Sedgefield WPC
William McEwan (2004) Sedgefield WPC
The key to our success was our defence; defensively we were awesome all weekend. Our Centre back’s played excellent marking from the front preventing the ball getting to the oppositions Centre forward. This allowed us to play the high ball line press most of the time and putting their attacks under tremendous pressure. Ben Urquart who ended up winning the goal keeper of the tournament played excellent all weekend strengthening our defence even more and saved some tremendous 1 on 1’s to keep us in the running. MVP for the North East Steelers was Ryan-Jay Griffiths
We finished joint top with West Midlands the other team in the final on defence.
|Position||Team||Average Goals conceded per game|
|1||North East Steelers||3.16|
|5||North West Tigers||4.00|
|10||North West Ravens||10.20|
North East Steelers 3 – 2 Scotland
South East 4 – 4 North East Steelers
North East Steelers 5 – 2 West Midlands
North West Ravens 2 – 10 North East Steelers
North East Steelers 6 – 4 North West Tigers
West Midlands 5 – 1 North East Steelers
It was a fantastic weekend with fantastic up and coming players roll on two years time where we will try and go one better and take Gold.
Full results from both competitions can be found by clicking here.
Images of the teams courtesy of Sheffield Water Polo Club