13th February 2017
Report by John Stephenson, North East Water Polo Manager
Over the weekend, a team of U18 North East boys travelled to Watford to complete in the ASA U18 Inter–Regional Water Polo Championships. The team played exceptionally well beating the North West in the semi final match and then London in the final to be crowned champions.
Due to the distance support was given by the North East to travel down on Friday night in preparation for the tournament starting Saturday morning. The team were hoping to retain the trophy we won last year and the only way of doing this was to take each game at a time, and looking to build and get stronger as the tournament progressed.
The first game up was against the South East, the North East dominated throughout and came out on top 17-1 winners. The second game we came up against a strong and physical Irish team, however we matched them strength to strength and eventually came out 3-0 winners. The third group game we found our selves up against London Sharks seeded forth in the competition we were now in full flow and triumphed 8-2. Going into the final group game against Wales we knew a win would leave us topping our group the lads showed their talent and water polo skills by coming out 15 – 2 victors.
Going into Sunday we were up against the North West in the Semi final (seeded 3) where we dominated throughout and over came them to win 6 – 3. This set us up in the final against London Sharks who beat South West in the other semi final.
We headed into the final knowing that all the practice and training these lads have put in all year came down to one match. From the start it was clear the London Sharks had one tactic in mind which was to be very aggressive in their play however the North East remained disciplined through out and were crowned champions again running out 16 – 9 winners.
For many of these players it is the last inter regional competition they can play in due to their age and what a way to go out by retaining the trophy they won last year. I have to say that Richard Cousins (Head Coach) got every game tactically spot on, and I also have to say what a fantastic group of lads they are who are totally committed to Water Polo and are a credit to all their coaches and clubs.
Competition Top Scorer – Dan Hunt, North East MVP (joint award) Kris Egginton and Dan Hunt
The team for the championships were:
Richard Murray - Sedgefield WPC
Connor Carpenter - City of Sheffield WPC
Kris Egginton - Sedgefield WPC
Michael Cousins - Sedgefield WPC
Ben Stephenson - Sedgefield WPC
Jacob Skelton - Rotherham Metro WPC
Matt Bottomley - Halifax WPC
Dev Sacmacioglu - City of Sheffield WPC
Sam Swainson - Rotherham Metro WPC
Connor Keeble - Sedgefield WPC
Oscar Kelly - City of Sheffield WPC
Dan Hunt - Rotherham Metro WPC
Will Mardlin - City of Sheffield WPC.
Head Coach – Richard Cousins
Ass Coach – Kevin Swainson
Team Manager – John Stephenson
Many congratulations to all players and team staff on the result.
23rd January 2017
In an exciting announcement today by the governing body for European Aquatic Sport (LEN), Manchester has been awarded host city status for the European U17 men’s water polo Championship qualification tournament, which will take place over three days from May 11-14th.
Following months of preparation by Manchester City Council, British Swimming and the ASA’s England Water Polo led by Chairman Ian Elliot, it has been decided that the qualifying event will be hosted at the East Manchester Leisure Centre, a purpose-built international water polo facility complete with outstanding spectator facilities and transport links, located in East Manchester.
Great Britain has been drawn in Group C and will face Romania, Ukraine, Israel and Lithuania. Although the GB team that will compete in Manchester in May has yet to be selected, the squad drawn from all the home nations has been training hard with the ultimate goals of representing their country, and becoming the first junior GB men to qualify for the European Water Polo Championships in over 10 years.
Ian Elliot England Water Polo’s Chairman is delighted to secure GB hosting in Manchester. He said “This group of athletes is highly talented and dedicated to achieving their sporting goal of representing Great Britain at the European Championships in September. The support of Manchester City Council, and the big benefit of having home advantage in the qualifying tournament now makes this a realistic prospect, and I for one am very excited!”
Before the Manchester event takes place, the athletes will be representing England, Scotland and Wales, competing in April in the EU Nations Water Polo Cup event in the Czech Republic and will be supported in the training build-up in Manchester by the City of Manchester Water Polo Club, University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University.
Meanwhile, the GB U17 women are one of the 17 teams entered in the 2017 women’s European Junior Water Polo Championships. All are directly qualified to the Championship proper to be played in Novi Sad (SRB) on 19 – 27 August 2017.
Further information about the Manchester event, including game schedule and ticketing information, will be posted on the England Water Polo website, as soon as it is available.
19th January 2017
In the lead up to the European Water Polo qualifiers six boys from the North East Region have been training once a month together in Manchester, along with other athletes coming from all over the country and in one case Spain with the aim of making the Great Britain Team.
John Stephenson, the North East Water Polo Manager said ''The commitment of these players is superb with balancing school work and the amount of training they complete each week, they are a credit to themselves and the sport''.
''These boys have been training hard for a large part of their lives with the ultimate goal of representing their country and becoming the first boys to qualify for the European Water Polo Championships in over 10 years. All camps are self-funded; competitions and kit all come from the pocket of the player and their families due to limited resources.''
The athletes are hoping with support to make it to the European Water Polo Championships in September. If you area able to and would like to support the North East athletes, please click here.
15th December 2016
Congratulations to the U14 Boys North East Region Water Polo team who were runners up at the Inter Regional Championships last weekend.
Full details of the event can be found by following the link: http://www.swimming.org/waterpolo/asa-inter-regional-championships-live/
November 28th 2016
A Level 2 Coaching Water Polo Course has been scheduled to take place in the North East region as follows:
Venue: Maltby Pool, Rotherham S66 8JE
Dates: Online work commences 3rd March 2017. Face to Face teaching dates 21st (evening) 22nd, 23rd April (daytime), 5th (evening) and 6th May (daytime) 2017.
Cost: £450 per candidate, reduced from £695 per candidate.
Note that the online work in substantial. Candidates will need to make sure that they dedicate time within the 6 weeks to do this and make changes based on feedback provided.
To download a course poster, please click here: pdf Blended L2 Water Polo Coaching Course, Maltby Leisure Centre, March and May 2017 (95 KB>)> .