North East U16 Water Polo Boys Compete at the Inter-Regional Championships

July 12th 2016
On the weekend the U16 Boys Water Polo team travelled to Millfield School in Somerset to compete in the Inter-Regional Water Polo championships. The top 4 teams at the competition were very competitive and the title could have gone to anyone on the day.

The group stage consisted of 2 x 7 minute matches with the North East boys winning 7 out of the 8 matches:

North East 9 - 4 Midlands
North East 7 - 5 South East
North East 3 - 9 North West
North East 8 - 2 Wales
North East 7 - 2 East.

This meant they finished second in their group and subsequently found themselves up against the South West competing for a place in the final. This was a very close encounter which saw them lose at the last minute, 11-10.

After a short rest, the team then competed in the Bronze medal match against a very physical London side, which saw them come up short losing out 10 - 6 and coming 4th overall in the championships. On another day, the team would have been in the final match and this is their aim when this age group comes round again. Many congratulations to the team for their efforts and results at the competition, you should be proud of what you achieved.
          
North East U16 Water Polo Boys Team:
George Jackson – Rotherham
Sam Swainson – Rotherham
Miles Robinson – Sheffield
Michael Hampshire – Sedgefield
Billy Walker – Leeds
Oscar Kelly – Sheffield
Ben Stephenson – Sedgefield
Arshia Keyghobadi – Sheffield
Alastair Horn – Leeds
Morley Goulding – Sheffield
Connor Charles - Sheffield

MVP - George Jackson
Top Goal Scorer:  Ben Stephenson 23 Goals

Sessions and Trials for North East 2003 Girls Water Polo Team

June 30th 2016
In December 2016, it will be the turn of the 2003 (born and younger girls) Water Polo players to play in the ASA Inter-regional Championship in Walsall. This is a full weekend of Saturday and Sunday 3rd and 4th December 2016.

With this in mind myself, Chris Mötley (Sheffield Coach) and Adam Woods (Sedgefield Coach) would like to invite all North East girls, recommended from your clubs in the North East to come along for training sessions and then trial (October) for team selection.

Dates of training and venue are:
Sunday 17th July 4.00 - 5.30pm at Ponds Forge (diving pit)
Saturday 6th August 3.30 - 5.00pm at Newton Aycliffe
Sunday 14th August 4.00 - 5.30pm at Ponds Forge (diving pit) TBC
Saturday 17th September 3.30 - 5.00pm at Newton Aycliffe.

Trial to be held on Saturday 22nd October at Maltby Leisure Centre 3.00 - 6.00pm. Chris Mötley will be Coach, Adam Woods is Assistant Coach and Michelle Crossley will be Team Manager.

The following information will need to be provided to Michelle Crossley on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by parents / guardians or the club should they have an athlete wishing to train and trial for a place on the team:

* Name of Player
* D.O.B
* ASA Membership
* Home Postcode
* Right Hand / Left Hand /Goal Keeper
* Contact Name and Number
* Can attend all dates, if not dates that can be attended.

Michelle understands it is the holidays and some players won't be able to attend all sessions, but please let her know which ones can be attended. Please note that players must be able to attend both Saturday and Sunday of the tournament.

There will be a charge of £5.00 per player per session, which goes towards cost of pool hire etc. Those that are successful in the trial and make the squad, there will be an additional cost of £40.00 per player which is team entry and costs to cover referees, pool hire, medals etc over the weekend.

Please can you speak all eligible female players from clubs in the North East that you think would be suitable to trial and play in the Inter-regional Championship in December as part of the North East 2003 Girls Team.

North East Girls Winners of ASA Division Two Inter Regional Water Polo Championships

21st March 2016
The U18's North East girls squad have been our most successful age group in recent years. They were crowned Inter Regional Champions in 2014 under then head coach Ian Richards, who gained success with the girls by ensuring early preparation and match practice. However, due to the finishing positions of the North East girls teams in 2015, the U18's squad were to be placed in division two for their 2016 campaign. This was a disappointment to the girls, meaning they could not defend their title from 2014, but they put this aside and determined to give their very best performance.

One of the parents offered to take the team manager role and Mark Sutcliffe, who had good knowledge of this group of girls, agreed to be head coach, with Heather Hall as assistant coach.

There followed full commitment from every girl and every parent from October 2015 attending practice matches and training sessions. All travel and pool time was self funded. We would like to thank various clubs who were prepared to accommodate us in their own pool time - City of Leeds, Rotherham Metro, City of Sheffield and Hucknall WPC.

The Regional tournament took place at Northampton on 27/28th February 2016. The first match for the girls was against Wales. This was a competitive match, but they secured a 9-4 win with some good goal scoring. Their second match was against the East and saw the girls apply themselves to the team tactics very well, producing effective defence and a 6-1 win. The third match was won 7-4 against Scotland, again the girls showed a mature approach carrying out the team plan.

Day two of the tournament saw the girls dominating against the South East with many of the girls scoring goals. Another win 11-0. The last game was against a very physically strong Irish team who we knew would be challenging. Tensions ran high throughout the game and we found ourselves 3-4 down towards the end of the game. A late equaliser gave us a thrilling finish with a 4-4 draw securing us an overall win on goal difference.

Special mentions to Sophie Jackson who was awarded the best goalkeeper of the tournament award and our captain, Emily Pilkington, who was most valuable player of the tournament. A fitting end to a very successful and enjoyable weekend. Well done to all the girls, coaches and parents for their commitment and hard work throughout. The girls have gained promotion to division one for next years Inter Regional competition - congratulations!

The team consisted of:
1. Sophie Jackson  - Halifax
2. Annabeth Pycroft - York
3. Amber Linney - Rotherham
4. Lucy Rodgers - Rotherham
5. Isabelle Lacy - Leeds
6. Phoebe Jarvis - Rotherham
7. Eleanor Sowerby - Leeds
8.Emily Pilkington - Sedgefield
9. Terri Millington - Sedgefield
10. Giulietta Lane - Leeds
11. Claire Harrison - Leeds
12. Lauren Richardson - Leeds
13. Panna Csano - Sedgefield

North East Boys Crowned Under 18's Inter Regional National Water Polo Champions

March 1st 2016 - Report by John Stephenson
After a successful campaign in July 2015 of the North East boys 2000's squad becoming champions of the Under 16's inter regionals in Cardiff, a plan was put into place to progress the other boys teams in the North East. This consisted of early trials and as much practice as a team as possible to ensure the best outcome for each age group. We also wanted consistency of Head Coaches and Team Managers and the opportunity to develop young assistant coaches who could lead North East Teams in the future.

Progression of this plan started with the 2002's North East boys coming together early as a squad with lots of practice matches ready for the under 14's tournament in Walsall in December 2015. Lots of commitment from coaching staff, team managers and parents helped bring the plan together which ended in success as the Under 14's boys won this tournament.

Building on the success of the 2000's a decision was taken to enter two teams into the Under 18's tournament in February. This would enable us firstly to play a younger squad in Manchester in preparation for the upcoming 2001 tournament later in the year, along with keeping the rest of the 2000 squad together in preparation for the 2000 tournament in February 2017.

Under 18's Watford 27th & 28th February 2016
Preparation started early and consistency of Head Coach (Richard Cousins) and Team Manager (John Stephenson)  from the 2000's squad was kept with input for team selection from Martin Kelly and Richard Cousins Sheffield Beacon Coaches. Again a younger Assistant Coach was picked for future development within the North East set up.

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. With a young squad consisting of 5 born 99's, 7 born 2000's and 1 born 2001 the expectation was to stay in Division 1 ready for the born 2000 tournament in 2017. This would be done by taking each game at a time, and looking to build and get stronger as the tournament progressed.

The first game up was against a strong and physical Irish team that are competing in the 8 Nations tournament in Vienna. In a very even encounter a last minute goal enabled the North East to come out on top 9-8 winners. The second game we came up against one of the tournament favourites North West Tigers. Going into the last quarter 6-6 and with confidence growing, 3 more North East goals followed and even a late goal from the North West couldn't stop the North East from coming out on top 9-7.

Going into Sunday knowing a win would possibly secure the title all the lads showed their talent and commitment by coming out 12-9 victors against South West. Last up London Sharks with one hand on the trophy, could the lads maintain their 100% unbeaten record. The answer was yes totally dominating the game, they came out 10-6 winners.
         
I have to say that Richard Cousins (Head Coach) and James Pratt (Assistant Coach) got every game tactically spot on. 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. The future of North East Water Polo is looking very bright!

The winning team are:

Will Mardlin - City of Sheffield
Haydn Wilkins - Huddersfield
Kris Egginton - Sedgefield
Michael Cousins - Sedgefield
Connor Carpenter - City of Sheffield
Dev Sacmacioglu - City of Sheffield
Issac Wass - Castleford
Michal Kucharski - Rotherham
John Pratt - Sedgefield
Connor Keeble - Sedgefield
Dan Hunt - Rotherham
Oliver Jewitt  - City of Sheffield
Ben Stephenson - Sedgefield

ASA Water Polo Scholarship Guide

January 21st 2016
The ASA has published a comprehensive guide to help water polo players from across the country find university scholarships.

The ASA Water Polo Scholarship Guide centralises the range of sports scholarships and bursaries available to water polo player at universities in from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The interactive guide provides players with information about the opportunities available for players from full scholarships offering financial incentives, one-to-one coaching, strength and conditioning training, physiotherapy and nutritional support, to bursaries with full gym membership.

It also details information about university gym and pool facilities, university water polo teams and links to the relevant contacts for more information.

The guide is available on the ASA Water Polo Hub.