On the 1st/2nd July Harvey Mitchell captained the South West team in Liverpool
On the Saturday were the group games where the team lost by 1 goal to the eventual winners 4-3 and then also drew with the eventual runners up 6-6. Then came the dominant 17 – 5 victory over Wales and a 2-3 win over the East. This meant after day 1 the South West ended 3rd in their group of 5.
On the Sunday the team played their first play off against London and narrowly lost 7-9 meaning their final game was the 7th/8th playoff. The South Wests campaign came to an end with another tight game but ultimately missing out 13-12 to end up 8th overall.
Although ending up 8th this does not reflect the standard of WaterPolo played by the team because all the games were so close any team could have ended up winning. Congratulations to the North East winning the competition and the runners up South East
Harvey was nominated MVP for his efforts in the team over the weekend for scoring numerous goals, his defensive and play making skills. Also a mention to Kristijan Dobnjak from Cheltenham for his fantastic efforts in goal across the tournament.
On 24th/25th June Anna Culpan represented the South West region in Liverpool where 9 teams competed together to be the champions.
The group games took place on the Saturday with the top 2 contesting in the semi-finals on Sunday. The South Wests first group game was against Scotland in which they won 6-9 and then came up against a tough South East, the team narrowly lost out losing 3-1. This didn’t stop the team coming 2nd in their group after a triumphant 12-4 win over the East Angels where Anna scored a great goal past the experienced goal keeper.
Sunday saw the Southwest play in the first Semi Final against the North West; the final score 5 -7 to the South West meant they were into the final!!
Playing against the South East again in the final the team were confident they could take revenge and win the tournament. In the third period the South West were up 3 goals before losing 2 players meaning after the 4 quarters were over, the teams were locked at 14 all and the game went to a penalty shoot-out. Unfortunately the South East held their nerve and won 17-15 final score. South West took the silver and North West the bronze.
It was a brilliant tournament with lots of close matches and the Girls did brilliantly to come second. Congratulations Anna and the South West team.
At the end of April one of our Members, Harvey Mitchell, represented Exeter in the National Age Group Championships Final up in Sunderland. Although unlucky not to win it was a great opportunity to gain experience of the big national matches. He had the following to say about the experience:
‘It was a great weekend watching the U19s games and playing against London, Manchester and Worthing. I have gained a lot of experience and hope to win next year’