This year’s National Age Group (NAG) Water Polo Championships took place at The Meres in Grantham over the weekend.
First to complete on Saturday were the U17s girls, as ten teams bid to qualify for the finals of the Swim England Water Polo U17s Girls’ National Age Group Championships.
City of Manchester, City of Sheffield, Grantham, Watford and West London Penguins were competing in the Group A preliminary round matches.
Top Grantham scoring was Alice Berrill, whilst goalie, Amy Kolbert, made some terrific saves. An excellent team effort ensured their fourth place win after a successful 8-3 lead against West London Penguins.
The following day, the boys U17’s team took to the water at The Meres. Twelve teams were bidding to qualify for the finals of the Swim England Water Polo. Group A took place at the University of Birmingham pool, whilst Group B games saw City of Birmingham, City of Manchester, City of Sheffield, Grantham, North London and Watford go head-to-head.
Excellent goal succession from National Academy player, Sam Leveridge, and East Midland’s Regional player, Thomas Perks, guaranteed Grantham fourth place after an 11-7 win against City of Sheffield.
The finals for both boys and girls teams will take place on 7-8 May at the Liverpool Aquatics Centre.
If you’re looking for a sport which combines the teamwork and strategy of rugby and hockey as well as the toning benefits of swimming, then welcome to the world of water polo!
Water polo players come in all shapes and sizes, with different positions requiring different strengths. The sport also has a great social side, both in the water and out. Anyone interested in wanting to join Grantham Water Polo Club can check out their website www.granthamwaterpoloclub.com for further information. The club takes on children from aged 11, through to adult teams.