Sheffield and Rotherham water polo teams in triple success at national championships

U17 Boys Cup Gold Medallists  City of Sheffield. Manchester Aquatics Centre (Photo by David Crawford / www.stillsport.com)
U17 Boys Cup Gold Medallists  City of Sheffield. Manchester Aquatics Centre (Photo by David Crawford / www.stillsport.com)
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South Yorkshire produced three champion teams in the ASA National Age Group Water Polo Championships in Manchester.

City of Sheffield won the Boys’ National Age Group U17 title for only the second time in their history with victory over City of Manchester.

U17 Girls Plate winner  Rotherham. Photo by David Crawford / www.stillsport.com

U17 Girls Plate winner Rotherham. Photo by David Crawford / www.stillsport.com

And Rotherham WPC stole the show in the Girls’ U17 and Boys’ U19 plate tournaments.

Sheffield U17 were unbeaten as they entered the last match of the tournament, and were determined to right their defeat against Sedgefield in the final 12 months ago.

Sheffield eventually took victory, winning the gold medal with a score of 15-8 to lift the title for the first time since 2005.

Their team captain, Ben Stephenson, was awarded Most Valued Player of the Boys’ U17 Championships. Lewis Waite and Stephenson were top goal scorers with seven goals each.

U19 Boys Plate winners  Rotherham. Photo by David Crawford / www.stillsport.com

U19 Boys Plate winners Rotherham. Photo by David Crawford / www.stillsport.com

Stephenson said: “It’s a really great experience. After losing out to Sedgefield last year, it’s just overwhelming.”

The Rotherham U17 girls won all their four matches. A great performance against one of their main rivals in the competition, Otter Futura, was the clincher game. Thanks to five goals from team captain Amelia Peters, including one with just a second left on the clock, they won 9-3. Peters said: “Its great to win We knew it was going to be a challenge, but we also knew we had a chance.”

Rotherham U19 Boys also won every match.

Their final match against Carmarthen was all important. The Welsh side had also won two games and were level with Rotherham. Despite a hard battle, Rotherham won 4-3.