Cheltenham juniors are through to the finals of the Water Polo National Age Groups championship after winning two out of three of their games this weekend in Gloucester.

The young CSWPC side, several of whom still have four years left in this age group, started the weekend facing the toughest team in their group, Solihull. The midland based team have drawn on GB players from as far afield as Carlisle and Newton Abbot to strengthen their squad and were too strong for the town’s young side, despite being held to 4-4 at the end of the first quarter Solihull went on to win 27-15.

Next up saw Cheltenham face Chelmsford, Cheltenham’s well drilled and structure performance saw them beat a bigger, older and stronger team by one goal in a very high scoring match. The game ended 17-16 to CSWPC.

The final game of the weekend was against Lancaster, again an amalgamation team drawn from across the north west. Going into the game Lancaster would have been confident of defeating the young town side, but the CSWPC youngster had other plans. A well balanced and clinical performance saw Cheltenham control the game and finish the game 12-10 to the good.

Cheltenham and Solihull will progress to the finals weekend from group A and Manchester and Croydon are the qualifiers from group B. The finals weekend will be held on the 26th/27th April.

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