National Age Group Success for Waterpolo
CSWPC are delighted to announce that for the first time in the history of the club we took 4 teams to the finals for National Age Groups, U17 and U19, boys and girls.
In the first gold medal match of the day at Liverpool Aquatics Centre CSWPC were the first side to open the scoring going 2-0 up inside the first quarter.
City of Manchester followed with 5 unanswered goals to take the lead and they didn’t let it slip from that point on. They took home the gold, with CSWPC awarded the silver medals.
CSWPC’s Amelie Perkins added 4 goals to her 7 scored on Saturday and claimed the top goal scorers award for the tournament.
A back and forth game saw CSWPC claim the bronze medal after a narrow 10-9 win over Watford.
Watford looked to have the tie in control before 4 unanswered goals in the final 6 minutes saw CSWPC take home the medals.
CSWPC Toby Chilcott added 2 more goals to the 6 he scored on Saturday to tie the top goal scorers title for the tournament.
In the bronze medal match, Otter looked to be opening up a comfortable lead until CSWPC fought their way back into the tie.
The sides were level at 5-5 in the third quarter before a red card for Otter followed by a successful penalty gave CSWPC control.
Entering the 4th quarter in the lead CSWPC tried to keep the upper hand but the determined Otter team came back and eventually took the lead to win 13-12 in the last few seconds of the match.
The last game of the weekend saw CSWPC run out 12-6 winners over Bridgefield in the U19’s final.
In a cagey first half, CSWPC managed to edge themselves into a 3-2 lead at the interval after not conceding a single goal in the second quarter.
CSWPC’s goalkeeper, Zach Downer, won goalkeeper of the tournament after a strong of impressive saves in the final, including one from a penalty shot when the sides were level at 2-2.
In the second half, CSWPC took control of the game, storming into a 7-2 lead in the third quarter before asserting their dominance in the last to make it a 12-6 win.
CSWPC’s George Glover scored 4 for his side on route to earning himself the top goal scorer award, adding to his 5 goals in the semi-final on Saturday. Will Thompson took home the Most Valuable Player award after his hat-trick, including 2 in the third quarter that helped send his side to victory.
An emotional CSWPC head coach, Stuart Mckie said “ecstatic is the word, without a doubt. It’s been a hard year, and even longer before that with Covid and this is the end of that hard year.”
”When you’re taking a group of boys out through various leagues and different age groups and forming a team, you do get that carer approach to it and it’ very emotional. They all did something brilliant yesterday and they came out and did the same again today and a little bit more.”
A truly amazing weekend for CSWPC players these trophies and medals add to the Gold the U15’s Girls won back in December 2021.
Quite a haul for the age group Waterpolo teams since lockdown let’s hope their success continues.