Some of the up and coming stars of Cheltenham water polo took part in the South West regional championships in Exeter on Saturday 15th September. The early start required to get the players to Exeter by 9am, didn’t damped their enthusiasm or energy.
The opening match of the event and our first of the day was against Paignton. The Cheltenham team did look at little shaky in the initial minutes of the game, but soon got into their stride, attacking with vigour and winning 15-5. Next up were Exeter, this game promised to be the toughest of the tournament, Cheltenham were narrowly beaten in their last match against this side and didn’t want a repeat performance. Exeter delivered a strong start attacking well, but the Cheltenham teams superior expertise was clear Cheltenham soon romped ahead winning 20-5. The third match of the tournament was against Devonport, who were completely dominated by Cheltenham and didn’t manage to score until the final minutes of the game, resulting in another win for Cheltenham 15-3. Finally Cheltenham played Barnstable, despite this being the end of a very long day, everyone performed well. Barnstable were tough opposition, but the Cheltenham team kept their heads and delivered a fantastic performance winning 10-6.
Cheltenham Under 14’s were crowned South West Champions, the team showed great promise with everyone, apart from the goal keeper, contributing at least one goal throughout the 4 matches played and Nick Armitage-Bond, scoring 20 goals, to make him the top goal scorer of the tournament.
Back row l-r : Joshua Purcell, Jake Ward, Nick Armitage-Bond, John Spicer (Coach), Joseph Berry, Dan Atkins, Henry Redman, Sam Berry
Front row l-r : Archie Bayliss, Matt Witcomb, Seb Francis, James Durham