The undefeated North West Tigers produced a series of clinical performances to be crowned U16 Boys’ Interregional Champions in 2021.
They took first place in Division 1 after winning their four games at Walsall Gala Baths.
The North West Tigers beat the South West Sharks 13-9, South East 12-9, London 17-4 and West Midlands 6-4 to score maximum points and finish four points ahead of the standings.
Delighted Northwest Tigers captain Tom Davis said: âAfter missing so much during the lockdown, it was great to play in Inter Regions again.
âThere were a lot of really tough games, but it was great for the Northwest to win.
âThanks to Mike Yates and Ian McKinnon – their coaching and guidance kept us strong, to all the parents who supported us on our water polo trip and to all the other teams for making this a fantastic tournament.
âWe are already impatiently awaiting the next one.
Scotland wins promotion
The Saltiers of Scotland were the winners in Division 2, also posting a 100 percent record in their four games.
They beat East 17-8, East Midlands 15-9, Wales 8-7 and North East Steelers 12-5 to finish two points ahead of second-placed East Midlands and secure a promotion to Division One for the Inter- U18 2023 regions.
Ed Walker, of Scotland Saltires, said the weekend gave the team special memories.
He said: âWe would like to thank everyone who participated in the tournament.
âIt was a fabulous advertisement for the sport and everyone who takes part in it and makes it happen.
âThe hospitality and welcome received by the West Midland region from Friday evening until our Sunday departure was second to none and gave the team special memories they will not forget.â
Swim England President Ian Mackenzie praised the organizers, volunteers, teams and parents for their efforts to ensure the tournament has a wintry weekend.
He said: âFinally, the Inter-Regions for the U16s started this weekend with athletes coming from all eight regions as well as Scotland and Wales.
âThe players from all ten teams have grown over the weekend, playing well within their team and improving with every game.
âEveryone was a winner, and it was great to see the sport being played hard but fairly.
âThese competitions don’t just happen. Besides the organizers, every team had to go through some hurdles to get to Walsall and all the volunteers are to be congratulated on the guys having such a great weekend.
âMany parents also supported the day, which gave the whole competition an atmosphere and credibility. Thanks to everyone involved.
This weekend, the U16 Women’s Interregional Championships take place at Walsall Gala Baths and scores will be updated throughout the competition on Swim England’s live scoreboard.
Timeline and results
|Southwest Sharks||9-13||Northwestern Tigers||FT|
|West Midlands||9-6||Southwest Sharks||FT|
|Northwestern Tigers||12-9||South East||FT|
|West Midlands||3-8||South East||FT|
|Southwest Sharks||9-6||South East||FT|
|West Midlands||4-6||Northwestern Tigers||FT|
Timeline and results
|Northeast Steelers||6-19||East Midlands||FT|
|East Midlands||9-15||Scotland Saltiers||FT|
|Northeast Steelers||5-12||Scotland Saltiers||FT|
|Final ranking determined according to FINA rules|