Northwestern Tigers roar for interregional championship crown


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: “After missing so much during the lockdown, it was great to play in Inter Regions again.

“There were a lot of really tough games, but it was great for the Northwest to win.

“Thanks 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.

“We 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: “We would like to thank everyone who participated in the tournament.

“It was a fabulous advertisement for the sport and everyone who takes part in it and makes it happen.

“The 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.”

Everyone winning

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: “Finally, the Inter-Regions for the U16s started this weekend with athletes coming from all eight regions as well as Scotland and Wales.

“The players from all ten teams have grown over the weekend, playing well within their team and improving with every game.

“Everyone was a winner, and it was great to see the sport being played hard but fairly.

“These 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.

“Many 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

London 3-9 West Midlands FT
Southwest Sharks 9-13 Northwestern Tigers FT
South East 7-5 London FT
West Midlands 9-6 Southwest Sharks FT
Northwestern Tigers 12-9 South East FT
London 4-14 Southwest Sharks FT
West Midlands 3-8 South East FT
London 4-17 Northwestern Tigers FT
Southwest Sharks 9-6 South East FT
West Midlands 4-6 Northwestern Tigers FT

Timeline and results

is 6-11 Wales FT
Northeast Steelers 6-19 East Midlands FT
Scotland Saltiers 17-8 is FT
Wales 11-7 Northeast Steelers FT
East Midlands 9-15 Scotland Saltiers FT
is 7-6 Northeast Steelers FT
Wales 7-8 Scotland Saltiers FT
is 7-13 East Midlands FT
Northeast Steelers 5-12 Scotland Saltiers FT
Wales 8-14 East Midlands FT

Division 1

Team P W D THE DG pts
Northwestern Tigers 4 4 0 0 22 8
South East 4 2 0 2 1 4
West Midlands 4 2 0 2 2 4
Southwest Sharks 4 2 0 2 6 4
London 4 0 0 4 -31 0
Final ranking determined according to FINA rules

Division 2

Team P W D THE DG pts
Scotland Saltiers 4 4 0 0 23 8
East Midlands 4 3 0 1 19 6
Wales 4 2 0 2 2 4
is 4 1 0 3 -19 2
Northeast Steelers 4 0 0 4 -25 0


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