Watford Water Polo U19′s progress to qualification round of ASA NAG’s 2017

Last Sunday (5th March) Watford’s U19′s made it through to the next round of ASA National Age Group championships with three wins & a defeat to finish 2nd in Group A.

The team travelled to Grantham early Sunday morning for the preliminary round of ASA NAG’s Championship, this season nine teams from around the country entered and were drawn into two groups.

Group A consisted of Watford, Cheltenham, Croydon,  Exeter, Rottherham & Grantham.

Group B: Bristol, Manchester, Sedgefield & Carmarthan.

Watford’s task in Group A was to finish as one of the top three sides to progress into the qualification round to be be played on the 8th & 9th April in Gloucester along with five other teams & then a chance to finish as one of the top four sides & make the finals to be held in late April at the Manchester Aquatic Centre.

So after a long journey to Grantham the team started their campaign to reach Manchester with a game against Cheltenham. the team build a lead of 4-2 by half time but were 1-2 down midway through the first half. the second half saw Will Eggleton score twice to complete a hat-trick for his side as the team got off to the perfect start with a 7-3 win.

The second game of the day was against Rottherham and again the team built a commending first half lead as they opened a 4-1 lead the second half saw Watford control the game & they won 2-1 for an overall scoreline of 6-2.

The third game of the day was against Croydon, London League rivals & it was Croydon who got off to the better start opening up a 2-0 lead after only 2 mins play however this Watford team is made of stronger stuff & they fought back to level at half time 2-2 thanks to goals from Eggleton & Jack Warman. Into the second half & Watford got stronger to increase their lead to 4-2 thanks to efforts from Eggleton & Adam Page. Croydon pulled a goal back later on but it was too little too late & watford had their thrid win with a 4-3 result.

The final game of the day was against Exeter & the three early matches & effort was starting to take its toll on the team as a much stronger Exeter side took a 5-3 lead at HT.

The second half was all Exeter as they ran out 10-3 victors but really the job was done & the result didn’t matter as the team were up & running to reach the Manchester Finals.

Head Coach Edi Brkovic commented after the matches

“it was a super effort by my team to make the next round & I am prode of what they have done, we won our first two games & we know that we could relax with progress to the next round achieved, we now have a few weeks to train & prepare for Gloucester.”