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ASA East Region Senior Championships 9th March 2014

Essex Men & Women triumph

East region’s premier water polo event, the Senior Inter-County Championships, took place at Basildon Sporting Village on 9th March. Men’s teams from all 6 counties competed once again for the President’s Cup, while Women’s teams were in action for the first time in the inaugural Women’s Championship.

The first match on pitch 1 saw Bedfordshire Men take a straightforward 9-1 win against an under-strength Suffolk with hat-tricks from Irvine and Vanyi, while on pitch 2 Cambridgeshire Men saw off Norfolk 17-4 including three from Oakman and a double hat-trick from Crichton.

Cambs Men followed on with a close game and 9-4 result against Hertfordshire to book their place in the final. The first Women’s Championship match finished with Cambs beating Herts 8-3 thanks to six goals from Martin, with Petchey and Kearney finding the net for Herts.

Essex Men gave notice of their intention to retain the President’s Cup with an imperious 18-0 whitewash of the luckless Suffolk team. Herts Men swept past Norfolk 14-1 with a single goal from Hothersoll saving them from a duck.

Essex and Beds Men then took to the water and kept the referees busy with exclusion fouls and penalties. Essex had a comfortable 6-2 lead at the interval and duly extended this to 11-4 to book their seat at the final table. On the other pitch their female counterparts lined up against Herts and proved the stronger team, winning 8-4 including five goals from junior GB talent squad member Brazier.
Beds and Herts contested the Men’s 3rd-4th place decider with the honours going to Herts 12-8 after trebles from Parry (Beds), Ward and Cook (Herts). The Norfolk-Suffolk match for 5th-6th place was very much a game of two halves. Suffolk were 4-0 up at the interval but took their foot off the pedal and allowed Norfolk back into the game for a 4-4 result thanks to a goal from Valentim and three from Parsons.

The stage was now set for the Women’s Championship decider. Essex Women built a 3-1 lead against Cambs at half-time and each side scored again after the break to give a 4-2 scoreline at the last-minute bell. A goal from Clarke brought hope to Cambs, but Essex countered twice and took the victory 6-4 despite another from Clarke in the dying seconds of the game, thus becoming the first winners of the East Region Women’s Championship Shield.

The Men’s Championship final saw the same counties Cambs and Essex in action. The first half was a game of tight marking as both sides conceded exclusions and penalties, and this was reflected in the 2-3 scoreline at the break. Two quick goals then stretched the Essex lead. Cambs defended valiantly, but Essex had the benefit of a larger squad and used their substitutes wisely. Scott and Bennett added one each to the Cambs total, but four from Abbott helped Essex to clinch the Championship with a 10-4 final score and retain the trophy.

East Region President Ian Mackenzie and past President Andy Morton presented the Women’s Shield and the President’s Cup to the victorious Essex teams. They thanked all the players, supporters and officials for making this another exciting and memorable Senior Championships.

Results

Women’s Championships

Men’s Championships

Essex

1st

Essex

1st

Cambridge

2ns

Cambridge

2ns

Hertfordshire

3rd

Hertfordshire

3rd

Bedfordshire

4th

Norfolk

5th =

Suffolk

5th =

Player Statistics

Women

Mens

Top goalscorers

Top goalscorers

Claire Martin

(Cambs)

8

Sam Abbott

(Essex)

Dani Brazier

(Essex)

7

Hamish Crichton

(Cambs)

Sophie Clarke

(Cambs)

3

Neil Cook

(Herts)

Julia Petchey

(Herts)

3

Jack Ward

(Herts)

Stacey Freedman

(Herts)

3

Adrian Westlake

(Essex)

Most Exclusions

Most Exclusions

Karen Rodwell

(Essex)

6

Michael Artt

(Norfolk)

5

Claire Martin

(Cambs)

4

Nick Blaxill

(Suffolk)

5

Jodie Wilkes

(Herts)

4

Tony Parsons

(Norfolk)

5

Chris Stephens East Region Water Polo Manager 14th March 2014