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City of Manchester emerged victorious after an all North West final at the Swim England National Age Group Championships (U15s) boys competition.
The Manchester side made it through to the final without losing a match. They faced Bridgefield to see who would take home the title from the Manchester Aquatics Centre.
Top performances from defending champions
City of Manchester sailed through the group stages with little fuss. They defeated Cheltenham 12-1, Chelmsford 11-5 and City of Bristol 18-1 during the group stages.
Heading into the semi-finals with confidence, they took on Watford who had come through a tough line up in Group B. Manchester once more prevailed, taking the match 7-2.
The final against Bridgefield had a tense first half, with both teams keeping almost level. In a tight fought first few minutes Bridgefield took the lead but Manchester came straight back to equalise.
An end-to-end half saw Manchester take a one-goal lead at the break but this was anyone’s game with both sides defending well.
In the second half, Manchester scored straight from the swim off and never looked back. Dominating the play they overpowered a very good Bridgefield team to finish worthy winners. The final score was 9-2.
Manchester also took all three individual awards. Callum Foulkes won best goalkeeper, Daniel Bentham top goal scorer and Tom Simpson MVP.
Team captain Tom Simpson said “I am thrilled to have captained such a talented group of players.
“I would like to thank our coaches Dan Paddon and Andy McGinty who have made us put in extra training hours to get ready for this prestigious event.”
City of Liverpool take down Otter for bronze
City of Liverpool were another dominant team in the girls U15s competition. They took their first match by storm, wiping out Nova Centurion with a 9-2 victory.
They too held a clean sheet in their second game of the group stages, beating Cheltenham 8-0.
Following their narrow victory against Iceni in the quarter finals, the north west team faced up against Otter in the final.
Although Otter were looking for their third title in as many years, they were denied it after Liverpool beat them in the bronze medal match with a comfortable 6-1.