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SW Water Polo Selections for Inter-Regionals

Seth Woolley, Joshua Tomlinson, Emily Shears and Flora Perkin have been selected to play for the South West U16 male and female teams at the forthcoming  Inter Regional Championships in July.

They all play for Newton Abbot Under 17 team that won the Devon League and Knock Out Cup and the Bristol and West Juniors League last season.

SW Police Water Polo Selections

Rob Harvey and Katie Trist from Newton Abbot's water polo section represented Devon and Cornwall this weekend at the 2018 Police Sport Championship in Liverpool. The team played well but lost out to the Met (7-3), Scotland (7-5), the North West (8-3) and the West Midlands (10-6) but did overcome a 'Nomads' team 6-5. The team unfortunately didn't have enough players to compete for places in the tournament's overall standings but remained competitive with Rob scoring 14 of the teams overall goals.

National Water Polo Title for U17 Girls

Newton Abbot SC Water Polo claims national title

Newton Abbot Under 17 girls’ Waterpolo team followed up last year’s Under 15s to win the 2018 National title. 

Newton Abbot defeated a strong London Otter side 9-6 to take the title in front of a full house at the Manchester Aquatic Centre last weekend. Otter, who beat the Devon side 2 years ago to take the under 15 title could not match the speed, power and superior technique of the Newton side.  
The improvement in the Newton Abbot team shocked the opposition throughout this year’s competition.  The players and team improved throughout the rounds and although not having lost a game in the qualifying rounds still went into finals weekend as underdogs for the title.

The Newton team sent a strong message to the other semi finalists with a convincing win over Cheltenham in the semi-finals, whilst in the other semi-final round Otter beat a strong Tyldesley team. 

The final took place on Sunday with London Otter at full strength with five England players in their starting seven. Newton took an early lead which they held to half time in a very tight first half. In the third quarter Otter came back to lead the game 6-5 for the first time. Going into the final quarter the  Newton coaches refocused the team on their defensive structure and the transition in to offence.

This resulted in Newton Abbot scoring four unanswered goals in the last quarter to take the title 9-6. 

Coaches Sue Webb and Phil Shears were delighted with the team’s performance and the national title, and joined players in the pool as the final whistle blew.

Phil said: “It is impossible to single out any one individual as all 12 players were outstanding throughout the competition. The support and encouragement they gave each other was incredible and proved invaluable in the early rounds when they ground out hard fought victories against Sheffield, Rotherham and Cheltenham.  

“Although South West players had been largely overlooked by the England coaching set-up, following this weekend’s competition all the Newton players have been invited to trial for the England squad in either May or June - only one of the players having been previously selected for the squad.

“As a club, Newton Abbot has been building towards this for four years, and the support of sponsors three years ago allowed the club to invest in the players and enter the competitions. Special thanks must go to Ian Woolley IW dental laboratories, Centrax Gas Turbines and Ian Manley of SafeMark Roadmarking Limited, without whose support we would never have achieved the national titles.”


Ladies win the 2017/18 Devon League

Newton Abbot ladies have won the 2017/18 league on goal difference.

Well done Ladies!!!

Newton Abbot Newton Abbot 4 3 0 1 69 37 32 6  
2 Exeter Exeter 4 3 0 1 59 37 22 6  
3 Devonport Devonport 4 0 0 4 25 79 -54 0



Water Polo 2018 U17 Girls NAG Qualifiers

Newton Abbot's U17 Girls excelled in the Qualifiers for the 2018 National Age Groups.

Playing in Group B, the Girls succeeded in winning all their three matches, finishing top of the table.


Water Polo 2018 U17 Girls NAGs

Otter and Newton Abbot in pole position after Girls' U17 Prelims

Group B was dominated by Newton Abbot. Having won the U15 title last October, the Devon outfit carried on momentum into the U17 competition.


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