GRANTHAM Water Polo just missed out on winning the Midlands ASA Championship at Walsall on Sunday.
The competition, for players born in 1998 or after, saw them first defeat Nottingham 6-5 with goals from Gareth Lord (2), Cameron Knott (2), Giorgia Bosworth and Sam Lee.
Grantham then convincingly defeated Birmingham side Boldermere 12-0. Goals came from Lord (2), Bosworth, Knott (2), Lee (2), Dan Hammond (2), Jacob Barnett, Jonathon Birch and Oliver Walker.
The final was decided between unbeaten Grantham and Solihull. Grantham started slowly and leaked four goals in as many minutes but conceded no more before half time.
Goals in quick succession from Knott, Lord and Lee brought them back into the game. Solihull added a fifth and goals from Bosworth and Lee, and a further one from Solihull put the score 6-5 just in the West Midlands side’s favour. Solihull clinched the title with a late goal on the break.
Midlands ASA Championship runners-up Grantham Water Polo Club are from left, back - coach Dave Lord, Jonathon Birch, Sam Lee, Oliver Walker, Joe Starks and Jacob Barnett; front - Giorgia Bosworth, Dan Hammmond, Gareth Lord, Cameron Terry and Cameron Knott.