A quartet girls from Grantham Water Polo Club represented a Midlands team in a two-day regional tournament at Walsall last weekend.
Giorgia Bosworth, Naya Patel, Amelia Peters and Millie Stewart swelled the ranks of the 13-strong joint East/West Midlands under-18 squad which was among 10 regional teams from around Great Britain competing in the competition. The Midlands team was led by coaches Jim Caulfield and Dan Bosworth – both also from Grantham.
Day one saw four matches – the first a nail-biting 5-5 draw against a powerful North West team. This was followed by a tightly contested match against the North East, culminating in a 4-3 victory for the Midlands.
In the third match, Midlands succumbed 7-3 to London, who went on to lift the runners-up trophy, and in the final match of the day, Midlands lost 5-4 in a fiercely fought battle against Ireland.
On day two, an early morning battle against Wales yielded a 6-3 victory. This was followed up with a convincing display to deliver an 11-2 win over the East. In their final match of the tournament against a strong South West team, Midlands put in a fantastic effort, with outstanding skills all round, to claim a thrilling 4-2 victory.
The Midlands team played with great strength and determination to claim fifth position overall in the tournament. Hotshot Bosworth scored a remarkable 14 goals, while spirited play from Stewart (2) and Peters, and the familiar fearless goalkeeping from Patel, demonstrated the skill and contribution the Grantham girls can make on the regional water polo stage.