Crompton House Girls are 2015 U-18 National Schools Water Polo Champions despite not having a swimming pool at school, or even in Shaw! What we do have is a group of determined girls with a range of swimming & water polo experience, Mr Darlington, a parent and coach who is prepared to give his time freely to support the girls and Mrs Lord a parent and organiser extraordinaire. Many congratulations to the squad who performed so well in the North-West Finals in Lancashire and then in the National Finals at Oundle School in Northamptonshire.
The U18 National Champion Squad: Niamh, Roisin, Nancy, Kate, Piers Hannibal, Isabel, Anna, Rachel, Katie, Josie, Lucy and Hannah.
Our U-16 team also qualified for the National Finals, and in the same afternoon, with some of the same girls won 2 out of their 4 matches to become National Runners-Up. An excellent day for Crompton House girls!
The U16 National Runners-Up Squad: Niamh, Nancy, Kate, Piers, Isabel, Rachel, Katie, Josie, and Lucy.
Later in the year the U-14 Girls came second in the North-West Regional Finals and qualified for the National Finals in Northampton. This is a team for the future, and with the experience they have gained in the competitions this year we should have some great teams again in 2016.
Isabel (Yr9) and Niamh (Yr10)] have just heard that they have been selected for the Great Britain Women’s U15 team to compete in an European Union 8 Nations tournament to be held in Prague this September.
All the girls play for water polo clubs outside of school. Roisin, Anna, Katie, Lucy and Niamh play for City of Manchester Water Polo Club. Piers, Josie, Rachel, Nancy, Kate and Hannah all play for Royton Orca Water Polo Club. Roisin and Anna were also in the City of Manchester “97 Age Group” National Championship Team.
Many congratulations to all the girls who competed so well. And many thanks to Mr Darlington who, assisted by Anna and Roisin, coached the teams, and to Mrs Lord who did all the organisation! A great example of the Crompton House family working together.