Our Ladies team finished third and made it through the six team BWPL play-off’s at Northampton Boys School over the weekend (6th & 7th April) and will now start the 2019/20 season in Division Three.
This weekend (30th & 31st March) Five Watford U19’s are off to Manchester to take part in the next wave of GB talent as the five look to secure their places into the GB squad that will be working towards the 2020 European qualifies to be held in ??? in May next year.
Last weekend (23rd & 24th March) at Habs Boys School our U19’s Boys team finished as runners up in group A and will now join the U17’s Boys team in next months National Age Group Finals weekend.
The team were drawn alongside Bridgefield, City of Sheffield & Northampton.
Saturday’s opening game against Northampton was a tight cagey affair in the opening exchanges as an early goal from Adam Page was cancelled out as Northampton levelled at 1-1 soon after. Matt Molnar put Watford back in front at 2-1 just before the end of the first quarter.
Watford extended their lead early in the 2nd period only for Northampton to cut the deficit to one soon after at 3-2. However a three-goal burst in a five-minute spell took the game away from Northampton at 6-2. With half time approaching Northampton stemmed the flow with a goal for 6-3.
A five-goal blitz had the game in the bag for Watford as three unanswered goals in the 3rd period were followed by two more at the start of the final period for 11-3. Northampton hit a double to stem the tide for 11-5 but Watford responded with three more goals to restore their advantage at 14-5. Northampton scored the final goal of the game but as a contest it was well and truly over.
With Sheffield winning their two games on Saturday, Sunday’s opening fixture against Bridgefield would be key to who took that final spot for the finals.
In a game that was very cagey all the way through it wasn’t until the final period were Watford took over leading 6-5 going into the fourth period a quick fire double had them leading 8-5 and with Bridgefield running out of ideas a ninth and final goal for Watford gave them the victory they needed to secure that final four spot.
Watford’s final match of the weekend was against Sheffield and with both teams having secured maximum points and qualification for the finals this game was all about who would take top spot in the table. In another close game Sheffield edged it 10-6 which meant Watford finished runners-up in Group A and would now play City of Manchester in the Finals in April.
The U19′s team for the weekend is: Will Chapman, Rushil Shah, Petar Djordjic, Yalin Gulen, Matyas Molnar, William Morris, Adam Page, Adam Lecombre, Jack Gibson, Zak Kovacs, Joshua Mills, Elliott McHugh
Our U17’s Girls side failed in there attend to make the NAG’s finals as they lost all three of their matches losing 16-14 to Newton Abbott, 19-7 to Liverpool & 16-7 to Cheltenham. However coach Edi Brkovic wasn’t down hearted as the Girls set-up is only a few years old and the team have made a massive improvement since playing in last year’s NAG’s competition.
The draw for the qualification round of the ASA National Age Group Championships for both Boys & Girls U17’s & U19’s was release today by Swim England…..
With Watford having progressed into the qualification round on all four fronts it will be a busy time for Head Coach Edi Brkovic and his players over the next few weeks as he hopes to guide all four teams to the finals stage to be held at the Liverpool Aquatic Centre over the weekend of the 13th & 14th April.
First up with be Boys U17’s qualification round on the weekend of the 16th & 17th March held at Northampton Boys School as the team are drawn in Group B alongside Bridgefield, City of Sheffield & West London Penguins.
The team will need to finish as one of the top two sides to progress to the finals round and will be joined by two teams from Group A consisting of teams from City of Manchester, Beckenham, City of Bristol and Nova Centurion.
A week later (23rd & 24th) and it’s the turn of the U19’s Watford Boys team as they have a home venue at Habs Boys School. The team drawn in Group B alongside Northampton, City of Sheffield and Bridgefield and again the team will need to finish as one of the top two sides in their group to make the finals weekend, should they make it, they will face two teams from Group A that consists of teams from City of Manchester, Caledonia, City of Leeds and Newton Abbot.
The Watford Girls teams start their quest to make the NAG’s Finals weekend over the weekend of the 23rd & 24th as the Girls U17’s head to Grantham Meres Leisure Centre, drawn in Group A, alongside City of Liverpool, Cheltenham and Newton Abbot the team will need to finish as one of the top two sides to make the finals. Should they achieve that aim they will face two sides from Grp B consisting of teams from Worthing, City of Sheffield, Otter, Kirkintilloch.
The final weekend of March (30th & 31st) the Watford U19’s Girls team will have a home venue at Habs Boys School, drawn in Group A alongside Welsh Wanderers, City of Liverpool, Northampton, Cheltenham and City of Manchester. The team will need to finish as one of the Top two sides in the six-team group to progress to the Finals weekend,
However should they fail to achieve that aim they will then drop down into the plate competition which will also be held at the Liverpool Aquatic centre over the same weekend of the 13th & 14th April, whichever route they take they will face competition from the six other teams in the U19’s Championships which comprises of teams from Rotherham, Tyldesley, Otter, Otter Futura, Newton Abbot, Caledonia,
So the next few weeks will be a very busy time for both coaches and players alike but what an opportunity and to get all four teams to finals weekend will be a major achievement…
You can download the full ASA NAG’s Draw info Here
This Sunday at QE Boys School our U16’s B team start their Winter league campaign in Div three, while our U12’s team will be at Hillingdon for their next round of U12’s fixtures.
This weekend (26th & 27th Jan) the club will have four different age group teams playing plus Individual Players representing their counties in the Inter-regional Championships, a busy time for Players & Officials.
The Watford men’s team started their BWPL Phase Two campaign at Woodside last weekend as the team look to bounce back and win promotion back to Division Two for the start of the 2019-20 season.
This Sunday afternoon our U16′s start their Winter league campaign at Latymer Upper School as they compete with four other teams in Division North.