Youngsport: Success for Cheltenham water polo player Rebecca Thomas at ASA Inter-Regional Championships in Walsall
A CLUTCH of goals saw Cheltenham water polo player Rebecca Thomas pick up an award at the ASA Inter-Regional Championships in Walsall.
One of three Cheltenham Swimming and Water Polo Club members selected for the South West squad, Thomas, 14, was the top goal scorer for the team, netting 11 of their 31 goals over the two-day contest, and was named the South West's Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
Cheltenham players Meg Read, 13, and Issy Murton, 13, were also part of the 13-strong squad, which prepared for the contest with a four-day training session in Plymouth.
The championships saw nine teams playing in two leagues on the first day with a play-off for final positions on the second day.
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The South West had a tough start against the South East and the North West, losing their first two games 8-4 and 10-1. However, they rallied to beat Scotland 9-7 in their final game of the first day.
Day two started more promisingly with a 4-2 victory over North West B, followed by a 12-7 victory over Wales. Their last match was a fifth/sixth place play-off against North West A, which resulted in a defeat and a final placing of sixth.
Coach Doug Litt was pleased with the squad's performance.
He said: "I'm proud of my team and how well we played as a unit, particularly given the young age of so many of the players.
"The squad worked really hard for each other, and the older, more experienced players were hugely supportive of their younger team mates."