England U17 women battled hard for an impressive 5th place finish at the EU Nations U17 Water Polo Cup in Prague, Czech Republic.
Playing their first internationals as a team they managed two wins and two losses in the group games, setting them up for a 5th/6th place clash with Ireland, which they won in style to finish off a successful campaign.
The team scored a total of 79 goals and every outfield player found the net.
Further joy came when Sophie Jackson (pictured above) was named ‘Best Keeper’ of the competition.
"Everyone should be really proud of their efforts and they have made England proud" - England captain Anya Clapperton
The final standings for the three-day tournament were:
2nd South Africa
4th Czech Republic
v Scotland 22-3 (5-0, 2-1, 8-1, 7-1) - WIN
v Denmark 28-3 (9-0, 5-1, 8-1, 6-1) - WIN
v Slovakia 12-11 (4-4, 2-2, 3-3, 3-2) - LOSS
v Saxonia/Chemnitz 11-6 (3-3, 3-1, 1-1, 4-1) - LOSS
5th/6th place match
v Ireland 12-4 (4-0, 2-1, 4-2, 2-1) - WIN
“This tournament has been a huge success and the whole squad has really come together as a team,” reflected captain Anya Clapperton.
“We put up a very good fight against tournament champions Slovakia and Saxonia/Chemnitz, who finished third, but due to our lack of experience we just missed out on a medal opportunity.
“As this has been our international debut as a team everyone should be really proud of their efforts and they have made England proud.
“We are all looking forward to the future of England water polo.”
(goals in brackets)
Anya Clapperton (20)
Stephanie Whittaker (10)
Milly Wordley (9)
Emmie-Rose Eastwood (7)
Katy Cutler (6)
Emily Pyper (6)
Molly Boniface-Ashton (5)
Isabel Larder (5)
Robyn Greenslade (4)
Lily Turner (3)
Amy Potter (2)
Maisy Clapperton (1)
Scarlett Horton (1)
Sophie Jackson (GK)
Niamh Campbell-O’Donnell (GK)