Sedgefield Water Polo club travelled to Manchester for the ASA National Boys Championships in October 2014.
The top 12 teams in Great Britain entered the competition, including some big city clubs.
In their first game, Sedgefield played London Invicta – who had beaten us last year in the Semi Final. We had our revenge, dominating the game from the start and won 11-3.
We then played Caledonia, which included all the best players from Scotland. The Scots had a very strong start, leading 3-1 at half time. After some team changes and a pep talk from coach Richard, we dominated the second half and won 8-4.
Our third match was against South London champions, Sutton and Cheam – a team who were one of the favourites having won may titles at National level. Our tremendous fitness levels helped us win this game 8-2.
By this stage, we were top of our group, meaning we had to play Watford in the semi final. Watford scored first but we fought back and had a score of 3-3 at half time. Our defence in the second half was strong and we won the game 6-4.
The final, our first national since 2006, was against Sheffield. We started the game with a 2-0 lead but then Sheffield caught up before we took a half time lead of 4-2. The final score was 6- to us.
This is an excellent achievement for such a small club. Well done to everyone involved. Your coach, club members and all the committee are very proud of your achievement!