Great Britain talent camp stars among club awards
NEWTON Abbot Water Polo Club had plenty to celebrate at their annual presentation evening.
For a small club the success of their players has been amazing with Laura Shears representing Great Britain and Tommy Whiting attending a Great Britain talent camp in Italy.
The camp was to identify players to be selected to play the European qualifiers.
Gabriel and Sam Alberici have also been selected for their respective age-group training camps, which will lead to the European qualifiers.
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Jade Strickland and Beth England were selected for the South West team competing in the ASA Inter Regional Academy Girls Championships held in Walsall two weeks ago.
Club teams went from strength to strength during 2012 and this was evident, with many strong performances highlighted at the presentation evening.
The U17s won the league and the cup and were Devon Junior cup winners and Bristol and West Junior winners.
Newton Ladies were the league winners and the senior men were second in the Devon League and Men's Handicap Knockout winners.
The U15 team finished third in their league.
Individual awards went to: ladies' players' player – Caitlin O'Mally; ladies' top goal scorer – Laura Shears; men's players' player – Tommy Whiting; men's top goal scorer – Tommy Whiting; NASC player of the year – Laura Shears; Devon players' player – Laura Shears.
Devon trials were held at Exeter recently and the club were proud that six team members got through for the under 12 team this year. They are: Ella Hartigan, Adam Davies (captain) Haydn Woolley, Oliver Wright, Thomas Manley and Jade Strickland
Trials were also held in Exeter for the U15 team with Eric Perkin selected as first reserve and Aaron Martin as second reserve.