Month: October 2017

Newton Abbot take girls’ U15s crown in Manchester

Newton Abbot took the Swim England Water Polo National Age Group girls’ U15s title without losing a match at the Manchester Aquatics Centre.

The Devon-side came into the competition as runners up after last year’s defeat against London Otter.

However, they outplayed their rivals to go one better in 2017 and take home the trophy, beating City of Sheffield in the final.

City of Liverpool were also unbeaten until the semi-final stages, where they were outplayed by the trophy winners. They bounced back for bronze after a tense game against defending champions Otter.

Newton Abbot dominate girls competition

Newton Abbot looked strong from the first whistle, controlling each match with ease in the group stages.

They beat City of Sheffield 13-3, before keeping a clean sheet against Otter Futura to win 16-0. This booked them a place in the semi-finals.

Although City of Liverpool also looked like they had little to worry about after the group stages, they narrowly clinched their quarter final match against Iceni. They won by a two goal margin, emerging victorious 7-5.

However, in their semi-final match, Newton Abbot put to bed any hopes of Liverpool taking home the title, winning the match 10-2.

The final saw Newton Abbott come face-to-face with City of Sheffield once more, who had turned around their fortunes in the quarter finals. Newton Abbott dominated the whole match as they had in the group stages.

They countered with speed and their finishing was clinical. Sheffield fought well throughout but were no match for the girls from the south coast. They took the title with a 12-2 victory.

Devon County ASA 2018 County Conditions, meet program, para consideration times, entry forms

Hi all

I am attaching the Devon County ASA 2018 County Conditions, meet program, para consideration times, entry forms and converted times notification sheet which will need to be returned to me with your entries showing which entry times have been converted.

Please read the conditions carefully and display for all to see so they are fully aware of entry requirements.  I shall be rejecting any incorrect entry,sending back for all your entries to be checked, then resubmitted to me before they are excepted.

The distance (800/1500m) entry times shown are long course.

2018 Programme

2018 Championship Conditions

2018 Championship Qualifying Times

Converted Times Notification Sheet

Devon 2018 Para Consideration times

Mens 2018 entry form

Womens 2018 Entry Form



Devon Claim 2nd at 2017 Inter County Championships – Report

Following promotion to Division 1 last year, the Devon County Team consisting of swimmers from Mount Kelly, Plymouth Leander, Dartmoor Darts, Devonport and Paignton, surprised their competitors at the 2017 Inter County Championships in Sheffield storming to 2nd place – Devon’s best ever result in the history of the competition!

Devon started strong with a victory in the first event of the day courtesy of Mount Kelly’s Athena Clayson in the 16/17 Years 100m Freestyle. This was backed up by a further 9 Top 5 individual finishes from Cameron Williams in the 12/13 Years 100m Breaststroke (2nd), Sam Dailley in the 16/17 Years 100m Butterfly (3rd), Savanna Best in the 16/17 Years 100m Breaststroke (3rd), Kaylee Dekker in the 14/15 Years 100m Freestyle (4th), Reid Jones in the 14/15 Years 100m Butterfly (4th) and 100m Freestyle (5th), Honey Osrin in the 14/15 Years 100m Backstroke (4th) Tegan Drew in the 16/17 Years 100m Backstroke (5th) and Ra’eez Warley in the 14/15 Years 100m Backstroke (5th)

Going into the final relay events Devon were in 4th place in a battle with Lancashire and Scotland West for a podium finish. However, this is where Devon really came in to their own and the teams rallied together recording wins in both the Male 16/17 Years Medley Relay (Harry Noble, Ollie Taverner, Sam Dailley, James Watson) and Female 16/17 Years Medley Relay (Athena Clayson, Savanna Best, Tegan Drew and Madelyn Moore) to elevate the team to 3rd with only the 6×50 Freestyle Cannon remaining.

Devon finished the competition as they had started, swimming to an emphatic victory in the Mixed 6 x 50 Freestyle Relay consisting of James Watson, Reid Jones, Aiden Symons-Brown, Ella Bardgett, Kaylee Dekker and Madelyn Moore. This result ensure Devon finished a brilliant 2nd place only just behind last year’s winners Yorkshire.

Other swimmers contributing to the success of the Devon Team this year were: Bella Hodges, Emily Morgan-Hughes, Oriana Noel, Hubert Gdaniec, Edward Brown, David O’Loughlin, Georgina Dennis, Lana Broekhoven, Duru Tanir, Sandor Apponyi, Ben Fannon and Ben Harrison.

Thanks also go to the County Staff for their contribution to this great result for Devon:

Greg King (Head Coach), Glen Currie (Assistant Coach), Lynn Rayment (Team Manager), Sarah Drew (Chaperone), as well as our travelling President Veronica Blackmore and travelling Official Rebecca Jenkinson.

Exeter Playing in British Water Polo League in Devon (Plymouth)!

Many of you will be broadly aware of Exeter’s senior men playing in the British Water Polo League Division 2 – this places us in the top 16 Clubs in the Country, and the Team usually travel far and wide (Sheffield, Lancaster, Manchester, London) to play their matches.

Well this year and for the first time the Team have the luxury of playing in Devon, at the Life Centre in Plymouth on the 4th and 5th November 2017.

Saturday 4th Nov           13:40    Croydon v Exeter

Sunday 5th Nov             10:10    Welsh Wanderers (pretty much the Welsh national team) v Exeter

13:40    Bristol v Exeter

It would be much appreciated if as many people (whether no connection to the sport or Club members and their families) could come and support the team – many of the Club players or other recipients of this email will know some of the Exeter Team, and it is the highest level Water Polo to have been played in Devon for decades. So far as I am aware there is no charge for entry to spectate. There are other matches ongoing throughout the day in case you wished to watch other matches perhaps interspaced with spending some other time in and around Plymouth (National Marine Aquarium / The Hoe / Plymouth Gin Distillery etc) – full list of fixtures below.  If you have any other questions please do not hesitate in contacting me! The Team that will be playing is as follows:

Saturday 4 November, 2017 – Plymouth

Time Division White Blue
14:30 Men’s Div 3 Birmingham Southampton
15:40 Men’s Div 3 Bridgefield Castleford
16:50 Men’s Div 2 City of Bristol Welsh Wanderers
18:00 Men’s Div 2 Exeter Croydon
19:10 Men’s Div 3 Southampton Castleford


Sunday 5 November, 2017 – Plymouth

Time Division White Blue
09:00 Men’s Div 2 City of Bristol Croydon
10:10 Men’s Div 2 Exeter Welsh Wanderers
11:20 Men’s Div 3 Bridgefield Southampton
12:30 Men’s Div 3 Birmingham Castleford
13:40 Men’s Div 2 City of Bristol Exeter

Please do let me know if you would like to come along to spectate – the Sunday fixtures will be the best atmosphere / level of play!

Kind regards


James Baker
Chairman – Exeter Water Polo & Swimming Club

Devon come 2nd in the Inter County Division 1

Place Club Points
1. Yorkshire 456
2. Devon 435
3. Lancashire 423
4. Scot West 411.5
5. N & Durham 401
6. Kent 380
7. Middlesex 374
8. Leics 368
9. Surrey 349
9. Somerset 349
11. Ox & N Bucks 312
12. Essex 300.5
13. Scot East 300
14. Dorset 296
15. Suffolk 276
16. Swim Wales E 273
17. Sussex 208
18. Notts 194
19. Hampshire 191.5
20. Cheshire 186.5