Exeter held off a determined Manchester side to land their first ASA National Age Group Water Polo Boys’ U19 title in the club’s history.
The two sides played out a thrilling final at Manchester Aquatics Centre, and while neither team was ever more than two goals clear, Exeter ultimately saw out an 8-7 (1-2, 3-2, 2-2, 2-1) win.
But Exeter were made to fight all the way by the defending champions, finding inspiration from a partisan crowd at their home pool.
Many of the players have been part of the senior national league side also and this experience showed in many of the games. The team completed the campaign over three weekends undefeated.