A WATER polo club has claimed their ninth national title after being crowned champions at a recent tournament.

Members of Sedgefield Water Polo Club were praised for their ‘excellent performance’ when they took to the pool at Sunderland Aquatic Centre.

The club was crowned Swim England U15s boys national age group champions after they won all three of their group matches.

They defeated Birmingham, Caledonia and Bridgefield to set up a semi-final clash against Cheltenham.

A spokesperson for the club said: "In a thrilling final against Devonport, the two sides were locked at four and four, at the interval before we edged ahead, only for Devonport to be awarded a penalty in the dying seconds of the game.

"But the chance was missed and Sedgefield held on to take the gold medal after winning all five of their matches."

Sedgefield head coach Adam Woods added: “I’m so, so impressed with all of them. They played very well, both teams. The fact it came down to the last goal, the last penalty was fantastic. I couldn’t have asked for anymore from the lads.

“They have done so well – I’m so happy with them.”

Anyone interested in taking up water polo as a hobby can call or text Sedgefield Water Polo Club on 07579-030598 or email them at sedgefieldwp@hotmail.com.

The team offers free trials on most Saturdays from 4pm until 5.30pm at Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre – these sessions can be booked in advance.