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Player Development Pathway - December 2013

Match report

12/12/2018

A quick report of tonight's Girls under 16 Inter County tournament that was played at Whitgift school in South Croydon.
The Sussex team featured Worthing members Maisie Standen, Nicole Fawcett, Caitlin Silk and Ruby Rosser and they won every match and the overall title.
The results and scorers were as follows:
1. Sussex 7, Hampshire 0
Scorers: Caitlin 3, Nicole 2, Lucy Bullock 2

2. Sussex 5, Surrey 1
Scorers: Maisie 2, Lucy 2, Caitlin 1

3. Sussex 3, Kent 1
Scorers: Nicole 1, Caitlin 1, Lucy 1

4. Sussex 5, Middlesex 1
Scorers: Maisie 2, Nicole 2, Lucy 1

All of the Worthing girls made excellent contributions and Grace Byford was also selected but was unavailable due to injury.
This was an excellent win for this young Sussex team and it was very well coached by Amy Styles and Liv Henderson who both play for Mid Sussex Marlins in the national league. Liv is also a Worthing member and trains with us regularly.

I have attached a picture of the squad taken after they were presented with the winners medals.

Kind regards,
Alastair

Match report

12/12/2018

In the past couple of weeks we have played the home and away Sussex county league fixtures against Hastings.
A brief report of both games follows:

Hastings 3, Worthing 10.
The away match at Hastings is always a challenging proposition for us because of the deep/shallow pool which since our move to Splashpoint we hardly ever experience. As a result, we now have juniors players who have never indulged in the " dark arts" of shallow water matches which really are very different to the deep water of our home pool.
We actually adapted pretty well to the conditions at Hastings and the team put in a very solid defensive display. In attack we missed far too many chances but the final score was a fair indication of the difference between the teams.
Scorers: Jamie 3, Sam 2, Richard 2, Ben 1, Toby 1, Joe 1.
Exclusions: Richard 2, Ben 1
Squad in full: Henry Elwell-Sutton, Adrian Irbe, Richard Hooper, Sam Cooper, Ben Alcorn, Toby Underwood, Joe Hazeldine, Jamie Bond & Akos Hausknecht.

Worthing 15, Hastings 6.
A bizarre match not least because we were not aware that Hastings were going to come and play this game! The date had been changed on a couple of occasions but the revised date was never confirmed and so we had a very small squad available on the night.
Eventually the match that took place was a decent contest and we actually played some good water polo a times scoring a number of quality goals. It was hard work playing with only the minimum squad of seven, but we played in a way to preserve some energy and this worked pretty well.
Scorers: Ben 7, Archy 2, Alastair H 2, Robbie 2, Akos 1, Adrian1.
Exclusions: Archy 2, Adrian 1
Squad in full: Adrian Irbe, Alastair Hardinge, Ben Alcorn, Archy Burnell, Akos Hausknecht, Robbie Scott & Alastair Roberts.

Kind regards,
Alastair

News

4/12/2018
 

Three Worthing girls played for the South-East region at the annual under 14 inter regional water polo championships over the past weekend that was played at the Walsall gala baths.
Ruby Rosser, Lillie Standen and Keira Byford were part of the team that eventually finished 5th in the competition that featured 10 regional squads from around the UK. The South-East girls were very unfortunate not to secure a top four finish losing out to the South-West on the narrowest of margins in the group on goal difference. In the group stage the girls beat East-Midlands 13-2 and North-West Lightning 8-6, drawing with the South-West 3-3 and losing a close game to the North-East 3-6. In the 5th/6th play off game the South-East girls won another tight match 7-5 against a strong East region team. 
All of the Worthing girls will have benefited greatly from the experience of playing in this competition, and for Lillie and Keira this was their first chance to play at this level. Ruby was part of the team last year that won the bronze medal.
I have attached a picture of the girls taken at Walsall. (L-R), Keira, Ruby & Lillie.

Kind regards,
Alastair

Match report

13/11/2018

The following is the report of the BWPL weekend at Matlock.

We travelled to Matlock in the Derbyshire peak district for the third weekend of the 2018-2019 national league campaign which would see us complete our first phase of the competition with matches against Manchester Hawks and Castleford.

A record of 4 wins with only 1 defeat had already secured a top 5 finish in the first phase and as result we knew before the games in Matlock that we were safe in division 3 for next season and we would have a chance to be promoted when the second part of the season starts in January.

Once again, we took a full squad of 13 which always offers us the chance to play at a high tempo with rested players always ready to come and in and make a contribution from the bench.

The individual match reports are as follows:

Saturday 17.15
Worthing 14, Manchester Hawks 8
Quarter scores: 3-3, 3-1, 4-3, 4-1

The Manchester Hawks team is combination of experienced players along with a large number of talented juniors, all who are involved with the national squads at various age groups.

We knew that this would be a very tough game against a team that is based on a very well organised counter attack and it was essential that we dealt with this to limit the oppositions options in attack.

We had a game plan that worked really well and as a result it was our counter attack, particularly from Joe who scored 6, that was the dominant factor in the outcome of the match.

All of the squad made good contributions and it was good to see Elliot score his first national league goal with an excellent back hand shot that gave the Manchester goal keeper no chance. The only real concern was the number of exclusions that we were judged to have committed but our excellent defending backed up by Marc’s goalkeeping meant that Manchester failed to capitalise on many of the opportunities.

Overall this was a very good win when tactically we controlled the game throughout

Scorers: Joe 6, Vytas 4, Elliot 1, Matt 1, Joao 1, James 1
Exclusions: Elliot 2, Sam 2, Joe 2, Jacob 2, James 2, Richard 1, Ben 1, Matt 1, Joao 1, Akos 1, Toby 1.

Sunday 12.15
Worthing 12, Castleford 9
Quarter scores: 6-1, 2-2, 3-4, 1-2

This was a difficult match against a team who play a type of water polo that you don’t often see in the modern game. They do however possess players who have the ability to make life very difficult for any team that is not well prepared and we worked hard to play our game but this proved difficult at times.

We played really well in the first quarter and raced to a 6-1 lead and we really should have controlled the game thereafter. Unfortunately at times we fell into the trap of playing the type of game that suited the opposition and we made some key mistakes when we really should have made the final result a formality.

That said, this was another good win which we very much deserved.

Scorers: Matt 3, Joao 3, Vytas 2, Richard 1, James 1, Jacob 1, Ben 1
Exclusions: Joe 3, Ben 2, Elliot 1, Joao 1, Vytas 1
Squad in full: Marc Guimera (G/K), Elliot Hurst, Sam Cooper, Richard Hooper, Ben Curtis, Joao Martins, Vytas Liubertas, Joe Hazeldine, Jacob Nash, Toby Underwood, Matt White, Akos Hausknecht & James Poole.

Overall this was another excellent weekend for the team and the two wins means that we have finished top of division 3 after the first part of the season.

We now look forward to the second phase of the campaign which starts in January and we will play another 7 matches that will give us the opportunity of promotion to division 2. This will be a very tough proposition but all of the squad are looking forward to the challenge.

Kind regards,
Alastair

Match report

8/11/2018

Sussex County Senior League
K2 Leisure Centre
Crawley 6, Worthing 14.
Quarter Scores: 2-4, 1-3, 2-3, 1-4

This was an entertaining affair when we played with a team that featured a number of our juniors, some who were playing in their first competitive senior match.
We were always in control but our finishing was at it's best and as a result we missed a number of chances when we really should have scored. Defensively we limited Crawley to a small number of chances and we were slightly unlucky with a couple of deflected shots that found the back of our net.
All the juniors who played made good contributions and it was good to see Josh Coulson score his first senior goal.

Scorers: Richard Hooper 5, Ben Alcorn 4, Akos Hausknecht 2, Jon Beder 1, Toby Underwood 1, Josh Coulson 1.
Exclusions: Robbie Scott 3, Toby Underwood 2, Sam Cooper 1, Adrian Irbe 1.
Squad in full: Henry Elwell-Sutton, Robbie Scott, Sam Cooper, Richard Hooper, Jon Beder, Matty Smith, Jamie Bond, Toby Underwood, Josh Coulson, Ben Alcorn, Akos Hausknecht & Adrian Irbe.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

24/10/2018

This is the latest water polo news.

British Water Polo League Division 3
Marlborough College
20th/21st October 2018

Hi,

We travelled to the picturesque Wiltshire market town of Marlborough to play the second round of the fixtures in the 2018-2019 national league campaign having won 2 of our 3 matches at Sheffield three weeks ago.
This was always going to be a key weekend for our senior team with crucial fixtures against the much improved Southampton on Saturday and Cheltenham Spartans on Sunday.
These are the individual match reports:

Saturday 13.00
Worthing 5, Southampton 4.
Quarter Scores: 0-1, 3-1, 2-1, 0-1

This was a tough game against our south coast rivals who were unbeaten after the first weekend at Sheffield and are now a very awkward team to play.
We made a strong start and we created a number of excellent chances but we missed when we should have scored and almost inevitably Southampton scored the only goal of the first quarter with a break away.
We found a better rhythm in the second period and quick goals soon saw us take a 3-1 lead at the mid-point. The remainder of the match was a very cagey affair with both defences on top but we maintained a two goal advantage until relatively late in the final quarter.
This was a very hard match but we always looked the more attacking team and if we had taken our chances we would have had a more comfortable victory.
All the squad made good contributions and played a part in what was a vital win.
Scorers: Joe 3, Joao 2
Exclusions: Richard 2, Elliot 1, Matt 1, Joao 1, Vytas 1, Guglielmo 1.


Sunday 11.30
Worthing 10, Cheltenham Spartans 4
Quarter Scores: 3-2, 2-0, 2-2, 3-0

This was a really, really tough match but we came up with a good performance when it mattered.
Cheltenham have been one of the dominant teams in UK water polo in recent years winning the league and cup competitions on several occasions. The Spartans are their second team that was entered into the league to offer younger players the chance to play in national league water polo before progressing potentially to the first team. The team that we faced was short on younger players but did include many members of the successful Cheltenham teams of the past few years most who had played international water polo.
As a result we developed a game plan that was very different to how we played against Southampton but looked to make the most of our quick counter attacking.
For long periods we controlled the game and our zone defence meant that Cheltenham were forced to shoot from distance on many occasions and Marc was in excellent form in goal.
We made an excellent start and George scored two excellent goals in the first quarter with Vytas adding a third. Cheltenham scored twice to reduce the margin but the pattern of the game had been set and we extended our lead to 5-2 at the mid-point. The third period was 2-2 but we controlled the match in the final quarter cleverly taking time out of the game maintaining possession.
This was an excellent win and was very much deserved for a really well disciplined performance where our tactics worked really well. Once again, all of the squad made good contributions in what was a really tough encounter.
Scorers: George 3, Ben 2, Joao 1, Vytas 1, Joe 1, Alastair 1
Exclusions: Joao 2, Alastair 2, Elliot 1, George 1, Richard 1, Ben 1, Matt 1, Joe 1, Jacob 1, Guglielmo 1.

Squad in full: Marc Guimera, Elliot Hurst, George Wood, Richard Hooper, Ben Curtis, Joao Martins, Jacob Nash, Alastair Hardinge, Guglielmo Sportelli, Joe Hazeldine, Vytas Liubertas, James Poole, Matt White.

This was an excellent weekend for us and the two wins mean that we have already secured our place in division three for next season and we will also have a chance to possibly gain promotion when the second phase of the competition starts in the new year.


On Saturday evening the coaches left Marlborough to travel to Basingstoke where our junior team were playing in an invitation tournament.
This was an event for boys and girls born 2005 & younger and we decided that we would take a very young team, many who were making their competitive debut for the club.
The team played three matches and the results were as follows:
Wiltshire County: lost 0-7
Basingstoke: won 7-1
Kingston: drew 3-3
The Wiltshire team were much older but we never gave up and the squad improved game by game.
It was really good to see so many juniors playing their first "proper" matches and the potential of all of the squad was clear to see. We had a squad of 12 players and only 3 were born in 2005 and as a result the majority will be available again next year.
We also had two of our girls playing for the SE region team in the other half of the draw and both Lillie Standen and Keira Byford played well.
I have attached a picture of all of the squad at Basingstoke;-
L-R Florence Rosser, Alastair Roberts (TM), Toby Taylor, Mia Sukumaran, Matt White (Coach), Joe Boot, Archy Moon, Felix Monaghan (g/k), Henry Broadhurst, Luke Heaton, Josh Davis, Owen Halligan, Ethan Foxwell, Ben Alcorn (Asst Coach), Ethan Lecuyer.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

16/10/2018
 

Photo album


I know that the events of Saturday in Manchester have been all over social media, but this is the "official" report of the remarkable events of what turned out to be a historic day for the club.

Boy's Under 15 National Age Group Water Polo Championships
Manchester Aquatic Centre
Saturday 13th October 2018

Worthing swimming club was founded in 1890 and throughout the 128 year history we have enjoyed a great deal of success in swimming, diving and water polo.
The club had made one previous appearance in a national water polo final but that was in 1901, and perhaps the fact that we lost to Manchester Osborne was a good omen for the weekend when we made the long journey north to the impressive Aquatic centre that opened for the 2002 Commonwealth games.
We entered the junior water polo Championships as recently as 2005 when we rather unluckily lost a close quarter final to the eventual winners who just happened to be Manchester.
We had targeted an entry into this event for around the last 12 months when we realized that we had a talented core group of players who potentially could be competitive. Our development through playing regularly in the London League and incorporating a number of the boys into senior training sessions has been impressive but in all honesty, nothing prepared us for the events of Saturday.

First up we had to contend with what a number of the other coaches present happily termed the "group of death" which would see us play Manchester (them again, defending champions in their home pool) along with Sedgefield from the north-east who have a long tradition in junior water polo.
In our favour, the Manchester v Sedgefield match was the opening game which gave us the opportunity to study what we would be up against but we still anticipated two tough games. These are the individual match reports:

Match 1. Worthing 15, Sedgefield 4.
Quite simply we demolished what was a decent opposition but they had no answer to our pressing defence and speed of counter attack. Time and again we turned the ball over scoring regularly as a result. We were able to "manage" the second half of the match making good use of the bench players.

Match 2. Worthing 9, Manchester 1.
Home pool, big crowd, defending champions but no problem. Probably one of the pre-event favorites and with a long history of success in junior national events, we obviously knew that this was a key match. The format meant that to have any chance of winning overall we had to finish top of the group and we spent time before the game detailing the oppositions key players and how we could exploit what we perceived as weaknesses. And so it proved, we dealt brilliantly with the Manchester "star" players and ruthlessly exploited the weaker ones. At times they tried to play a zone defence to stop our centre forwards and we scored from distance. They changed to a press so we put the ball to our centre forward and scored that way. A dominant display and although Owen in goal did make a number of saves we could have kept a clean sheet.

As a result of topping the group we were then in the second round with Nova Centurion and Birmingham and although we had not been able to see either play we obviously anticipated tough matches against two other group winners.

Match 3. Worthing 9, Birmingham 6
Same tactics, same result. Birmingham were the best team that we played and were based on the West Midlands team that won the inter regional competition that was played last December.
We made an excellent start and quickly led 3-0 which saw the opposition coach call a time out to try and change their tactics. They made a change, but it made no difference, and although this was a tough game we led comfortably with 3-4 minutes remaining and as a result we "managed" the game to its conclusion.
Another big win and we knew that if we could beat Nova we would be in the final.

Match 4. Worthing 13, Nova Centurion 4
Another dominant display against the talented Nottingham based team. Once again our tactics meant that we controlled the play and we continued to expose teams on the counter attack scoring time and again when we turned the ball over.
We managed this game well again in the later stages resting some of the key players ahead of the final which we now knew we would be playing in.

Having qualified for the final we spent time watching the match between the two teams that we presumed we would play. This was a close affair between Sheffield and Bristol but after the game concluded the organisers confirmed that we would actually be playing Watford for the trophy and the gold medal.
This was good and bad. We have played Watford many times in the London league in this age group over the past couple of years and we have always won. But that was London League and this was a national championship final.........

Match 5. Championship Final. Worthing 10, Watford 2
Another dominant display when our now well practised tactics proved far too strong for for a Watford team who looked tired. Once again we gave next to nothing away in defence and we scored time and again from open play, particularly on the counter.
At half-time we realized that we were very close to a historic win and once again we manged the remainder of the match making sure that we offered no Watford no way back. And so it proved, we won the final of a national championship by a comfortable margin but it was never as easy as it may look.


It was a remarkable win and I'm pretty sure that very few people saw it coming. I would admit to being one of them. But we did win and the official report is available on the Swim England website at:
https://www.swimming.org/waterpolo/worthing-worthy-winners-u15s-national-age-group-title/

The report does not make mention that we also had the winners of the three tournament individual awards. Josh Luff was named most valuable player, Jamie Bond was top goal scorer and Owen Street best goal keeper. The full squad was as follows:
Owen Street, Josh Luff, Jamie Bond, Matty Smith, Max Hubrich, Aidan Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Rico Newman-Morgan, Henry Broadhurst & Zach Kingett.

On reflection we owe a great deal of thanks to a huge number of people. The club support water polo and make things like this possible. We have a number of people who give up their time to help coach. Our sponsors, particularly Worthing based Roffey Homes, continue to offer help financially. Parents "buy into" what we are trying to do and we travel many miles trying to find competition. And we also have three girls in this age group in Caitlin, Grace and Ruby who have been a huge part of the team as it has developed over the past couple of years and they deserve great credit for what they have contributed.

It was a long way home on Saturday night/Sunday morning, and we could have done without the M6 having been closed, but it didn't really matter after a fantastic and ultimately richly deserved national championship win.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

10/10/2018

Our junior development program continued with the first round of the under 16 London League that was played last Sunday at the Whitgift School pool in South Croydon.
Having jointly won the recent under 15 Summer Championship with Ealing we know that we have a competitive group of boys and girls but playing a "year up" was always going to be a challenge. Our squad of 10 for this event included only 4 who are at the top of the age group born in 2003 with the other 6 all a year younger.
We also have 4 girls in the squad and although this is a competition for mixed teams most of the opposition teams are predominantly made up of boys.
The two matches that we played on the day could not have been more different starting with a comprehensive 24-0 win against Basingstoke who were a
young and inexperienced opposition. We played well and the scorers were Jamie 8, Josh L 7, Matty 3, Owen 2, Caitlin 2, Maisie 1 and Grace 1. Josh C, Matty , Ben and Grace managed to pick up an exclusion each.

Game two was against a very talented, all male and mainly older team from Beckenham which proved to be one of the best junior matches that we have been involved with in recent memory.
At the pre-match meeting we spoke about what we would need to do to play against this type of opposition and although we did make a number of mistakes during the game all of the squad made excellent contributions.
We fell behind in the first few seconds but we soon equalised and although we were 2-4 down at half time we were still very much in the game.
The match continued to be close and we were still trailing by 2 at the start of the final period but Josh C reduced the arrears with a goal on a "man up" play and then in an exciting climax Nicole leveled the scores on a break away with 30 seconds left. Unfortunately their was still time for Beckenham to attack and Nicole was excluded in the final few seconds and we then conceded what turned out to be the winning goal with 2 seconds left.
We never like to lose games but this was a terrific performance from our young squad and we were very unlucky not to take at least a draw.
The scorers were Josh L 3, Jamie 2, Nicole 1, Josh C 1. Caitlin, Josh C, Josh L and Nicole had 1 exclusion foul each. Final Score: Worthing 7, Beckenham 8.
Squad in full: Owen Street, Caitlin Silk, Ben Bolton, Josh Coulson, Grace Byford, Josh Luff, Jamie Bond, Matty Smith, Nicole Fawcett & Maisie Standen.

The next round of the competition is not until January when we will play against Croydon and West London Penguin.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

9/10/2018

This is the report of the latest water polo match.

Sussex County Senior League.
Wednesday 3rd October 2018 - Worthing
Worthing 25, Crawley 6
Quarter Scores: 4-1, 5-0, 9-2, 7-3

The Worthing senior team eased to a relatively straightforward win against Crawley last Wednesday in the latest Sussex senior league fixture.
We controlled the match throughout and Crawley always struggled to create many chances against our high intensity pressing defence.
In attack we created a large number of chances on the counter attack and the opposition really struggled to cope with the quality of our play.
All of the squad benefited from a good amount of water time and the goal scoring was shared by 8 of the outfield players.
Scorers: Matt 5, Sam 4, Richard 3, Joao 3, Joe 3, Jamie 3, Akos 2, Adrian 2
Exclusions: Akos 2, Henry 1, Jamie 1, Matt 1
Squad in full: Henry Elwell-Sutton (g/k), Adrian Irbe, Sam Cooper, Richard Hooper, Joao Martins, Jamie Bond, Joe Hazeldine, Ben Alcorn, Akos Hausknecht, Matt White.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

1/10/2018

This is the report from day 2 of the weekend at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

British Water Polo League Division 3
Ponds Forge, Sheffield
Sunday 30th September 2018

After a tough game on Saturday against Cambridge we faced two matches in a busy program on the Sunday.

Match 1. 11.15
Worthing 6, Croydon 8
Quarter Scores: 3-2, 1-3, 0-1, 2-2

Frustrating. That really could be the one word report about a match that we really should have taken something from but after a bright start we failed to take our chances at key moments in the game and eventually we suffered a narrow defeat.
We made a really good start and led at the end of the first quarter but Croydon changed their defence and we struggled to break this down. That said, we created a number of chances when we really should have scored and this ultimately made the difference.
Late in the game and with only a one goal deficit we were pushing hard for an equaliser but Croydon scored late on the break.
It was disappointing to lose a very tight game but this again illustrated that this division is always competitive with small margins making all of the difference.
Scorers: Vytas 3, Ben 1, Matt 1, Alastair 1.
Exclusions: Joe 2, Sam 1, Richard 1, Ben 1, Alastair 1.


Match 2. 15.00
Worthing 6, Otter 1
Quarter Scores: 1-2, 1-0, 1-0, 3-1

We needed to win the final match of the weekend and after a relatively low key affair we secured a very valuable victory.
The third match of a weekend is never easy and both teams were obviously tired but we had a fitter squad of players and eventually this made the difference as the game progressed.
Our defending was excellent throughout and we dealt really well with Otters main attacking player limiting him to a very small number of chances. Marc made a number of saves when required and it looked that we may even keep a very rare clean sheet, but we eventually conceded the only goal with just over 2 minutes of the match remaining.
It definitely wasn't a classic but this was a good performance against an awkward opposition and we very much deserved the win.
Scorers: Joe 3, Ben 1, Matt 1, Joao 1.
Exclusions: Ben 1, Joao 1, Jacob 1, Akos 1.

Squad in full: Marc Guimera (g/k), Elliot Hurst, Akos Hausknecht, Richard Hooper, Ben Curtis, Sam Cooper, Joe Hazeldine, Vytas Liubertas, Matt White, Alastair Hardinge, Jacob Nash & Joao Martins.

Overall we were happy with two wins but it could have been better. We are in a good position heading to the next two match weekend at Marlborough in three weeks time and we should benefit from having played the three matches over this weekend.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

29/9/2018

This is the first report of the 2018-2019 British Water Polo League campaign.

We traveled to Yorkshire to the excellent facilities at Ponds Forge in Sheffield for the opening weekend of the new season in division 3 of the British national league.

It is ironic that we have made the journey in excess of 200 miles to play three teams who are based in the south of the country but that is how the fixtures can work. As a result the Saturday match was against Cambridge and on Sunday we play two London teams in Croydon and Otter.
This report relates to the Saturday game:

Saturday 29th September 2018, 14.30
Worthing 8, Cambridge 3.
Quarter Scores: 2-0, 1-1, 1-2, 4-0.

Our opening fixture was against familiar rivals Cambridge and we knew that we would probably be in for a tough game.
We actually controlled the match throughout and our defending was of a high standard restricting Cambridge to a small number of opportunities and Marc dealt with a number of these.
In attack we created chance after chance but our finishing lacked sharpness and as a result Cambridge were in the game up until the final quarter. We eventually won the match fairly comfortably but we will have to improve, particularly in attack, in some of the games that are to come.
That said, this was the first competitive game that we had played for a while and our performance suggested that we will improve as we play more matches.
On a positive note we saw encouraging debuts from Vytas and Sam and I'm sure that the team will take on board what we need to do to make the required improvements.
Scorers: Matt 4, Vytas 2, Richard 1, Joe 1.
Exclusions: Joao 2, Alastair 2, Sam 1, Matt 1, Vytas 1, Akos 1.
Squad in full: Marc Guimera, Elliot Hurst, Ben Curtis, Joao Martins, Matt White, Richard Hooper, Alastair Hardinge, Vytas Liubertas, Akos Hausknecht, Sam Cooper, Joe Hazeldine.

The two match reports from Sunday will be with you as soon as I can produce them.

Kind regards,

Alastair

News

22/8/2018
 

https://twitter.com/SEWaterPolo

 

The attached twitter post gives details of the South east region girls who are currently attending the annual water polo national academy training camp at Millfield school in Somerset.
Of the 9 girls in the picture, 8 are currently playing and training at Worthing. Caitlin, Lucy, Grace and Ruby are part of our London League under 15 squad. Nicole played, and scored the winning goal in the recent under 16 inter regions competition. Maddie and Jess train with us and played for our girls team in the recent matches at Watford and Liv trains with us regularly.
 
I hope to have a picture of the Worthing boys who are also at Millfield fairly soon. Jamie Bond, Owen Street and Josh Luff are part of the 2004 age group squad and Elliot Hurst, who made his debut for us in the national league back in the spring, is with the 2001 squad. 

If you require any further information please come back to me.
 
Kind regards,
 
Alastair

News

18/7/2018

 

Ten Worthing junior boys and girls have recently represented the South-east at the under 16 (born 2003 & younger) national inter regional championships.
The boys event saw the squad make the long journey to the North-west to play at the Liverpool Aquatic centre in a tough seven team competition. Josh Coulson, Jamie Bond, Owen Street, Ben Bolton and Mattie Smith were part of a squad of thirteen who played six tough matches over the weekend winning against the North-west and Wales teams.

The South-east girls played last weekend at Millfield school in Somerset and as a result of the strength in depth in the region entered two teams in the competition for the first time. Caitlin Silk, Grace Byford and Nicole Fawcett (who has only recently arrived in the UK from South Africa) were part of the "a" squad and Maisie Standen and Ruby Rosser played in the "b" team.

In a hugely exciting event the A squad won the competition in the most exciting of circumstances beating Ireland in the final having lost to the same opposition in the qualifying games on the Saturday. This was a remarkable win with the SE girls coming back from 2-6 down, Nicole scoring the winner with a great shot from long distance with only 4 seconds remaining in the match.

All of the girls in both squads made a significant contribution and Nicole was named Most Valuable Player for the A team with Maisie picking up the same award for the B team

I have attached pictures of all three squads.
Image 1 of the boys includes Josh Coulson (4th from left), Jamie Bond (8th from left), Owen Street (9th from left), Ben Bolton (7th from right), Mattie Smith (3rd from right).

Image 2 is of Girl's A squad including Grace Byford (middle of back row), Caitlin Silk (3rd from right, middle row), Nicole Fawcett (far right of picture).

Image 3 is the Girl's B squad with Maisie Standen (6th from the right) and Ruby Rosser (5th from the right).

Please come back to me if you would like any further information.

Kind regards,

Alastair.

News

17/6/2018

Mini Water Polo tournament

Splashpoint, Worthing, Saturday 9th June 2018

 

I have attached a report and pictures from the mini water polo tournament that took place at Splashpoint last Saturday.
This event was a huge success and I have also forwarded the article to the England swimming water polo news letter.
 
Please come back to me if you should need any further information.
 
Kind regards,
 

Match report

23/5/2018

London League Under 15 (2004 & younger)
Tournament 1
Whitgift School, Sunday 20th May 2018

Having won the winter league competition with the same age group team we traveled to Whitgift School for the first round of the 2018 summer championship in confident mood.
With the inclusion of a number of new teams the competition is now played in three divisions and we will play against Watford, Croydon, Ealing and Chelmsford in the top league.
At the first tournament we faced matches against Watford and Croydon and these are the individual match reports:

Worthing 8, Watford 3.
A relatively comfortable win eventually but a very well organised Watford team made it very difficult for us for long periods in this match. We particularly struggled to create good service into the centre forward but the opposition deserve credit for the way that they defended.
Eventually we started to dominate the match, particularly as a result of a a very effective full press defence that often resulted in a counter attack. Grace was particularly impressive marking the opposition centre forward and she also ventured into attack to score a couple of excellent goals.
Overall we definitely deserved to win the match but we didn't play at our best.
Scorers: Jamie 4, Grace 2, Mattie 1, Josh L 1
Exclusions: Josh L 2

Worthing 9, Croydon 4
This was a better performance and we controlled the match form the start and as a result we were able to play all of the squad for good periods.
Once again our defending was the key to our success and all of the squad worked hard to limit the opposition to a relatively small number of chances.
We probably could have scored more goals but we missed a number of chances which we really should have converted. All of the squad made good contributions and this was another encouraging performance.
Scorers: Jamie 4, Josh L 3, Caitlin 2
Exclusions: Grace 1, Lucy 1, Josh D 1

Squad in full: Owen Street, Jamie Bond, Mattie Smith, Josh Luff, Ruby Rosser, Joe Boot, Joshua Davis, Lucy Bullock, Caitlin Silk & Grace Byford.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

17/4/2018

Under 14 London Winter League (2004 & younger)
Final Four Play Off
Whitgift School
Sunday 15th April 2018

The 2017-2018 Winter league competition concluded with an exciting play off final that took place at the excellent deep water pool at Whitgift school.
The first phase of the competition had seen the teams split into north and south divisions with the top two from each then qualifying for the final play off.
Worthing won the south division with Beckenham as runners up. Watford and Ealing qualified form the north division and both have been producing very competitive junior teams for a number of years.
The individual match reports are as follows:

Worthing 9, Ealing 4 (H/T 3-1)

We made a relatively slow start to the competition against a strong Ealing team who possess a number of talented players including a very strong centre forward.
Eventually our tactics and speed of counter attack began to take control and Josh and Jamie were a constant threat alternating at centre forward.
Grace worked hard in defence to nullify the opposition attack but all of the squad contributed to a solid display.
Scorers: Josh 5, Jamie 3, Henry 1
Exclusions: Caitlin 1, Josh 1


Worthing 9, Watford 1 (H/T 7-1)

This was an excellent performance against a Watford team that includes a number of big and strong boys who can dominate a physical game. Our tactics worked really well and as a result Watford were unable to get the ball to their centre forward in dangerous areas and our counter attack was always a constant threat.
We dominated the first half of the match and in the second period we controlled possession for long periods. Owen produced a couple of good saves when required but this was a really dominant display against a strong team.
Scorers: Josh 3, Caitlin 2, Mattie 2, Lucy 1, Jamie 1
Exclusions: Josh 1, Grace 1


Worthing 9, Beckenham 1 (H/T 4-1)

Another excellent performance to end the day and once again our tactics meant that we dominated the opposition in both defence and attack. Jamie and Josh were a constant threat both on the counter attack and at centre forward and they shared the 9 goals that we scored. This though was another good all round team display with our defensive play offering the opposition only a small number of chances.
Scorers: Jamie 5, Josh 4
Exclusions: Jamie 1, Lucy 1, Henry 1

Squad in full: Owen Street (g/k), Josh Luff, Mattie Smith, Jamie Bond, Henry Broadhurst, Grace Byford, Caitlin Silk, Ruby Rosser, Lucy Bullock.


As a result of the three wins we took the title which is the first London League championship that we have won for around 10 years. Without doubt, we were the best team in the competition playing with a combination of talented players and tactics that none of the teams that we played came to terms with. All of the squad made significant contributions and all of them have great potential to develop further in the coming months and years. The team was well supported by parents and friends and as always we are grateful for the efforts of our sponsor Roffey Homes.
I have attached a photo of the winning squad: L-R Josh, Mattie, Jamie, Henry, Owen, Grace, Caitlin, Ruby, Lucy.


Please come back to me if you should require any further information.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

22/3/2018

This is the final report from the 2017/2018 National League season.

British Water Polo League Championship 2.
Hinckley Leisure Centre
March 18th/19th 2018

We travelled to the recently opened Hinckley leisure centre for the final two matches of the 2017/2018 season.
Throughout the campaign we have played a number of very close matches and this weekend was to be no different with both games really proving to be highly competitive. These are the individual match reports:

Saturday 17.00
Worthing 4, Portobello 7
Quarter scores: 3-1, 0-0, 0-5, 1-1.

This match may have ended in defeat but it was undoubtedly one our best performances of the season. Portobello went on to win the division and are a really good team that features a large number of the current Scotland squad.
We spoke at length in advance of the match that we would have to have a tactical plan to deal with the opposition centre forward who is a consistent goal scorer. We also had a slightly unusual attacking plan that we felt might work well against this opposition and this worked particularly well at the start of the match.
Our defending was so good in the first half of the match that we only conceded one goal to the highest scoring team in the league who struggled to create any chances for the centre forward. Marc was in good form dealing with a number of the shots from distance and to lead 3-1 at the half-time break illustrated how well we had played.
We lost the match in a disappointing third period when we lost our way in defence and as a result Portobello took advantage with some excellent outside shooting.
The final period was another close affair and although we had chances to reduce the deficit we missed a number of opportunities.
We never like losing games but this was a really good team performance where everyone made a contribution and it illustrated that we are capable of competing with the higher ranked teams.
Scorers: Joao 2, George 1, Matt 1.
Exclusions: Archy 1, George 1, Elliot 1, Joao 1, Robbie 1, Alastair 1


Sunday 10.30
Worthing 8, Cambridge 9
Quarter Scores: 2-3, 2-3, 2-1, 2-2

This was another highly competitive match which we were desperately unlucky to lose in the final couple of minutes when George conceded a controversial penalty.
We actually had an excellent opportunity to equalize in the last 30 seconds of the match when Cambridge had a player excluded but the opposition goal keeper made the save that condemned us to a defeat by the narrowest of margins.
To be fair, we didn't play badly but we never quite found the level of performance that we had produced on the previous day. A few unforced errors crept into our play and we were also penalized by the referees with a number of attacking reversals which were not always easy to understand. We didn't play badly but all the squad realized that if we had played in a similar way to the previous day against Portobello we probably would have won the match relatively comfortably
Scorers: George 3, Ben 2, Joao 2, Matt 1
Exclusions: George 1, Joao 1, Toby 1, Akos 1, Matt 1, Alastair 1

Squad in full: Marc Guimera (g/k), Archy Burnell, George Wood, Ben Curtis, Elliot Hurst, Joao Martins, Toby Underwood, Robbie Scott, Jacob Nash, Akos Hausknecht, Matt White, Alastair Hardinge.

I have attached a picture of the squad taken outside the pool in a very cold and snow covered Hinckley.
L-R, Elliot, Jacob, Matt, Ben, George, Archy, Akos, Marc, Joao, Toby, Robbie, Alastair Roberts, Alastair Hardinge.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

28/2/2018

Sometimes you have to tell it how it is and this was not the best weekend for the Worthing water polo teams. The senior men's team was in action in the British Water Polo league in Grantham and detailed match reports follow.
Our under 14 juniors were due to play at the Queen Elizabeth's School pool in Barnet in the final four play-off in the London winter league. Having traveled all the way to the venue the teams discovered that the movable floor at the pool was broken and so the tournament could not take place. We hope that the event will be re-scheduled in the coming weeks.

The reports from Grantham are as follows:

British Water Polo League Championship 2
Meres Leisure Centre, Grantham
17/18 February 2018.

Match 1, Saturday 19.30
Worthing 4, Welsh Wanderers 13
Quarter scores: 1-3, 0-3, 1-2, 1-5

The Welsh are a well organised and powerful team who are one of the favorites to win this division and although we played well at times we found it very difficult to sustain a high enough level of performance to be competitive.
We defended reasonably well for long periods, but we always struggled in attack against a very physical pressing defence and we didn't really create enough clear cut chances.
We didn't play that badly and we conceded a couple of late goals that made the final score look a little harsh.
Scorers: Matt 2, Dave 1, George 1
Exclusions: Dave 1, Akos 1, Alastair 1


Match 2, Sunday 09.30
Worthing 7, Castleford 9
Quarter scores: 2-0, 3-4, 2-4, 0-1

A really disappointing performance and result against a team that, if we had played anywhere near our capability, we would expect to beat.
We started fairly well and deservedly led 2-0 at the end of the first quarter but we then became embroiled in the type of match that the opposition wanted to play. We then made far too many unforced errors, often in very dangerous areas and we were regularly punished for our poor play.
This was a difficult game that we really should have been good enough to win but we didn't do enough to record a positive result.
Scorers: Ben 3, George 1, Dave 1, Jacob 1, Matt 1
Exclusions;- Ben 2, Elliot 1, Dave 1, Jacob 1, Akos 1


Match 3, Sunday 14.10
Worthing 7, Southampton 12
Quarter scores: 1-4, 3-3, 2-2, 1-3

Unfortunately we carried on from the Castleford match with a poor performance in the first period of the next match and we never really recovered from 1-4 down at the end of the quarter.
Our defending was never really what it should have been and we struggled to put into practice the system that we were trying to play. As a result we allowed Southampton to score a number of goals that really should have been avoided.
Our attacking play was also struggling to create chances but we did have good opportunities that we then failed to capitalise on.
This was another relatively poor performance and we looked tired which made it very hard to sustain any type of comeback.
Scorers: George 2, Richard 2, Dave 1, Matt 1
Exclusions: George 1, Richard 1, Dave 1, Toby 1, Jacob 1, Akos 1.

Squad in full: Marc Guimera, Henry Elwell-Sutton, George Wood, Richard Hooper, Ben Curtis, Dave Hinder, Toby Underwood, Elliot Hurst, Jacob Nash, Akos Hausknecht, Matt White, Alastair Hardinge


As I mentioned at the start of this report, this was a difficult and ultimately disappointing weekend when we didn't play anywhere near the standard of water polo that we are capable of. We have two matches against Portobello and Cambridge left in the current season which will be played when we travel to the recently opened new facility in Hinkley in a months time.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Water Polo News

28/2/2018
Four Worthing juniors are attending the England water polo national academy training this weekend (10th/11th February) at Northampton boys school.
Grace Byford, Caitlin Silk, Mattie Smith and Jamie Bond were all nominated to join the program after impressive performances playing for the South east in the national inter region championships that were played at the end of last year.
This is the first time that girls and boys born in 2004 have been invited to national squad training and the four Worthing squad members will be working hard both in and out of the pool in what will be a tough weekend.
Both the girls and boys squads comprise around 30 athletes and they will be attending a number of sessions throughout this year.
Please come back to me if you should require any further information.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

14/1/2018
We returned to the Haberdashers School pool in Elstree earlier today for the second match this weekend in the British Water Polo League championship 2.
Having snatched a draw on the Saturday against Croydon we knew that today's game against West London Penguin would be a very tough encounter and it proved to be the case.

Worthing 6, Penguin 16.
Quarter Scores: 0-2, 1-5, 3-5, 2-4

We knew that this would be very difficult match against a well organised and very physical team that features a large number of talented players. We also thought that the effort made in the game on Saturday afternoon against Croydon, when we came back from a 3 goal deficit in the final period, would have taken a great deal out of the squad. This proved to be the case and we always struggled to deal with strength of the oppositions pressing game.
We actually started the game fairly well and in the first period our zone defence was frustrating Penguin and we also looked well organised in attack. As on the Saturday we failed to take our chances, particularly with a number of the opportunities that we had when the opposition had a player excluded.
In the second quarter we lost our defensive discipline and as a result Penguin scored a number of goals that really should have been avoided.
We never gave up and our willingness to counter attack resulted in Penguin committing 17 exclusion fouls but we failed to capitalise on far too many of these chances.
The final score is probably a harsh reflection of the game but we really had few complaints because we knew that we hadn't consistently played as well as we can.
We could take a number of positives from the match including how well a number of our juniors played in the game. Henry played the final period in goal making a number of excellent saves and this gave Marc to chance score his debut goal in the national league.

Scorers: Matt 2, Joao 2, Ben 1, Marc 1.
Exclusions: Jacob 3, Dave 2, Archy 1, Richard 1, Joao 1, Toby 1.

Squad in full: Marc Guimera, Archy Burnell, Henry Elwell-Sutton, Richard Hooper, Ben Curtis, Joao Martins, Toby Underwood, Dave Hinder, Jacob Nash, Akos Hausknecht, Matt White & Alastair Hardinge.

The season continues with a very busy three match program at Grantham on the weekend of 17th/18th February.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

14/1/2018
We have been back in action today playing the first match of the second phase of the British Water Polo League at Haberdashers School in Elstree.

The match report is as follows:

Worthing 9, Croydon 9
Quarter scores: 1-4, 2-2, 2-1, 4-2

Having played a number of close games in the first phase of this national league season when we regularly came from behind to either win or draw in the final seconds, we produced another nail biting display to secure a really hard won point.
The second phase of the season will see us play in Championship 2 which is made up of the bottom three clubs from division 2 along with the top 5 from division 3. We play all the teams once and the top 3 will compete in division 2 next season and if we can achieve this then we will have secured promotion.
The draw for the first weekend was tough for us as we have to play 2 of the 3 division 2 teams with the match against Croydon on the Saturday and West London Penguin on the Sunday.
We didn't play that badly in the fist quarter of the game but we conceded a couple of soft goals and we missed a number of chances when we probably should have scored. The second period was similar, and we continued to create some good chances without taking enough of the opportunities.
At half time we changed tactics sensing that Croydon may tire and this immediately started to produce results and at the start of the final period we only trailed by 2.
It was obvious that the first goal in the fourth quarter would be crucial and we had chances to reduce the deficit to 1 goal but we missed when we really should have scored. Croydon took advantage and scored to stretch the lead to 8-5 but Ben came up with a great finish to make the score 8-6. We looked like we had the momentum but Croydon scored again to make the score 9-6 with just under 6 minutes left but amid a flurry of time outs and exclusions we staged another excellent comeback.
Joao scored to reduce the margin to 9-7 and Ben came up with another good finish to make the score 9-8. In a very exciting conclusion Croydon committed another exclusion foul and Joao came up with an excellent finish to tie the game at 9-9 with just over 1 minute left.
Our second half display was really pleasing and we took the game to Croydon which was responsible for the high number of exclusions (12) that they committed.
Overall we have to be happy with the draw but these games often come down to small margins and it would not have taken a great deal for us to have secured a win.

Scorers: Ben 4, Joao 3, Richard 1, Toby 1.
Exclusions: Joao 2, Toby 1, Alastair 1.

Squad in full: Marc Guimera (g/k), Archy Burnell, Henry Elwell-Sutton, Richard Hooper, Ben Curtis, Joao Martins, Toby Underwood, Dave Hinder, Jacob Nash, Akos Hausknecht & Alastair Hardinge.

A review of the Penguin game will follow tomorrow.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

18/12/2017
This is the last report from a very busy 2017 water polo season.

London Winter League Under 14 Championship.
Whitgift School
Sunday 17th December 2017

Having won the first two matches at the first round of the under 14 winter league championship, we were looking forward to this tournament which would decide if we qualified for the top four play offs that will be played next year.
The individual match reports are as follows:

Worthing 12, Croydon 1.
This was a impressive win and Croydon never came to terms with our high tempo pressing game and the speed of our counter attack. Jamie and Josh were a constant threat in attack and between them they scored all 12 goals, but this was a really good squad performance and Owen actually made a number of good saves.
It was good to see the younger members of the squad beginning to make significant contributions and they will obviously continue to improve as a result of this experience.
Scorers: Josh 7, Jamie 5
Exclusion: Ruby

Worthging 8, Beckenham 6
The program for the event meant that we had to play the two four quarter matches with no break and this was always going to be hard work for our small squad.
This proved to be true but we still did enough to control this match and we were definitely the better side.
Josh and Jamie again dominated the scoring but Mattie also scored a really important goal. Once again, all of the squad played a good part in the win and the goal scorers benefited from some really good team play which created the chances.
Scorers: Josh 4, Jamie 3, Mattie 1
Exclusion: Josh

Squad in full: Owen Street (g/k), Mattie Smith, Ruby Rosser, Leon Taylor, Ethan Foxwell, Jamie Bond, Josh Luff, Grace Byford

Having won all four of the first phase matches we will now play in the final four play off round which will take place at the start of next year. We have good squad of players and it has been really encouraging to include a number of our younger players who will benefit greatly from having been involved.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

13/12/2017
 

Inter Regional Championships

10 December 2017

 

Three Worthing boys played in the under 14 inter regions at Walsall last weekend. Jamie Bond, Mattie Smith and Henry Broadhurst were part of a squad of 11 that produced some excellent performances over the two days. The team was also coached by Ben Alcorn.
The South East region finished in a very creditable sixth place in what was a very tight competition. In the group phase the team drew with the North East 4-4 and lost to the West Midlands by the narrowest margin 3-4 and these two teams went on to meet in the final. The South East also beat Scotland and North West Ravens comfortably before losing the 5th/6th play off to the South West.
Jamie was the leading scorer for the region with 14 goals and was voted the teams MVP by the other coaches but Mattie and Henry also made really good contributions.
I have attached a squad photo which has Jamie in the back row 3rd from the right, Mattie is in the front row on the left and Henry is the 2nd from the right. Ben is at the right hand end of the back row.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

9/12/2017
 

Inter Regional Championships

3 December 2017

 

Three Worthing girls featured in the South East under 14 team that won the bronze medal at the recent inter regional championships at Walsall.

The third place finish was achieved after a demolition of London region by a score of 16-5 when Caitlin scored a remarkable 10 goals with Grace adding 3 and Ruby 1. Not a bad effort from the Worthing girls, who contributed 14 of 16 goals in such a crucial match.

Caitlin was the second top scorer (by 1 goal) at the tournament with 24, Grace scored 9 and Ruby 1.
The region were delighted to finish in the top 3 at the competition and the three girls have all been complimented on the high standard of their play.


I have attached a photo of the squad with Caitlin second from the right in the back row with Grace and Ruby at the right hand side of the front row. Here is the Worthing Three.

Please come back to me if you require any further information

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

9/12/2017
 

Mid Sussex Marlins

26 November 2017

 

We took a very young squad of boys and girls to play against Mid Sussex Marlins at the Dolphin Leisure centre pool in Haywards Heath on Sunday evening.

Mid Sussex had a large squad who were relatively inexperienced but very enthusiastic but we eventually recorded a 22-7 win. It was encouraging to see a number of the younger Worthing squad members make good contributions and everyone played well.
Squad in full: Josh Coulson, Jamie Bond, Mattie Smith, Ruby Rosser, Ben Bolton, Joe Boot, Etham Foxwell, Maisie Standen & Henry Broadhurst.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

9/12/2017
 

Under 14 Inter County Tournament

12 November 2017

 

Six Worthing boys and girls played in the Sussex under 14 team that won the Inter County event last Sunday winning all 4 matches.
The report and picture are attached.


Picture, back row L-R Zach Kingett, Jamie Bond (WSC), Owen Street, Caitlin Silk (WSC), Lucy Bullock, Maddie Calthrop
front row, Mattie Smith (WSC), Henry Broadhurst (WSC), Ruby Rosser (WSC), Grace Byford (WSC)

Thanks,
Alastair

Match report

7/11/2017
 

This is the latest report of the 2017/2018 BWPL season.

British Water Polo League Division 3
Weekend 3
Haberdashers School, Elstree.
4th/5th November 2017


The first phase of the national league season saw our senior team return to the excellent deep water pool at Haberdashers school in Elstree.

After the first two weekends we had won three of the four matches that we had played and as result we only required 1 win form the remaining 3 fixtures to secure a top five finish. This would guarantee a place in Championship 2 in the second phase of the competition which would give us the opportunity of promotion to division 2 for next season.

The three game weekends are always hard work but we were confident that we could secure the results that we required.

Match 1. Saturday 14.15
Worthing 7, Portobello 16
Quarter scores: 2-5, 0-3, 2-3, 3-5

This looked to be the toughest game of the first phase of the season against a Portobello team that features a number of players who have experience of playing at the top level in British water polo.
The game proved to be very difficult but we really didn't help ourselves with a below par performance when we struggled to play with any energy for long periods.
We made a slow start conceding a number of goals that really should have been avoided and we never really played the type of water polo that we are capable of.
It was a disappointing start against the best team we have played but all of the squad realised that we hadn't really done ourselves justice.

Scorers: Matt 2, Ben 1, Toby 1, Dave 1, Jacob 1, Alastair 1
Exclusions: Toby 2, Dave 2, Archy 1, George 1, Ben 1, Stefan 1, Jacob 1, Alastair 1


Match 2. Saturday 18.00
Worthing 12. Ealing 10
Quarter scores: 4-3, 3-0, 2-5, 3-2

A win was required and a win was eventually secured after a nervous finish to a game that we should really have won comfortably after leading 7-3 at half-time.
We played well at times, particularly in the second quarter when our high pressing game gained possession on many occasions. Matt was a constant threat at centre forward and by half time we looked as though we would secure a relatively simple win.
A poor third quarter let Ealing back into the game and made for a nervous finish to the match which really should have been avoided. At one stage in the final period Ealing had reduced our lead to 10-9 but Ben Curtis came up to with two good goals to make the game safe.
The win was what we required and as a result we secured the top five finish with a game to spare. It also meant that the match against Cambridge on Sunday morning would decide who finished second in the division.

Scorers: Matt 5, Joao 4, Ben 2, Toby 1
Exclusions: Jacob 3, George 2, Richard 2, Toby 1


Match 3. Sunday 12.45
Worthing 9, Cambridge 9
Quarter scores: 3-2, 3-3, 1-1, 2-3

Another close match that we really should have won but we missed too many chances and we also contrived to concede a number of goals that really should have been avoided.
We always looked the better team but we seemingly couldn't convert this into a comfortable lead and we kept trading goals throughout the match.
Cambridge worked hard but we really should have built a lead by half time. In the end a draw was probably the right result, particularly as we fell behind with only
20 seconds remaining but in a frantic finish Matt scored with 5 seconds left to secure the point.
This was a game that we probably should have won but the third game of the weekend is always tough and we all knew that we could have played better. That said, the draw was enough to secure second place in the division which we would have definitely settled for before the season started.

Scorers: Matt 3, Joao 3, Ben 2, Richard 1
Exclusions: Richard 2, Joao 2, Ben 1, Toby 1, Alastair 1

Squad in full: Henry Elwell-Sutton, Archy Burnell, George Wood, Richard Hooper, Ben Curtis, Stefan Berechet, Joao Martins, Toby Underwood, Dave Hinder, Jacob Nash, Akos Hausknecht, Matt White, Alastair Hardinge


Overall this was a satisfactory weekend when we secured the results we required which was by far the most important thing. We now don't play again until January when we will play the first matches of the second phase of the season. We know that this will be tough but all of the squad are looking forward to the challenge of trying to secure promotion to division 2.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

19/10/2017
 

This is the latest report from the 2017 Sussex County Water Polo season.

Wednesday 18th October
Worthing 24, Hastings 2
Quarter scores: 4-0, 5-1, 5-1, 10-0.

This was a dominant display from a Worthing team that was actually missing a number of established squad members but we were still far too strong for an enthusiastic but limited opposition who were playing with only 7 players.
After a relatively slow start to the match our pressing game eventually proved too much for Hastings who struggled to maintain possession on many occasions.
We scored time and again on the counter attack and Ben Curtis (8) and Alastair Hardinge (6) led the scoring.
This though was a good all round team display where all of the squad made a significant contribution to what was a very comfortable win.

Scorers: Ben Curtis 8, Alastair 6, George 4, Toby 2, Richard 1, Akos 1, Robbie 1, Ben Alcorn 1.
Exclusions: Archy 1.

Squad in full: Ben Alcorn, Archy Burnell, George Wood, Richard Hooper, Ben Curtis, Akos Hausknecht, Robbie Scott, Toby Underwood & Alastair Hardinge.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

16/10/2017
 

London Water Polo League Under 16 Championships (2002 & younger).
Sunday 15th October 2017
Whitgift School, South Croydon

We travelled to Whitgift School with a young squad knowing that we would be playing three very tough matches against teams that include a number of very talented boys and girls. It proved to be a tough day but all of our squad played well and will have learned a great deal from the experience.
The individual match reports are as follows:

Worthing 5, Croydon 6 (H/T 2-2)
This was a game that we should have won but we missed far too many chances, particularly in a dominant first half, and we were punished for some poor defending at key moments. We did play very well at times and we really should have secured a win but our relative lack of experience eventually proved costly.
Scorers: Oscar 2, Akos 1, Josh 1, Jamie 1.

Worthing 2, Beckenham 11 (H/T 1-5)
A tough game against a very talented team and although the final score indicates a heavy defeat we actually played well for long periods. We were punished with a very strong counter attack when we lost possession but we never gave up and we did score two very good goals.
Scorers: Oscar 1, Jamie 1

Worthing 2, Chelmsford 7 (H/T 0-2)
Another very tough game against a team that is very similar to Beckenham but we defended well for most of the game and we frustrated the opposition on many occasions. All of the squad made a significant contribution and we probably should have scored more goals but our finishing was not at its best.
Scorer: Josh 2

Squad in full: Toby Masray, Josh Coulson, Jamie Bond, Oscar Silk, Caitlin Silk, Grace Byford, Maisie Standen, Josh Luff, Mattie Smith, Akos Hausknecht, Ben Bolton.

We knew that this would be a tough event for us but the boys and girls will benefit greatly from having played against some very talented opponents. We never gave up and all of the squad worked incredibly hard throughout three very hard matches.

Kind regards,

Alastair.

Match report

10/10/2017
 

It was a good weekend on all fronts for the Worthing swimming club water polo teams with the senior men winning both games in the national league and our under 14's also winning twice in the London league at Whitgift school.
We have been seeded to play in the top division playing against the stronger teams in the south but we have a good squad of players in this age group who are making very good progress.
Our first match was against Beckenham and we recovered from a 2 goal deficit to finally win the match 6-3.
After a short break we played Croydon and they were no match for our positive counter attacking and we ran out comfortable 9-4 winners.
All of the squad played a part but it was particularly good to see a number of the younger boys playing for the first time in a "proper" competition. We were also missing Caitlin Silk who would definitely have made the squad even stronger.

Squad in full: Owen Street, Grace Byford, Jamie Bond, Mattie Smith, Ruby Rosser, Josh Luff, Henry Broadhurst, Leon Taylor, Josh Davis, Ethan Foxwell, Joe Boot.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

9/10/2017
 

This is the latest report of the 2017/2018 British Water Polo league season.

British Water Polo League Division 3
Lancaster Salt Ayre, 7th/8th October 2017
Worthing 14, Southampton 2
Quarter Scores: 3-0, 4-0, 3-1, 4-2

The fixture secretary of the national league produced an interesting schedule for the season that resulted in the south coast derby taking place 300 miles from home at Salt Ayre in Lancaster.

We took a squad of 12 players to play against our familiar rivals and we produced a really solid display that was based on a very good defensive display. With Marc back in goal and utilising an aggressive pressing defence, we dominated proceedings from the start and we probably should have won by a greater margin if we had taken more of the many chances that we created.

All of the squad enjoyed a good amount of water time and it always helps to have fresh players on the bench ready to come in and contribute. Stefan scored his first goal playing in the national league and Matt led the scorers with 5 but this really was a very solid team performance.

Scorers: Matt 5, Joao 2, George 2, Richard 1, Ben 1, Stefan 1, toby 1, Alastair 1
Exclusions: George 1, Ben 1, Stefan 1, Jacob 1.
Squad in full: Marc Guimera, Archy Burnell, George Wood, Richard Hooper, Ben Curtis, Stefan Berechet, Joao Martins, Toby Underwood, Jacob Nash, Akos Hausknecht, Matt White & Alastair Hardinge.

British Water Polo League Division 3
Salt Ayre, Lancaster
Sunday 8th October 2017
Worthing 13, Bridgefield 7
Quarter scores: 2-1, 4-1, 4-2, 3-3

This was always going to be difficult game against an opposition who take a very old fashioned approach to water polo. To a number of our younger squad members this was the first time that they had played in this type of match when our opponents did all they could to slow down our swimming game.
They were partly successful but we always looked in control of the match even if we didn't play our best water polo and we eventually ran out comfortable winners.
We looked a little tired and perhaps the effort we put into the Southampton game on the Saturday, when we had played so well, had taken its toll.

Scorers: Matt 5, George 2, Stefan 2, Joao 1, Toby 1, Jacob 1, Richard 1.
Squad in full: Marc Guimera, Archy Burnell, George Wood, Richard Hooper, Ben Curtis, Stefan Berechet, Joao Martins, Toby Underwood, Jacob Nash, Akos Hausknect, Matt White, Alastair Hardinge.

Overall this was an excellent weekend when we secured the two wins that have taken us a stage closer to playing in Championship 2 in the second phase of the competition. This will then give us the possibility of promotion to division 2 for next season.
We complete the first phase of the competition with a busy 3 game weekend at the Haberdashers school pool in Elstree in three weeks time.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

30/9/2017
 

This is the latest report from the 2017 water polo season.

Sussex County League
Wednesday 27th September 2017
Crawley 7, Worthing 15
Quarter scores: 6-0, 2-3, 3-1, 4-3

This was a relatively simple win in an entertaining match against a spirited Crawley team that features a number of junior players who are continuing to improve.
We dominated the first quarter with a combination of a strong pressing defence and quick counter attack which proved far too much for the opposition. Having eased to a 6-0 lead we were controlling the match and we used the remainder of the game to make a number of changes.
In the end we ran out comfortable winners but we didn't play at our best for long periods of the match. That said, all of the squad enjoyed a good amount of water time and we did score a number of good goals even if our defending wasn't its normal high standard.

Scorers: Joao 5, Richard 3, Ben 2, Matt 2, George 1, Toby 1, Robbie 1
Exclusions: Archy 2, Jacob 2, Robbie 1, Matt 1.

Squad in full: Ben Alcorn, Archy Burnell, George Wood, Richard Hooper, Jon Bedder, Dave Hinder, Joao Martins, Toby Underwood, Akos Hausknecht, Jacob Nash, Robbie Scott, Matt White.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

18/9/2017
 

This is the first report of the 2017-2018 British Water Polo League season.

Weekend 1.
Haberdashers School, Elstree.
Saturday 16th September, 13.00
Worthing 8, Birmingham 13
Quarter scores: 2-2, 4-2, 0-4, 2-5

It was a difficult build up to this game with a number of our established squad members unavailable for a variety of reasons and we were particularly hampered by the late withdrawal of our ever reliable first choice goalkeeper Marc Guimera due to work commitments. That said, we brought in 17 year old Henry Elwell-Sutton to make his BWPL debut in goal and he had an outstanding match producing a number of fine saves that indicate that he has a really promising future. We also weren't helped by fellow debutant Stefan Berechet feeling very unwell which meant he was only able to play a limited amount in the match.
We made an excellent start in the match and our tactics were proving very successful in denying Birmingham many shooting opportunities. As previously mentioned, Henry produced some fine saves when required and we also always looked dangerous on the counter attack.
The game turned on a controversial decision when the officials excluded Joao for the remainder of the match in the second quarter which may well have been a case of mistaken identity. His loss, and the subsequent foul trouble that the team found itself in, took its toll in the second half and we struggled to deal with the bigger, older and stronger Birmingham team
Although we never like losing games we should take a great number of positives from how we played for long periods. We had a very young team in the water and Akos made his national league debut at 14 years of age and he was unlucky not to score with a chance late in the game.
Scorers: Richard 3, Ben 2, Toby 2, George 1.
Exclusions: Richard 3, Joao 3, Alastair 3, Toby 2, Stefan 1.


Sunday 17th September, 10.00
Worthing 11, Castleford 10
Quarter scores: 3-3, 3-2, 0-4, 5-1

Quite simply, one of the most exciting games of national league water polo that we have ever been involved with which had and incredible climax when we came from behind to snatch a dramatic winner.
With Stefan unavailable because of illness we only started with a squad of 10 and we soon lost Alastair in the first period when he was excluded for the remainder of the match for misconduct.
The game ebbed and flowed in the first half with the teams trading goals but a poor third quarter, when tiredness was becoming a factor, meant that we started the final period trailing 6-9. The first goal was always going to be important and Richard quickly reduced the deficit shortly followed by another good finish by George. At 8-9 we were definitely back in the game but Castleford took a two goal lead again with a penalty that Henry nearly saved.
Joao scored to make the score 9-10 and then again on a man-up play to level the match 10-10 with just over two minutes remaining. In a frantic finish puntuated by a flurry of time outs, Castleford missed an opportunity to take the lead on a man-up after George was excluded and we regained possession with just under 30 seconds left.
Toby worked hard at centre forward and with 9 seconds left he won an exclusion foul and with the clock running down, Joao produced a cool finish to score with 2 seconds left securing the win.
This was a terrific win and all of the squad made significant contributions but I would like to make a special mention of Henry who came in at short notice to play in goal. He made a number of significant saves including a penalty, often at key times in the match, and at 17 years of age he looks to have a very bright future.
Scorers: Joao 4, George 3, Ben 2, Richard 1, Jacob 1.
Exclusions: Alastair 3, Ben 2, Jacob 2, George 1, Richard 1, Joao 1, Toby 1.

Squad in Full: Henry Elwell-Sutton, George Wood, Archy Burnell, Richard Hooper, Alastair Hardinge, Ben Curtis, Joao Martins, Toby Underwood, Jacob Nash, Stefan Berechet & Akos Hausknecht.

The BWPL campaign will continue when we make the long trip to Lancaster on 7th-8th October.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

4/9/2017

Sussex County League
Sunday 3rd September 2017
Mid Sussex Marlins 1, Worthing 19

We travelled to the all deep pool at the Triangle in Burgess Hill for the latest county league match. We made the decision to take a squad the combined some of our established senior players with a number of juniors (Joe B, Oscar, Akos, Josh & Jamie), some of whom were playing their first competitive senior match.


The final score reflects the difference between the teams and we controlled the match throughout with our counter attacking play always causing the opposition problems.
All of the squad enjoyed a good amount of water time and the juniors particularly impressed with the way that they played.

Squad in full: Robbie Scott (g/k), Joe Hazeldine, Richard Hooper, Ben Alcorn, Jacob Nash, Ben Curtis, Archy Burnell, Joe Brennand, Oscar Silk, Akos Hausknecht, Josh Coulson, Jamie Bond.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

17/7/2017
The following is the report of last night's water polo match in Brighton.

Sussex Senior League
Friday July 14th 2017
Brighton 6, Worthing 18
Quarter Scores: 1-2, 5-7, 0-3, 0-6

Friday evening at the Price Regent pool for a match against Brighton is never an easy affair with the shallow, narrow venue not exactly what we are used to.
With a small squad of only 9 players we knew that this would be a tough and uncompromising affair and that was exactly what it proved to be.
The officials did a good job in challenging circumstances and our high tempo pressing game led to the opposition committing a number of exclusion fouls that we regularly capitalised upon.
The match was close up to half time and the second period in particular was poor display by our normal standards when we contrived to concede a number of disappointing goals.
We found our form in the second half of the match scoring 9 times without conceding and we eventually ran out relatively comfortable winners.
Scorers: Joao 7, Richard 4, Ben C 3, Joe 2, Toby 1, Ben A 1.
Exclusions: Ben A 1, Adrian 1, Robbie 1, Richard 1, Joao 1

Squad in full: Ben Alcorn, Ben Curtis, Richard Hooper, Joao Martins, Joe Hazeldine, Toby Underwood, Robbie Scott, Adrian Irbe, Alastair Roberts.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

13/7/2017
 

It's been another busy few days with our senior team in action in the annual Army water polo tournament and six of our juniors playing for the SE region at Northampton in the under 16 inter regional championships.

I have attached the report (by Ben Alcorn) of the event at Aldershot and also my report of the tournament at Northampton.
 

Last weekend we had six of our under 16 boy's squad playing for the South East region at Northampton. Akos Hausknecht, Jamie Bond, Oscar Silk, Ben Bolton, Mattie Smith and Josh Coulson all enjoyed the opportunity of playing against teams from around the UK.

This weekend Grace Byford, Caitlin Silk and Maisie Standen have played in the girls competition which was played in Liverpool.
The club should be very proud that we had 9 representatives in these two squads and it indicates that we are still producing talented junior players.


Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

2/7/2017
We have had a busy period of matches over the past week and this included two county league games as well as the SE region men's tournament that was played at Splashpoint.

1. Sussex County League
Wednesday 21st June.
Worthing 15, Crawley 4
Quarter scores: 3-1, 4-1, 4-0, 4-2

This was a decent game against a young Crawley team that worked hard throughout the match. We always controlled the game and although we missed a number of easy chances we were by far the better team.
Jacob gave us the lead early in the match and Joe and Joao soon added further goals. We defended solidly throughout and Crawley were reduced to a small number of chances but Ben was his normal reliable self in goal.
In the end this was a relatively straight forward win but credit should go to Crawley who always made it hard for us.
Scorers: Joe 5, Joao 3, Jacob 2, Matt 2, Ben C 2, Richard 1.
Exclusions: Robbie 1, Richard 1, Adrian 1, Joao 1, Archy 1, Jacob 1.
Squad in full: Ben Alcorn, Adrian Irbe, Richard Hooper, Joao Martins, Archy Burnell, Jacob Nash, Matt White, Ben Curtis, Joe Hazeldine, Joe Brennand, Dave Hinder, Akos Hausknecht.


2. SE Region Men's Tournament
Saturday 24th June
Match 1, Worthing 24, Basingstoke 4
Quarter scores: 5-0, 7-1, 9-1, 3-2

This was an easy win against a Basingstoke team that really struggled to deal with our attacking play throughout the match.
Our counter attack was particularly dominant and we scored on a number of occasions when we forced a turn over of possession.
The goals were shared arouind 9 of our outfield players and the match served as a useful warm up for the later game against Southampton.
Scorers: Vytas 6, Peter 5, George 3, Joao 3, Toby 2, Marc 1, Archy 1, Richard 1, Joe 1.
Exclusions: Toby 2, Joe 2, Archy 1, Vytas 1.

Match 2. Worthing 9, Southampton 4
Quarter scores: 4-0, 0-2, 4-1, 1-1

A tough encounter against a much improved Southampton team who worked hard to stop us playing our normal style of play.
We played particularly well in the first quarter with Vytas causing the opposition problems at centre forward and our fist goal, from Peter, came as a result of a man-up play. We soon scored again from another man-up and we added goals from Ben C and Joe before the end of the period.
We were well organised in defence and although Southampton worked hard they never created enough clear cut chances to get back into the game.
Eventually we won the match relatively comfortably but it was always a physical encounter and Joao was particularly unlucky to be excluded for an alleged brutality.
Scorers: Peter 3, Joe 2, Richard 1, Ben A 1, Joao 1, Vytas 1.
Exclusions: Joao 3, Joe 2, Richard 1, Peter 1, Vytas 1.

Squad for the SE tournament: Marc Guimera, Archy Burnell, George Wood, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Ben Alcorn, Joao Martins, Toby Underwood, Joe Hazeldine, Jacob Nash, Ben Curtis, Vytas Liubertas, Akos Hausknecht.


3. Sussex County League
Thursday 29th June.
Hastings 3, Worthing 9
Quarter Scores: 0-2, 2-2, 0-1, 1-4

This was a very tough game played in the old fashioned dimly lit deep/shallow Summerfields pool against a much improved Hastings.
Now that we train at the all deep Splashpoint and play the vast majority of our games in deep water pools, the occasional match in a shallow pool offers a really different challenge.
We actually played well for long periods against a really spirited Hastings team who knew how to exploit the conditions but we scored some excellent goals to always lead. The game was close until half time but we the second half saw us take control and in the end this was a relatively comfortable win and we even had the luxury of missing two penalties.
Scorers: Matt 5, Ben C 2, Richard 1, Toby 1.
Exclusions: Richard 2, Matt 1.
Squad in full: Ben Alcorn, Matt White, Ben Curtis, Jacob Nash, Toby Underwood, Richard Hooper, Archy Burnell, Adrian Irbe, Alastair Roberts.


Please come back to me if you should require any further information,.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

20/6/2017
 

It took quite a while to organise but we finally managed to play the first ladies game since we moved to Splashpoint.
We had seen a steady increase in the number of girls playing over the past couple of years and a large number of the juniors have been selected to play for both Sussex and the South East region.
We managed to field a full squad of 13 on Saturday and we actually had a couple of girls who were unable to play. The squad ranged in age from 11 to 22 which is a really young team but all of the girls played well.
A quick report of the game is as follows:

Worthing 8, Basingstoke/Southampton 8
Quarter scores: 1-1, 2-1, 1-4, 4-2

This was really entertaining game between two well matched teams and it was watched by one of the biggest crowds seen at Splashpoint for a water polo match.
We took the lead when Daisy scored with an excellent shot from distance but we missed on a number of occasions when we probably should have scored.
The game was always close until the third period when the opposition scored 4 times to take a 6-4 lead. The final quarter was a really exciting affair and the Worthing squad played some really good water polo in the period and led 8-7 when Anna scored with only 55 seconds remaining. Unfortunately we were unable to see the game out and the opposition equalised with 27 seconds left and we were unable to score a winning goal in the final few seconds.
As previously mentioned, all of the squad contributed to the overall performance but the younger girls were especially impressive and Ruby, at 11 years of age, played really well.

Scorers: Daisy 3, Holly 2, Annah 1, Gemma 1, Anna 1.
Exclusions: Tara 2, Grace 2, Holly 1, Daisy 1, Anna 1.

Squad in full: Ruby Rosser, Sophie Williams, Maisie Standen, Tara Osborne, Holly Stoner, Annah Bowles, Daisy Hazeldine, Gemma Coulson, Alice Mantle, Anna Mantle, Caitlin Silk, Charlie Bond & Grace Byford.

Overall this was really exciting match and all of the squad seemed to enjoy the opportunity of playing a home match. I'm hoping that we might be able to organise the next one a little bit quicker than this game!

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

15/5/2017
 

A very busy day for the Worthing water polo teams with the men's squad in action at the South east regional championships in Portsmouth and the under 15 team playing in the London league at Haberdashers school in Elstree.
We also had our Midlands correspondent at work today with Joe Hazeldine attending the British water polo league annual general meeting in Birmingham.

South East Region Men's Water Polo Championship.
Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth.
Sunday 14th May 2017

Match 1 (15.15)
Worthing 13, Faversham 7
Quarter Scores: 3-4, 4-1, 5-0, 1-2

This was a match that we eventually won fairly comfortably against a talented Faversham team who were well organised and always dangerous in attack.
We made a relatively slow start and a couple of debatable decisions resulted in us being behind at the end of the first quarter. We changed our defensive tactics and as a result we started to dominate proceedings only conceding one goal in the second and third periods.
Our attack was starting to produce goal scoring opportunities and we always looked the better team. As a result we were able to play all of the squad for reasonable periods which was a great help because we faced the second match of the day only an hour later.
Overall this was a satisfactory win when we probably hadn't been at our best but we still thoroughly deserved the win.
Scorers: George 4, Joao 3, Toby 2, Peter 1, Ben Curtis 1, Alastair 1.
Exclusions: Joao 2, Peter 1, Ben Curtis 1, Alastair 1, Archy 1, Richard 1, Akos 1.


Match 2 (17.15)
Worthing 25, Oxford 7
Quarter Scores: 5-0, 5-2, 9-4, 6-1

This was a much easier match against an Oxford team that worked hard but struggled to compete with the quality of our play. Our dominance was indicated by 11 of our squad of 12 scoring goals during the match and we were always in control. We possibly conceded a number of goals that probably should have been avoided but once again all of the squad enjoyed a good amount of water time and we were very clinical in taking a number of chances that we created.
Scorers: George 5, Joao 5, Peter 4, Richard 2, Jacob 2, Ben Curtis 2, Ben Alcorn 1, Archy 1, Toby 1, Adie 1, Alastair 1.

Squad in full;- Ben Alcorn, Adie Irbe, George Wood, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Jacob Nash, Ben Curtis, Archy Burnell, Joao Martins, Alastair Hardinge, Akos Hausknecht & Toby Underwood.

We hadn't played since the end of the national league season back in March and we looked a little rusty, particularly at the start of the Faversham match. We soon found our form and we were good value for the two wins. All of the squad made good contributions and it was good to see our three juniors play well. Akos particularly did well and at 14 years of age he was making his debut in this competition and he is the latest junior to progress through the system to join the senior squad.


Our under 15 junior squad (2003 & younger) travelled to the excellent new Haberdashers Pool at Elstree for the first tournament in the London League. As a result of our excellent third place finish in the winter competition we have been seeded in the top division and we knew that we would face tough matches. This proved to be the case with a 2-18 defeat by Watford who are the favorites to take the title. The second match was a much closer affair against Ealing and although this ended in a 5-10 defeat all of the squad made good contributions.

Squad in full: Jamie Bond, Mattie Smith, Owen Street, Josh Coulson, Ruby Rosser, Ben Bolton, Grace Byford & Caitlin Silk.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

13/3/2017
 


This is the final report of the 2016/2017 National League season.


British Water Polo League Championship 2.
GL1 Leisure Centre, Gloucester
March 11th & 12th 2017

We travelled to Gloucester for the final matches of the national league season knowing that two wins would secure our place in division 2 for next season.
Once again we were able to play with a full squad of thirteen and having the strength on the bench has been one of the positive aspects of the campaign.
The individual match reports are as follows:

Saturday 13.00
Worthing 14, Birmingham 6.
Quarter scores: 5-0, 1-2, 3-3, 5-1.

This was a good win in a game that we dominated from the start. We had made a decision to play with a high tempo, particularly in defence, and we started really well making it very hard for Birmingham to get into the game.
We probably played as well in the first quarter as we have all season and 5-0 didn't really flatter us. We actually missed a couple of other chances when we really should have scored but we dominated the opposition and they really struggled to create many clear chances. In the second and third periods we created chance after chance but we contrived to miss on many occasions and as a result Birmingham were still in the game. Our defending was still of a high standard but a couple of lapses led to Birmingham goals but we were never in any danger of losing the match.
In the final quarter we dominated proceedings and we scored a number of good goals, particularly on the counter attack.
Overall this was a satisfactory win when we played well for long periods and the positive result was exactly what we needed.

Scorers: Matt 3, Richard 2, Joe 2, Alastair 2, Dave 1, George 1, Peter 1, Ben 1, Joao 1.
Exclusions: Richard 3, Peter 1, Toby 1.


Sunday 14.00
Worthing 8, Welsh Wanderers 8.
Quarter scores: 2-1, 2-3, 2-2, 2-2

Quite simply, one of the most dramatic matches that we have played since we joined the British Water Polo League.
This was the last match of the Championship 2 season with both teams needing a win. We needed the points to secure a place in division 2 next season and the Welsh knew that the win would give them the top spot in the Championship.
After a very positive pre-match meeting we developed a plan to nullify the oppositions attacking game as well as create opportunities in attack. From the outset our defending in particular frustrated the Welsh and with Marc in good form in goal we immediately looked capable of competing with an obviously talented team.
It was inevitably a game of very tight margins but Joao scored 2 excellent early goals to give us the lead in the first quarter and he scored again at the start of the second period. But it became obvious that this was going to be a very close game with two well matched teams giving everything to try and gain the upper hand.
The game was tied at 4-4 at half-time and then again at 6-6 at the end of the third quarter. The final quarter was a pulsating affair with both teams starting to tire resulting in a number of unforced errors. We fell behind at 6-7 and the Welsh scored again to give them a two goal lead with just under 5 minutes remaining. We re-grouped after taking a time out and Nathan scored with an excellent finish on the counter attack and then Richard leveled the score at 8-8 with a good finish on a man up play. We took a second time out with just 90 seconds to play and both teams had chances to win the game in final few moments.
In the end the game was drawn and both teams were disappointed in the outcome and we will play in division 3 in the first phase of next season by the narrowest of margins.
Although disappointed, every member of the squad gave everything they possibly could in what was definitely our best performance of the season and we should take a great deal of credit for the way that we played.

Scorers: Joao 3, Richard 2, Joe 2, Nathan 1.
Exclusions: Joao 3, Dave 2, Peter 2, Jacob 1, Richard 1, Nathan 1.

Squad in full: Marc Guimera, Dave Hinder, George Wood, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Jacob Nash, Joao Martins, Toby Underwood, Joe Hazeldine, Nathan Hart, Ben Curtis, Matt White, Alastair Hardinge.

I have attached a picture of the squad taken after the final match:
Back row: Alastair Roberts (Coach), Peter Benedek, Alastair Hardinge, George Wood, Toby Underwood, Jacob Nash, Nathan Hart, Richard Hooper, Ben Alcorn (Assistant coach).
Front row: Gregg Candy-Wallace (Team manager), Marc Guimera, Joe Hazeldine, Dave Hinder, Matt White, Ben Curtis, Joao Martins.

Finally, we should thank the loyal band of supporters who have followed the team throughout the season and also Roffey Homes whose sponsorship makes our participation in this national competition possible.

Regards,

Alastair

News

28/2/2017

Three Worthing juniors have recently been playing for the south east in the under 18 (born 2000 & younger) inter regional competitions.


Holly Stoner and Alice Mantle were part of the girls team that secured a very creditable 3rd place finish in the girls competition that was played in Blackpool last weekend.


Akos Hausknecht was the youngest member of the boy's squad (he is 2 years younger than this age group) that played two weeks ago at Watford.


All three played well and will undoubtedly benefit from having been involved in these prestigious national competitions.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

14/2/2017

British Water Polo League Championship 2
Haberdashers School, Elstree
11th/12th February 2017

We travelled to the excellent new 25 metre all deep pool at Haberdashers School having won 2 of the three matches that we have played in this phase of the competition.
All of the squad realised that the two matches we were due to play would be vital in our campaign to retain our place in division 2 of the BWPL.

Match 1
Saturday 11th February 12.00
Worthing 8, Croydon 9
Quarter scores: 2-1, 2-4, 1-4, 3-0

This was an exciting match that was never of great quality and we missed the chance to secure at least a draw.
We started well and controlled the game and we really should have led by more than a one goal margin at the end of the first period. Unfortunately we didn't play as well in the second and third quarters when we failed to take our chances while we conceded a number of goals that we really should have avoided.
We started the final quarter 5-9 down but the team showed real quality as we fought back to only a one goal deficit with around 90 seconds left. We then forced a turnover and the subsequent counter attack saw the team win a penalty with about a minute to play which was unfortunately missed. As time ran out we had another opportunity but we failed to take the chance and as a result we lost a game that we should have at least drawn and possibly even have won.
Scorers: Matt 2, Peter 2, Richard 1, Joao 1, Joe 1, Ben 1.
Exclusions: George 3, Peter 1, Joao 1, Matt 1.


Match 2
Sunday 12th February 12.30
Worthing 6, Southampton 5
Quarter scores: 1-1, 2-1, 1-1, 2-2

We knew that the south coast derby was destined to be a tough affair and this turned out to be another close game that we did well to finally win by the narrowest of margins.
Once again, if we had taken our chances we would have had a relatively easy win, but we missed on several occasions when we really should have scored and we also contrived to concede a couple of really sloppy goals. That said, we always looked to be in control and for long periods Southampton really struggled to break down our disciplined zone defence with Marc making a number of good saves when needed.
Ultimately this was a crucial win which we worked really hard to secure. It wasn't always pretty, but it was a vital 2 points and sometimes the result is far more important than the performance and this was definitely one of those occasions.
Scorers: Matt 3, Joe 1, Richard 1, George 1.
Exclusions: Joe 2, Richard 1, Ben 1.

Squad in full: Marc Guimera, Gregg Candy-Wallace, George Wood, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Toby Underwood, Joao Martins, Ben Curtis, Jacob Nash, Archy Burnell, Nathan Hart, Matt White & Joe Hazeldine.

This was a tough weekend and the one win still gives us the chance to remain in division 2 but we will probably have to win the final two fixtures of the season that will be played at Gloucester over the weekend of 11/12 March.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

31/1/2017

London Winter League Under 14 Championship (2003 & younger)
Whitgift School, South Croydon
Sunday 29th January 2017

We entered the under 14 London Winter League with a young team that although lacking a great deal of experience is now beginning to show a huge amount of potential.
The competition was split into 2 geographic divisions with the top two from the north and south meeting in a "final four" play off tournament.
We finished top of the southern group and we were joined by Beckenham along with Watford and Chelmsford from the northern division.
As a result we knew that we would play 3 very tough matches (we had beaten and lost to Beckenham in the first phase) and this proved to be the case in a very exciting evening at the Whitgift School pool.

The results were as follows:

Match 1. Worthing 6, Chelmsford 7.
This was a really exciting match that ultimately we were unlucky not to at least draw missing a couple of late chances. All of the squad played well against a good team that always threatened on the counter attack.
With better finishing we possibly could have even won the match but it was still a very positive performance.

Match 2. Worthing 0, Watford 10.
The score doesn't quite fairly reflect the way that we played in this match and although Watford were well worth the win, we actually played well at times. Watford were the deserved winners of the competition but we did frustrate them for periods and we were unlucky not to score on a number of occasions.

Match 3. Worthing 6, Beckenham 4.
This was a really good finish to the day and we came from behind with a really strong second half to secure a very well deserved win. We played some really good water polo at times and we scored a number of good goals, particularly when on the counter attack. We defended really well and Beckenham became increasingly frustrated trying to break down our high press.

Overall we were very pleased to secure a third place finish in the competition and without doubt all of the squad have made significant progress in the past few months. We hope to continue this development and we have entered the London summer league which is for the same age group.

Squad in Full: Caitlin Silk, Grace Byford, Ruby Rosser, Ben Bolton, Jamie Bond, Josh Coulson, Owen Street, Mattie Smith, Leon Santer, William Cavanagh, James Croud & Tom Broadbridge.
I have attached a picture of the squad.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

25/1/2017

We travelled to Gloucester for the first matches in the second phase of this years national league campaign and we faced a busy weekend program with games on Saturday and one on the Sunday morning. These are the individual match reports:

BWPL Championship 2.
GL1 Leisure Centre Gloucester
Match 1, 13.00 Saturday 21st January
Worthing 6, Watford 11 (Quarter scores: 2-2, 1-6, 1-4, 2-1)

This was a very tough opening game against a Watford team that now features a large number of talented overseas players. We actually started quite well and the first quarter was a really close affair with both teams struggling to create clear chances.
The game changed in the second period when we were punished for a number of basic mistakes and Watford scored a number of goals that we really should have avoided.
We kept going well and we did force the Watford defence into committing a number of exclusion fouls but we didn't really take full advantage of the opportunities.
In the end the final score was probably a fair reflection but we knew that we had not been at our best which was the most disappointing aspect of the defeat.
Scorers: Dave 1, Peter 1, Joe 1, Nathan 1, Matt 1, Ben 1.
Exclusions: Richard 2, Joao 2, Alastair 2, Jacob 1, Matt 1.


Match 2, 16.30 Saturday 21st January
Worthing 14, Cambridge 5 (Quarter scores: 1-0, 2-0, 7-4, 3-1)

We needed a positive reaction after the Watford match and the squad re-grouped and put together a much improved display against Cambridge. It is never easy to play two matches with only a short break between them but it was very encouraging that we played with a high level of intensity throughout.
In the first quarter we were guilty of missing a number of chances but our defending reduced the opposition to only a small number of chances. As the match progressed we took control and Cambridge didn't score until well into the third period of the match. Matt had a fine game and scored 5 goals, mainly from centre forward, and Cambridge really struggled to deal with our attacking game.
We probably should have won this match by an even greater margin but we were guilty of missing a number of opportunities that we really should have scored. Even so, we very much deserved to take the points and it was a really good to secure our first win in the second phase of the competition.
Scorers: Matt 5, Joao 2, Ben 2, Joe 1, George 1, Richard 1, Peter 1, Alastair 1.
Exclusions: Dave 2, Peter 2, George 1.


Match 3, 11.40 Sunday 22nd January
Worthing 13, Ealing 9 (Quarter scores: 3-2, 2-1, 3-4, 5-2)

This was always going to be a tough match against an Ealing team that features a number of talented players and who also play a physical style of water polo. We had taken the time to watch them play on the previous afternoon and it was obvious that we would have to play well to record a win.
We actually made a really positive start to the match and our driving game was soon bringing rewards with Ealing forced into committing a number of exclusion fouls. Ben Curtis had an outstanding first quarter scoring twice with two excellent finishes and also creating a goal for Richard with a clever pass on a man-up play.
Ealing always carried a threat in attack but our defence was well organised and Marc came up with a number of good saves when required.
The game was close throughout and although we led for long periods, Ealing did equalise early in the final period but Peter soon restored our lead and we went on to dominate the remainder of the match. The win was secured when Ealing had a player excluded for brutality with a couple of minutes left and we played out time to secure a really important win.
This was very much a squad performance and everyone contributed to a really good all-round display.
Scorers: Richard 4, Joe 3, Joao 2, Ben 2, George 1, Peter 1.
Exclusions: Joao 3, Nathan 3, Alastair 1, Peter 1, Ben 1.

Squad in full: Marc Guimera, Dave Hinder, Gregg Candy-Wallace, George Wood, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Jacob Nash, Toby Underwood, Joao Martins, Joe Hazeldine, Nathan Hart, Ben Curtis, Matt White, Alastair Hardinge.

Although we were disappointed to lose the Watford match, the two wins were hard earned and much deserved. We improved game by game and particularly in the Ealing match we started to exploit a number of tactics that we have worked on in training.
We now have four matches remaining and two will be played at Haberdashers School in Elstree in three weeks time before we return to Gloucester in March for the final two fixtures.

Regards,

Alastair

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