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2006 Water Polo News Archive

Water Polo Starter Sessions

23/12/2006
As announced in the recent WSC newsletter, after the Christmas closure we are encouraging the clubs youngsters to come and join our successful Thursday night water polo training sessions from 7.00-8.00pm.
Boys and girls born 92/93/94/95/96 who are strong swimmers and are interested in trying out this exciting team sport are invited to come and join us on Thursday evenings, starting on January 4th.
We are enjoying our most successful period of junior water polo for many years and we have a dedicated team of coaches who work hard with all those currently involved and are now keen to see some more juniors join the squad.
Please come and join us on January 4th.
 
Regards,
Alastair.  

Match Review

10/12/2006
This is a report of yesterdays tournament.
 
Basingstoke Bluefins Ladies Tournament.
The Worthing ladies team successfully defended the trophy that we won for the first time last year.
The tournament at Basingstoke gives our ladies a rare chance to play and some of the team traveled long distances from work and university to take part.
Although we eventually won the event, we managed to do this the hard way particularly in two of the matches. The details are as follows:
 
Match 1. vs. Southampton University "B". Won 15-0.
This was a satisfactory victory against an inexperienced opposition. All the team gained a good amount of water time and our overall standard of play was too strong for an enthusiastic but limited opposition.
Scorers: Charlotte Macmahon 4, Rebecca Anderson 3, Mel Hart 3, Chrissy Pilcher 3, Jenny Willett 2.
 
Match 2. vs. Basingstoke. Won 3-2.
The match against the home team was always going to be a much tougher affair but we made very hard work of what should have been a easier victory. We contrived to miss chance after chance which kept the game close right up to the final whistle. Eventually we managed to hang on to a victory by the odd goal.
Scorers: Charlotte Macmahon, Mel Hart, Rebecca Anderson.
 
Match 3. vs. Southampton University "A". Drew 3-3.
Almost a carbon copy of the previous match saw us in control but failing to take many chances that came our way. The opposition played a good standard of water polo but scored from probably the three genuine opportunities that they created. We led 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 but on each occasion failed to press home our advantage.
Scorers: Rachel Pearson, Chrissy Pilcher, Charlotte Macmahon.
 
Match 4. vs. Surrey University. Won 13-3.
A straightforward win against an enthusiastic but inexperienced opposition. We took the opportunity to play some of our younger players for a longer period in this match and they all performed well with the team scoring some good goals.
Scorers: Sian Fogerty 3, Jenny Willett 2, Mel Hart 2, Rachel Pearson 2, Charlotte Macmahon 2, Louise McCallum, Debby Willett.
 
The final match of the tournament saw Basingstoke and Southampton University "A" draw 6-6 and this result gave the overall title by 1 point.
Overall we were happy to win and the trophy was presented to Jenny Willett. The team was unhappy with the way we had played in the two "key" matches which we all realized should have been won by more comfortable margins. The girls worked hard throughout and traveled back to Worthing for a meal out at Pizza Express which was a pleasant end to a successful day.
Squad in full: Rebecca Anderson, Louise McCallum, Charlotte Macmahon, Chrissy Pilcher, Jenny Willett, Debby Willett, Mel Hart, Vicki Sayers, Rachel Pearson,
Sian Fogerty, Rianna Poppeliers.
 
Regards,
Alastair.
 

Match Review

20/11/2006
This is the report of today's tournament.
 
Sussex County Under 16 Tournament.
St. Bedes School, Upper Dicker.
This was the fourth and final tournament in this years county under 16 competition.
We again managed to play with two teams which illustrated our strength in depth in this age group. Both our A and B squads played three matches each and the results were as follows:
 
1. Worthing "B" 6, Eastbourne 0.
A satisfactory win against a very young opposition but all our team played well.
Scorers: Sam Maloney 3, Alastair Hardinge 2, Rachael Piper 1.
 
2. Worthing "A" 6, Bexhill 0.
Our A team eased to victory against a Bexhill team strengthened by some of the stronger players from Hailsham. The team played well throughout and first choice goalkeeper Joel Abbott enjoyed himself on a rare outing as an outfield player. His younger brother Sam took over in goal and made some good saves.
Scorers: Elliot Ellison 2, Ziggy Tate 2, Joel Abbott 1, Rob Osborne 1.
 
3. Worthing "B" 2, Bexhill 4.
This was a good performance against a Bexhill team that was strengthened by the inclusion of some of our A team players. Our young squad played well in this match and were unlucky to loose to two late goals.
Scorers : Rachael Piper 1, Sian Fogerty 1.
 
4. Worthing "A" 4, Hailsham 1.
A satisfactory win against our nearest rivals in Sussex at this age group. We were always in control of this match and only our wasteful finishing was disappointing. Sam Abbott again made some good saves in goal but all the team played well and the result was never in doubt.
Scorers: Ziggy Tate 2, Elliot Ellison 1, Joel Abbott 1.
 
5. Worthing "A" 11, Eastbourne 0.
The final match for the A squad was a one sided affair against the young and inexperienced opposition. The team again played some good quality water polo and scored several excellent goals.
Scorers: Scott Martin 5, Elliot Ellison 2, Joel Abbott 2, Ziggy Tate 1, Rachael Piper 1.
 
6. Worthing "B" 1, Hailsham 5.
The tournament finished with our younger team putting on a spirited performance against Hailsham. The squad all played well and we missed several chances to score some more goals.
Scorer: Sam Maloney.
Full Squad: Joel Abbott, Sam Abbott, Ziggy Tate, Rob Osborne, Elliot Ellison, Sam Maloney, Scott Martin, Alastair Hardinge, Rachael Piper, Rianna Poppeliers, Sian Fogerty, Alex Hoad.
 
This was another excellent event for our under 16's and we remain unbeaten in the county at this age group for the past two years. All the squad played well and we were also missing some of our regular players who were unavailable for a number of reasons. As always, we were delighted with the number of enthusiastic friends and family who made the trip to support the team.
Finally, Christine Hobbs who is the current Sussex ASA president, made a presentation to the county youth team who recently won the inter county title at Whitgift school. Ziggy, Joel, Rob, Scott, Elliot along with Alan Benton from Hailsham were presented with winners medals and Tim, Stuart and Dominic will receive theirs shortly.  
Regards,
Alastair.   

Match Review

5/11/2006
London Winter League.
Under 16 (Mixed) Tournament at Whitgift School Croydon.
The 2006/2007 Winter league program commenced with the first event at the deep water pool at Whitgift School.
The competition features teams from Croydon Amphibians, Enfield, Clissold (Hackney), Hailsham, Beckenham, SE Region Girls, Sevenoaks and Worthing. In a busy first tournament we played three matches as follows:
 
Match 1. Worthing 14, Enfield 0. (H/T 7.0)
We played an enthusiastic and young Enfield team in the first match and recorded a satisfactory win. All the squad had a good amount of water time and we scored several good quality goals.
Scorers: Elliot Ellison 4, Tim Brazier 3, Ziggy Tate 3, Stuart Stirling 1, Sam Abbott 1.
Exclusions: None.
 
Match 2. Worthing 16, Clissold 0. (H/T 10.0)
This was almost a carbon copy of the first match again against a young but enthusiastic opposition. Again all of our squad had a useful amount of water time and the team again played some good quality water polo. The match featured a rare excursion on the pitch by first choice goal keeper Joel Abbott who scored twice and showed some good all-round technique.
Scorers: Stuart Stirling 4, Dominic Cranford 2, Rob Osborne 2, Joel Abbott 2, Scott Martin 1, Ziggy Tate 1, Alastair Hardinge 1, Tim Brazier 1, Sam Abbott 1, Sam Maloney 1.
Exclusion: Tim Brazier.
 
Match 3. Worthing 8, Beckenham 0 (H/T 4.0)
A more competitive match against a better organized opposition with some talented players. We were never really threatened and again played some excellent water polo at times scoring some fine "team" goals. We again took the opportunity of giving all of the squad a good amount of water time and every individual played their part in this satisfactory win.
Scorers: Elliot Ellison 2, Scott Martin 2, Stuart Stirling 1, Sam Abbott 1, Tim Brazier 1, Ziggy Tate 1.
Exclusions: None.
 
Match 4. Worthing 3, Croydon Amphibians 2. (H/T 0-1)
Quite simply a titanic match between the two best teams in the competition who have had many close matches over the past few months. 18 months ago we were beaten by the same opposition by a reasonable margin but over this period of time we have improved to such an extent that we now know that a match against Croydon will be a very competitive affair. This proved to be no exception and much of the play was of a really high standard.
We managed to miss a penalty early on before almost immediately falling behind. We equalized early in the second half and then took the lead before the opposition tied the scores at 2-2. In an exciting climax to the match Dominic Cranford scored with around a minute left to secure the win by the narrowest of margins.
All the team played well in this match but mention should be made of Dominic who scored all three goals from the centre forward position and also Joel Abbott who made a couple of fine saves.
Scorer: Dominic Cranford 3.
Exclusion: Rob Osborne.
Squad in full: Joel Abbott (GK), Sam Abbott, Ziggy Tate, Scott Martin, Elliot Ellison, Dominic Cranford, Sam Maloney, Tim Brazier, Stuart Stirling, Rob Osborne, Alastair Hardinge.
 
This was a fine start to this competition with the match against Croydon the highlight and it again illustrated the progress that the squad is making. The coaching staff are aware of the undoubted potential of this group of players and the challenge now is to ensure that the improvement that they have recently shown is now capitalized upon to the full.
 
Regards,
Alastair. 

Match Review

16/10/2006
This is a report of yesterday's London/South East inter county under 16 water polo tournament which was played at Whitgift school, Croydon. The Sussex team was made up of 8 of the current Worthing team along with Alan Benton from Hailsham.
The event attracted 5 entries with teams from Hampshire, Surrey, Kent, Middlesex and Sussex playing on a league basis with each team playing against each other.
The Sussex results were as follows:
 
1. Sussex 10, Middlesex 1. (Half-time 4-1)
This was a satisfactory start to the tournament with the opposition struggling to cope with our swimming ability and strong defending. The first half of the match was slightly disappointing with the Sussex team missing several easy chances to add to their lead, but the result was never in doubt.
Scorers: Dominic Cranford 4, Ziggy Tate 2, Elliot Ellison 1, Scott Martin 1, Alan Benton 1, Stuart Stirling 1.
Exclusions: none.
 
2. Sussex 13, Hampshire 1. (Half-time 7-0)
The second win in the competition again saw the Sussex youngsters dominate from the start scoring both on several break-aways as well as from the centre forward position. Another sound defensive display nullified the opposition attack and Joel Abbott in goal had little to do.
Scorers: Ziggy Tate 3, Scott Martin 3, Stuart Stirling 3, Elliot Ellison 2, Dominic Cranford 2.
Exclusions: Scott Martin 2, Elliot Ellison 1.
 
3. Sussex 16, Kent 2. (Half-time 9-1)
This match looked to be a difficult encounter with the opposition already having shown their ability in a narrow defeat against Surrey. The Sussex performance was outstanding, particularly in the first half when we completely dominated and a talented Kent side had no answer to the power and the pace of our play. The match was over as a contest at half-time and the second half was played at a slower tempo but still with Sussex dominating. Every squad member played their part in this excellent win but special mention should be made of Dominic Cranford who dominated proceedings from the centre-forward position scoring some excellent "back shot" goals.
Scorers: Dominic Cranford 5, Stuart Stirling 4, Scott Martin 3, Tim Brazier 2, Ziggy Tate 1, Elliot Ellison 1.
Exclusions: Rob Osborne 2.
 
4. Sussex 4, Surrey 4. (Half-time 1-4)
Going into the last match of the tournament both teams were unbeaten so this match really had a "final" feel about it. The Surrey team is made up of a combination of boys from Croydon Amphibians and Sutton and Cheam and we knew that this would be a demanding match in every respect. Having taken an early lead the Sussex team played poorly for the remainder of the first half and conceded 4 goals due to some defensive lapses. 
The second period saw a remarkable fight-back with our young team scoring the 3 goals to draw level, the equalizer being scored with only 35 seconds left in the match. Surrey had one last chance to win the match but their final shot went wide with only 2 seconds remaining.
The draw secured the overall title for Sussex with our team having a significantly better goal-difference throughout the tournament.
Scorers: Alan Benton 2, Ziggy Tate 1, Tim Brazier 1.
Exclusions: Rob Osborne 2, Tim Brazier 1.
 
This was the first win for a Sussex junior team (at either under 16 or under 18) at an inter county event for probably 25 years +. The efforts of the squad should not be under estimated and it was an all-round team performance that was behind the success. To win in Surrey at their home pool made the victory even more satisfying, and we were well supported by our noisy and enthusiastic family and friends who will have enjoyed the journey home.
The squad in full: Joel Abbott (GK), Tim Brazier, Scott Martin, Elliot Ellison, Dominic Cranford, Rob Osborne, Stuart Stirling, Ziggy Tate (all Worthing), Alan Benton (Hailsham). Coaches, Richard Hooper & Alastair Roberts.
 
Kind Regards,
Alastair.               

Match Review

11/10/2006
This is a slightly unusual report containing news of our combined training session and match with the Invicta ladies national league team.
Invicta ladies play in the third division of the national league and feature four Worthing girls in their current squad. (Rebecca Anderson, Rachel Pearson, Mel Hart and Jenny Willett were joined by under 16 Sian Fogerty for her Invicta debut). Other members of their squad traveled from various parts of the South East to take part in this session which took place at the Aquarena.
We decided to play our under 16 squad in the match that followed the training session to give our youngsters the chance of some match practice. Several of our squad will be involved playing for Sussex in this Sundays South East region inter county under 16 tournament and this match was an ideal warm up for this event.
The match saw our juniors record a 10-3 win playing some excellent water polo in the process. It was pleasing that we had 7 different scorers with Ziggy Tate (3), Stuart Stirling (2), Dominic Cranford, Elliot Ellison, Tim Brazier, Scott Martin and Sam Abbott all finding the back of the net.
The remaining squad members were Joel Abbott who played in goal, Rob Osborne, Alexander Cranford, Kevin Chan, Sam Maloney and Alastair Hardinge. 
This was a highly successful session which both teams will have benefited from.
Regards,
Alastair.   

Match Review

2/10/2006
Sussex Senior League.
Crawley 8, Worthing 15.
A highly entertaining match played at the new K2 facility at Crawley.
This was our first visit to the multi-sports complex which includes an 8 lane 50 metre deep water pool ideal for competitive swimming, diving and water polo. I would hope that the Worthing council who have spent years considering the options for the replacement pool in the borough have taken the time to examine the positive effects that a development such as K2 can bring to a town and surrounding area.
The match itself gave us the chance to again play some of our junior players in a senior match. Ben Brazier and Ben Alcorn have featured regularly recently and they were joined in this match by 3 of our current under 16's. Ziggy Tate scored a fine breakaway goal, Rob Osborne showed good technique and tactical awareness and Joel Abbott gave an accomplished display in goal.
The final score reflected the difference between the teams but the winning margin would have been greater if it wasn't for some wasteful finishing.
Scorers: Paul Phillpott 5, Richard Hooper 4, Dave Hoad 2, Andy Parkin 2, Andy Cawdary 1, Ziggy Tate 1.
Exclusions: Anthony Gray 1.
Remaining Squad: Joel Abbott (GK), Rob Osborne, Jon Gray, Ben Brazier, Ben Alcorn, Alastair Roberts.
Regards,
Alastair. 

Match Review

24/09/2006
Sussex County Under 16 Tournament.
St. Bedes School, Upper Dicker.
 
This was the third of four tournaments in this years county 16 program.
We again entered two teams to give all the youngsters we have available in this age group the chance to play some competitive matches. It is highly encouraging that we are able to comfortably raise enough players to enter the two teams and all of our players will hopefully benefit from the experience.
We played four matches, two for each of our teams as follows:
 
Worthing "A" 14, Hastings 1.
A straightforward win against a Hastings team who had entered a county event for the first time for many years. Their inexperience was obvious, but they put up a spirited performance against our much more experienced team.
The Worthing team scored mainly on the counter attack as a result of some highly effective defending.
Scorers: Stuart Stirling 6, Ziggy Tate 2, Elliott Ellison 2, Dominic Cranford 2, Scott Martin 1, Tim Brazier 1.
Exclusions: none.
 
Worthing "B" 13, Eastbourne 0.
Our "B" team put on a fine performance against a young but enthusiastic opposition. All the team played well and again our sound defending and counter attacking were decisive. The team scored some good goals and Alexander Cranford dealt with the goalkeeping making some fine saves.
Scorers: Joel Abbott 4, Sian Fogerty 3, Kevin Chan 3, Sam Abbott 2, Rachael Piper 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
Exclusions: Kevin Chan 1, Sam Abbott 1.
 
Worthing "B" 9, Hastings 3.
This was another encouraging performance from our younger team against a stronger opposition. The team again played some good quality water polo and scored a number of well worked goals. Rachael Piper led the attack with a fine hat trick but she could have scored many more with some cooler finishing. All the team played well and the two matches will be a valuable experience.
Scorers: Rachael Piper 3, Joel Abbott 3, Sian Fogerty 1, Rianna Poppeliers 1, Kevin Chan 1.
Exclusions: none.
 
Worthing "A" 6, Hailsham 3.
A closer match than perhaps we would have expected against our nearest rivals in the county. The match should have been over by half time but the Worthing team missed a number of chances that they should have taken. The defending was always sound and this frustrated the opposition into losing possession on a number of occasions. The final score was a fair reflection of the difference between the two teams but our wasteful finishing cost the team a more comfortable winning margin.
Scorers: Scott Martin 4, Rob Osborne 1 (Pen), Stuart Stirling 1.
Exclusions: Rob Osborne 2.
 
Squads in full: "A" Joel Abbott (GK), Ziggy Tate, Elliot Ellison, Rob Osborne, Dominic Cranford, Scott Martin, Tim Brazier, Stuart Stirling.
                       "B" Alexander Cranford, Sian Fogerty, Rianna Popppeliers, Kevin Chan, Sam Abbott, Rachael Piper, Alastair Hardinge, Sam Maloney, Daniel
                             Macdonald.
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

23/09/2006
Sussex league senior friendly.
Worthing 20, Haywards Heath 7.
This was an entertaining match at the Aquarena against our traditional rivals from mid-Sussex. Unfortunately, the opposition were without a few of their established players but this was still a good performance from a Worthing team that played some good quality water polo.
It was particularly pleasing to see the contributions of  5 of our current junior squad. Ben Alcorn impressed in goal, Ben Brazier produced a good performance on the pitch. Tim Brazier, Ziggy Tate and Stuart Stirling are all still currently part of our successful under 16 team and all played extremely well in this match.
Scorers: Matt White 7, Paul Phillpott 6, Richard Hooper 3, Ziggy Tate 2, Dave Hoad 2.
Exclusions: Nathan Hart 1, Dave Hoad 1, Stuart Stirling 1, Paul Phillpott 1.
Remaining squad: Ben Alcorn (GK), Andy Cawdary, Ben Brazier, Tim Brazier, Anthony Gray.
Regards,
Alastair.      

Match Review

19/09/2006
Sussex Junior League.
Haywards Heath 6, Worthing 19.
This was a satisfactory but unspectacular win away at the Dolphin Centre in Haywards Heath.
The team started well but found it difficult to maintain a consistent level of performance against an enthusiastic opposition.
We were fortunate to have the full compliment of 13 players available but this did not help with the team playing with any great pattern. It was only fair to give all the squad a reasonable amount of water time but this always leads to many changes with the resulting disruption in the play.
After a good first quarter the team found it much harder in the second and third periods before finishing strongly.
Scorers: Ben Brazier 4, Dan Gibb 3, Ben Alcorn 3, Stuart Stirling 3, Elliot Ellison 2, Ziggy Tate 2, Dominic Cranford 1, Tim Brazier 1.
Exclusions: Scott Martin 3, Ben Alcorn 2, Rob Osborne 1, Rebecca Anderson 1, Stuart Stirling 1.
Remaining Squad. Joel Abbott (GK), Sam Abbott.
Quarter Scores: 6-0, 1-2, 5-3, 7-1.
Regards,
Alastair.  

Match Review

16/09/2006
Women's Friendly: Haywards Heath 18, Worthing 2.
We were invited to play at Haywards Heath as part of their build up to this years national league first division season.
Our young team played much better than the final score indicates and for long periods we frustrated the opposition with some excellent defending. We always struggled to create many chances in attack and unfortunately when we did our finishing was not of the highest standard.
Our two goals were scored by under 16 squad member Sian Fogerty with an excellent finish and Rebecca Anderson who took her chance when the opposition had a player excluded.
All the girl's enjoyed the chance to play against a talented team and everyone always gave 100%.
Scorers: Sian Fogerty, Rebecca Anderson.
Exclusions: Sian Fogerty 2, Roxanne Hargreaves 2, Chrissy Pilcher 1, Rebecca Anderson 1, Charlotte Macmahon.
Remaining Squad: Emily Tilzey (GK), Jenny Willett, Rachel Pearson, Rianna Poppeliers.
Many Thanks,
Alastair. 

Match Review

30/07/2006
Kent/Sussex League.
Worthing 9, Beckenham 15. (Played at Crowborough)
This was an excellent match between the current champions of the two counties. Beckenham feature many players who have been involved with the National squads and most of their squad currently feature in the national league for Invicta.
Worthing were hampered by the unavailability of some of our key players, but the squad that played put everything into the match.
The first quarter saw us take an early 2 goal advantage with keeper Ben Alcorn making a string of excellent saves. Beckenham scored late in the period but this was an indication of the closeness between the two sides.
The second period saw Beckenham edge ahead and also saw the controversial dismissal of Scott Orchard for dissent. This proved to be the pivotal moment in the match and Beckenham took the advantage in the 3rd and 4th periods.
Worthing played with a great deal of character and no little skill throughout but were hampered by missing 2 penalties and also failing to take advantage of several of the "man up" plays.
Quarter Scores: 2-1, 2-4, 2-6, 3-4.
Worthing Scorers: Richard Hooper 3, Matt White 3, Scott Orchard 2, Nathan Hart 2.
Exclusions: Scott Orchard 3, Richard Hooper 1, Andy Cawdary 1, Alastair Roberts 1, Nathan Hart 1.
Remaining squad: Tim Brazier, Ben Brazier, Ben Alcorn.
All the squad played well but special mention should be made of 15 year old Tim Brazier who gave an excellent display against talented opposition. Tim is shortly off to the National Academy training week at Millfield along with fellow Worthing juniors Ziggy Tate, Scott Martin and Joel Abbott and the experience of playing in a match like this will act as excellent experience for him.
Kind regards,
Alastair.      

Match Review

28/07/2006
Sussex Senior League: Hastings 3, Worthing 19.
This was a straight forward win for our senior team at Hastings. This is the longest away trip for us in the county league and matters are not helped by the 9.30pm start time.
We were always in control of this match with the home team struggling to deal particularly with our speed on the counter attack. Several of the goals scored were of an excellent standard and were as a result of good all round team play.
The team never were never greatly troubled by home sides attack and only conceded goals in the second half of the match.
Quarter scores: 7-0, 3-0, 5-1, 4-2.
Scorers: Matt White 7, Paul Phillpott 6, Ben Alcorn 2, Nathan Hart 2, Scott Orchard 1, Ben Brazier 1.
Exclusions: None.
Remaining squad: Dave Hoad, Richard Hooper, Jon Gray, Anthony Gray, Andy Cawdary.
Regards,
Alastair Roberts.

Match Review

16/07/2006
London League under 15's (born 1992 + younger)
Tournament 3, Whitgift School.
 
We traveled to the third tournament of this years championship knowing that two wins would guarantee us the overall title. With matches against Chelmsford and our south coast rivals from Hailsham we thought that we should have a good chance of recording the required victories. We were missing three players from the previous events with Rachel Piper and Sam Maloney away and Daniel Macdonald unavailable through illness.
 
Match 1, Worthing 5, Chelmsford 3.
This was a nervous performance from the team who never played at their best. Although we took the lead through an early Scott Martin goal, poor defending led to our opponents scoring twice to take the lead. We equalized just before half time but again fell behind at the start of the second period. Two more goals from Scott settled the nerves and the best goal was the final score from Kevin Chan who rounded off an exciting counter attack with a cool finish.
Scorers: Scott Martin 4, Kevin Chan 1.
Exclusions: Kevin Chan.
 
Match 2, Worthing 3, Hailsham 2.
Needing a win to secure the title, nerves got the better of our young team but eventually they did enough to just edge past our Sussex rivals. We went behind again in this match before two goals from Kevin Chan gave us the lead. In a very exciting end to the match Hailsham equalized before Luke Helmer came up with the winning goal from a Alastair Hardinge pass.
The last few seconds were a nervy affair but the team held on to win. This was a classic example of a good team playing badly but still winning which is much better than playing well and losing!
Scorers: Kevin Chan 2, Luke Helmer 1.
Exclusions: Luke Helmer, Scott Martin.
Full Squad at this tournament: Alexander Cranford (GK), Scott Martin, Kevin Chan, Sam Abbott, Luke Helmer, Alastair Hardinge, Luke Cherriman, Jake Holyoake.
 
We were delighted to win both matches and therefore secure our second London League championship following the success of our under 18 girls. The club decided to fund our entry into these competitions to offer our youngsters the chance of playing more regularly against the better players and teams from the South East. It is really encouraging to report that we have been highly competitive in all the age groups, with both our boys and girls, since we entered for the first time last year. 
Regards,
Alastair.       

Match Review

7/07/2006
Senior Friendly: British Army 6, Worthing 13.
The match against the Army team is our annual fixture that serves as part of the oppositions build up to the inter-services tournament.
Played at the excellent 50 metre deep water pool at Aldershot, the match is always a highlight of our seasons fixtures. This year we were able to play six rather than the normal four periods of play and because of this we took some of our junior players along to give them experience of playing in a full-size deep water playing area.
The match was always competitive but our defence was probably the deciding feature with the Army struggling to create many scoring opportunities. The first quarter saw us fall behind 0-1 and 1-2 but our fast attacking breaks saw the period finish with us leading 4-2.
The remainder of the match saw the Worthing seniors in control although they did not play well in the set plays either defending with a player short or attacking with the extra man.
Quarter Scores: 4-2, 3-2, 5-0, 1-2.
Scorers: Matt White 5, Richard Hooper 3, Scott Orchard 2, Nathan Hart 1, Paul Phillpott 1, Dave Hoad 1.
Exclusions: Richard Hooper 1, Dave Hoad 1, Andy Cawdary 1, Ben Brazier 1.
Full Squad: Ben Alcorn (GK), Dave Hoad, Scott Orchard, Richard Hooper, Matt White, Nathan Hart, Jon Gray, Paul Phillpott, Andy Cawdary, Ben Brazier, Anthony Gray, Andy Parkin, Ziggy Tate, Tim Brazier, Stuart Stirling, Rob Osborne.
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

2/07/2006
London League Junior Boys (born 1988 + younger)
Tournament 2, Whitgift School, Croydon.
This was another exciting event that again illustrated that our younger players are continuing to make good progress. At this tournament we played two full four quarter matches as follows:
Match 1. Worthing 13, Chelmsford 0.
This was an excellent performance from our juniors who controlled the match throughout and deserved to keep a clean sheet. The boys showed good awareness in attack and we experimented with various styles of defensive formation during the second half of the match. The teams superior fitness always made us a threat on the counter attack and our opponents struggled to deal with our style of play.
Scorers:  Scott Martin 4, Elliott Ellison 3, Dan Gibb 2, Ziggy Tate 2, Ben Brazier 2.
Exclusions: Ben Brazier, Dan Gibb.
Match 2. Worthing 2, Croydon Amphibians 3.
This was another titanic clash against our south London rivals.
The match was always a close affair but unfortunately we conceded three goals from defensive errors that eventually would cost us the match. We actually fell behind by 0-3, but the team came back strongly to score two quick goals and we were pressing hard for an equalizer up to the final whistle.
This was another excellent match but our players were showing the strain of having to play two full matches "back to back" with no significant rest.
Scorers: Ziggy Tate, Ben Brazier.
Exclusions: None.
Full Squad: Joel Abbott (GK), Ben Brazier, Tim Brazier, Ziggy Tate, Elliott Ellison, Dan Gibb, Robert Osborne, Scott Martin.
Regards,
Alastair. 

Match Review

18/06/2006
London League Under 15 Competition,
Tournament 2, Whitgifrt School, Croydon.
 
Match 1.
Worthing 5, Sutton and Cheam 2.
This was an excellent start to the day against a strong physical opposition. The Worthing youngsters were quickly into the match and Sutton struggled to cope with our counter attacking play. We led 4-0 at half-time and looked in total control but the match was turned on it's head when Alastair Hardinge was excluded for what the referee deemed to be serious violent conduct. He reacted to being constantly held and pulled back with a swinging elbow which didn't connect but the officials thought the offence was serious enough to exclude Alastair with no substitution. As a result we played over four minutes a player short but with some excellent defending the team comfortably held on for the win.
Scorers: Scott Martin 2, Kevin Chan 1, Sam Maloney 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
Exclusions: Alastair Hardinge 3.
 
Match 2.
Worthing 13, Croydon Amphibians 6.
Another fine performance against a team that we have always had tough matches against at all age groups.
Again the team used a fine counter attacking style that caused the opposition lots of problems. The match was never close with the Worthing team scoring several excellent goals. All the squad had a good amount of playing time and the fact that we always had three available substitutes in each match meant we were always able to put "fresh" players into the water.
Scorers: Kevin Chan 4, Sam Abbott 2, Luke Helmer 2, Scott Martin 1, Sam Maloney 1, Rachel Piper 1, Alastair Hardinge 1, Luke Cherriman 1.
Exclusions: Scott Martin 1.
 
Match 3.
Worthing 9, Chelmsford 2.
An excellent end to the day in our third match when again all the squad played well. We raced into a 3-0 lead but a degree of over confidence allowed our opponents back into the match and they scored twice to make the half-time score 3-2.
The second half again saw our youngsters take control scoring 6 times with no reply.
Scorers: Kevin Chan 3, Rachel Piper 2, Scott Martin 1, Sam Maloney 1, Alexander Cranford 1, Luke Cherriman 1.
Exclusions: None.
Full Squad: Alexander Cranford (GK), Scott Martin, Kevin Chan, Sam Abbott, Luke Helmer, Sam Maloney, Rachel Piper, Alastair Hardinge, Daniel MacDonald, Luke Cherriman.
 
This was an excellent tournament for our young team who continue to improve. The squad played some good water polo at this event that none of the opposition teams came close to dealing with our individual skills, swimming speed and all-round tactical play.
As always, we were supported by a large number of family and friends who made the trip and added much to the atmosphere.
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

04/06/2006
Sussex Under 16 Tournament, St Bedes School.
This was the second tournament of this years county championship. As in the first event we took the decision to again enter two teams because of the large number of youngsters we have available in this age group. Both our A and B teams performed well on the day and the first team remains unbeaten this year.
It was really pleasing to see all of our youngsters playing in this event and we comfortably had enough numbers for the two teams even though we were missing some of our regular players.
 
Match 1. Worthing "A" 8, Haywards Heath 2.
A satisfactory win in the opening match against a young but enthusiastic opposition who were strengthened by the addition of a couple of guest players. This was a match that we always dominated and our two main attacking players, Dominic Cranford and Elliott Ellison scored most of the goals from the centre forward position.
Scorers: Elliott Ellison 4, Dominic Cranford 2, Scott Martin 1, Ziggy Tate 1.
 
Match 2. Worthing "B" 0, Hailsham 7.
Although the final score suggests that our "B" team were well beaten, the team put up a fine display and were always competitive against currently the second best under 16 team in the county. The defending was good but the team struggled to create a great deal of attacking opportunities. The young team all played with a great deal of enthusiasm and showed a great deal of promise.
 
Match 3. Worthing "A" 7, Hailsham 3.
A comfortable win against our nearest rivals in the county. Again Elliott and Dominic dominated the scoring and our opponents never came to terms with their strength and technique. Defensively the team played a highly effective zone defence which isolated the oppositions main attacking options. It was only a number of relatively easy missed chances that kept the final score as close as it was.
Scorers: Elliott Ellison 4, Dominic Cranford 1, Scott Martin 1, Tim Brazier 1.
 
Match 4. Worthing "B" 4, Haywards Heath 4.
A highly entertaining match against an opposition team again strengthened with some "guest" players. Our young team played some good water polo in this match and always looked likely to score with the speed of their counter attacking play. This match illustrated the improvement many of the squad are making and some of the younger members particularly are beginning to look a great deal more confident.
Scorers: Luke Helmer 1, Scott Martin 1, Rachel Piper 1, Alexander Cranford 1.
 
Match 5. Worthing "B" 6, Bexhill 6.
Another cracking match that was enjoyed by our noisy and enthusiastic group of supporters. Again, all the younger team members played well in this match and some of the play was of a high standard. 
Scorers: Elliott Ellison 2, Sian Fogerty 2, Scott Martin 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
 
Complete Squad: Tim Brazier, Ziggy Tate, Rob Osborne, Elliott Ellison, Dominic Cranford, Sian Fogerty, Rianna Popeliers, Scott Martin, Sam Maloney, Luke Helmer, Alexander Cranford, Kevin Chan, Alastair Hardinge, Rachel Piper, Daniel MacDonald, Alex Hoad.
 
This was another good event for our squad and all of the players had a good amount of water time. Special mention should be made of Alexander Cranford who played in goal for both the "A" and "B" teams in the absence of regular keeper Joel Abbott. He played well in every game, saved a penalty, and also found time to score an excellent goal in his one period playing outfield.
 
Regards,
Alastair.              

Match Review

26/05/2006
1. Sussex Junior League: Hailsham 13, Worthing 9.
This was a much better performance from our juniors who had lost the home match by 4-19 against the same opposition only a month earlier.
Hailsham again featured two national squad members but our tactics during this game frustrated our opponents on many occasions. It was also very encouraging to see the quality of our attacking play and we scored several excellent goals.
Ben Alcorn put on a fine performance in a rare appearance in goal for the juniors in the absence of Joel Abbott. All the team played well and this match again indicated the progress that the squad is making.
Quarter Scores: 1-1, 2-6, 4-3, 2-3.
Scorers: Ziggy Tate 3, Elliott Ellison 2, Ben Brazier 2, Scott Martin 1, Dan Gibb 1.
Exclusions: None.
Remaining Squad: Ben Alcorn (GK), Tim Brazier, Rob Osborne, Stuart Stirling.
 
2. Sussex Junior League: Worthing 15, Haywards Heath 3.
A satisfactory win against a young but enthusiastic opposition at the Aquarena.
Strangely, the team did not play as well as they had 48 hours previously in the defeat at Hailsham but again some of the play showed significant improvement.
All the 13 in the squad had good water time in this match and will hopefully continue to learn and develop as a result of the experience.
We took the chance in this match to play both the Abbott brothers in goal for a half each. Joel played the first half and younger brother Sam took over in second. Both played well and contributed a number of good saves.
Quarter Scores: 4-2, 5-0, 2-1, 4-0.
Scorers: Ben Alcorn 5, Ben Brazier 2, Stuart Stirling 2, Dan Gibb 2, Ziggy Tate 1, Elliott Ellison 1, Tim Brazier 1, Dominic Cranford 1.
Exclusions: Elliott Ellison 1, Rob Osborne 1, Dominic Cranford 1.
Remaining Squad: Joel Abbott (GK 1st Half), Sam Abbott (GK 2nd Half), Rebecca Anderson, Scott Martin.
Regards,
Alastair. 

Match Review

19/05/2006
This is a report of this weeks match.
Remarkably, we don't have any sort of fixture this coming weekend now that Folkstone have cancelled the Kent/Sussex league match that was due to be played on Saturday night at Crowborough.
 
Sussex Senior Knock Out.
Worthing 14, Hastings 2.
What looks like a relatively easy win hides the true nature of this exciting match.
The county Knock Out competition is run on a handicap which is based on last years final league positions. As a result of this we started this match with a 10 goal deficit which against a competitive Hastings team was always going to be a difficult proposition.
This proved to be the case, with our seniors only taking the overall lead with under 3 minutes of the match remaining.
The victory was based around an excellent defensive performance with the team using a zone defence to isolate the oppositions dangerous attacking players. It was only our inability to convert some relatively easy chances that kept the result in doubt until well into the final period.
Quarter scores (excluding + 10 handicap to Hastings): 3-0, 2-1, 4-0, 5-1.
Worthing Scorers: Paul Phillpott 6, Richard Hooper 3, Scott Orchard 2, Dave Hoad 1.
Exclusions: Ben Brazier 2, Andy Cawdary 1, Scott Orchard 1, Dave Hoad 1.
Remaining Squad: Ben Alcorn (GK), Jon Gray, Andy Parkin, Anthony Gray, Ziggy Tate, Stuart Stirling, Rob Osborne.
Regards,
Alastair. 

Match Review

15/05/2006
This is the report of this weeks events.
1. Sussex Senior League.
Worthing 11, Crawley 6.
A satisfactory win against a much improved Crawley senior team.
We were missing several of our senior players and as a result we took the opportunity to give a game to several of our under 16 junior team. Joel Abbott, Stuart Stirling and Ziggy Tate had already played some senior polo, Rob Osborne made his senior debut in this match.
In this match we were again guilty of missing far too many chances, some as a result of the oppositions goalkeeper, but often through poor shooting.
The result was never in doubt but the final score was not really a fair reflection of the difference between the two teams.
Quarter Scores: 5-1, 2-3, 3-1, 1-1.
Worthing scorers: Paul Phillpott 5, Richard Hooper 4, Andy Parkin 2.
Exclusions: Andy Parkin 2, Andy Cawdary 1, Dave Hoad 1.
Worthing Squad: Ben Alcorn (GK), Ziggy Tate, Andy Parkin, Richard Hooper, Andy Cawdary, Anthony Gray, Joel Abbott, Dave Hoad, Stuart Stirling, Rob Osborne, Martin Wiseman, Paul Phillpott, Alastair Roberts.
 
2. London League Junior Tournament (1988 and younger)
Whitgift School, Sunday 14th May 2006.
We have entered this summers junior London league to give our team more experience of competitive water polo. Our young team consists of two boys who were born 1988 and one born 1990. The remainder of the squad are 1991 and 1992 age group and the opportunity of playing against some of the best junior players in the South East is sure to be of long term benefit.
The league is played over three tournaments with each team playing the opposition twice. The teams also entered are Hailsham, Brentwood, Croydon Amphibians, Chelmsford and Watford. At the first event we played the following three matches:
     1.Worthing 1, Croydon Amphibians 0.
An excellent start against our South London opponents who we always have close matches against in all age groups. The team played really well in this match and the defending was of the highest order resulting in a much deserved clean sheet. The Croydon goalkeeper made several excellent saves which kept the final score close but this was a match that we richly deserved to win.
Period scores: 1-0, 0-0.
Scorer: Ben Alcorn.
Exclusions: None.
     2. Worthing 1, Hailsham 8.
A tough match against our Sussex rivals but this  performance and result was a huge improvement over the county league game played a couple of weeks ago. Playing against two National squad players our team kept playing to a  plan designed to frustrate our opponents and we were fairly successful with these tactics. All the squad played well in this match and the final score was no disgrace.
Period scores: 1-4, 0-4.
Scorer: Ben Alcorn.
Exclusions: None.
      3. Worthing 5, Watford 4.
Another exciting match against an older and more physical opposition. Our boys produced some excellent play in this match and we scored some really good goals as a result of good team work. The match was close throughout but the win was sealed with an excellent goal from the centre forward position from Elliot Ellison following another good passage of attacking play.
Period scores: 3-2, 2-2.
Scorers: Ben Brazier 3, Elliot Ellison 2.
Exclusions: None.
Worthing Squad: Joel Abbott (GK), Ben Alcorn, Ben Brazier, Tim Brazier, Dan Gibb, Ziggy Tate, Rob Osborne, Elliott Ellison, Dominic Cranford, Scott Martin, Stuart Stirling.
Overall, this was a fine tournament for our team who showed a great deal of improvement has been made. We are aware that we still have a lot of work to do to get the best out of this group of players, but the signs are very encouraging.
Regards,
Alastair.              

Match Review

7/05/2006
This is the report of today's event.
Sussex County Under 16 Tournament (1991 + younger)
St. Bedes School, Sunday 7th May 2006.
This seasons county tournaments commenced with this event at St Bedes.
Because we have so many junior boys and girls who are eligible to play in this age group we decided to take the unprecedented step of entering two teams.
We were confident that our "A" squad would do well in these tournaments but we also were keen to offer the opportunity of playing to as many of our young players as possible.
Several of our less experienced players made their competitive debuts at this tournament and all of them will have gained a great deal from playing at this event.
Match 1. Worthing "A" 13, Bexhill 1.
A confident start by our team saw them in total control throughout against an inexperienced opposition. We were never extended in this match and we scored several  goals resulting from good all-round team play.
Scorers: Elliott Ellison 5, Ziggy Tate 4, Dominic Cranford 2, Kevin Chan 1.
Exclusions: Ziggy Tate 1, Tim Brazier 1.
Match 2. Worthing "B" 6, Eastbourne 0.
Our "B" team produced a fine performance against a young and inexperienced opposition and recorded a highly satisfactory win. Several of the squad were playing in their first competitive polo match and all of them looked as though they enjoyed the experience.
Scorers: Joel Abbott 3, Sam Abbott 2, Rachel Piper 1.
Exclusions: None.
Match 3. Worthing "A" 9, Hailsham 2.
A really pleasing result against our nearest rivals in this age group. The team were well prepared for this match and the choice of tactics resulted in the oppositions main goalscorer being isolated. The team played well throughout and it looked for a long time that we may keep a clean sheet. 
Scorers: Scott Martin 3, Elliott Ellison 2, Ziggy Tate 2, Dominic Cranford 1, Stuart Stirling 1.
Exclusions: Tim Brazier 3, Elliott Ellison 2, Ziggy Tate 1.
Match 4. Worthing "B" 2, Bexhill 10.
The score might indicate that our "B" team were well beaten but this was only as a result of Bexhill "borrowing" several of the better players at the tournament because they were short of players. Their squad for this match included the two best Hailsham players along with our own Scott Martin and Dominic Cranford. Our young team played well again and Sam Abbott put on a particularly good performance in the shallow end goal.
Scorers: Joel Abbott 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
Exclusion: Ziggy Tate 1.
Full Squad: Tim Brazier, Ziggy Tate, Elliott Ellison, Dominic Cranford, Stuart Stirling, Joel Abbott, Sian Fogerty, Rianna Popeliers, Sam Abbott, Scott Martin, Luke Helmer, Alexander Cranford, Kevin Chan, Alastair Hardinge, Rachel Piper, Jake Holyoake, Daniel MacDonald, Alex Hoad.
This was an excellent event for us and I was delighted that the players all got the water time that they did. The decision to enter the two teams meant that we were able to offer the chance of playing to many more youngsters than normal and that has to be of benefit in the longer term.
Regards,
Alastair.              

Match Review

30/04/2006
London League Under 15 Mixed (Born 1992 + younger)
Tournament 1, Whitgift School, Croydon.
After the success of our 1991 team in last years event, we decided to enter again this year. We were aware that at the 1991 age group we have a strong group of players including four members who attend the Southern regional training centre on Friday nights.
Our 1992 team includes some players who have gained valuable experience last year along with some who were making their debut in any competitive water polo match. The results achieved were really encouraging and again indicate that we have a strong squad of youngsters playing at the present time.
Match 1. Worthing 4, Sutton and Cheam 5.
A close match throughout in which we never held in the lead, this was however an encouraging start against a club with a long tradition of junior water polo. 
Statistics: Goals, Scott Martin 2, Rachel Piper 1. Exclusions, Alastair Hardinge 2, Scott Martin 1.
Match 2. Worthing 7, Croydon Amphibians 6.
A really entertaining match saw our youngsters recover from a 4-0 deficit to snatch a dramatic victory. Our matches against Croydon are always close affairs and this one proved no different but the manner of the win was highly satisfying. The speed and fitness of our squad was always causing the opposition problems and this proved to be decisive in a thrilling end to the match.
Statistics: Goals, Kevin Chan 2, Sam Abbott 2, Luke Helmer 2, Scott Martin 1. Exclusions, Scott Martin 2, Rachel Piper 1.
Match 3. Worthing 4, Hailsham 2.
Another good win against our south coast rivals who featured several players from other Sussex clubs. Our youngsters were always in control and again the speed and counter attacking ability was probably the difference between the two teams.
Statistics: Goals, Sam Abbott 2, Rachel Piper 1, Scott Martin 1. Exclusions, Rachel Piper 1.
Full squad: Sam Abbott, Daniel Macdonald, Luke Helmer, Kevin Chan, Rachel Piper, Alastair Hardinge, Scott Martin, Jake Holyoake, Sam Maloney, Alexander Cranford.
The team was coached in the absence of both Richard and myself by current junior players Ben Alcorn and Ben Brazier. They worked hard to get the best out of the team and this was reflected in the way that the team played.
All the squad played their part but both Alexander and Sam (Abbott) put in fine performances in goal. The only girl in our squad, Rachel Piper, enjoyed a highly entertaining day scoring goals, committing exclusion fouls and generally terrorizing opponents with her speed and swimming ability. Scott Martin played throughout with a level of skill that belied his age and he captained the team setting a fine example of how to play the game.
The next tournament will hopefully see the team continue to improve.
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

26/04/2006
Sussex County Junior League.
Worthing 4, Hailsham 19.
This was a really difficult match for our young team against opposition who include three players who are currently involved with the GB national squads.
It was however, a disappointing performance which really did not show the real ability of our juniors.
The team made an encouraging start in the first quarter and although they conceded the first goal they soon equalized with an excellent move in a "man up" play. At the end of the period we trailed 1-4 but this proved to be best period we had in the match. The next two periods were won by our opponents by 6-0 and 8-0 with our squad failing to deal with the speed and directness of the counter attacks.
This match will act as an important lesson for many of our under 16 team who will gain a huge amount of experience playing against the high standard of the oppositions play. The coaching staff were disappointed with certain areas of the tactical naivety that we displayed but this match will act as a reminder of the hard work that is needed to improve both individually and collectively.
Scorers: Ben Brazier 2, Ben Alcorn 1, Dan Gibb 1.
Exclusions: Tim Brazier 1, Rebecca Anderson 1, Stuart Stirling.
Remaining Squad: Joel Abbott (GK), Ziggy Tate, Elliot Ellison, Robert Osborne, Scott Martin, Dominic Cranford, Kevin Chan.
Regards,
Alastair Roberts.  

Match Review

24/04/2006
Sussex County Junior Knock Out.
Haywards Heath 3, Worthing 13.
This was a poor quality match that the Worthing junior team won comfortably but without ever playing to their best.
Played at the Dolphin Centre pool, the team started well and led 4-0 at the end of the first quarter. This proved to be the best period of the match as after this the standard of the match overall seemed to deteriorate with both teams guilty of far too many elementary errors.
Although this was a satisfactory win it was disappointing that the team did not produce a better performance as they have been working extremely hard in training over the last few months. But with our young team we should not be too surprised that we struggle to find a level of consistency as this will undoubtedly come with more experience.
Scorers: Ziggy Tate 4, Dan Gibb 3, Ben Brazier 3, Scott Martin 2, Ben Alcorn 1.
Exclusions: Dominic Cranford 2, Ben Alcorn 2, Elliot Ellison 1.
Remaining squad: Joel Abbott (GK), Callum Fogerty, Rebecca Anderson, Stuart Stirling, Robert Osborne, Tim Brazier.
Regards,
Alastair. 

Fixtures for 2006

Updated 22/04/2006

Match Review

9/04/2006
Just a short message to tell you that the following boys played for Sussex in the Junior inter county tournament at Crowborough. The Worthing members involved were:
Ben Alcorn,
Ben Brazier,
Dan Gibb,
Tim Brazier,
ZiggyTate.
All played well but Ben Alcorn was particularly impressive in goal.
Sussex played really well on the day and finished runners up to very strong Kent team. The win over a strong Surrey side was particularly impressive and finishing second in this highly competitive competition was fair reward for the Sussex youngsters.
Regards,
Alastair

Match Review

3/04/2006
This is the report of last weeks match.
Sussex Senior League.
Hailsham 10, Worthing 11.
This was an excellent win for our senior team away at the St Bedes school pool.
The match was a closely fought affair throughout punctuated by 17 exclusion fouls which illustrated the highly competitive nature of the fixture.
Although we fell behind shortly after the start, we slowly took control of the match and early in the third quarter our lead was 8-3. From a position where we should have comfortably won the match, the opposition staged a spirited comeback aided by some controversial decisions from the officials.
This was a fine win for the team who included both Nathan Hart and Matt White who were both home from university.
Quarter scores: 3-2, 4-1, 2-3, 2-4.
Exclusions: Matt White 3, Andy Parkin 2, Andy Cawdary 1, Scott Orchard 1, Dave Hoad 1, Nathan Hart 1, Paul Phillpott 1.
Scorers: Nathan Hart 3, Richard Hooper 3, Dave Hoad 2, Matt White 1, Scott Orchard 1, Paul Phillpott 1.
Remaining Squad: Ben Alcorn (GK), Ben Brazier, Jon Gray, Alastair Roberts.
Kind Regards,
Alastair

Match Review

28/03/2006
Another busy week with away matches on Monday and Friday. These are the reports.
 
Girls Friendly: Surrey University 7, Worthing 6.
This match was played at the Spectrum centre in Guildford and gave us a chance to play a very young and inexperienced team against the university girls.
Our team was made up of all the under 18 girls who have played in the Junior London league along with Emily Tilzey and Vicki Sayers who are both just 18.
The team played well throughout but struggled to deal with the oppositions more physical approach. Our girls superior speed and fitness always caused the opposition problems and it was only the inability to convert some of the many chances that we created that cost us the match.
The match was controversially decided in the final period when the referee ruled that what proved to be the winning goal had crossed the line even though many players and supporters were sure that the ball had rebounded from the post.
Quarter Scores: 0-1, 2-3, 3-1, 1-2.
Worthing Scorers: Emily Tilzey, Rebecca Anderson, Jade Boiling, Zoe Yeandle, Rianna Popeliers, Vicki Sayers.
Exclusions: None.
Remaining Squad: Kayley Alcorn (GK), Emma Piper, Rachel Piper, Wania Scott, Sian Fogerty.
 
Sussex Senior League: Brighton 3, Worthing 14.
A satisfactory start to the 2006 county season saw the team record a convincing victory.
The first quarter saw the team play some excellent water polo attacking the shallow end goal and resulted in a 5-0 lead. The standard of play during the remainder of the match never quite reached the same level but we were rarely troubled by the opposition who only scored their three goals in the second half of the match.
The team played well in both attack and defence and only some wayward finishing kept the score down.
Quarter Scores: 5-0, 3-0, 3-1, 3-2.
Worthing Scorers: Richard Hooper 7, Matt White 3, Jon Gray 2, Ben Brazier 1, Paul Phillpott 1.
Exclusions: Andy Parkin 2.
Remaining Squad: Ben Alcorn (GK), Anthony Gray, Scott Orchard, Alastair Roberts.
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

19/03/2006
This is the report of today's matches in the London Winter League.
It was quite an exercise to get both the boys and girls teams to this event and subsequently to play 6 matches in the afternoon. The support that both teams received from family and friends made a real difference and added to the atmosphere.
 
Mixed Championship (1990 + younger)
 
Match 1. Worthing 9, Watford 3.
Just the start we wanted and the team dominated from the start in an excellent first half display. The second period was not of such a high standard but the overall result was never in doubt. 
Scorers: Dan Gibb 6, Tim Brazier 1, Scott Martin 1, Ziggy Tate 1
Exclusions: Sian Fogerty 2, Tim Brazier 1.
 
Match 2. Worthing 0, Croydon Amphibians 3.
A disappointing result in the match that was to decide the overall championship. We went into this match knowing that a victory would give us a chance of the title but the team never really got going as an attacking force missing the small number of chances we created in attack.
Two of the three goals we conceded were in situations when we were playing "man down" as a result of having a player excluded and this illustrated how indiscipline can cost the team goals. The squad were all annoyed that they hadn't really done themselves justice in this match but hopefully the lessons learned will spur us on in the future.
Scorers: None
Exclusions: Scott Martin 3, Tim Brazier 2.
 
Match 3. Worthing 10, Chelmsford 3.
An excellent result which showed that the team had immediately re-focused after the previous defeat. Again an excellent start set the tone of the match and we raced into a 5-0 lead. A more disciplined performance saw the team commit no exclusion fouls in this match.
Scorers: Tim Brazier 4, Ziggy Tate 2, Dan Gibb 2, Stuart Stirling 1, Scott Martin 1.
Exclusions: None.
 
Match 4. Worthing 3, Hailsham 1.
The matches against our Sussex rivals are always close affairs and this proved no different. Playing our fourth match was beginning to take it's toll physically but the squad stuck to the task and were worthy winners. Again, it was our inability to convert the chances that we created that was the major issue and the winning margin really should have been more.
Scorers: Dominic Cranford 1, Scott Martin 1, Tim Brazier 1.
Exclusions: Rob Osborne 1, Tim Brazier 1.
 
Squad: Joel Abbott (GK), Tim Brazier, Dan Gibb, Dominic Cranford, Rob Osborne, Scott Martin, Ziggy Tate, Kevin Chan, Sian Fogerty, Stuart Stirling.
 
Overall, our winter league experience was very positive and if we had won all 4 matches at this final event we would have taken the Championship. The margin of defeat was small but we have seen a real improvement over the past few months and the team is now highly competitive. As I have stated before, the championship is for players born in 1990 and younger and our team only includes one member who is not eligible for next year and so we would expect to be very strong next year.
 
Girls Championship (1988 + younger)
 
Our girls team played two matches and the results were as follows:
 
Match 1. Worthing 7, Watford 1.
A fine performance against the home team and our girls superior fitness soon proved to be for the opposition. It looked as though we might keep a clean sheet until we conceded a late goal but our girls really dominated throughout.
Scorers: Zoe Yeandle 2, Rachael Piper 2, Rebecca Anderson 1, Sian Fogerty 1, Emma Piper 1.
Exclusions: Emma Piper 1, Sian Fogerty 1.
 
Match 2. Worthing 2, Croydon/Beckenham 0.
An excellent end to the day saw the girls record a win against a much stronger standard of opposition. All the squad put in fine performances and the way they played showed a huge improvement over the first tournament. The game was close throughout but a late goal from Rebecca made the game safe.
Scorers: Rebecca Anderson 2.
Exclusions: Rebecca Anderson 1.
 
Squad: Kayley Alcorn (GK), Zoe Yeandle, Sian Fogerty, Rebecca Anderson, Rianna Popeliers, Emma Piper, Rachael Piper, Jade Boiling.  
 
The girls finished their competition level on points with Croydon/Beckenham and the three matches between the teams saw each record 1 win with 1 match drawn. Our goal difference was 1 better over the three matches and so the late goal in the final match from Rebecca was hugely important.
We were all delighted with how our very young and inexperienced girls team played and their results were fair reward for the hard work that they all put in.
 
Regards,
Alastair.             

Match Review

27/02/2006
Following is the report of yesterdays London Winter League tournaments.
For the first time we had two teams playing on the same day in the 1990 age group mixed competition and also the 1988 age group girls event. With the two tournaments being played on the same day it meant that we were involved with 5 matches in total. The details are as follows:
 
1990 Age Group and younger Mixed.
Match 1. Worthing 4, Sutton and Cheam 2.
An excellent start to the day saw the team come from behind at half time to record a good win. Sutton again included a current GB junior international player but the Worthing team got the tactics right and eventually ran out comfortable winners.
The strong second half saw Elliot score a particularly fine goal from the centre forward position.
Scorers: Scott Martin 2, Ziggy Tate 1, Elliot Ellison 1. 
Exclusions: Stuart Stirling 1, Ziggy Tate 1.
Match 2. Worthing 2, Hailsham 1.
The South coast "derby" saw the team squeeze home by the narrowest of margins and again we came from behind to secure the win.
The match was a close affair throughout and the Worthing team defended well but struggled in attack missing chances at key moments. It was satisfying not to have played to our best but still come out on top but the team realized that it was a below par performance.
Scorers: Scott Martin 1, Elliot Ellison 1.
Exclusions: Scott Martin 1.
Match 3. Worthing 0, Watford 3.
We saved the poorest performance until the last match and again our inability to take our chances was the key difference between the teams. A missed penalty when we were only 1-0 down was probably the key moment in the match but this was a below par performance. 
Exclusions: Scott Martin 2.
Overall, this was a further encouraging event for our young team. We only include 1 player (Dan Gibb) who was born in 1990 and the rest of the squad are either 1991 or 1992 age group. We are building towards next year and our competitiveness in these tournaments is a good indication of the potential of the squad.
Worthing squad: Joel Abbott (GK), Dan Gibb, Ziggy Tate, Scott Martin, Rob Osborne, Stuart Stirling, Elliot Ellison, Kevin Chan, Dominic Cranford, Sian Fogerty.
1988 Age Group Girls.
Match 1. Worthing 3, Croydon/Beckenham 4.
This was a really encouraging display from our young and very inexperienced girls. The opposition included two girls who are regular players in the women's national league and have been involved with the National squad. We took an early lead when Rebecca scored an excellent goal and the girls were highly competitive throughout.
We never gave up and were pressing  hard for an equalizer right up to the final whistle.
Scorers: Rebecca Anderson 1, Sian Fogerty 1, Rachael Piper 1.
Exclusion: Rachael Piper 1.
Match 2. Worthing 2, Chelmsford 0.
A competent win but it was slightly disappointing that we didn't manage to convert our dominance into more goals. Rebecca scored 2 fine goals but we missed chance after chance with the opposition goal keeper making some fine saves. Emma Piper put in a particularly encouraging performance in the defensive role.
Scorer: Rebecca Anderson 2.
Exclusion: Sian Fogerty.
Worthing squad: Kayley Alcorn (GK), Rebecca Anderson, Rianna Popeliers, Jade Boiling, Emma Piper, Rachael Piper, Sian Fogerty, Jo Simpson.
 
This was a really busy event for all those involved and the next and final tournament will see us playing 4 1990 matches and 2 girls matches which is bound to be challenging. We hope to be at full strength and finish overall as high as possible in both competitions.
Finally, we received magnificent support from our enthusiastic and large number of friends and family. The club should be proud of the enthusiasm shown by both the players and supporters at all of these events.
Regards,
Alastair.  

Match Review

24/02/2006
Senior Friendly.
Worthing 5, Southampton 6.
This was a closely contested match that could have been won by either team in a tense finish.
Worthing were missing several players from their team and so included under 16 juniors Ziggy Tate and Joel Abbott who made his senior debut in goal.
The match was close throughout with the lead changing hand on several occasions. 
The feature of the match was the number of exclusion fouls committed by both teams that then resulted in no goal being scored. The standard of play in "man up" situations was particularly poor and the high number of unconverted chances kept the score down.
The Southampton goalkeeper made a high number of fine saves and it was our inability to convert lots of relatively simple chances that cost us the match.
Quarter Scores: 2-2, 2-0, 0-4, 1-0.
Worthing Scorers: Paul Phillpott 3, Richard Hooper 1, Dave Hoad 1.
Exclusions: Scott Orchard 3, Jon Gray 2, Andy Cawdary 2, Dave Hoad 1.
Remaining Squad: Ben Alcorn, Ziggy Tate, Joel Abbott, Alastair Roberts.
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

28/01/2006
Senior Friendly: Southampton 3, Worthing 8.
Our senior team enjoyed an entertaining victory against Hampshire league opposition in a match played at the Quays swimming complex.
The match was our first competitive outing of the year and the team looked a little rusty but nevertheless we were in control throughout. The opposition were well disciplined defensively but caused us only a small number of problems with their attacking play. The final score was a fair reflection of the match and only our wasteful finishing kept the winning margin down.
Quarter scores: 2-0, 2-1, 3-1, 1-1.
Worthing scorers: Richard Hooper 3, Paul Phillpott 2, Andy Cawdary 1, Scott Orchard 1, Dave Hoad 1.
Exclusions: Alastair Roberts 2, Richard Hooper 1, Dave Hoad 1, Paul Phillpott 1.
Remaining squad: Ben Alcorn (GK), Jon Gray, Andy Parkin, Anthony Gray.
Regards,
Alastair.  

Match Review

16/01/2006
This is a report of yesterdays Under 16 London Winter league tournament.
Having played in last summers event for junior players born in 1991 or younger, this was our first appearance in the Winter league which is for a 1990 or younger age group. We decided to enter this competition with a squad made up of 1991 and 1992 age group players with the addition of Dan Gibb who is the only team member born in 1990. All the other teams entered featured several players born in 1990 and so we were definitely the youngest team playing in the event. The results were as follows:
Match 1. Worthing 4, Sutton and Cheam 1.
A fantastic result against a team featuring a current GB junior international player, our youngsters played with a great deal of skill and composure. Tim Brazier opened the scoring and two goals from Ziggy Tate gave us a comfortable advantage. Dan Gibb scored in the second half and only a late and highly controversial goal when the ball clearly hit the post, spoiled what was an excellent performance. 
The team played an excellent "drop" defence to nullify the major threat of the opposition and on the rare occasions that they managed to find a shooting position, Joel Abbott produced a number of fine saves.
Match 2. Worthing 1, Croydon Amphibians 3.
A cracking match that was an excellent indication of the progress the team is making. Winners of the summers 1991 competition, Croydon were strengthened by the addition of several 1990 players. The closeness of this result was a good indication of the improvement we have made and with a little more composure in front of goal we might have at least drawn this match. Unfortunately we missed a penalty at a key moment that would have tied the scores at 2-2 but it was a terrific performance by all the team. Dan Gibb scored our goal midway through the first half and we were pressing hard late in the game looking for an equalizer when we conceded the crucial third goal.
Match 3. Worthing 5, Chelmsford 5.
Although we drew the match, this was the most disappointing performance of the afternoon. Having dominated the match in the first half leading 4-2 at the break, the score should have been much greater as we contrived to miss several opportunities.
The second half was poor with a limited opposition scoring on three occasions as a result of some poor defending. This was a great shame as this was a match we should have won comfortably.
For the record, Dominic Cranford, Dan Gibb, Scott Martin and Ziggy Tate scored in the first half and Dan got our goal in the second period.   
Overall, this was a highly enjoyable afternoon when we saw a great deal of the potential that this group of players posses. Throughout all the matches the team was cheered on by our loyal band of supporters and it is a pleasure to see so many family and friends prepared to travel to these events.
Our squad in full: Joel Abbott (GK), Tim Brazier, Ziggy Tate, Scott Martin, Stuart Stirling, Dominic Cranford, Elliot Ellison, Dan Gibb,Kevin Chan, Robert Osborne, Sian Fogerty.
Regards,
Alastair.

  

Match Review

16/01/2006
London Winter League Girls Championship.
Whitgift School, Croydon. Sunday 15/01/06.
This was the first tournament in this years championship and the first time that we have entered a Worthing junior girls team in any competition. We are fortunate that at present we have a number of talented girls at the club who are now playing water polo and this tournament saw several of the squad play their first matches.
The girl's deserve a huge amount of praise for the way that they played and we managed to remain unbeaten in our three matches with two wins and a draw.
Match 1. Worthing 5, Chelmsford 1.
An excellent start to the tournament saw the girls record a satisfactory win against enthusiastic opposition. Our girls fitness was soon proving to be the major difference between the teams and we dominated throughout and only some wasteful finishing could be criticized. Rebecca Anderson dominated proceedings from the centre forward position but all the girls played well.
Scorers: Rebecca Anderson 4, Joann Simpson 1.
Match 2. Worthing 3, Croydon Amphibians/Beckenham 3.
A cracking match which was enjoyed by a noisy crowd. We probably should have won but we contrived to miss several chances, particularly late on, which would have won the game. Again, Rebecca dominated proceedings scoring all our three goals but all the girls worked extremely hard against a much better standard of opposition.
Scorer: Rebecca Anderson 3.
Match 3. Worthing 9, Watford 2.
A satisfactory win when again our girls swimming ability and fitness proved to be the main difference between the teams. All the team again put in strong performances and it was nice to see six different goalscorers in this match.
Scorers: Sian Fogerty 2, Rachel Piper 2, Joann Simpson 2, Emma Piper 1, Rebecca Anderson 1, Zoe Yeandle 1.
In addition to the other six girls who scored, the squad was completed by Rianna Popeliers and Kayley Alcorn. Kayley is sister of Ben who is our junior boys and senior men's goalkeeper and she put on a fine display in goal making many fine saves. Her willingness to play in this demanding position with very little notice and even less training summed up the spirit of all the girls. It was refreshing to see the enthusiasm of the whole team who never gave less than 100% throughout.
Regards,
Alastair.   

Match Review

8/01/2006
This is the report of the County Junior Knock out that was concluded last week.
The semi-final was played last Wednesday at the Aquarena.
Worthing 6, Haywards Heath 3.
This was a low scoring match that the Worthing youngsters were always in control of.
The final score would have been a bigger win for our youngsters without the excellent performance of the Haywards Heath goalkeeper who made a string of quality saves.
All of the Worthing squad got good water time and some of the younger members put in particularly strong performances.
Quarter scores: 1-0, 3-1, 0-1, 2-1.
Worthing scorers: Ziggy Tate 1, Stuart Stirling 1, Nathan Hart 1, Ben Alcorn 1, Dominic Cranford 1, Dan Gibb 1.
The final was played on Saturday night at the deep water pool at Crowborough.
Worthing 5, Hailsham 16.
This was an excellent match and our young team never gave up against a very talented opposition. The six outfield players that Hailsham started with are all involved with the GB national squads, 4 in the 87 and 2 in the 89 age groups. Our young team played with a huge amount of commitment and no little skill and were unlucky not to score on other occasions.
Our chances were not helped with the controversial dismissal in the first quarter of Ben Brazier for dissent. 
All the team played well but a special mention should be made of Joel Abbott who at 14 years of age played in goal with great courage and ability. He made a number of high quality saves which indicates the huge potential he has in this demanding and highly specialized position.
Quarter scores: 0-4, 1-5, 2-3, 2-4.    
Worthing scorers: Ben Alcorn 1, Nathan Hart 1, Stuart Stirling 1, Dominic Cranford 1.
Full squad for both matches: Joel Abbott (GK), Ziggy Tate, Ben Alcorn, Nathan Hart (Capt), Ben Brazier, Stuart Stirling, Rob Osborne, Rebecca Anderson, Tim Brazier, Louise Gibb, Dominic Cranford, Dan Gibb.
The senior competition was won by Worthing after the withdrawal of Haywards Heath B from the final.  
Regards,
Alastair.

Alastair Roberts
Water Polo Secretary