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2007 Water Polo News Archive

Match Review

16/12/2007
And finally......................
 
The 2007 water polo season finished with a senior match against Crawley and the ladies tournament at Basingstoke.
This has been the busiest year ever for the water polo section at the club with teams competing at under 14, under 16, under 18, junior girls, senior women's and men's matches and tournaments. Our teams have always been highly competitive and we have traveled many miles to venues around England to play in various competitions.
We now have a short break over Christmas before we start again in 2008 with the boys London winter league on 6th January at Whitgift school in Croydon.
These are the reports from the final two events:
 
1. Sussex Senior League.
Friday 14th December.
Crawley 6, Worthing 20.
Quarter Scores: 5-2, 7-2, 4-1,4-1.
 
This was a satisfactory win in our final senior match of 2007 against a competitive Crawley team.
Played at the excellent K2 50 metre deep water pool we were able to take a full squad of 13 players. With 6 of the squad being senior squad members and 6 from our junior team we were able to alternate the players regularly. As a result the team in the water were always able to play at a tempo which the opposition found difficult to deal with.
We fell behind to an early goal but the team soon found it's rhythm and we eventually ran out easy winners.
Scorers: Matt White 5, Dominic Cranford 5, Stuart Stirling 3, Scott Martin 3, Richard Hooper 2, Scott Orchard 1 & Elliott Ellison 1.
Exclusions: Elliott Ellison 1, Andy Cawdary 1.
Squad in Full: Alastair Roberts (GK), Jon Gray, Elliott Ellison, Richard Hooper, Rob Osborne, Matt White, Scott Orchard, Scott Martin, Dominic Cranford, Stuart Stirling, Adrian Irbe, Andy Cawdary & Alastair Hardinge.
 
 
2. Basingstoke Ladies Tournament
Saturday 15th December.
 
We traveled to Basingstoke to defend the trophy that we have won for the past 2 years. Unfortunately we were missing some of our established girls but we still took a competitive squad of 9 who were looking forward to playing matches against the home team, London based Otter and Southampton University. The results were as follows:
 
Match 1.
Worthing 6, Basingstoke 2. (Halftime 4-1)
An excellent display against the home team saw our girls take an early 3-0 advantage and always control the match.
Playing an aggressive "full press" defence and a quick counter attack we scored some excellent goals. All the squad made good contributions and the result and the way that the team played indicated that we would be competitive throughout the event.
Scorers: Jenny Willett 3, Mel Hart 2, Rebecca Anderson 1.
Exclusions: None.
 
Match 2.
Worthing 4, Southampton University 3. (Halftime 1-2) 
An exciting match saw our girls come from behind to win by the odd goal against a good quality opposition.
This two teams were very well matched and we had to be at our best to secure the win by the narrowest of margins. We fell behind early on but soon equalized before a goal just before half-time saw the opposition retake the lead.
The second period was equally exciting but we managed to take the lead with just over a minute to play. The drama was not quite over and Kayley produced an excellent save late on to secure a hard earned win.
Scorers: Mel Hart 2, Rebecca Anderson 1, Rachel Piper 1.
Exclusions: Rachel Piper 2, Mel Hart 1.
 
Match 3.
Worthing 4, Otter 8. (Halftime 3-4)
Another exciting match saw our girls finally run out steam against an Otter team that featured several players who currently play in their squad who play in the second division of the national league.
The Worthing girls made a terrific start and at one stage led 3-1 but the opposition fought back and eventually led 4-3 at the break.
In the second period our young team struggled to find the energy to compete with an older and stronger team but we were still able to score an excellent late goal from Rebecca Anderson.
Scorers: Rebecca Anderson 2, Jenny Willett 1, Emma Piper 1.
Exclusions: Rianna Poppeliers.
 
Squad in full: Kayley Alcorn (GK), Rebecca Anderson, Mel Hart, Jenny Willett, Debbie Willett, Emma Piper, Rachel Piper, Rianna Poppeliers & Chrissy Pilcher.
 
It was a shame not to successfully defend the trophy but all the girls played really well and could not be faulted for the efforts that they made. To loose to a team with players who are playing at a high standard in national competition was no disgrace and all the squad should be happy with the efforts that they made.
The squad of 9 included 5 girls who are 18 or under all who have come through our junior development program and this indicates that we are still continuing to produce good quality players.
 
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

3/12/2007
London Winter League
Under 16 Division (Born 1992 + younger)
Tournament at Whitgift School, Croydon.
Sunday 2nd December 2007
 
The first tournament of this years under 16 Winter league saw the Worthing team play 4 exciting matches at the excellent deep water pool at Whitgift school.
With seven of our squad of ten players having been involved with the Sussex team that won the South-east inter county tournament in October, we knew that we would have a competitive team at this age group. The results were as follows:
 
Match 1. Worthing 13, Sevenoaks 1.
A satisfactory win in the first match against a young and inexperienced opposition. The team played well and our press defence resulted in many breakaway goals.
All the squad had a good amount of water time and the goalkeeping was shared by Sam Abbott and Alexander Cranford.
Scorers: Scott Martin 5, Sam Abbott 3, Alastair Hardinge 2, Kevin Chan 2, Rachel Piper 1.
Exclusion: Scott Martin.
 
Match 2. Worthing 6, Beckenham 0.
A slightly below par performance in all respects with the enthusiastic opposition defending well and helped by the Worthing teams poor finishing. We were always in control but the team knew that this was a long way below our normal standard of play.
Scorers: Sam Abbott 3, Scott Martin 2, Alexander Cranford 1.
Exclusions: None.
 
Match 3. Worthing 5, Croydon Amphibians 0.
After the previous match the team re-grouped knowing that this would be a tough match against our traditional rivals. The team were determined to make a strong start and this proved to be the case with 3 quick goals. The defending was sound and Sam Abbott made a number of fine saves to keep the clean sheet. 
The all-round team play was of a high order with our attacking play always causing the opposition problems.
This was a fine win against a good quality of opposition and gave a good indication of our teams potential.
Scorers: Scott Martin 2, Alexander Cranford 2, Sam Maloney 1.
Exclusions: Alastair Hardinge 2. 
 
Match 4. Worthing 3, West London Penguin 1.
The previous win seemed to have taken it's toll on our squad who put in a labored performance in beating an over-physical opposition. We dominated possession but again missed far too many of the chances that we created. The win was never really in doubt but this was not our finest performance.
Scorers: Scott Martin 2, Alastair Hardinge 1.
Exclusion: Kevin Chan.
 
The four wins were well deserved but the performances were definitely up and down.
All the squad played well but mention should be made of Scott Martin who captained the team and led by example, Rachel Piper who never shied away from the physical challenges, and Max Felton and Kwok Wan who made their first appearances at this type of tournament.
 
Squad in Full: Scott Martin (Capt), Sam Abbott, Sam Maloney, Alexander Cranford, Kevin Chan, Alastair Hardinge, Rachel Piper, Luke Helmer, Kwok Wan and Max Felton.
 
Regards,
Alastair.    

Match Review

16/11/2007
Sussex County Under 16 Tournament 4.
St Bedes School Pool.
 
This was the final event of the county under 16 tournament program played throughout 2007.
The Worthing team for this event was missing 3 of our regular players with Scott Martin away playing in the men's national league, Alexander Cranford absent through illness and Luke Helmer unavailable because of a prior engagement.
As a result, we took the opportunity of playing 3 of our younger squad members and Max Felton, Kwok Wan and Oliver Rainford all enjoyed a good amount of water time and will have benefited from the experience.
As a result of Haywards Heath withdrawing from this event, it was decided to that the 3 remaining teams (Worthing, Eastbourne and Hailsham) would play each other twice each and the results were as follows:
 
Worthing 4, Hailsham 3. (H/T 1-2)
Our youngsters had to come from behind to record a win against a spirited opposition.
Scorers: Sam Abbott 2, Sam Maloney 2.
 
Worthing 5, Eastbourne 1. (H/T 3-0)
A satisfactory win against a much improved Eastbourne team who defended well throughout the match.
Scorers: - Sam Abbott 2, Kevin Chan 1, Rachel Piper 1, Sam Maloney 1.
 
Worthing 4, Hailsham 2. (H/T 1-0)
A slightly more comfortable win than the previous match against the same opposition. On this occasion we were always in control and even managed to miss a penalty in the second half of the match.
Scorers: Sam Abbott 2, Kevin Chan 1, Rachel Piper 1.
 
Worthing 5, Eastbourne 2. (H/T 3-0)
A similar performance to the previous match against Eastbourne saw the Worthing team always in control but wasteful finishing kept the score closer than it might have been.
Scorers: Alastair Hardinge 2, Sam Abbott 2, Kevin Chan 1.
 
Squad in Full: Rachel Piper, Sam Abbott, Sam Maloney, Alastair Hardinge, Kevin Chan, Peter Flynn, Kwok Wan, Oliver Rainford, Max Felton.
 
The win at this tournament secured our under 16 team their third consecutive Sussex county title and again indicates that we are continuing to produce talented junior players. The 2008 event will see the Worthing team feature a good number of the younger players who have just started playing and so it will be an interesting challenge to develop a relatively inexperienced squad for these tournaments
 
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

16/11/2007
Sussex County Junior League.
Worthing 22, Hastings 2. (Quarter Scores: 5-1, 4-1, 7-0, 5-0) 
 
This was a comfortable win for our junior team against an enthusiastic but inexperienced Hastings junior side.
With Ziggy Tate and Joel Abbott away at the national water polo academy in Grantham, and with Tim Brazier unavailable due to illness, we took the opportunity to play a number of our less experienced players along side some of our first choice squad members.
The match itself was never really close after a first quarter which saw the Worthing youngsters take a 5-1 advantage. The remainder of the match saw the team continue to dominate and it was nice to see the goals shared around 9 of the outfield players.
We were particularly pleased to see 4 of our junior girls play in this match. Emma Piper and Rebecca Anderson were among the scorers and Rachel Piper and Sian Fogerty both put in solid performances.
 
Scorers: Scott Martin 5, Stuart Stirling 5, Alastair Hardinge 4, Elliott Ellison 2, Dominic Cranford 2, Sam Abbott 1, Alexander Cranford 1,Emma Piper 1 & Rebecca Anderson 1.
Exclusion: Scott Martin 1.
Squad in Full: Sam Abbott, Sian Fogerty, Rebecca Anderson, Robert Osborne, Emma Piper, Rachel Piper, Dominic Cranford, Scott Martin, Alastair Hardinge, Stuart Stirling, Elliott Ellison & Alexander Cranford.
 
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

12/11/2007
Sussex County Junior Friendly.
Sunday 11th November 2007
Haywards Heath 3, Worthing 9. (Quarter scores, 3-1, 3-1, 1-1, 2-0)
 
This was an interesting match played at the all deep water pool at the triangle centre in Burgess Hill.
We decided to take a young team to play in this match to give them some much needed experience and all the squad enjoyed the chance to play in a competitive fixture in an excellent pool for water polo.
All the squad played well and it was nice to see the 9 goals shared between 7 different players. The team defended well for most of the match but lack of concentration led to Haywards Heath scoring their 3 goals.
Scorers: Rachel Piper 2, Sam Abbott 2 (1 pen), Kevin Chan 1, Rob Osborne 1, Peter Flynn 1, Luke Helmer 1 &  Alastair Hardinge 1.
Exclusions: Rachel Piper 1, Kevin Chan 1.
Squad in Full: Goal scorers + Emma Piper and Sam Maloney.
 
Regards,
Alastair.   

Match Review

16/10/2007
London and South-east Region Inter County Youth Tournament (1992 & younger).
Whitgift School, Croydon.
Sunday 14th October 2007.
 
It took Sussex over 30 years to win this annual tournament in 2006 and in an exciting event we managed to secure the championship for the second year running.
The Sussex team of 11 included 7 Worthing juniors, (Scott Martin who captained the team, Sam Abbott, Alastair Hardinge, Sam Maloney, Kevin Chan, Alexander Cranford & Rachel Piper), 3 from Hailsham (Nathan Tonkin, Amy Styles & Louise Bampton) and Mathew Waugh from Haywards Heath.
Played at the excellent deep water pool at Whitgift school in Croydon the pre tournament prediction was that the title would be decided between the home county and the Sussex team. This had been the situation in 2006 when the final match between Surrey and Sussex decided the winners. The program for this years event once again saw the two favorites drawn to meet in the final match in the round-robin format but it was important that we won the 3 matches prior to the final match.
The match results were as follows:
 
1. Sussex 7, Middlesex 0 (H/T 5-0)
A satisfactory start to the day saw the Sussex team ease to a relatively simple victory against a physical Middlesex opposition. Playing a strong "full press" defence we always had the opposition under pressure and it was only some wasteful finishing that kept the score down. Middlesex did create some chances but their shooting was mainly off target and Amy Styles in the Sussex goal comfortably dealt with some of the better efforts.
This was a good start for the team but it was obvious that we would need to play to a better standard to take the title.
Scorers: Scott Martin 4, Sam Abbott 1, Matthew Waugh 1, Alexander Cranford 1.
Exclusions: None.
 
2. Sussex 10, Kent 2 (H/T 5-1)
This was an easy win against a spirited but inexperienced Kent team. Again, it was our defending that set the tone of the match and our speed on the break always caused the opposition problems. All the squad had a good amount of water time in this match and the only disappointment was conceding 2 avoidable goals late on.
Scorers: Kevin Chan 2, Scott Martin 2, Sam Abbott 2, Matthew Waugh 2, Rachel Piper 1, Nathan Tonkin 1.
Exclusions: Kevin Chan 1, Matthew Waugh 1.
 
3. Sussex 12, Hampshire 0 (H/T 5-0)
Another satisfactory win against a young Hampshire team who were unable to deal with the speed and skill of the Sussex team. Once again, all the squad gained a good amount of water time and it was nice to see 8  different scorers.
We were hardly troubled in defence and Amy had little to do other than make several excellent passes when the team was on the attack.
Scorers: Scott Martin 3, Nathan Tonkin 2, Rachel Piper 2, Kevin Chan 1, Sam Abbott 1, Sam Maloney 1, Matthew Waugh 1, Alexander Cranford 1.
Exclusions: None.
 
4. Sussex 4, Surrey 2 (H/T 3-0)
A fantastic final match saw both teams with unbeaten records knowing that the winner would take the overall title.
With a large crowd cheering on both teams the match was always going to be a tense affair. Sussex made the better start and soon scored through Matthew Waugh which helped settle the nerves. Scott Martin added the second with a terrific piece of skill turning his defender before scoring with a back-hand shot. Just before the break Kevin Chan broke away down the right and took his time before scoring past the Surrey keeper.
The second-half saw Surrey make a strong comeback and they scored twice and Amy made an excellent save to preserve the lead. In a tense climax each teams had chances but Sam Abbott eventually settled matters with a well taken goal from the centre forward position.
This was an excellent win and secured the overall championship.
Scorers: Matthew Waugh 1, Scott Martin 1, Kevin Chan 1, Sam Abbott 1.
Exclusions: Matthew Waugh 3, Sam Abbott 1.
 
This was another marvelous win for a Sussex junior team and all the squad made significant contributions. The long journey home will have passed quickly for everyone who made the trip happy with the days efforts which saw the team defend the title that they had won in 2006.
 
Regards,
Alastair Roberts.

Match Review

13/10/2007
Sussex Senior League
Wednesday 10th October 2007
Worthing 26, Brighton 1.
 
This was a disappointing match against an under strength Brighton team who were missing several of their established and experienced players.
The Worthing team was again missing many of our senior squad players with 6 away at various universities and colleges as well as other individuals who were unavailable because of holiday and work commitments.  
This has resulted in allowing us to play several of our talented junior players in the senior team and all of those involved will have benefited from the chance to play in this match. All 5 juniors who played in this particular match scored and did not look out of place in our squad. 
We were hardly troubled with the Brighton team struggling to create much in attack while being under great pressure from our attacking play.
Quarter Scores: 8-1, 5-0, 9-0, 4-0.
Worthing Scorers: Richard Hooper 7, Paul Phillpott 5, Scott Martin 4, Stuart Stirling 3, Elliott Ellison 2, Scott Orchard 2, Dominic Cranford 2, Rob Osborne 1.
Exclusions: Anthony Gray 1, Elliott Ellison 1.
Squad in Full: Alastair Roberts (GK), Anthony Gray, Richard Hooper, Elliott Ellison, Scott Orchard, Dave Hoad (Capt), Dominic Cranford, Stuart Stirling, Rob Osborne, Paul Phillpott, Scott Martin.
 
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

10/10/2007
1. Sussex Senior League
Wednesday 3rd October 2007.
Worthing 17, Hastings 6.
 
This was a satisfactory home win for our senior team who were without 9 of our senior squad players. 4 are away at universities (Matt White, Ben Alcorn, Nathan Hart & Ben Brazier). Joel Abbott and Ziggy Tate are at the National water polo academy at Grantham, Adrian Irbe was away working, Andy Cawdary has a shoulder injury and Daniel Knap was back in Slovakia.
Without all these players we still were delighted to be able to name a full squad of 13 for this match including 6 of our outstanding under 16 squad.
We were always in control after an excellent first period when we raced to a 7-0 lead. The rest of the match was not quite as one sided and we took the opportunity to give all the players in the squad as much water time as possible.
Quarter scores: 7-0, 4-1, 5-2, 1-3.
Worthing scorers: Paul Phillpott 7, Richard Hooper 4, Scott Martin 2, Dave Hoad 2, Elliott Ellison 1, Stuart Stirling 1
Exclusions: Elliott Ellison 2, Anthony Gray 1, Dave Hoad 1.
Squad in Full: Alastair Roberts (GK), Jon Gray, Elliott Ellison, Richard Hooper, Scott Martin, Anthony Gray, Scott Orchard, Dave Hoad, Tim Brazier, Stuart Stirling, Dominic Cranford, Paul Phillpott & Rob Osborne.
 
 
2. Under 14 Tournament 
Sunday 6th October 2007
Basingstoke Aquadrome.
 
We were invited to play in this tournament which gave our newly formed development squad the opportunity to play some matches. With the exception of Oliver Rainford who had played in the last county under 16 tournament, none of the other members of the squad had any experience of playing in a proper match.
We also fielded the youngest team at the event with most of the squad much younger than the 1994 age group.
We played 3 matches which was a very demanding program in the all deep Aquadrome 25 metre pool but all of our boys and girls worked really hard throughout.
The results were as follows:
 
Basingstoke "A" 12, Worthing 1.
The final score didn't really reflect how well the team played after a very nervous first half which saw our opponents take a 8-1 lead. The second period saw a great improvement with the squad beginning to play a much better standard.
Scorer: Karen Chan.
 
Basingstoke "B" 0, Worthing 13.
This was a fine performance against a team that struggled to deal with the speed of our swimming and counter-attacking play. All the squad played well and it was nice to see that we had 5 different goal scorers. It was obvious that the team was learning fast and the overall standard of the play showed an improvement from the first match.
Scorers: Tara Osborne 4, Joe Hazeldine 3, Karen Chan 3, Kwock Wan 2, Henry Jackson 1.
 
Pilgrim School 13, Worthing 2.
We had to play the next match with no break and although the team started well we eventually ran out of energy in the second half. The opposition were older than our squad and although our swimming often caused them problems we struggled to deal with the size and strength of the opposition.
Scorers: Joe Hazeldine 1, Tara Osborne 1.
Squad in Full: Tara Osborne, Joe Hazeldine, Kwock Wan, Karen Chan, Oliver Rainford, Henry Jackson & Max Felton.
 
This was an enjoyable event for our youngsters who will have learned a great deal from these matches. It was encouraging to watch the team improve match by match and I am sure that they will develop rapidly over the coming months.
 
Regards,
Alastair       

Match Review

29/9/2007
Sussex Junior League, Tuesday 25th September 2007.
Bexhill/Hastings 3, Worthing 25.
 
This was an entertaining match against an enthusiastic opposition played at the Battle Abbey School pool in Bexhill.
The final score suggests that the match was hugely one-sided, but the standard of some of the Worthing play made the home team look worse than perhaps they deserved. All the Worthing squad contributed to the performance and we were without Ziggy Tate and Joel Abbott who are now at the Grantham water polo academy as well as Stuart Stirling and Dan Gibb who were nursing injuries and Rob Osborne who was unavailable.
It was particularly pleasing that 8 of our squad of 9 scored on the night. Only Sian Fogerty failed to join the scorers but she put in a solid display throughout.
Scorers: Scott Martin 6, Tim Brazier 5, Dominic Cranford 3, Alastair Hardinge 3, Elliott Ellison 2, Rebecca Anderson 2, Kevin Chan 2, Sam Abbott 2.
Exclusions: Alastair Hardinge 2, Scott Martin 1, Kevin Chan 1.
Quarter Scores: 8-1, 6-2, 4-0, 7-0.
Squad in Full: Rebecca Anderson (captain), Sam Abbott, Scott Martin, Tim Brazier, Dominic Cranford, Alastair Hardinge, Elliott Ellison, Kevin Chan, Sian Fogerty.
 
Regards,
Alastair.  

Match Review

9/9/2007
More news for you.......
 
1. Match Report.
Sussex Senior League. Worthing 11, Hailsham 13.
This was a match of a high standard that was close throughout.
Hailsham feature players from all over the South-east and it was always going to be a close affair that could have seen a different result. 
Worthing made a good start defending well and scoring 2 quick goals on the counter-attack and at the end of the first quarter the lead had increased to 4-2. Hailsham fought back well in the second period and at half-time the teams were level at 5-5.
The third quarter was close affair again and the final period saw the opposition take the narrowest lead 8-7. The match was really decided in the first few minutes of the final period when the visitors scored 3 times as a result of Worthing mistakes and although we fought back well we were unable to score the goals we required.
This was an excellent match and all the Worthing team should be pleased with the level of performance. Much of the play was of an high standard and it was only a number of missed chances, particularly in extra man situations, that cost us the chance of a win.
Quarter Scores: 4-2, 1-3, 2-3, 4-5.
Worthing Scorers: Richard Hooper 2, Matt White 2, Scott Orchard 2, Dave Hoad 2, Paul Phillpott 2, Nathan Hart 1.
Exclusions: Scott Orchard 2, Paul Phillpott 1.
Full Squad: Ben Alcorn (GK), Jon Gray, Ben Brazier, Richard Hooper, Nathan Hart, Matt White, Scott Orchard, Dave Hoad, Adrian Irbe, Stuart Stirling, Tony Gray, Paul Phillpott, Scott Martin.
 
2. Match Report.
Sussex Senior League. Hastings 4, Worthing 14.
24 hours later and our senior team faced the longest journey of the county season with the away match at Hastings.
After the disappointment of the close defeat the night before, the team bounced back well and recorded a comfortable and satisfactory victory.
The team played well throughout and the only slightly worrying aspect was again the number of chances that were missed. 2 of our under 16 squad (Stuart Stirling and Rob Osborne) played well in the match and contributed to what was a relatively simple win.
Quarter Scores: 5-2, 3-0, 5-1, 1-1.
Worthing Scorers: Ben Brazier 4, Richard Hooper 3, Dave Hoad 2, Stuart Stirling 2, Paul Phillpott 2, Matt White 1.
Exclusions: None.
Full Squad: Ben Alcorn (GK), Jon Gray, Ben Brazier, Richard Hooper, Matt White, Scott Orchard, Dave Hoad, Stuart Stirling, Tony Gray, Paul Phillpott, Rob Osborne.
 
3. National Water Polo Academy.
Two of our junior squad members have just started their first term at the National Academy which is based at Grantham in Lincolnshire.
Ziggy Tate and Joel Abbott are now studying full time at the towns college as well as receiving 16 hours water polo training with some of the national team coaches. This is an excellent opportunity for both of them and I am sure that we will see the benefit in the standard of their play over the coming months. 
 
Regards,
Alastair.  

Match Review

13/8/2007
Senior Friendly Match.
Worthing 18, Sevenoaks 10.
 
In our first fixture played in August for many years, our senior team recorded a satisfactory win in an entertaining match against Kent league opposition.
With several of our senior and established junior players unavailable due to the holiday period and the training camp at Millfield school, we took the opportunity to play several of our youngsters in a senior match for the first time. All the squad performed well and will have gained some valuable water time against an enthusiastic opposition.
The goal scoring was dominated by three players. Richard Hooper only played half the match as an outfield player, (he played the remainder in goal), but he still managed to find the back of the net 8 times. Matt White scored 4 and Daniel Knap who has just joined us having played previously in his home country of Slovakia, scored 3 on his debut.
Scorers in full: Richard Hooper 8, Matt White 4, Daniel Knap 3, Tim Brazier 1, Dave Hoad 1, Ben Alcorn 1.
Exclusions: Tim Brazier 1, Matt White 1, Stuart Stirling 1, Sam Abbott 1, Daniel Knapp 1, Rob Osborne 1.
Squad in full: Ben Alcorn, Dominic Cranford, Anthony Gray, Richard Hooper, Jon Gray, Ben Brazier, Tim Brazier, Dave Hoad, Matt White, Stuart Stirling, Sam Abbott, Alastair Hardinge, Daniel Knap, Robert Osborne.
This was a good match played in an excellent spirit and further indicated the development that our squad is making.
Regards,
Alastair.   

Match Review

6/8/2007
It might be August, but we still have some water polo news for you!
 
1. G.B Youth Squad in Bulgaria.
Scott Martin became the first Worthing member to be selected (and score) for a national team since Matthew White when he represented GB in the Diana Cup in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The competition featured teams from the hosts as well as Serbia, Macedonia and Austria along with the GB boys.
The opening match was always going to be tough against the Serbians who had won the Youth Olympic tournament the previous week beating Hungary in the final. Serbia are currently one of the dominating nations of world water polo and so a 14-3 defeat for the GB team was an encouraging result.
The second match was a close affair with GB eventually losing out 12-10 to the hosts but this was followed by a win against the Austrians 11-3. Scott scored his first international goal in this match but a tiring GB team could not build on this momentum and lost the final match to Macedonia 7-3.
Before traveling to Bulgaria (via Manchester and Paris - the ASA don't make things easy!) Scott was joined by Ziggy Tate for a training day at Manchester. Ziggy was named as one of the non-traveling reserves for Bulgaria but his continued progress must mean that he has every chance of selection for future squads.
Scott and Ziggy will be joined by goal-keeper Joel Abbott this week at the annual summer camp at Millfield School in Somerset and all 3 will be looking forward to an intensive period of training with the National squad coaches.
 
2. Worthing Under 16 Youth Squad.
Our under 16 team who have enjoyed great success including the run in the ASA national cup competition have been nominated for the Swim South East team of the year award. The winner will be announced at the annual gala awards dinner that takes place in Bracknell on September 8th.
The team has dominated competitions in Sussex and within the SE region and the ASA cup indicated just how competitive we are on the national stage. We lost a close quarter-final to City of Manchester who in turn only lost the semi-final to Lancaster after extra-time and penalties. Lancaster won a one sided final easily and we are sure that we have the basis of a very competitive squad that will continue to improve.
The squad features the 3 boys in the national squad (Scott, Ziggy and Joel) along with a further group of talented athletes some who have the potential to be involved with the GB set-up. (Tim Brazier, Stuart Stirling, Elliott Ellison, Dominic and Alexander Cranford, Sam Abbott, Rob Osborne, Sam Maloney, Kevin Chan & Alastair Hardinge). 
 
3. Our 2007 program continues with a senior friendly match at the Aquarena this Wednesday against Sevenoaks from the Kent league.
 
Regards,
Alastair.        

GB youth team

6/8/2007
Link to British Swimming article on junior water polo which included Scott Martin
 www.britishswimming.org                                                                                         

Article went as follows

A British water polo youth team has gained valuable experience at its first international tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria.                                                                                                      

A 13-strong team of players aged 16 years and under competed together for the very first time at the Diana Cup, a four match round robin event against hosts Bulgaria and Serbia, Austria and Macedonia.

Britain faced a strong Serbian side in their opening match and were pleased with the result, despite a 14-3 loss. Stuart Fennell (Weston Super Mare) scored twice and Lancaster Cityís Ciaran James got one in the net.

In a closer match against hosts Bulgaria, Britain were two points down and lost 12-10. Showing an improvement in their set play, the team failed to capitalise on a good start and a series of man-up opportunities.

An encouraging comeback towards the end of the match with Britain winning the final quarter 4-0 wasnít enough to reverse the final scoreline. City of Manchesterís Dean Smith scored five, Daniel Barker (Carlisle) and James scored a pair apiece and captain Tom Richmond (also City of Manchester) scored one.

In their only win of the tournament, 11-3 against Austria, glory was shared amongst the team with nine of the players contributing to the GB goal tally. Barker and Richmond scored twice while Chris Armstrong (Doncaster Junior), Fennell, Matthew Little (Carlisle), Smith, Scott Martin (Worthing), Andrew Woodall (Dunfermline) and Lewis Don (Menzieshill & Whitehall) scored one each.

Britain faced Macedonia in their final match, losing 7-3. Despite a strong effort from the team, Britain failed to net two of their three penalties, with scores coming from Barker, James and Fennell.

  Final Scores:
  Serbia 14-3
  Bulgaria 12-10
  Austria 3-11
  Macedonia 7-3

  British Team:
  Marc Robinson (Lancaster City)
  Elliot Kelly (City of Sheffield)
  Scott Martin (Worthing)
  Andrew Woodall (Dunfermline)
  Shaun Greatorex (Castleford WPC)
  Dean Smith (City of Manchester)
  Christopher Armstrong (Doncaster Junior)
  Stuart Fennell (Weston Super Mare)
  Ciaran James (Lancaster City)
  Daniel Barker (Carlisle WPC)
  Thomas Richmond, Captain (City of Manchester)
  Matthew Little (Carlisle WPC)
  Lewis Don (Menzieshill & Whitehall)

Regards
Chris Luesley

Match Review

15/7/2007
Sussex County Under 16 Tournament (1992 and younger)
St Bedes School, Upper Dicker, East Sussex.

Link to an article to Worthing Herald website - http://www.worthingherald.co.uk/worthing-sport?articleid=3058275

The second county under 16 tournament of 2007 saw our young team continue their unbeaten run of results this year. With the team featuring several players who featured in the 1991 age group ASA national cup competition, we really do have strength in depth which was highlighted by the results at this event.

Scott Martin, who will be representing GB in Bulgaria at the beginning of August, dominated proceedings and the team played a good quality of water polo and were never really challenged in all of the matches.
 
Match 1. Worthing 8, Sussex Select 2.
A satisfactory win against a team drawn from various clubs across Sussex.
Scorers: Kevin Chan 2, Rachel Piper 2, Scott Martin 2, Sam Maloney 1, Alexander Cranford 1.
Exclusion: Scott Martin.
 
Match 2. Worthing 4, Hailsham 1.
This was the hardest match of the day against a spirited opposition from our South coast rivals. A strong second period saw our youngsters put the result beyond doubt.
Scorers: Kevin Chan 1, Scott Martin 1, Sam Maloney 1, Alexander Cranford 1
Exclusions: None.
 
Match 3. Worthing 8, Eastbourne 2.
Another satisfactory win against an improving and enthusiastic Eastbourne team. It was nice to see Oliver Rainford score with a penalty on his debut in a competitive match for the club.
Scorers: Scott Martin 2, Alexander Cranford 2, Luke Helmer 1, Alastair Hardinge 1, Sam Maloney 1, Oliver Rainford 1 (penalty).
Exclusions: None.
 
Squad in full: Scott Martin, Alexander Cranford, Sam Maloney, Alastair Hardinge, Daniel McDonald, Sam Abbott, Kevin Chan, Rachel Piper, Peter Flynn, Luke Helmer, Oliver Rainford.
The team was coached by a combination of Richard Hooper, Ben Alcorn and Norman Griffin and Ben and Richard helped out with the refereeing.
This tournament again illustrated that our development program continues to produce talented boys and girls who enjoy playing for the club in all levels of competition.
Our season continues next Sunday with the final London league under 18 tournament of the year which will see us back at Whitgift school in Croydon.
 
Regards,
Alastair.  

Match Review

8/7/2007
This is the report of today's events:
 
London Junior League (1989 + Younger)
Tournament at Whitgift School, Croydon.
 
This was another excellent event for our junior team who again featured mainly players born in 1991 and 1992 with only Dan Gibb born in 1990.
The majority of players from the other clubs present were born in 1989 but we still produced 2 fine performances and we were unbeaten in both matches.
It was decided to play 4 quarter matches and we were unlucky that the draw required us to play "back to back" with only a short break between the games.
 
Match 1. Worthing 4, Croydon Amphibians 3.
This was a good win against a talented team who we have had many quality matches against. We played particularly well in the first 2 quarters when we defended soundly and created several excellent chances. The half-time 3-0 lead did not flatter us but our opponents staged a strong recovery and we went into the last period with a 4-2 advantage. 
The final period was a tense affair but a goal from Ziggy Tate secured a fine win.
Scorers: Stuart Stirling 2, Ziggy Tate 1, Tim Brazier 1.
Exclusions: None
Quarter Scores: 2-0, 1-0, 1-2, 1-1.
 
Match 2. Worthing 6, Hailsham 6.
A really exciting match where the lead changed hands regularly.
Hailsham are a quality team featuring several experienced players of a high standard. They were without Jack Waller but they still offered a formidable opposition.
The first quarter was a close affair but we were well in the game and were slightly unlucky to finish 2-3 down. The second quarter saw our boys continued to play well and we evened things up at half-time 4-4.
Going into the final period we had edged ahead 5-4 but Hailsham made the score 5-5 before we entered a remarkable final minute. Just after the final minute bell sounded Hailsham had a player excluded and we took the opportunity to call a "time-out". At the following restart the Worthing tactics worked perfectly and Scott Martin scored with an excellent shot into the far corner.
The match wasn't finished and Hailsham had a final chance to equalize from the re-start. We thought we had defended well but an unlucky break of the ball to a Hailsham player saw them equalize in the dying seconds. 
Although we were slightly disappointed to draw, this was still a fine result for our young team and indicates that we are still making good progress.
Scorers: Scott Martin 3, Stuart Stirling 2, Ziggy Tate 1.
Exclusions: Ziggy Tate 1, Tim Brazier 1.
Quarter Scores: 2-3, 2-1, 1-0, 1-2.
Squad in full: Joel Abbott (GK), Ziggy Tate, Tim Brazier, Sam Abbott, Scott Martin, Alastair Hardinge, Stuart Stirling, Dan Gibb.
 
We are back at Whitgift in 2 weeks time for the final tournament of this years London League program.
Regards,
Alastair.      

Match Review

6/7/2007
British Army Tournament.
Our senior team enjoyed an entertaining and demanding afternoon playing in the Army tournament at Aldershot.
The Army team use this event as part of their build up to the inter-services competition which was due to be played this weekend.
The tournament featured 4 teams who were to play matches of nearly the full playing time in the all deep-water pool on a round-robin basis. The other teams competing alongside the Army and ourselves were Invicta and Avondale (London).
The match reports are as follows:
 
Match 1. Worthing 9, Invicta 9.
This was a close match throughout against a good quality of opposition. After a first quarter that was tied 1-1, we fell behind and did well to secure a draw in the final quarter. We actually had a good chance late on to win the match but the draw was probably a fair result.
Scorers: Matt White 4, Ben Alcorn 2, Richard Hooper 1, Nathan Hart 1, Tony Gray 1.
Exclusions: Stuart Stirling 3, Nathan Hart 1, Adrian Irbe 1.
 
Match 2. Worthing 13, Army 5.
A satisfactory win against the hosts was secured after a dominant display in the first quarter which we won 5-1. The Army team was inexperienced but enthusiastic and they struggled to cope with our counter-attacking play.
Scorers: Richard Hooper 7, Matt White 3, Ben Alcorn 2, Jon Gray 1.
Exclusions: Stuart Stirling 1.
 
Match 3. Worthing 3, Avondale 16.
This match was the deciding fixture with both teams unbeaten. We had the disadvantage of having to play straight after the previous match against the Army with no rest but the Avondale team were worthy winners. The opposition featured several ex-international players from South Africa and their experience of playing at the highest level was soon evident. The Worthing team played some good water polo throughout but our opponents were always in control.
Scorers: Richard Hooper 1, Nathan Hart 1, Ziggy Tate 1.
Exclusions: None.
Squad in Full: Ben Alcorn, Joel Abbott, Jon Gray, Ziggy Tate, Richard Hooper, Rob Osborne, Adrian Irbe, Matt White, Nathan Hart, Stuart Stirling, Anthony Gray.
 
This was a highly enjoyable event for all of our squad who gained valuable experience playing against good opposition. We were missing some of our experienced players but this gave an opportunity to four of our junior players to play. Ziggy, Stuart, Rob and Joel all played well and Joel was in particularly good form in goal making a number of excellent saves.
 
Regards,
Alastair.  

Match Review

1/7/2007
It has been a very busy few days for the water polo players with the following events taking place.
 
1. Sussex Senior League.
Haywards Heath 6, Worthing 20.
This was a satisfactory win against Haywards Heath in a match played at the Dolphin centre. We were missing a number of our established senior players and we took the chance to include Stuart Stirling and Ziggy Tate from our under 16 junior team.
We played well from the start with some good attacking play which led to a 5-1 lead at the end of the first period. The remainder of the match saw our seniors continue to play well with the opposition struggling to deal with our strong defending and effective attacking play.
Ziggy and Stuart both scored 3 times and they both put in excellent performances.
Quarter Scores: 5-1, 6-1, 3-2, 6-2.
Scorers: Richard Hooper 6, Paul Phillpott 6, Stuart Stirling 3, Ziggy Tate 3, Andy Cawdary 1, Ben Brazier 1.
Exclusions: Andy Cawdary 2, Adrian Irbe 1, Ben Brazier 1, Paul Phillpott 1.
Remaining Squad: Scott Orchard, Anthony Gray, Dave Hoad, Alastair Roberts.
  
2. On Saturday, 2 of our under 16 girls (Rianna Poppeliers and Sian Fogerty) played for the SE region in the ASA national youth cup semi-final against City of Liverpool at the Manchester Aquatic centre. The team eventually lost 8-14 to the favorites for the competition but both the Worthing girls played well and Sian scored an excellent goal with a shot from distance.
 
3. Sunday afternoon saw our under 15 team in action at the Basingstoke tournament playing against teams from the home club, Andover, Southampton and Winchester. The results of the matches were as follows:
 
Worthing 10, Basingstoke 0.
Our first match of the tournament saw our young team record a satisfactory win with all of the squad playing well. The opposition defended enthusiastically throughout but they offered little threat in attack and we never looked likely to concede. 
Scorers: Scott Martin 5, Rachel Piper 2, Luke Helmer 1, Sam Maloney 1, Sam Abbott 1.
Exclusions: Rachel Piper 1.
 
Worthing 10, Winchester 0.
A straightforward win against an inexperienced opposition who struggled to deal with our attacking play and strong defending. All the squad played well and our goalkeeper had little to do.
Scorers: Alastair Hardinge 3, Kevin Chan 2, Scott Martin 2, Sam Maloney 2, Luke Helmer 1.
Exclusions: None.
 
Worthing 11, Southampton 3.
The final of the competition was against a physically stronger team but our tactics produced another comfortable win. For a long period it looked as though we might keep a third clean sheet but the opposition worked hard for the 3 goals that they scored. Our attacking play was again of a good standard and the final score was a fair indication of the difference between the teams.
Scorers: Scott Martin 3, Rachel Piper 2, Kevin Chan 2, Sam Abbott 1, Luke Helmer 1, Daniel MacDonald 1, Sam Maloney 1.
Exclusions: Alastair Hardinge 1, Daniel MacDonald 1.
Squad in Full: Sam Abbott, Kevin Chan, Rachel Piper, Luke Helmer, Scott Martin, Alastair Hardinge, Daniel MacDonald, Sam Maloney & Peter Flynn. 
 
The presentation of the trophy was made to Rachel Piper and all the squad received winners medals. The tournament was run to raise funds for the British Red cross and they were presented with a cheque for £300 at the end of the tournament. 
 
4. Also on Sunday afternoon our senior team played in the Army tournament at the Aldershot 50 metre pool. A full report will follow.
 
5. Congratulations should go the Scott Martin who has been selected for the GB Youth squad to play in the Diana Cup competition which is to be held at Sofia in Bulgaria at the start of August. Scott has been named in the squad of 13 and Ziggy Tate is one of 2 reserves which is also an excellent achievement. Goalkeeper Joel Abbott has missed out this time but will have a chance of selection in future squads. All 3 have worked hard to be part of the overall squad and we are all delighted that Scott, and possibly Ziggy, will be making the trip.
 
Regards,
Alastair.     

Match Review

22/6/2007
This is the latest report,
 
Sussex Junior Knock-Out.
Bexhill 5, Worthing 16.
 
This was a satisfactory win against an enthusiastic but inexperienced opposition.
The match was played in the small and shallow pool at Battle Abbey school and this did not suit our style of play which is more used to larger (and deeper) pools like the Aquarena.
Because of the anticipated standard of the opposition we decided to leave out some of our more established junior players which gave us the opportunity to give a game to some of our younger squad members.
After a slow start when the opposition took the lead, we slowly took control and it was only some very wasteful finishing that kept the score relatively close.
Scorers: Ziggy Tate 4, Tim Brazier 3, Joel Abbott 3, Sam Abbott 2, Kevin Chan 2, Alastair Hardinge 1, Rebecca Anderson 1.
Exclusions: Rob Osborne 2, Kevin Chan 1.
Squad in Full: Ziggy Tate, Tim Brazier, Joel Abbott, Sam Abbott, Kevin Chan, Alastair Hardinge, Rebecca Anderson, Rob Osborne, Sam Maloney & Stuart Stirling.
Regards,
Alastair. 

Match Review

18/6/2007
This is the latest report from what continues to be a busy year.
 
Sussex Senior League.
Brighton 5, Worthing 18.
 
An entertaining match at the recently re-furbished Prince Regent pool saw our senior team record a comfortable win.
We were always in control of this match scoring some good quality goals and defending efficiently.
All the squad put in a good performance and it was nice to see Dean Orchard back in the Worthing team on a visit from his home in New Zealand.
Jon Gray was unfortunate to be excluded for 3 major fouls but otherwise the match passed without major incident.
Worthing Scorers: Richard Hooper 7, Scott Orchard 4, Matt White 3, Ben Alcorn 2, Dean Orchard 1 & Ben Brazier 1.
Exclusions: Jon Gray 3.
Squad in full: Ben Alcorn, Ben Brazier, Scott Orchard, Dean Orchard, Dave Hoad, Jon Gray, Tony Gray, Matt White, Richard Hooper & Alastair Roberts.
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

11/6/2007
This is the latest report of a very busy year.
 
Women's London League: Division 2.
Play-Off Final at Basingstoke Aquadrome.
 
Bournemouth 29, Worthing 5.
The final match of our first season in the London League finished in defeat against a talented, more experienced and physical opposition from Bournemouth.
Our girls made a slow start and never really found the form of the previous matches in this competition. We should not be too disappointed because when we took the decision to enter this competition we had no idea how our team would do. To lose in the final of the division play-offs is an excellent result and indicates that we have talented players at the club.
The combination of some of our more experienced girls with some of our new younger players worked well and all of the girls will have learnt a great deal from all of the matches that we played.
Bournemouth have a number of foreign players who are very talented and their experience proved too much for our girls. We weren't helped by some very inconsistent refereeing which allowed a fair amount of our oppositions physical play to go un-punished.
Our prospects were not helped by having neither of our regular goal-keepers (Kayley Alcorn and Emily Tilzey) available for this match but the girls who played in this demanding and specialist position all tried their best.
Quarter Scores: 2-7, 0-9, 2-7, 1-6.
Scorers: Louise McCallum 3, Mel Hart 2.
Exclusions: Louise McCallum 2
Squad in Full: Mel Hart, Louise McCallum, Chrissy Pilcher, Vicki Sayers, Emma Piper, Zoe Yeandle, Rachel Piper, Rianna Poppeliers, Jade Boiling and Sian Fogerty.
Coach: Ben Alcorn.
Although we were disappointed to finish runners up, we still finished comfortably ahead of the teams from Croydon, Basingstoke and Southampton in this competition and all of the girls should take great credit for the way that they played throughout.
Regards,
Alastair  

Match Review

20/5/2007
This is the latest report:
 
Sussex County Under 16 Tournament.
St Bedes School, Upper Dicker, East Sussex.
 
This was the first tournament (of 4) in this years County under 16 program. The age group this year is for boys and girls born in 1992 and later and as a result we are now without several of our 1991 squad members who have been so successful over the past few years.
Although we miss these players we have still have a strong group and this was proved with our dominance at this first tournament.
Unfortunately, Haywards Heath had to withdraw from this tournament and as a result it was decided that their fixtures would be played by a composite team made up from players from the other clubs competing. The results were as follows:
 
Worthing 6, Hailsham 1.
This was a relatively straight-forward win against an improving Hailsham team. We dominated through-out and it looked as though we might keep a clean sheet but the opposition managed a late goal.
Scorers: Scott Martin 4, Kevin Chan 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
Exclusions: Alastair Hardinge 1, Daniel McDonald.
 
Worthing 9, Sussex Squad Team 0.
A second satisfactory win against a young and enthusiastic opposition. All the squad played well and the defending was particularly strong which restricted the opposition to only a small number of chances.
Scorers: Scott Martin 5, Sam Maloney 2, Alastair Hardinge 1, Kevin Chan 1.
Exclusions: None.
 
Worthing 6, Eastbourne 0.
The final match saw our youngsters win another match with a satisfactory performance. It was pleasing to again keep a clean sheet and it was only some very wasteful finishing that kept the score down. Eastbourne are a young team and they kept going without ever causing the Worthing team too many problems.
Scorers: Scott Martin 3, Alastair Hardinge 1, Rachel Piper 1, Kevin Chan 1.
Exclusions: None.
 
Squad in Full: Scott Martin, Sam Maloney, Kevin Chan, Alastair Hardinge, Rachel Piper, Daniel McDonald, Jeremy Chirat, Peter Flynn. 
 
This was another satisfactory tournament for the Worthing squad and all the team members played well. Special mention should be made of Peter Flynn and Jeremy Chirat who made their debuts for Worthing at this tournament and also of Scott Martin who dominated proceedings and made it easy for all the squad to play. His experience of being part of the GB Youth squad (1991/1992 Age Group) bought the best out of all the squad who should be satisfied with the way that they played.
 
Regards,
Alastair.          

Match Review

18/5/2007
This is the report of the latest match:
 
Sussex Senior League.
Worthing 21, Crawley 7.
This was a relatively straight-forward win for our senior team against a spirited opposition from Crawley.
Our team on this occasion did not include any of our current junior squad because they have enjoyed a really busy start to the year and we felt that we would give a chance to all of our senior team members to enjoy a good amount of water time.
We were always in control of the match but Crawley did manage to equalize shortly after Matt White scored the opening goal. The Worthing team soon started to dominate and led 7-1 at the end of the first quarter.
To their credit, Crawley kept defending against almost constant pressure but the final score was a fair reflection of our dominance. Highlights included a 10 goal haul for Paul Phillpott and the opposition had no answer to his all-round forward play.
Quarter Scores: 7-1, 6-2, 3-2, 5-2.
Worthing Scorers: Paul Phillpott 10, Richard Hooper 3, Scott Orchard 3, Dave Hoad 3, Andy Cawdary 1, Matt White 1.
Exclusions: Scott Orchard 2, Jon Gray 1, Adrian Irbe 1, Richard Hooper 1.
Squad in Full: Ben Alcorn, Jon Gray, Adrian Irbe, Richard Hooper, Andy Parkin, Matt White, Scott Orchard, Dave Hoad, Andy Cawdary, Tony Gray, Paul Phillpott.
The next fixture for our various water polo squads is the first Sussex county under 16 tournament which will be played this coming Sunday at the St Bedes school pool.
 
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

14/5/2007
This is the latest report from a very busy start to the year.
 
Women's London League (Div 2)
Tournament 2, Whitgift School, Croydon.
 
At this second tournament our girls were due to play just the one match but this was against a Southampton team who were, like ourselves, unbeaten so far in the competition. We knew that this would be a tough test against a strong team and the report is as follows:
 
Worthing 13, Southampton 1.
This was an excellent performance from our girls who played some good quality water polo against a good standard of opposition. We had discussed at the pre-match meeting the importance of making a good start and especially defending well in the early stages. This was exactly what happened as the Worthing girls employed an excellent "full press" defence which the opposition struggled to break down. This gave us an the opportunity to utilize the swimming ability in the team and Southampton struggled to deal with the pace of our attacks.
The first quarter was close with our girls missing several chances to extend our lead but after this period we took control and never looked like losing. The defending was the key to the success and all the team played their part in keeping the opposition to a minimum of chances. The small number of chances that they did create were dealt with by Kayley Alcorn in goal and for a while it looked as though we might keep a clean sheet.
It was only some poor finishing that resulted in a less comprehensive victory.
Quarter Scores: 1-0, 3-0, 4-1, 5-0.
Scorers: Chrissy Pilcher 5, Mel Hart 4, Zoe Yeandle 1, Emma Piper 1, Jade Boiling 1, Rianna Poppeliers 1.
Exclusion: Vicki Sayers 1.
Squad in Full: Kayley Alcorn (GK), Mel Hart, Chrissy Pilcher, Vicki Sayers, Zoe Yeandle, Emma Piper, Rachel Piper, Rianna Poppeliers, Jade Boiling.
 
We were really pleased with how the squad played in this match which indicated that all of the younger girls are making good progress. We were missing a number of our more experienced players but the attitude of all of the team was excellent and the win against a talented team was greatly deserved.
The final tournament, which will decide the overall winner of the competition, is due to be played at Basingstoke on Saturday June 9th.
 
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

30/4/2007
Two reports for the price of one: that's value!!
 
A busy weekend for the clubs water polo teams and players continued with the following events on Sunday.
 
1. London Women's League (Division 2).
Tournament 1, Whitgift School, Croydon.
 
We entered this years London League after the organizers decided to introduce a new second division to encourage more teams to enter. Division 1 is dominated by the current National League teams in the South-east (Penguin, Otter, Invicta and Haywards Heath) and so a second division with less experienced teams was an ideal opportunity for our girls to play.
The division features teams from Bournemouth, Southampton, Basingstoke and a combined Croydon/Beckenham team along with ourselves.
At the first tournament we played two full 4 quarter matches and we were delighted to have available a team combining some of our more experienced players as well as most of our juniors who played in the under 18 competition in the winter. The match results were as follows:
 
Worthing 13, Croydon/Beckenham 6.
A good performance against an enthusiastic opposition. Our girls played well from the start and soon had a comfortable lead and it was only some slack defending late on that led to some of the opposition goals. All of our squad got good water-time and it was pleasing that we had 6 different scorers.
Scorers: Mel Hart 3, Chrissie Pilcher 3, Louise McCallum 2, Rachael Pearson 2, Rachel Piper 2, Emma Piper 1.
Exclusions: Sian Fogerty 1, Emily Tilzey 1.
 
Worthing 10, Basingstoke 2.
Another good win against a team who we play against fairly regularly. The opposition were handicapped by only having 7 players with no available substitutes and this led to them tiring in the latter stages. Our girls played well and again all the squad had a good amount of water-time. Our defending for long periods was especially effective and the opposition struggled to create many chance against our "full press."
Scorers: Louise McCallum 4, Rachael Pearson 2, Mel Hart 2, Emily Tilzey 1, Rachel Piper 1.
Exclusions: Emma Piper 1.
Squad in full: Kayley Alcorn (GK), Mel Hart, Louise McCallum, Rachael Pearson, Emily Tilzey, Vicki Sayers, Chrissie Pilcher, Rachel Piper, Emma Piper, Jade Boiling, Sian Fogerty, Rianna Poppeliers.
 
This was a very satisfactory tournament and it was really good to see how the younger players combined so well with some of our more experienced players. The team played some very good water polo at times and it indicates that we have a lot to look forward to.
Sadly, this was the last occasion that Rachael Pearson will represent the club,at least for the foreseeable future. Having finished her degree course at Chichester University she is due to return the U.S. on the 13th May which is the same day as the girls next tournament. When either playing polo or swimming for the club she has never given anything less than 100% and we all wish her well for the future.
 
 
2. South-East & London Region Junior (Under 18) Inter County Tournament.
Goldsmith's Leisure Centre, Crowborough.
 
The Sussex team finished as runners-up in this years inter-county event losing in the final to a strong Surrey team.
In the group stages Sussex defeated Hertfordshire 12-1 and in a very exciting encounter, Kent 4-3. This resulted in a tough semi-final against Middlesex which was won 7-5 which secured a place in the final.
Unfortunately a poor start saw the Sussex team trail by 6 goals before staging a comeback which was never quite enough to overcome a strong and more experienced Surrey team who eventually won 12-9.
This was creditable performance for Sussex who were without the 2 National squad players Jack Waller and Alan Chambers who were away in Prague with the GB team. The Sussex squad only featured 1 player born in 1989 (Philip Benton of Hailsham), 2 born in 1990 (Dan Gibb of Worthing and Tom Rooke of Brighton). All the rest of the squad were members of the Worthing youth Squad (born 1991 or 1992) who had played the previous day in the ASA championship match against Manchester along with Alan Benton of Hailsham.
It is an indication of these players ability that they all coped so well in playing against teams mainly made up of boys who were two years older. The club should also be delighted that we supplied 9 of this squad of 12.
Squad in full: Alan Benton, Philip Benton (Hailsham SC), Tom Rooke (Brighton SC), Joel Abbott, Ziggy Tate, Rob Osborne, Scott Martin, Elliott Ellison, Dominic Cranford, Dan Gibb, Sam Abbott, Alastair Hardinge (all Worthing SC).
Tim Brazier was unavailable due a prior commitment and Stuart Stirling was unable to play due to injury.
 
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

28/4/2007
This is the report of today's match.
 
ASA National Youth Cup Quarter Final.
Worthing 9, City of Manchester 12
 
After last Sunday's epic victory against Cheltenham, we returned to Walsall to play the quarter final match against one of the favorites for this years competition. With a start time of 11.00am, the team again left for the journey north at 6.30am.
We knew that this was going to be a really tough match but the team had again prepared well and was looking forward to the challenge.
Manchester are a strong physical team who play to their strengths but we knew that if we played at our best we would be in with a chance of causing an upset.
Unfortunately we made a slow start and after Tim Brazier was excluded we conceded an early goal. We continued to struggle and soon found ourselves 2 goals down before Scott Martin scored our first goal which helped settle the nerves. Tim was very unlucky to be excluded again and by the end of the period we were trailing 1-4.
The second quarter saw the Worthing team start to put Manchester under pressure and two quick goals from Tim and Scott put us back in the match and although Manchester regained a 2 goal advantage, Dominic Cranford scored just before the break to make the score 4-5.
We knew that we were very much back in the match and the third period was another close affair with goals from Ziggy Tate and Elliott Ellison. Manchester scored 3 times and so we went into the final period with a 2 goal deficit at 6-8.
The fourth quarter was always going to a nervy affair with Manchester quickly scoring again to stretch their lead to 6-10 with Tim being excluded after unluckily conceding a penalty. At this point the Worthing boys staged a remarkable comeback with Ziggy scoring to make it 7-10, followed by a good finish from Stuart Stirling when Manchester had a player excluded to make it 8-10. Dominic got another goal back to make it 9-10 and it started to look as though we would equalize. With 2 minutes left we had a good chance to tie the scores but the opportunity was missed and seconds later Manchester scored to make the score 9-11. As we pushed forward looking for another goal we were punished with only 1 second left conceding a goal that resulted in the final score of 9-12.
This was an excellent match and our team deserve great credit for the effort that they put in. After the first quarter it would have been easy for the heads to go down but the boys never gave up and Manchester were under severe pressure up to shortly before the end.
Quarter Scores: 1-4, 3-1, 2-3, 3-4,
Penalty: 1 (Manchester - scored)
Exclusions: Worthing 6, Manchester 8.
Worthing Exclusions: Tim Brazier 3, Scott Martin 2, Stuart Stirling 1.
Worthing Scorers: Ziggy Tate 2, Scott Martin 2, Dominic Cranford 2, Elliott Ellison 1, Tim Brazier 1, Stuart Stirling 1.
Full Squad: Joel Abbott (GK), Tim Brazier, Scott Martin, Ziggy Tate, Rob Osborne, Dominic Cranford, Elliott Ellison, Stuart Stirling, Alastair Hardinge, Sam Abbott, Alexander Cranford. 

The final score doesn't indicate the closeness of the match and in the middle of the last quarter it looked as though we would equalize. All the squad should take great credit for the way they played and I am sure that they will benefit greatly from the experience.
When we first considered the idea of entering the premier club competition in the UK we were worried that we might find the step up in class from the leagues in the South-East too great. We proved in both the win against Cheltenham and this display against Manchester that we have an excellent squad who deserve to be recognized as one of the best teams in this age group in the UK.
The boys were disappointed to loose but they are determined to learn from this experience and improve as a result. To run a club, who have the only full-time professional coach in the UK, from a city the size of Manchester so close, was a fine achievement and all the boys deserve great credit for the way that they represented the club.
 
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

22/4/2007
This is the report from today's match.
 
ASA National Youth Cup
Worthing 19, Cheltenham 7.
 
This was a historic occasion for the club as we played our first fixture in a National junior competition.
Our under 16 Youth team (Born 1991 + younger) has shown over the past couple of years that they are a excellent team who are improving all the time. We have played regularly in the South-east area particularly in the London leagues and we always knew that the team were highly competitive.
It was with this in mind that the decision was made at the end of last year to enter the 2007 national cup competition. We were expecting to play in a qualifying round-robin tournament that was the format used for the past few years.
The ASA however had other ideas and decided that this years competition would be a standard "knock-out" program with matches played at centralized venues. When the draw was made we knew that a match with Cheltenham at Walsall at 11.00 on a Sunday morning would be a tough affair. Cheltenham are one of the leading water polo clubs in the UK finishing as runners-up in the 2006 National league and with their juniors also losing in the final of this competition last year. They have a long tradition of supplying many players to the GB national squads and teams and so we knew that we would be in for a hard match.
After an early start at around 6.30, we left for the 3 hour drive to Walsall gala baths. We were pleased to be able to take a full squad of 13 and we felt that we had prepared well over the past few weeks for this match with warm-up fixtures and training sessions specifically tailored for this challenge.
The match started as a cagey affair with both teams looking to size up the opposition but we began to take control and took the lead with a goal from Ziggy Tate which settled the nerves. We were soon 3-0 ahead but slack marking allowed the opposition to score before we scored again shortly before the end of the quarter.
The second period saw us continue on top and the Cheltenham goal-keeper made a number of good saves. Joel Abbott in our goal was also in good form and produced an excellent penalty save just before the end of the period. At half-time we had stretched our lead to 9-3 and it was obvious that we were in control.
We continued to dominate the match in the third and forth quarters and eventually we were comfortable winners.
Match stats:
Quarter scores: 4-1, 5-2, 5-2, 5-2.
Exclusions: Worthing 6, Cheltenham 12.
Penalties: Worthing 1 (scored), Cheltenham 2 (1 scored)
Worthing Scorers: Scott Martin 6, Dominic Cranford 4, Ziggy Tate 3, Stuart Stirling 3, Elliott Ellison 1, Tim Brazier 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
Worthing Exclusions: Scott Martin 2, Rob Osborne 2, Elliott Ellison 1, Sam Maloney 1
Worthing Squad: Joel Abbott (GK), Ziggy Tate, Elliott Ellison, Rob Osborne, Tim Brazier, Sam Abbott, Dominic Cranford, Scott Martin, Alastair Hardinge, Stuart Stirling, Sam Maloney, Kevin Chan, Alexander Cranford.
 
We were all delighted to have won this match and we now face a journey back to Walsall this coming Saturday for the quarter final against the City of Manchester team who beat our south-east rivals, Croydon Amphibians. This will be an even harder match for our youngsters but we will have gained a great deal of confidence from the win against Cheltenham.
Congratulations should go to all the team who represented the club so well in this terrific win.
Regards,
Alastair.          

Match Review

21/4/2007
This a report of this week's friendly match.
 
Senior Friendly
Cranleigh 5, Worthing 13.
This was a satisfactory win away at Cranleigh from the Surrey league.
The match was always under control after an excellent first quarter when we played some good water polo and raced to a 5-0 lead. The home team improved after this start but we were always in control and the final result was a fair reflection of our dominance.
All the squad played well and we again included some of our current under 16's to give them some more match practice. Joel Abbott, Stuart Stirling and Rob Osborne all contributed well and Joel played both in his accustomed position in goal as well a playing 1 quarter on the pitch even managing to score a goal.
Quarter Scores:- 5-0, 3-2, 2-3, 3-0.
Scorers: Richard Hooper 4, Matt White 2, Scott Orchard 2, Ben Brazier 2, Jon Gray 1, Ben Alcorn 1, Joel Abbott 1.
Exclusions: Jon Gray 1, Richard Hooper 1, Nathan Hart 1, Scott Orchard 1, Ben Brazier 1, Joel Abbott 1.
Squad in Full: Joel Abbott (GK), Richard Hooper, Ben Brazier, Ben Alcorn, Scott Orchard, Jon Gray, Nathan Hart, Matt White, Tony Gray, Rob Osborne, Stuart Stirling.
The Sussex county league season is just about to commence and our program begins with a junior match at home against Haywards Heath this coming Wednesday at the Aquarena.
Regards,
Alastair. 

Match Review

14/4/2007
This is a report of yesterday's match at Crawley.
 
Friendly Match: Crawley 8, Worthing 12.
 
This match was a friendly arranged to give our under 16 team some much needed match practice in the excellent 50 metre, deep water facility at the K2 pool in Crawley.
Playing against the Crawley senior men's team was always going to be a demanding fixture but the Worthing youngsters played some excellent water polo at times to record a good win. The boys have been involved with an intensive program since the beginning of the year playing several London league tournaments and other matches as part of the build up to the ASA national cup competition. 
This match was close up to half time but the superior fitness of the Worthing team became increasingly influential in the second half.
All the squad played well and gained some valuable water-time and will benefit from the experience. We were particularly grateful to the home club who allowed to train for an hour in the diving pool prior to the match which gave us an excellent chance to work on some tactical aspects of the teams play.
The program continues next week with a further warm up match at the Aquarena on Wednesday and a training session next Friday back at Crawley. The ASA cup match against Cheltenham takes place at Walsall on Sunday 22nd April.
Quarter Scores:- 3-4, 2-2, 4-1, 3-1.
Scorers: Scott Martin 7, Stuart Stirling 2, Rob Osborne 1, Sam Abbott 1, Dominic Cranford 1.
Exclusions: Ziggy Tate 2, Rob Osborne 2, Tim Brazier 2, Stuart Stirling 1.
Squad in full: Joel Abbott (GK), Ziggy Tate, Elliott Ellison, Rob Osborne, Kevin Chan, Sam Abbott, Dominic Cranford, Scott Martin, Tim Brazier, Stuart Stirling, Sam Maloney.
 
Kind regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

2/4/2007
This is a report of the latest tournament.
 
London League Junior Championship (Under 19's)
Whitgift School, Croydon.
 
This was a hugely demanding event for our young team who had to play 2 full 4 quarter matches of around an hours duration in the space of 3 hours. We are also using this under 19 championship to give more experience and match practice to our under 16's and playing against boys who are 2-3 years older is always difficult. The squad played with a massive amount of commitment against 2 very strong teams and will have learnt a great deal from the experience. The matches were as follows:
 
Worthing 1, Hailsham 16.
This was always going to be a difficult fixture against our Sussex rivals who include 2 current GB junior internationals. Our prospects were not improved by the oppositions recruitment of some other quality players from other clubs in the South but our boys defended well and caused a reasonable amount of problems with our attacking play.
All the squad played well and Joel Abbott produced a number of excellent saves in goal. Although the final score indicates that we were well beaten, the coaches were delighted with much of the play and particularly the effort shown.
Scorer: Dan Gibb.
Exclusions: Tim Brazier 2, Scott Martin 2, Rob Osborne 1, Dan Gibb 1.
 
Worthing 1, Sutton & Cheam 13.
After a 1 hour break, we were faced with another tough match against an opposition who feature 3 of the current GB junior squad including the exceptional goalkeeping of Matt Holland. Our boys played some excellent water polo, particularly during the first 2 quarters when our defending frustrated the opposition on many occasions. We ran out of steam towards the end but the team kept working really hard and were far from disgraced with Joel again making a number of fine saves.
Scorer: Dominic Cranford.
Exclusions: Elliott Ellison 2, Rob Osborne 1, Tim Brazier 1.
Squad in Full: Joel Abbott (GK), Tim Brazier, Elliott Ellison, Sam Abbott, Scott Martin, Dan Gibb, Alastair Hardinge, Dominic Cranford, Rob Osborne.
 
This was probably the most demanding event that all of the squad have been involved with and they all emerged with a great deal of credit. The scores do not reflect the massive effort that all the boys put in but the experience of playing against some of the most talented junior players currently in the UK will benefit all of them in the long run.
The coaches were full of praise for the way that the team played and the huge physical commitment that was made against mainly older opposition players.
We have played in many tournaments recently when we have won matches easily and as a result the squad has not benefited greatly. This tournament however will serve as an excellent reminder of what we are building towards over the coming years.
 
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

31/3/2007
This is a report of Wednesdays match.
 
Senior Friendly.
Worthing 17, Cranleigh 4.
 
This was good work-out against Cranleigh from the Surrey league. The Worthing team was a combination of senior and junior players and also included our 2 squad members (Matt White and Nathan Hart) who are home from university for the Easter holidays.
The opposition had traveled with only 7 players and so they were always going to find the match hard going in the Aquarena which has a large playing area. This proved to be the case and after a close first quarter the Worthing team took control to record a satisfactory win.
All 11 members of our squad enjoyed a good amount of water time and the junior players (Ziggy Tate, Rob Osborne and Stuart Stirling) all played well.
Quarter Scores: 1-1, 5-1, 5-0, 6-2.
Scorers: Richard Hooper 6, Matt White 6, Dave Hoad 2, Ziggy Tate 2, Nathan Hart 1.
Exclusions: Rob Osborne 3, Jon Gray 2, Dave Hoad 1, Stuart Stirling 1, Anthony Gray 1.
Squad in Full: Ben Alcorn (GK), Jon Gray, Ziggy Tate, Richard Hooper, Nathan Hart, Matt White, Dave Hoad, Rob Osborne, Stuart Stirling, Anthony Gray, Ben Brazier.
 
Our busy program continues with the next London league (Under 18 tournament) this coming Sunday at Whitgift School in Croydon.

Regards,
Alastair.   

Match Review

26/3/2007
This is a report of yesterdays tournament.
 
London Winter League. Under 18 Championships
Tournament 4.
Whitgift School, Croydon.
 
This was the final event of the under 18 program in this years Winter League. We have used this competition to offer match practice to our under 16 squad and they have performed well against teams that feature many boys who are 1 and 2 years older than our players. We were the only team in the competition to use only under 16 players and it is a measure of the teams competitiveness that we were slightly disappointed with the results at this tournament. The 2 matches played were as follows:
 
Match 1: Worthing 3, Sevenoaks 5.
This was an exciting match against a physical team and our boys were always competitive. We probably created enough chances, particularly during the first half, to secure at least a draw but a combination of poor finishing and good goal-keeping denied us on several occasions. Our defending was not up to its usual standard and we conceded goals that we felt should have been avoided. The team however did play with a great deal of commitment against a good standard of opposition.
Scorers: Elliott Ellison 1, Scott Martin 1, Stuart Stirling 1.
Exclusions: Rob Osborne 1, Scott Martin 1.
 
Match 2: Worthing 1, Croydon Amphibians 5.
This was not our best performance and the squad were disappointed to loose against a team that we have had many close matches against over that past few years. The boys didn't play well by our standards but this was against a team that featured many older boys, some who are part of the national squad. Undoubtedly we didn't play our best water polo but the squad will learn from matches like this and hopefully improve as a result.
Scorer: Dominic Cranford 1.
Exclusions: Stuart Stirling 2, Scott Martin 1.
Squad in full: Joel Abbott (GK), Stuart Stirling, Rob Osborne, Dominic Cranford, Alexander Cranford, Ziggy Tate, Elliott Ellison, Scott Martin, Dan Gibb.
 
Although we were disappointed to lose both matches the squad will learn from this experience. We were without some of our normal squad (Tim Brazier, Sam Abbott, Kevin Chan & Alastair Hardinge) but we know that we can play better. This tournament was part of our preparations through-out the next 4 weeks up to our participation in the ASA National Youth cup. We have a busy program up to the match against Cheltenham at Walsall on April 22nd.
 
Regards,
Alastair.      

Match Review

7/3/2007
This is a report of last nights match.
 
Senior Friendly.
Southampton 7, Worthing 16.
 
This was an entertaining first fixture of 2007 for our senior team who played some highly effective water polo in what was a satisfactory victory.
Although we were missing a number of our established senior squad we played well and the three under 16 players who were part of the team, all made excellent contributions. Ziggy Tate has featured in the senior team before but Scott Martin and Elliott Ellison made their first appearances in our men's team in this match. All three scored and played well against a strong opposition.
The match started fairly evenly but we led 4-2 at the end of the first quarter and took control throughout the remainder of the match.
Richard Hooper dominated proceedings from the centre forward position scoring 9 goals. It should have been 10  but he missed one of the easiest opportunities with a penalty that struck a post.
Ben Alcorn, who is our first choice goalkeeper, enjoyed the chance to play the whole match on the pitch and managed to score a goal, remarkably with his left hand.
This was an encouraging performance, particularly as the team had not played since last November. 
Quarter Scores: 4-2, 2-1,6-2, 4-2.
Scorers: Richard Hooper 9, Ziggy Tate 2, Elliott Ellison 1, Andy Cawdary 1, Scott Orchard 1, Scott Martin 1, Ben Alcorn 1.
Exclusions: Richard Hooper 2.
Remaining Squad: Jon Gray, Anthony Gray, Alastair Roberts.
 
Regards,
Alastair.  

Match Review

5/3/2007
Following is a report of yesterdays girls tournament.
 
London Winter League.
Girls (Under 18 Championship) Tournament 3
Whitgift School, Croydon.  
 
Our Junior girls squad enjoyed an eventful afternoon at the latest tournament at Whitgift School.
This was always going to be a busy day with the team due to play all the other 4 teams in the competition. We have operated at all the tournaments with a small squad of 8 girls and playing this amount was always going to be tiring. The results were as follows:
 
Match 1. Worthing 4, Croydon/Beckenham 3.
The final score indicates a close match but we were always in control although never playing at our best. The team never found the pace that they have shown in all the previous tournaments but we played well enough to win and it was only a very late goal from our opponents that made the scores close.
Scorers: Rebecca Anderson 2, Zoe Yeandle 1.
Exclusions: Emma Piper 1.
 
Match 2. Worthing 2, Sevenoaks 1.
A terrific win against a team who had beaten us 3-0 in our first match against them. Our girls played really well in this game and took an early 2-0 lead with both goals scored by Rebecca. After this we came under a fair amount of pressure but the team defended with discipline and no little skill and the opposition only scored with a penalty. This was a fine win against a team with 3 GB youth players and 2 others who have recently played in the national league with Invicta. All the girls played well and the quality of both the goals scored and the defending showed that a great deal of progress has been made. Kayley Alcorn also made a number of important saves in what was a very pleasing performance.
Scorer: Rebecca Anderson 2.
Exclusions: Zoe Yeandle 1.
 
Match 3. Worthing 2, Hailsham/Sutton & Cheam 5.
The final result may have been disappointing but this was another fine performance from our girls. Playing against a team which is a combination of 2 clubs was always going to be difficult but they had also recruited a current GB junior international from Haywards Heath. The match itself was a physical encounter with both teams committing a number of exclusion fouls and the referees struggling to keep control. It was a credit to our young team that they withstood the pressure and played some good water polo with Rachel Piper scoring 2 fine goals. Kayley again made a number of good saves but all the team should take a great deal of credit for this battling performance.
Scorer: Rachel Piper 2.
Exclusions: Rebecca Anderson 2, Sian Fogerty 1, Rachel Piper 1, Zoe Yeandle 1.
 
Match 4. Worthing 9, Watford 3.
It would have been easy to expect a slightly "flat" performance in our last match particularly after the efforts of the previous 3 matches. The girls however had different ideas and again put on a fine performance with the opposition struggling to cope with the speed of our attacking play. Again, all the squad played well with 6 different scorers. 
Scorers: Rachel Piper 3, Sian Fogerty 2, Zoe Yeandle 1, Emma Piper 1, Rebecca Anderson 1, Rianna Poppeliers 1.
Exclusion: Emma Piper 1. 
 
Squad in full: Kayley Alcorn (GK), Rebecca Anderson, Emma Piper, Rachel Piper, Jade Boiling, Rianna Poppeliers, Zoe Yeandle & Sian Fogerty. 
 
Overall, we were delighted with the efforts of the team. As previously mentioned we only have a small squad of 8 players but all of them play with 100% commitment. We really could not ask for any more effort from any of the girls and they represent the club in a way that deserves a great deal of credit.
 We finished as joint runners up with Sevenoaks behind a team that is a combination of different clubs and the girls improved at every tournament. All the squad have great potential and we hope that they continue to make progress.
We hope to enter this summers women's London League when all of our junior girls will get a chance to play in a higher level of competition with some of our senior players. All of them can look forward to what we hope will be more exciting matches.
 
Regards,
Alastair.        

Match Review

18/2/2007
This is a report of today's tournament at Whitgift School in Croydon.

London Winter League.
Under 16 Championship (Born 1991 + younger).
Tournament 4, Sunday February 18th 2007.
 
The final tournament in this years championship for our under 16 team was an exciting affair and saw our squad play three matches in a demanding program. Unfortunately we were without our first choice goal-keeper Joel Abbott and his brother Sam who is also an excellent keeper because they were away on a snow boarding holiday. Ziggy Tate was also unavailable because of illness and it was a shame that we had to play this final event without 2 of our current 3 National squad players. We did however travel with a good squad of 10 players and the coaching staff were still confident that we would be highly competitive.
 
Match 1. Worthing 8, Croydon Amphibians 11.
This was an excellent match against our nearest rivals in this age group and the standard of the play was of a good quality throughout. Alexander Cranford took on the goal-keeping duties and produced a number of fine saves. 
The match was always close and we held the lead 6-4 at half-time. Unfortunately, a combination of fatigue and poor play in the final period cost us the chance of a win but the team always gave 100%. The team did not quite defend as we have come to expect and it was a number of "poor goals" defensively that cost us the match.
Scorers: Tim Brazier 2, Scott Martin 2, Stuart Stirling 2, Dominic Cranford 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
Exclusions: Alastair Hardinge 2, Rob Osborne 1, Tim Brazier 1.
 
Match 2. Worthing 14, Beckenham 2.
It was important to show some character after the defeat and the team played well in this match and recorded a relatively easy win. All of the squad played well in this match and Alexander in goal again made a number of good saves. It was pleasing that we had 6 different scorers and some of our play was again of a good quality.
Scorers: Scott Martin 4, Elliott Ellison 3, Dominic Cranford 3, Sam Maloney 2, Stuart Stirling 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
Exclusions: Rob Osborne, Dominic Cranford, Alastair Hardinge.
 
Match 3. Worthing 5, Hailsham 1.
A satisfactory win against a spirited opposition who never gave up and defended bravely. We were always in control and the score would have been more without some wasteful finishing and good goal-keeping from the Hailham keeper. The opposition offered little threat in attack and for a long period it looked as though we might keep a clean sheet.
Scorers: Dominic Cranford 2, Tim Brazier 1, Elliott Ellison 1, Scott martin 1.
Exclusion: Alastair Hardinge 1.
 
Squad in full: Alexander Cranford (GK), Elliott Ellison, Rob Osborne, Tim Brazier, Kevin Chan, Dominic Cranford, Scott Martin, Sam Maloney, Stuart Stirling, Alastair Hardinge.
 
Although it was disappointing to loose the match against Croydon, this was still a satisfactory tournament for the Worthing team. At full strength we know that the team is highly competitive and we are now working towards our participation in this years national ASA cup competition. This will be our first entry into a national competition and all the squad,coaches and management are looking forward to playing in this event.
 
Regards,
Alastair.            

Match Review

5/2/2007
This is a report of yesterdays event.
 
London Winter League.
Girls (under 18) Championship.
Whitgift School, Croydon.
 
This was the second tournament of this years championship with our girls playing two matches.
At the first event we played two close matches resulting in a win and a defeat and we knew that we would be in for two more though matches at this tournament.
 
1. Worthing 5, Croydon Amphibians/Beckenham 2.
This was a good win against a good standard of opposition but our girls controlled the match throughout. We actually led 5-0 before the opposition scored 2 late goals but the result was never in doubt. All the girls played well and we were pleased with much of the teams play resulting in several excellent goals.
Scorers: Rebecca Anderson 2, Sian Fogerty 1, Rachel Piper 1, Jade Boiling 1.
Exclusion: Rachel Piper.
 
2. Worthing 0, Sevenoaks 3.
An exciting match against a good quality of opposition who include 3 girls who are currently in the GB youth squad and 2 who have recently finished the national league season with Invicta. Our girls were "caught cold" in the first half conceding the three goals. The second half saw a much better performance and was a great credit to the team who never gave up and were unlucky not to score on a few occasions. All the squad worked really hard and should not be too disappointed in losing to a good team.
Squad in full: Kayley Alcorn (GK), Rianna Poppeliers, Emma Piper, Rachel Piper, Sian Fogerty, Jade Boiling, Rebecca Anderson.
 
This was another good tournament for our girls who work hard for each other and play to a simple but effective method. The coaching team were full of praise for the effort shown and the attitude of all of the squad.
 
Regards,
Alastair.    

Match Review

30/1/2007
This is a report of last weeks events.
 
Our junior team enjoyed a busy week with a friendly match and another London League tournament.
On Thursday night we played away at Brighton against a team mainly made up of senior players. Our junior team was again predominately made up of our under 16 squad and they played with a great deal of skill and no little commitment against an older and more physical opposition. The match was part of our ongoing development plan for the under 16's who are continuing to make excellent progress.
On Sunday the results were as follows:
 
London Winter League:
Boys Under 18 Championship (Born 1989 + Younger)
Whitgift School, Croydon.
 
This was the second tournament of this years championship and we were due to play against two teams who are made up of older boys. Once again we played with our under 16 team (with Dan Gibb, born 1990, the only exception). We traveled with a squad of 11 and the match reports are as follows:
 
1. Worthing 9, Watford 1.
An excellent performance against a strong, physical team featuring a number of talented players. Our young team were quickly into their stride scoring some excellent goals and defending solidly. The speed of our attacking play often caused our opponents problems and it was good to see 5 different players share the goal scoring. Joel Abbott put in a fine display in goal and although he had little to do for long periods he made a number of fine saves when required. This was a good all-round performance and again indicated the progress being made.
Scorers: Scott Martin 3, Dominic Cranford 2, Stuart Stirling 2, Ziggy Tate 1, Elliott Ellison 1.
Exclusions: Rob Osborne 1, Tim Brazier 1, Elliott Ellison 1.
 
2. Worthing 5, Sevenoaks 0.
Another good performance against a similar standard of opposition. The team again started well and it was the pace of our attacking play that again caused the opposition problems. The first half saw the team take a 4-0 lead and we eased off in the second period but this was still a fine performance. The only worry was the high number of exclusions (5), but good defending in the "man down" plays still maintained that we kept a clean sheet.
Scorers: Ziggy Tate 3, Stuart Stirling 2.
Exclusions: Ziggy Tate 2, Rob Osborne 2, Tim Brazier 1.
Squad in full: Joel Abbott (GK), Tim Brazier, Ziggy Tate, Rob Osborne, Scott Martin, Elliott Ellison, Stuart Stirling, Dominic Cranford, Alastair Hardinge, Sam Abbott, Dan Gibb.
 
This was another good day for our young team and indicates that we are still moving in the right direction.
 
Regards,
Alastair.    

Match Review

22/1/2007
This is a report of yesterdays event:
 
London Winter League.
Under 16 Championships. (1991 + younger age group).
Whitgift School, Croydon.
 
Our under 16 team continued their unbeaten run in the winter league with three good wins. We took a squad of 12 to this event (Elliot Ellison was away) and the team performed well in all of the matches. The match reports are as follows:
 
1. Worthing 7, Hailsham 1.
A workmanlike display against our Sussex rivals saw the team dominate the first half before we made changes for the second period. The opposition put on a spirited display but were never able to match the speed of our attacking play. We scored some excellent goals and defended strongly limiting our opponents to a small number of chances.
Scorers: Ziggy Tate 3, Scott Martin 2, Dominic Cranford 1, Tim Brazier 1. 
 
2. Worthing 9, South East Region Girls 0.
This was an interesting match for our boys against the regional girl's team who include Worthing members Sian Fogerty, Rianna Poppeliers, Emma Piper and Rachel Piper. The boys proved too strong for an enthusiastic opposition who defended well throughout. Joel Abbott, who is our first choice goalkeeper, played the first half in goal and the second period out on the pitch scoring 3 times in the process.
Scorers: Dominic Cranford 3, Joel Abbott 3, Tim Brazier 1, Stuart Stirling 1, Ziggy Tate 1.
 
3. Worthing 10, Sevenoaks  1.
Our final match saw another performance that was far too strong for the opposition. All the team played well in this match with some of the younger members of the squad experiencing a useful amount of water time. Joel again played the second half out on the pitch with Alexander Cranford deputizing in goal.
Scorers: Scott Martin 3, Tim Brazier 2, Ziggy Tate 2, Joel Abbott 2, Dominic Cranford 1.
Squad in full: Joel Abbott, Tim Brazier, Ziggy Tate, Scott Martin, Dominic Cranford, Stuart Stirling, Rob Osborne, Alastair Hardinge, Sam Abbott, Sam Maloney, Kevin Chan & Alexander Cranford.
 
This was another good days work by the team who were coached by Richard Hooper for this event. All the squad played well but special mention should be made of Joel, Ziggy and Scott who played in this tournament at the end of a very busy 48 hours. They attended the Regional Training Centre in Croydon on Friday night before leaving to travel to Manchester for a National Squad session starting at 9.30am on Saturday morning. After arriving at a hotel in the North-west in the early hours they trained hard in two sessions before returning late on Saturday night. All three were refreshed and in good form on Sunday afternoon showing the benefits of all the training!
 
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

15/1/2007
Following is a report of yesterdays London winter league event which featured matches for both our under 18 boys and girls teams.
 
1. Boys Under 18's (Born 1989 or Younger).
We have entered this years competition specifically to offer further match practice and experience to our under 16 squad (born 91 + younger). As a result of this we are playing against a number of boys who are 2 years older in all of the matches but our young team is still capable of competing at this level. All the squad are born in 91/92 with the exception of Dan Gibb who is our only player born in 1990.
 
Match 1. Worthing 0, Croydon Amphibians 2.
Another excellent match against our South London rivals who featured 2 of the current GB 89 age group National squad. This was an excellent standard of water polo with both teams defending well with chances at either end being few and far between. We lost the match to 2 controversial goals but our young team never gave up and played with a great deal of skill. We had chances, mainly when playing "man-up" as a result of Croydon having players excluded, but we failed to turn these opportunities into goals.
Match 2. Worthing 11, Clissold 0.
This was a workmanlike win against a team who are new to this level of water polo. The Worthing team played some excellent water polo, defending well with a full press defence and counter attacking with speed and skill. The second half of the match saw a rare appearance on the pitch from regular goal-keeper Joel Abbott who scored an excellent goal from the centre forward position. Joel's younger brother Sam took over the goal-keeping duties and ensured that we kept a clean sheet.
Scorers. Stuart Stirling 3, Dominic Cranford 3, Scott Martin 1, Joel Abbott 1, Dan Gibb 1, Rob Osborne 1, Ziggy Tate 1.
Remaining Squad: Sam Abbott, Alastair Hardinge, Tim Brazier.
 
2. Girls Under 18's (Born 1989 or Younger).
Our girls junior team also played two matches and we were delighted with the performances. We were without Kayley Alcorn who is our regular goal-keeper because she was stuck on the M1 trying to return from an athletics event in Sheffield. As a result the goal-keeping was shared by Rachael Piper and Rianna Poppeliers and both made some good saves. Rebecca Anderson made the long journey back from Manchester where she had been playing for Invicta in the National league to captain the team. All the girls played with a fantastic spirit and no little skill and they were all a great credit to the club.
 
Match 1. Worthing 1, Hailsham/Sutton & Cheam 2.
We were unlucky to loose a very close match against a team featuring National squad players. We went 1-0 down early on but the girls fought back and equalized through Rebecca Anderson at the end of an excellent move. We conceded the eventual winner late in the second half but we continued to press for an equalizer up to the final whistle.
Scorer: Rebecca Anderson.
Match 2. Match 2. Worthing 4, Watford 1.
An excellent win against a good quality opposition and we came from behind after conceding an early goal. After this we took over and always caused the opponents difficulties with the speed of our counter-attacking. All the squad played well in this match and the final score was a fair reflection of the difference between the two teams.
Scorers: Rebecca Anderson 2, Sian Fogerty 1, Zoe Yeandle 1.
Remaining squad: Emma Piper, Rachael Piper, Rianna Poppeliers, Jade Boiling.
 
Overall this was another good day for both of squads and we could not fault the efforts of all the boys and girls who played.
Regards,
Alastair.

Alastair Roberts
Water Polo Secretary