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2008 Water Polo News Archive

Match Review

13/12/2008
Inter-County Under 14
Saturday 6th December 2008.

Squad album 

I have attached the "official" report that I wrote for the county but the WSC perspective is as follows:

The following boys and girls from Worthing SC were selected to play for Sussex in the inaugural Southeast/London region under 14 tournament that was played at the Whitgift School pool in South Croydon:
Sam Wildman
Karen Chan
Oliver Rainford
Henry Jackson
Laura Joseph
Tara Osborne
Joe Hazeldine

It was a tough program of 4 matches and all of them will have learned a great deal from the experience.
The selection process for this squad started with in excess of 40 boys and girls and so all of them did well to make the final 13.

Kind Regards,


Alastair.

Match Review

7/11/2008
Sussex County Senior League.
Wednesday 5th November 2008.
Crawley 14, Worthing 20. (Quarter Scores: 2-5, 3-7, 2-4, 7-4)
 
This was a highly entertaining match played at the excellent deep water 50 metre pool at the K2 centre in Crawley.
Even though we were missing a number of our established senior squad, we were still able to take a full team of 13 to this match against a much improved opposition who now feature a number of new but experienced players.
We had to play some good quality water polo to control the match and the opposition always offered a threat in attack but we were able to score regularly when counter-attacking.
At the end of the first quarter we led 5-2 and by half-time we had extended our lead to 12-5 which really ended the match as a contest. The third period saw the lead extended to 16-7 but a poor final quarter saw Crawley come back but the final result was never in doubt.
All of the Worthing squad played their part in this win and it was again good to see 5 of our current junior team playing well again in a senior match. Special mention should be made of Alexander Cranford who played part of the match in goal making his debut in this demanding position in a senior match.
 
Scorers: Matt White 8, Paul Phillpott 3, Scott Martin 3, Elliott Ellison 2, Nathan Hart 2, Richard Hooper 1, Scott Orchard 1.
Exclusions: Alexander Cranford 1, Paul Phillpott 1, Richard Hooper 1.
Squad in Full: Jon Gray, Elliott Ellison, Richard Hooper, Dominic Cranford, Sam Abbott, Scott Orchard, Scott Martin, Alexander Cranford, Matt White, Andy Cawdary, Paul Phillpott, Nathan Hart and Alastair Roberts.
 
Regards,
 
Alastair. 

Match Review

18/10/2008
1. Sussex County Youth Squad.
Four Worthing youngsters represented Sussex county at the London/South East region tournament which was played at Whitgift school last Sunday.
Alexander Cranford, Sam Maloney, Peter Flynn and Max Felton were part of squad that finished runners-up to Surrey after a very exciting final match. With the winners guaranteed the title the Sussex/Surrey match was of a high quality and saw Sussex recover from a 3 goal deficit and then miss a penalty would have seen the scores level at 3-3. Surrey eventually went on to win the match 5-2 and so take the title but the Sussex played really well and were always in with a chance until conceding 2 late goals.
All the Worthing boys played well and should be happy that they were part of a Sussex Squad that gave everything they could in all of the 4 matches that were part of the tournament.
 
 
2. Sussex Senior League.
Wednesday 15th October 2008.
Worthing 28, Haywards Heath 8. (Quarter Scores, 9-2, 6-4, 1-2, 12-0)
 
This was a satisfactory win against a spirited Haywards Heath team who struggled to deal with the quality of our play.
We dominated from the start and the match was decided during the first quarter when we scored 9 times with the opposition getting 2 goals back as a result of some goal-keeping errors.
We took the opportunity to play all of our squad of 13 during the match and it was only in the third quarter that the opposition managed to gain a level of control.
The final period saw Worthing back to their best scoring 12 times without reply.
 
Scorers: Matt White 9, Paul Phillpott 6, Scott Martin 5, Ziggy Tate 2, Elliot Ellison 2, Richard Hooper 2, Sam Abbott 1, Alastair Roberts 1.
Exclusions: None.
Squad in full: Ziggy Tate, Elliot Ellison, Richard Hooper, Nathan Hart, Matt White, Scott Martin, Dominic Cranford, Sam Abbott, Rob Osborne, Adrian Irbe, Paul Phillpott, Tony Gray, Alastair Roberts.
 
Regards,
 
Alastair.

Match Review

11/10/2008
Basingstoke Under 14 Tournament (1995 + Younger)
Basingstoke Aquadrome Pool,
Saturday 11th October 2008
 
This is the second year that we have taken a team to this event which was played on a "round-robin" league basis with the 5 teams who entered playing each other.
As a result we were due to play 4 matches with only short breaks between them which is a demanding program for this age group. We only had a squad of 8 available which meant that all those involved would be in for a busy afternoon.
The individual match reports are as follows:
 
1. Worthing 8, Worcester City 4. (H/T 2-0)
This was a good win against an enthusiastic opposition but we were always in control.
The match was close during the first-half but we improved throughout and by the end we were worthy winners. The goals we conceded were disappointing but the team played well at times and we scored some excellent goals.
Scorers: Joe Hazeldine 4, Ben Goddard 2, Charlie Jones 1, Tara Osborne 1.
Exclusions : None.
 
2. Worthing 1, Basingstoke "A" 2. (H/T 0-2)
This was a really exciting match against the eventual overall winners and we recovered from falling behind to 2 early goals to dominate proceedings in the second period. We possibly deserved to take something from this match and we missed a penalty late on that would have secured a draw.
Scorer: Joe Hazeldine 1.
Exclusions: Joe Hazeldine 1.
 
3. Worthing 12, Basingstoke "B" 0 (H/T 4-0)
A satisfactory win against the host's second team was a match that we dominated throughout. That said, we made a slow start and it was only in the second half that we really started to play well. We took the opportunity to play Sam Wildman who had been playing in goal in all the matches out on the pitch in the second half with Ben Goddard deputizing.
Scorers: Joe Hazeldine 4, Tara Osborne 2, Charlie Jones 2, Oliver Rainford 1, Laura Joseph 1, Sam Wildman 1, Ben Goddard 1.
Exclusions: Joe Hazeldine 1, Charlie Jones 1.
 
4. Worthing 3, Salisbury 4. (H/T 2-2)
This was a slightly disappointing finish for the team in a match that we didn't really do ourselves justice. Some of the mistakes that we made were probably due to a degree of fatigue but it was still a match that we really should have won. We dominated possession for long periods but our shooting was poor and to compound matters we conceded some poor goals that really should have been avoided.
Scorers: Charlie Jones 2, Tara Osborne 1.
Exclusions: None.
 
Squad in Full: Sam Wildman, Oliver Rainford, Henry Jackson, Joe Hazeldine, Tara Osborne, Ben Goddard, Charlie Jones & Laura Joseph.
 
This was an enjoyable event and all of the team played well, To win 2 matches and lose 2 was slightly disappointing but the 2 defeats were both only by the odd goal and either could have gone our way with a little more luck.
All of the squad played well and it should be noted that three of our players (Ben, Charlie & Laura) were actually playing in their first competitive matches. Sam Wildman played particularly well in goal and was awarded the best goalkeeper trophy for his efforts.
 
Regards,
 
Alastair.

Match Review

20/09/2008
Sussex Senior League.
Wednesday 17th September 2008
Haywards Heath 4, Worthing 14. (Quarter Scores, 4-1, 3-1, 1-2, 6-0)
 
A satisfactory win against a strong Haywards Heath team who are always an awkward proposition in their home pool.
We made a good start to the match and quickly scored 4 times but all evening we missed chances that would have given a fairer reflection to the dominance of our play. That said, the opposition goalkeeper made a number of fine saves but more clinical finishing would have resulted in more goals being scored.
Although we were on top throughout, the third quarter summed up the match because we missed chance after chance which resulted in the team losing the period 1-2.
Normal service was resumed in the final quarter when with the opposition tiring, we scored 6 goals without reply.
 
Scorers: Matt White 7, Richard Hooper 5, Dominic Cranford 1, Sam Abbott 1.
Exclusions: Matt White 1, Paul Phillpott 1.
Squad in Full: Matt White, Richard Hooper, Dominic Cranford, Sam Abbott, Paul Phillpott, Nathan Hart, Rob Osborne, Jon Gray, Tony Gray, Andy Cawdary, Alastair Roberts (G/K).
 
Regards,
 
Alastair.

Match Review

12/09/2008
Sussex County Senior League.
Wednesday 10th September 2008
Worthing 22, Brighton 5. (Quarter Scores: 7-2, 5-2, 1-0, 9-1)
 
This was a satisfactory victory against an improving Brighton senior team which the Worthing seniors dominated throughout.
The first quarter saw Worthing quickly taking control playing tactically to the shot clocks and scoring regularly from the change of possession.
The match continued in the pattern of the first quarter and the final score was kept down because in third period the team managed not to score for 7 minutes contriving to miss many simple chances.
The full squad of 13 enjoyed a good amount of water time and the team continued to dominate proceedings regardless of which 7 players were playing.
 
Scorers: Matt White 7, Elliott Ellison 3, Richard Hooper 3, Scott Martin 3, Paul Phillpott 3, Sam Abbott 1, Ed Holden 1, Nathan Hart 1.
Exclusions: Scott Martin 3, Jon Gray 1.
Squad In Full: Ben Alcorn (GK), Jon Gray, Elliott Ellison, Richard Hooper, Sam Abbott, Matt White, Dominic Cranford, Scott Martin, Ed Holden, Rob Osborne, Tony Gray, Paul Phillpott & Nathan Hart.
 
Regards,
 
Alastair.     

Match Review

22/08/2008
Sussex Senior League.
Hastings 5, Worthing 15. (Quarter Scores: 1-1, 8-2, 4-0, 2-2)
Thursday 21st August 2008.
 
Our senior team made the long trip to Hastings to play the county league fixture that was unusually played in August when the season has normally taken a mid-year break.
We were missing a number of our senior squad but we were still able to dominate the match after we recovered from falling behind early on.
All of the squad played their part in a satisfactory performance which included the luxury of a missed penalty.
The match was decided during the second quarter which we dominated and won 8-2 and this meant that the rest of the match became a relative formality. Late on we controlled the possession and allowed the clock to run down until the final whistle.
Scorers: Richard Hooper 5, Ed Holden 3, Paul Phillpott 3, Dominic Cranford 1, Ben Brazier 1, Nathan Hart 1, Ben Alcorn 1.
Exclusions: Jon Gray 1, Ben Brazier 1.
Squad in Full: Ben Alcorn, Jon Gray, Richard Hooper, Rob Osborne, Dominic Cranford, Ben Brazier, Ed Holden, Nathan Hart, Paul Phillpott & Alastair Hardinge.
 
Regards,
 
Alastair.

Match Review

20/07/2008
Sussex County Senior League.
Aquarena, Wednesday 16th July 2008.
Worthing 26, Hastings 5. (Quarter scores, 7-3, 7-1, 9-1,3-0)
 
This was a workman like performance from our senior team who outclassed an enthusiastic opposition in the latest county league fixture.
We actually contrived to fall behind in the opening seconds of the match as a result of some comical defending but the team were soon on top and started to score goals regularly.
The match was really over as a contest at the end of the first quarter as we eased to a 7-3 advantage with many of the goals coming as a result of turnovers forced by the oppositions inability to cope with the 30 second shot clocks.
The game was notable because 12 of our squad of 13 scored and also 3 players took a turn in goal as a result of Ben Alcorn being unavailable through illness and Joel Abbott still away at the Grantham water polo academy. Matt White helped himself to 9 goals and Ed Holden struck 6 as we dominated proceedings but most of the goals were simple finishes created by good team play.
 
Scorers: Matt White 9, Ed Holden 6, Ziggy Tate 2, Elliott Ellison 1, Richard Hooper 1, Stuart Stirling 1, Adrian Irbe 1, Scott Orchard 1, Scott Martin 1, Jon Gray 1, Rob Osborne 1, Paul Phillpott 1.
Exclusions: Rob Osborne 2, Stuart Stirling 1, Scott Orchard 1, Jon Gray 1, Ed Holden 1.
Squad in Full: As per goal scorers + Nathan Hart.
 
Regards,
 
Alastair.  

Match Review

12/07/2008
Basingstoke Tournament.
Under 16 (Born 1993 + Younger)
Saturday 12th July 2008.
 
Having won this event last year we traveled to Basingstoke with a much younger and in-experienced team this year but still hopes of defending our title.
A number of  our squad were playing in their first competitive water polo tournament but we were still able to include experienced players including Alexander Cranford and Sam Maloney.
The individual match reports are as follows:
 
1. Worthing 6, Basingstoke "A" 4.
This was a closer match than it really should have been which we dominated but we were particularly guilty of conceding a number of goals that should have been easily avoided. We always looked in control but the final margin should really have been greater.
All the boys played well and Sam Wildman made 1 excellent save on his debut in goal.
Scorers: Alexander Cranford 3, Sam Maloney 2, Peter Flynn 1.
 
2. Worthing 7, Winchester 5.
The second match was very similar to the first one with some poor defending costing the team a number of avoidable goals. In attack we always caused the opposition problems but we missed a number of chances that we really should have scored from. 
All the squad played well but it was obvious that we would have to play better than this if we were to win the title.
Scorers: Alexander Cranford 3, Sam Maloney 3, Oliver Rainford 1.
 
3. Final: Worthing 3, Andover 7.
It is always disappointing to lose but we were particularly upset at the manner of the defeat because we never really played as well as we are capable of. We had a plan which was developed to deal with the strength of the opposition but unfortunately we failed to play the way we hoped and we quickly conceded 3 goals.
As a result we were always chasing the game and we never really looked as though we would get back into the match.
It was a shame that we didn't really do ourselves justice in this final but we could have no complaints because the better team had deserved to win.
Scorer: Alexander Cranford 3.
 
Squad in Full: Sam Wildman (G/K), Alexander Cranford, Sam Maloney, Peter Flynn, Max Felton, Kwok Ho Wan, Joe Hazeldine, Oliver Rainford.
 
Although we were disappointed to lose in the final we were pleased with the efforts of all of the squad and it was nice to see a number of new youngsters playing for the first time. It will be a challenge to develop these boys into good water polo players over the coming years but the potential is undoubtedly there if we all work hard. We also have a number of other youngsters (both boys and girls) who are also now playing and so the future is still encouraging for our junior squads.
 
Alastair Roberts.

Match Review

7/07/2008
London League
Junior Boys (Born 1990 + Younger) Championship.
Tournament 3, Whitgift School, Croydon.
Sunday 6th July 2008.
 
The London league has long been recognized as the premier club competition for water polo teams in the South-east.
Attracting entries from the leading clubs from this region, the competition really acts as the unofficial club championship and as a result is a highly prized title.
This years event is for boys who were born in 1990 or later and our squad is made up entirely of players born in 1991, 1992 and 1993 with the exception of Dan Gibb who is in his final year at this age group. Although we have a young team it features an exceptional number of talented athletes who are improving all the time and some of the play was of a very high standard.
At this final tournament we were faced with demanding program of 4 matches against good quality opposition and these are the individual match reports.
 
1. Worthing 7, Croydon Amphibians 4. (H/T 2-1)
This was a high quality match between the two leading teams in the South-east and it proved to be a highly exciting and typically competitive affair.
We played some excellent water polo at times and Croydon struggled to deal with the strength and skill of Joel Abbott who scored 6 times from the centre forward position. To score 6 of the 7 goals is a fair achievement but is even more remarkable because Joel is normally our first choice goalkeeper who plays occasionally outfield. The team worked hard to create the chances and Alexander Cranford played an excellent game in goal in what was a fine win.
Scorers: Joel Abbott 6, Ziggy Tate 1.
Exclusions: Elliott Ellison 1, Scott Martin 1.
 
2. Worthing 2, Croydon Amphibians 3. (H/T 1-0)
The second match against Croydon ultimately ended in disappointment as we struggled to repeat the dominance of the previous match. That said, Croydon played well in this match and we failed to take many of the chances that we created. Joel had a quieter game and a degree of indiscipline didn't help the team's efforts.
This was another good quality match which could have gone either way but we realized that we hadn't produced quite enough to deserve a win.
Scorers: Elliott Ellison 1, Sam Abbott 1.
Exclusions: Scott Martin 3, Dominic Cranford 1, Tim Brazier 1.
 
3. Worthing 7, West London Penguin 1. (H/T 3-0)
A match that we dominated throughout but was close until the second half because of too many missed chances.
We again played some good quality water polo and the teams defending was particularly effective in reducing the opposition to a small number of chances. Joel was again in excellent form scoring 5 times but the high quality of our play created many of the chances.
Scorers: Joel Abbott 5, Tim Brazier 1, Ziggy Tate 1.
Exclusions: Scott Martin 1.
 
4. Worthing 10, Beckenham 4. (H/T 2-1)
The final match of the day saw the team make a slow start which was probably due to a degree of fatigue after a busy program.
Although we led at half-time, Beckenham scored two quick goals to give them the lead but we found our game and eventually ran out comfortable winners. Once again, the quality of some of the play was of a high standard and the final score gave a fair indication of the difference between the teams.
Scorers: Joel Abbott 3, Ziggy Tate 2, Scott Martin 2, Elliott Ellison 1, Dominic Cranford 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
Exclusions: Elliott Ellison 1, Rob Osborne 1. 
 
As a result of these results we were confirmed as winners of this competition for the first time in the clubs history. The team were presented with the trophy and we should be very pleased with this outstanding achievement which is the culmination of a great deal of hard work from all of the squad. The club has backed the junior water polo development program over the past few years and the first win in this competition is an excellent achievement.
 
Squad in Full:
 Alexander Cranford. The youngest member of the team at the final tournament, his goalkeeping was exceptional and he has great potential both in this demanding position and outfield.
Elliott Ellison. Much improved left-hander who scores important goals and is befitting from hard work in training.
Ziggy Tate. Trains at the National Academy at Grantham and improving all the time. Close to national team selection, his chances are improving all the time.
Dominic Cranford: Powerful forward who has improved hugely. Trains regularly with the senior squad and will get better and better.
Rob Osborne: Much improved defender who is beginning to show his potential.
Scott Martin: GB team member and hugely talented left-hander who is benefiting from much improved fitness as a result of a disciplined training regime.
Tim Brazier: Solid defender who is still improving but is strong in the tackle and reads the game well.
Dan Gibb: The only "1990" player. Strong and committed Dan keeps things simple and adds to the teams hard work.
Joel Abbott: Also at Grantham,a terrific presence in goal (Where he plays for GB) and out on the pitch. Still learning the game out field, he will only get better.
Sam Abbott: Joel's younger brother is greatly improved in all aspects of this demanding sport which is as a result of his hard work in training.
Alastair Hardinge: A natural swimmer and particularly sprinter, now playing some much improved water polo. Will only get better.
Stuart Stirling: Quick, strong and a good all-round team player improving all the time. Has the potential to be an excellent player. 
The following boys are also part of the squad: Sam Maloney, Kevin Chan and Luke Helmer.
 
The squad is coached by Richard Hooper, Ben Alcorn and myself and all are now training as part of our senior squad.
 
Alastair Roberts.       

Match Review

16/05/2008
British Army Senior Men's Tournament.
Aldershot Sports Centre.
Sunday 29th June 2008.
 
We always look forward to the annual Army tournament which is played in the excellent 50 metre pool at the Aldershot sports complex. It gives us a chance to play against a variety of teams who we don't regularly play against and it is always a popular fixture with our squad.
This year the standard of the competition had improved with the inclusion of teams from Weymouth & Portland and Ealing, both of whom play in the national league. Added to this were Invicta Marlins who were recently promoted to Division 2 of the national league, Basingstoke and the home team. The format split the teams into two groups of three with the top two in each league progressing to the semi-finals. We were drawn in what looked to be the harder group with Basingstoke and Ealing and these are the individual match reports.
 
1. Worthing 10, Basingstoke 4. (H/T 5-2)
This was a good performance against a strong opposition who were competitive in a closely contested first half. The second period saw us take control and by the end we were well on top. The opposition always struggled to cope with the speed of our counter-attacking and the power of our centre forward play from mainly Matt White and Ed Holden. A satisfactory win but the only disappointment was the unnecessary dismissal of Richard Hooper in the first half.
Scorers: Matt White 3, Richard Hooper 2, Ed Holden 2, Nathan Hart 1, Scott Martin 1, Sam Abbott 1.
Exclusions: Richard Hooper 3, Ed Holden 1, Nathan Hart 1.
 
2. Worthing 7, Ealing 1. (H/T 3-1)
Another exciting match against a physical and strong Ealing team. We always looked the better side but it was the oppositions indiscipline that probably cost them the match. They were constantly struggling to deal with our strong centre forward play and as a result they kept having players dismissed for committing exclusion fouls. We converted the majority of the opportunities that were presented as a result of these exclusions and we eventually ran out easy winners.
Scorers: Matt White 5, Ed Holden 1, Scott Martin 1.
Exclusions: Scott Martin 2, Jon Gray 1.
 
As a result of the two wins we topped the group which meant a semi-final against the runners up from the other pool.
 
3. (Semi-final) Worthing 16, The Army 2. (H/T 8-2)
A straightforward win against the tournament hosts who really had no answer to our all-round play.
Our pressing game successfully turned the ball over to our advantage on many occasions and this resulted in many of the goals that we scored. All of the squad played a good amount in this match which gave us the opportunity to rest some players prior to the final.
Scorers: Matt White 5, Scott Martin 5, Ed Holden 2, Richard Hooper 1, Nathan Hart 1, Paul Phillpott 1, Stuart Stirling 1.
Exclusions: Jon Gray 1.
 
4. (Final) Worthing 5, Invicta Marlins 2. (H/T 2-1)
An exciting climax to the competition resulted in a hard fought win against a talented Invicta Marlins team.
We went behind early on but we fought back well with two goals before the half-time break. The second period saw us score three more goals before a late goal from the opposition near the end.
The match was close and we saw Ben Alcorn in goal make a number of excellent saves at crucial times. Paul Phillpott played an excellent game marking the opposition centre forward and his contribution helped keep their scoring opportunities to a minimum.
Scorers: Matt White 2, Richard Hooper 2, Scott Martin 1.
Exclusions: Sam Abbott 1, Paul Phillpott 1.
 
Overall Statistics:
Squad in Full: Paul Phillpott, Ed Holden, Richard Hooper, Matt White, Jon Gray, Ben Alcorn (G/K), Scott Martin, Stuart Stirling, Rob Osborne, Nathan Hart & Sam Abbott.
Scorers: Matt White 12, Scott Martin 8, Richard Hooper 5, Ed Holden 5, Nathan Hart 2, Sam Abbott 1, Paul Phillpott 1, Stuart Stirling 1.
Exclusions: Richard Hooper 3, Scott Martin 2, Ed Holden 1, Nathan Hart 1, Jon Gray 1, Paul Phillpott 1.
 
This was a highly enjoyable event that we were delighted to win. The team put in consistent performances against all the opponents and all of the squad played well on the day. We were also missing a number of our senior squad players and this shows that we now have a real strength in depth.
 
Regards,
Alastair.

European Qualifier News

16/05/2008
 
This is a quick update on the progress of the GB boys youth team who are playing in the European qualifying tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The team features Worthing members Scott Martin and goalkeeper Joel Abbott and is faced with a tough group of six in which the top two qualify.
The first match on Thursday evening was a disappointment with GB falling behind 0-3 and then missing chance after chance against Belgium before losing 4-5.
Friday was always going to be tough with a match against a talented Poland team at lunchtime and then a game against the host nation in the early evening. GB had lost to Poland in a warm-up event two weeks before this tournament but on this occasion played some excellent water polo to record a 10-5 win.
The match against Bulgaria proved to be a highly physical affair in front of the home crowd but the GB boys did enough to win 11-8.
GB now face matches against the pre-tournament favorites Spain and Moldova to decide the group but they have given themselves a chance of qualification for the finals which take place in the Serbian capital Belgrade at the end of July. 

Match Review

11/05/2008
Sussex Senior League.
Brighton 15, Worthing 17. (Quarter Scores: 3-1, 5-3, 6-5, 3-6)
Prince Regent Pool, Brighton. Friday 9th May 2008.
 
This was an exciting match that the Worthing senior team really should have won by a wider margin but a combination of factors saw the final score remain close.
We always find it difficult to play to our normal standard in the Prince Regent pool which is both shallow and narrower than we are used to. We were also not helped by some idiosyncratic refereeing which resulted in Brighton scoring a number of disputed goals.
That said, we never really played to our full potential and we were guilty of missing a large number of chances when we would have expected to score and defensively we conceded a number of goals that really should have been avoided.
On a more positive note, we played all of our squad of 13 and this included 5 junior players all who performed well. This was highlighted by an excellent goal from Rob Osborne who scored with a long range shot into the top corner of the shallow end goal during the second quarter. 
The final quarter saw the opposition score a number of goals that made the final result look closer than perhaps it should have been but the Worthing team knew that this had been a slightly below par performance.
Scorers: Richard Hooper 8, Ed Holden 3, Stuart Stirling 2, Paul Phillpott 2, Rob Osborne 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
Exclusions: Tony Gray 2, Rob Osborne 1, Richard Hooper 1, Adrian Irbe 1. (Brighton conceded 10 Exclusions)
Squad in Full: Ben Alcorn (G/K), Richard Hooper, Jon Gray, Paul Phillpott, Adrian Irbe, Andy Cawdary, Tony Gray, Ed Holden, Stuart Stirling, Rob Osborne, Dominic Cranford, Alastair Hardinge, Sam Abbott.
 
Regards,
 
Alastair.  

Match Review

11/05/2008
Sussex Senior League.
Wednesday 30th April 2008.
Worthing 17, Crawley 3. (Quarter Scores: 3-1, 4-0, 3-1, 7-1)
 
This was an entertaining fixture against a vastly improved Crawley team who had already beaten Brighton in this years competition.
We were without several of our senior squad with Nathan Hart, Matt White, Ben Brazier and Ziggy Tate away at various universities and colleges and Joel Abbott and Scott Martin away in Poland with the GB juniors training in advance of the European qualifiers.
It is testimony to our strength in depth that we were able to field a full squad of 13 still leaving out other talented senior players. 
The match was of a reasonable standard but our attacking play always caused Crawley problems. Defensively we were probably not at our best and Ben Alcorn produced a number of fine saves to keep the opposition score down.
All of our squad played well and we again took the opportunity of using 5 of our current junior squad. All the boys played well and will benefit from having played in another senior match.
Scorers: Richard Hooper 6, Ed Holden 3, Andy Cawdary 2, Stuart Stirling 2, Paul Phillpott 2, Scott Orchard 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
Exclusions: Scott Orchard 1, Paul Phillpott 1.
Squad in Full: Ben Alcorn (G/K), Ed Holden, Elliott Ellison, Richard Hooper, Rob Osborne, Jon Gray, Scott Orchard, Adrian Irbe, Andy Cawdary, Stuart Stirling, Dominic Cranford, Paul Phillpott & Alastair Hardinge.
 
Regards,
 
Alastair.  

Picture from Slowianka Cup 2008

05/05/2008
This is a picture of the GB boys youth squad taken in Poland during a warm-up tournament for the European qualifiers which are being played at the end of May in Bulgaria.
The two Worthing members are Scott Martin (front row on the far left) and Joel Abbott (back row 5th from the right).

Match Review

05/05/2008
Sussex Senior League.
Wednesday 30th April 2008.
Worthing 17, Crawley 3. (Quarter Scores: 3-1, 4-0, 3-1, 7-1)
 
This was an entertaining fixture against a vastly improved Crawley team who had already beaten Brighton in this years competition.
We were without several of our senior squad with Nathan Hart, Matt White, Ben Brazier and Ziggy Tate away at various universities and colleges and Joel Abbott and Scott Martin away in Poland with the GB juniors training in advance of the European qualifiers.
It is testimony to our strength in depth that we were able to field a full squad of 13 still leaving out other talented senior players. 
The match was of a reasonable standard but our attacking play always caused Crawley problems. Defensively we were probably not at our best and Ben Alcorn produced a number of fine saves to keep the opposition score down.
All of our squad played well and we again took the opportunity of using 5 of our current junior squad. All the boys played well and will benefit from having played in another senior match.
Scorers: Richard Hooper 6, Ed Holden 3, Andy Cawdary 2, Stuart Stirling 2, Paul Phillpott 2, Scott Orchard 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
Exclusions: Scott Orchard 1, Paul Phillpott 1.
Squad in Full: Ben Alcorn (G/K), Ed Holden, Elliott Ellison, Richard Hooper, Rob Osborne, Jon Gray, Scott Orchard, Adrian Irbe, Andy Cawdary, Stuart Stirling, Dominic Cranford, Paul Phillpott & Alastair Hardinge.
 
Regards,
 
Alastair.  

Match Review

20/04/2008
London League (Ladies Championship)
Tournament 1.
Whitgift School, South Croydon.
Sunday 27th April, 2008.
 
Our ladies team played two matches at the first tournament of this years championship.
Due to a number of reasons we were only able to take a squad of 8 players which is not ideal when playing demanding matches in an all deep-water pool.
All the girls who played gave 100% but a lack of any warm-up matches and a lack of preparation at the tournament proved to be significant handicaps.
The reports are as follows:
 
Match 1.
Worthing 1, Southampton University 5. (H/T 0-3)
 
A disappointing result in a match when we probably had as many scoring opportunities as our opponents but we failed to take our chances. To be fair, all aspects of our play were below our normal standard and the coaches felt that we really hadn't done ourselves justice.
We played our best water-polo at the start of the match but crucially we missed some chances which would have possibly changed the course of the match. The squad reacted well to the post-match meeting and were determined to play better in the second game.
Scorer: Rebecca Anderson.
Exclusion: Emma Piper.
 
Match 2.
Worthing 3, Penguin 3rds 3. (H/T 2-0)
 
An exciting match when we played a much better standard than the first game. All aspects of the play had improved and our defending, particularly early on, reduced the opposition to a small number of chances. Jenny Willett scored 2 good goals and we looked much more positive when attacking. With the small squad and with Rachel Piper feeling unwell we were unable to sustain the initial high standard of play and Penguin scored twice to equalize. Undaunted, we went back on the attack and Sian Fogerty gave us the lead again with a cool finish.
We were unable to hang-on and we conceded a late equalizer with almost the last shot of the match.
This had been a much better performance and all the squad played well and we were unlucky not to win.
Scorers: Jenny Willett 2, Sian Fogerty 1.
Exclusions: None.
 
Squad in full: Kayley Alcorn (G/K), Emily Tilzey, Vicki Sayers, Sian Fogerty, Emma Piper, Rachel Piper, Jenny Willett & Rebecca Anderson.
 
The second tournament is back at Whitgift on Sunday 18th May.
 
Regards,
 
Alastair.    

Match Review

20/04/2008
London League Junior Boys Competition (1990 + younger)
Tournament 1.
Whitgift School, South Croydon.
Sunday 20th April 2008.
 
This was the first tournament of the summer London League season played at the deep water pool at Whitgift School.
We were due to play 3 matches against Basingstoke, Beckenham and Penguin which is a demanding program but we were fortunate to have available a good squad of 10 including Ziggy Tate who was home from the water polo academy at Grantham. We were however, missing first choice goal-keeper Joel Abbott but Alexander Cranford took over this position and produced a number of fine saves in all of the matches.
The individual reports are as follows:
 
Match 1. Worthing 14, Basingstoke 1. (Half-time 8-1)
A satisfactory win against a team that is new to this level of competition. We were always dominating proceedings but the opposition played with a great deal of spirit and defended well throughout. We gave little away defensively and we were slightly disappointed not to keep a clean sheet.
We had 8 different goals and we scored a number of excellent goals. The final score was a good indication of the difference between the two teams.
Scorers: Ziggy Tate 3, Alastair Hardinge 3, Elliot Ellison 2, Sam Abbott 2, Scott Martin 2, Dominic Cranford 1, Stuart Stirling 1.
Exclusions: None.
 
Match 2. Worthing 13, Beckenham 2. (Half-time 8-1)
Another good performance against a fair standard of opposition who never came to terms with our strong defensive play and the speed of our counter-attacking.
Again, the goals were shared by a good number of players and the quality of some of our attacking play was of a really good standard.
Beckenham kept going and we had to defend well to only concede the 2 goals.
Scorers: Ziggy Tate 3, Dominic Cranford 3, Sam Abbott 2, Stuart Stirling 2, Elliott Ellison 1, Scott Martin 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
Exclusions: Tim Brazier 2, Elliot Ellison 1.
 
Match 3. Worthing 13, West London Penguin 3. (Half-time 7-2)
The final match was against a well organized and physical Penguin team who have a number of talented players.
Once again we played some really good water-polo and some of the goals we scored were of a high standard. Our defending again limited the opposition to a small number of chances and we were slightly disappointed to finally concede 3 goals.
Scorers: Scott Martin 5, Ziggy Tate 4, Stuart Stirling 1, Dominic Cranford 1, Sam Abbott 1, Elliott Ellison 1.
Exclusions: None.
 
Squad in Full: Alexander Cranford (G/K), Stuart Stirling, Dominic Cranford, Rob Osborne, Ziggy Tate, Scott Martin, Sam Abbott, Alastair Hardinge, Tim Brazier & Elliott Ellison.
 
This was a successful first tournament and again indicated the competitiveness of our squad in this age group. All the boys played well and some of our team play was of a really high standard.
The next tournament is not until July 20th when we hope to continue our unbeaten record.
 
Regards,
 
Alastair Roberts.

Waterpolo news

19/04/2008

Link to West Sussex Gazette website where article and photo can be found

www.westsussextoday.co.uk/sport

Match Review

7/04/2008
South-East Region Men's Championships
K2 Crawley, Sunday 6th April 2008.
 
This was an exciting afternoon at the excellent deep water pool at Crawley with semi-finals and finals being played in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd.
Worthing had qualified to play in the finals as a result of the two tournaments played at Basingstoke and in Jersey but we knew that we faced two tough matches if we were to take the title.
Our semi-final would be against Hythe from the Kent coast who were last year's winners and if successful in this match we would play the winners of Jersey and Hailsham match.
The match reports are as follows:
 
Semi-Final, Worthing 10, Hythe 9.
Quarter Scores: 1-1, 1-3, 4-1,4-4.
 
A match that could have gone either way saw the Worthing team snatch victory by the narrowest of margins.
Neither team played to their best and Hythe in particular were guilty of missing several chances to score. This was partly due to an excellent display in goal from Ben Alcorn which ultimately was the difference between the teams.
Worthing struggled throughout the match with their attacking play and were guilty of losing possession on far too many occasions.
Undoubtedly this was a match that we played poorly in but still managed to win but all the squad were aware that we would need to play a great deal better in the final to take the title.
Scorers: Richard Hooper 5, Paul Phillpott 3, Ed Holden 1, Scott Martin 1.
Exclusions: Richard Hooper 2, Scott Orchard 1.
 
 
Final, Worthing 9, Hailsham 10.
Quarter Scores: 3-4, 0-2, 4-2, 2-2.
 
This was another nail-biting match that saw the two teams trade goals throughout but ultimately we lost by the narrowest of margins.
As in the semi-final, we never quite played to our normal standard but once again Ben Alcorn was in fine form in goal making a number of "one on one" saves.
After a poor first two quarters we finally came to life in the third period playing our best water polo of the day. Having got back into the match it was disappointing that we didn't take a number of the chances that we created in the final period which might have given us victory.
Ultimately the squad knew that we hadn't done quite enough and although it was disappointing to lose we all realized that we hadn't really deserved to take the title.
It was no disgrace to finish runners-up to a talented Hailsham team who include 2 players who are training full time at the National High Performance centre based in Manchester.
Scorers: Scott Orchard 2, Richard Hooper 2, Ed Holden 2, Joel Abbott 2, Ziggy Tate 1.
Exclusions: Ziggy Tate 2, Scott Orchard 1.

The squad was: Ben Alcorn (GK), Richard Hooper, Paul Phillpott, Ben Brazier, Ed Holden, Scott Orchard, Scott Martin, Ziggy Tate, Stuart Stirling, Joel Abbott & Rob Osborne.

 
Although we were disappointed not to win we didn't quite do enough to take the title and it is still a good result to be the second best team (by a 1 goal margin!) from all of the South-East region.
We thoroughly enjoyed our participation in this competition and the two qualifying tournaments and the finals at K2 were well organized and gave us the chance to play against a number of teams that were "new" to us.
All the squad enjoyed the experience and it was good to see the number of our junior players making significant contributions to the teams performance.
 
Regards,
 
Alastair.

Worthing Boys in GB Squad

7/04/2008
Hi Guys,
 
Just a quick message to say that congratulations should go to Joel Abbott and Scott Martin who have been selected as part of the squad of 13 boys who will represent GB at the European Championship Qualifiers in Bulgaria in May. Ziggy Tate has been unlucky to miss out on this final selection this time but he will remain in the larger squad of 21 and hopefully he will gain selection at future events.
For the club to have 2 players in the final 13 is a remarkable achievement and we should be delighted that we have such a talented group of players in this junior age group.
 
 
A full report will follow later of today's South-east region senior finals at K2, Crawley.
In an exciting afternoon Worthing edged past Hythe in the semi-final 10-9 before losing an equally close final to Hailsham by the same score.
 
Regards,
 
Alastair.     

Match Review

30/03/2008
SOUTH-EAST & LONDON REGION WATER POLO

JUNIOR BOYS (1990 + YOUNGER) TOURNAMENT

CROWBOROUGH, SUNDAY 30TH MARCH 2008

Sussex ASA hosted this year’s junior inter-county tournament at the excellent deep-water facility at the Goldsmith’s Leisure centre, Crowborough.
Four county teams from Surrey, Middlesex, Kent and the hosts played a “round robin” of matches after a draw was made prior to the competition.
As a result Sussex played Middlesex followed by Kent and finally Surrey in what was always going to be a demanding program. The matches were 4 quarters of 5 minutes and all of the Sussex squad of 11 played a significant part in all of the games.
The match reports are as follows:

Match 1.
Sussex 12, Middlesex 5 (Quarter scores: 4-0, 1-2, 4-1, 3-2)

A satisfactory win against the weakest team in the competition indicated that we had a competitive squad but we didn’t play at our best for long periods of the match.
The first quarter saw the team dominate but we did not sustain this level and the boys were particularly disappointed by some of our set plays, particularly the man-ups, when the opposition had players excluded.
We were however, always in control, and only some poor finishing kept the final score down.

Scorers: Scott Martin 4, Dominic Cranford 3, Tim Brazier 1, Ziggy Tate 1, Tom Rooke 1, Stuart Stirling 1.
Exclusions: Stuart Stirling 1, Rob Osborne 1, Elliott Ellison 1.

Match 2 
Sussex 6, Kent 2 (Quarter scores: 0-0, 2-1, 3-1, 1-0)

A really exciting match played in front of a noisy and enthusiastic crowd.
The first quarter was a tense affair with both teams defending well resulting in a minimum of chances being created. Slowly Sussex started to gain control and it was Scott Martin who began to dominate proceedings with 5 of the goals.
The Sussex defending was always good and when the opposition did create some chances Alan Benton produced a number of fine saves.
Towards the end of the match we knew that we had done enough but a spirited opposition had made the team play some of their best water polo.

Scorers: Scott Martin 5, Ziggy Tate 1.
Exclusions: Ziggy Tate 1, Tim Brazier 1, Tom Rooke 1, Dan Gibb 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.

Match 3 
Sussex 7, Surrey 14 (Quarter scores: 2-3, 3-2, 0-4, 2-5)

Another hugely entertaining match that would decide the title as both teams had won their previous two matches.
We knew that we would have to play at our best to win and we also had the added disadvantage of having to play this match immediately after the Kent game with no rest
Both teams played an excellent standard in a fluctuating first two periods and we took the lead from an excellent “man-up” goal following a time out just before the half-time break.
Unfortunately we conceded a poor equalizer just before the end of the period and the second half of the match saw the effects of playing the two matches take its toll.
The team kept going to the end and the final score didn’t fairly reflect quite how close the match had been.

Scorers: Tim Brazier 3, Ziggy Tate 2, Tom Rooke 2.
Exclusions: Tim Brazier 1.

Sussex Squad in Full:

1.Alan Benton (G/K), Hailsham SC
2.Ziggy Tate, Worthing SC
3.Elliott Ellison, Worthing SC
4.Rob Osborne, Worthing SC
5.Tim Brazier, Worthing SC
6.Tom Rooke, Hailsham SC
7.Dominic Cranford, Worthing SC
8.Scott Martin, Worthing SC
9.Stuart Stirling, Worthing SC
10.Dan Gibb, Worthing SC
11.Alastair Hardinge, Worthing SC

The tournament ran very smoothly and the Sussex team played well to finish as runners-up to a talented Surrey squad who contained a number of players who are in the national junior squad (1989/1990 age group)
We are encouraged by this result because our squad only contained two boys (Dan Gibb and Tom Rooke) who will be too old to play in the 2009 event,

Tournament Organizer: Roger Edmondson, (Sussex ASA)
Referees: Roger Edmondson, Paul Bryan (Middlesex), Chris Martin (Surrey), Tony Murphy (Kent).
Table Officials: Trevor Hyde (Middlesex), Dave & Jill Alcorn (Sussex)

Overall, an excellent event which was enjoyed by all those involved.

Alastair Roberts
Sussex ASA Coach.

Match Review

16/03/2008
Sussex County Junior & Senior Knock-Out Finals.
Crowborough, Saturday 15th March 2008.
 
The two county knock-out finals were played at the deep water pool at the Crowborough leisure centre which is a neutral venue for all the teams involved.
In the junior match the Worthing youngsters played against Hailsham and the senior match saw our men's team play against Crawley. Both matches would prove to be challenging: the junior matches against Hailsham at this age group are always highly competitive and the senior match looked to be particularly difficult because of the 10 goal advantage that Crawley received as part of the handicap in this competition.
The two match reports are as follows:
 
1. Worthing 9, Hailsham 6 (Quarter scores, 3-2, 0-2, 4-1, 2-1)
 
An exciting match which was enjoyed by a large and noisy crowd who gave great support to both teams.
The first quarter was a cagey affair with both teams defending well and looking to give little away. We took an early 2 goal lead through Ziggy Tate and Joel Abbott before Hailsham scored twice to level the match. Alexander Cranford scored just before the period ended with an excellent breakaway goal to give us the narrowest of leads.
The second period saw us struggle to deal with Hailshams quality players and at the half-time break we trailed 3-4.
The third period saw the Worthing youngsters start to play some of their better water polo and after conceding again we struck back with goals from Stuart Stirling, Joel Abbott and a brace from Ziggy Tate. With a 7-5 advantage at the start of the final period against a tiring opposition we looked favorites and an early goals from Ziggy and Stuart made the game safe. Hailsham scored a late consolation but they were denied another goal when Alexander Cranford made an excellent penalty save. 
All the squad played well but Sam Abbott and Alexander Cranford shared the goalkeeping and both made important saves. This tactical decision gave us the opportunity to play normal first choice goalkeeper Joel Abbott out on the pitch and he always caused the opposition problems.
Scorers: Ziggy Tate 4, Joel Abbott 2, Stuart Stirling 2, Alexander Cranford 1.
Exclusions: Joel Abbott 1, Tim Brazier 1, Alastair Hardinge 1, Sam Abbott 1.
Squad in Full: Joel Abbott, Ziggy Tate, Robert Osborne, Kevin Chan, Sam Abbott, Dominic Cranford, Tim Brazier, Stuart Stirling, Alexander Cranford, Dan Gibb & Alastair Hardinge. (Scott Martin and Elliott Ellison were unavailable).
 
2. Worthing 16, Crawley 14 (4 + 10 Handicap) (Quarter scores, 3-2, 2-1, 4-0, 7-1)
 
Another highly entertaining and exciting match which was again enjoyed by the big crowd.
We knew that over turning a 10 goal deficit would not be easy but our task was made harder by the surprising strength of the Crawley team who contained a number of new quality players.
The Worthing team was missing a number of our normal senior squad but we were able to use a number of our junior players who had played in the previous match.
The match was relatively close in the early stages but our superior fitness became evident the longer the match went on.
The first quarter saw Crawley take an early lead before Matt White, Richard Hooper and Ed Holden on his competitive Worthing debut score to give us the advantage. The second period saw Richard score twice before we conceded just before half-time. From this point we totally dominated the match with Crawley only scoring again with 15 seconds of the match left.
The third period saw goals from Paul Phillpott with Matt scoring twice and Richard grabbing his fourth of the match. This still meant that we started the final period with an aggregate score of 9-13 but we had the momentum and we knew a good quarter would probably give us victory. The team played some excellent water polo and Crawley were unable to deal with the strength of our defending and the speed of our counter-attacks. Richard found the back of the net 3 times in quick succession and goals from Ed, Ziggy, Matt and Joel completed what was a fine performance.
All the squad played well but Ben Alcorn had a fine game in goal which included a penalty save and Paul Phillpott marshaled the defence limiting the oppositions scoring opportunities.
Scorers: Richard Hooper 7, Matt White 4, Ed Holden 2, Ziggy Tate 1, Joel Abbott 1 & Paul Phillpott 1.
Exclusions: Adrian Irbe 2, Dominic Cranford 2, Paul Phillpott 2, Ed Holden 2, Richard Hooper 1.
Squad in full: Ben Alcorn (G/K), Jon Gray, Matt White, Richard Hooper, Rob Osborne, Adrian Irbe, Dominic Cranford, Ed Holden, Ziggy Tate, Stuart Stirling, Joel Abbott, Paul Phillpott & Alastair Hardinge.
 
Regards,
 
Alastair.        

Match Review

4/03/2008
London Winter League
Under 16 Championship (Born 1992 + Younger)
Tournament 3: Whitgift School, Croydon
Sunday 2nd March 2008
 
In an exciting climax to this years competition, the Worthing youngsters secured what is the unofficial South-east and London region championship at the deep water pool at Whitgift school.
The competition features all the leading teams from around the region and it is an excellent achievement to take the title after three hard tournaments. We are handicapped by having to travel to Croydon for all of the tournaments but all of the coaching staff are agreed that this type of competition is of great benefit to our teams development.
We knew that the final event would feature 3 tough matches against the teams who made up the top 4 of the championship and this certainly proved to be the case.
The individual reports are as follows:
 
Match 1. Worthing 8, Croydon Amphibians 7. (H/T 4-2)
The final score indicates that this match was closer than it really have should have been and at one stage we held a comfortable 8-4 lead. Towards the end we probably relaxed having thought the match was won and Croydon scored 3 goals without reply which made the final result look closer than it really should have been.
We played well at the start of the match and Croydon struggled to deal with the speed of our counter attack and the strength of our defending. All the squad had some water time and we knew that we would need to play to a higher standard in the 2 remaining matches.
Scorers: Scott Martin 5, Sam Abbott 2, Kevin Chan 1.
Exclusions: Alastair Hardinge 1, Kevin Chan 1.
 
Match 2. Worthing 10, Sutton & Cheam 2. (H/T 4-0)
An excellent win against a talented and well organized opposition who never came to terms with our all-round play. The basis of the win was some excellent defending particularly by Scott Martin and Alastair Hardinge who completely nullified the threat of the opposition centre-forward.
As in the match against Croydon, our counter attacking play caused the opposition all sorts of problems and we scored a number of excellent goals.
Scorers: Scott Martin 4, Alexander Cranford 3, Alastair Hardinge 2, Sam Abbott 1.
Exclusions: Alastair Hardinge 1.
 
Match 3. Worthing 1, West London Penguin 3. (H/T 0-2)
Our only defeat in 10 matches came in the final game against a physical and uncompromising opposition who played to their strengths. This was always going to be a difficult match because we had no rest after the match against Sutton but we never played at our best and missed too many chances that normally we would expect to score from.
We were slightly unfortunate to concede 2 of the 3 goals but our problem was with our attacking play which never really functioned as well as we have come to expect.
Ultimately the result didn't change the final result of the competition but all the squad was disappointed not to have won the title with an undefeated record.
Scorer: Scott Martin 1
Exclusions: Rachel Piper 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
 
Squad in Full:
 
Alastair Hardinge: Much improved, his defending and speed on the counter are his strengths.
Alexander Cranford: Shared the goal-keeping making a number of good saves. Strong outfield scoring a number of important goals.
Sam Maloney: Strong in the tackle, plays mainly mid-pool and makes many assists in the goals scored.
Kevin Chan: Left-handed, good finisher and brave in defence. Good passer of the ball on the counter.
Sam Abbott: Shared the goal-keeping, also making good saves. Plays at centre-forward outfield and is always a threat scoring a number of goals.
Luke Helmer: Vastly improved recently, reads the game well and is an excellent passer of the ball.
Scott Martin: Probably the most talented player of his age in the UK, he is one of a handful of 1992 born players in the 1991/1992 age group GB squad. Organized the team and scored a number of vital goals at crucial times.
Rachel Piper: Our only girl in the squad, brave and strong and really quick on the break. Great attitude and never worried about playing against the boys.
Peter Flynn: Relatively new to the team, shows great promise and will have benefited from playing at this level.
Max Felton: New to the squad, making great progress and will only get better.
Kwok Wan: Also new to the squad but again showing great promise.
 
 
We were delighted to win the overall title and this again indicates that we have an exceptional group of players at both the 1991 and 1992 age group. All the squad members train hard and our overall fitness was far better than any other team in the competition and our swimming speed was the backbone of this success.
Our next competition will be the summer league for our under 18 (Born 1990 and younger) squad which starts at the end of April.
 
 
Regards,
 
Alastair.   

Match Review

24/02/2008
South East Region Men's Championship.
Tournament 2.
Jersey, 23rd and 24th February 2008
 
Having played the first tournament at Basingstoke three weeks previously, we traveled with a full squad, and an excellent number of supporters, to the second event in Jersey.
This was an exciting opportunity for all of the party who traveled to enjoy a chance to play or watch some water polo along with the normal tourist activities.
Rather than travel on one flight, the party arrived at various times with a large majority staying at the Metropole hotel in St Helier. 
The tournament would see a repeat of the fixtures played at Basingstoke with matches scheduled against the home club, Basingstoke, Southampton, Oxford and Cranleigh. This would prove to be a demanding program particularly as the matches were due to be played in a pool with a shallow end rather than a deep water facility.
The match reports are as follows:
 
Match 1. Worthing 18, Cranleigh 6
Quarter Scores: 3-0, 5-3, 5-1, 5-2
 
After a fairly slow start we managed to get our game together and record a satisfactory win against an improved Cranleigh team.
We struggled to come to terms with the shallow end, particularly when attacking, but all the squad made good contributions and we were never really put under a great deal of pressure. The final score was a fair reflection of our dominance.
Scorers: Richard Hooper 8, Scott Orchard 3, Paul Phillpott 3, Ziggy Tate 2, Elliott Ellison 1, Joel Abbott 1.
Exclusions: Elliott Ellison 2, Scott Orchard 1, Sam Abbott 1, Joel Abbott 1.
Squad in Full: Ben Alcorn (GK), Scott Orchard, Richard Hooper, Paul Phillpott, Andy Cawdrey, Jon Gray, Anthony Gray, Ziggy Tate, Scott Martin, Joel Abbott, Sam Abbott, Rob Osborne & Elliott Ellison.
 
Match 2. Worthing 18, Basingstoke 8
Quarter Scores: 5-0, 6-1, 1-4, 6-3
 
A good performance when we dominated the early part of the match scoring a number of excellent goals. Again, all the squad made good contributions and it was nice to see that we had 8 different scorers.
Our counter attacking game always caused the opposition problems and they struggled to deal with our speed and superior fitness. This was highlighted by Ziggy Tate scoring a hat-trick of goals in a number of minutes during the third period all on the counter attack.
Scorers: Ziggy Tate 5, Scott Orchard 3, Richard Hooper 2, Scott Martin 2, Sam Abbott 2, Paul Phillpott 2, Andy Cawdery 1, Joel Abbott 1.
Exclusions: Andy Cawdery 2, Richard Hooper 1, Scott Orchard 1, Scott Martin 1, Joel Abbott 1, Paul Phillpott 1.
Squad: As previous match but with Nathan Hart for Rob Osborne.
 
Match 3. Worthing 10, Jersey 10
Quarter Scores: 1-1, 2-4, 3-4, 4-1.
 
A match packed with incident, some of it of a highly unpleasant nature, saw the team recover from a seemingly hopeless position to nearly record an unlikely win.
The home team exploited the shallow pool and inconsistent refereeing and we really struggled to cope with a very physical opposition. Our discipline was poor as we reacted to several key incidents and Scott Orchard was dismissed for dissent and Joel Abbott for violent conduct as tempers flared.
At the start of the final period we faced a daunting prospect of a 3 goal deficit attacking the shallow end goal which is always difficult to score into. The team somehow managed to get back into the match and Paul Phillpott scored 3 fine goals all with excellent shots from distance and Scott Martin's cool finish gave us the lead late on.
The home team put us under pressure and a late exclusion gave them the opportunity to equalize with 1 second of the match remaining.
A noisy crowd added to the atmosphere but all the squad realized that this was a poor performance that was well below our normal standard.
Scorers: Paul Phillpott 3, Richard Hooper 3, Scott Orchard 2, Ziggy Tate 1, Scott Martin 1.
Exclusions: Scott Orchard 3, Joel Abbott 3, Scott Martin 2, Richard Hooper 1, Paul Phillpott 1, Rob Osborne 1.
Squad: As previous match but with Rob Osborne for Sam Abbott.
 
Match 4. Worthing vs. Southampton.
Conceded to Worthing.
 
Unfortunately, Southampton decided to pull out of this fixture because they didn't want to play at the early start time of 8.15 am.
The tournament organizers were understandably upset at this and they can look forward to a significant fine for their actions. 
Even though we were really disappointed not to play the match all the squad joined in an hour long training session.
 
Match 5. Worthing 12, Oxford 10
Quarter Scores: 4-2, 2-3, 2-4, 4-1
 
Our final match was a potentially difficult encounter against a talented Oxford team. This proved to be the case and we were never really in control until the final minute when we scored to gain a two goal advantage.
All of our squad played well in the match and some of our problems were uncountable caused by tiredness after a busy program. 
Again, a certain amount of indiscipline crept into our play and Scott Martin was excluded late on for dissent.
Scorers: Richard Hooper 4, Scott Martin 3, Ziggy Tate 2, Nathan Hart 1, Joel Abbott 1, Paul Phillpott 1.    
Exclusions: Scott Martin 3, Joel Abbott 1.
Squad: As match against Jersey but with Rob Osborne for Scott Orchard.
 
Overall this was an enjoyable weekend and I hope that all the squad, families and friends thought that the effort was worthwhile.
The standard of the water polo didn't always make a great spectacle but we showed a great deal of resilience, particularly in the match against Jersey.
As a result of our unbeaten record in both tournaments we have qualified to play in the regional finals which will be held at K2, Crawley at the start of April.
 
Regards,
Alastair.

Worthing Boys in GB Youth Squad

17/02/2008
Hi Guys,
 
I thought that you would all be interested in the following news.
 
The GB Youth squad that is now training towards the European championship qualification tournament to be held in May in Bulgaria met this weekend for a training camp.
All the boys in the squad of 35 had been told that the squad was going to be significantly reduced in size to a smaller group that would then work towards the May tournament.
The squad now numbers 20 and I am pleased to report that the 3 Worthing boys: Ziggy Tate, Scott Martin and goal-keeper Joel Abbott, all gained selection to this "elite" group.
The 3 of them now face an intensive program as they build up to the final selection of a squad of 13 to play in the Bulgaria qualifiers. If successful, the GB team will play in the European Championship finals which will take place in Belgrade, Serbia in August.
All three boys deserve great credit for working hard to gain selection for this squad and I obviously hope that all of them go on to represent GB in Bulgaria.
 
Regards,
 Alastair.      

Match Review

9/02/2008
History was made last Wednesday (30th January) when the club played 2 fixtures at 2 different venues at the same time. At 9.00 pm our ladies team played a home match against Hastings and at the same start time our senior men's team commenced an away fixture at Kent league Sevenoaks. The reports are as follows:
 
Ladies Friendly Match.
Worthing 12, Hastings 3. (Quarter scores: 4-1, 3-0, 2-2, 3-0).
 
This was an entertaining match at the Aquarena against a Hastings senior ladies team that featured a number of players with national league experience along with some inexperienced youngsters.
The Worthing team featured 6 junior girls in a squad of 9 and we were missing a number of our established squad members for a variety of reasons.
We always controlled the match and Hastings struggled to deal with the speed and skill of our attacking play. Our defending was sound and Kayley Alcorn made a number of good saves when called upon.
The scoring was dominated by Jenny and Rebecca but all the girls played well and enjoyed the chance to play to play a home match at the Aquarena. We hope to play the return game at Hastings in the next few months.
Scorers: Jenny Willett 5, Rebecca Anderson 5, Rachel Piper 1, Charlotte McMahon 1.
Exclusions: Rachel Piper 2, Sian Fogerty 1, Jade Boiling 1.
Squad in Full: Kay Alcorn (GK), Sian Fogerty, Rebecca Anderson, Jenny Willett, Rachel Piper, Charlotte McMahon, Emma Piper, Emily Tilzey & Jade Boiling.
 
Men's Friendly Match.
Sevenoaks 8, Worthing 14. (Quarter Scores: 2-4, 2-4, 3-3,1-3).
 
We took a squad of 10 to Sevenoaks for this fixture including 3 of our current juniors. The match was played in the small and shallow Leisure centre pool which is not an ideal venue for water polo but we still managed to play to a good standard.
Ed Holden made his debut for us in this match and scored 3 goals in a good all-round performance but all the squad played well and we were always the better team.
Scorers: Paul Phillpott 5, Richard Hooper 3, Ed Holden 3, Jon Gray 1, Alastair Hardinge 1, Rob Osborne 1.
Exclusions: Tony Gray 1.
Squad in Full: Adrian Irbe, Andy Cawdary, Ed Holden, Richard Hooper, Paul Phillpott, Rob Osborne, Alastair Hardinge, Sam Abbott, Jon Gray & Tony Gray.
Regards,
Alastair 

Match Review

27/01/2008
South-East Region Men's Championship.
Tournament 1.
Basingstoke, 26th/27th January 2008.
 
The ASA South-east region introduced a new senior men's championship last year and in 2008 we have been invited to play in the 2 qualifying tournaments. This report is for the 1st event played at the Aquadrome deep-water pool in Basingstoke and the second event takes place in Jersey at the end of February.
With six teams entered in the competition, we are due to play 5 matches at each weekend which is a demanding program. With this in mind, we were delighted to have a full squad of 13 for all of the matches and this meant that we were always able to rotate the players to keep everyone as fresh as possible.
The individual match reports are as follows:
 
Match 1. Worthing 15, Jersey 8. (Quarter Scores: 2-1, 3-3, 7-2, 3-3) 
 
We knew in advance that this was likely to be one of the hardest matches and this prediction proved to be accurate in a demanding and good quality match.
The first half was very competitive and we were behind early on before taking the lead just before the mid-point. We dominated the second half of the match and eventually secured a comfortable win. All the squad played well and the match finished with Ben Alcorn scoring from our goal with a shot that traveled the length of the pitch.
Scorers: Paul Phillpott 7, Scott Orchard 4, Matt White 1, Richard Hooper 1, Joel Abbott 1, Ben Alcorn 1.
Exclusions: Scott Orchard 3, Richard Hooper 2, Scott Martin 2, Paul Phillpott 1.
Squad in Full: Ben Alcorn, Scott Orchard, Richard Hooper, Paul Phillpott, Matt White, Joel Abbott, Adrian Irbe, Sam Abbott, Scott Martin, Alastair Hardinge, Rob Osborne, Stuart Stirling, Alastair Roberts.
 
Match 2. Worthing 31, Cranleigh 7. (Quarter Scores: 10-2, 6-2, 6-3, 9-0)
 
This was a dominant performance where the opposition struggled to come to terms with our high quality defending and the speed and skill of our attacking play. All the squad had a good amount of water time and we continued to keep scoring regularly regardless of the personnel in the water. Remarkably, for the second match running, our goalkeeper scored with a shot which traveled the length of the pitch. On this occasion the scorer was Joel Abbott who had taken over the goalkeeping duties for the second-half of the match.
Scorers: Richard Hooper 8, Matt White 6, Scott Martin 5, Stuart Stirling 3, Joel Abbott 3, Sam Abbott 2, Rob Osborne 2, Dominic Cranford 2.
Exclusions: Adrian Irbe 1, Rob Osborne 1, Stuart Stirling.
Squad: As previous match but with Dominic Cranford for Alastair Roberts.
 
Match 3. Worthing 17, Basingstoke 13. (Quarter Scores: 3-5, 5-1, 5-2, 4-5)
 
This was a bad tempered affair with many exclusions for both teams. As a result we struggled to find our normal fluency as we got involved in an over physical style of play. After a poor first quarter when we fell behind, we eventually managed to exploit the oppositions lack of swimming speed and fitness and we ran out comfortable winners.We hadn't played well and conceded 14 exclusions which is far too many. 2 of our players were dismissed for dissent which is an unnecessary and avoidable way to be excluded.
Scorers: Matt White 5, Scott Orchard 4, Paul Phillpott 3, Richard Hooper 2, Scott Martin 1, Stuart Stirling 1, Joel Abbott 1.
Exclusions: Scott Orchard 3, Rob Osborne 3, Stuart Stirling 3, Paul Phillpott 2, Adrian Irbe 1, Richard Hooper 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
Squad: As previous match.
 
Match 4. Worthing 10, Southampton 4. (Quarter Scores: 1-0, 2-1, 5-2, 2-1)
 
A match when we struggled to turn our domination into goals mainly as a result of numerous missed opportunities. To be fair, the oppositions young goalkeeper made a number of excellent saves but we missed far too many relatively simple chances that we would expect to score. As a result, the match remained close for a lot longer than it really should have but we were always in control because of our excellent defending. We were however particularly wasteful from the 14 "man-up" plays as a result of the oppositions exclusions.
Scorers: Richard Hooper 3, Matt White 2, Scott Orchard 2, Scott Martin 2, Joel Abbott 1.
Exclusions: Jon Gray 2, Rob Osborne 1, Matt White 1, Scott Orchard 1, Scott Martin 1.
Squad: As previous match but with Jon Gray for Dominic Cranford.
 
Match 5. Worthing 16, City of Oxford 4. (Quarter Scores: 6-0, 3-1, 2-1, 5-2)
A satisfactory win in the final match of a busy weekend. Our defending again limited the opposition to a small number of chances and we always looked likely to score either on the fast break or from set attacking positions. Ben and Joel shared the goalkeeping duties and both produced a number of fine saves. The squad were showing a few signs of tiredness but we always controlled the match and ran out easy winners.
Scorers: Richard Hooper 5, Scott Orchard 4, Scott Martin 2, Joel Abbott 2, Adrian Irbe 1, Stuart Stirling 1, Matt White 1.
Exclusions: Scott Orchard 1, Rob Osborne 1, Sam Martin 1.
Squad: As previous match.
 
This was an excellent return and we were delighted to have remained unbeaten in the five matches played. We played a good quality of water polo for long periods and it was good to see all the squad members play in all of the matches.
Our squad contained a good mix of our established senior players along with 7 members of our junior squad (Scott Martin, Rob Osborne, Dominic Cranford, Joel Abbott, Sam Abbott, Alastair Hardinge & Stuart Stirling). Joel had traveled back from the National Water Polo Academy at Grantham to play and it was good to see the improvement in his play after only one term. Ziggy Tate, who is also at Grantham, was unavailable due to illness and we were also missing some of our other squad members for a number of reasons.
The Jersey tournament weekend is February 23/24 when the fixtures repeat and we hope to maintain our 100% record.
 
Regards,
 
Alastair.         

Match Review

20/01/2008
London Winter League (1992 + younger)
Whitgift School, South Croydon.
Sunday 20th January 2008.
 
The second tournament of the current winter league under 16 competition saw the Worthing juniors record three satisfactory wins.
We are now unbeaten against all the teams in this competition and the title will be decided at the final tournament in March.
All the squad enjoyed a good amount of water time and these are the individual match reports.
 
Match 1. Worthing 6, Sutton & Cheam 1. (H/T 3-1)
An excellent performance against a talented opposition who have a number of good players in this age group. We made a steady if unspectacular start but we always looked in control. The team were slightly unlucky to concede a goal after a strange refereeing decision but we soon regained our composure and eventually ran out comfortable winners. Scott Martin scored 4 of the goals, 1 of which came at a crucial time just before half-time and was set up with an excellent pass from Luke Helmer. All of the squad played well and our strong defending limited the opposition to a small number of chances.
Scorers: Scott Martin 4, Alastair Hardinge 2.
Exclusions: Luke Helmer 1, Scott Martin 1.
 
Match 2. Worthing 9, Hailsham 0. (H/T 5-0)
Another good performance against our south coast rivals in the Sussex "derby" match.
We again defended with great ability and application and we managed to turn over possession to our advantage on many occasions. From the resulting counter-attacks we always looked dangerous and these opportunities resulted in several of our goals. At other times we took time to shoot from the attacking arc and Rachel Piper scored in spectacular fashion with one excellent shot into the far corner from 7 metres.
Scorers: Scott Martin 3, Sam Abbott 2, Kevin Chan 1, Rachel Piper 1, Alexander Cranford 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
Exclusion: Luke Helmer.
 
Match 3. Worthing 13, Clissold 1. (H/T 6-0) 
An easy win in our final match against a young team who are relatively new to this standard of competition. We were in control throughout the match and we took the opportunity to "rotate" all the squad members to give all of them a good amount of playing time. The opposition kept going and scored a late consolation goal which was reward for their efforts.  
Scorers: Sam Maloney 4, Sam Abbott 3, Scott Martin 2, Alastair Hardinge 2, Alexander Cranford 1, Kevin Chan 1.
Exclusions: None
 
Squad in full: Alastair Hardinge, Alexander Cranford, Sam Abbott, Rachel Piper, Sam Maloney, Luke Helmer, Kevin Chan, Scott Martin, Peter Flynn & Max Felton.
 
This was another excellent event for our junior squad and the result against Sutton & Cheam indicated that we have an excellent chance of taking the overall title. The team played some good quality water polo and it was pleasing that all the squad played their part in all of the wins. Scott Martin was outstanding in marshalling the team and it was good to see some of our younger players make significant contributions. Max Felton and Peter Flynn played well, Rachel Piper was at her combatative best and Sam Abbott and Alexander Cranford both made good saves when sharing the goalkeeping.
 
Regards,
Alastair. 

Match Review

14/01/2008
This is the report of yesterdays event.
 
London Winter League Tournament. (1990 & Younger)
Whitgift School, Sunday 13th January 2008.
 
The second tournament of this years Winter league again saw our squad due to play 3 demanding matches.
Unfortunately we were without 4 of our leading players with Tim Brazier studying for exams, Ziggy Tate ill, and Joel Abbott and Kevin Chan away. We knew that would make the matches even harder for us but the squad of 8 all played well.
 
Match 1. Worthing 16, Sevenoaks 4.
A good start in the first match saw our boys win comfortably against an inexperienced Sevenoaks team. All the squad played well and in Joel's absence we played Sam Abbott and Alexander Cranford in goal for a half each. The goals were shared round the squad with 7 out of 8 players scoring.
Scorers: Scott Martin 5, Dominic Cranford 5, Sam Abbott 2, Elliott Ellison 1, Stuart Stirling 1, Alexander Cranford 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
Exclusions: None.
 
Match 2. Worthing 2, Beckenham 2.
A slightly disappointing result in a match that we really should have won. We had a perfectly good goal ruled out when the ball clearly crossed the line but we missed far too many chances to secure the victory that we deserved. We did well to recover from a falling behind to 2 early goals but all the squad realized that this was a match that we should have won.
Scorers: Rob Osborne 1, Sam Abbott 1.
Exclusions: None.
 
Match 3. Worthing 3, Croydon Amphibians 6.
A match that was spoilt by weak refereeing that saw both teams escape punishment for a number of major fouls that went unpunished. The better team won but our squad still competed well and we kept attacking up to the final whistle and we were unfortunate not to score more goals.
Scorers: Sam Abbott 1, Scott Martin 1, Dominic Cranford 1.
Exclusions: None.
 
Squad in full: Sam Abbott, Alexander Cranford, Dominic Cranford, Elliott Ellison, Scott Martin, Alastair Hardinge, Rob Osborne, Stuart Stirling.
 
The winter league continues next Sunday with the second tournament for the 1992 age group.
 
Regards,
Alastair. 

Match Review

11/01/2008
This is the first report of what will probably be another very busy year.
 
London Winter League.
Junior Division (born 1990 + younger)
Tournament 1, Sunday 6th January
Whitgift School, South Croydon.
 
This was the first event of the year and our junior boys team were due to play 3 matches in a busy program.
Our young team is made up entirely of boys at least 1 year younger than the 1990 age group but we are always competitive with the group of players that we have.
Both Ziggy Tate and Joel Abbott were available taking time to play between the National squad training at Walsall on Saturday (where they were joined by Scott Martin), and their return to the water polo academy at Grantham college later on Sunday evening. We were missing Tim Brazier who had exams on Monday morning but the team still put on some excellent performances.
 
Match 1. Worthing 15, Sevenoaks 0. (H/T 5-0) 
This was an easy win against a young and inexperienced opposition who nevertheless always played with a commendable spirit. We were always in control and we took the opportunity to play Joel Abbott (our normal first choice goalkeeper) on the pitch in the second half and he helped himself to 5 well taken goals.
All the squad played well in this match and the defence limited the opposition to only a small number of half-chances.
Scorers: Joel Abbott 5, Alastair Hardinge 2, Dominic Cranford 2, Ziggy Tate 1, Elliott Ellison 1, Kevin Chan 1, Scott Martin 1, Stuart Stirling 1 & Alexander Cranford 1.
Exclusion: Robert Osborne.
 
Match 2. Worthing 8, Beckenham 3. (H/T 5-1)
An exciting match against a strong and physical Beckenham team. After a slow start we took control and scored a number of excellent goals both from the centre-forward position and from our counter-attacking play.
The defending was again of a good standard until we conceded 2 poor goals late on but this never put the result in any doubt.
Scorers: Ziggy Tate 2, Dominic Cranford 2, Scott Martin 2, Alastair Hardinge 1 & Elliott Ellison 1.
Exclusions: None.
 
Match 3. Worthing 3, Croydon Amphibians 5. (H/T 0-3)
A cracking match against our traditional rivals saw our boys come back from a poor start when we missed some chances before conceding (by our high standards) 3 avoidable goals before half-time.
The second period saw the Worthing team play much better and we had the opposition defending for long periods but we had left ourselves too much to do.
It was a disappointing result but we were playing against a team who featured a number of boys who are a year older than our squad and we were unlucky with a number of the "key plays" that on another day could have gone our way.
Scorers: Ziggy Tate 2, Scott Martin 1.
Exclusions: Dominic Cranford 2, Alastair Hardinge 2, Elliott Ellison 1.
 
Squad in Full: Joel Abbott, Sam Abbott, Ziggy Tate, Scott Martin, Elliott Ellison, Stuart Stirling, Dominic Cranford, Alexander Cranford, Rob Osborne, Kevin Chan & Alastair Hardinge.
 
This was another exciting tournament for the squad and they have the chance to avenge the defeat this coming Sunday (13th Jan) in the second tournament when we will play the "return" fixtures.
 
Regards,
Alastair.      

Alastair Roberts
Water Polo Secretary