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2010 Water Polo News Archive

Match Review

13/12/2010

 
On the 28th October 1901, Worthing appeared in probably the biggest match in the club's history when they played in the final of the ASA English championship against Manchester Osborne S.C at Westminster baths. The team lost 6-2 but reaching the final was evidence that Worthing were one of the leading water polo teams in the country.
109 years later and after our second season in the national league, our senior men's team played another hugely significant match on Saturday at the excellent new 50 metre pool in Corby, Northamptonshire.
This match was the only possibility for promotion this year after the league had decided to re-organise the structure for the 2011 season. As a result, winning division 4, after a monumental struggle particularly against talented teams from Manchester, Carlisle and Cambridge, was not enough to gain automatic promotion. To make life even more difficult, to gain promotion we would face a one-off match against Swindon who were the team that finished 6th out of the 8 teams in division 3.
This is the match report:
 
British Men's Water Polo League.
Division 3/4 Play-Off.
Corby International Pool.
Saturday 11th December 2010, 15.30.
 
Worthing 13, Swindon 10.
Quarter Scores: 3-1, 6-3, 2-3, 2-3.
 
After the 150 mile trip north to Corby and after an excellent pre-match meeting when we discussed at length our plans for the game we felt well prepared for what was always going to be a tough game against a team from the third division.
With a squad of 11, we had strength in depth and a tactical plan that we thought would deal with the quality players in the Swindon team but we made a nervous start in the first few moments of the game.
Swindon actually started the better and had a couple of early chances that they failed to convert and Alastair Hardinge managed to commit 2 exclusion fouls within the first 4 minutes. We defended these situations well and eventually we scored first when Nathan Hart made a quick counter-attack before scoring with a fine finish. Swindon soon equalised but Elan Stark gave us the lead again and Richard Hooper extended the lead with a penalty just before the end of the period.
The second quarter was the pivotal period and we played probably our best water polo of the match extending our lead to 9-4. This wasn't quite the whole story, as Matt White managed to get himself excluded for the remainder of the match with over 2 minutes of the period remaining but the team continued to play a high standard even without his obvious qualities in the water.
In the third period we were playing good possession water polo denying the opposition the ball for long periods to take as much time out of the game as possible and protect our lead.
As a result we started the final period with a 4 goal advantage and Elan scored early on and from this point we really knew that we would win the match. Once again we played out the possessions and although Swindon scored a couple of late goals, we were never in any real danger.
Scorers: Elan Stark 6, Richard Hooper 4, Andy Cawdery 1, Nathan Hart 1, Matt White 1.
Exclusions: Matt White 3, Richard Hooper 2, Alastair Hardinge 2, Andy Cawdery 1, Airam Rodriguez 1, Jon Gray 1.
Squad in Full: Alastair Roberts (G/K), Gregg Candy-Wallace, Andy Cawdery, Richard Hooper, Airam Rodriguez, Sam Abbott, Elan Stark, Jon Gray, Nathan Hart, Matt White, Alastair Hardinge.
 
As a result, we are now promoted to Division 3 and we are already planning for what will undoubtedly be a higher standard next season.
So, after a really demanding season we eventually won both the 4th division title and the play-off match that secures our promotion and this is a really excellent achievement by all of the squad members who have been involved.
We should also thank our supporters, many who made the trip to Corby, and sponsors, particularly Worthing based Coastal Solar, who have made the season possible. We hope to build on this success but we all realise that next year will present an even greater challenge.
 
Kind regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

6/12/2010


London Winter League.
Under 14 Championship.
Tournament 2, Sunday 5th December 2010.
Whitgift School, South Croydon.
 
Having won two of the three matches that we played at the first event we were looking forward to the second tournament when we hoped this young squad would show further improvement.
We have entered this particular competition this year in conjunction with Crawley and obviously it has taken some time for the two groups from each club to recognise each others strengths (and weaknesses!)
We were fairly sure that we would see some further improvement in the teams play at this second tournament and these are the individual match reports:
 
Match. Worthing/Crawley 7, Croydon Amphibians 1. (H/T 3-0)
This was a friendly match against our long term rivals and to be fair they were without a number of their stronger players, particularly in the first half.
That said, we produced an excellent performance and completely dominated proceedings even when the opposition introduced a number of better players in the second half.
The team defended particularly well and James O'Dell had a fine game at the centre of defence. But it was the pace and direct attacking of our play, led by Joe Hazeldine and Ben Goddard, that Croydon really struggled to deal with and they scored 5 our 7 goals between them.
Scorers: Joe Hazeldine 3, Ben Goddard 2, James O'Dell 1, Frankie Penfold 1.
Exclusions: Joe Hazeldine 2.
 
Match 2. Worthing/Crawley 14, Basingstoke 0. (H/T 7-0)
A completely dominant performance against a young Basingstoke team who had no answer to our overall play.
Once again, the speed of our counter-attacking was the key to our success and the little threat that the opposition possessed was dealt with easily by our defenders.
All seven of our outfield players scored during the match and that was an indication of the excellent standard of our overall play.
Scorers: Ben Goddard 4, Joe Hazeldine 3, Sam Chatfield 2, James O'Dell 2, Ellis Bubb 1, Frankie Penfold 1, Nathan Jones 1.
Exclusions: Nathan Jones 2.
 
Match 3. Worthing/Crawley 10, Hythe 1. (H/T 4-1)
A dominant display against another inexperienced team when our attacking play was again of the highest order.
Joe and Ben again were at the heart of things but they were well supported by the rest of the outfield players, and we again scored a number of excellent goals.
Christian Hurst in goal made a couple good saves and it was only poor defending that allowed Hythe to score a consolation.
Scorers: Joe Hazeldine 4, James O'Dell 3, Ben Goddard 1, Ellis Bubb 1, Sam Chatfield 1.
Exclusions: Nathan Jones 1.
 
Squad in Full: Christian Hurst (G/K), Sam Chatfield, Frankie Penfold, James O'Dell, (All Crawley SC), Joe Hazeldine, Ben Goddard, Ellis Bubb, Nathan Jones, (All Worthing SC).
 
Overall, this was an excellent tournament for this young squad and it was pleasing to see that progress is definitely being made.
At times the attacking play was of a really high standard and we are already looking forward to the next tournament in January.
 
Kind regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

22/11/2010


This is the report of the final national league water polo weekend of the regular season.

British Water Polo League Division 4.
Weekend 5
Walsall Gala Baths
20-21 November 2010.

We travelled to the familiar surroundings of the Walsall Gala Baths for the final national league weekend with the destiny of the league title very much in our own hands. We knew that if we could win the three scheduled matches we would secure the divisional championship but this was always going to be a huge challenge. The format of the league this season sees the top four teams play off against each other at the last two weekends and three weeks ago at Marlborough College we had beaten Cambridge and Manchester Hawks but lost to Carlisle. This had left us on top of the table, but only by goal difference, from Manchester Hawks and all the matches that would finally decide the league were again expected to be close.
These are the individual reports:


Match 1, Saturday 12.30.
Worthing 10, Cambridge 10.
Quarter Scores: 2-1, 4-2, 2-3, 2-4.

The often used expression is "was this a point lost or a point gained?" and unfortunately this match was definitely a point lost. 
The draw was as a result of a hugely controversial refereeing decision with three seconds of the match remaining when a penalty was awarded against the Worthing goalkeeper after a goal mouth scramble.
This was particularly disappointing as we had controlled the match throughout after we conceded the first goal and at one point we had a four goal lead. But Cambridge deserve great credit for the way that they fought their way back into the game and they always made it difficult for us to establish a comfortable margin.
Unfortunately we contributed to our own problems with several chances being missed and possession being squandered too easily at times. We had opportunities to make the points safe but the frantic last quarter resulting in the equalising goal indicated just how hard these "final four" fixtures are.
Scorers: Matt White 3, Richard Hooper 2, Sam Abbott 2, Nathan Hart 2, Elan Stark 1.
Exclusions: Alastair Roberts (penalty).


Match 2. Saturday 17.30.
Worthing 10, Carlisle 15.
Quarter Scores: 2-4, 3-2, 3-5, 2-4.

What a time to produce our poorest performance of the season when we all knew how important it was to win this match.
We had discussed at great length how we should play this match but we were unable to consistently produce what was required and as a result we never really gave ourselves a chance to secure the win.
In contrast Carlisle played well to their strengths and they thoroughly deserved to take the points. The opposition centre forward always caused us problems even though tactically we had developed a plan to deal with him but we failed to do what was required for long periods and he ended up scoring 8 of their goals.
After slow start we actually closed to within 1 goal at the half-time break, but we played particularly poorly in the third period and we never looked like over-turning the deficit in the final quarter.
Overall, this result was a massive blow to our title aspirations but we were very fortunate that a very spirited Cambridge team beat Manchester in the final game of the day. These results left us off the top of the table for the first time and with one game to go against Manchester who now had a one point lead.
Quite simply, the final match of the whole division 4 season would in essence be a "cup final" with the winners taking the title.
Scorers: Elan Stark 2, Sam Abbott 2, Nathan Hart 2, Matt White 2, Richard Hooper 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
Exclusions: Gregg Candy-Wallace 1, Matt White 1.


Match 3. Sunday 14.00.
Worthing 12, Manchester Hawks 7.
Quarter Scores: 2-1, 4-0, 3-2, 3-4.

With the title at stake, this was probably the biggest match that Worthing have played for many years and we knew that we had to produce our best water polo if we were to be successful.
At the team meeting prior to the match we spent a great deal of time discussing how we needed to work hard to stop the opposition playing to their strengths which is based around a very quick and direct counter-attack.
We also developed an attacking plan that we thought would work well against the younger players from Manchester who we felt we could put under pressure with both the threat of Matt White at centre forward and the accuracy of our outside shooting.
The plans were in place, but they had been for the match against Carlisle, and what we needed was a playing performance that followed the plan. Our squad was improved by the arrival of Alexander Cranford who was on his way home from a swim meet in Sheffield and we knew his speed and stamina would be a valuable asset in this match.
After a cagey start when both teams missed chances to open the scoring, eventually Matt gave us the lead with a well worked goal. Although Manchester equalised, Richard scored from a well worked "man-up" and at the end of the first period we led 2-1.
The second quarter was really the pivotal period of the match and we scored 4 times without reply. The defensive plan was working well and this limited Manchester to a small number of chances but they failed to convert any of them and we a 6-1 lead at half-time we were really in control.
The third period was a closer affair but we still were in control and at the start of the final period we had a 9-3 advantage. This should have been enough but our nerves were not helped when we conceded with just under 7 minutes left but Sam restored our 6 goal advantage almost immediately and the chance of a Manchester fight back was stopped in its tracks. We played out the rest of the match with some clever play that took as much time out of the game as possible and we actually ended up as comfortable winners.
This was probably our best performance of the season and we produced it when we needed it most. We were as good as we had been bad the previous evening against Carlisle and the two points gained gave us the divisional title by 1 point. 
Immediately after the match finished Richard Hopper, in his role as team captain, was presented with the trophy by the British water polo league secretary Chris Ducker.
Scorers: Matt White 4, Richard Hooper 3, Sam Abbott 2, Elan Stark 1, Nathan Hart 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
Exclusions: Sam Abbott 2, Richard Hooper 1, Elan Stark 1, Nathan Hart 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.

Squad in Full: Alastair Roberts (G/K), Gregg Candy-Wallace, Andy Cawdery, Richard Hooper, Sam Abbott, Elan Stark, Jon Gray, Matt White, Nathan Hart, Alexander Cranford, Alastair Hardinge.


To win the national league division 4 title in only our second season of competition at this level is a fantastic achievement and all the players, coaches, supporters and friends who were part of this seasons campaign were delighted with the victory. 
We never seem to do things the easy way and somehow it seemed inevitable that we would need to win the last game of the season to secure the title. 
After having travelled nearly 2000 miles to the five weekend tournaments we still have another match to play if we are to gain promotion to division 3. Because of a re-organisation of the league structure, winning division 4 does not mean automatically promotion and we face a one-off play-off match against the team that finishes 6th in division 3. We won't know who this will be against for another week but we will prepare for this match which will be played at the new 50 metre pool in Corby on December 12th.
Finally, a vote of thanks should go to a number of people and sponsors, particularly our main benefactor Worthing based Coastal Solar, who have made this achievement possible. Ben Alcorn has coached the team with a great deal of enthusiasm and no little skill and we are lucky to have a number of individuals who have helped out with any number of the tasks, including the all important fund raising, throughout the year.

Kind regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

5/11/2010

 
A very busy few days for the water polo squads continued with the men's senior team playing in the county knock-out final and our under 14's (in conjunction with Crawley) playing the first London winter league tournament of the season.
These are the detailed reports:
 
Sussex County Senior Knock-out final.
Crowborough, Saturday 6th November 2010.
Worthing 14, Brighton 9 (including 2 goal handicap)
Quarter Scores: 2-2, 2-1, 4-3, 6-3. 
 
This was a hard fought win against a much improved Brighton team who worked hard to make the game as difficult as possible for us.
We made a good start and we soon scored the two goals to make up the handicap but we then contrived to miss a good number of chances during the first period that would really have changed the game.
Brighton kept the game tight in the second period but after that our speed on the counter attack combined with some powerful outside shooting made the game safe.
We defended well for long periods and our zone defence was particularly successful forcing the opposition to take long range shots on many occasions.
As previously mentioned, the speed of our counter attack was particularly successful and the pace of Ziggy Tate was always a big threat and he scored 5 times.
It was particularly pleasing that 8 of our 9 outfield players scored and this indicated the quality of our all-round attacking game.
Overall this was a good win and confirmed a county double for the senior squad after they had secured the senior league title with the win at Hastings on Thursday evening.
 
Scorers: Ziggy Tate 5, Richard Hooper 3, Nathan Hart 2, Andy Cawdery 1, Sam Abbott 1, Ben Alcorn 1, Alexander Cranford 1.
Exclusion: Richard Hooper 1.
Squad in full: Goal scorers + Adrian Irbe and Alastair Roberts.
 
London Winter League Under 14 Championship.
Tournament 1,
Whitgift School, South Croydon.
Sunday 7th November 2010.
 
For this particular championship featuring our youngest squad we have taken the decision to combine with Crawley to make sure that we have good numbers available for each event.
The first tournament would see this new team play matches against Croydon Amphibians, Beckenham and Ealing and all of the squad realised that this would be a tough program.
These are the individual reports:
 
1. Worthing/Crawley 1, Croydon Amphibians 6. (H/T 1-2).
 
To be fair, this was a difficult match for our new squad against a strong and well organised Croydon team.
We made a poor start and our defending was naive at times which resulted in the opposition scoring a number of simple goals.
Christian Hurst in goal had a very interesting game, conceding the first goal when he took the ball behind the line and then committing two fouls that were punished with penalty shots: both which he saved!
We struggled to get going and in the end we knew that we had probably under-performed.
 
Scorer: Sam Chatfield.
Exclusions: Christian Hurst 2, Callum Craven 1, Ben Goddard 1.
 
2. Worthing/Crawley 5, Beckenham 1. (H/T 4-1)
 
A remarkable turn-around resulted in an excellent win against a talented Beckenham team who had no answer to our direct, counter-attacking game plan.
We were sound defensively where we had re-organised with Callum Craven playing a pivotal role, but it was the speed and skill of Joe Hazeldine, Ben Goddard and Nathan Jones that caused Beckenham the biggest problem.
We actually could have scored more goals with better finishing but this was a good win and a remarkable transformation after the disappointment of the first match.
 
Scorers: Joe Hazeldine 2, Ben Goddard 2, Nathan Jones 1.
Exclusions: None.
 
3. Worthing/Crawley 10, Ealing 1. (H/T 6-0)
 
A dominant win against a young and inexperienced Ealing team who were no match for our youngsters.
Ben and Joe ran riot in the first half and most of the goals were scored as a result of simple "steals" and counter-attack.
The team were little troubled in defence and it was slightly surprising when Ealing scored a consolation goal late on.
 
Scorers: Ben Goddard 4, Joe Hazeldine 3, James O'Dell 1, Callum Craven 1, Frankie Penfold 1.
Exclusions: None.
 
Squad in Full: Christian Hurst, James O'Dell, Sam Chatfield, Toby Underwood, Matt Palmer, Frankie Penfold (Crawley SC), Ben Goddard, Joe Hazeldine, Nathan Jones, Callum Craven, Ellis Bubb (Worthing SC).
 
Overall, this was an encouraging debut for this new, young squad and we are sure that they will improve as they play more matches together. The defeat in the first match high-lighted a number of areas that we need to work on but the squad has a great deal of potential and I am sure will make progress in the subsequent tournaments.
The next event takes place back at Whitgift school on Sunday 5th December.
 
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

5/11/2010

 
Sussex County Senior League.
Thursday 4th November.
Hastings 5, Worthing 12.
Quarter Scores: 1-1, 4-0, 3-3, 4-1.
 
Back in 1994 the Worthing senior team secured the Sussex  league Championship with a very hard fought win at Hastings in the final match of the season ending an 81 year wait since the previous win in 1913. Since 1994 we have dominated the senior championship and we traveled to Hastings with an unbeaten record in the 2010 season.
As always, the match was played at the Summerfield's pool which is really far too shallow, narrow and interestingly dark for "proper" water polo and we always find it difficult to play in this type of facility.
For this fixture we were missing a large number of our established players and as a result we took the opportunity of including in the squad debutants Sam Forbes and current junior, Peter Flynn. Sam Maloney also continued his development in the senior squad and it was nice to see Adrian Irbe make one of his all too occasional appearances,
After a relatively slow start we soon took control and we played a good standard of water polo for long periods. Hastings were enthusiastic but they struggled to break-down our disciplined defending and often they had to resort to shooting from long distance.
Overall this was a satisfactory win that secured another county league title.
We now move on to the county cup knock-out final on Saturday night when we play Brighton at the Crowborough deep water pool.
 
Scorers: Richard Hooper 4, Ben Alcorn 3, Nathan Hart 2, Sam Abbott 2.
Exclusions: None.
 
Squad in full: Richard Hooper, Ben Alcorn, Nathan Hart, Sam Abbott, Adrian Irbe, Jon Gray, Sam Forbes, Sam Maloney, Peter Flynn, Andy Cawdery and Alastair Roberts.
 
Kind regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

3/11/2010

 
British Water Polo League Mens Division 4
Weekend 4,
Marlborough College, Wiltshire
30/31 October 2010.
 
Having qualified for the "final four" play off section of the national league season we knew that as a result the two final weekends of this years competition would be very demanding affairs.
The four teams now play each twice at the final two weekends and it is obvious that all these matches have the potential to be close.
This proved to be exactly the case at Marlborough with a succession of close matches between the teams which saw some excellent play and no little controversy.
These are the individual match reports:
 
1. Saturday 12.15.
Worthing 15, Manchester Hawks 11.
Quarter Scores: 4-4, 4-3, 4-2, 3-2.
 
If the final score indicates a relatively easy win then don't be fooled; this was a really tough game against a talented, young opposition who at times put us under a great deal of pressure.
Our previous game against this opposition was only two weeks ago at Grantham and on that occasion we had recovered from being two goals behind late on before snatching a draw in the dying seconds.
We actually only took the lead in this match for the first time during the second quarter but Manchester never gave up and it was only in the third period that we started to build a reasonable lead.
What we did do well was sticking to a defensive plan that made the opposition work hard to create shooting opportunities and we always carried a threat in attack where Matt White had a fine game at centre forward scoring 5 times.
The game wasn't helped by some over-fussy and inconsistent refereeing which both teams struggled to come to terms with but eventually we did enough to secure the win.
Scorers: Matt White 5, Elan Stark 4, Richard Hooper 3, Sam Abbott 2, Airam Rodriguez 1.
Exclusions: Richard Hooper 2, Elan Stark 2, Alastair Hardinge 2, Airam Rodriguez 1, Sam Abbott 1, Nathan Hart 1.
 
2. Saturday 17.15.
Worthing 10, Carlisle 11.
Quarter Scores: 2-4, 2-1, 3-4, 3-2.
 
A hugely disappointing result against a Carlisle team who had also beaten us at Grantham two weeks previously.
This was particularly annoying because we know that we have the capability to beat this team if we play our best water polo. Unfortunately this is the second match against Carlisle where we haven't really delivered but we really can have little to complain about with the final score.
We never really imposed our defensive plan on our opponents and although we made a significant change for the final period which improved matters, we still conceded two poor goals which eventually cost us the chance of getting even a draw. We also contrived to miss a number of chances that we really should have converted and ultimately we knew that this was a match that we hadn't really played well enough in.
Once again, the officiating was hard to understand at times but eventually it was our own shortcomings that cost us this match.
Unfortunately we weren't helped by Nathan Hart sustaining a cut eye in the first quarter which resulted in him missing a large amount of the match as he was "patched up."  This also led to a later trip to Swindon general hospital to have the cut dealt with. 
Scorers: Matt White 4, Richard Hooper 3, Airam Rodriguez 1, Sam Abbott 1, Elan Stark 1.
Exclusions: Elan Stark 2, Richard Hooper 1, Sam Abbott 1, Dominic Cranford 1, Matt White 1. 
 
3. Sunday 11.00.
Worthing 11, Cambridge 9.
Quarter Scores: 7-1, 2-3, 0-2, 2-3.
 
A hugely important win but in the most bizarre circumstances.
Having probably played our best quarter of the whole season to completely dominate and lead 7-1, we dramatically lost our way and only scored twice more until the last two minutes of the match.
At this point a very determined Cambridge team had actually leveled the match at 9-9 but a penalty from Richard Hooper gave us the lead again with just under 2 minutes left. After the opposition squandered a chance to draw level again. Matt White made the game safe with a good shot after Cambridge had a player excluded and we saw out the last few seconds to record the win.
An amazing game when we dominated the first period and it looked as though we would have an easy victory but great credit must go to Cambridge for the way that they reacted and fought their way back into the match. Our main problem was the inability to take the chances that we created after the first period and if we had been more clinical with our finishing we would have secured the win much earlier.
The strange nature of this game was also illustrated by the exclusion count. Cambidge committed 12 exclusion fouls but we only had 1 and that was very late on in the game.
But this was a big win for us and we were delighted to take the points after a real scare.
Scorers: Richard Hooper 4, Elan Stark 3, Sam Abbott 2, Nathan Hart 1, Matt White 1.
Exclusions: Matt White 1.
 
Squad in Full: Gregg Candy-Wallace, Andy Cawdery (Sunday), Richard Hooper, Ariam Rodriguez, Sam Abbott, Elan Stark, Nathan Hart, Matt White, Alastair Hardinge, Jon Gray (Saturday) and Dominic Cranford (Saturday)
 
This was a really demanding weekend with three incredibly tough matches and we have exactly the same program to look forward to again at Walsall in three weeks time.
We still have a good chance of winning the division but with all the matches being so close it will be a really tough to get the required results. All the four teams are so closely matched and this was illustrated by all the results over the weekend and I see no reason why the same situation will arise at the final weekend.
But we have a good chance and we will prepare well for what is bound to be a very exciting climax to the season.
 
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

25/10/2010

 
Sussex County Senior League.
Wednesday 20/10/2010
Worthing 18, Brighton B 3. (Quarter Scores: 5-0, 5-1, 5-1, 3-1)
 
An entertaining match against a much improved "B" team from Brighton who always offered a challenge for our senior team.
We always controlled the play but the opposition defended well for long periods and we had to work hard at times to score goals.
Our defending was always of a high standard and Richard Hooper, who had taken on the goal-keeping duties for this match, didn't have a huge amount to do.
In attack we always looked a threat and it was pleasing that the goals were shared around 8 of the 11 outfield players.
With several players unavailable away at University or with work commitments, it was nice to see Stuart Stirling continue his comeback with another solid performance and current junior Sam Maloney put in a very encoraging performance in a senior match.
Scorers: Ziggy Tate 4, Jon Gray 3, Sam Abbott 3, Andy Cawdery 2, Ben Alcorn 2, Stuart Stirling 2, Adrian Irbe 1, Matt White 1.
Exclusions: Adrian Irbe 2, Jon Gray 1, Tony Gray 1, Ziggy Tate 1.
Remaining Squad Members: Richard Hooper, Nathan Hart, Sam Maloney.
 
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

18/10/2010

 
British Water Polo League Division 4.
Tournament 3,
Grantham Leisure Centre, 16/17 October 2010.
 
With a record of 5 wins from our first 5 games of the 2010 national league season we travelled north to Grantham facing a very tough weekend.
Our program of 3 matches would see us first play against an improving Bedford team, before facing in the other two fixtures the teams that along with ourselves made up the top three of the league.
We were able to take a strong squad to the weekend but Sam Abbott was unavailable for the Saturday and as a result Jon Gray came along to make his Worthing national league debut. Nathan Hart had to be "patched up" to play with 5 stitches in his eye brow as a result of a clash of heads in a football match the previous weekend.
The fixture list didn't make life easy as we were drawn to play in the first match of the day on the Saturday at 10.45 and this meant leaving the south coast at around 06.00 for the 190 mile drive to Grantham. Matters were not helped by all of the squad being stuck in traffic by an accident that closed the M25 and eventually we arrived only 30 minutes before the match.
These are the individual match reports:
 
Match 1. Saturday 16th October 2010, 10.45
Worthing 13, Bedford 3. (Quarter Scores: 3-1, 1-0, 6-0, 3-2)
 
After arriving later than hoped for it was probably not that surprising that we made a slow start in this match and we actually conceded the first goal early on. From this point we started to take control and Bedford struggled to break down our disciplined defence. As a result we didn't concede again until half-way through the final quarter and by this time we had scored the goals that would secure the victory.
In attack we always looked dangerous and Matt was constant threat at centre forward but we also scored goals on the counter-attack and with some powerful outside shooting.
The opposition always made it hard for us and we never quite played our best water polo but we did enough to record our 6th win in a row.
All the squad played well and it was good to see everyone involved gain a sensible amount of water time.
Scorers: Matt White 4, Richard Hooper 4, Elan Stark 2, Nathan Hart 1, Alexander Cranford 1, Dominic Cranford 1.
Exclusions: Alastair Hardinge 2, Richard Hooper 1, Dominic Cranford 1, Nathan Hart 1.
 
Match 2. Saturday 16th October 2010. 15.45
Worthing 11, Manchester Hawks 11. (Quarter Scores: 2-2, 2-5, 4-2, 3-2)
 
This was the match that the neutrals had been looking forward to with the top two teams in the league meeting for the first time this season.
I would imagine that none of the spectators would have been disappointed with what turned out to be a titanic struggle between two well matched teams.
Manchester are a young team who rely on a fast counter-attacking style of play but they are also well organised defensively and we knew that this match would be a real test.
We actually never led in the match and although we leveled at 2-2 at the end of the first quarter we played poorly in the second period to end the half with a 3 goal deficit. The third period saw us start to take a little more control and we went into the last quarter only a goal behind.
The fourth quarter was full of drama with Manchester increasing their lead to 2 goals with just over 3 minutes left. With under 2 minutes on the clock Manchester had a player excluded and after we had called time-out Richard Hopper scored with a well taken shot.
From the re-start Manchester squandered possession and with 29 seconds left Elan scored to tie the game at 11-11. The drama hadn't quite finished and we again forced an error from Manchester and as a result Elan looked as though he might win the game with only 4 seconds left but claims for a penalty as he swam towards goal were ignored by the officials.
This was a pulsating game of high quality which indicated the closeness of the two teams and we were probably happy to take a point from a match that we could have lost.
Scorers: Matt White 4, Nathan Hart 2, Elan Stark 2, Alastair Hardinge 1, Richard Hooper 1, Gregg Candy Wallace 1. 
Exclusions: Dominic Cranford 1, Matt White 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.   
 
Match 3. Sunday 17th October 2010. 11.45
Worthing 7, Carlisle 9. (Quarter Scores: 1-3, 1-3, 3-2, 2-1)
 
Game 7 of the season saw us record our first defeat against a spirited and well organised Carlisle team who deserved to take the victory.
We played below our best, particularly in the first half of the match, and as a result we struggled to deal with the opposition. We did improve in the second half and we started to look as though we may overturn the deficit but we missed too many chances as well as giving away a number of goals that really should have been avoided.
Probably as a result of being put under pressure we started to give away too many exclusion fouls and we were punished on a number of occasions as a result. In comparison, we had 6 opportunities to score from "man-up" but we only converted one of the chances which is far short of what we should achieve in this vitally important part of any match.
Overall we can no complaints about the final score but all the team were frustrated that we hadn't produced our best performance when it mattered. That said, we know what we need to do to improve and we will be much better prepared for the next occasion that we play against this opposition.
Scorers: Matt White 3, Richard Hooper 2, Elan Stark 1, Alexander Cranford 1.
Exclusions: Matt White 2, Alexander Cranford 2, Alastair Hardinge 2, Nathan Hart 1, Sam Abbott 1.
 
Squad in full: Alastair Hardinge, Alexander Cranford, Matt White, Nathan Hart, Elan Stark, Dominic Cranford, Sam Abbott (Sunday), Jon Gray (Saturday), Richard Hooper, Andy Cawdery, Gregg Candy-Wallace & Alastair Roberts.
 
Obviously we were bitterly disappointed that our unbeaten run came to an end but we still top the table going into the two final weekends when we will play the other top four clubs (Carlisle, Manchester and Cambridge)  twice to decide the title.
We will re-group, analyse where we went wrong and work hard on what we need to do to try and win the key matches that remain.
The season is just beginning to get interesting and now the really big challenges lie ahead with, and I've checked in the sporting cliché book, six cup  finals to come!!
 
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

11/10/2010

 
London Winter League Under 16 Championship. (Boys and Girls born 1995 and younger).
Tournament 1, Sunday 10th October 2010.
Whitgift School, South Croydon.
 
We have entered the under 16 winter league with a young team who we hope will gain valuable experience as a result of playing against a number of talented teams from various parts of the south-east and London region.
Our team features boys and girls born in 1995, 1996, 1997 and in Ben Goddard's case, 1998 but all of the squad has now gained a degree of experience of various competitions.
These are the individual match reports:
 
1. Worthing 0, Hythe 5. (H/T 0-3)
A tough start against a strong opposition who feature a number of boys who have been involved with the national squad.
At times we played some good water polo and although we struggled to create many chances, the Hythe goalkeeper did have to make a number of saves.
Defensively the team looked fairly sound but we were punished on a number of occasions when we made basic errors.
Scorers: None.
Exclusions: Olly Rainford 2, Joe Hazeldine 2.
 
2. Worthing 1, Mid Sussex Marlins/Crawley/Brighton 4. (H/T 0-2)
A better performance against a team that is a combination of players from the rest of Sussex.
We played really well in the second half of the match and it was only the excellent goalkeeping of the opposition keeper, who also features in the national squad, that stopped us from adding to the one really good goal scored by Laura.
Once again we defended well for long periods, but we were punished as in the previous match for a couple of basic errors.
Scorer: Laura Joseph 1.
Exclusions: Laura Joseph 1, Olly Rainford 1.
 
3. Worthing 0, Croydon Amphibians 9, (H/T 4-0)
The final score really doesn't do our team justice and they put up a fine all round performance against an older and more experienced opposition.
We actually played really well at the start of the match with Olly marshalling the defence and all the squad playing their part in defending strongly and then counter-attacking.
We ran out steam eventually but we deserved to score with a number of chances being squandered.
A tough match, but we could take a lot of credit for the way that we performed and battled throughout.
Scorers: None.
Exclusions: None.
 
Squad in full: Callum Craven, Ben Goddard, Harleigh Goddard, Joe Hazeldine, Tara Osborne, Laura Joseph, Olly Rainford, Nathan Jones, Jack Swift and Karen Chan.
 
The results don't really tell the true story of how the team played and a number of the squad showed a great deal of improvement. Jack Swift made a very encouraging debut having never played a competitive match before and Callum Craven and Ben Goddard both did well in goal in the absence of both Sam Wildman and Henry Jackson.
Two of the defeats were against teams drawn from a combination of clubs (Hythe use a number of players from Dover) and so we really shouldn't be too disappointed.
The next tournament in this championship is not played until early in the new year and I hope that we will see further improvement then.
 
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

4/10/2010

 
Sussex Senior League.
Friday 1st October 2010.
Brighton 6, Worthing 11. (Quarter scores: 2-2, 2-4, 1-4, 1-1)
 
This was a satisfactory win against an improving Brighton team who have a cosmopolitan make-up with players from various parts of the world.
We were missing a number of established senior players for a variety of reasons and several members of our squad of nine were struggling with colds and injuries.
As a result we had a tactical plan to make sure that we got the most out of the squad available and in the main this proved to be the case.
We were helped to a degree by indiscipline from our opponents and on a number of the occasions when they had players excluded we managed to take advantage and score crucial goals.
Our defending was always sound and the opposition struggled to break down our disciplined approach and we always looked likely to score when in possession.
 
Scorers: Richard Hooper 5, Nathan Hart 4, Alexander Cranford 2.
Exclusions: Dominic Cranford 1, Nathan Hart 1.
 
Squad in Full: Richard Hooper, Nathan Hart, Alexander Cranford, Dominic Cranford, Andy Cawdery, Matt White, Ben Alcorn, Stuart Stirling, Alastair Roberts.
 
We were pleased to win a tough match and we never find it easy to adapt our game to the narrow and very shallow Prince Regent pool which is far from ideal for water polo.
All the squad played well but Alexander again showed how quickly he is adapting to senior polo and he scored 2 excellent goals. Ben Alcorn, our outstanding first choice goal-keeper, put in an entertaining display out on the pitch and it was especially pleasing to see Stuart Stirling back in the team, and playing like he had never been away.
 
Regards,
Alastair.

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28/9/2010

 
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Match Review

27/9/2010

 
British Water Polo League.
Men's Division 4.
Tournament Weekend 2.
Ponds Forge, Sheffield, 25/26 September.
 
Having won our opening two fixtures of the 2010 season at the same venue two weeks ago, we travelled north on this occasion to face a more demanding 3 match program with fixtures against the RAF, Cambridge and Newcastle. A 450 mile round trip from the Sussex coast twice in two weeks was a daunting prospect but we always enjoy playing at the outstanding venue for water polo in the UK. 
With the two games on the Saturday scheduled with only a short break between them, we knew that this would be a difficult day, but all the squad were prepared well for two tough matches.
These are the individual match reports:
 
1. Saturday 12.30
Worthing 19, RAF 6. (Quarter Scores: 7-2, 2-2, 4-0, 6-2)
 
The final score does not quite tell the true story of this match with the RAF guilty of missing many chances (including a penalty) when they could have scored.
We never quite played our best water polo and this was particularly true in the first period when we missed several chances and conceded two poor goals. The fact that we went on to win the period 7-2 shouldn't disguise the fact that we really should have been in total control at the end of this period. As it was we traded goals in quarter 2 and as a result we had to continue to play at a high tempo to secure the victory.
Ultimately we controlled the second half of the match but we had probably had to work harder than we should to secure what should have been a relatively routine win.
Once again we scored a number of good goals with Matt White again causing a constant threat at centre forward but it was our speed on the counter-attack that was particularly effective. Elan Stark produced a fine individual performance to score 7 times but it was good all round team play that was responsible for a number of the goals.
 
Scorers: Elan Stark 7, Richard Hooper 4, Matt White 3, Nathan Hart 2, Sam Abbott 2, Alexander Cranford 1.
Exclusions: Alastair Hardinge 2, Richard Hooper 1, Sam Abbott 1, Elan Stark 1, Nathan Hart 1, Alexander Cranford 1.
 
2. Saturday 16.15
Worthing 17, Cambridge 16. (Quarter Scores: 6-4, 4-3, 2-4, 5-5)
 
The score correctly sums up a monumental struggle against a well organised and talented Cambridge team who had done their homework.
Eventually we just about did enough to record a win by the narrowest of margins which was secured by a goal from Nathan Hart with only 14 seconds remaining.
Once again, we never quite played to our best and although we always led we never managed to create a lead which would secure the win. At times we seemingly traded goals with the opposition and we were guilty again of missing chances when we should have scored.
The final quarter was full of drama with our two goal lead at the start of the period soon evaporating but we managed to edge ahead to 16-15 with an excellent goal from Alexander Cranford before Cambridge equalised with just over a minute and a half left. We called a time out but at the re-start looked to have squandered the opportunity when we lost possession but we stole the ball back which resulted in Nathan's winner. 
This was a quality match against the toughest team that we have faced so for this year and we were pushed all the way before securing the win.
 
Scorers: Matt White 4, Sam Abbott 4, Richard Hooper 3, Nathan Hart 3, Dominic Cranford 2, Alexander Cranford 1.
Exclusions: Alastair Hardinge 3, Sam Abbott 1, Dominic Cranford 1, Elan Stark 1, Nathan Hart 1, Matt White 1.
 
3. Sunday 12.15
Worthing 17, Newcastle 9. (Quarter Scores: 6-3, 3-2, 4-2, 4-2)
 
A match that started in almost farcical circumstances then struggled to get going before we secured our third win of the weekend.
Due to an administrative oversight by the team secretary, we made our way onto the pool side for an anticipated 12.30 start only to discover that the match was actually due to start at 12.15. A bit of a panic set in and without any form of proper warm-up the match started. This obviously didn't worry the squad too much because it only took us 17 seconds to take the lead when Matt scored from the centre forward position.
We played well enough but we again made a number of unforced errors and on a number of occasions these were punished by a spirited Newcastle team.
Although we won the match comfortably in the end, various aspects of our play were not of our normal high standard and we will need to improve at the remaining weekends.
It was again encouraging that we had six separate scorers and we really should have added to the final score, but we were guilty of missing a number of relatively simple chances.
 
Scorers: Richard Hooper 5, Matt White 4, Nathan Hart 3, Elan Stark 2, Alastair Hardinge 2, Alexander Cranford 1.
Exclusions: Nathan Hart 2, Richard Hooper 1, Elan Stark 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
 
Squad in full: Richard Hooper (Captain), Gregg Candy-Wallace, Sam Abbott, Dominic Cranford, Elan Stark, Nathan Hart, Matt White, Alexander Cranford, Alastair Hardinge & Alastair Roberts.
 
So a successful second weekend has seen the squad top the table with 5 out of 5 wins. But as everyone knows, it counts for nothing to be top until it really matters and that will be after the final match of the season is played. We have made an encouraging start but I think that we all realise that we will need to improve our consistency in the remaining fixtures.
Finally, the team was again coached by Ben Alcorn who was assisted by Joel Abbott. Joel took over the role for the Cambridge match when Ben was playing for Invicta at the same time as our fixture. Our thanks goes to both of them for taking the time to help the squad with a great deal of enthusiasm and no little skill.
 
Regards,
Alastair.

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21/9/2010

 
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Match Review

11/9/2010

 
London League Under 15 Championship.
Tournament 4.
Whitgift School, South Croydon.
Sunday 12th September 2010.
 
Our young squad travelled to the final tournament of this years London League tournament after a campaign that had seen a number of much improved performances.
The team is now showing real progress and as a result we had recorded a number of excellent results at the previous events.
At this tournament we faced a difficult program of three matches against Hythe, Watford and Croydon Amphibians.
The individual match reports are as follows:
 
Match 1.
Worthing 5, Hythe 2.
 
A good start to the day saw the team record a satisfactory win with another improved performance.
Scorers: Ben Goddard 2, Joe Hazeldine 1, Nathan Jones 1, Karen Chan 1.
Exclusions: Karen Chan 2, Olly Rainford 1, Callum Craven 1.
 
Match 2.
Worthing 1, Watford 2.
 
An excellent and highly exciting match that ultimately we were slightly unlucky to lose.
The team played well and some slightly better finishing would have secured a win in what was always a very close game.
Scorer: Joe Hazeldine.
Exclusion: Joe Hazeldine.
 
Match 3.
Worthing 2, Croydon Amphibians 5.
 
Another good performance but a couple of basic mistakes cost us crucial goals.
Once again we struggled to convert a number of the opportunities that we created but this was, despite the final score, was another encouraging performace  
 
Scorers: Karen Chan 1, Joe Hazeldine 1.
Exclusions: None.
 
Squad in Full: Joe Hazeldine, Karen Chan, Olly Rainford, Sam Wildman, Ben Goddard, Harliegh Goddard, Callum Craven, Nathan Jones.
 
Overall our young team has shown a great improvement throughout these tournaments and I would expect that all the squad will continue to develop if they continue to work hard.
 
Kind regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

11/9/2010

 
British Water Polo League.
Men's Division 4
Weekend 1, Ponds Forge, Sheffield.
Sunday 12th September 2010.
 
After enjoying a very eventful first season in the national league last year we were looking forward to the start of the season at the excellent Ponds Forge complex in Sheffield.
Although the journey to South Yorkshire is a long one the outstanding pool and location within the centre of the city make this probably the premier venue in the UK.
This year the weekend was shared with the division 1 program and this gave us the opportunity of watching some of the best teams and players in currently in the UK.
Our program for the weekend scheduled two matches on the Sunday but because of the relatively early start time we decided that it would be better to travel up on Saturday and then be well rested for the next day.
This decision worked well and these are the individual reports:
 
Match 1. 11.00.
Worthing 22, Grantham 8. (Quarter scores: 9-1, 5-3, 3-2, 5-2)
 
An excellent start against a team that we had two very close matches against last season winning at Marlborough in the first encounter and drawing in a hugely exciting match on the final weekend at Walsall.
This match was a very different affair and after going behind to an early penalty we played aggressively and skillfully to totally dominate the first quarter. Matt White soon equalised and went on to score three times during the opening period when the opposition never game to terms with his strength and skill at centre forward as well as the speed and clinical finishing our counter-attacking.
The remaining three periods saw us continue to control the match but by the time we entered the second-half we were already playing at a slower tempo in mind of the second match later the same day.
To be fair Grantham were not the same strength that they had been in the previous season but this was still an excellent performance which indicated the standard of water polo that we are capable of playing.
Scorers: Richard Hooper 6, Matt White 4, Elan Stark 4, Nathan Hart 4, Sam Abbott 3, Dominic Cranford 1.
Exclusions: Alastair Hardinge 2, Andy Cawdery 1, Richard Hooper 1, Matt White 1.
 
Match 2. 16.00.
Worthing 17, Otter 1869 4. (Quarter scores: 5-1, 3-1, 5-0, 4-2)
 
The short break between matches at this level can be a problem but we prepared well for the second match of the day against the second team from London based Otter, whose first squad play in division 2 of the league.
We took time out to watch Ben Alcorn (who coaches the Worthing team when not playing in goal in division 1 for Invicta) put on an outstanding display in their match against Bristol, and at our pre-match meeting we discussed at length how we would play tactically against a team that features a number of talented players.
Our defensive strategy was the key element of our game plan and we knew that we had the attacking players to cause the opposition problems.
The tactics worked exceptionally well and for long periods the opposition struggled to break down our disciplined defence but we always looked dangerous in attack with Matt again a threat at centre forward. Add to this the speed of our counter-attacking and our powerful outside shooting and we always looked likely to score goals.
Our second win was almost a carbon-copy of the win against the same team last season (17-3) when again it was our defensive tactics that proved to be hugely influential on the outcome of the match.
Scorers: Elan Stark 5, Alastair Hardinge 3, Sam Abbott 2, Dominic Cranford 2, Nathan Hart 2, Matt White 2, Richard Hooper 1.
Exclusions: Richard Hooper 1, Dominic Cranford 1, Nathan Hart 1.
 
Squad in full;- Gregg Candy-Wallace, Andy Cawdery, Richard Hooper, Sam Abbott, Dominic Cranford, Elan Stark, Nathan Hart, Matt White, Alastair Hardinge, Alastair Roberts.
 
Overall this was an excellent weekend for the team when we played some quality water polo. All the squad worked really hard in both games and it was the team work that was the basis of the two wins.
We return to the same venue in two weeks time for a weekend when we face a more demanding program of three matches against the RAF, Cambridge and Newcastle.
 
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

11/9/2010

 
Wednesday 8th September 2010.
Sussex Senior League.
Worthing 17, Crawley 8.
Quarter Scores: 1-2, 5-3, 5-0, 6-3.
 
This was far from a vintage performance from our senior team when we struggled to impose our game plan on a much improved Crawley team.
A slow start in the first quarter resulted in a 1-2 deficit and although we improved during the rest of the match we never played anything like the standard we are normally capable of.
With Joel Abbott away on holiday and Scott Martin now playing professionally in France we were missing two of our most influential players.
The match changed in our favour when we introduced Alexander Cranford in the second quarter and his speed and direct approach quickly resulted in a much deserved hat-trick of goals.
Overall this was a slightly disappointing display but we were always the dominant team and we deserved the win.
 
Scorers: Alexander Cranford 4, Matt White 4, Sam Abbott 3, Ziggy Tate 3, Nathan Hart 2, Dominic Cranford 1.
Exclusions: Dominic Cranford 3, Jon Gray 1.
 
Squad in full: Ben Alcorn (G/K), Jon Gray, Rob Osbourne, Richard Hooper, Adrian Irbe, Sam Abbott, Alexander Cranford, Dominic Cranford, Ziggy Tate, Nathan Hart, Matt White, Andy Cawdery & Alastair Hardinge. 
 
The season continues for the senior squad with a trip to Sheffield this weekend for the first tournament in this years National league. 
 
Kind regards,
Alastair.

Water Polo News

11/9/2010

 
After the success of the 24 hour fundraising swim last week the water polo section of the club is looking forward to a very busy weekend with three of our squads in action on Sunday.
The men's team travel to the excellent Ponds Forge complex in Sheffield on Saturday before playing the first two matches of the 2010 national league division 4 season on Sunday. We face Grantham at 11.00 and Otter 1869 at 16.00 before the journey home back down the M1.
Our under 15 mixed squad will be playing on Sunday afternoon (starting at 16.00) in the last London league tournament of the summer at Whitgift school in Croydon and we hope that our young team will continue to make further progress.
Finally, and following the under 15's, our Ladies squad (in conjunction with Basingstoke), will play in the last ladies London league tournament of the year at Whitgift.
I can't imagine that the club has ever fielded three different teams in three separate competitions on the same day and it has been quite an exercise to try and make sure that everyone involved is at the right place at the right time!
Full reports, including a post match review from Ponds Forge after the first match on Sunday, will be posted as soon as possible.
 
Regards,
 Alastair.

*** 100K IN A DAY ***

posted on 3 September 2010 (updated throughtout the event)

The big swim has started

The 24 hour relay started at 7am with 7 swimmers; Alastair Roberts, Richard Hooper, Jon Gray, Nathan Hart, Ben Alcom, Dominic Cranford and Alexander Cranford.
The magnificient seven managed an impressive swim rate of 154 lengths of 33m in the first hour. This has set the scene for the rest of the day.
Karen Chan replaced Alexander from the second hour and managed to keep the swim rate at 146.
Two hours later, Norman Griffen has joined but Alastair and Dominic have left. With just 6 swimmers, it is hard going.
After 5 hours, 710 lengths, 4 of the 7 starters; Richard, Jon, Nathan and Ben are still going strong.
Another hour, Kevin Chan replaced Karen. Kwok-Ho Wan and Sam Maloney joined in shortly afterwards.
After 7 hours, these 7 swimmers are going to hold the fort for at least another hour before there is any reinforcement. This is when the school finishes.
8 hours gone. 16 hours to go. 7 swimmers remain. Desperately needed replacement should be arriving shortly.
Peter Flynn has joined to give some timely relief. Laura Joseph has turned up but just for a couple of lengths.
The entire Maloney family is here with Louise and Neale swimming, and Anne taken over the job of length keeping from Dave Alcom.
Ben and Harley Goddard are here after school. So is their Mum Alison to give her support at the pool side.
After 9 hours, 1230 lengths, an average swim rate of 136 per hour; this is well within the target of 126 per hour.
Alastair has just returned after work; another fresh body to take the strain.
We are heading towards the half way mark and our 4 starters are still going strong.
Half way! 12 hours; 1660 lengths done at an average swim rate of over 138 per hour and it is improving all the time.
Joe Hazeldine, Steven Hirst, Matt White, Andy Cawdery and Gregg Candy-Wallace have now joined the team. The evening shift has arrived.
After 14 hours, there are now 12 swimmers: John, Ben, Nathan, Richard, Steve, Joe, Matt, Karen, Andy, Gregg, Alastair and Alexander has returned.
Just finished another 286 lengths in the last 2 hours. The swim rate is up to 139 per hour. The evening shift has done wonder.
Antoher hour past; another 146 lengths making a total of 2092 at a swim rate of over 139 and climbing. Doing really well!
Sam has returned. Robert and Tara Osborne are here. Their Mum Dawn is here to give them support. It looks like the night shift is coming in.
One hour to midnight, Elan Stark has joined and Peter has returned. 128 lengths added to the total.
Midnight! It is the Graveyard shift! Another 130 lengths swam. Kevin is back for more as well as being the life guard.
One AM! The total is now 2500! Only 500 to go. It looks like the target will be achieved well before 7am.
Three AM! Two hours passed. Another 270 lengths in the bag. The target is fast approaching.
Stuart Sterling has joined the team. He is also doing his life guard duty.
At 4.45am! Target! 3000 lengths! 100K in LESS than a day! All the swimmers decided to push on until 7am and see what they can do in a day!
Six AM! The Goddards are back. Just cruising to the finishing line now.
Seven AM! Nathan did the last length of this 24 hour relay. Everyone is standing and clapping! Group photos were taken to mark this memorable event.
One day - 24 hours - 29 swimmers - 3276 lengths of 33m  - 109189m
100K IN A DAY STATS
A big THANKS to John Fish and all the staff of the Aquarena whose help was crucial in making the event possble.

100K in a day

2/8/2010


National League 2010 fundraising program
24 hour relay starting at 07.00 on Friday 3rd September at the Aquarena
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Match Review

26/7/2010

 
We have had a very busy and successful week with the under 15 squad winning all three matches in the London league on Sunday and the senior team winning two county league matches.
The under 15 review has already been filed but following are the details of the senior matches.
 
1. Wednesday 21st July 2010.
Sussex County Senior League.
Worthing 17, Brighton "A" 7. (Quarter scores: 4-2, 3-1, 4-1, 6-3)
 
This was our first home match for some time and we were looking forward to a tough match against a much improved Brighton team.
We are lucky to be able to field a very strong team at the moment with a number of our players who are away in full time education now being back at home and available for selection.
Having enjoyed a good win at Crawley on the previous Wednesday, we knew that Brighton would offer a good standard of opposition who would give us a proper test. This proved to be the case and although the final score may indicate a relatively easy win this was a tough match, particularly in the early stages.
That said, we always controlled the match and we were guilty of missing a number of chances that we would normally have expected to score from.
Defensively we worked hard to limit the opposition to a relatively small number of chances and Ben Alcorn produced a number of fine saves when called upon.
Overall a satisfactory win that again gave a good indication of the ability of this talented group of players.
Scorers: Scott Martin 6, Joel Abbott 5, Ziggy Tate 3, Matt White 2, Alastair Hardinge 1.
Exclusions: Adrian Irbe 1, Ziggy Tate 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
Squad in full: Ben Alcorn (G/K), Jon Gray, Adrian Irbe, Tim Brazier, Sam Abbott, Dominic Cranford, Scott Martin, Ziggy Tate, Nathan Hart, Joel Abbott, Matt White, Alastair Hardinge.
 
2. Friday 23rd July 2010.
Sussex County Senior League.
Brighton "B" 4, Worthing 17. (Quarter scores: 5-1, 5-1, 4-2, 3-0)
 
The second match in 48 hours was against the second string Brighton team at the Prince Regent pool which is shallow and narrow and far from ideal for the playing of water polo.
With several players unavailable we had a much smaller squad and we included Joe Hazeldine, who only turned 13 years of age in January, for what was a remarkable debut in senior water polo.
The match itself was of a reasonable standard and Brighton defended well for long periods without looking particularly threatening in attack.
We always created chances and we scored a number of well worked goals and Joel Abbott was particularly prolific scoring 7 times.
Joe was slightly reticent to make his entry into the match but in the third quarter he produced a hugely entertaining cameo scoring two excellent goals shortly followed by being excluded for a major foul and then managing to injure his thumb. As a result he played no further part but he had made his mark and he is undoubtedly the youngest Worthing scorer in a senior match for many years.
Scorers: Joel Abbott 7, Sam Abbott 3, Matt White 2, Joe Hazeldine 2, Ben Alcorn 1, Andy Cawdery 1, Dominic Cranford 1.
Exclusions: Sam Abbott 1, Alastair Hardinge 1, Andy Cawdery 1, Joe Hazeldine 1.
Squad in full: Alexander Cranford, Dominic Cranford, Joel Abbott, Sam Abbott, Alastair Hardinge, Andy Cawdery, Joe Hazeldine, Ben Alcorn, Matt White, Alastair Roberts.
 
The squad continues to train throughout the summer as we build up to the national league season which commences in September at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.
 
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

19/7/2010

 
London League Under 15 Championship.
Tournament 3.
Whitgift School, South Croydon.
Sunday 18th July 2010.
 
We travelled to the latest tournament in this season's championship having enjoyed some excellent results in the two previous events when the potential of our young squad was finally being rewarded with improved performances.
The team is now much more competitive and now looks particularly well organised defensively as well as having a much improved attacking threat.
At this event we looked forward to three matches against Basingstoke, Enfield and West London/Ealing and we were confident that if we played well we would have a chance of three wins.
These are the individual match reports:
 
Match 1. Worthing 8, Basingstoke 1. (H/T 4-0)
 
This was a satisfactory win against an enthusiastic opposition but we were always in control of the match and the final score was a fair reflection of our dominance.
Our speed on the counter-attack always caused the opposition problems and we scored a number of good quality goals as a result.
Ben, Joe and Sam shared the goals but this was a good all-round team performance.
Scorers: Ben Goddard 3, Joe Hazeldine 2, Sam Wildman 2.
Exclusions: Ben Goddard 1.
 
Match 2. Worthing 6, Enfield 1. (H/T 3-1)
 
Another good win when the team defended well but didn't quite play with the same attacking skill as in the first match.
Too many shots were taken when a pass should have been made to a team-mate in a better position and as a result we wasted a number of chances.
We always controlled the match and we were the better team throughout and the final score again indicated our overall dominance.
Scorers: Ben Goddard 3, Joe Hazeldine 1, Karen Chan 1, Olly Rainford 1.
Exclusions: Olly Rainford 1, Ben Goddard 1.
 
Match 3. Worthing 8, West London/Ealing 3. (H/T 3-1)
 
A good performance to finish the day when we again dominated and were well worth another fine win.
Once again, we defended well and Henry made a number of good saves when required.
We scored a number of good goals and it was particularly pleasing to see Harleigh score her first goal after good play from Joe and Ben.
Ben unfortunately didn't see the end of the game having had his lip cut after an accidental elbow in the final few minutes.
Scorers: Joe Hazeldine 3, Ben Goddard 2, Sam Wildman 1, Harleigh Goddard 1, Karen Chan 1. 
Exclusions: None.
 
Squad in full: Henry Jackson (G/K), Joe Hazeldine, Ben Goddard, Harleigh Goddard, Karen Chan, Olly Rainford, Sam Wildman & Callum Craven.
 
Overall this was another encouraging performance from our younger squad.
The team is now beginning to make real progress and this is illustrated by the much improved results.
We now enjoy a break for the holiday period before the final tournament in September.
 
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

18/7/2010

 
Sussex Senior League.
Wednesday 14th July 2010
Crawley 9, Worthing 20. (Quarter scores: 7-2, 5-2, 4-2, 4-3)
 
The trip to Crawley is now a highlight of the county water polo season because we play against a much improved, and as a result competitive opposition, at the excellent 50 metre deep water pool at the K2 complex. Crawley are making good progress as a water polo club with a significant increase in junior players mainly due to these vastly improved facilities. Lets hope that the replacement pool for the Aquarena manages to incorporate some of these more modern type of facilities, particularly the inclusion of variable water depth in the main swimming pool.
The match itself was an entertaining affair which we controlled throughout, particularly after a very positive start in the first quarter.
Crawley struggled to deal with our attacking play with Matt White and Joel Abbott always causing problems from the centre forward position. Our swift counter-attacking also led to a number of goals but we really should have scored more but our finishing was never at it's best.
We experimented for long periods with a zonal defence and although it worked relatively well we did concede a number of disappointing goals that really should have been avoided but we will learn from this and improve in future games.
Overall, a satisfactory win but we knew that we hadn't played our best water polo.
 
Scorers: Joel Abbott 6, Scott Martin 6, Matt White 5, Jon Gray 1, Alastair Hardinge 1, Sam Abbott 1.
Exclusions: Nathan Hart 1.
 
Squad in Full: Alexander Cranford, Jon Gray, Adrian Irbe, Ben Alcorn, Matt White, Sam Abbott, Dominic Cranford, Scott Martin, Ziggy Tate, Nathan Hart, Joel Abbott, Andy Cawdery, Alastair Hardinge.
 
The next match is another county senior league game against Brighton at the Aquarena this coming Wednesday (21st July).
 
Regards,
 
Alastair.

Match Review

4/7/2010

 
London League.
Junior Boys Championship
Tournament 3, Sunday 4th July.
Whitgift School, Croydon.
 
 
We returned to the familiar setting of Whitgift School for the latest round of this years London League.
The excellent 25 metre, 8 lane all deep pool is always a good venue to play at and we were looking forward to three tough matches against Sutton & Cheam, Croydon Amphibians and Watford.
Unfortunately we were missing a number of players with Scott Martin away at GB training in Sheffield and Sam Maloney and Charlie Jones also unavailable. Our squad of 8 players knew that they would have to work hard and these are the individual reports:
 
1. Worthing 5, Sutton & Cheam 4. (H/T 1-1)
A tough and physical opening match against a strong Sutton team.
We actually should have made the match safe during the first half but we contrived to miss several opportunities that we really should have taken.
This kept Sutton in the match and they eventually equalised with just over a minute left. Sam Abbott scored a late winner which secured the points.
Unfortunately Peter Flynn was deliberately punched in the eye during the match in an incident that was missed by the officials, but even though the swelling almost closed the eye completely, he continued to play his part in a good win.
Scorers: Sam Abbott 2, Alexander Cranford 2, Nathan Tonkin 1.
Exclusion: Peter Flynn 1.
 
2. Worthing 7, Croydon Amphibians 1. (H/T 5-1)
A really good win against our old rivals when we played some really good and controlled water polo.
Our defensive play was of a high standard and limited the opposition to a small number of chances.
In attack we always looked likely to score and Sam and Alexander both posed the opposition lots of problems from the centre forward position.
Overall an excellent win which demonstrated the high standard of water polo that we are able to play at times.
Scorers: Sam Abbott 5, Alexander Cranford 1, Nathan Tonkin 1.
Exclusions: Olly Rainford 1, Kevin Chan 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
 
3. Worthing 1, Watford 5. (H/T 0-3)
Unfortunately we finished with a disappointing defeat against a much improved and well organised Watford team.
We never really recovered from a poor start which saw the team concede a poor defensive goal in the opening play.
This seemed to knock our confidence and we never really found our true form as we tried to get back into the match.
Too many basic errors were made and we were punished on several occasions.
Scorer: Alexander Cranford.
Exclusions: Kevin Chan 1, Olly Rainford 1, Sam Abbott 1.
 
Squad in Full: Sam Wildman (G/K), Sam Abbott, Alastair Hardinge, Peter Flynn, Alexander Cranford, Olly Rainford, Nathan Tonkin & Kevin Chan.
 
 
Overall, this was a mixed day for our boys team and obviously we were disappointed to lose the last match but we played well in fist two games and deserved the wins.
All the boys worked really hard and Peter Flynn was particularly heroic to play on despite being able to see out of only one eye.
We will learn from the defeat and the squad can be pleased with a great deal of the play they produced.
 
Regards,
 
Alastair.

Match Review

12/6/2010

 
Sussex Senior Knock-out,
Thursday 10th June 2010.
Hastings 7 (1 + 6 goal handicap) , Worthing 17.
(Quarter scores: 0-2, 0-6, 0-4, 1-3)
 
The trip to Hastings is the longest journey that we make during the county season and it was interesting this year to compare and contrast the playing facility with the excellent new pool that our juniors played in on Sunday in Watford.
The Hastings pool is an old fashioned 25 metre, 6 lane, deep-shallow facility that compares poorly with the new modern 25 metre, 8 lane pool with variable water depth like the recently opened £13m Watford leisure centre. How strange that Worthing Borough council have decided to build a new pool, at the significant cost of £17m, which will be the same format as Hastings and not the more modern design that is rapidly becoming the norm in the UK.
The match itself was a one sided affair with the 6 goal handicap being overtaken as early as the mid-point of the second quarter.
Our defensive play was always far too strong for Hastings and the small number of chances they created were dealt with by Ben Alcorn in the Worthing goal. Ben found time to come out of goal and help himself to a couple of goals and our overall attacking play always created chances.
We actually might have scored a number of more goals but we missed several chances when it probably was easier to score.
Overall a satisfactory win, highlighted by the excellent chips on the way home!
 
Scorers: Sam Abbott 6, Paul Phillpott 4, Alastair Hardinge 3, Ziggy Tate 2, Ben Alcorn 2.
Exclusions: Alastair Hardinge 2.
 
Squad in full: Ben Alcorn, Sam Abbott, Alastair Hardinge, Paul Phillpott, Andy Cawdery, Ziggy Tate, Nathan Hart, Alastair Roberts.
 
Regards,
 
Alastair.

Match Review

8/6/2010

 
London League Junior Boys Championship.
Tournament 2.
Woodside Leisure Centre, Watford.
Sunday 6th June 2010.
 
The second tournament in this seasons London league junior championship was played at the excellent new 25 metre, 8 lane, deep water pool in Watford.
With Worthing Borough Council about to spend potentially £17m on the replacement pool for the Aquarena, it would make sense for the decision makers to take a drive round the M25 to see what can be achieved with only £12.5m.
On Sunday we faced three tough matches against a fast improving Basingstoke, West London Penguin and the home team.
These are the individual match reports:
 
1. Worthing 13, Basingstoke 3. (H/T 6-1)
 
This was a satisfactory opening performance against a Basingstoke team that has much improved over the past few months.
We were quickly into our stride playing with an aggressive defence which limited the opposition to a small number of chances.
In attack we always had too much pace, strength and know-how and we scored a number of quality goals.
 
Scorers: Scott Martin 6, Sam Abbott 3, Alexander Cranford 2, Alastair Hardinge 2.
Exclusions: None.
 
2. Worthing 7, Watford 2. (H/T 4-1)
 
Another good win against a better standard of opposition who always made things difficult for us.
That said, we never quite took control of the match as we are capable of, but we were still comfortable winners and we again scored a number of quality goals.
We defended soundly and we never looked like conceding many goals.
 
Scorers: Sam Abbott 3, Scott Martin 2, Alexander Cranford 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
Exclusions: Kevin Chan 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
 
3. Worthing 4, West London Penguin 6. (H/T 2-4)
 
This was a disappointing performance when we failed to play anywhere near the standard that we are capable.
Having defended so well in the previous matches we lost our shape and discipline, particularly early on, and we were punished as a result.
Our overall play was nowhere near our normal standard and we committed far too many unforced errors and we were particularly guilty of giving the ball away.
Towards the end we were pushing hard for an equaliser but we were eventually undone by the award of a harsh penalty which resulted in the final two goal deficit.
One positive to take form the match was an outstanding display in goal from Sam Wildman, who is the youngest member of the squad. He made a number of fines saves that always kept us in the match and he should be very pleased with the way that he played.
 
Scorers: Scott Martin 2, Sam Abbott 2.
Exclusions: Alastair Hardinge 1.
 
Squad in Full: Sam Wildman (G/K), Sam Abbott, Alastair Hardinge, Scott Martin, Alexander Cranford, Kevin Chan, Olly Rainford & Charlie Jones.
 
In conclusion, although it was disappointing to lose the last match, we still played some very good water polo at times. The three young squad members (Olly, Charlie and Sam Wildman) all played well in this older age group and will have gained a great deal from the experience.
The final event takes place back at the familiar surroundings of Whitgift School in Croydon in July when we still will have a chance of taking the overall title.
 
Kind regards,
 
Alastair.

Match Review

17/5/2010

 
London League Ladies Championship (Division 2)
Tournament 2,
Whitgift School, South Croydon.
Sunday 16th May.
 
After the first tournament two weeks when we won all three matches, we travelled once again to the familiar surroundings of Whitgift School for the second event in this summer's championship.
We enter this competition jointly with Basingstoke and unfortunately we were missing a number of players who were involved at the first event, but we still had a squad of 9.
The program would see us play tough matches against Penguin and Beckenham and these are the individual match reports.
 
Match 1.
Worthing/Basingstoke 3, Penguin 4. (H/T 2-2)
 
A frustrating result to a match that we certainly didn't deserve to lose but we suffered ultimately from missing too many chances as well as a couple of defensive errors.
We actually played well for long periods and our speed of swimming and attacking play always caused the opposition problems. As already mentioned, we created the chances but failed to convert some key opportunities.
Penguin were always struggling to deal with our play and that is best illustrated by the exclusion count which saw the opposition commit 6 major fouls.
The final few seconds ultimately cost us even a well deserved draw. We had a good chance to score the winner but we missed the shot and from the resulting Penguin attack we conceded a poor goal.
Overall a frustrating end to a game which we definitely deserved to take something from.
 
Scorers: Jenny Willett 2, Hannah Chilton 1.
Exclusions: None.
 
 
Match 2.
Worthing/Basingstoke 2, Beckenham 6. (H/T 0-3)
 
We had to play this match straight after the Penguin match and this was reflected in a poor start when we conceded 3 quick goals.
Our play in the first half was not of our normal standard and we found it really hard to get going.
The second period saw some improvement and we did manage to score two good goals but we also contrived to miss several other chances that we probably should have converted.
It is never easy to play back to back games but our girls will learn from the experience and I am sure that we will be better prepared for this the next time we play.
 
Scorers: Jenny Willett 1, Chrissy Pilcher 1.
Exclusion: Pauline Lipscombe 1.
 
Squad in Full: Fi McMullan (G/K), Hannah Chilton, Sarah Hickey, Pauline Lipscombe, Jenny Willett, Chrissy Pilcher, Rachel Piper, Tara Osborne & Laura Joseph.
 
Overall we were disappointed not to win at least one of these matches but we still can take a number of positives from the way that we played.
The team did play some good quality water polo at times and the younger players particularly will learn a great deal from having had a good amount of water time.
The next tournament is played in June but we are "seeded" to miss that event. We will play at the final tournament in July and this will decide our final position.
 
Kind regards,
 
Alastair.

Match Review

4/5/2010

 
London League Ladies Championship Division 2.
Tournament 1.
Whitgift School, South Croydon.
Sunday 2nd May 2010.
 
This is the report of the opening tournament in this summers Ladies London league campaign.
After the success last year when we entered a combined team with Basingstoke ladies we made the decision that we would follow the same formula that worked so well. 
Most of the girls from the two clubs know each other well and they enjoy playing together in the same team.
The format for this tournament would see our girls play three matches against West London Penguin, Beckenham and Southampton and this looked to be demanding program.
These are the individual match reports.
 
1. Worthing/Basingstoke 5, Beckenham 1. (H/T 2-1)
 
This was an excellent match of a good quality against a young but well organised opposition who always made things difficult for us.
We defended really well using an aggressive full press throughout the match and Beckenham found it hard to create many chances. Attacking wise we always looked likely to score and it was only some poor finishing that cost us a number of other goals.
Overall this was a satisfactory win that saw the team play some good water polo.
Scorers: Jenny Willett 3, Fi McMullan 1, Amy Styles 1.
Exclusion: Debby Willett 1.
 
2. Worthing/Basingstoke 4, West London Penguin 2. (H/T 2-0)
 
A high quality match against a talented and physical opposition when we had to raise our game to secure a really hard fought win.
We also had the problem of scoring past an outstanding opposition goal-keeper who made a number of excellent saves. But we played well enough to create a number of chances and again our defending was of a high quality which frustrated the opposition for long periods. Our speed on the counter-attack always caused the opposition problems and this was reflected in the high number (6) of exclusions that they conceded.
The key moment in the game was when we led 2-1 in the second-half and Amy made an excellent save. From the resulting counter-attack we scored again to give us a 3-1 advantage which soon became 4-1.
Penguin scored late on but we had still done enough to secure a well deserved win
Scorers: Jenny Willett 2, Chrissy Pilcher 1, Fi McMullan 1.
Exclusion: Sarah Hickey 1. 
 
3. Worthing/Basingstoke 4, Southampton 2. (H/T 2-1)
 
Another tough match against a team with a number of players who have experience playing in the national league.
We played well again with our defending limiting the opposition to a small number of chances and as in the previous matches we always looked dangerous on the counter-attack.
Once again, it was only our inability to take a number of the chances that we created that kept the winning margin down, but we always looked the team most likely to score.
Jenny hurt her shoulder during the first period and had to sit out the second-half but we continued to play well and we secured another good win.
Scorers: Hannah Chilton 1, Fi McMullan 1, Claire Liggins 1, Sarah Hickey 1.
Exclusions: Debby Willett 1, Hannah Chilton 1.
 
Squad in Full: Amy Styles (G/K), Kayley Alcorn (G/K), Claire Liggins, Hannah Chilton, Sarah Hickey, Fi McMullan, Jenny Willett, Debby Willett, Chrissy Pilcher, Tara Osborne, Laura Joseph.
 
Overall this was an excellent tournament for our combined team. All the squad members played well and we produced a very good standard of water polo for long periods.
The two youngest members of the squad, Tara and Laura, both played well and enjoyed a good amount of water time and they will have learnt a great deal from this opportunity to play with senior players.
We return to the same venue in two weeks time for the second tournament of this competition.
 
Regards,
 
Alastair.

Match Review

26/4/2010


London League Junior Boys Championship (1992 + Younger)
Tournament 1, Whitgift School, South Croydon
Sunday 25th April.
 
We travelled to the familiar surroundings of Whitgift School for the first round of this summer's junior London league competition.
With Peter Flynn still stuck in New York because of the travel chaos caused by the Icelandic volcano and Luke Helmer unavailable due to work commitments, we were only able to take a squad of 9 players including the three under 16 squad members Olly Rainford, Charlie Jones and Sam Wildman.
 
The individual match reports are as follows:
 
Match 1. Worthing 6, Sutton & Cheam 1. (H/T 4-1)
 
A satisfactory win against an enthusiastic opposition but we really should have won by a much greater margin if we had taken our chances.
We defended well but we contrived to miss several opportunities when it looked easier to score. Sam Wildman, who is the youngest squad member, produced one excellent save when required but this was really a workmanlike rather than spectacular win.
Sam Abbott had a good game at centre-forward and the opposition always struggled to deal with him 
Scorers: Sam Abbott 5, Scott Martin 1.
Exclusion: Scott Martin. 
 
Match 2. Worthing 7, Basingstoke 3. (H/T 3-1)
 
This was better performance against a fast improving team who always made it difficult for us.
We always looked the better team but we never really dominated until we scored a couple of late goals but some below standard defending gave Basingstoke a couple of goals that we were disappointed to concede.
This was a deserved win but we realised that we still hadn't really played as well as we would have hoped to.
Scorers: Alastair Hardinge 3, Sam Abbott 2, Sam Maloney 1, Kevin Chan 1.
Exclusion: Kevin Chan. 
 
Match 3. Worthing 5, Croydon Amphibians 4. (H/T 3-2)
 
The final match was against our old rivals who always give us a good game, particularly in their home pool.
We knew that we would probably have to play something near our best to beat this talented opposition but we knew that we should be capable of getting a positive result.
Unfortunately we started poorly and conceded a bad goal early on but we eventually got going and started to take control. At the mid-point we looked like we would go on and win fairly comfortably but we again missed some chances and as a result Croydon were always in the game.
Sam Wildman made another excellent save, (with his face!) and eventually a goal by Sam Abbott finally secured the win.
Scorers: Sam Abbott 4, Alastair Hardinge 2, Scott Martin 1.
Exclusion: Kevin Chan.
 
Squad in Full: Sam Wildman (G/K), Alexander Cranford, Sam Abbott, Sam Maloney, Scott Martin, Kevin Chan, Olly Rainford, Charlie Jones & Alastair Hardinge.
 
Overall this was a good tournament for our junior team and we were delighted to win all three matches.
That said, we never quite played as well as we can but still did enough to win the three games.
We are looking forward to the next tournament which takes place at the excellent new deep water pool complex in Watford in June.
 
Regards,
 
Alastair.

Match Review

19/4/2010

 
London league Under 15 Championship. (Born 1996 + younger)
Tournament 1.
Whitgift School, Croydon.
Sunday 18th April.
 
We travelled to the first tournament of this summer's competition looking forward to playing three tough matches against Croydon Amphibians, Enfield and West London/Ealing.
The squad available included two of our youngsters (Nathan Jones and Harley Goddard) who were making their competitive debut in junior water polo but they were both looking forward to the opportunity.
The individual match reports are as follows:
 
 
1. Croydon Amphibians 5, Worthing 3. (H/T 4-0)
This was very much " a game of two halves" when we performed poorly in the first period before dominating the second-half.
This uneven performance was probably as a result of not having played for a while and we were guilty of conceding three very poor goals in the first half. We managed to re-organise things at the half-time interval and as result we put Croydon under a huge amount of pressure resulting in three quick goals. We were pressing for an equaliser when Croydon managed to score a break-away goal which made the game safe.
Scorers: Sam Wildman 1, Karen Chan 1, Joe Hazeldine 1.
Exclusion: Ben Goddard.
 
 
2. Worthing 14, Enfield 0. (H/T 6-0)
 
This was a good performance against a young and inexperienced opposition.
The Worthing youngsters played well throughout and scored a number of excellent goals and it was nice to see 5 different scorers. Our defending was of a high standard and when Ealing did create some chances, Henry Jackson in goal produced a number of good saves.
It was nice to record a relatively comfortable win which we hoped would give us confidence in the final match of the afternoon. 
Scorers: Ben Goddard 4, Sam Wildman 4, Joe Hazeldine 3, Callum Craven 2, Karen Chan 1.
Exclusions: None.
 
 
3. Worthing 3, West London/Ealing 2. (H/T 2-1)
 
A highly exciting match against a talented and physically imposing opposition.
We stressed at the pre-match meeting that we needed to utilize our swimming speed on the counter-attack and we always looked dangerous when we had these opportunities.
After a good start we soon led 2-0 but the opposition equalised just before half-time. The second period was a close affair but we kept creating chances and we were worried that if we didn't take one the opposition might sneak a winner.
In the end, we managed to score in the final minute when Nathan Jones (who was making his debut) scored with an excellent shot into the corner.
This was a good win in the type of match that previously we might have contrived to lose but the team now has greater experience and ability.
Scorers: Sam Wildman 1, Joe Hazeldine 1, Nathan Jones 1.
Exclusions: None.
 
Squad in Full: Henry Jackson (G/K), Karen Chan, Harley Goddard, Ben Goddard, Joe Hazeldine, Sam Wildman, Callum Craven, Nathan Jones.
 
 
Overall this was a good tournament for our young team with two good wins and a narrow defeat when we nearly recovered from the only poor period that we produced on the day.
This group of young players are now beginning to fulfill the promise that they have shown for a while now and the win in the final game indicated the progress that we are now making.
We are looking forward to the second tournament when we hope to continue this improvement.
 
Kind regards,
 
Alastair.

Inter-county Water Polo Tournament

27/3/2010

 
WSC members Sam Abbott, Kevin Chan, Peter Flynn, Alastair Hardinge and Sam Maloney were part of the successful Sussex team that played in 2010 inter-county championship at Basingstoke which is detail in the attached report.

National League Fixtures 2010

27/3/2010

 
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2010 South East Region Championship Photo

22/3/2010

 
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Match Review

21/3/2010

 
This is the latest water polo report of another busy year.
The men's senior team travelled to Jersey for the second tournament of the 2010 south-east region championship facing a busy program of 4 matches in two days.
With a number of our first team players unavailable this year for a variety of reasons we only had a squad of 9 players and with the program of games this looked to be a demanding weekend. One of the players unfortunately ruled out of playing through injury was Richard Hooper and he took over the coaching duties.
The tournament was again held at the Les Quennevais leisure centre pool which has a very shallow end which makes attacking very awkward and we always struggle to adapt our play to these conditions.   
The individual match reports are as follows
 
Saturday, 13.00
Worthing 11, Oxford 3.
Quarter Scores 3-0, 1-2, 2-1,5-0.
 
An entertaining and satisfactory start to the campaign saw the Worthing squad take control in the first quarter and play some good water polo.
With a well organized defence we limited the opposition to a small number of chances and we always looked likely to score in attacking situations.
Joel was hugely effective at centre forward when attacking the deep end goal and he ended the match having scored 6 times.
Scorers Joel Abbott 6, Ziggy Tate 2, Ben Alcorn 1, Sam Abbott 1, Nathan Hart 1.
Exclusions Ben Alcorn 1, Ziggy Tate 1, Alastair Hardinge.
 
Saturday, 16.45
Worthing 10, East Invicta 11
Quarter Scores 1-3, 3-3, 3-4, 3-1
 
A very tough match against a talented team drawn from several clubs in Kent.
We probably deserved to take something from this game and we were denied a perfectly good goal when Joel scored with a well taken penalty which the officials failed to give even though quite clearly the ball had crossed  the line.
We never quite played well enough to control this game and we missed chances at key moments in the game.
Although we were disappointed to lose we knew that two wins in the Sunday fixtures would see us retain the title.
Scorers Joel Abbott 3, Ben Alcorn 2, Ziggy Tate 2, Sam Abbott 1, Nathan Hart 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
Exclusions Ziggy Tate 2, Sam Abbott, Nathan Hart 1, Joel Abbott 1.
 
Sunday, 08.45
Worthing 10, Jersey 7
Quarter Scores 2-3, 1-2, 4-1, 3-1
 
Having thoroughly enjoyed the hosts hospitality the previous evening, the 08.30 start time of this match was always going to be an interesting experience for some members of the squad.
This proved to be the case when we made a very poor start conceding goals that really should have been avoided and missing a hatful of chances.
Although we made such a poor start we did finally start to convert some of chances that we continued to create.
This was a below par performance against an enthusiastic Jersey team who understood the way to play in this type of pool and the final score probably flattered us. Jersey missed a penalty late on that would have made the score 9-8 but we straight down the other end to score again and make the game safe.
 
Sunday, 12.15
Worthing 9, Southampton 3
Quarter Scores 2-1, 3-0, 2-0, 2-2
 
A disciplined performance against a talented team who had already beaten Jersey and who would go on to beat East Invicta.
We knew that we would have to make a positive start and defend well to take control. This proved to be the case and our defending was really the key to the victory and after conceding once in the first period our defence was so dominant that Southampton only scored again with two late goals deep into the final quarter.
Our attacking play probably wasn't quite at it's best but we did score a number good goals including one from Joel after an excellent pass from Rob Osborne.
Scorers Joel Abbott 4, Ziggy Tate 2, Sam Abbott 2, Gregg Candy-Wallace 1.
 
Squad in full Joel Abbott, Sam Abbott, Ziggy Tate, Nathan Hart, Ben Alcorn, Rob Osborne, Alastair Roberts, Gregg Candy-Wallace, Alastair Hardinge.
 
Overall this was a highly entertaining event and the three wins meant that we retained the title that we had won the previous year.
Although we did have a number of key players missing the small squad that we played the tournament with all contributed a great deal.
Everyone put in a good "shift" and we had to play some good water polo at times to secure victory.
We were greatly indebted to our noisy and enthusiastic followers who supported the team throughout and added a huge amount of encouragement to the team.
The season continues with the Sussex county league fixtures commencing in May building toward our second season in the national league which starts in September.
 
Alastair Roberts.

Fixtures 2010

20/3/2010

 
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Match Review

15/2/2010

 
Please receive a Report of the first tournament in the 2010 South East Regional Men's water polo championships.
 
Basingstoke Aquadrome.
Saturday 30th January.
 
Match 1.
Worthing 23, Jersey 7.
Scorers: Matt White 5, Joel Abbott 4, Paul Phillpott 4, Ziggy Tate 3, Sam Abbott 3, Alastair Hardinge 2, Nathan Hart 1, Ben Alcorn 1.
Exclusions: Joel Abbott 2, Nathan Hart 1, Sam Abbott 1.
 
Match 2.
Worthing 21, Southampton 12.
Scorers: Joel Abbott 10, Ziggy Tate 4, Paul Phillpott 4, Matt White 1, Sam Abbott 1, Nathan Hart 1.
Exclusions: Matt White 1, Sam Abbott 1, Ziggy Tate 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
 
Sunday 31st January.
 
Match 3.
Worthing 10, East Invicta 6.
Scorers: Matt White 3, Nathan Hart 3, Sam Abbott 2, Joel Abbott 1, Paul Phillpott 1.
Exclusions: Rob Osborne 1, Stuart Stirling 1, Nathan Hart 1.
 
Match 4.
Worthing 16, Oxford 11.
Scorers: Joel Abbott 8, Matt White 4, Richard Hooper 2, Stuart Stirling 1, Nathan Hart 1.
Exclusions: Alastair Hardinge 1, Matt White 1, Paul Phillpott 1, Jon Gray 1.
 
Squad in Full: Ben Alcorn, Matt White, Joel Abbott, Sam Abbott, Alastair Hardinge, Paul Phillpott, Ziggy Tate, Nathan Hart, Rob Osborne, Alexander Cranford, Andy Cawdery, Jon Gray, Stuart Stirling, Richard Hooper.
 
Overall this was a highly satisfactory tournament when the team played some good water polo. This was the first competitive event for many members of the team since the end of the national league season at the beginning of December and it was obvious that fitness levels will need to improve in the coming weeks and months.
The second tournament takes place in Jersey in March.
 
Regards,
 
Alastair.

Match Review

6/1/2010

 
Welcome to the first water polo report of 2010!
 
With the year only 3 days old, the 2010 water polo season commenced with the first London league junior tournaments.
Having only finished the 2009 season in mid-December this seems an incredibly early start to our competition program but we have an increasingly busy calendar.
The report is as follows:
 
London Winter League Junior Boys Division.
Tournament 1.
Watford Leisure Centre.
Sunday 3rd January 2009.
 
As already mentioned, this event was a very early start to the 2010 season and we travelled to the new deep water pool in Watford in freezing temperatures.
Having not trained for the past three weeks because of the Christmas break we knew that we might be a little lacking in match sharpness but we knew that we would be competitive.
The three individual match reports are as follows:
 
Match 1. Worthing 3, Beckenham 4. (H/T 2-4)
This was a disappointing result, particularly after we took an early 2 goal lead.
Unfortunately, our lack of match practice was evident and we missed lots of chances that we would normally expect to score from. We also made a number of basic defensive errors which were punished and we never quite played to our potential.
We weren't helped by some bizarre refereeing and this was to become an issue in all the games we played on the day.
Scorers: Sam Abbott 2, Alastair Hardinge 1.
Exclusions: Sam Abbott 2, Alastair Hardinge 1.
 
Match 2. Worthing 7, Watford 4. (H/T 3-1)
A better performance that we always controlled and it was good to see a number of the younger players make significant contributions.
We still didn't quite play to our full potential but we did score some good goals and our defending was of a much better standard.
Scorers: Sam Abbott 3, Alastair Hardinge 1, Nathan Tonkin 1, Alexander Cranford 1, Kevin Chan 1.
Exclusions: Kevin Chan 1, Nathan Tonkin 1, Alexander Cranford 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
 
Match 3. Worthing 3, Croydon Amphibians 3. (H/T 3-1)
A terrific match which was spoilt by poor refereeing which didn't help either team but served to frustrate the players, coaches and supporters.
We played particularly well in the first half and scored 3 excellent goals as a result of good all-round team play.
In the second half Croydon came back into the match but we were very unlucky to concede a late equalizer.
The draw was probably a fair result and Sam Wildman, who is 4 years younger than this age group, made a number of excellent saves in goal.
Scorers: Alexander Cranford 2, Sam Abbott 1.
Exclusions: Alastair Hardinge 2, Alexander Cranford 1.
 
Squad in Full: Sam Wildman (G/K), Alastair Hardinge, Sam Wildman, Alexander Cranford, Kevin Chan, Nathan Tonkin, Peter Flynn, Olly Rainford, Charlie Jones.
 
Overall this was a slightly disappointing return because we really should have won the first match against Beckenham but unfortunately we didn't quite play well enough to secure the right result.
But the team improved with each match and we did play well, particularly in the first half, against a strong Croydon team.
We don't have to wait long for the second tournament in this competition. It takes place this coming Sunday (10th January) at Whitgift school in South Croydon.
 
Finally, the junior girls version of this competition also started on Sunday and for the first time Sussex have entered a very young team with players drawn from Worthing, Mid-Sussex Marlins and Crawley.
Worthing girls Tara Osborne, Laura Joseph and Rachel Piper (who captained the team) were part of the squad and they played 3 very competitive matches in the first of three tournaments.
 
Regards,
Alastair.

Alastair Roberts
Water Polo Secretary