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2011 Water Polo News Archive

Match Report

27/12/2011

Inter-County Under 16/Y96 Girls
Whitgift School – December 18th 2011
Sunday 18th December 2011.

Squad
Matilda Coke – MSM
Fran Collings – MSM
Abi Rocky – MSM
Camilla Brandon – CSC
Lara Partridge – CSC
Karen Chan – WSC
Harleigh Goddard – WSC
Daisy Hazeldine – WSC
Gemma Coulson – WSC

We took a young squad into this tournament, containing only three full age players, we lost one other key player to illness on the day, which meant we had one of our three very inexperienced players in the water throughout. Additionally, Lara and Abi were both required to play substantial amounts of the intertwined U14 programme, because of their regular of experience at that level, meaning that they had a very busy evening, which included two sets of back to back matches.
Due to Hants withdrawal, there were only two U16G matches.

Sussex 4 Kent 9

Kent fielded a strong team, containing mostly Y96/97 players, a number of whom play regularly for Invicta Ladies, and they got a nasty shock in the 1st half as our girls put in a gutsy performance that troubled the Kent defence on numerous occasions, Kent went in to half time an undeserved 4-3 up.
Our lack of substitution options, combined with the absence of our strong right sided player, meant, unsurprisingly, that we couldn’t hold our performance level, as Kent unravelled us more down this side in the second half.
Nevertheless, this was a strong performance from a team that did not contain “naturals” in several positions, everybody worked hard, with a full squad we might have pushed Kent close.
Goals
Karen, Lara, Fran, Harleigh.

Sussex 8 Surrey 5

The Surrey player profile was similar to our own on paper, however, the notable improvement of Harleigh and Abi over the last year weighed the match in our favour.
We quickly established a 4-0 lead, and had to give some players a break, this allowed Surrey to get back in the match briefly, but we had too much for them. Particularly good to see were goals on debuts from Abi and Camilla. Camilla (Y99) being the baby of the team.
Goals
Harleigh (3), Abi (2), Fran, Camilla, Karen

Ewan Partridge
19/12/11

Match Report

27/12/2011

London/South-east Under 14 (98 & Younger) Inter County Tournament.
Whitgift School, South Croydon
Sunday 18th December 2011.

Sussex County entered a team in this under 14 competition which is the youngest of the three age groups and as a result often involves a number of youngsters who are making their debut for a county representative team.
Having won this tournament last year we knew that we would have a tough task to retain the title with so many players moving out of the age group for this year.
The squad selected was a combination of players from three clubs and included boys and girls with varying degrees of experience.
These are the individual match reports:


Sussex 7, Kent 5. (H/T 4-4).

A satisfactory win against a well organised opposition and a strong second half performance secured the positive result.
With Ellis playing well at centre back, we always looked as though we could score goals. A few defensive lapses allowed Kent back into the match but Ben soon scored the goals to make the game safe and it was nice to see Lara, Toby and Tom also on the score sheet.
Scorers: Ben 4, Lara 1, Toby 1, Tom Kane 1.


Sussex 7, Middlesex 6. (H/T 2-2)

Another close match against a talented Middlesex team who were helped by a number of "interesting" refereeing decisions.
We actually controlled large parts of the match but we missed a few chances when we probably could have scored and we were guilty of allowing the opposition a number of goals which we really should have avoided.
Ben again scored a number of fine goals but Lara, Tom and Josh also found the back of the net.
Scorers: Ben 4, Lara 1, Josh 1, Tom Kane 1.


Sussex 1, Surrey 8. (H/T 0-6)

The final match against Surrey was a title decider because both teams went into the match unbeaten.
Unfortunately we made a poor start and Surrey punished our defensive errors. Ben found it hard to get into the game as a result of being "man marked" and Surrey had obviously worked out where our main goal scoring threat would come from.
The team should take a great deal of credit for a much improved performance in the second half of the match when we defended well and looked much more threatening in attack.
Scorer: Ben

Squad in full: Lara Partridge, Toby Underwood, Tom Kane, Mattie O'Dell (all Crawley SC), Abby-Louise Rocky, Josh Crow, Tom Collings (all Mid Sussex Marlins), Ben Curtis, Ellis Bubb, Ben Goddard (all Worthing SC).

Overall to finish as runners-up in this competition to a strong Surrey team was certainly no disgrace and all of the squad did well. Without a specialist goal-keeper Tom Collings took on the role in the first match and Mattie O'Dell played in this difficult position in the second and third games and both did well.

Finally, I would like to thank all the parents and friends who came along to support both this squad and the girls team who played in the Under 16 competition.

Kind regards,

Alastair.

Match Report

5/12/2011

This is the final report of the 2012 national league campaign.

National League, Watford, Dec 2011
British Water Polo League.
Men's Championship 2
Watford Leisure Centre
Saturday 3rd November 2012.

The long road of the 2012 national league campaign had seen the Worthing team travel to Leeds, Grantham, and Walsall on three separate occasions but the final event was held on the one day at the comparatively local venue of the new 25 metre deep water pool in Watford.
After three seasons of national competition this represented by far and away the closest venue that we have played at and as a result we had a large number of friends and family along to support the team.
Having played 7 matches in the first phase of the competition the two matches at Watford against Birmingham and South Derbyshire would conclude the 7 game program in the second phase. Interestingly, these two matches were a repeat of the first two fixtures of the season which we played back in September in Grantham. 
These are the individual match reports:


Match 1, 12.20.
Worthing 15, Birmingham 12.
Quarter Scores: 5-5, 1-3, 6-2, 3-2.

Our first meeting with Birmingham had been a really exciting encounter which we had been unlucky to lose to goal that we conceded 4 seconds from the end. As a result we knew that this was potentially a game we could win and all of our squad were determined to try and avenge what we all felt had been an unlucky defeat.
For the first time this season we were able to play with a full squad of 13 players which gave the team the depth that we had lacked on some occasions during the previous matches.
The match started at a frenetic pace and we soon took the lead when Sam scored with a good finish but the quarter saw both teams concede goals that they probably should have avoided. With the match all square at 5-5 the second quarter started in dramatic fashion with Nathan sustaining a nasty cut above his right eye and the resulting disruption to our defensive play meant that at one point we trailed by three goals.
Matt scored just before half-time to reduce the deficit to 6-8 and we regrouped, with Nathan now patched up, for the second half.
The third quarter saw the team play probably as well as we have all season with our strong defending leading to a number of counter-attack goals and Birmingham were really struggling to cope with the quality of our play.
With a three goal lead as we started the final period we played sensibly to make sure that we took as much time out of the game as possible and Gregg scored the final goal with a remarkable finish with only 5 seconds left. 
All the squad were involved in the match and Joe became the youngest ever Worthing player (at 14) to play for the club in the national league and I'm sure that this will be the first of many appearances.
Overall we were delighted to beat a talented team who had been the divisional champions the previous season and the performance indicated that we are capable of playing to a high standard.
Scorers: Matt White 5, Sam Abbott 4, Richard Hooper 2, Gregg Candy-Wallace 1, Elan Stark 1, Ziggy Tate 1, Nathan Hart 1.
Exclusions: Elan Stark 3, Alastair Hardinge 2, Thom Hamm 1, Sam Abbott 1, Ziggy Tate 1, Nathan Hart 1. 


Match 2, 18.10
Worthing 8, South Derbyshire 11.
Quarter Scores: 4-2, 2-4, 1-3, 1-2.


The last match of the season was against a South Derbyshire team that we had beaten in first match of the campaign and we all felt that this would give us the ideal opportunity to sign off with a win.
Unfortunately this didn't turn out to be the case after we failed to capitalize on an encouraging first period which we led 4-1 at one stage.
It's hard to know why the squad seemingly ran out of energy in the remainder of the match but we never managed to play to our normal standard against an experienced and well organised opposition.
We were guilty of making far too many basic mistakes and we missed far too many chances when we really should have scored. Our "man-up" play was particularly disappointing and we knew that we really hadn't done ourselves justice in this match.
Perhaps this was a case of a "game too far" and the squad looked really tired at the end of what had been a really demanding 14 match season. 
Scorers: Elan Stark 3, Richard Hooper 2, Sam Abbott 2, Matt White 1.
Exclusions: Alastair Hardinge 2, Adam Collins 1, Richard Hooper 1, Sam Abbott 1, Elan Stark 1, Matt White 1.

Squad in Full: Wesley Connellan (g/k), Gregg Candy-Wallace, Adam Collins, Richard Hooper (capt), Thom Hamm, Sam Abbott, Elan Stark, Ziggy Tate, Nathan Hart, Joe Hazeldine, Matt White, Alastair Hardinge.
Coach: Ben Alcorn, Assistant Coach: Alastair Roberts.


So the season closed with a slightly disappointing defeat but I think that it is important that we realise just how far we have come since we entered the national league in 2009. Having won the division 4 title in our second season this was our first year in division 3 and we should be delighted with how we have played this year.
Our final finishing position of 5th in Championship 2 means that we are the 18th ranked team in the UK and we should be really proud of what we have achieved in such a short space of time.
The challenge is to now to try and continue to improve and in a short meeting with the players after the two matches it was obvious that everyone is determined to come back even stronger in 2012.
Finally, as mentioned previously, we were lucky to have a large number of supporters with the the team at Watford and all the team would like to thank everyone who came and supported us during this season. 

Kind regards,

Alastair.

Match Report

22/11/2011
London Winter League
Under 16 (96 & Younger) Championship.
Tournament 2, Sunday 27th November 2011.
Whitgift School, South Croydon.

Having won both matches at the first event our under 16 team faced three tough matches at the second tournament at the familiar surroundings of the excellent deep water pool at Whitgift School.
We were fortunate that all of our squad were available for this event but we knew that matches against Beckenham, a combined Crawley/Mid Sussex Marlins squad and our old rivals from Croydon Amphibians would all be a significant challenge.
These are the individual match reports:

Match 1.
Worthing 5, Beckenham 6. (H/T 2-4)
This was an exciting match and we were desperately unlucky not to at least secure a draw.
All the team played well and Beckenham struggled to cope with our attacking play but we were guilty of missing a number of opportunities when we probably should have scored.
Defensively we were guilty of a couple of mistakes which were punished by the opposition and a number of contentious refereeing decisions didn't help.
Although we ultimately lost this match it gave a good indication that the team were very competitive and we were looking forward to the remaining two matches.
Scorers: Joe 3, Sam 1, Ben Goddard 1.
Exclusions: Ben Goddard 1, Sam 1, Karen 1.

Match 2.
Worthing 6, Crawley/Mid Sussex Marlins 2. (H/T 2-1)
After a slow start we eventually recorded a good win against a well organised and competitive opposition.
Sam had a particularly good game at centre back and he joined the attack effectively and scored 4 good goals.
Once again we missed a number of chances when we really should have scored but we were always in control and the final score was a fair reflection of our dominance.
Scorers: Sam 4, Karen 2.
Exclusion: Ben Goddard 1.

Match 3.
Worthing 4, Croydon Amphibians 2. (H/T 2-1)
A cracking match against our old south London rivals who always produce talented junior teams.
The Croydon squad are strong physically and feature a number of very talented players and had been unbeaten in all four of their previous matches.
We knew this would be a tough encounter but we made an excellent start and we soon led 2-0 with Sam scoring and Ben finding the net with an excellent 5 metre shot.
Croydon pulled a goal back before the break but we continued to play well and we soon led when Sam scored again. Croydon pulled another goal back and at 3-2 up Henry produced an excellent save (with his head) and Joe then scored on the counter attack to secure the win.
All the squad played well but special mention should be made of the two girls, Karen and Harleigh, who really battled hard particularly in defence.
Scorers: Sam 2, Joe 1, Ben Goddard 1.
Exclusions: Karen 1, Harleigh 1. 

Squad in full: Henry Jackson (g/k), Sam Wildman, Ben Goddard, Nathan Jones, Ben Curtis, Harleigh Goddard, Karen Chan, Joe Hazeldine, Ellis Bubb.


This was an excellent event and we were desperately unlucky not to win all three matches.
We look forward to playing in the next tournament which takes place back back at the same venue on January 22nd.

Regards,

Alastair.

Match Report

22/11/2011
British Water Polo League.
Men's Championship 2.
19/20 November 2011
Walsall Gala Baths.

The second phase of our 2011 national league campaign continued with the second round of matches at the familiar surroundings of the Walsall Gala baths.
We knew that this second phase of the season was going to be tough but were really pleased to have finished in the top 5 of the third division which had given the team team a chance to play with teams at the bottom of division 2.
The highest ranked team from the Division 2 first phase was Tyldesey and we faced them in our first game on Saturday. On Sunday we had a fixture against Leeds who are another division two team and all of the squad were aware that these two matches against teams from the higher division would be a true test of how far we had come since our entry into the national league.
These are the individual match reports:

Match 1, Saturday 19th, 13.45.
Worthing 10, Tyldesley 20.
Quarter Scores: 3-4, 2-6, 2-5, 3-5.

This was always going to be a difficult match for the squad who were facing the highest ranked team that we have played since we joined the national league.
Tyldesley were a first division team until fairly recently and they feature a squad of talented and experienced players and particularly an ex-GB team centre forward who is widely recognised as one of the most talented players in all the divisions of the competition.
As a result we knew that we would have to be at our best if we were to have any chance of securing a victory and at the pre-match meeting we tried to develop a strategy that would deal with the oppositions obvious strengths.
Unfortunately, and after an encouraging start when we took an early two goal lead, we never played to anything like our normal standard with far too many basic errors which were easily punished.
We failed to deal with the centre forward to scored 12 of the 20 goals that we conceded but our overall play was well below the standard that we are capable of.
The squad were all disappointed and realised that we hadn't really done ourselves justice in what we knew would be a difficult match but we had done well in the first part of the season to give ourselves the chance to play against the better teams. Perhaps the most interesting statistic of the match other than the score was the exclusion foul count. Tyldesley committed 11 but we only recorded 1 and this possibly indicates that we never really played with our normal passion and commitment. 

Scorers: Richard Hooper 3, Matt White 3, Elan Stark 2, Ziggy Tate 1, Nathan Hart 1.
Exclusion: Ziggy Tate 1.

Match 2, Sunday 20th, 16.00.
Worthing 14, Leeds 11
Quarter Scores: 5-3, 4-2, 3-4, 2-2.

After the disappointment of the match on Saturday all the squad and coaches were determined to put on a better display against a young, fit and aggressive Leeds team.
We all realised that this would a very different affair to the Tyldesley match with the speed and counter attack being the major threats that we would need to deal with.
At a very short pre-match meeting a simple plan was discussed that we were sure would be successful, particularly if we could play with our normal level of commitment.
Thankfully all the squad played much better than the previous day and we soon had Leeds under pressure in both attack and defence. We were particularly successful with our aggressive defending which limited the opposition chances. Wesley had another good game in goal producing saves at important times including one spectacular stop when he surprised the opposition forward with remarkable foray from his goal line.
As the match progressed Leeds became more and more indisciplined and we forced them to commit 16 exclusion fouls, many of which were punished with our extra man play. The competitive nature of the match was indicated by the fact that we also had 11 exclusions, including 3 that Ziggy was harshly adjudged to have committed, but this proved that we had definitely competed in what was a tough encounter.
The attitude of the team, and the standard of the play, was a huge improvement than the previous day and we were delighted to have recorded a win against a team from the higher division.

Scorers: Richard Hooper 4, Matt White 4, Elan Stark 3, Nathan Hart 2, Sam Abbott 1.
Exclusions: Ziggy Tate 3, Alastair Hardinge 2, Gregg Candy-Wallace 1, Adam Collins 1, Richard Hooper 1, Thom Hamm 1, Nathan Hart 1, Matt White 1.

Squad in Full: Wesley Connellan (g/k), Gregg Candy-Wallace, Adam Collins, Richard Hooper (capt), Thom Hamm, Sam Abbott, Elan Stark, Ziggy Tate, Nathan Hart, Matt White, Alastair Hardinge.
Coach: Alastair Roberts, Assistant Coach: Ben Alcorn.

The weekend was a little bit of a roller-coaster ride with a disappointing performance on the Saturday followed by a display of character and skill on the Sunday.
We now have two matches remaining in the competition and we play both these fixtures against Birmingham and South Derbyshire at the deep water pool in Watford on Saturday 3rd December.
This will be far the closest venue that we have played at in our three seasons in the national league and we are looking forward to seeing a large number of supporters.

Regards,

Alastair. 

Match Report

22/11/2011
We have played three very different games in the past few days and this is the report of last Friday's county league match.

Sussex County League.
Friday 18th November 2011
Prince Regent Pool, Brighton.
Worthing 10, Brighton B 2 (Quarter Scores: 2-0, 2-1, 4-0, 2-1)

This was a satisfactory win against a spirited Brighton team.
Played at the narrow and shallow Prince Regent pool, this always has the potential to be an awkward match but the team played well on the night to record a comfortable win.
With many of our squad unavailable for a variety of reasons, we included first choice goalkeeper Ben Alcorn as an outfield player and he went on to have a highly eventful evening.
Under 16 squad members Ben Goddard and Joe Hazeldine both played for long periods and did not look out of place in the senior team and Ben scored with a good finish on the counter attack.
We defended well for long periods and both goals that we conceded were slightly unlucky. The second took a viscous deflection off Ben Alcorn before finding the top corner.
Overall this was an entertaining win and all the squad played a part in a good all-round display.

Scorers: Matt White 3, Ben Alcorn 2, Andy Cawdery 2, Ben Goddard 1, Dominic Cranford 1, Nathan Hart 1.
Exclusions: Ben Alcorn 2, Matt White 1.
Squad in Full: Ben Alcorn, Adrian Irbe, Jon Gray, Alastair Roberts (g/k), Joe Hazeldine, Ben Goddard, Matt White, Andy Cawdery, Dominic Cranford, Nathan Hart.

Kind regards,

Alastair. 

Match Report

17/11/2011
London and South-east Region Inter County Tournament.
Under 16's (1996 and Younger)
Whitgift School, South Croydon,
Sunday 13th November 2011.

Competing Counties: Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey and Middlesex.

Sussex Squad:
Franny Collings, Guy Sandys-Renton, Matilda Coke, Daniel Jefferys (All Mid-Sussex Marlins)
James O'Dell, Michael Turner, Hannah Patchett (All Crawley SC)
Henry Jackson (g/k), Sam Wildman, Joe Hazeldine, Ben Goddard (All Worthing SC)

Sussex county entered this years under 16 inter county tournament with a young team that featured 7 players in a squad of 11 who will be eligible to play again next year.
What the team lacked in experience we more than made up for with a combination of swimming speed and enthusiasm and we played four exciting and highly entertaining matches.
The individual reports are as follows:

Match 1. Sussex 2, Hampshire 4.
Quite simply, a match we should have won.
The team soon settled playing an aggressive "press" defence and we created chance after chance on the counter attack. What we failed to do was take these chances and we never made the opposition goalkeeper make saves with some very wasteful finishing.
This really could have been a different result which was acknowledged by the opposition coach but if you don't take your chances you will always be under pressure. 
It was disappointing to lose but the team hade actually played well and on a different day we could have seen a positive result.
Scorers: Ben 1, James 1.

Match 2. Sussex 7, Surrey 2.
A stunning result which was the biggest win by any competing team on the day.
Quite simply, Surrey had no answer to our tactics and we soon forced errors that we punished with some excellent finishing.
All the team played well and the final score indicated our dominance.
This performance proved that the squad was capable of playing some very good water polo and some of the goals were of an excellent standard.
Scorers: Ben 3, James 2, Joe 2.

Match 3. Sussex 3, Kent 6.
In the Hampshire match we failed to hit the target and now against Kent we came up against the outstanding goalkeeper on show.
Once again we created more than enough chances to win the match but the Kent keeper made a string of quality saves.
Defensively we played relatively well but we conceded a couple of poor goals when we had a player excluded and that ultimately cost us a chance of victory.
Scorers: Ben 2, Joe 1.

Match 4. Sussex 5, Middlesex 6.
By the time we played the final match a pattern had developed with the team creating enough chances but failing to take the opportunities.
This proved to be the case again in the final match when we really should have recorded a win.
We raced to a 4-0 lead with Fran and Joe both scoring twice and we were in total control.
Unfortunately, we started to concede goals, mainly to the strong opposition centre forward, and we failed to take a number of chances that we created.
In the end we lost to a late goal which was very hard on the squad who had again played really well.
Scorers: Joe 3, Fran 2.


Overall, this was really exciting event with all five counties at a very similar level of ability. This made for a tournament where every game was close and Hampshire eventually took the title.
The Sussex team played well and although they only won against Surrey (with an outstanding display), the three defeats could easily have gone our way on another day.
This event again indicated that the standard junior water polo in the county has risen over the past few years and I'm sure that we will have a very competitive team in this competition in 12 months time.

Finally, it was nice to see a large number of family and friends who came to support the team and I would like to thank Simon Jeffreys for keeping the match statistics.

Regards,

Alastair.

Match Report

7/11/2011
London Winter League.
Under 14 Division (1998 & Younger)
Tournament 1.
Whitgift School, Sunday 6th November 2011.

This is a quick summary of the first tournament of this season's under 14 competition.
We decided to enter a team, after a fair amount of deliberation, which we knew in the majority would be made up of inexperienced players.
Eventually the squad of 11 that we selected included 8 youngsters with no experience of a "proper" match. With the talents of Ben Goddard and the experience of Ellis Bubb and Ben Curtis we at least had 3 players that would be the backbone of the team.
I understand that all the squad played well and they managed to win three matches with only one defeat which was by the narrowest margin.
The scores were as follows: 
Match 1.
Worthing 7, Watford B 1
Scorers: Ben Goddard 4, Ellis Bubb 1, Jacob Nash 1, Robert Scott 1.
Exclusions: None.

Match 2.
Worthing 2, Enfield 3
Scorers: Ben Goddard 2
Exclusions: Ben Goddard 3

Match 3. 
Worthing 8, Dover 1
Scorers: Ben Goddard 5, Ellis Bubb 1, Milo McCardle 1, Robert Scott 1
Exclusions: Ben Goddard 1

Match 4.
Worthing 4, Crawley/Mid Sussex Marlins 1
Exclusions: None

The team was coached by Norman Griffin and Laura Joseph with some assistance from Joe Hazeldine and they all deserve a vote of thanks for their efforts.

The squad in full: Louis Czaja-Rogers, Ben Curtis, Robert Scott, Daisy Hazeldine, Archy Burnell, Gemma Coulson, Elliott Moore, Milo McCardle, Jacob Nash, Ellis Bubb and Ben Goddard.

Regards,

Alastair.

Match Report

6/11/2011
British Water Polo League
Men's Championship Division 2
Weekend 1,
Leeds University, 5/6 November 2011.

Having played some excellent water polo in Division 3 of this years national league campaign we secured a third place finish, and a result a place in the "Championship 2" second phase of the competition.
In this league we face matches against the other other 4 teams from the top of Division 3 (Caledonia, Exeter, Birmingham and South Derbyshire) and they are joined by the bottom 3 of division 2 (Tyldesley, Hucknall and Leeds). This is going to make for a really hard program of 7 matches which will be played over three weekends starting with these first three games at the Leeds university deep water pool.
This was always going to be a demanding trip for us with a 500+ mile round trip and a squad that had been depleted by the unavailability of a number of players. Ziggy was unfortunately unable to travel due to Illness but we took a squad of 10 to play the three tough fixtures.
These are the individual reports:

Saturday 15.00
Worthing 11, Exeter 16
Quarter Scores: 4-4, 1-4, 3-3, 3-5

A disappointing result against a team that we had beaten in the final game of the first phase but this time round we really struggled to get going.
We didn't play particularly badly but we weren't quite up to our normal standards and as a result we didn't really give ourselves a realistic chance of recording a positive result. 
Richard led the scoring with 4 goals but we were guilty of missing too many chances which we really should have converted. Add to this a slightly lack luster defensive performance and it is easy to see why we never really gave ourselves a chance of the win.
It was annoying that we didn't play our best in this important fixture but all the squad knew what was required to improve in the subsequent matches.
Scorers: Richard 4, Elan 3, Gregg 1, Nathan 1, Matt 1, Alastair 1
Exclusions: Elan 2, Adam 1, Richard 1, Matt 1.

Saturday 18.45
Worthing 9, Caledonia 15
Quarter Scores: 0-4, 1-4, 2-3, 5-5.

This was a hugely frustrating display against a talented Caledonia team who had deservedly topped the Division 3 table winning all their 3 matches.
The score in the first half of the match was no reflection of the overall play and at the break the players and coaches were all at a loss to know why we were 8-1 down.
We had actually played a great deal better than this score would indicate but we hade been guilty of not taking some of the chances we created and we also conceded a number of goals through a lack of concentration.
It would have been easy in the second half for the teams heads to go down and we might have suffered a fairly heavy defeat as a result. The squad deserve a huge amount of credit for the way that they battled back and we started to do ourselves justice. Matt worked really hard in the centre forward position and in the fourth quarter he scored 3 excellent goals.
Although this was our second defeat of the day it was against the team that many people are tipping to win the second phase, and all the team should take a great deal from the excellent performance in the second half. 
Scorers: Richard 4, Matt 4, Nathan 1.
Exclusions: Alastair 2, Gregg 1, Adam 1, Richard 1, Sam 1, Dominic 1.

Sunday 10.30
Worthing 13, Hucknall 13
Quarter Scores: 1-4, 5-3, 1-3, 6-3

A pulsating match against a talented Hucknall team which saw a really exciting finish.
We probably played some of our best water polo during the first few minutes of the match when we defended with great skill and our attack made the excellent opposition goal keeper produce a number of good saves. By the end of the period we found ourselves 4-1 down but we had played so much better than this score indicated.
The second period saw the fight back begin and mid way through the third quarter we took the lead for the first time in the match. Unfortunately we conceded a poor goal just before the end of the quarter which meant that we were 9-10 down at the start of what was to become a really exciting finish.
The drama started when we fell two goals behind with just over 4 minutes left. On our next attack one of the opposition was excluded and we immediately took a time out. On the re-start Matt scored with an excellent finish but Hucknall soon re-gained a 2 goal advantage to lead 13-11. We halved the deficit with another fine goal from Matt on another "man-up" with only 46 seconds left.
In a frantic finale, we defended the next Hucknall attack really well and gained possession with time running out. With 12 seconds left Sam worked himself into a shooting position and he tied the match with a powerful finish past the opposition goalkeeper.
The drama wasn't quite over and Hucknall thought that they might have grabbed a winner in the last second but the "goal" was rightly ruled out. Nathan put in his normal strong performance in defence and he also found his way forward to score 4 excellent goals.
Overall this was an excellent point and was richly deserved after a performance of great character after the disappointment of the previous day.

Scorers: Nathan 4, Matt 3, Richard 2, Sam 2, Elan 1, Alastair 1.
Exclusions: Dominic 1, Nathan 1, Alastair 1.

Squad in Full: Wesley Connellan (g/k), Gregg Candy-Wallace, Adam Collins, Richard Hooper (Captain), Sam Abbott, Elan Stark, Dominic Cranford, Nathan Hart, Matt White, Alastair Hardinge.

Although it was disappointing to loose 2 matches we actually played well for long periods in all three of the games and all of the squad should take great credit for the way that we kept playing, even when things weren't working for us.
We knew that this second phase was going to be difficult with 7 matches against talented teams and we will learn from this weekend.
In two weeks we will be back at the familiar surroundings of the Walsall Gala baths for the next two fixtures against Tyldesley and Leeds.

Regards,

Alastair.

Match Report

30/10/2011
Sussex Senior Knock-out Final.
Saturday 29th October 2011
Crowborough Leisure Centre
Worthing 20, Crawley 11 (+ 4 handicap) = 15.
Quarter Scores: 5-3, 5-4, 7-1, 3-3.

We retained the Sussex senior knock-out competition with a workmanlike but unspectacular victory against an improving Crawley team.
The final was played at the deep water pool in Crowborough which is "neutral" venue for both teams.
This competition is played with a handicap based on last seasons league position and as a result we had to make up a four goal deficit.
We made a steady start to the match but our defending wasn't it's normal high standard and this kept Crawley in the match.
It was only a really strong display in the third period that put the result beyond doubt and the final period was really a formality.
Crawley defended well for most of the match but they committed 9 exclusion fouls as opposed to our 2 and this illustrates the pressure that we put them under.
All the squad played well and Richard (7) and Matt (6) led the scoring. It was nice to see our two juniors (Joe Hazeldine and Ben Goddard) get some water time and neither of them looked out of place in what turned out to be a good win.

Scorers: Richard Hooper 7, Matt White 6, Nathan Hart 4, Alastair Hardinge 2, Sam Abbott 1.
Exclusions: Alastair Hardinge 1, Andy Cawdery 1.
Squad in Full: Andy Cawdery, Richard Hopper, Sam Abbott, Dominic Cranford, Ben Goddard, Ziggy Tate, Nathan Hart, Matt White, Joe Hazeldine, Alastair Hardinge, Alastair Roberts.

Our next competitive fixtures are next weekend when we start the second phase of the national league season at the Leeds university pool.

Regards,

Alastair.
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British Water Polo League

29/10/2011
British Water Polo League (Division 3)
Second phase fixtures
Championship 2 at Leeds, Walsall and Watford
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We would love to see as many supporters as possible at Watford on Saturday December 3rd. This is easily the closest venue that we have played at since we joined the National League.

Match Report

29/10/2011
Sussex Senior League.
Wednesday 26th October 2011
Crawley B 7, Worthing 25.
Quarter Scores: 2-7, 1-6, 1-6, 3-6

This was a satisfactory win for our senior team which was achieved with a good number of our first choice squad unavailable.
As a result Ben Goddard (13 years of age) and Joe Hazeldine (14) both had a chance to experience a good amount of game time in senior water polo and the pair of them both played well.
After a slightly slow start we soon took control and we dominated the remainder of the match.
Crawley struggled to cope with all aspects of our attacking play and we scored a number of fine goals from a variety of positions.
In the end this was a good win and all the squad enjoyed the opportunity to play in the excellent K2 deep water pool. 

Scorers: Sam Abbott 9, Ziggy Tate 5, Richard Hooper 5, Joe Hazeldine 3, Andy Cawdery 1, Ben Goddard 1, Alastair Roberts 1.
Exclusions: Jon Gray 3, Adrian Irbe 2, Andy Cawdery 1, Rob Osborne 1.

Squad in full: Jon Gray, Andy Cawdery, Richard Hooper, Adrian Irbe, Sam Abbott, Joe Hazeldine, Rob Osborne, Ziggy Tate, Ben Goddard, Alastair Roberts. Coach: Nathan Hart. 

Match Report

16/10/2011
British Water Polo League Division 3.
Weekend 3.
Walsall Gala Baths
15/16 October 2011

We travelled to the familiar surroundings of the Walsall Gala baths for the last two matches in the first phase of this years national league campaign.
With three wins in our first five matches we needed a single point from the two scheduled matches at Walsall to secure a place in top five of the league. 
If we could achieve this, then we would be safe from relegation and we would then play in the second phase of the competition joining with the three teams at the bottom of division 2.
Unfortunately we were without Matt White for the weekend because of injury but Adam Collins was making his debut and he added experience to the squad.
These are the individual match reports:

1. Saturday 15th October, 16.05
Worthing 9, University of Bristol 6.
Quarter Scores: 1-1, 3-0, 4-4, 1-1.

The result was the most important aspect of a dour and low key match when the two teams cancelled each other out for long periods.
The first period was particularly slow to come to life with chances few and far between with defences very much on top. We fell behind but Richard soon equalised and we then went on to play our best water polo of the match during the second quarter. We continued to defend well and Richard added two more goals and Nathan produced a fine finish when one of the opposition players was excluded.
With a 4-1 lead at half-time we looked well in control but Bristol kept working hard and the game was still in the balance going into the final period.
In the end we controlled the final quarter well, keeping possession and defending sensibly and eventually running the clock down.
This was a vital win and the result secured our top five position but it was far from our best performance and all the team realised that we can play significantly better. 

Scorers: Richard Hooper 4, Nathan Hart 2, Adam Collins 1, Sam Abbott 1, Elan Stark 1.
Exclusions: Nathan Hart 2, Adam Collins 1, Richard Hooper 1, Thom Hamm 1, Elan Stark 1, Dominic Cranford 1.


2. Sunday 16th October, 12.15
Worthing 14, Exeter 13.
Quarter Scores: 3-2, 3-4, 5-2, 3-5.

This was an exciting match where we played some of our best water polo of the first phase of the competition.
Exeter are a physical but well organised and skillful team who have a number of very talented players who can score goals from a variety of positions.
We knew that this match would be a real battle but we felt that we would be able to cause the opposition problems, particularly if we could defend well.
This proved to be the case and we always led the match until Exeter staged a strong comeback at the start of the final period. We led 11-8 at the beginning of the period but we suddenly stopped defending as we had been and Exeter scored 4 unanswered goals which meant they took the lead for the first time in the match with a little over 3 minutes remaining.
We equalised when Ziggy scored with a fine finish on a "man-up" play with and we had a chance to take the lead when another Exeter defender was excluded (they had 13 in the match) with just over a minute left. Unfortunately we missed the opportunity and then Exeter had a goal disallowed which led to their coach being red carded and dismissed from the pool side.
In a frantic finish we took our final time out and Elan scored an excellent goal to give us the lead again. We still had to defend the final Exeter attack but we managed to turn over the possession and we ran the clock down to secure a fine win.
This was a fine effort from all the squad and we were all delighted with the win. Wesley produced a number of fine saves in goal when it mattered and Nathan produced another solid display at centre back.

Scorers: Ziggy Tate 4, Elan Stark 4, Richard Hooper 2, Sam Abbott 2, Nathan Hart 1, Thom Hamm 1.
Exclusions: Sam Abbott 2, Alastair Hardinge 2, Dominic Cranford 1.

Squad in Full;- Wesley Connellen (g/k), Gregg Candy-Wallace, Adam Collins, Richard Hooper (capt), Thom Hamm, Sam Abbott, Elan Stark, Dominic Cranford, Ziggy Tate, Nathan Hart, Andy Cawdery, Alastair Hardinge.


This was a really good weekend for the team and we were well supported by a good number of friends and family. 
We now face another 7 really tough matches in the second phase starting with the long trip to Leeds in three weeks time.

Regards,

Alastair.

Match Report

14/10/2011
Sussex Senior Knock-Out.
Wednesday 12th October 2011
Worthing 20, Brighton 9.
Quarter scores: 6-1, 5-3, 3-0, 6-5.

This was always going to be an interesting match for our senior team with a large number of the squad unavailable due to a variety of reasons.
As a result we included 3 of of our current junior squad who we knew would give a good account of themselves as well as benefitting from the chance to play at senior level. Joe Hazeldine and Ben Goddard have played a little senior water polo already but Olly Rainford was making his debut and all three of played a significant part in the match.
We made an excellent start in the first quarter and we built a 6-1 lead that was always going to put us in control. The team played really well for long periods and Brighton never really came to terms with our defensive strategy and the speed and directness of our counter attacking.
Sam and Ziggy both scored 7 but this was a really good all round team performance from the squad and everyone contributed to this impressive win.
The team was coached on the night by Matt White who was sitting the game out because of injury.

Scorers: Ziggy Tate 7, Sam Abbott 7, Andy Cawdery 2, Ben Goddard 2, Ben Alcorn 1, Adrian Irbe 1.
Exclusions: Joe Hazeldine 3, Rob Osborne 2, Olly Rainford 1, Ziggy Tate 1, Adrian Irbe 1, Ben Goddard 1.
Squad: Joe Hazeldine, Rob Osborne, Sam Abbott, Olly Rainford, Andy Cawdery, Ziggy Tate, Adrian Irbe, Ben Alcorn, Ben Goddard, Alastair Roberts.

Regards,

Alastair.

Match Report

10/10/2011  

London Winter League.
Under 16 Competition (1996 + Younger)
Tournament 1.
Whitgift School, South Croydon.
Sunday 9th October.

Our under 16 team has begun to make really good progress over the past few months and we were looking forward to the first event of this competition.
Unfortunately we were without a number of the squad but eventually we managed to travel with seven players for the two match program.
These are the individual match reports:

1. Worthing 10, Tunbridge Wells/Sevenoaks 1. (H/T 5-1)
This was a really encouraging display against a spirited opposition who never came to terms with the speed of our attacking play.
We also adopted an aggressive defensive tactic that minimised the scoring opportunities for the opposing team and Henry didn't have a great deal to do in goal.
Joe dominated the scoring but this was a solid team display when we played some really good water polo at times. It was also pleasing to see Harleigh score two really good goals.
Scorers: Joe 6, Ben 2, Harleigh 2.
Exclusions: Joe 2, Harleigh 1, Ben 1, Sam 1.

2. Worthing 7, Basingstoke 5. (H/T 4-3)
This was a really exciting match when we came from behind to win.
We made a slow start and soon fell 2 goals down but we soon started to find our form and at half time we led 4-3.
Basingstoke equalised at the start of the second half but Joe and then Sam with two quick goals made the game safe. Henry made a number of good saves at crucial times and we also missed a number of chances when we might have added to our number of goals.
This was a good win against a talented team and all the squad played a part in getting a positive result.
Scorers: Sam 3, Ben 2, Joe 1, Karen 1.
Exclusions: None.

Squad in full: Henry Jackson (G/K), Joe Hazeldine, Ben Goddard, Harleigh Goddard, Toby Lodge, Karen Chan, Sam Wildman.

This was a really encouraging event for this squad and we are looking forward to the next tournament on November 27th.

Regards,

Alastair. 

Match Report

2/10/2011  

It was a very busy 24 hours for the senior water polo squad with an important Sussex county league fixture at Brighton on Friday and the second round of the national league fixtures on Saturday at Walsall.
 
This is the report of the trip to Walsall where we played two really tough matches on the one day.
 
British Water Polo League (Division 3)
Walsall Gala Baths
Saturday 1st October 2011.
 
Match 1, 13.45
Worthing 9, Caledonia 16.
Quarter Scores: 3-3, 3-3, 2-4, 1-6.
 
This was a match were the statistics really do tell the story. We were level at half-time, and we were only two behind as we started the final quarter but we ran out of steam and eventually we were beaten by the team that currently top the division.
Caledonia are well organised and have a squad that are very fit and they deserved to win this match but we should take a great deal from this performance. In the first half we were very competitive and Matt had a particularly good game at centre forward and scored a number of times as well as forcing the opposition to commit a number of exclusion fouls.
We defended well early on and we looked well organised and at times Caledonia were frustrated by our tactics.
As the game went on it became obvious that we were going to struggle to play at the same tempo throughout and this proved to be the case. The final quarter was disappointing but we had put on a positive display which had again indicated that we are competitive in this division.
 
Scorers: Matt White 5, Richard Hooper 2, Sam Abbott 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
Exclusions: Thom Hamm 2, Sam Abbott 2, Richard Hooper 1, Dominic Cranford 1, Matt White 1. 
 
Match 2, 20.00
Worthing 14, London Otter 7.
Quarter Scores: 2-1, 5-1, 1-2, 6-3.
 
After the defeat to Caledonia the second match of the day against Otter became a really important fixture that we really needed to win if we are to finish in the top 5 of the division.
With a long break between the games and a late start we had plenty of time to plan for the match. At the team meeting we discussed the importance of the fixture and how we felt we should play tactically against a team that can be awkward opponents.
We made a slightly cagey start in the first period but we played well in the second quarter which was the key period of the game. With a 7-2 lead at the mid-point we were in control and we were never really threatened in the second half when we played sensibly to use up the remaining time in the match.
Matt again worked hard at centre forward but it was hard to score goals with some uncompromising defending from the Otter players. As a result they committed 11 exclusion fouls and all 4 of Matt's goals came from our extra man attacks. Richard also scored 5 and in the end this was a comfortable win in what could have been a difficult encounter.
 
Scorers: Richard Hooper 5, Matt White 4, Ziggy Tate 2, Gregg Candy Wallace 1, Thom Hamm 1, Nathan Hart 1.
Exclusions: Gregg Candy-Wallace 1, Richard Hooper 1, Sam Abbott 1, Matt White 1.
 
Squad in full: Wesley Connellan (g/k), Gregg Candy-Wallace, Richard Hooper (capt), Thom Hamm, Sam Abbott, Dominic Cranford, Ziggy Tate, Nathan Hart, Matt White, Alastair Hardinge.
 
 
Although we were disappointed to lose the match against Caledonia, we bounced back well against Otter and secured another important win.
This was a really long day and playing in the last match resulted in a return home at well past midnight. We will be returning to the same venue in two weeks time for the crucial last first phase fixtures but we have proved that we can compete well in this division.
 
Regards,
 
Alastair.

Match Report

2/10/2011

This is a report of Friday night's match at Brighton.
 
Sussex County League
Friday 30th September 2011.
Prince Regent Pool, Brighton.
Worthing 16, Brighton 5. (Quarter scores: 4-1, 5-1, 1-3, 6-0)
 
On Friday evening our senior team faced a potentially difficult trip to play a much improved Brighton team in their home pool.
In the end we recorded a comfortable win playing some really good water polo at times.
Although we have a number of our senior squad away at University, Joel Abbott was back at home this weekend and he was delighted to have the opportunity to play in this match.
With the exception of the third quarter we were really in control and the final score was a fair indication of the difference between the teams.
 
Scorers: Joel Abbott 6, Matt White 5, Alastair Hardinge 2, Richard Hooper 2, Dominic Cranford 1.
Exclusions: Alastair Hardinge 2, Adrian Irbe 1, Joe Hazeldine 1, Richard Hooper 1, Sam Abbott 1, Ben Goddard 1, Joel Abbott 1, Matt White 1.
 
Squad in Full: Ben Alcorn (g/k), Alastair Hardinge, Adrian Irbe, Joe Hazeldine, Richard Hooper, Sam Abbott, Ben Goddard, Joel Abbott, Matt White, Andy Cawdery, Dominic Cranford, Ziggy Tate.
 
Regards,
 
Alastair.

Match Report

20/9/2011
As the senior team was making it's way back from the National league weekend at Grantham, our under 15 team (in conjunction with Crawley) were playing in the final London league tournament of the season.
This is a basic report (with thanks to Alison Goddard for keeping the stats)

London League Under 15 (97 & Younger) Championship.
Tournament 4.
Whitgift School, South Croydon.
Sunday 18th September 2011.

We have enjoyed our participation in this competition and the results in the first three tournaments meant that we qualified to play in the final "top four" play-off at this event.
We therefore faced three tough matches against the strongest teams which we knew would make a very demanding event.
The team played really well and the results were as follows:

Worthing/Crawley 3, Watford 5.
Scorers: Ben Goddard 2, Joe Hazeldine 1
Exclusions: Joe 2, Ben 1. 

Worthing/Crawley 1, Croydon 1.
Scorers: Joe 1
Exclusions: James O'Dell 3, Ben 2, Joe 2.

Worthing/Crawley 7, Basildon 0. 
Scorers: Ben 2, Joe 2, Nathan 1, James 1, Frankie Penfold 1.
Exclusions: None.

Squad in full: Ben Goddard, Joe Hazeldine, Nathan Jones, Ellis Bubb, Ben Curtis, (all Worthing SC), James O'Dell, Mattie O'Dell, Christian Hurst, Frankie Penfold, Sam Chatfield (all Crawley SC).

This was another good event for the team and the narrow defeat to the overall winners from Watford and an excellent draw with Croydon illustrates how well the team has progressed.

Regards,

Alastair. 

Match Report

19/9/2011
National League 2011.
Tournament 1.
Grantham Leisure Centre, 17/18 September.

This is the report of the first national league weekend of the 2011 season.
Having gained promotion last year after winning division 4 and the subsequent play-off match, we travelled to Grantham to face three tough fixtures on our debut in division 3.
The format of the 2011 season has seen a significant change from previous years. The first phase of the season will consist of matches against the other 7 teams in the division. At this point the league will split with the top five playing with the bottom three in division two, and the bottom three joining to play with the top 5 from division four.
As a result of this, our first target is to make the top five but as a promoted team we know that this will not necessarily be easy. 
We travelled to Grantham with three debutants: Ziggy Tate, Thom Hamm and current GB junior goalkeeper Wesley Connellan and all of them were looking forward to this first weekend.
These are the individual match reports:

Saturday 17th September, 12.30.
Worthing 18, South Derbyshire 14.
Quarter Scores: 3-3, 3-6, 7-4, 5-1.

This was a really tough baptism in division three against an experienced and physical South Derbyshire team who had finished in mid-table last season.
Matt White was not available for this game as he served his one match ban that he picked up in the play-off last year but we worked hard to develop a tactical plan that would deal with his absence.
As a result Sam Abbott took over the centre forward role for long periods of the game and he worked incredibly hard against the South Derbyshire defenders.
We struggled early on and early in the third quarter we were 6-10 down but we changed our defensive tactics and we slowly turned the match around. We tied the game at 13-13 by the end of the third period and we played really strongly to close the match out.
Our fitness eventually told and as the game came to a conclusion we scored a number of times on the counter-attack. We also benefitted from only conceding two exclusion fouls in the entire match which continued our good record since joining the national league. Richard had a particularly fine game and scored 8 goals including 1 penalty.
This was a really tough match but we were pleased to have recorded our first win on our first appearance in this division but the squad realised that we would probably have to play better in the up and coming matches.

Scorers: Richard Hooper 8, Elan Stark 4, Sam Abbott 2, Nathan Hart 2, Ziggy Tate 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
Exclusions: Richard Hooper 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.


Saturday 17th September, 16.15.
Worthing 13, Birmingham 14.
Quarter Scores: 4-6, 2-3, 2-2, 5-3.

Our second match of the day was against last year's division winners who missed out on promotion by the narrowest of margins in the play-off. As a result we realised that this would be a really tough test against a well organised and fit team that work really hard.
The match turned out to be a dramatic affair with a hugely exciting conclusion.
After a slightly tentative start when we took time to come to terms with Birmingham's style of play, we slowly started to play to our strengths and going into the final period we only trailed by two goals.
The drama really started when having reduced the deficit to 1 goal at 11-12 we took our first time out. Almost immediately a Birmingham player was excluded and Ziggy scored to put us on level terms for the first time since the start of the match.
Birmingham scored again to re-take the lead but we immediately took our second time out with just over a minute remaining. With 51 seconds left Elan scored to again tie the match and at the re-start Birmingham called a time-out. We thought we had done enough to earn a draw when we defended the next attack and we went forward to try and score the winning goal but unfortunately we lost possession and the opposition scored with 4 seconds of the match remaining.
It was bitterly disappointing to lose in these circumstances but we should take a great deal of credit for the manner of the performance and the fact that we pushed a talented team so close.
Wesley had a fine game in goal and produced a number of good saves and it was encouraging that the goals were shared around 7 of the outfield players.

Scorers: Matt White 3, Richard Hooper 2, Elan Stark 2, Ziggy Tate 2, Nathan Hart 2, Thom Hamm 1, Sam Abbott 1.
Exclusions: Richard Hooper 1, Elan Stark 1, Ziggy Tate 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.


Sunday 18th September, 13.00.
Worthing 17, Swindon 10.
Quarter Scores: 3-3, 4-2, 7-3, 3-2.

This was an excellent end to a very demanding weekend when we played three really tough matches. We beat Swindon in the play-off match to gain a place in this division but they re-gained a place when Warley withdrew and so we had the experience of a recent match against them.
We knew that this would be a tough encounter against a well organised and very strong team who play to their obvious strengths.
After slow starts in the two previous matches we were determined to make a stronger start this time and that proved the case with two quick goals from Matt White. By the end of the first quarter Swindon had leveled at 3-3 but we were playing well and we always looked dangerous in attack.
We took control in the remainder of the match and a particularly strong third quarter made the game safe and we were able to play out the final period controlling possession against a tiring opposition.
Matt had a particularly fine game at centre forward scoring 7 times but his hard work also resulted in Swindon committing a number of exclusion fouls. Overall they committed a remarkable 16 exclusions and with better finishing in the resulting plays we could have scored more goals.
Overall this was another good win which illustrated that we are a competitive team in the division and we should be capable of giving a good account of ourselves against the remaining four teams.

Scorers: Matt White 7, Richard Hooper 4, Sam Abbott 3, Elan Stark 2, Ziggy Tate 1.
Exclusions: Gregg Candy-Wallace 1, Thom Hamm 1, Ziggy Tate 1, Nathan Hart 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.

Squad in Full: Wesley Connellan (g/k), Gregg Candy-Wallace, Jon Gray, Richard Hooper (capt), Thom Hamm, Sam Abbott, Elan Stark, Dominic Cranford, Ziggy Tate, Nathan Hart, Matt White, Alastair Hardinge.

This was a really encouraging start to life in division 3 and we should be very pleased with our two wins and we can take a great deal from the narrowest of defeats to a talented Birmingham team.
All the squad played a part in these matches and as usual the goal scorers will make the headlines for obvious reasons. But all of the squad played their part and Wesley, at sixteen years of age, had a really good debut weekend in the national league and he will undoubtedly improve as he gains experience. Special mention should also be made of Nathan Hart who had an outstanding weekend playing in tough position of centre back. Not only did he defend with great skill, he joined the attack to score a number of vital goals and he only committed one exclusion foul in three games which is not easy playing in such a demanding role.

The season continues in two weeks when we play two fixtures in one day at Walsall on Saturday 1st October.

Kind regards,

Alastair.

Match Report

16/9/2011

 
Sussex County Senior League.
Wednesday 14th September 2011.
Crawley 8, Worthing 15. (Quarter Scores: 4-3, 2-4, 1-2, 1-6)
 
This was the latest match in the county season and we were well below our best in a match that was a lot closer than the final score indicates.
We played poorly in the first period when we contrived to miss several chances that, if taken, would have given us the initiative for the remainder of the match. We also conceded 4 goals that really should have been avoided but we were slow to adapt to the defensive tactics that we were trying to employ.
We slowly edged ahead in the second and third periods but it was only in the final quarter that we started to play something like our normal standard.
Matt White always posed a threat and scored 7 of our goals but all of the squad realised that this was not one of our better performances.
 
Scorers: Matt White 7, Ziggy Tate 3, Richard Hooper 2, Alastair Hardinge 2, Nathan Hart 1.
Exclusions: Richard Hooper 1, Dominic Cranford 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
Squad in full: Alastair Roberts (G/K), Andy Cawdery, Richard Hooper, Kevin Chan, Sam Abbott, Dominic Cranford, Jon Gray, Ziggy Tate, Nathan Hart, Adrian Irbe, Matt White, Alastair Hardinge.
 
We travel to Grantham this coming weekend (17/18 September) to play the first tournament in our debut season in division 3 of the British water polo league following our promotion last year. On Saturday we play South Derbyshire and City of Birmingham and on the Sunday we face Swindon and we expect to be in for three tough matches.
 
Regards,
 
Alastair. 

10 Hours Water Polo Match

23/7/2011

 
Worthing Aquarena
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Match Report

22/7/2011

 
Sussex Senior League.
Thursday 14th July 2011.
Hastings 8, Worthing 17.
Quarter Scores: 2-3, 2-3, 1-6, 3-5.
 
As we made the long journey to Hastings last Thursday we were expecting a low key game against an enthusiastic opposition who normally lack the quality to trouble us.
This didn't turn out to be the case and the drama started well before the match commenced.
Richard Hooper suffered a freak injury just prior to the match and had to take a trip to Hastings hospital as a result. Without one of our established and highly experienced players we were then confronted by current GB senior player Jack Waller who was making a rare appearance for Hastings.
As a result we needed to develop a tactical plan that would deal with Jack's obvious ability as well as creating enough scoring chances for ourselves.
In the end the team actually played really well and although Jack scored 4 times, including 1 tremendous goal, we always were in control and eventually ran out comfortable winners.
It was nice to see 6 different scorers and Stuart Stirling had a particularly fine game finding the back of the net on 5 occasions, the last of these an unstoppable shot from distance into the top corner.
Overall this was another good win when a number of our less experienced squad members played their part in a fine team performance.
 
Scorers: Stuart Stirling 5, Nathan Hart 4, Dominic Cranford 3, Ziggy Tate 2, Alastair Hardinge 2, Andy Cawdery 1.
Exclusions: Ben Alcorn 1, Andy Cawdery 1, Rob Osborne 1.
 
Squad in Full: Ben Alcorn (G/K), Jon Gray, Andy Cawdery, Kevin Chan, Rob Osborne, Dominic Cranford, Stuart Stirling, Ziggy Tate, Nathan Hart, Alastair Hardinge.
 
Regards,
 
Alastair. 

Match Report

16/7/2011

 
Sussex Senior League.
Wednesday 13th July 2011.
Worthing 18, Crawley A 0.
Quarter Scores: 6-0, 4-0, 2-0, 6-0.
 
This was a much easier home win than we originally anticipated against a Crawley team who were missing a number of first choice players.
We had spent time at the pre-match meeting discussing some of the areas of the teams play that we felt we could improve and as a result we were well prepared for this particular match.
Crawley never had an answer to our defensive tactics and we limited them to a small number of chances, mainly taking speculative long range shots. Ben Alcorn in the home goal dealt easily with most of these efforts but he also made a number of outstanding saves which led to a rare clean sheet.
In attack we always created chances and it was only some wasteful finishing that kept the score down.
Our dominance was also illustrated by the exclusion foul count. We only committed 2 but Crawley's overworked defence conceded 11.
 
Scorers: Ziggy Tate 5, Sam Abbott 3, Richard Hooper 3, Nathan Hart 2, Matthew White 2, Alastair Hardinge 1, Andy Cawdery 1, Stuart Stirling 1.
Exclusions: Elliott Ellison 2.
Squad in Full: Ben Alcorn (G/K), Jon Gray, Elliott Ellison, Richard Hooper (Capt), Andy Cawdery, Sam Abbott, Dominic Cranford, Stuart Stirling, Ziggy Tate, Nathan Hart, Matthew White, Alastair Hardinge.
 
 
The senior squad then moved on to an away match at Hastings on the following night and a full report on what was an interesting win in strange circumstances will follow when I have the full statistics.
 
Our under 16 squad have been in action today at the following event:
 
Basingstoke Under 16 Tournament
Saturday 16th July 2011
 
We have played in this event for a number of years and because we were without a number of our squad members we decided to invite 3 Crawley squad members to join our boys and girls for this event.
This arrangement has worked well in the London league in recent months and as a result we were able to play with a squad of 11 at this tournament.
The format saw 6 teams playing in two groups of 3, and we faced matches in this phase against a Basingstoke "B" team and our old rivals from Croydon Amphibians.
The individual match reports are as follows:
 
Worthing 12, Basingstoke "B" 1 (H/T 6-0)
This was an easy win against a very young opposition who had no answer to the high standard of our play.
We scored a number of excellent goals and we only conceded from a rare opposition attack.
Scorers: Joe Hazeldine 5, Ben Goddard 4, Harleigh Goddard 1, Ellis Bubb 1, Nathan Jones 1.
Exclusions: None
 
Worthing 1, Croydon Amphibians 2 (H/T 0-1)
A really exciting encounter which was the best quality match of the tournament.
The winner of this game knew that they would play in the final and it was as close as the final score indicates.
We were actually very unlucky not to take something from this match and we missed a number of chances that we really should have converted. We were then caught out with two pieces of poor defending when we were punished on both occasions. Henry made a couple of fine saves but we really should have snatched a draw in the final seconds but we missed a key opportunity and so lost a game we really should have at least drawn.
Scorer: Nathan Jones 1.
Exclusions: James O'Dell 1, Nathan Jones 1.
 
As a result of this narrow defeat we played in the 3rd/4th play-off game.
Worthing 12, Basingstoke "A" 1. (H/T 6-0)
After the disappointment of the narrow defeat to Croydon we bounced back with a good all-round performance against the home team.
Once again the quality of our attacking play was of a very high standard but we defended well and we only conceded the only goal very close to the end of the game.
All of the squad benefitted from a good amount of water time in what was a successful finish to the day.
Scorers: Ben Goddard 4, Joe Hazeldine 3, James O'Dell 3, Sam Wildman 1, Nathan Jones 1.
Exclusions: None.
 
Squad in Full: Henry Jackson (G/K), Joe Hazeldine, Ben Goddard, Harleigh Goddard, Ellis Bubb, Nathan Jones, Ben Curtis, Sam Wildman (all WSC), Hannah Patchett, James O'Dell, Toby Underwood (all CSC).
 
 
Overall this was a good event for our young team and we can count ourselves a little unlucky to have been drawn in the same group as Croydon who went on to win the competition.
We played a very good standard of water polo and all of the squad will have benefitted from this opportunity to play some more matches.
 
Regards,
 
Alastair.

10 Hours Water Polo Match

12/7/2011

 
Worthing Aquarena
Friday 22rd July 9pm to Saturday 23rd July 7am
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Match Report

11/7/2011

 
London Ladies League.
Whitgift School, South Croydon
Sunday July 10th 2011
 
Worthing/Basingstoke 7, Beckenham 11
Quarter Scores: 1-2, 2-2, 3-3, 1-4
 
This was the final fixture of this summer's competition and the combined Worthing/Basingstoke team were looking forward to another close match against Beckenham.
Unfortunately we were without Jenny Willett and Hannah Chilton but we were able to include Becky Anderson who has recently finished at Loughborough University.
Playing with a squad of only 8 girls was always going to be tough, particularly as this match was to be played over the longer format of four quarters, and this certainly proved to be the case.
We took the lead early on and the two teams traded goals throughout the first three periods. It was only in the final quarter that Beckenham took the decisive lead and this was mainly as a result of the girls just running out of energy. With Gina having to miss most of the final quarter with an injury we didn't quite have the reserves to run Beckenham close, but the whole team still put up a very brave display.
Overall, this was a really encouraging performance from the joint team and we have played some excellent matches, and a good standard of water polo, in this competition throughout the summer.
 
Scorers: Gina Lay 2, Sarah Hickey 2, Karen Chan 2, Becky Anderson 1.
Exclusions: Sarah Hickey 2, Gina Lay 1, Tara Osborne 1, Claire Liggins 1.
 
Squad in full: Kayley Alcorn (G/K), Laura Joseph, Becky Anderson, Tara Osborne, Karen Chan, (all Worthing SC), Claire Liggins, Sarah Hickey, Gina Lay, (all Basingsoke SC)
 
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Report

06/7/2011

 
Sussex Senior League
Wednesday 6th July 2011
Worthing 17, Brighton B 3. (Quarter Scores: 2-1, 4-0, 6-1, 5-1)
 
This was another entertaining home game against a spirited Brighton B team who worked really hard throughout the match.
Brighton were particularly well organised in the first quarter and limited our attacking play with some disciplined defending.
We didn't help ourselves with some wasteful finishing but we slowly managed to take control and eventually we ran out comfortable winners.
All the squad worked hard when they were in the pool but we have a lot to work on as we build up to the national league competition which starts in the middle of September.
 
Scorers: Richard Hooper 5, Ziggy Tate 4, Matt White 2, Sam Abbott 2, Alastair Hardinge 2, Nathan Hart 1, Ben Alcorn 1.
Exclusions: Jon Gray 1, Andy Cawdery 1, Dominic Cranford.
 
Squad in Full: Ben Alcorn (G/K), Jon Gray, Joe Hazeldine, Richard Hooper (Captain), Matt White, Sam Abbott, Elliott Ellison, Stuart Stirling, Ziggy Tate, Nathan Hart, Ben Goddard, Andy Cawdery, Alastair Hardinge, Dominic Cranford. 
 
The season continues next week with two further league matches against a much improved Crawley team at home on Wednesday with a trip to Hastings on Thursday. 
 
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Report

01/7/2011

 
Sussex Senior League.
Wednesday 29th June 2011.
Worthing 8, Brighton 4. Quarter Scores: 3-1, 2-1, 1-1, 2-1.
 
This was possibly one of the most exciting men's matches that has been played in the county in recent years and we needed to produce some quality to water polo to eventually overcome a hugely improved and highly motivated Brighton team.
With team captain Richard Hooper away on holiday, and with other senior players unavailable, we knew that this would be tough game and this certainly proved to be the case.
Although we won the first quarter 3-1 we actually made a sluggish start and we were exposed on occasions by the direct counter attacking play of the opposition.
We looked a little out of sorts at times which was probably as a result of having not played a competitive match for a while. That said, Brighton never stopped working hard to disrupt our normal attacking play and we didn't help ourselves on occasions when we carelessly gave away possession.
Ben Alcorn in goal came to the rescue on a number of occasions with some fine saves and at the other end we were guilty of missing far too many chances
Overall we were pleased to win a tough match which indicated that we will need to work hard in training as we build up to the National league which starts in the middle of September.
 
Scorers: Matt White 3, Zingy Tate 2, Alexander Cranford 2, Nathan Hart 1.
Exclusions: Zingy Tate 2.
Squad in full: Ben Alcorn (GO/I), Jon Gray, Andy Cawdor, Stuart Sterling, Joe Hazel dine, Sam Abbott, Dominic Cranford, Ben Goddard, Zingy Tate, Nathan Hart, Matt White (Capt), Alexander Cranford, Alastair Harding.
 
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Report

01/7/2011

 
SER U16/Y96 Inter Regional Academy Boys Tournament
June 25/26th 2011 - Basildon
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Ben Alcom - SER Team Coach
Dave Alcom - SER Team Manager

Match Report

28/6/2011

 
SER U16/Y96 Inter Regional Academy Girls Tournament
June 18/19th 2011 - Walsall
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Ewan Partridge - SER Team Coach.

Match Review

19/6/2011

 
London League Under 15 Championship (Born 1997 + Younger)
Tournament 2.
Whitgift School, South Croydon.
Sunday 19th June 2011.
 
We have entered this competition with a joint team with boys from Crawley and we were looking forward to this second tournament after playing well at the first event.
Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, a number of the boys from Crawley were unavailable and after a couple of late withdrawals we only had a team of seven. This included the Matthew and James O'Dell from Crawley as well as Ben Curtis who was making only his seconds appearance at a competitive event.
These are the individual match reports:
 
Match 1.
Worthing/Crawley 4, Ealing 2. (H/T 2-2)
 
An exciting match that we deserved to win even though we didn't play at our best.
We made too many basic errors and we were particularly guilty of not taking enough of the many chances that we created.
We decided that we would use several players to take turns in goal as we were without a specialist keeper for this position and all of the boys who took a turn did well.
Ben and Joe shared the goals but the team realised that we would need to play better in the remaining games.
Scorers: Ben Goddard 2, Joe Hazeldine 2.
Exclusions: None.
 
Match 2.
Worthing/Crawley 9, Sutton & Cheam 1. (H/T 6-0)
 
An excellent performance against a team with a number of talented players but who had no answer to our strong defending and quick counter attack.
We made an excellent start and the match was really over as a contest after we raced into a 6 goal half-time lead.
The second half was played at a slightly slower tempo and the opposition only scored a late consolation with a penalty.
Scorers: Joe Hazeldine 4, Ben Goddard 2, Nathan Jones 2, Ellis Bubb 1.
Exclusions: Ben Goddard 1.
 
Match 3.
Worthing/Crawley 3, Watford 5. (H/T 2-2)
 
Another exciting match against a physical and big Watford team who currently head the table.
We knew that we would have to be at our best to deal with this talented opposition and we made an excellent start with Joe scoring form our first attack.
Watford hit back with 2 goals but Ben made the game level just before half-time with a great finish on a "man up" play.
In the second half we struggled to maintain the high standards that we had played at the start of the match and we conceded a couple of goals that might have been avoided.
We kept pressing hard right up to the end of the match and the team should take a great deal of credit for the way that they played this game.
Scorers: James O'Dell 1, Joe Hazeldine 1, Ben Goddard 1.
Exclusions: Ben Goddard 2.
 
Squad in Full: Matthew O'Dell, James O'Dell, (Both Crawley SC), Joe Hazeldine, Ben Goddard, Nathan Jones, Ellis Bubb, Ben Curtis (All Worthing SC).
 
Overall this was a good event for our young team with two excellent wins and a narrow defeat against a strong team.
The team is progressing well and we are looking forward to the remaining tournaments when we hope to continue the improvement.
 
On a different subject, congratulations should go to the following Worthing members who have all been selected to play in the inter-regional 1996 age group championships.
The girls event has been played this weekend in Walsall and Harleigh Goddard and Karen Chan were part of the south-east region squad.
Next weekend the boys event takes place at the new 50 metre pool in Basildon and Joe Hazeldine, Ben Goddard, Nathan Jones and Sam Wildman will be part of the south-east team.
 
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

17/6/2011

 
Sussex Senior League.
Wednesday 15th June 2011.
Worthing 25, Crawley "B" 1.
Quarter Scores: 6-0, 7-0, 4-0, 8-1.
 
This was a routine win against a spirited Crawley second team who always worked hard throughout the match.
Even though we were missing a number of our senior squad players we were able to play with a strong team that featured the emerging talents of under 15 squad members Joe Hazeldine and Ben Goddard.
We started particularly well and our quick counter-attacking tactics immediately caused the opposition problems. We also employed a clever defensive play which forced Crawley to shoot from distance which were easily dealt with by Ben Alcorn in goal.
As the quarter scores indicate, we continued to score goals at a steady rate throughout the match and this again indicated the overall strength of the squad.
Ben Alcorn managed to score when playing in goal and he also played the final period outfield when he doubled his total.
 
Overall, a satisfactory win that again indicates the strength of our squad.
 
Scorers: Ziggy Tate 6, Sam Abbott 5, Ben Brazier 4, Alastair Hardinge 2, Richard Hooper 2, Alexander Cranford 2, Ben Alcorn 2, Adrian Irbe 1, Joe Hazeldine 1.
Exclusions: Adrian Irbe 3, Ben Brazier 1.
Squad in Full: Ben Alcorn, Adrian Irbe, Richard Hooper, Ben Brazier, Sam Abbott, Joe Hazeldine, Ziggy Tate, Ben Goddard, Andy Cawdery, Alexander Cranford, Alastair Hardinge.
 
Kind regards,
 
Alastair.

National League and County League Fixtures

13/6/2011

 
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First Home Game of 2011 at the Aquarena

12/6/2011

 
Wednesday 15th June 9.00pm - Aquarena
County League - Crawley "B"
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Match Review

7/6/2011

 
London League Ladies Division 2
Tournament 2
Whitgift School, South Croydon
Sunday 5th June 2011
 
Having played two highly competitive matches at the first tournament we travelled to the familiar surroundings of Whitgift school for the second event of this year's championship.
As in previous years we are playing in this competition with a team made up jointly with Basingstoke ladies which is an arrangement that has worked very well in the past.
With three teams in the competition we were due to play a repeat of the two fixtures that had been played at the first event.
These are the individual match reports:
 
Match 1,
Worthing/Basingstoke 2, Beckenham 4.
Quarter Scores: 0-0, 0-1, 2-1, 0-2.
 
A very exciting match against a talented team that features a number of younger girls who are now part of the National junior squad development program.
Unfortunately we were without a specialist goalkeeper but the squad decided that each member would take turns in goal and all of them did really well in this demanding position.
This match was a very tight affair and with the scores level at the start of the final period we felt that we had a good chance of going on to win. We were slightly unfortunate to concede two late goals but the girls never gave up and were pressing hard to try and get back into the game right up to the final whistle.
 
Scorers: Claire Liggins 1, Laura Joseph 1.
Exclusions: Gina Lay 1, Laura Joseph 1, Karen Chan 1.
 
 
Match 2,
Worthing/Basingstoke 5, Southampton 5.
Quarter Scores: 1-1, 2-1, 1-1, 1-2.
 
A second excellent match which could have seen any one of three results right up to its conclusion.
Southampton are another talented team and we knew that this would be another close game and so it proved.
We continued with the policy of changing the goalkeeper for each quarter and once again everyone of the girls who took a turn did really well.
On reflection, we probably felt that we did just enough to win this match, but it was always a tight affair and Southampton worked hard to secure the draw.
 
Scorers: Claire Liggins 2, Laura Joseph 2, Gina Lay 1.
Exclusions: Zhuqian Huang  2, Jenny Willett 1, Hannah Chilton 1.
 
Squad in Full: Hannah Chilton, Sarah Hickey, Claire Liggins, Gina Lay, Zhuqian Huang, (All Basingstoke), Jenny Willett, Laura Joseph, Tara Osborne, Karen Chan, (All Worthing).
 
Overall this was another very encouraging tournament for our joint team. When you consider that the squad doesn't get the opportunity to train together regularly, the standard of the play is of a surprisingly high standard.
The squad work well together and we are already looking forward to the final matches which will be played on Sunday 10th July.
 
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

15/5/2011


London League Ladies Division 2.
Tournament 1.
Whitgift School, South Croydon.
Sunday 15th May 2011.

We have entered this summer's London league with a joint team with Basingstoke which is an arrangement that has worked well in the past few years.
Division 2 also features teams from Southampton and Beckenham and the probability is that this should make for an excellent competition with not a great deal to choose between the teams.
This proved to be the case on the day when all three matches between the teams were exciting, closely fought affairs.

Match 1. Basingstoke/Worthing 3, Southampton 6. (H/T 1-2)

The score is not really a fair reflection of how close this match was and it was only a few minutes of poor play at the start of the second half that cost us the chance of victory.
Overall it was an encouraging start for a team and Gina opened the scoring with an excellent goal. It was obvious that it would take time for the team to blend together but some of the signs were very promising. 
We actually defended well most of the time and particularly in the first half but conceding three quick goals at the start of the second half left us too much to do.
Scorers: Gina Lay 1, Hannah Chilton 1, Laura Joseph 1.
Exclusions: Gina Lay 2.

Match 2. Basingstoke/Worthing 6, Beckenham 6. (H/T 2-2)

A very exciting match that entertained the crowd and we deserved to take a point after a really encouraging performance.
The start of the match saw the teams trade goals but we needed Kayley to make a couple of excellent saves to keep us level at half time.
The second period saw both teams press hard for the win and the final minute was a frantic affair. Beckenham equalised at 5-5 with 57 seconds left and we immeadiatley took a time out.
From the re-start Sarah scored with a well taken shot to give us the lead and we thought we would secure the win when we gained possession with 20 seconds left. Unfortunately we lost the ball and after another time out Beckenham equalised just before time ran out.
Scorers: Sarah Hickey 3, Jenny Willett 2, Laura Joseph 1.
Exclusions;- Tara Osborne 3.

Squad in Full: Kayley Alcorn (G/K), Jess Matthews, Tara Osborne, Hannah Chilton, Jenny Willett, Laura Joseph, Sarah Hickey, Gina Lay.

Overall this was a good start in the first of three tournaments and we are looking forward to making further progress in the next two events.

Kind regards,
Alastair.

Trial for ASA Academy Inter Regional

15/5/2011

 
Girls: Karen Chan & Harleigh Goddard
Boys: Henry Jackson, Sam Wildman, Joe Hazeldine, Nathan Jones & Ben Goddard
The above players are invited to attend the trial for the 1996 (and younger) age group to play at the
ASA Academy Inter regional competitions in June.
Trial: 15/5/2011 Basingstoke Aquadrome
Academy Girls: 18-19 June 2011 Walsall Gala Baths, Tower Street, Walsall WS1 1DH
Academy Boys: 25-26 June 2011 Cloucester Park Swimming Pool, Broadmayne, Basildon, Essex SS14 2EB

Ben Goddard - Water Polo training in Serbia

14/5/2011

 
Congratulations! Ben is invited to join the tour to Serbia for Water Polo Training.
Please click here for details

Match Review

2/5/2011


Sussex Senior Knock-out.
Hastings 11 (5 + 6 Handicap), Worthing 17.
Quarter Scores (including handicap): 3-7, 9-8, 12-10, 17-11.

It seems that for the past few years we have always been drawn away at Hastings in the first round of the county knock-out competition.
Therefore it was no surprise when our name came out of the hat this year to confirm the game and we knew that we faced the long trip along the Sussex coast to the shallow, narrow and strangely dimly lit Summerfield pool.
We also faced a 6 goal handicap based on the finishing positions in the 2010 league competition to make the game even more challenging.
The match itself was a relatively low key affair and after a slow start in the first quarter attacking the shallow end goal, we slowly took control and eventually took the lead just after the mid point.
From then on we were never really threatened and we eased to a relatively simple win even though we were well below our best. 
All of the squad of nine enjoyed a good amount of water time and the goals were shared around seven of the players.
Scorers: Richard Hooper 4, Matt White 3, Alastair Hardinge 3, Ziggy Tate 3, Nathan Hart 2, Jon Gray 1, Dominic Cranford 1.
Exclusions: Dominic Cranford 2, Richard Hooper 1, Matt White 1, Ziggy Tate 1, Nathan Hart 1.
Squad in full: Ben Alcorn, Rob Osborne, Richard Hooper, Matt White, Alastair Hardinge, Ziggy Tate, Nathan Hart, Jon Gray & Dominic Cranford.

Kind regards,
Alastair.

National League Div 3

24/4/2011

 
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Match Review

11/4/2011


London League Under 15 Championship.
Tournament 1, Whitgift School, South Croydon.
Sunday 10th April 2011.

We have entered this competition jointly with Crawley SC having successfully played with the same combination in the winter league.
The squad had improved throughout the previous event and we were looking forward to this first tournament at the excellent deep water pool at Whitgift school.
These are the individual match reports;-

Match 1. Worthing 3, Croydon Amphibians 7. (H/T 1-4)
It was perhaps a little unlucky to have to play probably the strongest team in the competition in our first match and we never really got going.
We made too many basic errors, particularly defensively, and against a talented team we were punished on several occasions.
In attack we did cause the opposition problems but we missed chances at key moments. Strangely, all three of our goals were penalties taken expertly by Joe Hazeldine.
Scorer: Joe Hazeldine (3 penalties)

Match 2. Worthing 8, Hythe 2. (H/T 3-0)
A much better performance against the opposition from Kent and we dominated the match throughout.
Hythe struggled to deal with our press defence, which gained possession on many occasions, and the speed and directness of our counter attacking.
Joe and Ben shared the goals but this was good all-round team performance where everyone contributed.
Scorers: Joe Hazeldine 4, Ben Goddard 4.

Match 3. Worthing 12, Basildon 1. (H/T 7-0)
Another good win against a young team who again struggled to deal with the quality of our play.
Joe and Ben again dominated the scoring but Nathan scored two good goals and Ben Curtis, making his debut in a competitive tournament, coolly slotted home his first goal from a penalty shot.
Once again, the standard of our play was of a high standard and the final score was a fair reflection of our dominance.
Scorers: Joe Hazeldine 5, Ben Goddard 4, Nathan Jones 2, Ben Curtis 1 (penalty)

Match 4, Worthing 9, Mid Sussex Marlins 0. (H/T 6-0)
A relatively easy win against a Mid Sussex team who were missing a number of established players.
Again, the standard of our play, particularly the ability to counter-attack, proved to be too much for our opponents and it was also pleasing to keep a clean sheet.
The goals were shared between 5 players and Ben Curtis soon added to his first goal when set up by Ben Goddard.
Scorers: Joe Hazeldine 4, Nathan Jones 2, Ben Goddard 1, Ellis Bubb 1, Ben Curtis 1.

Squad in full: Christian Hurst (G/K), Frankie Penfold, Matt O'Dell (all Crawley SC), Joe Hazeldine, Ben Goddard, Ellis Bubb, Nathan Jones, Ben Curtis (all Worthing SC).

Overall this was an excellent event for our joint team and the only disappointment was that we didn't really do ourselves justice in the match against Croydon.
All the squad members are now showing improvement and we are looking forward to the remaining tournaments throughout the summer.


Kind regards,
Alastair.

News

3/4/2011


Just a quick message to bring news of the two Inter county tournaments which were played yesterday evening at the deep water pool at Whitgift School in south Croydon. -
Photo album
 
1. Under 14 Mixed Competition (born 1997 & younger)
 
The Sussex squad eventually won a hugely exciting event after a pulsating draw against Surrey in the final match of the competition.
Having beaten Hampshire in the first match it was obvious that the game against Surrey would decide the overall title. At half-time the team trailed 1-3 having conceded all the goals as a result of poor defending. The second period saw a much better display and we drew level at 3-3 before again falling behind with around a minute left.
The team showed great character to set up one final attack and Surrey conceded a penalty with 25 seconds left. Joe Hazeldine calmly converted the opportunity to tie the match 4-4 and our superior goal difference resulted in Sussex taking the title on goal difference.
This was a terrific win and all the squad should be proud of their efforts.
Worthing Squad Members: Ben Goddard, Joe Hazeldine, Nathan Jones.
 
2. Under 16 Girls Competition (born 1995 & younger)
 
The Sussex girls squad were also successful in this new competition where they recorded wins against Hampshire and Surrey.
As in the under 14 event, the key game was always going to be against a talented Surrey team and after a very exciting match the girls eventually won 6-5.
The squad played a good standard of water polo throughout the competition and they very much deserved to take the title.
The girls benefitted from having played together in the London winter league competition and the experience that they had gained was evident in the standard of their play.
Worthing Squad Members: Laura Joseph, Tara Osborne, Karen Chan, Harleigh Goddard.
 
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

22/3/2011


South-east Region Men's Water Polo Championship -
Photo
Tournament 2
Jersey, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th March 2011.
 
After playing really well and winning our four matches at the first tournament of this years championship we were all looking forward to the return fixtures in Jersey.
The first tournament was played in the all deep pool at Basingstoke which suits our style of play but the Jersey venue features a shallow end which we always find hard to play in.
As a result we knew that we would be in for tough games over the weekend and it is never easy to play this amount of water polo in such a short space of time.
These are the individual match reports:
 
Match 1, Saturday 13.00
Worthing 21, Basingstoke 1
Quarter Scores: 8-1, 4-0, 3-0, 6-0.
 
This was a relatively simple win against a Basingstoke team who were missing a number of their established players.
We controlled the game throughout and we scored a number of quality of goals.
Defensively we limited the opposition to a relatively small number of chances and Ben Alcorn in goal produced number of saves when called upon.
Overall, a satisfactory win but all of the squad knew that the next match in particular would be a much more demanding affair.
Scorers: Joel Abbott 5, Richard Hooper 4, Ziggy Tate 3, Sam Abbott 3, Ben Alcorn 2, Gregg Candy-Wallace 2, Alastair Hardinge 1, Nathan Hart 1.
Exclusions: Gregg Candy Wallace 1, Richard Hopper 1, Rob Osborne 1, Ziggy Tate 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
 
 Match 2, Saturday 16.45
Worthing 18, East Invicta 8.
Quarter Scores: 6-2, 3-1, 4-3, 5-2.
 
A fine performance against a very talented team who are capable of playing a very high standard.
Tactically we came up with a game plan that we felt would deal with the quality opposition players and this proved to be the case and the tone was set with dominant first period.
Ben had another good game in goal and made saves when required but all the team played well and we controlled the match throughout.
To beat a team of this quality by such a resounding margin was an excellent all-round effort and all the squad contributed in one way or another.
Scorers: Joel Abbott 6, Ziggy Tate 4, Richard Hopper 4, Nathan Hart 3, Alastair Hardinge 1.
Exclusions: Nathan Hart 2, Alastair Hardinge 2, Gregg Candy-Wallace 1, Joel Abbott 1.
 
 Match 3, Sunday 09.45
Worthing 13, Jersey 5.
Quarter Scores: 2-1, 5-3, 3-0, 3-1.
 
A slightly less dominant performance against the hosts but still a good win when we were always in charge of the match.
Unfortunately Alastair Hardinge had suffered a freak injury to his knee on the Saturday evening but he was patched up to play on the Sunday.
All the squad were beginning to show the effects of playing the number of games over a weekend and we never played with our normal high tempo.
We did enough to win, but we never really played our best water polo in what was a scrappy affair.
Scorers: Ziggy Tate 5, Richard Hooper 3, Joel Abbott 2, Sam Abbott 1, Rob Osborne 1, Alastair Hardinge 1. 
Exclusions: Jon gray 2, Sam Abbott 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
 
 Match 4, Sunday 12.15
Worthing 11, Southampton 10.
Quarter Scores: 2-1, 3-3, 1-1, 5-5.
 
A real nail biter to finish when we eventually managed to snatch a winner in the last seconds of the match.
The fourth match in 24 hours was always going to be a tough affair and Southampton are a physical, well organised team who understand the way to play in this type of pool.
We were actually never behind in the match but we weren't able to push on and build a lead that would secure victory.
Eventually the match was decided in dramatic fashion in the final quarter. The period began with us holding a 1 goal lead and we should have made the game safe when we led 9-7 with about 4 minutes left.
Poor defending saw Southampton score twice to level the match but we called a time-out on an opposition exclusion and Ziggy scored from a well worked move to restore our lead.
Southampton again equalised and we called our second time out with 45 seconds remaining. From the restart we forced the opposition to commit another exclusion and Joel scored the goal that gave us victory.
We were not at our best in this match but credit must go to the opposition who pushed us all the way and they were probably a touch unlucky not to take something from the game.
Scorers: Joel Abbott 5, Ziggy Tate 3, Richard Hooper 2, Sam Abbott 1.
Exclusions: Richard Hooper 1, Ziggy Tate 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
 
Squad in full: Ben Alcorn (G/K), Gregg Candy-Wallace, Jon Gray, Rob Osborne, Sam Abbott, Joel Abbott, Nathan Hart, Alastair Hardinge, Richard Hooper & Ziggy Tate.
 
Overall this was an excellent weekend when at times we played some quality water polo. Our 100% record of 8 wins over the two tournaments secured the regional title again and we should be rightly proud of our record in this competition.
We are very grateful to the host club for the organization and hospitality and all of the squad and a good number of friends and family who travelled  to support the team, thoroughly enjoyed the weekend.
 
 Kind regards,
 Alastair.

National League Div 3

12/3/2011

 
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Match Review

28/2/2011

 
London Winter League.
Under 16 (Mixed) Championship.
Play-off Round 1.
Whitgift School, South Croydon
Sunday 27th February 2011.
 
Our under 16 squad has made good progress recently and we were looking forward to continuing the improvement in form at this round of the Winter league.
In the final phase the matches are much longer and played over 4 quarters and for most of the squad this was the first occasion that they had encountered this much more demanding format.
We were also missing some of our squad because of the school half-term but we still took 9 boys and girls to this event.
 
Match 1.
Worthing 18, Sevenoaks/Tunbridge Wells 2.
This was a comprehensive victory against a young team who never came to terms with our "press" defence and the speed and directness of our attacking.
All of the outfield players managed to find the back of the net and we scored a number of good goals. It was nice to see Harliegh score again with another well taken shot.
Henry Jackson did well in goal for the first two quarters and then Joe Hazeldine and Tara Osborne, who made one fine save, played 1 quarter each.
Overall a satisfactory win that indicated again that the team is making progress.
 
Match 2.
Worthing 3, Basingstoke 7.
 
A defeat but a fine performance against a team that is made up entirely of boys who are at the top of this age group.
Only a few months ago we would have lost this match by a much greater margin but the team is now a great deal better organised, especially in defence.
With a little more composure in front of goal we probably would have scored a few more goals but this will come with experience.
We defended tenaciously throughout the game and Henry made a number of good saves when called upon.
Overall this was a really encouraging performance which was only slightly spoilt by some petulance from one of the Basingstoke boys in an incident with Joe Hazeldine.
 
Worthing Squad: Henry Jackson (G/K), Laura Joseph, Tara Osborne, Karen Chan, Ben Goddard, Joe Hazeldine, Harleigh Goddard, Olly Rainford, Nathan Jones.
 
The final tournament in the Championship will be played at the same venue on March 20th.
 
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

17/1/2011

 
Southeast Region Men's Senior Championship 2011
Tournament 1.
Basingstoke Aquadrome.
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th January.
 
We travelled to Basingstoke to play the first of two tournaments in this years regional championship where we would begin the defence of the title that we won last year.
The format is always demanding with 4 full matches at a deep water venue in two days but we enjoy the opportunity to play against teams from outside of Sussex.
We weren't able to take a full squad of 13 to this tournament for a variety of reasons but the team that we had available was probably the strongest that we could have selected.
These are the individual match reports:
 
1. Saturday, 15.30
Worthing 26, Southampton 7.
Quarter Scores: 6-2, 6-3, 8-1, 6-1
 
A good start to the weekend saw the team record a satisfactory win against a Southampton team that was missing a number of players who were away playing for the university team. 
We were always in control and although it took some time for the team to understand our defensive strategy, we played some good attacking water polo and kept scoring some quality goals.
All the squad enjoyed a good amount of water time and the final score was a fair reflection of the difference between the teams.
 
Scorers: Joel Abbott 7, Richard Hooper 5, Sam Abbott 4, Matt White 4, Ziggy Tate 4, Ben Alcorn 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
Exclusions: Richard Hooper 1, Ziggy Tate 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
 
2. Saturday 18.00
Worthing 22, Jersey 10.
Quarter Scores: 8-3, 5-3, 4-1, 5-3
 
Another satisfactory win against a spirited Jersey who always offered an attacking threat.
We were perhaps suffering a little because of the relatively short gap between the matches but we always looks likely to score when in possession.
Once again all the squad contributed to this win and it was particularly pleasing that we only conceded 1 exclusion offence in the match.
 
Scorers: Matt White 7, Richard Hooper 4, Ziggy Tate 3, Joel Abbott 3, Sam Abbott 2, Alastair Hardinge 2, Nathan Hart 1.
Exclusion: Matt White 1.
 
3. Sunday 11.15
Worthing 18, East Invicta 15.
Quarter scores: 5-5, 2-4, 5-3, 5-3
 
A high quality match between the two outstanding teams in the competition.
East Invicta a composite team drawn from a number of clubs in Kent and they are able to draw on a number of very talented players who are part of the Invicta squads who play in the national league.
We knew that this would be a very tough game and we discussed in the pre-match meeting how we felt we could best deal with the opposition.
In the first period we played well in attack but our defensive play was never at it's best and as result we conceded a number of goals that we really should have avoided.
Unfortunately we continued to play poorly at the start of the second period and we soon fell 3 goals behind. At this point we took a time out and changed the defensive game-plan which proved to be the pivotal moment in the match.
Our change to a more aggressive "press defence" with Joel in the centre back role stopped the opposition scoring with shots from distance. In attack we continued to carry a threat and we scored a number of fine goals that illustrated the quality of our play.
In the final period we had built a 4 goal lead and throughout the quarter we played intelligently keeping possession resulting in as much time as possible being used up.
Overall this was an excellent win against a very talented team who pushed us all the way.
 
Scorers: Joel Abbott 5, Richard Hooper 3, Ziggy Tate 3, Matt White 2, Alastair Hardinge 2, Sam Abbott 2, Nathan Hart 1.
Exclusions: Richard Hooper 3, Nathan Hart 2, Joel Abbott 2, Matt White 1.
 
4. Sunday 15.30
Worthing 29, Basingstoke 4.
Quarter Scores: 7-2, 5-0, 8-1, 6-1.
 
This was an easy win against a young and inexperienced opposition.
We played sensibly throughout and all of the squad had a chance to play in what was always going to be satisfactory victory.
Our counter-attacking was particularly successful and Basingstoke never came to terms with the speed and skill of our play.
 
Scorers: Ben Alcorn 7, Sam Abbott 5, Joel Abbott 4, Matt White 4, Alastair Hardinge 3, Ziggy Tate 3, Richard Hooper 2, Nathan Hart 1.
Exclusions: Ziggy Tate 1, Matt White 1, Alastair Hardinge 1, Jon Gray 1.
 
Squad in full: Ben Alcorn, Gregg Candy-Wallace (Sat), Jon Gray, Ziggy Tate, Nathan Hart, Joel Abbott, Sam Abbott, Richard Hooper, Alastair Hardinge, Matt White, Alastair Roberts.
 
This was a good weekend for our senior team with the highlight the excellent win against East Invicta.
The second tournament takes place in Jersey on the weekend of the 19th/20th March.
 
Regards,
Alastair.

Match Review

17/1/2011

 
London Winter League.
Under 16 Mixed Championships. (1995 + Younger)
Tournament 2.
Whitgift School, South Croydon.
Sunday 9th January 2010.
 
We travelled to the familiar surroundings of the excellent deep water pool at Whitgift school for the second tournament in this season's Championship.
At the first event we had seen an improvement in the play of this young squad and we were hoping that this positive development would continue in the two matches played today.
These are the individual match reports:
 
Match 1.
Worthing 7, Tunbridge Wells/Sevenoaks 3. (H/T 4-1)
 
This was an encouraging win against an enthusiastic if technically limited opposition and we at times played a good quality of water polo.
We always posed a threat with the speed and directness of our attacking play but we were guilty of conceding 3 poor goals defensively.
We took control of the match with two quick goals from Laura and we always looked capable of adding to this when attacking, but we were guilty of missing several chances when we really should have added to our goal tally.
Overall this was a good win but it probably should have been by an even greater margin.
 
Scorers: Laura 3, Ben 2, Olly 1, Karen 1.
Exclusions: None.
 
Match 2.
Worthing 2, Beckenham 7. (H/T 0-3)
 
We actually played better in this match against a talented opposition than the final score indicates.
Our defending, particularly early on, was of a high standard and we frustrated Beckenham for long periods limiting the number of opportunities they had to score.
We struggled with our attacking game and we were particularly guilty at times of passing the ball poorly and as a result losing possession.
As the game progressed we created more chances and this was eventually rewarded with good goals from Karen and Sam. 
This was a good game against a talented team and the performance did indicate that this squad is still making progress,
 
Scorers: Karen 1, Sam 1.
Exclusions: Olly Rainford 1, Sam Wildman 1.
 
Squad in full: Henry Jackson (G/K), Sam Wildman, Karen Chan, Laura Joseph, Olly Rainford, Nathan Jones, Jack Swift, Ben Goddard, Charlie Jones.
 
This was an encouraging event for the squad and we would have been much closer in the match against Beckenham if it wasn't for a number of unforced individual errors.
Progress is now being made and I am sure that we will continue to see an improvement over the coming months and years if the individual team members continue to work hard. 
 
Regards,
Alastair.

Alastair Roberts
Water Polo Secretary