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2012 Water Polo News Archive

Sussex County Water Polo Squads

21/12/2012

Just a quick message about the latest WSC members who have represented Sussex county water polo squads that played last Sunday (16th December) in the inter-county competition at Whitgift School, South Croydon.

The girls under 16 competition featured WSC members Daisy Hazeldine and Gemma Coulson in a squad of 12 girls who won the competition with win against Surrey and a hard fought draw against Kent. This was an excellent win for Sussex and Daisy and Gemma both played significant parts in what was an excellent team performance.

The boys played in the under 14 competition in a squad of 11 that was dominated by WSC members, some who were playing for the first time in a "proper" match. Ben Curtis, Archy Burnell, Billy Akehurst, Elliott Moore, Luke Moore and William Newnham (Lucas Bubb was unable to play because of illness) all enjoyed the experience and although they lost both matches they will have learnt a great deal from this opportunity.

It is encouraging to see that we are still producing boys and girls who are representing the county and I'm sure that a number of them will go on to play for the South-east in the inter-regional competitions.

Regards,
Alastair 

Match Report

16/12/2012

British Water Polo League Championship 3
Walsall Gala Baths
Sunday 16th December 2012.

The final two matches of the 2012 BWPL season would see our squad return again to the familiar surroundings of the Walsall Gala Baths, and we knew that 1 win would guarantee our place in Division 3 next season and 2 victories would secure the overall title.
All season we have struggled to have a settled squad available and unfortunately we were once again without some of our key players and we also had to contend with Elan's suspension in the first match. Because of the early start of the first match the great majority of the squad travelled up to Walsall on the Saturday evening which ensured that we didn't have to leave the south coast very early on the Sunday morning.
These are the individual match reports:


Match 1. 10.30
Worthing 14, Watford 10.
Quarter scores: 5-3, 4-2, 2-2, 3-3.

This was a satisfactory win in this crucial first match and as a result we knew that we had secured our place back in division 3 next year.
We didn't play as well as we might have expected against a Watford team that we perhaps should have beaten more easily, but they never made things easy for us and we had to dig deep at times to make sure that we won the game.
Our defensive play was not of it's normal high standard and we were guilty of conceding a number of poor goals that kept Watford in the game but eventually we did enough in attack to get a positive result.
We led 9-5 at half-time and we controlled the second half of the match reasonably well and Watford never looked like getting back into the match from the mid-point. Richard played a good amount of the game in the unfamiliar position of centre forward and he scored 5 times. Paul also scored 5 with some excellent outside shots and Sam with 3 and Ben with 1 completed the scorers.
One worry was the unusually high number of exclusions that we conceded during the match and we thought a number of these were as a result of what seemed to be some over fussy refereeing.
The win was all that really mattered and although this was far from a vintage performance we definitely deserved to take the points.
Scorers: Richard Hooper 5, Paul Phillpott 5, Sam Abbott 3, Ben Goddard 1.
Exclusions: Richard Hooper 2, Nathan Hart 2, Paul Phillpott 2, Alastair Hardinge 2, Gregg Candy-Wallace 1, Thom Hamm 1, Sam Abbott 1.


Match 2. 14.15
Worthing 10, Manchester Hawks 12.
Quarter scores: 2-3, 5-5, 2-1, 1-3.

This was a disappointing performance, and result, to end the 2012 season and the defeat meant that we missed out on the overall title.
Forced to play this crucial match with the minimum rest period between games we never played anywhere near our best and as a result lost a tight game that we really should have won. Manchester are a talented team that include a number of the national junior squad but we just never really got going and too many simple mistakes cost us any chance of the win.
The match was always close and we tied the score at 9-9 just before the end of the third quarter and it looked as though we had given ourselves the chance to take the win. Unfortunately we couldn't capitalize on a number of the opportunities we created in the final period and some poor defending when it really mattered cost us the game.
Our man up play was particularly poor and we only converted 3 of the 13 opportunities and although the Manchester goalkeeper made some saves, we were guilty of missing the target on far too many occasions.
Elan led the scorers with 5 but we missed far too many shots when we really should have scored and that contributed to what was a below par performance.
This was not the result that we had hoped for but we really couldn't complain because we definitely hadn't played well enough to secure the win.
Scorers: Elan Stark 5, Paul Phillpott 3, Sam Abbott 2.
Exclusions: Nathan Hart 2, Alastair Hardinge 2, Richard Hooper 1, Elan Stark 1, Sam Abbott 1, Ben Goddard 1, Paul Phillpott 1.

Squad in full: Wesley Connellan, Gregg Candy-Wallace, Thom Hamm, Richard Hooper, Elan Stark (Match 2), Sam Abbott, Andy Cawdery, Nathan Hart, Ben Goddard, Paul Phillpott & Alastair Hardinge.

Overall we achieved what we needed to but it was disappointing not to win the title, particularly as we realised that we hadn't really done ourselves justice in the second match. But we should have no complaints because everyone knew that we hadn't played to our normal standard against Manchester and the league table ultimately is a true reflection of the season.

Regards,
Alastair.

Match Report

9/12/2012

Sussex County Senior League Play-off Matches.
Wednesday 5th December and Friday 7th December 2012

Match 1, Worthing Aquarena
Worthing 8, Brighton 5. (Quarter Scores: 2-2, 1-1, 1-1, 4-1)

For the first time for many years, the county senior men's league championship had to be decided by home and away play off matches as a result of two teams finishing level on points at the end of the season.
Brighton are a much improved team and have benefitted recently from the arrival of many new players and we knew that a two match play-off would be a difficult proposition.
We beat the same opposition comfortably at the end of October in the knock out final played at the deep water pool in Crowborough but these two games in deep/shallow pools promised to be much closer affairs.
The first game at the Aquarena was a tense affair with plenty of errors from both teams and we made really hard work of securing a vital win.
We actually started well and soon took a two goal lead but poor defending let Brighton back in the match and we only managed to take a significant lead in the last quarter. We actually scored the last goal with 1 second left on the clock when Matt took his tally to 4 but we would have hoped for a bigger winning margin before the second leg.
The squad realised that we hadn't really played well in the match but at least we hade a three goal advantage going into the second game.

Scorers: Matt White 4, Ziggy Tate 3, Richard Hooper 1.
Exclusions: Paul Phillpott 2.
Squad: Ben Alcorn (g/k), Adrian Irbe, Richard Hooper, Sam Abbott, Joe Hazeldine, Ziggy Tate, Jack Swift, Matt White, Paul Phillpott & Ben Goddard.


Match 2, Brighton Prince Regent Pool.
Brighton 10, Worthing 14.

The second match was another exciting affair but Brighton never really looked like recovering from a dominant Worthing display in the first quarter. We were unfortunately without Matt who had to withdraw shortly before the match due to illness but we were able to include Joel Abbott who was home from Sheffield for the weekend. 
We started really well and although after the first period we didn't play quite as well, we controlled the match and eventually secured a relatively comfortable win. Brighton never gave up and they scored a number of excellent goals but we always looked dangerous in attack and Joel scored a number of fine goals from both centre forward and with a number of powerful outside shots.
All of the squad played a part and we hade to produce a disciplined display to eventually secure the win

Scorers: Information to follow
Exclusions: Information to follow
Squad: Ben Alcorn (g/k), Richard Hooper, Sam Abbott, Joe Hazeldine, Ziggy Tate, Jack Swift, Paul Phillpott, Nathan Hart & Joel Abbott.

As a result of the two wins we retained the Sussex league title that we have held, with the one exception of the year 2000, since 1994. This was achieved again with a squad of players that have all come through from junior teams at Worthing and we continue to develop talented youngsters. Joe Hazeldine played well in both games and Ben Goddard, who played well on the Wednesday, was missing on Friday because he was with the national squad in Cardiff for the weekend.
We now have two more remaining fixtures in 2012 which are the final BWPL matches against Watford and Manchester Hawks that will be played next Sunday (16th December) at Walsall.

Regards,
Alastair.

Match Report

2/12/2012

British Water Polo League Championship 3.
Walsall Gala Baths
Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd December 2012.

The latest round of matches in the 2012 BWPL season would see the team return to the familiar surroundings of the Gala Baths at Walsall.
Three weeks previously we had started the second phase of the season at the same venue and recorded 3 wins with two of them being by the narrowest of margins.
This weekend we faced two matches against Bridgefield (who are based in Liverpool) and London Otter and in this highly competitive division these promised to be two more demanding fixtures.
Unfortunately, we were missing a number of the squad for this weekend for a variety of reasons but the players who travelled were still looking forward to what promised to be an exciting couple of matches.
These are the individual match reports:


Saturday 1st December, 13.25.
Worthing 12, Bridgefield 11.
Quarter Scores: 5-4, 4-2, 3-3, 0-2.

This was the first time that we have played Bridgefield in the BWPL and this proved to be an exciting and very demanding match that we finally managed to win by the narrowest margin.
The match was full of drama from the start and we soon realised that we were in for a very physical game against a well organised team who featured a number of talented players. The match started with the teams trading a number of goals and although we looked good in attack we were disappointed with a number of the goals that we conceded. We started well in the second period and we scored 4 quick goals to stretch the lead to 9-4 but the match changed when Matt reacted to some persistent fouling from one of the Bridgefield players and both players were excluded for the rest of the match.
This left us a player short and it took the remainder of the squad time to adjust to Matt's absence and Bridgefield took advantage to score a number of goals that reduced our advantage. At one point during the third quarter the match was tied at 9-9, but the squad rallied and goals from Sam, Paul and Gregg meant that we started the final period leading 12-9.
The key to the win would be a sound defensive performance in the final quarter and although we conceded 1 goal with 6 minutes remaining, we defended really well for the remainder of the match and Bridgefield didn't score again until 52 seconds from the end. We played out our next 30 second possession and the opposition called a time out when they took control of the ball with 22 seconds left. We then produced an excellent defensive play which forced Bridgefield to take a shot from distance which didn't threaten the goal and as a result we secured a very hard fought victory.
This was another good win against a very difficult and tough opposition (the exclusion count was 17-8 which illustrates the nature of the match) and we deserved to take the points even though we hadn't been at our best.

Scorers: Matt White 4, Sam Abbott 3, Gregg Candy-Wallace 1, Elan Stark 1, Joe Hazeldine 1, Nathan Hart 1, Paul Phillpott 1.
Exclusions: Matt White 3, Nathan Hart 3, Elan Stark 1, Joe Hazeldine 1, Paul Phillpott 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.


Sunday 2nd December, 12.35.
Worthing 12, Otter 17.
Quarter Scores: 2-2, 3-5, 5-7, 2-3.

We knew that the match against Otter was going to be a very tough affair with Matt suspended and playing with only a squad of 9 players and it was probably the lack of options that eventually cost us the chance of victory.
The squad made an excellent start to the match and our defensive tactics frustrated the oppositions normal attacking play restricting them to mainly shooting from distance. We played well on the counter attack and Sam scored two good goals to see the score level at the end of the period.
We continued to play well again for the majority of the second quarter but a couple of poor defensive errors late in the period resulted in a half time deficit of 5-7. From this point we were beginning to struggle as a result of the lack of substitutes on the bench and this situation was made worse when Elan was dismissed for dissent half way through the third period.
The squad deserve great credit for the way that they kept going for the remainder of the game and the final score does not really reflect the outstanding effort that we put in. In the end we lost because we ran out of energy as a result of the small squad and also we made a number of basic errors at key moments that cost a number of goals. 
That said, all of the squad played really well and Joe, as the youngest team member, had another fine game. 
Although we were disappointed to lose for the first time in the second phase we gave a really good account and as a result we caused a talented Otter team to work really hard to secure the win. 

Scorers: Sam Abbott 5, Nathan Hart 3, Elan Stark 2, Thom Hamm 1, Paul Phillpott 1.
Exclusions: Elan Stark 3, Sam Abbott 1, Nathan Hart 1, Paul Phillpott 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.

Squad in full: Wesley Connellan (g/k), Gregg Candy-Wallace, Thom Hamm, Elan Stark, Sam Abbott, Joe Hazeldine, Nathan Hart, Matt White (Saturday), Paul Phillpott, Alastair Hardinge.


It was obviously disappointing to lose the match against Otter but we still head the table with two matches left in the season. We will return to Walsall in two weeks time when we will play against Watford and Manchester Hawks and we will be hoping that we can record the results that will not only secure our place in division three next year, but will also hopefully give us the Championship title.

Regards,
Alastair.

Match Report

25/11/2012

London Winter League
Under 16 Championship
Sunday 25th November 2012
Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet.

The second tournament of the 2012-2013 under 16 Winter league competition required the long trip to the deep water pool at Queen Elizabeth's school in Barnet.
Our prospects weren't helped by the fact that a number of the squad were swimming at Horsham on the same day but we eventually managed to take a team of the minimum 7 players to Barnet.
The individual match reports are as follows:

Match 1: Worthing 5, Ealing 4.
This was an exciting match that we came form behind to win in the final few seconds.
At one point we trailed by 2-4 but 2 quick goals from Ben drew us level and Nathan came up with the winner just before the final whistle.
The team played well but the lack of substitutes was already taking a toll on the squad.
Overall this was a good win and all of the team played a part in securing the victory.

Scorers: Ben Goddard 4, Nathan Jones 1.
Exclusions: Nathan Jones 1.


Match 2: Worthing 6, Watford 15.
We knew that this would be a difficult match against a very good Watford team but the squad put in a strong performance in the first half before running out of steam in the second half.
This wasn't that surprising as the lack of players on the bench was always going to take it's toll.
During the first half we played a really good standard at times and Harleigh Goddard came up with a particularly good finish at the end of one of the attacks. Ben also scored some good goals and Ellis marshaled the defence intelligently making a number of good interceptions. Robbie Scott also had an encouraging game in goal and although he had very little chance with a number of the shots, he did produce some fine saves at key moments.

Scorers: Ben Goddard 5, Harleigh Goddard 1
Exclusions: Jacob Nash 1, Nathan Jones 1.

Squad in full: Robbie Scott (G/K), Milo McCardle, Ellis Bubb, Jacob Nash, Nathan Jones, Harleigh Goddard & Ben Goddard.


Overall this was an encouraging event, particularly when we take into consideration the players we had missing, and we deserved to win the match against Ealing.
The squad is continuing to progress and I'm sure that this will continue at the next tournament which is scheduled for the end of January.

Regards,
Alastair

Match Report

11/11/2012

British Water Polo League 
Championship 3
Walsall Gala Baths
10/11 November 2012.

After a very competitive first phase of the 2012 national league campaign, we travelled to the familiar surroundings of the Walsall Gala Baths for the first round of matches in Championship 3.
The weekend would see a busy 3 match program with two fixtures on the Saturday against Bedford and Cambridge with the Sunday match against Bristol University.
Three games over a weekend is always a demanding program and with a number of our squad unavailable for a variety of reasons, we were playing with a squad of 11 players.
These are the individual match reports:

Saturday 10th November, 12.30
Worthing 18, Bedford 4. (Quarter scores: 5-1, 6-1, 3-0, 4-2) 

A simple win against a Bedford team who were unable to offer a great deal of resistance to all aspects of our play.
We really should have gone on to score more goals after a very strong first half of the match which we totally dominated. In the third and fourth quarters we played with much less intensity but we had already done more than enough to secure what was a relatively easy win.
All of the squad played a part in this win and Richard led the scorers with 6 goals but it was a good all-round performance that led to a very comfortable victory.

Scorers: Richard Hooper 6, Elan Stark 4, Sam Abbott 3, Thom Hamm 2, Matt White 2, Ben Goddard. 
Exclusions: Sam Abbott 2, Paul Phillpott 2, Ben Goddard 2, Gregg Candy-Wallace 1.


Saturday 10th November, 17.30 
Worthing 13, Cambridge 12. (Quarter scores: 6-3, 1-4, 2-4, 4-1)

If the first match was an easy win this match was exactly at the opposite end of the scale when we produced fine fourth quarter performance to come from behind a secure a vital win.
We actually started the match well and the first period saw us control the play and lead 6-3. We looked very dangerous in attack and our defensive play was making things very difficult for Cambridge. Unfortunately, in the second and third periods we lost our way and a combination of some poor decisions in defence added to some wasteful finishing resulted in a 9-11 deficit at the start of the final period.
Richard also managed to be excluded for dissent just after half-time which obviously didn't help matters but the squad came up with a terrific fight back in the final period.
At the start of the fourth quarter we changed the defensive tactics which immediately put pressure on the opposition who were beginning to tire. Paul scored to reduce the arrears to 10-11, but an unlucky rebound from a save from Wes saw Cambridge restore a two goal advantage.
Ziggy reduced the margin to one goal again with an excellent finish on a "man-up" play and then Paul his second goal of the quarter to tie the scores at 12-12 with just over three minutes remaining. Cambridge called a time out and then Matt came up with what proved to be the winner with just under two minutes left. Ziggy was excluded on the next Cambridge attack but we defended the situation well and re-gained possession with just over a minute left. We called time-out and knew that we would only face one further Cambridge attack. This proved to be the case and a poor shot from the opposition with 15 seconds remaining allowed us to play out the final few seconds to secure a very hard fought win.
This was a good win against a Cambridge team who can be very difficult opponents and we had to work very hard to come from behind to secure the victory.

Scorers: Matt White 4, Richard Hooper 3, Sam Abbott 2, Paul Phillpott 2, Elan Stark 1, Ziggy Tate 1.
Exclusions: Richard Hooper 3, Ziggy Tate 1, Nathan Hart 1.


Sunday 11th November, 13.00.
Worthing 11, University of Bristol 10. (Quarter scores: 3-3, 6-2, 1-2, 1-2)

This was another excellent match against a Bristol University team who are a physical and well organised opposition.
We had prepared well at the pre-match meeting and our tactical plan worked well for the majority of the match but we were particularly effective in the second period which we dominated with a strong defence and some good attacking play. The key to our success in this match was our conversion of 7 of the 11 "man up" plays that we were awarded and we actually scored 7 of the first 9 and 5 of these were during the second period. This was a remarkable improvement on the match against Cambridge the previous day but it was testament to the hard work that we put in to have a succession of opposition defenders excluded.
This illustrates just how important this type of play is in a tight match and we should be encouraged that we are now looking much more dangerous with this part of our game.
Defensively we played well and Nathan, although not fully fit, had an outstanding game playing for most of the time at centre back. The rest of the team also defended well as part of a strategy that limited the strong opposition shooters to a small number of chances.
Wes also had a fine game in goal and he produced a number of top quality saves when it really mattered.
Just like the Cambridge match on the previous day, the game had a very exciting finish in the fourth quarter. With a 10-8 lead at the start of the period, Elan scored with a terrific finish to make the score 11-8. Bristol soon reduced the deficit and we missed a couple of chances to regain a 3 goal lead before the opposition scored again with just under 3 minutes remaining. This set up a very tense finish but after an excellent period of defending we called a time-out with 33 seconds remaining. We retained possession well and although Bristol did get the ball back with 4 seconds left a speculative long range shot didn't trouble Wes and we secured another very hard fought victory.

Scorers: Elan Stark 3, Ziggy Tate 3, Thom Hamm 2, Paul Phillpott 2, Ben Goddard 1.
Exclusions: Paul Phillpott 2, Wesley Connellan 1, Elan Stark 1, Sam Abbott 1, Nathan Hart 1.

Squad in Full: Wesley Connellan (g/k), Gregg Candy-Wallace, Thom Hamm, Richard Hooper (Sat only), Elan Stark, Sam Abbott, Ziggy Tate, Matt White, Paul Phillpott & Ben Goddard.

This was an excellent first weekend for us in Championship 3 and we top the league with the only 100% record. The squad all realise that we still have a lot of hard work to do but we have given ourselves a good opportunity after this weekend when we did really well to convert two very tough matches into wins.
We now have a three week break before we head back to Walsall for a two match program on the first weekend in December.

Regards,
Alastair.

Match Report

5/11/2012

London Winter League 
Under 16 Championship (1997 & Younger)
Tournament 1, Whitgift School, South Croydon.
Sunday 4th November 2012.

We travelled to the familiar surroundings of the excellent deep water pool at Whitgift School for the first event of the 2012 Winter league season.
The competition has been split into two divisions and we have been seeded with the better teams in division 1 which we realised would offer a tough level of competition.
Our team includes a number of players who now have wide-ranging experience (Ben Goddard and Joe Hazeldine have featured regularly for our men's national league team recently) along with a number of the 98 age group squad who played well in the summer.
The first event would see us play three tough matches and these are the individual match reports:

Match 1. Worthing 2, Croydon 5. (H/T 2-3)
We actually made an excellent start in this match and Ben Goddard and Nathan Jones each scored good goals to give us a 2-1 lead early on. Eventually, the bigger and stronger Croydon team started to take control and we were always vulnerable to quick counter attacks.
The squad played well throughout and we should not be too disappointed about losing to a talented opposition and for long periods we defended very well.
Scorers: Ben Goddard 1, Nathan Hart 1.
Exclusions: Archy Burnell 1.

Match 2. Worthing 4, Beckenham 6. (H/T 1-4)
This was a very competitive match that we were slightly unlucky to lose against a Beckenham team which contains a number of talented players.
Unfortunately we made a slow start and a few basic errors meant that we were 1-4 down at half-time. A much improved display in the second half saw the squad score 3 times without reply before a very late goal from Beckenham finally secured the win.
This was a much better performance and we were a little unlucky not to take something from the game.
Scorers: Ben Goddard 3, Joe Hazeldine 1.
Exclusion: Joe Hazeldine.

Match 3. Worthing 4, Enfield/Penguin 3. (H/T 2-1)
We saved the best until last and secured a good win against another good team.
Our defending was the key to the win and we denied the opposition many scoring opportunities. Attack wise, Ben was always looking dangerous and he scored 4 good goals and we might have added to the final total with better finishing.
This was a good win that was well deserved against a talented squad but we definitely deserved to take the points.
Scorer: Ben Goddard 4.
Exclusions: Ellis Bubb 1, Nathan Jones 1, Joe Hazeldine 1.

Squad in full: Milo McCardle (g/k), Joe Hazeldine, Ben Goddard, Gemma Coulson, Daisy Hazeldine, Archy Burnell, Jacob Nash, Nathan Jones, Ben Curtis & Ellis Bubb. 


Overall this was a good tournament for our young squad and we very much deserved to take the points in the the third game of the day.
All of the squad played a part and Milo did particularly well in the very demanding role in goal. He made a number of fine saves and his attitude and commitment were excellent.
Daisy and Gemma both did well and Jacob Nash played well in the final game having made the journey from Brighton where he had been swimming for the club. Archy Burnell and Ben Curtis showed that they are fast improving but all the squad members played a part in all of the matches. 
We look forward to the next tournament which is scheduled for later this month.

Regards,
Alastair

Match Report

31/10/2012

Sussex Senior League.
Sunday 21st October 2012.
Mid Sussex Marlins 3, Worthing 10
Quarter Scores: 0-4, 1-2, 2-2, 0-2.

The latest match of the county senior water polo season was played at the excellent deep water pool at the Triangle centre in Burgess Hill against Mid Sussex Marlins.
The Worthing team that travelled to this fixture was missing a large number of our established senior squad members for a variety of reasons and this gave an opportunity to a number of our junior players.
Joe Hazeldine has played in the national league this year and Oli Rainford has featured in the senior team before but this match saw Ben Curtis, who only turned 13 in August, make his debut in a senior match.
Ben played really well and all of the squad made significant contributions to the win.
We probably should have won by a greater margin but we contrived to miss a number of chances when we really should have scored. The first quarter saw the squad make a positive start and it was nice to see Adrian Irbe score a couple of quick goals and we went on to control the remainder of the match. Our defending was always of a good standard and this restricted the opposition to a small number of chances.
Overall this was a good win for a squad that featured so many inexperienced players and it was nice to see the combination of youth and experience work so well.

Scorers: Matt White 3, Ben Alcorn 2, Joe Hazeldine 2, Adrian Irbe 2, Andy Cawdery 1.
Exclusions: Adrian Irbe 1, Joe Hazeldine 1, Matt White 1.
Squad in full: Matt White, Ben Alcorn, Joe Hazeldine, Adrian Irbe, Andy Cawdery, Oli Rainford, Ben Curtis and Alastair Roberts (g/k).

Regards,

Alastair.

Match Report

29/10/2012

Sussex County Senior Knock-Out Final,
Goldsmith's Leisure Centre, Crowborough.
Saturday 27th October 2012.

Worthing 17, Brighton 4 + 2 handicap.
Quarter Scores: 2-1, 6-2, 5-1, 4-0.

This year's county senior knock-out final would see the Worthing team face the much improved Brighton squad who have added a number of very talented players over the past few months and years.
With the game being played at the deep water pool at Crowborough, we knew that we would be facing a tough match not helped by having to overcome a two goal handicap.
We were also playing with a relatively small squad missing a number of players but those who were available made a strong team that we felt would be competitive.
The match saw the team produce an excellent performance and we were unrelenting throughout the whole game. Our defending was the backbone of the win limiting Brighton to a small number of chances and Ben was always in control in goal producing saves when needed.
In attack we were very dynamic and we scored a number of excellent goals from both the centre forward position and from quality outside shooting and our "man-up" play was also much improved.
Overall this was an excellent win but the final score does not indicate how tough the match was. We defended really well and took our chances when it mattered and eventually we retained the trophy with a very satisfactory win.
All of the squad played well in this match, and it was a big stage for Jack Swift to make his debut for the senior team playing well on his introduction in the fourth quarter.

Scorers: Richard Hooper 6, Sam Abbott 3, Matt White 3, Paul Phillpott 3, Joe Hazeldine 1, Ziggy Tate 1.
Exclusions: Richard Hooper 1, Ziggy Tate 1, Nathan Hart 1, Matt White 1.
Squad in Full: Ben Alcorn (g/k), Richard Hooper, Sam Abbott, Matt White, Paul Phillpott, Joe Hazeldine, Ziggy Tate, Nathan Hart, Jack Swift, Adrian Irbe.

Our next competitive fixtures are at the next national league weekend on 10/11 November when we face a busy program of three matches over the two days.

Regards,
Alastair.

Match Report

1/10/2012

British Water Polo League Men's Division 3.
Walsall Gala Baths.
Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October 2012.

We travelled to the familiar surroundings of the Walsall Gala Baths for the final matches of the first phase of the 2012 national league season.
The target for the weekend was quite simple because the squad knew that two wins would guarantee a top five position and as a result, the chance to play in Championship 2 for the second phase.
After the first two weekends it was obvious that this division is highly competitive with virtually all of the matches being closely fought. We had unfortunately narrowly lost three of our first five fixtures but we had improved significantly at the previous event at Sheffield which had set up what promised to be an exciting weekend.
With a squad of 12, we had strength on the bench, but Ben Goddard was unlucky to not be able to travel due to an injury. 
These are the individual match reports:

Saturday 13th, 15.55.
Worthing 19, Manchester Hawks 7.
Quarter Scores: 6-2, 3-3, 3-1, 7-1.

This was exactly the result we had hoped for against the Manchester second team that includes a number of experienced players along with several talented junior players.
Our game plan was simple, and based around stopping the obvious strengths of the opposition and for the great majority of the match the plan worked well. We enjoyed an excellent start to the match and Sam and Matt scored early on to settle the nerves and we controlled the first period leading 6-2 at the break.
We didn't quite show the same level of dominance in the second quarter but after the half-time break we started to take control and we dominated the third and fourth periods.
Wes had another good game in goal and made a number of fine saves when required and we were unfortunate to concede a number of goals from rebounds.
This was a good all round performance and each member of the squad made a good contribution. It was good to see 9 different goal scorers and Joe, as the youngest squad member, scored his first national league goal with a smart finish on a "man up" play. Matt worked really hard at centre forward scoring three times, but he was also responsible for the opposition committing a number of the 10 exclusion fouls in the match. We played well for long periods in this match and it was good to see that our "man-up" play, which is such a significant part of the game, continues to improve.
Finally, this was just the result that we required and we knew that the win gave us the opportunity of the top five finish.

Scorers: Richard Hooper 4, Sam Abbott 4, Matt White 3, Ziggy Tate 2, Paul Phillpott 2, Dominic Cranford 1, Gregg Candy-Wallace 1, Elan Stark 1, Joe Hazeldine 1. 


Sunday 14th, 13.15
Worthing 8, South Derbyshire 11.
Quarter Scores: 0-2, 3-6, 2-0, 3-3. 

A big game, but a disappointing result.
We knew that we had to win (although ultimately a draw would have been enough) to make the top 5 but we made a poor start in the match and ended up having to play "catch up." 
Unfortunately we just couldn't get going in the match and in the first quarter we more than matched the opposition but we failed to take a number of chances we created. The second quarter really decided the game and our defensive strategy was undone by a number of fine outside shots that found the back of our net. We were struggling in attack and we were seemingly getting very few decisions from the referees but we hit the self-destruct button in spectacular fashion, and as a result it was always going top be difficult to produce a positive result.
The squad deserve great credit for the fight back that they staged in the second half of the match after we changed the defensive tactics which immediately stopped the threat of the opposition shooters. Nathan had a particularly fine game at centre back and continually took the ball from the South Derbyshire centre forward and he also found the time and energy to score 4 excellent goals.
Early in the fourth quarter we had reduced the deficit to 6-9 and we had a good opportunity to score again but the chance was missed and the opposition scored shortly afterwards. Even though we scored twice more we had left ourselves too much to do. To add insult to injury the referee's made another final bad call allowing a South Derby goal that was quite clearly after the final hooter had sounded.
This was a really tough way to miss out on a top five finish and once again we had come up short by a small margin.

Scorers: Nathan Hart 4, Matt White 1, Thom Hamm 1, Elan Stark 1, Paul Phillpott 1.
Exclusions: Thom Hamm 1, Elan Stark 1, Sam Abbott 1, Joe Hazeldine 1, Ziggy Tate 1, Matt White 1, Paul Phillpott 1.

Squad in Full: Wesley Connellan (g/k), Gregg Candy-Wallace, Thom Hamm, Richard Hooper, Elan Stark, Sam Abbott, Joe Hazeldine, Dominic Cranford, Ziggy Tate, Nathan Hart, Matt White, Paul Phillpott.


Overall it was a great shame that we missed out on a top 5 finish, particularly in the circumstances of this particular match. But the team should take great credit for the way that they battled back into the game in the second half and at one point it looked as though we may go on to produce a remarkable comeback.
We now face a difficult challenge in the second phase of the season when we will play in a league with Manchester Hawks and Cambridge from division 3 with the addition of the top 5 teams from division 4. Hopefully we will secure a top three finish and as a result retain our place in division 3 but all of the squad realise that this will be a significant challenge.
After a short mid season break, the league will re-commence in four weeks time back in Walsall. 

Regards,
Alastair.

Match Report

1/10/2012

British Water Polo League Division 3.
Weekend 2.
Ponds Forge, Sheffield.
29th and 30th September 2012

The second weekend of the 2012 national league campaign would see the Worthing team travel north to Sheffield to play at the excellent Ponds Forge facility.
This may be a long trip, but it is always a highlight of the season to play in what is one of the top venues in the country. This particular weekend would see us play three matches against three "city" teams with fixtures against Birmingham, Newcastle (now playing as Team Northumbria) and Cambridge.
As always, three matches over one weekend is always a very demanding program and we had a particularly tough schedule on the Saturday with only a short break between the games.
These are the individual match reports

Saturday 29th, 13.30.
Worthing 13, Birmingham 6.
Quarter Scores 5-1, 2-3, 4-1, 2-1.

Our first win of the campaign was a controlled performance against a talented Birmingham team.
We made an excellent start in the first period and with a combination of a well organised attack and zone defence we were able to dictate the game. 5-1 at the end of the first quarter was a fair reflection of our dominance but it was obvious that Birmingham would improve and we had to defend strongly at times to protect our lead.
The zone defence was working well and forced the opposition to take a number of shots from distance and Wes made a number of good saves when required.
We controlled the game well and on another day we might have added to the number of goals we scored but it was our defending that was the key to the victory.
Our conversion rate on "man-up" plays was much better and Matt had a strong game at centre forward scoring 6 times.
Finally, the three junior squad members made excellent contributions. As already mentioned, Wes hade another good game in goal and Joe worked tirelessly in his role predominantly on the wing. Ben also had a fine game and became the youngest Worthing scorer (at 14 years of age) in national league when he scored with an excellent finish during the third quarter.

Scorers Matt White 6, Nathan Hart 3, Sam Abbott 2, Richard Hooper 1, Ben Goddard 1.
Exclusions Richard Hooper 3, Ziggy Tate 2, Joe Hazeldine 1, Matt White 1.

Saturday 29th, 17.15.
Worthing 8, Team Northumbria 11
Quarter Scores 4-3, 2-2, 2-3, 0-3.

Everyone knew that playing twice with under three hours rest was going to be tough and the opposition had an extra hour and half recovery after the first game they had played in the morning. Team Northumbria had won their previous four matches in the league so we realised that this was going to be really tough test.
Tiredness ultimately proved to be one of the deciding factors, but only after we had put up a terrific performance for the majority of the game. 
What we hadn't allowed for in our planning was the number of crucial refereeing decisions that went against us and unfortunately we never seemed to get the rub of the green.
For three quarters we played really well and again our defending was key in this forcing the opposition to take speculative shots that on most occasions Wes dealt with comfortably.
In attack we worked really hard to create chances but the opposition defence was making it difficult for Matt at centre forward. As a result, we scored a number of excellent goals from outside shots and we were unlucky on a number of other occasions.
The final quarter was disappointing as we tired and we were unable to find the goals that would have given us a chance of a positive result.
Overall we were disappointed to lose another close match, particularly as we felt that we hade been hard done by on various occasions, but we had put up an excellent display against a talented team.

Scorers Alexander Cranford 2, Sam Abbott 2, Ziggy Tate 1, Nathan Hart 1, Matt White 1, Paul Phillpott 1.
Exclusions Richard Hooper 2, Ben Goddard 2, Joe Hazeldine 1, Ziggy Tate 1, Paul Phillpott 1.

Sunday 30th, 13.15
Worthing 19, Cambridge 11
Quarter Scores 7-1, 5-5, 4-3, 2-3.

This was a very satisfactory performance to finish the weekend in a game that we knew we had to win if we were to stand a chance of a top 5 finish.
The key to the win was an excellent first quarter when we completely dominated the opposition in both defence and attack. We looked dangerous on the counter attack, Matt was again having an influential performance at centre forward and our zone defence was leaving Cambridge very few options in attack. Richard was back amongst the goals and it was good to see 6 of the outfield players on the score sheet.
After completely dominating the first quarter winning the period 7-1, it was always going to be difficult to sustain that high level of performance. The rest of the match was more even but we always were in control and the opposition keeper had to make a number of fine saves to prevent an even bigger winning margin. It was good to see Dominic score with a good finish when playing at centre forward and Ben added two more goals to the one that he scored against Birmingham on Saturday.
Our dominance was also illustrated by the exclusion count with Cambridge committing 11 to our 5. 

Scorers Richard Hooper 6, Matt White 5, Ziggy Tate 3, Nathan Hart 2, Ben Goddard 2, Dominic Cranford 1.
Exclusions Nathan Hart 2, Ben Goddard 2, Sam Abbott 1.

Squad in full Wesley Connellan (G/K), Alexander Cranford, Richard Hooper, Sam Abbott, Joe Hazeldine, Dominic Cranford, Ziggy Tate, Nathan Hart, Matt White, Paul Phillpott & Ben Goddard.

Overall this was a good weekend for us and the two wins have given us an opportunity of making the top 5. We return to action in two weeks time at the familiar surroundings of the Walsall gala baths when we face Manchester Hawks and South Derbyshire and we know that our destiny is in our own hands.
We are improving game by game but the final two matches will not be easy and we hope that we can find the level of performance to record two wins.

Kind regards,
Alastair.

Match Report

16/9/2012

British Water Polo League Division 3.
Weekend 1.
Walsall Gala Baths: September 15/16 2012.

The new national league season saw the Worthing senior team travel to the familiar surroundings of the Walsall gala baths to play fixtures against two teams who were in different divisions last season. Carlisle were promoted from division 4 and Leeds have come down from division 2 and we knew that both of these fixtures would be really tough matches.
The individual match reports are as follows:

Saturday 15th September, 15.55.
Worthing 9, Carlisle 10. (Quarter scores: 2-2, 1-4, 1-2, 5-2).

This was a disappointing start to the season and we never really produced the standard of play that we would normally expect. We made far too many unforced errors and a lack of concentration at key times resulted in Carlisle scoring goals that we would normally expect to avoid.
We actually took a two goal lead in the first quarter but this wasn't really a fair reflection of the play and we soon allowed Carlisle back into the game with some poor defending.
Unfortunately we were particularly guilty of wasting the opportunities we created when Carlisle had players excluded. During the first quarter we had 5 "man-ups" but failed to convert any which is really is a poor return from this key aspect of matches at this level.
Having been slightly fortunate to end the first period at 2-2 we hoped that we would improve during the remainder of the match but we continued to make mistakes that were easily punished. Going into the final quarter we trailed 4-8 but the team staged a strong comeback producing the best period of play. We looked at one point as though we might at least force a draw but one final defensive error really cost the team any chance of a positive result. We managed to score a penalty with 13 seconds left but Carlisle kept possession to the final whistle to secure the win.
The team realised that we hadn't really played well enough to take something from this match which was a disappointing start to the season.

Scorers: Richard Hooper 4, Matt White 3, Nathan Hart 1, Ziggy Tate 1.
Exclusions: Richard Hooper 2, Ben Goddard 1, Nathan Hart 1.


Sunday 16th September, 13.15

Worthing 6, Leeds 8. (Quarter Scores: 0-2, 3-2, 2-2, 1-2)

The second match of the weekend was against a young but talented Leeds team who play a fast counter-attacking game and they had an easy win on the Saturday against Cambridge.
We knew that the key to the match was how we dealt with the pace of the game and at the pre-match meeting we spent a great deal of time devising a plan that would nullify this threat.
Tactically our defensive strategy worked well and we dealt successfully with the undoubted threat of the Leeds attack. Wes produced his second fine performance of the weekend in goal producing a number of fine saves, including one from a penalty.
Restricting the opposition to only 8 goals over the full 4 quarters of the match was a really good effort defensively but it was in attack that we struggled to take the initiative. We were guilty of missing too many chances that on another day we might have taken and as a result we were always playing "catch up." We conceded a couple of poor defensive goals at the start of the final quarter and although we tried hard to score late on we had left ourselves a little too much to do.
On a positive note, our "man-up" play had significantly improved form the first match and we did convert 3 of the opportunities.

Scorers: Matt White 2, Thom Hamm 1, Richard Hooper 1, Sam Abbott 1, Paul Phillpott 1.
Exclusions: Ziggy Tate 2, Alastair Hardinge 2, Ben Goddard 1, Sam Abbott 1, Joe Hazeldine 1, Nathan Hart 1, Paul Phillpott 1.

Squad in Full: Wesley Connellan (g/k), Gregg Candy-Wallace, Thom Hamm, Richard Hooper (capt), Ben Goddard, Sam Abbott, Joe Hazeldine, Kevin Chan, Ziggy Tate, Nathan Hart, Matt White, Paul Phillpott, Alastair Hardinge.

Overall we were obviously disappointed to lose two close and highly competitive matches. Defensively we played relatively well but we struggled in both games to take enough of the chances that we created and this was always going to make it difficult to record positive results.
It was good to play with the full compliment of 13 players which included 3 debutants with Kevin Chan along with juniors Joe Hazeldine and Ben Goddard playing their first matches in the national league.
The next fixtures take place at the excellent Ponds Forge pool in Sheffield over the weekend of 29th and 30th September when we face a tough program of three matches against Northumbria, Birmingham and Cambridge.

Kind regards,
Alastair.

Match Report

10/9/2012

London League Under 15 Championship.
Whitgift School, South Croydon.
Sunday 9th September 2012.

This was a very difficult tournament for our junior development squad, many of whom had been involved at the Sussex relay gala at Horsham on the same day.
This was then compounded by an accident on the M23 which delayed the entire squad resulting in the team being unable to play the first scheduled match against Enfield. This was very unfortunate and we still had players arriving after our second match of the day had started.
A brief report of this game is as follows:

Worthing 5, Ealing 4. (H/T 1-3)

This was actually a very exciting game which we came form behind to win.
The squad is now beginning to improve both individually and collectively and during the first half of the match we created many chances but we contrived to miss most of them.
After the break we started to take some of the chances and our defending, with one aberration when Ealing scored, was very solid.
Eventually we were relatively comfortable winners and the final score didn't really indicate how many goals we could have won by.

Scorers: Milo McCardle 1, Jacob Nash 1, Gemma Coulson 1, Archy Burnell 1, Ben Goddard 1.
Exclusions: Jacob Nash 1, Robbie Scott 1.

Squad in Full: Milo McCardle, Jacob Nash, Gemma Coulson, Archy Burnell, Ben Goddard, Jacob Nash, Robbie Scott, Louis Czaja-Rogers, Daisy Hazeldine, Ben Curtis & Ellis Bubb.


After the match finished most of the juniors (excluding Ben Goddard who was playing!) stayed to watch the Worthing senior squad play a friendly match against Croydon Amphibians.
This match was a warm-up for both teams who are preparing for the British Water Polo League competition this coming weekend. Croydon play in division 2 of this competition and Worthing in division 3 and we are travelling to the familiar surroundings of the Walsall Gala baths for matches against Carlisle and Leeds.
The match with Croydon was a good game and we eventually won 14-10 but the the result was not hugely important. We played a good standard for long periods and all of the squad had some valuable water time in advance of the two tough fixtures we face this coming weekend.

Squad in full: Wes Connellan (G/K), Ziggy Tate, Gregg Candy-Wallace, Richard Hooper, Paul Phillpott, Kevin Chan, Ben Goddard, Joe Hazeldine, Matt White, Alastair Hardinge, Alexander Cranford, Matt White & Sam Abbott.

Kind regards,
Alastair.

Match Report

8/9/2012

Sussex County Senior League.
Wednesday 5th September 2012.
Worthing 17, Crawley A 11.
Quarter Scores: 4-3, 2-4, 5-1, 6-3.

The latest match of the county league season eventually saw the Worthing senior team ease to what looks a comfortable win but the first half of the match was a very close affair.
Crawley are a much improved and well organised team and as a result this match was always going to be competitive. We made our traditional slow start in the first period and conceded 3 avoidable goals as well as missing a number of chances. The second quarter was an even more disappointing affair when we struggled with attacking the shallow end goal and we also continued to concede goals that we would normally expect to avoid.
The second half of the match saw Worthing take control and we looked much stronger defensively and we started to convert most of the chances that we were creating. Unfortunately in the last quarter we had both Matt White and Ben Goddard dismissed for dissent but this was never likely to make a difference to the result. Ziggy Tate had a particularly good game and he scored 6 times with a combination of excellent finishes.
Overall this was not a vintage performance but all of the squad enjoyed a good amount of water time and we eventually recorded a satisfactory win.

Scorers: Ziggy Tate 6, Matt White 3, Alexander Cranford 3, Ben Alcorn 2, Richard Hooper 1, Ben Goddard 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
Exclusions: Matt White 3, Ben Goddard 3, Alastair Hardinge 3, Ben Alcorn 2, Ziggy Tate 2.
Squad in Full: Ben Alcorn, Richard Hooper, Tim Brazier, Matt White, Joe Hazeldine, Alexander Cranford, Ziggy Tate, Kevin Chan, Ben Goddard, Alastair Hardinge and Alastair Roberts.

Thanks,
Alastair.

News

1/8/2012

“Ben Alcorn has been attending the Olympic water polo tournament as part of the “Olympic Ambition” program for talented athletes. Ben has been involved with the national men’s squad based in Manchester for the past few months and as a result has been part of the full time training program leading up up to the games. 

The picture shows Ben at the entrance to the purpose built water polo arena at the Olympic park, and was taken just after the GB vs. Romania match on the first day of the event.”

Photo to come...

Kind regards,
Alastair.

Match Report

20/7/2012

Sussex Senior League.
Wednesday 18th July 2012.
Worthing 10, Brighton 7. (Quarter scores: 2-2, 2-1, 3-4, 3-0)

This was an exciting and closely fought match against a much improved Brighton team played in front of an enthusiastic crowd, and we had to produce a fine performance to secure a win.
The match was close throughout but with a 7-4 lead with only 2 minutes remaining of the third period, we really should have closed out the match. Unfortunately we lost our concentration and Brighton scored three times to equalize just before the end of the period.
In the final quarter we defended really well and scored 3 times to secure the win and we also managed to miss 2 penalties which would have made the win more emphatic.
This was a really close match but we did create many more chances than our opponents and we also failed to make enough of the 10 exclusion fouls that they committed. (In comparison, we only committed 5 exclusions).
Scott Martin, home for the summer from France where he plays for Lille, led scorers with 4 goals but this was a real team effort and everyone had to play a part in what was an important victory.
We now turn our attention to the national league season which commences in mid-September with the first weekend tournament at Walsall.

Scorers: Scott Martin 4, Richard Hooper 3, Matt White 2, Ziggy Tate 1.
Exclusions: Alastair Hardinge 2, Adrian Irbe 1, Nathan Hart 1, Ben Goddard 1.
Squad in full: Adrian Irbe, Joe Hazeldine, Richard Hooper, Matt White, Dominic Cranford, Scott Martin, Ziggy Tate, Nathan Hart, Ben Goddard, Alexander Cranford, Alastair Hardinge & Alastair Roberts (G/K).

Kind regards,
Alastair.

Match Report

16/7/2012

Sussex County League,
Wednesday 11th July 2012.
Crawley 6, Worthing 12
Quarter Scores: 1-3, 2-4, 1-2, 2-3.

This was a comfortable win against an improving Crawley team who were always a competitive opposition.
We always enjoy our fixtures at the 50 metre K2 complex and we played well at times but we were always guilty of missing too many of the chances that we created.
Defensively we restricted Crawley to mainly shots from distance and we dealt with a number of these either with defensive blocks or saves form the goal-keeper.
Our goals were spread around 8 of the outfield players but we really should have scored on more occasions. We were particularly wasteful when the opposition were playing after a team member had been excluded and we will need to improve on this in the coming weeks.
Overall this was a satisfactory win and all the squad enjoyed a good amount of water time.

Scorers: Sam Abbott 4, Ziggy Tate 2, Joe Hazeldine 1, Richard Hooper 1, Scott Martin 1, Matt White 1, Ben Goddard 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
Exclusions: Alastair Hardinge 1, Ziggy Tate 1, Richard Hooper 1.
Squad in Full: Nathan Hart, Andy Cawdery, Alexander Cranford, Sam Abbott, Ziggy Tate, Joe Hazeldine, Richard Hooper, Scott Martin, Matt White, Ben Goddard & Alastair Hardinge.

Kind regards,
Alastair. 

Match Report

1/7/2012

Sussex County League.
Wednesday 20th June.
Worthing 12, Brighton B 6.
Quarter Scores: 1-2, 6-2, 0-0, 5-2.

This was a strange match for a variety of reasons and the Worthing seniors struggled for long periods to play to their normal high standards.
This was seemingly due to a number of factors, and we should accept that Brighton put up a spirited display throughout.
The match featured a rare goal-less quarter when we contrived a number of ways to miss seemingly simple chances.
The "official" statistician actually recorded that the team had 38 shots on goal during the match and we only managed to covert 12 into goals which is a poor ratio.
After a poor first quarter we soon took control of the match and we were particularly dominant in the second period and from the half-time break we were always going to win the match.
Overall, this was hardly a "vintage" performance but we eventually ran out relatively easy winners.

Scorers: Sam Abbott 3, Richard Hooper 2, Matt White 2, Paul Phillpott 2, Ziggy Tate 1, Joe Hazeldine 1, Nathan Hart 1.
Exclusions: Ben Goddard 1, Nathan Hart 1, Matt White 1, Paul Phillpott 1.
Squad in Full: Adrian Irbe, Joe Hazeldine, Richard Hooper, Ben Goddard, Sam Abbott, Dominic Cranford, Andy Cawdery, Ziggy Tate, Nathan Hart, Matt White, Paul Phillpott, Alastair Hardinge & Alastair Roberts. 

Kind regards,
Alastair.

Match Report

28/6/2012

London League Under 15 Division.
Tournament 2.
Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet.
Sunday 24th June 2012.

Having played two really tough matches at the first tournament of this summer's competition, we made the long trip to the new deep water pool at Queen Elizabeth's school hoping for improved performances from our young team.
With three members of the squad unable to play at this tournament we were only able to field a team of eight and as a result it was going to be hard work for all of the squad.
These are the individual match reports:

1. Worthing 13, Enfield/Penguin 3. (H/T 5-1)

This was a really good all round team performance from the squad and we looked strong in defence and dangerous on the counter-attack.
Ben Goddard marshalled the team and Ellis Bubb had a good game at centre-back but all of the squad did well in a good win.
We always controlled the match and actually could have scored on other occasions with better finishing.
Scorers: Ben Goddard 7, Ben Curtis 2, Elliot Moore 2, Ellis Bubb 1, Robbie Scott 1.
Exclusions: Ellis Bubb 1, Daisy Hazeldine 1.

2. Worthing 6, Ealing 6. (H/T 4-2)

The team again played well in this match but unfortunately we conceded three goals without reply after Ben Goddard was excluded mid way through the second half.
Up to this point we had again controlled the match and we really should have gone on to secure a second victory.
Once again, all the squad played well and they will have learnt a great deal from these two matches.
Scorers: Ben Goddard 3, Ellis Bubb 2, Milo McCardle 1.
Exclusions: Ben Goddard 3, Robbie Scott 2.

Squad in full: Daisy Hazeldine, Gemma Coulson, Ben Curtis, Milo McCardle, Robbie Scott, Elliot Moore, Ellis Bubb and Ben Goddard.

The next tournament takes place at the new 50 metre pool at Hillingdon on Sunday 8th July when we will be looking to continue making progress. 

Kind regards,
Alastair.

South-east Regional Junior Squad Selection

19/6/2012

I thought that you would interested to know that we have several of our junior squad members selected for the south-east regional teams that will take part in the forthcoming national tournaments.
In the girls 1995 and younger age group competition, Tara Osborne and Laura Joseph are part of the squad that will compete at the new 50 metre pool that has recently opened in Bristol on the weekend of 23rd and 24th June.
The boys event for the same age group will be played in Liverpool over the weekend of 14th and 15th July and Oliver Rainford, Ben Goddard and Joe Hazeldine have been selected for the south-east region team.
This is an excellent achievement for all of the girls and boys concerned and I'm sure that they will all enjoy the experience of playing in these national competitions.

Regards,
Alastair.

Match Report

11/6/2012

Ladies London League.
Tournament 2.
Sunday 10th June 2012.
Whitgift School, South Croydon.

We enjoyed a successful first tournament in this summers London league playing with a combined team jointly with Basingstoke ladies, and we were looking forward to the second event when we faced three tough matches.
The standard of this competition has risen significantly over the past few years and we faced the three national league teams who have entered the competition. Poly and Southampton have both just been promoted in the national league and Penguin play with a team that is made up from players from both of their national league teams.
These are the individual match reports:

Match 1.
Basingstoke/Worthing 0, Poly 4.
This was a tough first fixture against a well organised and physical opposition who employed a very tough defence that made it very difficult for our girls to create chances. The refereeing did not help us greatly and failed to punish the opposition on many occasions when they were guilty of holding our players.
We actually defended very well for most of the the match and we were slightly unfortunate with a couple of the goals that we conceded.
Overall we were disappointed to lose the match but we could not fault the effort and commitment of all of the squad.
Scorers: None
Exclusions: Harleigh Goddard 1.

Match 2.
Basingstoke/Worthing 2, Penguin 4.
The second match was against another tough team and we actually played well for long periods and perhaps were slightly unfortunate not to take something form the game.
We scored two excellent goals, both from Claire Liggins on the counter-attack, and we were slightly unfortunate not to score on other occasions.
This was a similar match to the first one and we could not fault the hard-work of the squad who all never gave up trying to record a positive result.
Scorer: Claire Liggins 2.
Exclusions: None.

Match 3.
Basingstoke/Worthing 2, Southampton 5.
Another tough match and the squad worked really hard to try and secure a positive result.
If anything, it was poor finishing that cost us an opportunity of a win and we missed a number of chances that on another day we might have converted.
Once again, all the squad worked really hard and no one could fault the effort that they put into this, and the other matches on the day.
Scorers: Claire Liggins 1, Rebecca Anderson 1.
Exclusion: Tara Osborne 1.

Squad in full: Amy Styles (G/K), Hannah Chilton, Claire Liggins, Gina Lay, Esme Ng, Rebecca Wolacott, Cara Malone, Rebecca Anderson, Jenny Willett, Harleigh Goddard & Tara Osborne.

Overall the three matches were very tough and although we never like losing the girls should take a great deal of credit from the way that they played. The squad included 6 junior girls and all of them will have learnt a great deal from playing against this standard of opposition and none of them looked over-awed by the experience.
We look forward to the final tournament in July when we face another three tough matches.

Regards,
Alastair.

Match Report

27/5/2012

Sussex Senior League
Friday 25th May 2012
Brighton A 12, Worthing 9.

A below par performance ended with the Worthing senior team suffering a rare defeat in the county league against a much improved Brighton team at the Prince Regent pool.
We always struggled to come to terms with the shallow and narrow pool and a poor defensive display cost us a number of goals that really should have been avoided. In attack we missed far too many chances and the teams decision making was often below the standard that we normally set.
Although this was a disappointing result the performance of the two junior members of the squad, Ben Goddard and Joe Hazeldine, was really encouraging and again indicated that both of them have a very bright future.

Quarter scores: 2-2, 4-6, 0-3, 3-1
Worthing Scorers: Ben Goddard 3, Richard Hooper, Nathan Hart 2, Sam Abbott 1.
Exclusions: Matt White 1, Sam Abbott 1. 
Squad in Full: Richard Hooper, Matt White, Nathan Hart, Sam Abbott, Ziggy Tate, Joe Hazeldine, Ben Goddard, Adrian Irbe, Andy Cawdery and Alastair Roberts (G/K). 

Regards,
Alastair.

British Water Polo League Fixtures

22/5/2012

The 2012 BWPL Division 3 first phase fixtures are now available on the league website and they are as follows;- 

Weekend 1, Walsall Gala Baths
Saturday 15th Sept vs. Leeds at 18.40
Sunday 16th Sept vs. Carlisle at 13.50

Weekend 2, Ponds Forge Sheffield
Saturday 29th Sept vs. Birmingham at 13.40 and Team Northumbria at 17.15
Sunday 30th Sept vs. Exeter at 13.15

Weekend 3, Walsall Gala Baths
Saturday 13th Oct vs. Manchester Hawks at 17.30
Sunday 14th Oct vs. South Derbyshire at 14.45

The results in the first phase will decide where we play in phase two. Like last year if we finish in the top 5 we will play with the bottom 3 teams in division 2 and the top three teams will then play in division 2 the following year. If we finish phase 1 in the bottom 3 we play with the top 5 of division 4 with the top three playing in division 3 the following year.
Our target, which we achieved last season, is to secure a top 5 finish in the first phase which gives us the opportunity to be promoted and means that we would be safe from relegation.

I think that everyone realises that the coming campaign will be a very tough affair with the three teams coming up into the division looking to be stronger than the teams that they have replaced.
We will need to be fully prepared for what will be a challenging campaign and I'm convinced that the division will be very competitive with very demanding matches.
As a result we need to be as well prepared as we can be and it is important that we start to build up to the season which will soon come around.
With a number of the squad now returning from various locations around the UK in the next few weeks we should benefit from even more competitive training sessions. Please do try and attend as regularly as possible and I would hope that a number of you will now make the effort to get involved with the national league squad.
I am beginning to plan a number of pre-season fixtures and I should be able to confirm the Sunday sessions fairly soon and this will help with the build-up to the season.

Finally, and I make no apology for returning to this topic again, everyone was agreed at the end of last season that we would be a better team if everyone managed to get themselves fitter, even if it was by a relatively small amount. Ultimately it's up to each individual to work hard to improve fitness and the sessions and water time are available if you can make the commitment.

Please come back to me if you require any further information.

Kind regards,
Alastair

Match Report

20/5/2012

London League Under 15 Championship.
Tournament 1, Sunday 20th May 2012
Whitgift School, South Croydon.

Having won the division 2 competition for this age group during the Winter months, our development squad faced a much stronger standard of opposition now that we are playing in division 1.
With teams from Croydon, Ealing, Enfield/Penguin and Watford making up the rest of the division, we all realised that this would be a significant "step up" in class. This was compounded by the draw for the competition that would see us play the two strongest teams at this opening event. Croydon were recent winners of the ASA national championship for this age group and Watford also had played well in the same competition. 
These are the individual match reports: 

Match 1: Worthing 2, Watford 13.

As predicted, this was tough baptism and we struggled to deal with the pace of the game and as a result we were regularly punished for giving the ball away.
We improved as the match went on and Ben Goddard scored one excellent goal with Ben Curtis also scoring with a good finish. Unfortunately we also contrived to miss several other chances, including a penalty, and if we have taken a few of these the final score might have been a fairer reflection of our efforts.
This was a tough baptism in this higher standard but all the squad had learnt a great deal as a result of playing against talented opponents.
Scorers: Ben Goddard, Ben Curtis.
Exclusions: Archy Burnell 1, Ben Goddard 1.

Match 2: Worthing 0, Croydon 20.

The first match was tough, this was even harder and made so by the exclusion of Ben Goddard during the first period of the match.
The rest of the squad battled hard and did improve as the match went on but this was a very difficult encounter against a very talented team who punished our mistakes time and again.
All of the squad worked hard and will learn a great deal from playing against talented players and I'm sure we will see the benefit in the longer term.
Scorers: None.
Exclusions: Ben Goddard 3.

Squad in Full: Gemma Coulson, Daisy Hazeldine, Ben Goddard, Jacob Nash, Ellis Bubb, Robert Scott, Lois Czaja-Rogers, Ben Curtis, Archy Burnell and Elliott Moore.

Overall, this was tough day for our boys and girls in this squad but they will have learned a great deal from the experience.
At the next tournament we play against the other two teams in the division and we would expect to have two competitive matches which should indicate how this squad is developing.

Regards,
Alastair.

Match Report

15/5/2012

Ladies London League
Tournament 1, Sunday 13th May 2012
Whitgift School, Croydon.

We have entered this summer's competition with a joint team with Basingstoke ladies which is an arrangement that has worked well in the past few years.
The standard has risen noticeably over the past few years and now three national league teams (Polytechnic, Penguin and Southampton) take part.
At this event we faced three difficult matches but all of the girls were looking forward to playing against some tough opposition.
The individual match reports are as follows:

Match 1, Worthing/Basingstoke 7, Beckenham 2.

This was a very encouraging start to the day and we controlled the match with a very disciplined defensive display that limited the opposition to a small number of opportunities.
We looked dangerous in attack and scored a number of good goals with 5 scorers. Tara scored with her first touch of the ball but it was a good all round team display.
Scorers: Rebecca Anderson 3, Claire Liggins 1, Hannah Chilton 1, Tara Osborne 1, Gina Lay 1.
Exclusions: None.

Match 2, Worthing/Basingstoke 4, Southampton 1.

Another tough match and an excellent result against a team that features players with experience of national league competition.
Once again, the backbone of the win was a really strong defensive display and we probably should have scored more goals if it hadn't been for some wasteful finishing.
Scorers: Jenny Willett 2, Claire Liggins 1, Gina Lay 1.
Exclusions: None.

Match 3, Worthing/Basingstoke 4, Penguin 11.

This was a very tough finish to the day against a really strong team that feature a number of very talented players.
We started the match well and Gina quickly scored two excellent goals but as the game went on the opposition made it very difficult to create many scoring opportunities.
We ran out of energy late on but the squad had worked really hard in all three matches and they never gave up in this tough encounter.
Scorers: Gina Lay 2, Jenny Willett 1, Claire Liggins 1.
Exclusions: Tara Osborne 1, Claire Liggins 1, Jenny Willett 1.

Squad in Full: Amy Styles (G/K), Rebecca Anderson, Jenny Willett, Tara Osborne, Harleigh Goddard, Hannah Chilton, Claire Liggins, Gina Lay, Rebecca Wolacott.

Overall this was a very encouraging event and the squad all worked really hard and we were pleased to win two of the matches.
The next tournament is on June 10th at the same venue and we will be looking to build on the progress that the squad is making.

Kind regards,
Alastair Roberts.

Match Report

13/5/2012

Sussex County Senior League.
Thursday 10th May 2012
Hastings 2, Worthing 17.
Quarter Scores: 4-1, 3-1, 5-0, 5-0.

The annual trip to Hastings is always an awkward affair with games played at the shallow, narrow, Summerfield's pool after the longest journey that we make in the county.
We were fortunate to be able to take a talented squad of 11 players for this fixture which included the two junior players Ben Goddard and Joe Hazeldine.
We always controlled the match even if the very shallow pool is not something that we are particularly used to. Although we were far from our best we still managed to play a good standard at times and we were particularly effective in defence where we limited the home team to a relatively small number of chances. The two goals we did concede were both slightly unfortunate but this hardly mattered in the overall result.
8 different outfield players scored goals but all the squad played a part in what was a very comfortable win.

Scorers: Nathan Hart 3, Stuart Stirling 3, Sam Abbott 3, Richard Hooper 2, Ziggy Tate 2, Ben Goddard 2, Matt White 1, Joe Hazeldine 1.
Exclusions: Alastair Roberts 1, Adrian Irbe 1, Sam Abbot 1, Joe Hazeldine 1, Stuart Stirling 1, Ben Goddard 1.

Squad in Full: Rob Osborne, Adrian Irbe, Nathan Hart, Stuart Stirling, Sam Abbott, Richard Hooper (Captain), Ziggy Tate, Ben Goddard, Matt White, Joe Hazeldine, Alastair Roberts (G/K).

Kind regards,
Alastair Roberts.

Match Report

22/4/2012

Sussex County League
Wednesday 18th April 2012
Worthing 20, Crawley "A" 8
Quarter Scores: 4-2, 5-4, 6-1, 5-1.

We always enjoy our trips to the excellent K2 50 metre deep water pool in Crawley where we faced the latest county league fixture against a much improved home side.
With several of our squad not available for a variety of reasons, we ended up playing with a squad of 11 including two juniors (Ben Goddard and Joe Hazeldine) as well as Alexander Cranford who was playing his first match after returning from long term injury.
After a relatively even first two quarters we took control of the match after the mid-point and we dominated the second half of the match.
With Crawley struggling to deal with the speed of our counter-attacking play, we always looked likely to score when we gained possession.
All the squad had a good amount of water time and the goals were shared around 7 of the outfield players.
Special mention should be made of Ben Alcorn who was home from the Manchester high performance centre where he trains with the national squad but had to be back for a training session at 6.00am the following morning. Leaving Crawley straight after the match, he arrived in Manchester at 2.30am and was up at 5.15am for the morning session!

Scorers: Matt White 6, Sam Abbott 4, Richard Hooper 4, Ben Alcorn 2, Alexander Cranford 2, Ben Goddard 1, Joe Hazeldine 1.
Exclusions: Richard Hooper 1, Ben Alcorn 1.
Squad in Full: Richard Hooper, Rob Osborne, Sam Abbott, Dominic Cranford, Matt White, Joe Hazeldine, Nathan Hart, Ben Alcorn, Alexander Cranford, Ben Goddard & Alastair Roberts.

Regards,
Alastair.

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13/4/2012

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Match Report

31/3/2012

Sussex County Senior League.
Prince Regent Pool, Brighton.
Friday 30th March 2012.
Brighton B 7, Worthing 10. (Quarter scores: 3-2, 2-3, 2-1, 3-1)

This was not a great advert for senior water polo in the county and the match was a bad tempered affair throughout with far too many basic errors.
Played at the very shallow and small Prince Regent pool, Brighton used this to their advantage with a physical display that resulted in 14 exclusion fouls. We, in comparison, only committed 4 exclusions but we were drawn into a game that didn't really suit our style of play.
We made life particularly difficult by missing chance after chance when seemingly it looked as though we must score and as a result the match remained close.
In the final quarter we took control and Brighton eventually ran out of players with 3 of their squad dismissed for having committed 3 exclusions. Three quick goals sealed the win but we still managed to contrive several chances when we should have added to our total.
Scorers: Matt White 3, Sam Abbott 3, Nathan Hart 2, Andy Cawdery 1, Dominic Cranford 1.
Exclusions: Matt White 2, Alastair Roberts 1, Joe Hazeldine 1.

Squad in Full: Alastair Roberts (G/K), Matt White, Nathan Hart, Rob Osborne, Dominic Cranford, Andy Cawdery, Sam Abbott & Joe Hazeldine.

Regards,
Alastair.

Match Report

20/3/2012

South-east region men's water polo championship
Basingstoke Aquadrome.

Saturday 17th March, 13.00
Worthing 19, Southampton 11.
Quarter Scores: 4-1, 5-3, 5-3, 5-4.

This was a comfortable win against a hard working Southampton team who always made things difficult for us.
The most remarkable aspect of the game were the 26 exclusions that were conceded and we made the mistake of getting involved in an over physical match dictated by the opposition.
We took a long time to get going which was probably due to the squad having not played a competitive match since before Christmas, but at times we in played a good standard of water polo.
The goals were shared around 7 of the outfield players and Matt led the scoring from the centre forward position with 6.
Overall this was a satisfactory win but all the squad realised that we would need to improve in the subsequent matches.

Scorers: Matt White 6, Richard Hooper 3, Sam Abbott 3, Alastair Hardinge 3, Nathan Hart 2, Gregg Candy-Wallace 1, Ben Alcorn 1.
Exclusions: Nathan Hart 3, Alastair Hardinge 3, Sam Abbott 2, Gregg Candy-Wallace 2, Richard Hooper 1, Rob Osborne 1, Ben Alcorn 1, Matt White 1.


Saturday 17th March, 18.15
Worthing 18, Brighton 6.
Quarter Scores: 5-3, 5-1, 5-0, 3-2.

A better performance against our Sussex rivals who are much improved over the past few years.
We knew that we would need to raise the standard of our play and we definitely looked better for the win against Southampton earlier in the day.
Once again the goals were shared around 7 of the outfield players and Ben Alcorn found the back of the net 3 times in a rare appearance as an outfield player. With Wesley in goal and making a number of good saves we looked strong in defence and this was the basis of this win that eventually was a fairly comfortable affair.

Scorers: Matt White 5, Richard Hooper 5, Ben Alcorn 3, Alastair Hardinge 2, Rob Osborne 1, Sam Abbott 1, Gregg Candy-Wallace 1.
Exclusions: Richard Hooper 3, Gregg Candy-Wallace 1, Sam Abbott 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.


Sunday 18th March, 11.15
Worthing 18, East Invicta 12.
Quarter Scores: 5-2, 6-5, 2-3, 5-2.

This was always going to be the top match of the weekend with both teams unbeaten on the Saturday. East Invicta are a composite team with players from Hythe, Folkestone, Dover and Faversham and a number of the squad have national league experience.
We knew that we had to have a sound tactical plan to nullify the opposition quality players as well as an attacking plan that would create the chances to score.
In the end this proved to be the case and we defended well in the first quarter limiting our opponents to a small number of chances. With Ben back in goal, (Wes was away at a GB training session) and Ziggy Tate available for this game, we looked sound at the back and a greater threat on the counter attack.
East Invicta always made it difficult for us and we were never able to build a lead that would make the game safe but at 13-10 at the start of the last quarter we looked to be in relative control. We conceded a couple of quick goals and at 13-12 it looked as though the game was set for an exciting climax but we scored 5 unanswered goals to secure the win and we ran the clock down late on by keeping possession.
This was a good win against a talented team who made it very difficult for us but we were the better side and thoroughly deserved the victory.

Scorers: Richard Hooper 5, Ziggy Tate 4, Sam Abbott 3, Matt White 2, Nathan Hart 2, Alastair Hardinge 1, Gregg Candy-Wallace 1.
Exclusions: Alastair Hardinge 3, Sam Abbott 1, Matt White 1.

Squad in Full: Wesley Connellan (Saturday), Gregg Candy-Wallace, Rob Osborne, Richard Hooper, Alastair Hardinge, Nathan Hart, Sam Abbott, Ben Alcorn, Matt White, Ziggy Tate (Sunday).

This was a good weekend and we were pleased to win all three games.
Although we made hard work of it at times we deserved to remain unbeaten and we did play some good water polo at times.
It was not easy playing with a small squad of only 9 on both days and we undoubtedly tired in the latter stages of games and this was the reason behind some of the mistakes made and some of the exclusions we committed.
As always, we were very grateful for the large number of friends and family who made the effort to come and support us. 

Regards,
Alastair.

Match Report

13/3/2012

London Winter League Under 14 Championship.
Tournament 3.
Whitgift School, South Croydon.
Sunday 11th March 2012.

Our young development squad traveled to the familiar surroundings of the excellent deep water pool at Whitgift school for the final event of this competition.
Having only lost once at the previous two events we realised that 3 wins would secure the overall title.
These are the individual match reports:

Match 1.
Worthing 5, Croydon B 1. (H/T 2-1)

This was a satisfactory win against a decent opposition who took the lead early in the match.
We soon equalised and went on to record a comfortable victory with Ben Goddard dominating the scoring with 4 goals and Gemma Coulson netting late on with a cool finish.
The team could have scored on a number of other occasions but for some wayward finishing but this was a good start to the day for the squad.
Scorers: Ben Goddard 4, Gemma Coulson 1.
Exclusions: None.

Match 2.
Worthing 9, Chelmsford 2. (H/T 4-0) 

Another good win which was particularly pleasing because we played the first half of the match without Ben Goddard outfield and the squad still managed to dominate proceedings with goals from Ellis, who scored twice, Louis and Archy.
The second half saw Ben help himself to another 3 goals and we ran out comfortable winners.
The team was now playing with a much better defensive shape and as a result we managed to score most of our goals from quick counter attacking play.
Scorers: Ellis Bubb 3, Ben Goddard 3, Milo McCardle 1, Archy Burnell 1, Louis Czaja-Rogers 1.
Exclusions: None.

Match 3.
Worthing 4, Mid-Sussex 2. (H/T 3-1)

The toughest match of the tournament was against our Sussex rivals but even though we fell behind early on when we were punished for some poor defending, we soon equalised and took control of the match.
Our defending again was the key to the win and this limited the opposition to a small number of chances.
We were again guilty of missing a number of opportunities when we probably should have scored, but we always looked the stronger team and deserved the victory.
Scorers: Ben Goddard 2, Ellis Bubb 2.
Exclusion: Louis Czaja-Rogers 1. 

Squad in Full: Ben Curtis, Louis Czaja-Rogers, Daisy Hazeldine, Archy Burnell, Gemma Coulson, Elliott Moore, Milo McCardle, Jacob Nash, Ellis Bubb & Ben Goddard.

The three wins meant that we finished top of this league after the full program of games and this is an excellent result for this young group of players.
Obviously Ben Goddard is the driving force in the team and he is now part of the newly formed England Talent squad that has recently been selected for boys of this age. What is very encouraging is how quickly the rest of the squad are improving and for the majority of them these tournaments were the first competitive matches they have played.
We now look forward to summer competition for this age group and we are hoping that the squad will continue to show the same improvement.

Kind regards,
Alastair.

Match Report

26/2/2012

Attached is a report and statistics of this weekends inter regional boys (1997 & younger age group) competition that was played at the new pool in Newport, South Wales.
 
Worthing had four representatives in the squad (Joe Hazeldine, Ben Goddard, Nathan Jones and Ellis Bubb) and the team was coached by Ben Alcorn with Dave Alcorn in the team managers role.
 
After a very exciting event the south-east region won the tournament which is an excellent result.
All the Worthing boys played well and special mention should be made of Joe who was voted tournament Most Valuable Player MVP by the opposition team coaches.
 
Kind regards,
Alastair.

Match Report

23/1/2012

London Winter League.
Under 14 Championship (1998 & Younger)
Tournament 2, Whitgift School
Sunday 29th January 2012.

We travelled to the familiar surroundings of Whitgift School for the second tournament in the competition that has seen our youngest age group squad make its competitive debut.
The program would see the squad play three matches including a return fixture against Enfield who had narrowly beaten us at the first tournament.
These are the individual match reports:

1. Worthing 6, Enfield 4. (H/T 2-1)

A good win against the team who had beaten us at the first tournament.
Ben Goddard was unstoppable and scored 5 times but the rest of the squad worked hard and they all defended well when called upon.
This was an encouraging start and indicated that all of the squad are beginning to make progress.
Scorers: Ben Goddard 5, Jacob Nash 1.
Exclusions: Ben Goddard 2.

2. Worthing 6, Chelmsford 0. (H/T 3-0)

Another satisfactory win and another virtuoso display from Ben who scored all of our 6 goals.
A number of the squad should have added to the scorers but we missed a number of relatively simple chances.
Our defending again showed improvement and we never really looked like conceding a goal.
Scorer: Ben Goddard 6.
Exclusion: Ellis Bubb 1.

3. Worthing 11, Watford 0. (H/T 5-0)
This was a good win that again indicated that the squad is improving fast.
Ben again dominated the match with 5 goals but Ellis scored 4 times and Jacob and Gemma also found the back of the net.
Our defending was excellent and we forced the opposition to make many mistakes and we regularly scored from the resulting counter-attacks.
Scorers: Ben Goddard 5, Ellis Bubb 4, Gemma Coulson 1, Jacob Nash 1.
Exclusions: None.

Squad in full: Gemma Coulson, Daisy Hazeldine, Ben Curtis, Jacob Nash, Archy Burnell, Milo McCardle, Ellis Bubb, Robbie Scott, Louis Czaja-Rogers, Ben Goddard.

Overall this was a very encouraging tournament for our young squad. They improved match by match and I am sure that they will continue to make progress at future matches.

Kind regards,
Alastair.

Match Report

23/1/2012

The 2012 water polo year commenced with the latest round of the under 16 London Winter league at Queen Elizabeth's school, Barnet.
This is a report of the three matches that we played at the tournament.

London Winter League.
Under 16 Competition (Born 1996 + Younger).
Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet.
Sunday January 22nd 2012.

We have played well in the first phase of this competition and as a result we secured a place in the top six after the first round of fixtures.
The second phase will see fixtures against the other five teams and we knew that this would mean very tough matches.
Unfortunately we were without Karen Chan and Sam Wildman for this event and as a result we played with a very young squad.
These are the individual match reports.

Match 1. Enfield 8, Worthing 2 (H/T 7-1)

This was a very tough start to the day against the team who are the favorites to be the eventual winners of the competition.
We made a tentative start but the squad never gave up against a physically bigger opposition and we played really well in the second half. 
Ben scored two good goals and we were guilty of missing some other chances that would have made the final result closer but it was always going to be a tough match against a talented team.
Scorer: Ben Goddard 2.
Exclusions: Ben Goddard 2, Nathan Jones 1.

Match 2. Watford 7, Worthing 3 (H/T 3-0)

Our second match was a better all-round performance and shortly after half-time we were only 2-3 behind.
The team played well against another physical team and the opposition goalkeeper produced a number of fine saves to prevent further goals.
Unfortunately we ran out of steam at the end and two late goals gave the final score a slightly miss-leading look.
Ben again scored twice and Joe also scored a good goal.
Scorers: Ben Goddard 2, Joe Hazeldine 1.

Match 3. Basildon 8, Worthing 2 (H/T 3-1)

By the time we played the final match we were beginning to look tired and although the squad never gave up, the efforts of the previous two matches started to take a toll.
We actually played reasonably well for the first half of the match but our small squad found the going tough in the second period.
The team wasn't helped by some eccentric and inconsistent refereeing but they never gave up right up to the final whistle.
Scorers: Ben Goddard 1, Joe Hazeldine 1.
Exclusions: Ben Goddard 3, Ellis Bubb 1.

Squad in Full: Henry Jackson (G/K), Ben Goddard, Joe Hazeldine, Ben Curtis, Nathan Jones, Harleigh Goddard, Ellis Bubb and Jacob Nash.

Although we lost the three matches we should take a lot of positives from this tournament.
We played with a squad of 8 with only two players at the top end of this age group and four of them will be also play in next weekends 1998 age group event.
Harleigh was the only girl playing in any of the teams and she played well against a number of bigger, aggressive boys. Jacob Nash played well on his debut in this age group and Ben Curtis, who was the youngest member of the team, also worked extremely hard.
The final tournament takes place at Whitgift school on Sunday 18th March.

Regards,
Alastair.

Alastair Roberts
Water Polo Secretary