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2014 Water Polo News Archive

Match report - Promotion

15/12/2014

This is the report from the second day of the final weekend of the British Water Polo League.


BWPL Championship 2
Sunday 14th December 2014, 12.30
Lancaster University
Worthing 22, Exeter 7
Quarter Scores: 6-0, 5-2, 7-1, 4-4

We went into the final match of the season still needing a single point to secure a top three finish and to make certain of promotion to division 2.
After a really positive team meeting the squad made an excellent start and by the end of the first quarter the result never really looked to be in doubt. Undoubtedly we were helped by Exeter having a number of players suspended for this match but our squad were ruthless in taking advantage of every opportunity.
Our defending was again of a high standard and Marc was in good form making a number of quality saves when Exeter did create a few opportunities. In attack we scored a number goals with some very quick counter-attacking play and Exeter really struggled to deal with the speed and directness of our play.
The goals were shared around 9 of the outfield players with Richard in particularly good form scoring 6. It was good to see Jacob score twice on his debut weekend, once from a well worked man-up play with the other being on a quick counter attack.
All of the squad made good contributions to the win and we spent virtually all the match using our substitutes to maximum effect and it has been one of key parts of the seasons success.
In the end this was probably one of our easiest wins of the season but we produced the right performance when we needed it and the two points were more than enough to secure promotion.

Scorers: Richard 6, Joe 4, Sam 3, Peter 2, Philippe 2, Jacob 2, Nathan 1, Alastair 1, Paul 1.
Exclusions: Alastair 2, Richard 1, Philippe 1, Tom 1, Joe 1, Nathan 1.

Squad in full: Marc Guimera, Kevin Chan, Jacob Nash, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Philippe Kirsanov, Ziggy Tate (Saturday), Tom Kane, Joe Hazeldine, Nathan Hart, Sam Abbott, Paul Phillpott, Alastair Hardinge, Gregg Candy-Wallace (Sunday).

Coach: Alastair Roberts.
Assistant Coach;- Ben Alcorn

After missing out on promotion last season in the final match, it was always our aim to try and reach division 2 of the BWPL this year. It's been a very tough 14 match campaign with a number of very tight games but our overall record was finally, won 11, drawn 1 and lost 2. The two defeats were both by narrow margins and we have been highly competitive throughout the whole season and we eventually finished well clear of the the teams below us.
As a result we will play the 2015 season in division 2 for the first time in the clubs history and this ranks us inside the top 16 teams in the country which is an excellent achievement. The higher standard will obviously be a huge challenge for us but we are already looking forward to playing some of the bigger teams in UK water polo.
Finally, it was really nice to see so many supporters make the long journey to Lancaster and we were all delighted to produce the right result.

Regards,

Alastair.

Match report

14/12/2014

This is the report of the first match of the final British Water Polo League weekend of the 2014 season.
We knew that the final weekend would always be a difficult affair with the squad facing a long journey to Lancaster which is the furthest distance we have had to travel since we joined the national league.
Fortunately the journey north on Saturday morning proved to be relatively trouble free and all of the squad arrived in plenty of time.
We arrived at Lancaster knowing that a single point from the two matches would secure promotion to the second division of the BWPL for the first time in the clubs history, but we also knew that we faced tough matches against Solihull and Exeter. We also had to cope without our two leading scorers with Shaun Hotchkiss back home in New Zealand and Joao Martins also unavailable. As a result, Ziggy Tate came into the squad for his first appearance of the season and Philippe Kirsanov and Jacob Nash made their debuts in the national league. Jacob became the latest junior to come through the ranks and feature at this level of competition.

BWPL Championship 2
Saturday 13th December 2014, 16.50.
Lancaster University
Worthing 7, Solihull 10.
Quarter Scores: 2-3, 1-2, 2-2, 2-3.

This was a tight, physical match with little to choose between the two teams who both defended well throughout.
Our problem was creating enough chances against the very strong pressing defence that Solihull used throughout the match. We also missed a few opportunities that we perhaps should have scored, but chances were always at a premium.
The match got off to a relatively slow start and although we fell behind Tom soon equalised. Solihull scored twice more to lead 3-1 but Alastair came up with a good finish to reduce the deficit at the end of the quarter.
The second period was a similar affair and Philippe scored his first goal for the club with an excellent finish from centre forward, but we unfortunately conceded two poor goals which resulted in Solihull stretching the lead to 5-3. The third quarter was very tight but Sam scored after making a fine attacking drive and Alastair added his second with another good finish.
With only a two goal deficit at the start of the final period the squad knew that we were still very much in the match, but we missed a couple of key opportunities at the start of the quarter and then Solihull scored to increase the lead. Sam scored his second and Philippe also added a further goal, but the opposition defended their lead well and we ran out of time to try and secure a positive result.
It was disappointing to lose this very competitive match but we realised that we hadn't really produced enough to secure a win. It was good to see all of the squad contribute and Jacob made an encouraging debut.
We now move on to the Sunday match against Exeter which again promises to be a tough encounter.

Scorers: Sam 2, Alastair 2, Philippe 2, Tom 1.
Exclusions: Nathan 2, Richard 1, Ziggy 1, Paul 1.

Squad in full: Marc Guimera, Kevin Chan, Jacob Nash, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Philippe Kirsanov, Ziggy Tate (Saturday), Tom Kane, Joe Hazeldine, Nathan Hart, Sam Abbott, Paul Phillpott, Alastair Hardinge, Gregg Candy-Wallace (Sunday).

Coach: Alastair Roberts
Assistant Coach: Ben Alcorn

Match report

23/11/2014

This is a report of the second day of the fifth weekend of the 2014 British Water Polo League season.

BWPL Championship 2.
Gloucester GL1 Leisure Centre
Sunday 23rd November 2014, 09.40.

Worthing 11, Hucknall 10.
Quarter Scores: 3-2, 1-3, 4-4, 3-1.

After the epic win against Birmingham on the Saturday, we faced the second match of the weekend against a strong Hucknall team.
This is a very competitive division and the results on Saturday of all the matches proved that any of the teams are capable of winning games.
It was with this in mind that we prepared to play Hucknall who are always a well organised, physical team with a number of talented players.
We started well and Joe quickly gave us the lead and then Shaun doubled the advantage with a terrific shot into the far corner. Our defensive plan was working well and at the end of the period we looked in control of the match leading 3-2.
Unfortunately, we then lost concentration and a number of basic errors started to appear in our play, particularly in defence, and Hucknall took advantage to lead 5-4 at half time.
The third quarter was another scrappy affair with both teams trading goals and we were still behind 8-9 at the end of the period. Remarkably, just like the previous day's match against Birmingham, we came from behind in the final quarter to secure the win. We actually contrived to miss a penalty and a couple of other chances when we should have scored but goals from Nathan and then Joe gave us a 10-9 advantage but another defensive error allowed Hucknall to equalise with 3 minutes remaining. With time running down Alastair Hardinge produced a terrific finish from centre forward to regain the lead and in a frantic finish featuring three time outs and some idiosyncratic refereeing decisions, we eventually held on to win by the narrowest of margins.
This was another huge win when we managed produce a positive result when we hadn't played at our best.
The team continue to win tight games and we are in a good position as we look forward to the final two fixtures that will be played at Lancaster in three weeks time.

Scorers: Shaun 3, Joao 2, Joe 2, Richard 1, Nathan 1, Sam 1, Alastair 1.
Exclusions: Peter 2, Joao 2, Joe 2, Nathan 2, Tom 1, Sam 1.

Squad in full: Marc Guimera (g/k), Antonio Spaccapietra, Ben Curtis, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Shaun Hotchkiss, Joao Martins, Tom Kane, Joe Hazeldine, Nathan Hart, Sam Abbott, Paul Phillpott, Alastair Hardinge.
Coach: Alastair Roberts.
Assistant Coach: Gregg Candy-Wallace.

Regards,

Alastair.

Match report

23/11/2014

This is a report of the first day of the fifth weekend of the 2015 British Water Polo League season.

BWPL Championship 2.
Gloucester GL1 Leisure Centre
Saturday 22nd November 2014, 13.20

Having played the the first three matches in Championship 2 at Luton two weeks ago when we won twice and suffered a narrow defeat, we travelled to the second round of fixtures to play against Birmingham and Hucknall.
These promised to be another two tough games in what is already looking to be a very competitive division. Once gain we were able to play with a full squad of thirteen, and our strong substitutes bench has definitely been one of the reasons that we have won some of the close games.
We knew that Birmingham would be another tough team to play and this certainly proved to be the case.

Worthing 9, Birmingham 7.
Quarter Scores: 1-3, 1-2, 2-2, 5-0

Sometimes the quarter scores don't truly reflect how a match worked out but this certainly wasn't the case in this tough encounter against a strong Birmingham team.
Quite simply we struggled to get into the match at the start, and a poor first quarter when we didn't play anything like our normal standard soon saw us 3-0 down. Joao scored just before the end of the period but we had made a slow start and the team realised that we needed to improve in the remainder of the match if we were to have a chance of recording a positive result.
Things didn't improve greatly in the second quarter when we still made too many basic errors and a single goal from Richard meant that we trailed 2-5 at half-time.
In the third period we conceded another goal early on before Sam stepped up with two good finishes to reduce the deficit to 4-6. Unfortunately another poor defensive play saw the team concede again and as a result we started the final quarter 4-7 down.
At this point, and after a change of tactics, the game changed and we suddenly looked the dominant team. With Birmingham tiring Shaun scored the crucial first goal and then Nathan made the score 6-7 with just under 4 minutes remaining. Nathan was dealing well with the opposition centre forward and Marc made some key saves when it really mattered. Joao tied the scores at 7-7 with an excellent finish after a Birmingham player was excluded and we took the lead for the first time in the match when Richard scored his second goal with just over 1 minute left.
From this point we closed the match out with some good defensive play and Joao sealed the win with another cool finish with 20 seconds left.
This was not one of our best performances but we hadn't played well and we still managed to secure a win which is testament to the way that the team battles hard even when things aren't going well.
We now face another tough match against Hucknall early tomorrow when we will be looking to secure another vital win.

Scorers: Joao 3, Richard 2, Sam 2, Shaun 1, Nathan 1.
Exclusions: Joao 1, Joe 1.

Squad in full: Marc Guimera, Antonio Spaccapietra, Ben Curtis, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Shaun Hotchkiss, Joao Martins, Tom Kane, Joe Hazeldine, Nathan Hart, Sam Abbott, Paul Phillpott & Alastair Hardinge.
Coach: Alastair Roberts.
Assistant Coach: Gregg Candy-Wallace.

Regards,

Alastair

Match report

9/11/2014

The busy weekend continued with the final match on Sunday afternoon.
With the defeat in the morning against Carlisle still fresh in the mind the team were determined to finish the program with a win.

British Water Polo League Championship 2
Sunday 9th November, 14.20
Worthing 9, Manchester Hawks 6
Quarter Scores: 4-2, 3-2, 2-1, 0-1

Having suffered our first defeat of this season's national league program in the morning, we knew that it was important that we made sure of the points against a young Manchester Hawks team.
We have played this particular opposition on many occasions over the years and we are always aware of how they play. As a result we discussed at length at the pre-match meeting how we could best deal with their style and the tactics that we played were mainly successful.
We didn't, unfortunately, play at our best for long periods and it looked as though the physicality of the morning match was taking it's toll on the team but we were always in control.
Joe scored 2 excellent goals to give us an early lead but Manchester soon tied the game. An excellent goal from Richard from centre forward and a good finish from Shaun gave us a 4-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and Shaun scored twice and Sam once in the second period to extend the lead to 7-4 at halftime.
At this point I fully expected that we would go on to dominate the remainder of the match but we contrived to miss chance after chance in the second half which kept Manchester in the game. Shaun scored again in the third quarter and Alastair added an excellent finish to a quality pass from Sam.
We never seriously looked like relinquishing the lead but it was slightly disappointing that we didn't record a bigger win. That said, Manchester always worked hard to make it difficult for us but we never really played our best and we looked tired, particularly in the second half of the match.
Three full games inside 24 hours is always demanding at this level but we did enough to record another vital win.

Scorers: Shaun 4, Joe 2, Richard 1, Sam 1, Alastair 1.
Exclusions: Peter 2, Nathan 2, Shaun 1, Joao 1.

Squad in full: Marc Guimera (gk), Antonio Spaccapietra, Kevin Chan, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Shaun Hotchkiss, Joao Martins, Toby Underwood, Joe Hazeldine, Nathan Hart, Sam Abbott, Paul Phillpott, Alastair Hardinge.

Coach: Alastair Roberts
Assistant Coach: Gregg Candy-Wallace
Team Manager: Jon Gray

We now look forward to the next round of matches against Hucknall and Birmingham which will be played at Gloucester in two weeks time.

Regards,

Alastair.

Match report

10/11/2014
 

This is the report of our second Championship 2 match versus Carlisle. 
 
9th November 2014
 
We returned to Luton's pool at 8:30am for the first game of the day with the same full strength squad from the previous day. We were unfortunately without our team coach and inspirational leader Alastair Roberts, who had family issues to attend to. 

The match proved to be a very physical affair, but an even one, with both teams trading goals early in the first quarter. Carlisle constantly posed a threat going forward, and their physical style of defence proved to be tough to break down. The second quarter became a more one sided affair, with our centre forwards unable to gain any advantage in the pit position. The Carlisle pit defence was doing a sound job of not allowing the ball into the centre forward and Worthing played into Carlisle's hands, giving them a 3 goal lead heading into the second half. 
 
We then manage to adapt our style of play, due somewhat to the growing major count, as a direct result of some canny Carlisle  play, and Worthing mounted a solid comeback. The forth quarter would start with Carlisle having a slim 1 goal lead. The final quarter ebbed and flowed with both teams playing some excellent polo. The score remained close and with two minutes thirty remaining on the clock, the score was 10-10. The final minutes saw Carlisle take the initiative and left Worthing in possession with 30 seconds remaining trailing 11-10. Despite all our efforts, Worthing failed to convert the final efforts on goal, leaving the score 11-10 in favour of Carlisle. 
 
It was a hard fought game against a strong Carlisle team, which had a few new faces and a great physical presence. Worthing did exceptionally well to adjust tactics and fight back to a potential winning situation. We didn't have quite enough to see us over the finishing line, but it was an all round good effort by every member of the Worthing squad. 
 
 Quarter scores:
1st quarter 2-2
2nd quarter 0-3
3rd quarter 5-3
4th quarter 3-3
 
Scorers: Antonio 1, Pete 2, Shaun 5, Joe 1, Paul 1. 
 
Majors: Richard 1, Pete 1, Shaun 2, Joe 2, Nathan 2, Paul 1, Alastair 1. 
 
Squad in full: 
Marco, Antonio, Kevin, Richard, Pete, Shaun, Joao, Toby, Joe, Nathan, Sam, Paul, Alastair. 
 
Coaches: 
Greg Candy Wallace & Jonny Gray

Regards
Paul Phillpott

Match report

9/11/2014

This is a report of the first match in the second phase of this season's British Water Polo League.
Having been unbeaten in the first phase of the competition in division 3, we are now playing in Championship 2 which will decide our final finishing position. We will play 7 matches over three weekends and the top three teams will secure a place in the second division for the 2015 season.
The first weekend is a demanding three match program and on Sunday we have games against Carlisle and Manchester Hawks.

British Water Polo League, Championship 2
Luton Sports & Leisure Centre
Saturday 8th November, 11.00

Worthing 15, West London Penguin 4
Quarter Scores: 4-1, 4-0, 4-2, 3-1

The first match in the second phase of the competition was against one of the three teams from the higher division and Penguin have a long history as one of the established teams in British water polo.
We made a really strong start to the match and our defensive strategy immediately made it hard for the opposition to create many clear cut opportunities. Marc was his normal reliable self in goal making a number of saves when required and we soon had the Penguin defence under pressure.
Joe opened the scoring and Richard extended the lead before Shaun quickly added a couple of goals that put us in control at the end of the first quarter. The second period saw Richard score again and Joao quickly registered a hatrick, and with a 8-1 lead at half-time we were in seemingly little danger.
This proved to be the case and we controlled the second half of the game comfortably and the final score was a fair reflection of how we had dominated the match.
All the squad played a part and we used the bench to good effect in the second half of the match as we comfortably secured the win.
We know that Sunday will be tough with two matches but this win was an excellent start to the weekend.

Scorers: Richard 4, Joao 4, Shaun 2, Joe 2, Paul 2, Antonio 1.
Exclusions: Joao 2, Joe 2, Sam 2, Kevin 1, Nathan 1, Alastair 1.

Squad in full: Marc Guimera (g/k), Antonio Spaccapietra, Kevin Chan, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Shaun Hotchkiss, Joao Martins, Toby Underwood, Joe Hazeldine, Nathan Hart, Sam Abbott, Paul Phillpott, Alastair Hardinge.

Coach: Alastair Roberts
Assistant Coach: Gregg Candy-Wallace
Team Manager: Jon Gray.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

9/11/2014

Wednesday 29th October 2014
Sussex County Senior League.
Worthing 21, Hastings 11.
Quarter Scores: 7-2, 4-2, 4-3, 6-4

This was a highly entertaining match against probably the strongest Hastings team that we have played in many years which featured Olympian Jack Waller.
We made an excellent start to the match and as a result we dominated the first quarter scoring several goals on the counter attack. Matt was in excellent form at the heart of defence and Richard put in a very solid display at centre forward.
All the squad made a good contribution and it was good to see that 7 squad members were on the score sheet. Our defending was not always as good as it can be but Ben made a number of good saves when required and we were always in control of the game.
Overall this was a satisfactory win against a good team and once again it was good to see all of our squad make good contributions.

Scorers: Richard 7, Joao 3, Joe 3, Alastair 3, Antonio 2, Peter 2, Ben C 1.
Exclusions: Alastair 1.

Squad in full: Ben Alcorn (g/k), Adrian Irbe, Kevin Chan, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Ben Curtis, Joao Martins, Antonio Spaccapietra, Joe Hazeldine, Jacob Nash, Matt White, Alastair Hardinge.

Kind regards,

Alastair.

Match report

28/10/2014

British Water Polo League Division 3.
Marlborough College
25/26 October 2014.

Having played the first five matches of the 2014 season we travelled to Marlborough hoping to extend our unbeaten run with games scheduled against Carlisle and South Derbyshire.
With four wins and a draw we hade already qualified in the top five positions which guarantees our position in division 3 and will give us the opportunity to try and secure promotion in the second phase.
Once again we were able to name a full squad of 13 for this weekend and we have definitely benefitted from having a stronger substitutes bench so far this season.
These are the individual match reports:

Saturday 25th, 19.45.
Worthing 11, Carlisle 6.
Quarter Scores: 3-0, 3-1, 3-2, 2-3.

Carlisle are a good quality team and we have had a number of excellent matches against them over the previous years, and we knew that this would be another tough match in this very competitive division.
As the quarter scores indicate, we took control of the match in the first quarter and at half-time we had extended the lead to 6-1 which always looked like a lead that would prove to be enough.
This proved to be the case, even though Carlisle tried hard to fashion a comeback. particularly at the start of the final period. Our defending, backed by another excellent display from Marc in goal, always made it difficult for Carlisle and to only concede 1 goal in the first half of the match indicates how well we had played.
In attack we always carried a threat and Shaun scored the first two goals of the game during the first quarter. Joao added the third goal before the end of the period and we actually missed on another couple of occasions when we probably should have scored.
From half-time we were able to make good use of our substitutes and all of the squad made a significant contribution during the game. Even though Carlisle tried to make a comeback in the final quarter switching to a full press, we were comfortably ahead and we simply controlled the remainder of game to secure the win
Scorers: Shaun 4, Joao 3, Tom 1, Toby 1, Paul 1, Richard 1.
Exclusions: Nathan 2, Marc 1, Shaun 1, Toby 1.


Sunday 26th, 16.00
Worthing 17, South Derbyshire 9.
Quarter Scores: 5-2, 3-2, 4-3, 5-2.

Another win to finish the first phase of the competition didn't see us at our best but we still comfortably did enough to secure the points.
We never played at our best but we took the opportunity to play a new defensive tactic which didn't quite work as well as we had hoped. It was, however, a good opportunity to try a few different things and the team will benefit from this as the season continues.
We made a relatively slow start and fell behind but we soon started to take control and we had a good lead by the end of the first quarter. We continued to dominate the remainder of the game with our attacking play seeing the team score consistently, but we probably conceded some goals that we really have avoided.
In the final quarter the strength and fitness of our squad resulted in a number of goals on the counter attack and we really should have added to the final total with better finishing at times.
Overall this was a satisfactory end to the first phase and we were delighted to have remained unbeaten with 6 wins and 1 draw.
Scorers: Shaun 5, Joao 5, Richard 2, Joe 2, Tom 1, Nathan 1, Paul 1.
Exclusions: Kevin 1, Richard 1, Nathan 1, Sam 1.

Squad in full: Marc Guimera (g/k), Tom Kane, Kevin Chan, Richard Hooper, Ben Curtis, Shaun Hotchkiss, Joao Martins, Toby Underwood, Joe Hazeldine, Nathan Hart, Sam Abbott, Paul Phillpott, Alastair Hardinge.
Coach: Alastair Roberts.
Assistant Coach: Ben Alcorn
Team Manager: Gregg Candy-Wallace

This was another good weekend for the team and we are really pleased to have finished second in the division only on goal difference. The tough part of the season is now about to start with the first weekend of the second phase taking place in Luton in two weeks time.
We have played some good water polo at times in the first phase but we now realise that we will have to work hard in the next seven matches if we are to have a chance of promotion.

Regards,

Alastair.

Match report

5/10/2014

British Water Polo League Division 3.
Weekend 2, Grantham Leisure Centre,
4th/5th October.

Having enjoyed two close wins three weeks ago at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, we travelled to Grantham looking forward to playing a busy three match program over the two days.
With matches on the Saturday against London Otter and Solihull and a Sunday game against Hucknall, this promised to be a demanding schedule of games.
Unfortunately we were without three of the squad who played at Sheffield, with Peter Benedek and Alexander Cranford both injured and Markiyan Polovyy unavailable because of work commitments.
This gave us an opportunity to give 15 year old Ben Curtis his national league debut and we also included Kevin Chan and the experienced Gregg Candy-Wallace.
These are the individual match reports:

Match 1, Saturday 12.10.
Worthing 13, London Otter 3.
Quarter Scores: 6-1, 3-1, 1-2, 3-0.

This was a very satisfactory win which was secured with a fine first quarter performance when we dominated the game with strong defence and good attacking play.
As a result we were able to control the remainder of the game when we looked to use all of our playing squad.
Shaun led the scoring with four, with three of his goals coming in a 5 minute period during the first quarter. Richard and Paul both scored hat tricks and Joao, Joe and Toby (with his first national league goal) scored one each.
Our defending was always well organised and Marc made a number of goods saves when required but we really restricted Otter to a relatively small number of chances.
With the second game of the day due to be played in under 4 hours, it was important that we rested as many of the squad as possible during this game and our strong first quarter made this possible.

Scorers: Shaun 4, Paul 3, Richard 3, Joao 1, Joe 1, Toby 1.
Exclusions: Tom 1, Kevin 1, Joe 1.


Match 2, Saturday 16.50.
Worthing 9, Solihull 9.
Quarter Scores: 4-4, 0-1, 3-2, 2-2.

This was always going to be a tough and competitive game with two teams meeting who both had won their first three matches.
Solihull are a well organised and talented team who have a very strong centre forward as well as accurate and powerful outside shooters. As a result we knew that we had to have the tactical plan in place to minimize the Solihull attack and after a slightly slow start we eventually started to find our form. Having conceded 4 goals in the first period, our improved defending limited the opposition to only 5 goals in the remaining 3 quarters.
We did struggle in attack at times with Solihull using a very uncompromising press defence, but we kept going and scored a number of well worked goals.
With the game tied at 7-7 at the start of the final quarter it was always going to be a nervy finish and it certainly proved to be the case. Solihull soon took an 8-7 lead but Alastair equalised with a good finish from the centre forward position but we fell behind again with just under 4 minutes remaining. In a frantic finish a good attack led to Solihull committing an exclusion foul and after a time out Joao scored the goal to make it 9-9.
In the last two minutes Marc was harshly excluded but we came up with some outstanding defending to keep the scores level. After another couple of time outs we controlled the final play of the match and the points were shared.
This was a creditable draw and we battled back from 7-4 deficit at one stage showing again that we are a hard team to beat.

Scorers: Shaun 2, Richard 2, Joao 2, Alastair 1, Paul 1, Joe 1.
Exclusions: Joao 2, Paul 2, Marc 1.


Match 3, Sunday 11.20.
Worthing 6, Hucknall 4.
Quarter Scores: 2-0, 1-0, 1-3, 2-1.

The third match of the weekend is always destined to be hard work with the squad having played the two tough games on the Saturday. This is exactly how the match against Hucknall turned out and we struggled to play as well as we can but we still did enough to secure another vital win.
Unfortunately Joao was not available for this match so we had a reduced squad of 12.
We started well and our defence was particularly effective with Marc in excellent form in goal and we kept a clean sheet up to the half-time break. Our attacking play was not at it's best and we struggled to create many clear cut chances but Tom scored with a cool finish on a counter attack and Joe and Shaun added goals that gave us a 3-0 advantage at half time.
In the third quarter we made some defensive errors which allowed Hucknall back into the game and as a result we started the final period with only a 1 goal advantage.
We re-grouped at the break and our defending once again proved to be the crucial part of our game plan. We were still struggling in attack but Paul scored a crucial goal to give us a two goal advantage and then Joe scored his third goal of the game with only 36 seconds remaining. Hucknall did get a goal back in the final few seconds but we had done enough to secure a vital 6-4 win

Scores: Joe 3, Paul 1, Shaun 1, Tom 1.
Exclusions: Tom 3, Joe 2, Ben 1, Alastair 1.

Squad in full: Marc Guimera (g/k), Tom Kane, Kevin Chan, Richard Hooper, Ben Curtis, Shaun Hotchkiss, Joao Martins, Toby Underwood, Joe Hazeldine, Nathan Hart, Gregg Candy-Wallace, Paul Phillpott & Alastair Hardinge.
Coach: Alastair Roberts.
Assistant Coach: Ben Alcorn.

This was another excellent weekend for the squad and we now have two first phase matches remaining against Carlisle and South Derbyshire. These games will be played in three weeks time at the Marlborough College pool and we will obviously be hoping to extend our unbeaten run.
At Grantham it was pleasing that all of the squad played a part in our three matches and it was particularly encouraging to see our four juniors all play a significant part.
We still have work to do but we are an improving team who will continue to progress during the remainder of the season

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

19/09/2014
 

Sussex County Senior League.
17 September 2014 - Worthing
Worthing 16, Crawley 6.
Quarter Scores: 3-2, 6-2, 4-1, 3-1.

The latest match for the Worthing senior team resulted in a comfortable win against a much improved Crawley team.
We were missing several members of our squad but this gave an opportunity to a number of our juniors who all played well in the match.
The first quarter was a fairly cagey affair and we struggled slightly in attack to create quality opportunities but we still led at the end of period 3-2.
We dominated proceedings in the second period and the half-time score of 9-4 meant that we were in control. We continued to play well in the second half and the final score was a fair reflection of the difference between the two teams.
This was a satisfactory win and all of the squad made good contributions.Matt led the scorers with 6 but Joao scored 4 with doubles from Richard, Markiyan and Joe.

Worthing squad in full: Ben Alcorn (g/k), Andy Cawdery, Markiyan Polovyy, Richard Hooper, Kevin Chan, Matt White, Joao Martins, Robbie Scott, Joe Hazeldine, Jacob Nash, Adrian Irbe and Ben Curtis.
Scorers: Matt 6, Joao 4, Richard 2, Joe 2, Markiyan 2.
Exclusions: Ben Alcorn 2, Joao 1.


Regards,

Alastair.

Match report

16/09/2014
 

This is the first report of the 2014 British Water Polo League season.

BWPL Division 3.
Weekend 1: Ponds Forge, Sheffield.
13/14 September 2014

Match 1, Saturday 15.55.
Worthing 12, Exeter 10.
Quarter Scores: 2-2, 3-3, 3-3, 4-2.

Our first ever match in the national league was played at Ponds Forge against Exeter and on that occasion we lost a close and very tight match.
As the final score and quarter scores suggest, this was another really tight match with very little to choose between the teams.
At no stage did either team have more than a two goal advantage but it was tied at 8-8 at the start of the final period. We fell behind very early on but Alastair leveled the scores with a terrific finish and then Tom gave us the lead with a good finish after a quick break.
Exeter equalised with just over three minutes of the match remaining but Joao scored with a great finish to give us a 1 goal advantage with two and half minutes remaining. In a very tense finish we defended really well and took our final time out with under 30 seconds remaining. We kept possession to run the clock down and Joe produced a quality finish with 1 second remaining to put the result beyond doubt.
We hadn't been at our best but we always looked to have enough quality to win the match and if we had taken our chances we would have been more comfortable winners. That said, Marc produced a couple of crucial one against one saves which were both at vital stages of the match.
Joao led the scorers on his BWPL debut with 5 goals and we had 7 other squad members on the score sheet.
Unfortunately Alastair received a heavy blow to the head during the game and as a result he had to be ruled out of the Sunday match.

Scorers: Joao 5, Tom 1, Markiyan 1, Richard 1, Shaun 1, Peter 1, Joe 1, Alastair 1.
Exclusions: Nathan 3, Alastair 2, Markiyan 1, Peter 1, Joao 1.


Match 2, Sunday 10.55
Worthing 11, Bristol University 10.
Quarter Scores: 3-2, 2-2, 3-4, 3-2.

Having played a close game on Saturday we were possibly hoping for a slightly simpler win on Sunday. This proved not be the case and this match gave a good indication of the competitiveness of the league.
Bristol were a very tough team to play and were well orgainised and always offered a threat in attack. As a result we were never able to control the game as we would have liked, and as in the Saturday the match it was tied at the start of the final quarter.
We fell behind but Shaun quickly equalised but a poor defensive play allowed Bristol to take a 10-9 lead. Nathan then equalised with his only shot of the weekend and we took a time out with 2.42 left which gave us the opportunity to re-group for the final plays of the match. We forced Bristol to concede an exclusion foul and the resulting play saw Joe react quickest to a re-bound from the goalkeeper to score the goal that proved to be the winner.
We then played out the last 2 minutes with disciplined defending to record a win by the narrowest possible margin.
Joao and Shaun both scored hat tricks but all the squad played a part in what was a very hard fought win.

Scorers: Jaoa 3, Shaun 3, Markiyan 1, Peter 1, Joe 1, Nathan 1, Paul 1.
Exclusions: Markiyan 1, Richard 1, Peter 1, Shaun 1, Nathan 1.

Squad in full: Marc Guimera (g/k), Tom Kane, Markiyan Polovyy, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Shaun Hotchkiss, Joao Martins, Toby Underwood, Joe Hazeldine, Nathan Hart, Alexander Cranford, Paul Phillpott, Alastair Hardinge, Gregg Candy-Wallace.
Coach: Alastair Roberts, Assistant Coach: Ben Alcorn, Team Manager: Gregg Candy-Wallace.

Overall we are delighted to have won the first two fixtures of the season and we are now looking forward to the next three match program that will be played at Grantham in three weeks time.
We know that we need to improve on certain aspects of our play but this was definitely an encouraging start to the season.

Regards,

Alastair.

SE regional squad

21/07/2014
 

Just a quick message to let you know that Worthing were very well represented in the SE regional under 18 boy's squad that played in the ASA inter region championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield last weekend.

Joe Hazeldine, Jacob Nash, Ben Curtis, Tom Kane, Toby Underwood, Robbie Scott and Archy Burnell were all selected to play in the team that was coached by Worthing's Ben Alcorn.

In a tough competition, the team won one game with an excellent performance against the North-east and had two unlucky one goal defeats against Wales and Scotland. Although they also lost the remaining game against the North-west, the team were always competitive and only two of the squad move out of the age group next year.

Kind regards,

Alastair.

Match Report

29/06/2014

It's been a very busy few days for our men's water polo squad with a match against Brighton on Friday and the South-east region tournament at Splashpoint on Saturday and Sunday.

The following are brief reports:

1. Sussex Senior League.
Friday 27th June.
Brighton 5, Worthing 15.
Quarter Scores: 3-0, 4-1, 4-1, 4-3.

This was a relatively easy win against a hard-working and competitive Brighton team who are never easy to play against in their home pool.
We controlled the match after a good first quarter and in the end we were comfortable winners.

Squad: Ben Alcorn, Alastair Hardinge, Richard Hooper, Matt White, Peter Benedek, Markian Polovyy, Ziggy Tate, Nathan Hart, Adrian Irbe & Alastair Roberts.


2. South-east Men's water polo chamionship.
Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th June.

For the second year the regional men's tournament was played at Splashpoint with five teams involved playing a busy schedule of 10 matches over the two days.
As a result of one of the teams who were scheduled to take part withdrawing from the competition, the decision was taken to play the region's under 18 boy's team in the tournament. A number of the Worthing junior squad were involved with this team which gave them an excellent opportunity to play against good quality opposition.
The Worthing team played well in all four matches with the following results:
Worthing 11, Southampton 5. (3-2, 3-1, 3-2, 2-0)
Worthing 24, Guildford 9. (6-0, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3)
Worthing 16, SE Under 18's 5. (3-0, 4-2, 5-2, 4-1)
Worthing 37, Crawley 0. (13-0, 9-0, 8-0, 7-0)

We used a large squad of players over the weekend as follows: Ben Alcorn, Jack Swift, Makian Polovyy, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Shaun Hotchkiss, Joe Hazeldine, Ziggy Tate, Nathan Hart, Ben Curtis, Matt White, Alastair Hardinge, Ben Goddard, Adrian Irbe.

The regional boy's team featured the following Worthing juniors: Joe Hazeldine, Ben Goddard, Ben Curtis, Jacob Nash, Archy Burnell, Tom Kane and Toby Underwood.

Overall the tournament was a success but the only downside were two injuries to Worthing players. Peter Benedek sustained a cut above the eye but he was patched up and managed to play in all of the games but Jacob Nash sustained a dislocated finger on the Saturday which ruled him out of the subsequent matches.

Kind regards,

Alastair.

SE region tournament

21/06/2014
 

A reminder about the SE region tournament that takes place next weekend. Attached is a copy of the format and it would be nice too see as many supporters as possible, particularly at the Worthing matches, over the two days. Perhaps it would be a good idea to include the times of the Worthing matches to encourage as many supporters as possible to come along.


Regards,
Alastair.

Sussex county under 16 water polo tournament

21/06/2014
 

The annual Sussex county under 16 water polo tournament took place at K2 Crawley earlier today and 12 Worthing juniors took part.
The format of the competition is to divide all of the boys and girls in attendance from various Sussex clubs into four teams who then play on a round robin basis.
The winning team featured Ben Curtis, Chris Emery, Joe Brennand and Josh Coulson and the other Worthing players involved were Archy Burnell, Daisy Hazeldine, Gemma Coulson, William Newnham, Holly Stoner, Annah Bowles, Akos Hausknecht and Toby Unnderwood.
This is always a worthwhile event and it was really good to see so many Worthing juniors playing for the first time in some proper matches.


Regards,
Alastair.

Match Report

23/05/2014

Sussex Senior League
Thursday 22nd May 2014
Hastings 5, Worthing 11.
Quarter Scores: 2-2, 0-4, 2-2, 1-3.

The annual county league fixture at Hastings is always an intriguing and often entertaining encounter and this year's match was another challenging affair.
The Summerfield's leisure centre pool is a difficult venue with a very shallow end and dim lighting that creates interesting viewing, especially for the goal keepers. Add to this that Hastings now feature Great Britain squad member Jack Waller and this is not the easy fixture that it has been. Now that we have been training and playing at the all deep home pool at Splashpoint for the last year we really are out of practice with playing in shallow pools but we eventually produced enough good water polo on the night to secure a win.
The first quarter was a cagey affair but we defended well and should have scored more goals from the number of chances that we created. We took control of the match in the second period and from the half time break we were able to dictate the match and secure a satisfactory win.
Overall we played well enough to win the match with a squad of only eight which included three juniors in Joe Hazeldine, Jacob Nash and Ben Curtis. For Jacob and Ben this was the first time that they have ever played in a pool with a shallow end and they both did well with Ben scoring an excellent goal in the final quarter.

Scorers: Matt White 4, Peter Benedek 4, Richard Hooper 1, Alastair Hardinge 1, Ben Curtis 1.
Exclusions: Alastair Hardinge 2, Jacob Nash 1.
Squad in Full: Ben Alcorn (g/k), Joe Hazeldine, Peter Benedek, Richard Hooper, Alastair Hardinge, Jacob Nash, Ben Curtis & Matt White.

Regards,

Alastair.

Match Report

12/05/2014

Sussex Senior League.
Wednesday 7th May 2014
Worthing 10, Brighton 6.
Quarter Scores: 3-0, 4-1, 0-3, 3-2.

This was the first home match that we had played since late last year and it was good to see a large number of supporters at Splashpoint and they seemed to enjoy an exciting match.
Once again we were missing a number of our experienced senior players but this gave an opportunity to Ben Curtis and Jacob Nash to be involved with the senior squad and they both played well. It was good to see Jack Swift make a return after a long term shoulder injury and also this was the first appearance for Ziggy Tate for 18 months.
We started the match well, particularly in defence, where we limited Brighton to a small number of chances that didn't really trouble Ben Alcorn in goal. In attack we created a good number of opportunities but we were guilty of missing on a number of occasions when we really should have scored.
At half-time we led 7-1 and the match really should have been over but we contrived to have a poor third quarter which gave Brighton a chance of an unlikely recovery. Two quick goals at the start of the final period secured the win but we really should have scored more goals from the number of chances that we created.
This was satisfactory win when we played well at times, particularly in the first half, and we saw a number of encouraging individual displays. It was nice to see that we again featured four juniors (Joe, Jacob, Ben G and Ben C) in the squad of eleven and all made significant contributions.

Scorers: Richard Hooper 4, Peter Benedek 2, Joe Hazeldine 2, Ben Goddard 1, Alastair Hardinge 1.
Exclusions: Ben Goddard 2, Joe Hazeldine 1, Alastair Hardinge.
Squad in full: Ben Alcorn (g/k), Adrian Irbe, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Ben Curtis, Joe Hazeldine, Ben Goddard, Ziggy Tate, Jacob Nash, Jack Swift, Alastair Hardinge.

Regards,
Alastair

Inter-regional Championships

8/04/2014

Daisy Hazeldine and Gemma Coulson were part of the South-east girl's squad who competed in the 1997 age group inter region championship played at the Walsall gala baths this weekend.
On Saturday in the opening group games the team won two matches against Ireland and Scotland and lost against the North-west. As a result the team qualified to play in the final round on Sunday and eventually secured the bronze medal after a 14-10 win against the South-west.
I'm sure that both of the girls will have enjoyed the experience and they will have benefitted from playing in a competition that features the best players in this age group from around the UK.

Regards,
Alastair.

Match Report

31/03/2014

This is the match report from the first fixture of the 2014 Sussex county league season.

Sussex County Men's League.
K2 Crawley, Wednesday 26th March 2014.
Crawley 6, Worthing 20,
Quarter Scores: 5-2, 6-0, 5-3,4-1.

Having lost the corresponding fixture last year against a much improved Crawley team, we were determined to start the 2014 campaign in the defence of our county title with a a good performance.
With a strong squad of 13 available on the night, including Joel and Sam Abbott as well as Nathan Hart, we were confident that we should be too strong for the opposition.
We made a strong start and at the the end of the first quarter we were in control of the match. At times we weren't at our best but we still produced enough quality to comfortably secure the win.
It was good to see all of the squad play a part in the win and our four junior squad members all made significant contributions. Joe and Ben Goddard have played regularly in the senior team for a while but Jacob and Ben Curtis also had good games and will undoubtedly benefit from having the opportunity to play with some very talented players.
It was also good to see 8 of the 12 outfield players scoring and a number of the goals were of a high quality and we probably could have scored on more occasions with slightly better finishing.
Overall this was a good win and all of the squad played a part in securing the result.

Scorers: Joel Abbott 5, Peter Benedek 3, Sam Abbott 3, Joe Hazeldine 3, Ben Goddard 2, Alastair Hardinge 2, Nathan Hart 1, Richard Hooper 1.
Exclusions: Sam Abbott 2, Andy Cawdery 2.
Squad in Full: Ben Alcorn (g/k), Andy Cawdery, Matt White, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Sam Abbott, Jacob Nash, Joel Abbott, Joe Hazeldine, Nathan Hart, Ben Goddard, Ben Curtis, Alastair Hardinge.

Kind regards,
Alastair.

Inter-regional Championships

14/02/2014

Four Worthing boys played for the South-east regional team at the ASA inter-regional championships at Walsall last weekend.

Those involved were Ben Curtis, Archy Burnell, Elliott Moore and William Newnham.

The team played four matches, beating the East Midlands, drawing with the West Midlands and losing two close matches against Wales and the East region.

Ben Curtis was the leading scorer for the South-east with 10 goals and he was also named the teams most valuable player.

All the boys played well and will have gained a huge amount from playing at this level of competition.

Kind regards,
Alastair.

Alastair Roberts
Water Polo Secretary