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Match report

18/9/2017
 

This is the first report of the 2017-2018 British Water Polo League season.

Weekend 1.
Haberdashers School, Elstree.
Saturday 16th September, 13.00
Worthing 8, Birmingham 13
Quarter scores: 2-2, 4-2, 0-4, 2-5

It was a difficult build up to this game with a number of our established squad members unavailable for a variety of reasons and we were particularly hampered by the late withdrawal of our ever reliable first choice goalkeeper Marc Guimera due to work commitments. That said, we brought in 17 year old Henry Elwell-Sutton to make his BWPL debut in goal and he had an outstanding match producing a number of fine saves that indicate that he has a really promising future. We also weren't helped by fellow debutant Stefan Berechet feeling very unwell which meant he was only able to play a limited amount in the match.
We made an excellent start in the match and our tactics were proving very successful in denying Birmingham many shooting opportunities. As previously mentioned, Henry produced some fine saves when required and we also always looked dangerous on the counter attack.
The game turned on a controversial decision when the officials excluded Joao for the remainder of the match in the second quarter which may well have been a case of mistaken identity. His loss, and the subsequent foul trouble that the team found itself in, took its toll in the second half and we struggled to deal with the bigger, older and stronger Birmingham team
Although we never like losing games we should take a great number of positives from how we played for long periods. We had a very young team in the water and Akos made his national league debut at 14 years of age and he was unlucky not to score with a chance late in the game.
Scorers: Richard 3, Ben 2, Toby 2, George 1.
Exclusions: Richard 3, Joao 3, Alastair 3, Toby 2, Stefan 1.


Sunday 17th September, 10.00
Worthing 11, Castleford 10
Quarter scores: 3-3, 3-2, 0-4, 5-1

Quite simply, one of the most exciting games of national league water polo that we have ever been involved with which had and incredible climax when we came from behind to snatch a dramatic winner.
With Stefan unavailable because of illness we only started with a squad of 10 and we soon lost Alastair in the first period when he was excluded for the remainder of the match for misconduct.
The game ebbed and flowed in the first half with the teams trading goals but a poor third quarter, when tiredness was becoming a factor, meant that we started the final period trailing 6-9. The first goal was always going to be important and Richard quickly reduced the deficit shortly followed by another good finish by George. At 8-9 we were definitely back in the game but Castleford took a two goal lead again with a penalty that Henry nearly saved.
Joao scored to make the score 9-10 and then again on a man-up play to level the match 10-10 with just over two minutes remaining. In a frantic finish puntuated by a flurry of time outs, Castleford missed an opportunity to take the lead on a man-up after George was excluded and we regained possession with just under 30 seconds left.
Toby worked hard at centre forward and with 9 seconds left he won an exclusion foul and with the clock running down, Joao produced a cool finish to score with 2 seconds left securing the win.
This was a terrific win and all of the squad made significant contributions but I would like to make a special mention of Henry who came in at short notice to play in goal. He made a number of significant saves including a penalty, often at key times in the match, and at 17 years of age he looks to have a very bright future.
Scorers: Joao 4, George 3, Ben 2, Richard 1, Jacob 1.
Exclusions: Alastair 3, Ben 2, Jacob 2, George 1, Richard 1, Joao 1, Toby 1.

Squad in Full: Henry Elwell-Sutton, George Wood, Archy Burnell, Richard Hooper, Alastair Hardinge, Ben Curtis, Joao Martins, Toby Underwood, Jacob Nash, Stefan Berechet & Akos Hausknecht.

The BWPL campaign will continue when we make the long trip to Lancaster on 7th-8th October.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

4/9/2017

Sussex County League
Sunday 3rd September 2017
Mid Sussex Marlins 1, Worthing 19

We travelled to the all deep pool at the Triangle in Burgess Hill for the latest county league match. We made the decision to take a squad the combined some of our established senior players with a number of juniors (Joe B, Oscar, Akos, Josh & Jamie), some of whom were playing their first competitive senior match.


The final score reflects the difference between the teams and we controlled the match throughout with our counter attacking play always causing the opposition problems.
All of the squad enjoyed a good amount of water time and the juniors particularly impressed with the way that they played.

Squad in full: Robbie Scott (g/k), Joe Hazeldine, Richard Hooper, Ben Alcorn, Jacob Nash, Ben Curtis, Archy Burnell, Joe Brennand, Oscar Silk, Akos Hausknecht, Josh Coulson, Jamie Bond.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

17/7/2017
The following is the report of last night's water polo match in Brighton.

Sussex Senior League
Friday July 14th 2017
Brighton 6, Worthing 18
Quarter Scores: 1-2, 5-7, 0-3, 0-6

Friday evening at the Price Regent pool for a match against Brighton is never an easy affair with the shallow, narrow venue not exactly what we are used to.
With a small squad of only 9 players we knew that this would be a tough and uncompromising affair and that was exactly what it proved to be.
The officials did a good job in challenging circumstances and our high tempo pressing game led to the opposition committing a number of exclusion fouls that we regularly capitalised upon.
The match was close up to half time and the second period in particular was poor display by our normal standards when we contrived to concede a number of disappointing goals.
We found our form in the second half of the match scoring 9 times without conceding and we eventually ran out relatively comfortable winners.
Scorers: Joao 7, Richard 4, Ben C 3, Joe 2, Toby 1, Ben A 1.
Exclusions: Ben A 1, Adrian 1, Robbie 1, Richard 1, Joao 1

Squad in full: Ben Alcorn, Ben Curtis, Richard Hooper, Joao Martins, Joe Hazeldine, Toby Underwood, Robbie Scott, Adrian Irbe, Alastair Roberts.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

13/7/2017
 

It's been another busy few days with our senior team in action in the annual Army water polo tournament and six of our juniors playing for the SE region at Northampton in the under 16 inter regional championships.

I have attached the report (by Ben Alcorn) of the event at Aldershot and also my report of the tournament at Northampton.
 

Last weekend we had six of our under 16 boy's squad playing for the South East region at Northampton. Akos Hausknecht, Jamie Bond, Oscar Silk, Ben Bolton, Mattie Smith and Josh Coulson all enjoyed the opportunity of playing against teams from around the UK.

This weekend Grace Byford, Caitlin Silk and Maisie Standen have played in the girls competition which was played in Liverpool.
The club should be very proud that we had 9 representatives in these two squads and it indicates that we are still producing talented junior players.


Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

2/7/2017
We have had a busy period of matches over the past week and this included two county league games as well as the SE region men's tournament that was played at Splashpoint.

1. Sussex County League
Wednesday 21st June.
Worthing 15, Crawley 4
Quarter scores: 3-1, 4-1, 4-0, 4-2

This was a decent game against a young Crawley team that worked hard throughout the match. We always controlled the game and although we missed a number of easy chances we were by far the better team.
Jacob gave us the lead early in the match and Joe and Joao soon added further goals. We defended solidly throughout and Crawley were reduced to a small number of chances but Ben was his normal reliable self in goal.
In the end this was a relatively straight forward win but credit should go to Crawley who always made it hard for us.
Scorers: Joe 5, Joao 3, Jacob 2, Matt 2, Ben C 2, Richard 1.
Exclusions: Robbie 1, Richard 1, Adrian 1, Joao 1, Archy 1, Jacob 1.
Squad in full: Ben Alcorn, Adrian Irbe, Richard Hooper, Joao Martins, Archy Burnell, Jacob Nash, Matt White, Ben Curtis, Joe Hazeldine, Joe Brennand, Dave Hinder, Akos Hausknecht.


2. SE Region Men's Tournament
Saturday 24th June
Match 1, Worthing 24, Basingstoke 4
Quarter scores: 5-0, 7-1, 9-1, 3-2

This was an easy win against a Basingstoke team that really struggled to deal with our attacking play throughout the match.
Our counter attack was particularly dominant and we scored on a number of occasions when we forced a turn over of possession.
The goals were shared arouind 9 of our outfield players and the match served as a useful warm up for the later game against Southampton.
Scorers: Vytas 6, Peter 5, George 3, Joao 3, Toby 2, Marc 1, Archy 1, Richard 1, Joe 1.
Exclusions: Toby 2, Joe 2, Archy 1, Vytas 1.

Match 2. Worthing 9, Southampton 4
Quarter scores: 4-0, 0-2, 4-1, 1-1

A tough encounter against a much improved Southampton team who worked hard to stop us playing our normal style of play.
We played particularly well in the first quarter with Vytas causing the opposition problems at centre forward and our fist goal, from Peter, came as a result of a man-up play. We soon scored again from another man-up and we added goals from Ben C and Joe before the end of the period.
We were well organised in defence and although Southampton worked hard they never created enough clear cut chances to get back into the game.
Eventually we won the match relatively comfortably but it was always a physical encounter and Joao was particularly unlucky to be excluded for an alleged brutality.
Scorers: Peter 3, Joe 2, Richard 1, Ben A 1, Joao 1, Vytas 1.
Exclusions: Joao 3, Joe 2, Richard 1, Peter 1, Vytas 1.

Squad for the SE tournament: Marc Guimera, Archy Burnell, George Wood, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Ben Alcorn, Joao Martins, Toby Underwood, Joe Hazeldine, Jacob Nash, Ben Curtis, Vytas Liubertas, Akos Hausknecht.


3. Sussex County League
Thursday 29th June.
Hastings 3, Worthing 9
Quarter Scores: 0-2, 2-2, 0-1, 1-4

This was a very tough game played in the old fashioned dimly lit deep/shallow Summerfields pool against a much improved Hastings.
Now that we train at the all deep Splashpoint and play the vast majority of our games in deep water pools, the occasional match in a shallow pool offers a really different challenge.
We actually played well for long periods against a really spirited Hastings team who knew how to exploit the conditions but we scored some excellent goals to always lead. The game was close until half time but we the second half saw us take control and in the end this was a relatively comfortable win and we even had the luxury of missing two penalties.
Scorers: Matt 5, Ben C 2, Richard 1, Toby 1.
Exclusions: Richard 2, Matt 1.
Squad in full: Ben Alcorn, Matt White, Ben Curtis, Jacob Nash, Toby Underwood, Richard Hooper, Archy Burnell, Adrian Irbe, Alastair Roberts.


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

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

20/6/2017
 

It took quite a while to organise but we finally managed to play the first ladies game since we moved to Splashpoint.
We had seen a steady increase in the number of girls playing over the past couple of years and a large number of the juniors have been selected to play for both Sussex and the South East region.
We managed to field a full squad of 13 on Saturday and we actually had a couple of girls who were unable to play. The squad ranged in age from 11 to 22 which is a really young team but all of the girls played well.
A quick report of the game is as follows:

Worthing 8, Basingstoke/Southampton 8
Quarter scores: 1-1, 2-1, 1-4, 4-2

This was really entertaining game between two well matched teams and it was watched by one of the biggest crowds seen at Splashpoint for a water polo match.
We took the lead when Daisy scored with an excellent shot from distance but we missed on a number of occasions when we probably should have scored.
The game was always close until the third period when the opposition scored 4 times to take a 6-4 lead. The final quarter was a really exciting affair and the Worthing squad played some really good water polo in the period and led 8-7 when Anna scored with only 55 seconds remaining. Unfortunately we were unable to see the game out and the opposition equalised with 27 seconds left and we were unable to score a winning goal in the final few seconds.
As previously mentioned, all of the squad contributed to the overall performance but the younger girls were especially impressive and Ruby, at 11 years of age, played really well.

Scorers: Daisy 3, Holly 2, Annah 1, Gemma 1, Anna 1.
Exclusions: Tara 2, Grace 2, Holly 1, Daisy 1, Anna 1.

Squad in full: Ruby Rosser, Sophie Williams, Maisie Standen, Tara Osborne, Holly Stoner, Annah Bowles, Daisy Hazeldine, Gemma Coulson, Alice Mantle, Anna Mantle, Caitlin Silk, Charlie Bond & Grace Byford.

Overall this was really exciting match and all of the squad seemed to enjoy the opportunity of playing a home match. I'm hoping that we might be able to organise the next one a little bit quicker than this game!

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

15/5/2017
 

A very busy day for the Worthing water polo teams with the men's squad in action at the South east regional championships in Portsmouth and the under 15 team playing in the London league at Haberdashers school in Elstree.
We also had our Midlands correspondent at work today with Joe Hazeldine attending the British water polo league annual general meeting in Birmingham.

South East Region Men's Water Polo Championship.
Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth.
Sunday 14th May 2017

Match 1 (15.15)
Worthing 13, Faversham 7
Quarter Scores: 3-4, 4-1, 5-0, 1-2

This was a match that we eventually won fairly comfortably against a talented Faversham team who were well organised and always dangerous in attack.
We made a relatively slow start and a couple of debatable decisions resulted in us being behind at the end of the first quarter. We changed our defensive tactics and as a result we started to dominate proceedings only conceding one goal in the second and third periods.
Our attack was starting to produce goal scoring opportunities and we always looked the better team. As a result we were able to play all of the squad for reasonable periods which was a great help because we faced the second match of the day only an hour later.
Overall this was a satisfactory win when we probably hadn't been at our best but we still thoroughly deserved the win.
Scorers: George 4, Joao 3, Toby 2, Peter 1, Ben Curtis 1, Alastair 1.
Exclusions: Joao 2, Peter 1, Ben Curtis 1, Alastair 1, Archy 1, Richard 1, Akos 1.


Match 2 (17.15)
Worthing 25, Oxford 7
Quarter Scores: 5-0, 5-2, 9-4, 6-1

This was a much easier match against an Oxford team that worked hard but struggled to compete with the quality of our play. Our dominance was indicated by 11 of our squad of 12 scoring goals during the match and we were always in control. We possibly conceded a number of goals that probably should have been avoided but once again all of the squad enjoyed a good amount of water time and we were very clinical in taking a number of chances that we created.
Scorers: George 5, Joao 5, Peter 4, Richard 2, Jacob 2, Ben Curtis 2, Ben Alcorn 1, Archy 1, Toby 1, Adie 1, Alastair 1.

Squad in full;- Ben Alcorn, Adie Irbe, George Wood, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Jacob Nash, Ben Curtis, Archy Burnell, Joao Martins, Alastair Hardinge, Akos Hausknecht & Toby Underwood.

We hadn't played since the end of the national league season back in March and we looked a little rusty, particularly at the start of the Faversham match. We soon found our form and we were good value for the two wins. All of the squad made good contributions and it was good to see our three juniors play well. Akos particularly did well and at 14 years of age he was making his debut in this competition and he is the latest junior to progress through the system to join the senior squad.


Our under 15 junior squad (2003 & younger) travelled to the excellent new Haberdashers Pool at Elstree for the first tournament in the London League. As a result of our excellent third place finish in the winter competition we have been seeded in the top division and we knew that we would face tough matches. This proved to be the case with a 2-18 defeat by Watford who are the favorites to take the title. The second match was a much closer affair against Ealing and although this ended in a 5-10 defeat all of the squad made good contributions.

Squad in full: Jamie Bond, Mattie Smith, Owen Street, Josh Coulson, Ruby Rosser, Ben Bolton, Grace Byford & Caitlin Silk.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

13/3/2017
 


This is the final report of the 2016/2017 National League season.


British Water Polo League Championship 2.
GL1 Leisure Centre, Gloucester
March 11th & 12th 2017

We travelled to Gloucester for the final matches of the national league season knowing that two wins would secure our place in division 2 for next season.
Once again we were able to play with a full squad of thirteen and having the strength on the bench has been one of the positive aspects of the campaign.
The individual match reports are as follows:

Saturday 13.00
Worthing 14, Birmingham 6.
Quarter scores: 5-0, 1-2, 3-3, 5-1.

This was a good win in a game that we dominated from the start. We had made a decision to play with a high tempo, particularly in defence, and we started really well making it very hard for Birmingham to get into the game.
We probably played as well in the first quarter as we have all season and 5-0 didn't really flatter us. We actually missed a couple of other chances when we really should have scored but we dominated the opposition and they really struggled to create many clear chances. In the second and third periods we created chance after chance but we contrived to miss on many occasions and as a result Birmingham were still in the game. Our defending was still of a high standard but a couple of lapses led to Birmingham goals but we were never in any danger of losing the match.
In the final quarter we dominated proceedings and we scored a number of good goals, particularly on the counter attack.
Overall this was a satisfactory win when we played well for long periods and the positive result was exactly what we needed.

Scorers: Matt 3, Richard 2, Joe 2, Alastair 2, Dave 1, George 1, Peter 1, Ben 1, Joao 1.
Exclusions: Richard 3, Peter 1, Toby 1.


Sunday 14.00
Worthing 8, Welsh Wanderers 8.
Quarter scores: 2-1, 2-3, 2-2, 2-2

Quite simply, one of the most dramatic matches that we have played since we joined the British Water Polo League.
This was the last match of the Championship 2 season with both teams needing a win. We needed the points to secure a place in division 2 next season and the Welsh knew that the win would give them the top spot in the Championship.
After a very positive pre-match meeting we developed a plan to nullify the oppositions attacking game as well as create opportunities in attack. From the outset our defending in particular frustrated the Welsh and with Marc in good form in goal we immediately looked capable of competing with an obviously talented team.
It was inevitably a game of very tight margins but Joao scored 2 excellent early goals to give us the lead in the first quarter and he scored again at the start of the second period. But it became obvious that this was going to be a very close game with two well matched teams giving everything to try and gain the upper hand.
The game was tied at 4-4 at half-time and then again at 6-6 at the end of the third quarter. The final quarter was a pulsating affair with both teams starting to tire resulting in a number of unforced errors. We fell behind at 6-7 and the Welsh scored again to give them a two goal lead with just under 5 minutes remaining. We re-grouped after taking a time out and Nathan scored with an excellent finish on the counter attack and then Richard leveled the score at 8-8 with a good finish on a man up play. We took a second time out with just 90 seconds to play and both teams had chances to win the game in final few moments.
In the end the game was drawn and both teams were disappointed in the outcome and we will play in division 3 in the first phase of next season by the narrowest of margins.
Although disappointed, every member of the squad gave everything they possibly could in what was definitely our best performance of the season and we should take a great deal of credit for the way that we played.

Scorers: Joao 3, Richard 2, Joe 2, Nathan 1.
Exclusions: Joao 3, Dave 2, Peter 2, Jacob 1, Richard 1, Nathan 1.

Squad in full: Marc Guimera, Dave Hinder, George Wood, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Jacob Nash, Joao Martins, Toby Underwood, Joe Hazeldine, Nathan Hart, Ben Curtis, Matt White, Alastair Hardinge.

I have attached a picture of the squad taken after the final match:
Back row: Alastair Roberts (Coach), Peter Benedek, Alastair Hardinge, George Wood, Toby Underwood, Jacob Nash, Nathan Hart, Richard Hooper, Ben Alcorn (Assistant coach).
Front row: Gregg Candy-Wallace (Team manager), Marc Guimera, Joe Hazeldine, Dave Hinder, Matt White, Ben Curtis, Joao Martins.

Finally, we should thank the loyal band of supporters who have followed the team throughout the season and also Roffey Homes whose sponsorship makes our participation in this national competition possible.

Regards,

Alastair

News

28/2/2017

Three Worthing juniors have recently been playing for the south east in the under 18 (born 2000 & younger) inter regional competitions.


Holly Stoner and Alice Mantle were part of the girls team that secured a very creditable 3rd place finish in the girls competition that was played in Blackpool last weekend.


Akos Hausknecht was the youngest member of the boy's squad (he is 2 years younger than this age group) that played two weeks ago at Watford.


All three played well and will undoubtedly benefit from having been involved in these prestigious national competitions.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

14/2/2017

British Water Polo League Championship 2
Haberdashers School, Elstree
11th/12th February 2017

We travelled to the excellent new 25 metre all deep pool at Haberdashers School having won 2 of the three matches that we have played in this phase of the competition.
All of the squad realised that the two matches we were due to play would be vital in our campaign to retain our place in division 2 of the BWPL.

Match 1
Saturday 11th February 12.00
Worthing 8, Croydon 9
Quarter scores: 2-1, 2-4, 1-4, 3-0

This was an exciting match that was never of great quality and we missed the chance to secure at least a draw.
We started well and controlled the game and we really should have led by more than a one goal margin at the end of the first period. Unfortunately we didn't play as well in the second and third quarters when we failed to take our chances while we conceded a number of goals that we really should have avoided.
We started the final quarter 5-9 down but the team showed real quality as we fought back to only a one goal deficit with around 90 seconds left. We then forced a turnover and the subsequent counter attack saw the team win a penalty with about a minute to play which was unfortunately missed. As time ran out we had another opportunity but we failed to take the chance and as a result we lost a game that we should have at least drawn and possibly even have won.
Scorers: Matt 2, Peter 2, Richard 1, Joao 1, Joe 1, Ben 1.
Exclusions: George 3, Peter 1, Joao 1, Matt 1.


Match 2
Sunday 12th February 12.30
Worthing 6, Southampton 5
Quarter scores: 1-1, 2-1, 1-1, 2-2

We knew that the south coast derby was destined to be a tough affair and this turned out to be another close game that we did well to finally win by the narrowest of margins.
Once again, if we had taken our chances we would have had a relatively easy win, but we missed on several occasions when we really should have scored and we also contrived to concede a couple of really sloppy goals. That said, we always looked to be in control and for long periods Southampton really struggled to break down our disciplined zone defence with Marc making a number of good saves when needed.
Ultimately this was a crucial win which we worked really hard to secure. It wasn't always pretty, but it was a vital 2 points and sometimes the result is far more important than the performance and this was definitely one of those occasions.
Scorers: Matt 3, Joe 1, Richard 1, George 1.
Exclusions: Joe 2, Richard 1, Ben 1.

Squad in full: Marc Guimera, Gregg Candy-Wallace, George Wood, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Toby Underwood, Joao Martins, Ben Curtis, Jacob Nash, Archy Burnell, Nathan Hart, Matt White & Joe Hazeldine.

This was a tough weekend and the one win still gives us the chance to remain in division 2 but we will probably have to win the final two fixtures of the season that will be played at Gloucester over the weekend of 11/12 March.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

31/1/2017

London Winter League Under 14 Championship (2003 & younger)
Whitgift School, South Croydon
Sunday 29th January 2017

We entered the under 14 London Winter League with a young team that although lacking a great deal of experience is now beginning to show a huge amount of potential.
The competition was split into 2 geographic divisions with the top two from the north and south meeting in a "final four" play off tournament.
We finished top of the southern group and we were joined by Beckenham along with Watford and Chelmsford from the northern division.
As a result we knew that we would play 3 very tough matches (we had beaten and lost to Beckenham in the first phase) and this proved to be the case in a very exciting evening at the Whitgift School pool.

The results were as follows:

Match 1. Worthing 6, Chelmsford 7.
This was a really exciting match that ultimately we were unlucky not to at least draw missing a couple of late chances. All of the squad played well against a good team that always threatened on the counter attack.
With better finishing we possibly could have even won the match but it was still a very positive performance.

Match 2. Worthing 0, Watford 10.
The score doesn't quite fairly reflect the way that we played in this match and although Watford were well worth the win, we actually played well at times. Watford were the deserved winners of the competition but we did frustrate them for periods and we were unlucky not to score on a number of occasions.

Match 3. Worthing 6, Beckenham 4.
This was a really good finish to the day and we came from behind with a really strong second half to secure a very well deserved win. We played some really good water polo at times and we scored a number of good goals, particularly when on the counter attack. We defended really well and Beckenham became increasingly frustrated trying to break down our high press.

Overall we were very pleased to secure a third place finish in the competition and without doubt all of the squad have made significant progress in the past few months. We hope to continue this development and we have entered the London summer league which is for the same age group.

Squad in Full: Caitlin Silk, Grace Byford, Ruby Rosser, Ben Bolton, Jamie Bond, Josh Coulson, Owen Street, Mattie Smith, Leon Santer, William Cavanagh, James Croud & Tom Broadbridge.
I have attached a picture of the squad.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

25/1/2017

We travelled to Gloucester for the first matches in the second phase of this years national league campaign and we faced a busy weekend program with games on Saturday and one on the Sunday morning. These are the individual match reports:

BWPL Championship 2.
GL1 Leisure Centre Gloucester
Match 1, 13.00 Saturday 21st January
Worthing 6, Watford 11 (Quarter scores: 2-2, 1-6, 1-4, 2-1)

This was a very tough opening game against a Watford team that now features a large number of talented overseas players. We actually started quite well and the first quarter was a really close affair with both teams struggling to create clear chances.
The game changed in the second period when we were punished for a number of basic mistakes and Watford scored a number of goals that we really should have avoided.
We kept going well and we did force the Watford defence into committing a number of exclusion fouls but we didn't really take full advantage of the opportunities.
In the end the final score was probably a fair reflection but we knew that we had not been at our best which was the most disappointing aspect of the defeat.
Scorers: Dave 1, Peter 1, Joe 1, Nathan 1, Matt 1, Ben 1.
Exclusions: Richard 2, Joao 2, Alastair 2, Jacob 1, Matt 1.


Match 2, 16.30 Saturday 21st January
Worthing 14, Cambridge 5 (Quarter scores: 1-0, 2-0, 7-4, 3-1)

We needed a positive reaction after the Watford match and the squad re-grouped and put together a much improved display against Cambridge. It is never easy to play two matches with only a short break between them but it was very encouraging that we played with a high level of intensity throughout.
In the first quarter we were guilty of missing a number of chances but our defending reduced the opposition to only a small number of chances. As the match progressed we took control and Cambridge didn't score until well into the third period of the match. Matt had a fine game and scored 5 goals, mainly from centre forward, and Cambridge really struggled to deal with our attacking game.
We probably should have won this match by an even greater margin but we were guilty of missing a number of opportunities that we really should have scored. Even so, we very much deserved to take the points and it was a really good to secure our first win in the second phase of the competition.
Scorers: Matt 5, Joao 2, Ben 2, Joe 1, George 1, Richard 1, Peter 1, Alastair 1.
Exclusions: Dave 2, Peter 2, George 1.


Match 3, 11.40 Sunday 22nd January
Worthing 13, Ealing 9 (Quarter scores: 3-2, 2-1, 3-4, 5-2)

This was always going to be a tough match against an Ealing team that features a number of talented players and who also play a physical style of water polo. We had taken the time to watch them play on the previous afternoon and it was obvious that we would have to play well to record a win.
We actually made a really positive start to the match and our driving game was soon bringing rewards with Ealing forced into committing a number of exclusion fouls. Ben Curtis had an outstanding first quarter scoring twice with two excellent finishes and also creating a goal for Richard with a clever pass on a man-up play.
Ealing always carried a threat in attack but our defence was well organised and Marc came up with a number of good saves when required.
The game was close throughout and although we led for long periods, Ealing did equalise early in the final period but Peter soon restored our lead and we went on to dominate the remainder of the match. The win was secured when Ealing had a player excluded for brutality with a couple of minutes left and we played out time to secure a really important win.
This was very much a squad performance and everyone contributed to a really good all-round display.
Scorers: Richard 4, Joe 3, Joao 2, Ben 2, George 1, Peter 1.
Exclusions: Joao 3, Nathan 3, Alastair 1, Peter 1, Ben 1.

Squad in full: Marc Guimera, Dave Hinder, Gregg Candy-Wallace, George Wood, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Jacob Nash, Toby Underwood, Joao Martins, Joe Hazeldine, Nathan Hart, Ben Curtis, Matt White, Alastair Hardinge.

Although we were disappointed to lose the Watford match, the two wins were hard earned and much deserved. We improved game by game and particularly in the Ealing match we started to exploit a number of tactics that we have worked on in training.
We now have four matches remaining and two will be played at Haberdashers School in Elstree in three weeks time before we return to Gloucester in March for the final two fixtures.

Regards,

Alastair

Match report

20/12/2016

This is the final water polo match report of 2016.

London Winter League
Under 14 Championship (Born 2003 & younger)
Whitgift School, South Croydon
Sunday 18th December 2016

We travelled to the last water polo tournament of the year with all of the squad looking forward to the chance to play matches against Croydon and Beckenham.
It was decided that because of the young age of the teams playing that the format would see each team playing each other twice in matches of 7 minute halves.
With a squad of 10 we knew that we had the fitness and swimming speed to exploit the opposition and all of our boys and girls (with one exception) had benefitted from playing in the inter regional competitions over the previous two weekends.
The individual reports were as follows:

Match 1. Worthing 6, Croydon 3.
We made a hesitant start and soon found ourselves 0-2 behind but we soon turned this around and we eventually ran out comfortable winners.
After the slow start our defending eventually started to dominate the opposition and we scored on a number of counter attacks.

Match 2. Worthing 4, Beckenham 3.
Another slow start again resulted in an early deficit but we slowly turned the game round and a strong second half performance saw the squad take control and eventually a deserved win.

Match 3. Worthing 10, Croydon 4.
A dominant performance when our superior fitness and speed exploited a tiring Croydon team.
Once again our high press defence created many opportunities when we gained possession and we scored a number of good quality goals.

Match 4. Worthing 12, Beckenham 4.
In the final match we were beginning to play some really impressive water polo and Beckenham had no answer to our speed on the counter attack.
We dominated the game from start to finish and the final score was a fair reflection of how we had controlled the match.

This was an excellent event for the squad and it was obvious to see the improvement that has been made in the short time since the first tournament. As I previously mentioned, virtually all of the boys and girls involved have trained and played with the under 14 south east regional teams the previous weekends and the it was easy to see how beneficial this has been.
The results have guaranteed that we will play in the top four play off tournament that will be played at the end of January.

Finally, all of the squad made significant contributions in all of the games and the goal scoring was shared around all of the players.

Squad in full: Owen Street, William Cavanagh, James Croud, Ben Bolton, Josh Coulson, Jamie Bond, Caitlin Silk, Grace Byford, Matt Hall & Mattie Smith.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report & news

12/12/2016

1. The following is a report on the final home match of 2016.

Sussex Senior League, Wednesday 1st December.
Worthing 14, Crawley 8.
Quarter Scores: 2-2, 5-1, 4-2, 3-3.

The last Sussex league game of the year was an interesting affair where we never really managed to play to our best.
That said, a predominantly youthful Crawley offered a decent opposition and always made it difficult for us to control the match.
After a cagey first period we played our best water polo of the match during the second quarter when we scored a number of good goals are our defending nullified the Crawley attack.
The second half of the match became increasingly scrappy but we were always in control of the match and the final score was probably a fair reflection of the difference between the teams.
It was good to see four juniors play in this match. Ben Curtis has been involved with our senior squad for a while but he was joined by Archy, Joe and Akos and all of them made significant contributions.

Scorers: Peter 5, George 3, Ben C 3, Matt 2, Richard 1.
Exclusions: Archy 2, Akos 1, Richard 1, Peter 1.
Squad in full: Ben Alcorn, Adrian Irbe, George Wood, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Matt White, Archy Burnell, Akos Haukesnecht, Jon Bedder, Ben Curtis, Joe Brennand & Alastair Hardinge.

2. Three Worthing junior girls will make their debut this coming weekend for the South east squad that is playing in the ASA national inter region under 14 competition at Walsall.
Caitlin Silk, Grace Byford and Ruby Rosser are all looking forward to playing in this event and they will gain a great deal of experience competing against girls from the other regions from around the UK.
Ruby, at just over 11 years of age, becomes the youngest Worthing member to have played in a regional competition.

3. Worthing will also be well represented in South east boys squad that will play in the under 14 inter region competition which is also being played Walsall over the weekend of 10/11 December.
Josh Coulson, Jamie Bond, Mattie Smith, Oli Hodges and Ben Bolton have all worked hard to be selected for the regional team and they are also looking forward to playing in this prestigious event.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

12/12/2016

British Water Polo League Division 2
Sunday 20th November
National Pool, Swansea

Worthing 6, Croydon 6.
Quarter Scores: 1-1, 2-2, 1-1, 2-2.

This was not a classic, it was a slow and low intensity match that just drifted along with neither team able to take the initiative.
Croydon made it incredibly difficult for us throughout the whole match not committing to attack for long periods to make sure that we couldn't make any quick counter attacks. As a result the match was low scoring with defences very much on top.
Marc did make a number of good saves and on some occasions we came up with some good attacking play, but we were again guilty of not taking our chances.
In a game of few highlights, Ben scored two fine goals to add to the one from yesterday and he put in a fine all-round performance. Our defending was always of a high standard but this was not a match that will live long in the memory.
We now don't play again until mid January when the second phase of the competition commences with the first tournament at Gloucester.

Scorers: Joao 2, Ben 2, George 1, Richard 1.
Exclusions: Joe 3, Richard, Peter, Joao, Toby, Philippe.

Squad in full: Marc Guimera, Gregg Candy-Wallace, Philippe Kirsanov, George Wood, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Jacob Nash, Ben Curtis, Joao Martins, Matt White, Alastair Hardinge, Joe Hazeldine & Toby Underwood.

Kind regards,

Alastair Roberts

Match report

12/12/2016

British Water Polo League Division 2
Saturday 19th November
National Pool, Swansea

Worthing 5, Sutton & Cheam 7.
Quarter Scores: 1-1, 3-3, 1-2, 0-1.

We made the long trip to West Wales to face another demanding two game weekend, both against teams from South London. On Sunday we face Croydon but the Saturday match was against a talented Sutton team that now includes two new recruits who were part of the 2012 GB Olympic team.
This was obviously going to be a very tough fixture, but we discussed at length how we could best deal with the obvious threat form the opposition with a disciplined defensive plan.
For long periods our defensive play worked really well and we frustrated Sutton on many occasions forcing them to shoot from distance when Marc made a number of excellent saves.
We were struggling in attack against a very physical and tight defence but Philippe gave us the lead mid-way through the first quarter. The two teams traded goals through the remainder of the first half and the game was tied at 3-3 at the mid point.
We took the lead at the start of the first quarter when Ben scored with an excellent finish on an extra man play but Sutton scored twice and we started the final period 5-6 down.
The start of the final period proved to be crucial with our defence working well and our counter-attack starting to cause problems for Sutton. We missed a number of opportunities when we probably should have scored and we really should have equalised on more than one occasion. As time was running out Sutton scored a late goal and this was very hard on us after such a brave performance.
We don't like losing games but this really was a fine performance for long periods and we made a talented team work really hard to finally secure a victory.

Scorers: Joao 3, Philippe 1, Ben 1.
Exclusions: Philippe 3, Joe 2, Peter 1, Jacob 1, Ben 1.
Squad in full: Marc Guimera, Gregg Candy-Wallace, Philippe Kirsanov, George Wood, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Jacob Nash, Ben Curtis, Joao Martins, Matt White, Alastair Hardinge, Joe Hazeldine & Toby Underwood.

I will forward the report from the Sunday match against Croydon later tomorrow (Sunday).

Kind regards,

Alastair Roberts

Match report

14/11/2016

British Water Polo League Division 2.
Weekend 2
Gloucester, 29/30 October 2016

After two close and ultimately frustrating defeats at Sheffield in the first matches of the 2016 national league campaign, we travelled to Gloucester for a very busy three match weekend.
This format is always very demanding and all of the squad we aware that we would be playing three very demanding games.
These are the individual match reports:

Match 1
Saturday 29th, 13.00
Worthing 10, Exeter 7
Quarter Scores: 4-2, 3-0, 2-3, 1-2

This was a good start to the weekend and we very much deserved to win a match that we controlled for the majority of the time.
We made a good start and played particularly well in the first two quarters building a 7-2 lead by half time. We didn't play quite as well in the third and fourth periods but we managed the game well and we eventually held on for a relatively comfortable win. Joe and Matt led the scorers with 3 each but this was really a good all round team performance where all of the squad made a good contribution.
Scorers: Joe 3, Matt 3, George 1, Peter 1, Joao 1, Toby 1.
Exclusions: Joao 2, Joe 2, George 1, Peter 1, Jacob 1.


Match 2
Saturday 29th, 18.00
Worthing 7, Welsh Wanderers 12
Quarter Scores: 1-2, 1-5, 2-2, 3-3

This was a very tough match against a well organised and physical Welsh Wanderers team who are always a tough opposition. The first quarter was a cagey affair without many clear cut chances for either team and we were slightly unfortunate to be 1-2 behind at the end of the period. The match was really decided in the second quarter when we made a number of unforced errors which were punished by the opposition and as result we trailed 2-7 at half time. We worked hard throughout the remainder of the match but the damage had been done and we were unable to force our way back into the game. We did work hard to break down the opposition defence and we won a number of exclusions but we didn't take enough of the opportunities that we created.
Overall we didn't play that badly and our defending was of a good standard for most of the match but we struggled in attack against a press defence.
Scorers: Joe 3, Joao 2, Peter 1, Ben 1.
Exclusions: Peter 2, George 1, Richard 1, Joao 1, Nathan 1.


Match 3
Sunday 30th, 10.30
Worthing 4, Team Northumbria 12
Quarter Scores: 2-3, 0-4, 2-4, 0-1

A similar match to the one the previous evening when we struggled to deal with a very strong defence and failed to take enough of the chances that we created.
We actually made a very positive start and we soon led 2-0 with goals from Joe and Alastair but Northumbria got back into the game and we trailed 2-3 at the end of the first quarter.
The second period proved to be decisive part of the match and we made a number of errors in defence that were punished by the opposition.
Out attack was struggling against a very physical opposition but we were guilty of not taking some chances that we really should have converted. To only score 4 goals throughout the match was disappointing but we were very unlucky at times and we should have scored more. Ben did come up with an excellent goal that showed what was possible but this had proved to be a very tough encounter.
Scorers: Joe 1, Joao 1, Alastair 1, Ben 1.
Exclusions: George 2, Dave 1, Peter 1.

Squad in full: Marc Guimera, Peter Benedek, Richard Hoper, Matt White, Ben Curtis, Joao Martins, George Wood, Sam Abbott, Nathan Hart, Jacob Nash, Joe Hazeldine, Dave Hinder, Toby Underwood, Alastair Hardinge.

Obviously 1 win and 2 defeats was not what we had hoped for from the weekend at Gloucester but the two defeats were against good quality opposition. The final first phase weekend is at Swansea in three weeks time and we will play our final two fixtures.
The squad are determined to keep working hard and we hope that we will record 2 positive results at Swansea.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

11/10/2016

This is the report of the first national league weekend of the 2016/2017 season.

British Water Polo League Division 2.
Weekend 1, Ponds Forge, Sheffield.
8th/9th October 2016

Having finished that last national league campaign with our highest ever finish we were looking forward to the new season which started at possibly the best venue in the UK.
We travelled with a full squad of 13 players and we faced two tough matches against talented opposition.
These are the individual match reports:

Match 1, Saturday 8th October, 17.05
Worthing 6, London Polytechnic 10
Quarter Scores: 4-0, 1-4, 1-3, 0-3

This was a remarkable match against a very talented team who we all realised would be a very difficult opposition.
We started the game playing some quality water polo at a high tempo that Poly struggled to cope with. As a result we raced into a 4-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and we soon extended this to 5-0 early in the second period.
Unfortunately the game began to change as Poly began to take control and we really struggled to defend against a well organised team. We were also finding it difficult to create much in attack but when we did we were guilty of missing a number of chances. This was particularly true of a number of the "man up" plays when Poly had a player excluded and we really should have made more of the chances that came our way.
All of the squad and coaches were disappointed to lose this game but we had shown enough early on to indicate that we are capable of playing to really good standard. The challenge is to maintain a high level of consistent play at this level.
Scorers: George 3, Joao 1, Ben 1, Matt 1.
Exclusions: George 2, Ben 2, Sam 1, Joao 1, Joe 1, Matt 1


Match 2, Saturday 9th October, 12.05
Worthing 8, West London Penguin 9
Quarter Scores: 2-3, 1-2, 3-3, 2-1

The Sunday match was against a very strong Penguin team who now feature a large number of talented foreign players who play a physical game.
The game proved to be a pulsating affair when we were always behind but came incredibly close to securing what would have been a very well deserved draw.
Penguin always looked dangerous in attack and they now have a number of excellent outside shooters who kept Marc in goal very busy and he produced a number of quality saves that kept us in the game.
In attack we always looked threatening and our quick counters resulted in the opposition committing a high number of exclusion fouls, Unfortunately, we carried on from the Saturday missing far too many of the chances this presented.
We were never behind by more than two goals and at the start of the final period we were trailing 6-8. Joe reduced the margin to a single goal from a tight angle and then we were unfortunate to concede another goal which restored Penguin's two goal advantage.
In a thrilling climax to the game Joe scored again with just over two minutes left from probably our best "man up" play of the weekend. Penguin had a couple of opportunities but in the final few seconds we managed to win the ball in the middle of the pool and on the counter attack we really should have scored to tie the game. Unfortunately we didn't convert the opportunity and Penguin held on to win by the narrowest of margins.
Although this was a second defeat the squad should take a great deal from the way that we came so close to a positive result against a very talented opposition.
Scorers: Joao 2, Matt 2, Joe 2, Alastair 1, Richard 1.
Exclusions: George 1, Richard 1, Peter 1, Dave 1.

Squad in full: Marc Guimera, Richard Hooper, Dave Hinder, Jack Payne, Alastair Hardinge, Joe Hazeldine, Ben Curtis, Peter Benedek, George Wood, Sam Abbott, Matt White, Toby Underwood, Joao Martins.
Coach: Alastair Roberts, Assistant Coach: Ben Alcorn, Team Manager: Gregg Candy-Wallace.

This was really tough weekend but we should take a number of positives from the two matches. We know what we need to improve on and we will be working hard over the next three weeks as we build up to the next matches that will be played at Gloucester.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

11/10/2016

Worthing Under 13 ( 2003) Water Polo

On Sunday 9th October 2006 the following players represented Worthing in the London League 2003 and younger Water Polo competition at Whitgift School , Croydon:

1. Owen STREET ( Crawley) - Goalkeeper.
2. Josh COULSON
3. Ben BOLTON - Captain
4. Matty SMITH
5. James CROUD (Hythe)
6. Tom BROADBRIDGE ( Hythe)
7. Jamie BOND
8. Ruby ROSSER
9. Grace BYFORD
10. Catlin SILK
11. Ollie HODGES.

With the withdrawal of Bexley WP on the day of the competition Worthing had to play 2 full length back to back games against the more experienced teams from Beckenham and Croydon. For 5 of the Worthing team - this was their first competitive game.

Worthing - v - Beckenham lost 8 - 10

Beckenham were unable to cope with the tight press defence from Worthing and quick counter attack in the first 2 quarters of the game and Worthing were 5 - 4 up at the half way point. Josh took responsibility for tight marking of the Beckenham pit attacker. Owen made a string of excellent saves, and Matty and Ben worked tirelessly up and down the wings.
At half time, Beckenham changed to marking Jamie with 2 players in the second half, this slowed Worthing's pace of attack. In the end, Worthing were unlucky to lose by 2 goals, having unfortunately missed a few scoring opportunities in the 2nd half.

Scorers: Jamie - 5, James - 2, Josh - 1.
Majors : Jamie - 2, Tom -1.

Worthing -v- Croydon won 6-5

Whilst everyone had the opportunity to play in the first game, in this game all the 'new ' players really showed the skills they have picked up in training. Ollie won 2 out of the 3 swim offs he went for and he, Catlin and Grace worked hard to move from defence to attack and were unlucky not to score their first goals having got into shooting positions. Josh was a rock again in defence, his uncompromising style meant that he had collected 3 majors by half time. Matty took over , marking the pit attacker. Ben took over responsibility for taking the ball from defence to attack. With Jamie being tightly marked, often by more than 1 player, James and Tom took scoring opportunities by well placed shots from the ark. Ruby marked players obviously much older and bigger , by keeping excellent body positioning so to get early tackles in. The final score slightly flattered Croydon as Jamie and Owen, conspired to score a goal for the opposition just before the end.

Scorers: James - 3, Jamie - 2, Tom- 1.

Majors: Josh - 3, Matty -1, Ruby - 1.

All in all, a very successful afternoon of water polo for Worthing. At the Team meeting, each player was given a role and without exception they all worked hard to defend hard and play a quick counterattacking game.

This team play again on the 18th December and it is anticipated that most of the players will get the opportunity of representing SE at the Inter Regional tournaments in early December.


Steve Bond
 

Match report

19/7/2016

Just a quick report on the 2001 age group boys inter regional championship that was played at Millfield school last weekend.
The South east region team featured Worthing members Joe Brennand, Akos Hausknecht and Josh Coulson.
The team eventually finished 9th out of a full complement of 11 teams that entered and they had a good win against the North west Ravens and a very creditable draw against Scotland.


The attached picture of the squad includes Akos (2nd from the left in the front row), Josh (3rd from the left in the front row) and Joe (centre of the back row).
 

Team Picture

 

Ben Alcorn coached the team and Dave Alcorn was team manager.


Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

19/7/2016

Sussex County ASA

 

London & South East Junior Boys Water Polo Tournament

White Oaks Leaisure Cntre Swanley

2nd July 2016


Report here.

 

The Sussex squad pictured with county president Tim Pearce.

Back row (L-R) George Wood, Adam Pearson, James Blything, Toby Underwood, Jacob Nash, Alastair R (coach)
Front row (L-R) Robbie Scott, Ben Chegwin, Tim Pearce, Archy Burnell, Ben Curtis, William Allgar


Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

27/6/2016

The following is a report of yesterdays water polo matches at Splashpoint.

South East Region Men's Water Polo Championship
Saturday 25th June 2016
Splashpoint, Worthing.

Having won both of the first two matches in this championship at the end of May at Portsmouth, we were looking forward to playing the remaining two fixtures at our home pool. The following are the individual match reports:

Match 1. 16.15
Worthing 26, Crawley 6.
Quarter Scores: 9-1, 1-3, 4-0, 12-2

This was a relatively easy win against a very young Crawley team who put up a brave performance but were ultimately well beaten. We played well in the first quarter of the match and it was obvious that Crawley would not cause us too many problems and we were particularly effective on the counter attack. All of the squad had a good amount of water time and 9 of the squad of 12 were on the score sheet with Joao and Joe leading the scorers with 6 each.
It was a satisfactory win that hopefully would act a good warm up for the match later in day against Southampton.
Scorers: Joe 6, Joao 6, Alastair 4, George 3, Ben C 2, Ben A 2, Richard 1, Matt 1, Sam 1.
Exclusions: George 3, Ben A 1, Adrian 1, Richard 1, Ben C 1, Joe 1, Robbie 1, Jack 1.


Match 2, 19.45
Worthing 14, Southampton 8
Quarter Scores: 5-3, 5-2, 2-1, 2-2

This was an exciting match to conclude the competition with the two outstanding teams playing in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd.
Southampton are a vastly improved team and have benefitted greatly from playing in third division of the national league.
We made a strong start and soon led 2-0 after George scored from a man up attack and Ben Curtis took his chance on a quick counter attack.
Southampton were always causing us problems in attack and at the end of the first period we led 5-3. The second quarter really changed the game and we played some quality water polo scoring a number of excellent goals and at the half time break we led 10-5.
In comparison, the second half of the match was relatively dull with both teams tiring but we still controlled most aspects of the game, Ben made a number of good saves but our lead was never seriously threatened and we eventually secured a good win.
All of the squad put in good performances and the final score was a fair reflection of our dominance but we know that we can play better having missed a number of chances, as well as conceding a number of goals that we really should have avoided.
Scorers: George 3, Ben C 3, Matt 3, Joe 2, Sam 1, Joao 1, Robbie 1.
Exclusions: Richard 3, Jack 3, Matt 2, Sam 1, Joe 1.

Squad in full: Ben Alcorn, Adrian Irbe, George Wood, Richard Hooper, Ben Curtis, Sam Abbott, Joao Martins, Matt White, Joe Hazeldine, Robbie Scott, Jack Payne, Alastair Hardinge.

Overall this was a successful and satisfactory defence of the South East regional title that we have held for the past few years. We played well at times but we will need to work on a number of things, not least our fitness levels, as we build up to the national league campaign that starts at the end of September.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

18/6/2016

Sussex County Senior League.
Thursday 16th June 2016
Hastings 7, Worthing 20
Quarter Scores: 2-5, 2-4, 2-4, 1-7

We travelled to Hastings with a seriously depleted squad with exams, holidays and work commitments resulting in a number of our players not being available.
Hastings is the furthest trip that we make in the county league and the small, shallow pool is always a challenge for us. This has now been exacerbated by a recent facelift with the introduction of new lighting. The only problem with this is that it is so dark it makes it impossible to see what is going on in the gloom.
We actually played quite well at times in the match and we scored a number of excellent goals, particularly with a number of excellent outside shots. Joe was particularly prolific scoring 8 times and he was well supported by Alastair who scored 5 and Richard who netted on 4 occasions.
The longer the match went on the more we dominated proceedings and the final quarter saw the opposition tire and we scored 7 times while conceding only once.

Overall this was a satisfactory win which the quality of our play very much deserved.

Scores: Joe 8, Alastair 5, Richard 4, Ben Curtis 1, Ben Alcorn 1, Robbie 1.
Exclusions: Adrian 2, Joe 1, Richard 1, Ben 1.
Squad in full: Ben Alcorn, Adrian Irbe, Ben Curtis, Robbie Scott, Richard Hooper, Alastair Hardinge, Joe Hazeldine & Alastair Roberts.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Water polo costume

6/6/2016

We have finally organised a new girls water polo costume which is based on the same design as the boys trunks which were introduced last year.
Could you publicise the designs on the club website?

The trunks cost £20, the girls costume £30, and anyone interested should contact me either at Splashpoint or via my e-mail.

 

Girls water polo costume

 

Boys water polo costume


Kind regards,

Alastair.

Match report

24/5/2016

A busy few days for the senior men's squad saw the team in action in the Sussex county league and the SE regional championships.
These are the individual match reports:

Friday 20th May, Prince Regent Pool Brighton.
Brighton 3, Worthing 12.
Quarter Scores:

This was not a great advert for water polo as a result of the shallow and now badly lit Prince Regent pool. With most players able to stand in virtually all areas of the pool the match was never going to easy to referee and Brighton seemed intent on challenging seemingly every decision. Brighton had a player dismissed for a clear act of brutality but we didn't really take enough advantage of playing with an extra man for 4 minutes.
Overall we controlled the match and our defensive play stopped the opposition form creating many chances. When they did, Ben was his normal reliable self in goal. We possibly should have scored more but we were happy to take the win and move on. The only downside was an injury to Joe late on in the game which would rule him out for the games at the weekend.
Scorers: Peter 3, Richard 3, Matt 2, Ben C 2, Jacob 1, Archy 1
Exclusions: Richard 1, Peter 1, Adrian 1, Joe 1, Jacob 1
Squad in full: Ben Alcorn, Matt White, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Adrian Irbe, Joe Hazeldine, Ben Curtis, Jacob Nash & Archy Burnell.


Sunday 22nd May, Mountbatten Centre Portsmouth.

Match 1.
Worthing 26, Basingstoke 4.
Quarter Scores: 4-0, 6-2, 10-2, 6-0.

We travelled to Portsmouth with a strong squad of 12 but missing Joe who had sustained the injury on Friday in the Brighton match.
The match against Basingstoke was a relatively easy win and our combination of a press defence and a direct counter attack was always too much for the opposition.
Ben and Marc shared the goalkeeping and both put in good performances when playing out on the pitch.
All of the squad played a good amount in this win which gave us a chance to work on the number of things that we have practiced in recent training sessions.
Scorers: Peter 8, George 4, Ben C 4, Alastair 3, Richard 2, Matt 2, Adrian 1, Jacob 1, Marc 1.
Exclusions: Matt 2, Sam 1, Peter 1, Adrian 1, Jacob 1, Marc 1.

Match 2.
Worthing 16, City of Oxford 11.
Quarter Scores: 4-2, 2-6, 7-2, 3-0.

Because of the late withdrawal by Crawley we had two play the two full matches with only a half hour break between them and that is always a demanding proposition.
We tried to change our defensive shape at the start of the match and although this was fairly successful in the first quarter we struggled badly in the second period and as a result we trailed by a couple of goals at half time. We then reverted to the tactic that had worked well in the Basingstoke game and as a result we totally dominated the third quarter.
We were not helped by the loss of Alastair who received an accidental bang to the head and as a result missed over half of the game. He also ended up in A & E where he was treated for the concussion that he had suffered.
Our third quarter dominance took the game away from Oxford and we controlled the final period and as a result secured a satisfactory if unspectacular win.
This was a tough game and Oxford were a well organised and hard working opposition who pushed us hard but ultimately we were well worth our second win of the day.
Scorers: George 6, Matt 5, Peter 3, Richard 2
Exclusions: George 2, Matt 2, Sam 1, Arian 1, Ben 1.

Squad in full at Portsmouth: Ben Alcorn, Marc Guimera, Matt White, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Adrian Irbe, Ben Curtis, Jacob Nash, George Wood, Sam Abbott, Robbie Scott, Alastair Hardinge.

The two wins at Portsmouth were well deserved and set us up for the two remaining fixtures which will be played at Splashpoint on Saturday 25th June. This should be an exciting proposition and we would encourage as many people as possible to come along and support the team.

Kind regards,

Alastair.

Match report

21/4/2016

The following is a quick report on the much delayed 2015 Sussex senior knock out final that was played at Splashpoint last Wednesday.

Worthing 22, Brighton 6 + 2 handicap = 8.
Quarter scores:

This was a satisfactory win in a match that we dominated throughout but became an increasingly bad tempered affair.
Brighton struggled to create many chances against our well organised defending and we always looked dangerous on the counter attack.
The small number of chances that they did create were mainly well dealt with by Ben in goal but we were always in control.
The final score was probably a fair reflection of the difference between the teams and as a result we successfully retained the trophy.

Scorers: Joao 5, George 4, Peter 4, Ben 3, Joe 3, Richard 3.
Exclusions: Joe 2, Richard 1, Jacob 1, Robbie 1.
Squad in full: Ben Alcorn (g/k), Robbie Scott, Ben Curtis, Joe Hazeldine, Jacob Nash, Jon Bedder, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Joao Martins, George Wood and Alastair Hardinge.

Kind regards,

Alastair.

Sussex Girls Report

20/4/2016

Just a quick note on the recent Sussex girls under 19 squad who won the London/SE regional championship with a 9-2 win against Kent at Swanley last Saturday.


The squad of 11 featured 6 girls who are Worthing members and train in our sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
Sussex controlled the match throughout and always looked the dominant team and probably should have won by a greater margin.
All of the Worthing girls made a significant contribution and Daisy and Lara both scored twice.


In the attached picture Gemma Coulson in in the back row on the right hand side. The middle row features Annah Bowles, Daisy Hazeldine and Alice Mantle (L-R) to the right of the picture. Abby-Lou Rocky and Lara Partridge are at the front.

Kind regards,

Alastair


https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5hCSO3ILhWEbHQ4bm1UenhpUWd0OVl6VnlTcGZBa05GZTNF/view?usp=sharing

Joe's selection for the GB junior water polo team

23/3/2016

Article regarding Joe's selection for the GB junior water polo team which will play in the European qualifiers from the ASA website.

We are all delighted that Joe has been selected but it is very much deserved because he has been working incredibly hard over the past few months.

Kind regards,

Alastair.

---- from ASA website ----

Squad selected for men’s U19 European Junior Champs qualifiers

A squad of 15 English players has been named as the British team travelling to Turkey for the Men’s European U19 Water Polo Championships 2016 qualification tournament.

Taking place from 4 – 8 May, the event will see Great Britain aiming to finish in the top two in their group to qualify for the finals in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands from 11 – 18 September.

The Brits have been draw in Group B of the Men’s European U19 Water Polo Championships 2016 qualification stage, and will take on Montenegro, Israel, Belgium and hosts Turkey in Istanbul.

The squad includes City of Manchester goalkeeper Dylan Green, who was namedEngland Water Polo Athlete of the Year in 2015, as well as six members of last year’sEnglish Schools’ Swimming Association (ESSA) team.

Speaking after the squad announcement, U19 head coach Tim Dunsbee said: “This section was very difficult as all our under 19 players have been working very hard and there is a real unity between them.

“Our final preparations are well underway with four further training events prior to the qualification tournament, including our pre-tournament camp in Malta.”

TEAM SELECTED FOR MEN’S EUROPEAN U19 WATER POLO CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 QUALIFICATION TOURNAMENT:

Aaron Winstanley (captain) – City of Manchester
Dan Paddon (vice-captain) – City of Manchester/Chelmsford
Dylan Green – City of Manchester
Joe Hazeldine – Worthing
Ben Riding – City of Manchester
Chris Ray – City of Manchester
Matt Kelly – Solihull
Kameron Powell – Exeter
Matt Madden – Solihull
Joel Leighton – City of Sheffield
Jordan Elliot – Solihull
Ashley Castle – Bristol Central
Peter Pickford – Watford
Rob Gourley – City of Manchester (reserve)
Rudi Polster – Cheltenham (reserve)
 

News

6/3/2016

Just a quick message regarding the 1999 age group ASA inter-regional competitions that were played last weekend.

The girls tournament was played at the new Northampton school pool and the South East team featured Worthing members Annah Bowles, Alice Mantle and Charlie Bond.

The boys made the long trip to the Manchester aquatic centre and and the South East team featured Worthing's Ben Curtis, who was named the squads MVP, and Archy Burnell. The boy's were coached by Ben Alcorn.
I have attached a squad picture and Ben Curtis is in the front row 3rd from the left and Archy is next to him 4th from the left.

 

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

3/2/2016

This is the final report of the 20115-2016 British Water Polo League season.

BWPL Championship 2
30th/31st January 2016
National Pool, Swansea.

After a very demanding series of 11 matches we travelled to Swansea to play the final 3 fixtures in our national league campaign.
We a place in the second division already guaranteed for next season we were looking forward to playing three very tough matches over the weekend.
All season we have been able to play with a full squad of thirteen players and we actually took 14 to Swansea with three of the squad playing two of the three matches.
These are the individual match reports:

Saturday, 13.10
Worthing 6, Sheffield 12
Quarter Scores: 1-5, 1-2, 2-1, 3-2

Sheffield are a talented team who started this season in division 1 and they feature ex-Worthing junior Joel Abbott who played against younger brother Sam in this match.
We knew that this would be a tough game against a well organised opposition and although we didn't play that badly we finished the first quarter 1-5.
Although we never looked in a position to win the game we kept going well and the the final score was probably a slightly harsh reflection of how we had played.
We struggled a little in attack and we did miss a few chances that we probably should have taken but the performance was no disaster and we could take a number of positives from the way we played.

Scorers: Peter 2, George 2, Tom 1, Richard 1.
Exclusions: George 2, Richard 1, Joao 1.

Saturday, 14.40
Worthing 7, Polytechnic 9.
Quarter Scores: 2-0, 0-4, 1-2, 4-3

This was an exciting match against a Poly team who had only beaten us 5-4 in our previous meeting in Sheffield back in September.
We made an excellent start and soon led 2-0 after excellent goals from Joe and Peter. We switched off a little in the second period and our normally reliable defending wasn't up to it's normally high standard and this allowed Poly back into the game.
At the start of the final period we trailed 3-6 but we scored twice at the start of the quarter and at 5-6 we looked like the team who had the momentum. Poly scored next to make it 5-7 but Alastair scored from an excellently worked man-up to cut the deficit to one goal. In a really exciting climax we had a number of opportunities to equalise but we didn't take our chances and then Poly restored the two goal margin. George scored to make the score 7-8 and we again had chances to equalise but we were finally undone by a defensive mix up that resulted in Poly scoring a late penalty.

Scorers: Joe 3, George 2, Peter 1, Alastair 1.
Exclusions: Tom 2, George 2, Sam 1, Richard 1, Joao 1, Joe 1, Ben 1.

Sunday, 12.30
Worthing 14, Croydon 13.
Quarter Scores: 4-2, 4-3, 4-4, 2-4.

This was a terrific game to finish the BWPL season and we played with a really high tempo throughout which always caused Croydon problems. Our attacking play was much better and we scored a number of excellent goals both on the counter attack and from set attacking positions. Our swimming game always made it difficult for the opposition and we always felt that our fitness and strength on the bench would give us an advantage over all of the match.
Our defending was not quite at it's best and we were slightly disappointed to concede 13 goals but one of these was in the lat second of the match and by then the points had been secured.
All the squad put in strong performances and Joao and Joe led the scoring but the win again highlighted the importance of having a full bench who are all able to come in and make significant contributions.

Scorers: Joao 4, Joe 3, Matt 2, Tom 1, Richard 1, Peter 1, Nathan 1, George 1
Exclusions: Joe 3, Ben 2, Tom 1, Toby 1, Nathan 1.

Squad in full: Marc Guimera (g/k), Tom Kane, Sam Abbott, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Matt White, Joao Martins, Toby Underwood, Joe Hazeldine, Nathan Hart, Ben Curtis, George Wood, Alastair Hardinge, Jacob Nash.
Coach: Ben Alcorn, Assistant Coach: Alastair Roberts, Team Manager: Gregg Candy-Wallace.

We never like losing games but overall this was another good weekend for us. The win against Croydon has secured a 6th place finish in Championship 1 and as a result we are now ranked as the 11th best team in the country. This is a remarkable achievement for a team that plays prominently in the Sussex league but all of the squad realise that with hard work we still can make further improvement. We have an excellent combination of experienced players and some talented juniors and we will be looking to make a further improvement in the next BWPL campaign.
Finally, we owe a vote of thanks to the loyal bunch of parents and supporters who have followed us around the country during the past few months and also to Roffey Homes who are our principal sponsor.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

14/1/2016

The following is a report of the latest BWPL weekend.


British Water Polo League
Championship 1
Salt Ayre, Lancaster, 9/10 January 2016

We made the long journey north to Lancaster for the second time this season to play the latest round of matches in our British water polo league campaign.
Having qualified for championship 1 after a very successful first phase of the season we are playing quality teams in every game and at Lancaster we faced fixtures against Northumbria and Solihull.
These are the individual match reports:

Saturday 9th January, 15.45.
Worthing 8, Northumbria 7.
Quarter Scores: 0-2, 3-2, 2-1, 3-2.

This was a pulsating match when we came from behind to record an excellent win.
Northumbria are one of the 3 first division teams in Championship 1 and we realised that we would be in for a very tough match against a talented opposition.
We had discussed at the pre-match meeting how we wanted to play and how important it was that we made a good start in the match. We actually did start positively and we were unfortunate to be 0-2 behind at the end of the first quarter. Our attacking play was struggling against a well organised defence but we did create a number of opportunities but we missed on a few occasions when we probably should have scored.
As the match went on we started to gain a degree of control and by the end of the third quarter we had drawn level at 5-5.
The final quarter was a roller coaster and we soon fell behind again at the start of the period but Richard soon equalised. With just over 4 minutes left Matt scored to give us the lead for the first time in the match and we looked fairly comfortable in defence but unfortunately we conceded an equaliser with 40 seconds left. In a frantic finish Northumbria had a player excluded with 19 seconds left and 7 seconds later Richard scored with an excellent finish to give us the lead again.
The drama wasn't quite over and in the remaining few seconds Joe was harshly excluded and with the last shot of the match Northumbria hit the post when they probably should have scored.
This was an excellent win against a team that started this season in division 1 and it indicates the progress that the squad has made

Scorers: Richard 2, Joao 2, Matt 2, Toby 1, Joe 1.
Exclusions: Joe 3, Nathan 2, Jacob 1.


Sunday 10th January, 09.00.
Worthing 4, Solihull 10.
Quarter Scores: 1-2, 1-3, 0-1, 2-4.

After the excitement of the match on the Saturday it was always going to be tough to raise our game early on Sunday morning against a talented and physical Solihull team.
This was exactly how it proved to be and we struggled to get going form the start of the match. We didn't play badly but we were never at our best and we were also unlucky to lose Joao at half time for a technical offence. Our defending was reasonably good and we frustrated the opposition on many occasions by stopping service to the centre forward. Unfortunately we were mainly struggling in attack where the tough defending from the opposition was proving really difficult to break down. We also were well below par when playing "man up" when Solihull had players excluded and we wasted most of the opportunities that we were presented with.
The final score is possibly a little harsh but we hadn't been at our best and we never really did enough to secure a positive result. That said, this was another tough match that will definitely help with our development as we move forward.

Scorers: Richard 2, Peter 1, Matt 1
Exclusions: Joao 3, Nathan 2, Jacob 1, Alastair 1

Squad in full: Marc Guimera (g/k), Tom Kane (Sunday), Gregg Candy-Wallace (Saturday), Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Matt White, Joao Martins, Toby Underwood, Jacob Nash, Joe Hazeldine, Nathan Hart, Ben Curtis, Sam Abbott, Alastair Hardinge.


Overall this was another good weekend for the squad and although we never like to lose matches we can take a great deal of credit from how we played. The 600 mile round trip makes it a long way to play two matches but we played with a full squad and we received excellent support form the large number of friends and family who travelled to support the team.
We finish our BWPL season with a busy three match program in Swansea in three weeks time and we hope to continue the development that the squad is undoubtedly making.

Kind regards,

Alastair

Worthing Boys in inter county tournament

19/12/2015

I thought that we should give a mention on the website(s) to the Worthing boys who recently played for Sussex in the under 14 inter county tournament at Whitgift School.
Akos Hausnecht, Josh Coulson, Jamie Bond, Matty Smith and Ben Bolton played for Sussex as part of a very young squad who will undoubtedly have gained a great deal from the experience.
I have attached a picture of the full squad.


https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5hCSO3ILhWENTBlaVl0RVZZY0lWU0wzQUxlYnNuOUFSd2Rz/view?usp=sharing


Kind regards,

Alastair

Photo of BWL Championships 1 weekend at Guildford

12/12/2015
 

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1069474843092032.1073741830.145458915493634&type=1&l=10d1074082


Jonathan.

Match report

7/12/2015

This is the report of the 4th weekend of the 2015/2016 British Water Polo League season.

Having enjoyed a very successful first phase of the competition playing for the first time in the clubs history in division 2, we travelled to Guildford for the first matches in the second half of the season.
The team are now playing in "Championship 1" which consists of the top five teams from division 2 being joined by the bottom 3 from the top division. As a result we realized that we would face some very tough games but all of the squad were really looking forward to the challenge.
We were also very much looking forward to playing at the Surrey Sport Part complex which is the nearest venue that we have ever appeared at since we joined the BWPL. These are the individual match reports:

Saturday 5th December, 14.35.
Worthing 7, Caledonia 14.
Quarter scores: 4-5, 2-4, 1-3, 0-2.

Caledonia are one of the first division teams that are now part of the second phase and I think that everyone realised that this game would be a real challenge.
We started the game well and took the lead early on but the first quarter saw the teams trading goals with Caledonia taking the lead just before the end of the period. Our normally reliable defence was being put under great pressure and we were finding the speed of the Caledonia counter attack a constant threat, but we did carry a real threat in attacking positions.
The second quarter was another close affair but we were beginning to miss a number of chances that we really should have converted and this added to Caledonia's attacking play meant that we were under increasing pressure.
The second half of the match followed the same pattern and we were particularly wasteful at the start of the third quarter when we squandered several chances to get back into the match.
It was disappointing to lose the match but everyone recognised that we had played a decent team who are very fit and well organised. The final score was perhaps a slightly harsh reflection on our efforts but the squad realised that against better opposition you need to take your chances and also cut out a number of the unforced errors that we made.

Scorers: Shaun 3, Joao 2, Richard 1, Peter 1.
Exclusions: Tom 2, Joao 2, Toby 2, Nathan 2, Marc 1, Peter 1, Joe 1, Ben 1.


Sunday 6th December, 13.35
Worthing 10, Welsh Wanderers 11.
Quarter Scores 0-5, 4-3, 2-3, 4-0.

This was a really disappointing defeat which was down to a very poor first quarter which ended 0-5. It is little consolation knowing that we won the remainder of the match 10-6.
It's hard to know why we were so poor in the first period when we seemingly had forgotten our tactical plan and as a result gifted the opposition a number of "cheap" goals. Slowly but surely we began to play something like our normal standard and we kept chipping away at the deficit and we had a chance to score just before the end of the third period when the Welsh goalkeeper made a good save. Unfortunately the officials gave a goal throw and we conceded a controversial goal just before the period finished. Even though we we were 5 goals behind the team produced a fantastic effort to score 4 times without reply and we thought we had a chance to equalise after a time out with 20 seconds left. Unfortunately we didn't take the opportunity and as a result we lost by the narrowest margin.
All of the squad were annoyed that the poor first quarter display had cost us so dearly, but hopefully this will be another lesson learned.

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

Squad in full: Marc Guimera (g/k), Tom Kane, Sam Abbott, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Shaun Hotchkiss, Joao Martins, Toby Underwood, Ziggy Tate, Joe Hazeldine, Ben Curtis, Nathan Hart, Jacob Nash (Saturday), Alastair Hardinge (Sunday).

Two defeats was obviously a disappointing return form the weekend but we will hopefully have learned some important lessons from both of the games. We knew that this phase of the competition was going to be challenging and none of the matches will be easy but at times we played a good standard and we had a number of encouraging individual performances.
We will make the long journey back to Lancaster early in January for the the next two matches and hopefully the experience gained this weekend will result in improved performances.
Finally, the two matches at Guildford were the final appearances for Shaun Hotchkiss before he returns to New Zealand and he has been a valuable member of the squad for the past two seasons.

Kind regards,

Alastair.

Match report

9/11/2015

British Water Polo League Division 2.
Salt Ayre Leisure Centre, Lancaster.
7th/8th November 2015.

We made the long 600 + mile journey to Lancaster to play the final two fixtures in the first phase of the 2015 British Water Polo league second division.
Having won three of the first five matches we knew that one further win would secure a top five finish in the first phase and with it the opportunity to play in Championship 1 in the second phase of the competition.
We faced tough games against Welsh Wanderers and Sutton & Cheam who both also had a chance of a top 5 finish and this would result in two very competitive matches.
Once again we were able to field a full squad of 13 which has proved to be a crucial part of playing in the full size 30 metre playing area.
These are the individual match reports:

Saturday 7th November, 14.30
Worthing 14, Welsh Wanderers 8.
Quarter scores: 3-1, 3-1, 4-3, 4-3.

We fell behind early on but we soon equalised and by the end of the first period we had built a 3-1 lead. By halftime we had extended the advantage to 6-2 and we were in control of the match.
The success was structured around a very disciplined defence which we had developed to deal with the outstanding Welsh forward player. The tactic worked well for long periods and all of the squad worked hard to deny the opposition many chances to score.
Our attacking play was of a good standard and Shaun had a particularly productive match scoring 5 times but all of the squad worked hard to create the opportunities.
This was a match that we controlled well and it was good to see Ben Curtis score his first national league goal after a swift counter attack.
Overall this was good win that confirmed our top five finish which was an excellent achievement with 1 match remaining.

Scorers: Shaun 5, Richard 2, Joao 2, Peter 2, Joe 1, Ben 1, Ziggy 1.
Exclusions: Toby 3, Tom 2, Nathan 2, Ben 2, Richard 1, Shaun 1, Joao 1.

Sunday 8th November, 11.20
Worthing 6, Sutton & Cheam 5.
Quarter scores: 1-0, 1-1, 3-3, 1-1.

The match against Sutton was always going to be a tough affair with the opposition needing a win to make the top 5 and this definitely proved to be the case.
It was a tight match with the defences generally on top and once again our zonal system frustrated the opposition for long periods. Marc was as reliable as ever in goal making a number of saves but we limited the number of opportunities that Sutton created.
We never played at our best in attack and we struggled to break down a very physical Sutton defence but we really should have made more of the opportunities that we created. The match reached an exciting climax in the final quarter and Tom scored a good goal to extend our lead to 6-4 with just over two minutes remaining but Sutton soon scored to reduce the deficit. We defended well for the remaining time and we secured a very hard fought victory.

Scorers: Peter 3, Joe 2, Tom 1.
Exclusions: Joao 2, Nathan 2, Tom 1, Joe 1.

Squad in full: Marc Guimera (g/k), Tom Kane, Toby Underwood, Sam Abbott, Richard Hooper, Nathan Hart, Shaun Hotchkiss, Peter Benedek, Joe Hazeldine, Ben Curtis, Jacob Nash, Joao Martins and Ziggy Tate.

This was another good weekend for us and we should be very pleased that we have finished in 3rd position in the first phase. We now look forward to playing in Championship where we play against the other 4 qualifiers from division 2 along with the bottom 3 from division 1.
Lancaster is a long way to travel but as previously mentioned we had a full squad of 13 and we also had a large number of friends and family who offered great support.
We will start the Championship 1 campaign over the weekend of 5th/6th December at Guildford which we be the closest venue that we have played at since our entry into the national league and we are hoping that we will again have a large number of supporters.

Kind regards,

Alastair.

Match report

6/11/2015

Sussex County Knock Out.
Wednesday 4th November 2015, K2 Crawley.
Crawley 3 + 4 handicap = 7, Worthing 16.
Quarter Scores: 1-4, 1-4, 0-3, 1-5

We travelled to K2 for the second time in two weeks having won the league match on the previous visit.
On this occasion the match was in the county knock-out competition which has a handicap based on the previous seasons league positions.
The four goal handicap could have made the match fairly awkward, but we put on a dominant display in the first quarter and as a result we only trailed by one goal.
Our defence frustrated the opposition for long periods and we only allowed Crawley to create a small number of chances. When called upon, Ben made a number of good saves but the opposition never came to terms with our defensive tactics.
In attack we always looked dangerous and we probably should have scored more goals, but we missed a number of fairly simple chances. Our counter attack always caused Crawley problems and they struggled to deal with the speed and directness of our play.
This was a satisfactory win for the squad and we make the long trip to Lancaster this weekend for the next round of matches in division 2 of the British Water Polo League.

Scorers: Shaun 6, Peter 4, Joe 4, Matt 1, Jacob 1.
Exclusions: Richard 2, Peter 2.
Squad in full: Ben Alcorn (g/k), Adrian Irbe, Matt White, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Shaun Hotchkiss, Sam Abbott, Joe Hazeldine, Jacob Nash, Ben Curtis, Ziggy Tate & Alastair Hardinge.

Kind regards,

Alastair.

Match report

26/10/2015

This is a quick report on the latest match of the 2015 Sussex county league season.
Unfortunately the match sheet was not available after the game so the following is from memory and lacks the normal detail!

Sussex County League, Wednesday 21st October 2015.
Crawley 8, Worthing 19.

Our final fixture of the 2015 county league championship was potentially a difficult match away at the K2 leisure centre in Crawley.

The home team have improved over the years and although we were missing a number of squad members we put on a commanding performance to secure a comfortable win.

We dominated at the start of the match and Ziggy scored the opening goal with only a few seconds played. By the end of the first quarter we led 6-0 and the match was never in doubt from that point. It was 11-0 at half time and we relaxed in the second half and as a result conceded a number of scrappy goals.

This win completed a 100% record in the county league and as a result we have retained the league title for another year.

Squad at Crawley: Ben Alcorn (g/k), Richard Hooper, Alastair Hardinge, Adrian Irbe, Ben Curtis, Robbie Scott, Joe Hazeldine, Peter Benedek, Ziggy Tate and Joao Martins.


Kind regards,

Alastair

Match report

12/10/2015

This is the report from the second weekend of the 2015/2016 BWPL season.

The squad travelled to the Hengrove Leisure Centre in Bristol for the second weekend in division 2 of the British water polo league.
Having won and lost 1 match at the first event we realised that the 3 game program at Bristol would be hugely significant in how our season develops.
We were pleased to travel with a full squad of 13 players which is so important when you are playing in the full sized 30 metre playing area, and our ability to utilize fresh players from the bench is proving to be a significant advantage.

These are the individual match reports:

Saturday 10th October, 14.20.
Worthing 2, Solihull 8.
Quarter Scores: 1-2, 0-1, 0-4, 1-1.

A disappointing way to start the weekend and although we defended well for most of the game we really struggled to create many chances against a very well organised and physical opposition.
We played pretty well in the first two quarters but our inability to develop the attacking aspect of our game meant that we never really looked like taking something from this match.
Unfortunately when we did make an opportunity to score we often found the Solihull goalkeeper in good form and to have any chance of taking something from this match we needed to be more clinical in front of goal.

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


Sunday 11th October, 08.30.
Worthing 15, Manchester Hawks 1.
Quarter Scores: 4-0, 3-1, 3-0, 5-0.

No one likes playing in the early start time on a Sunday morning but we knew that our game against Manchester Hawks was a match that we really needed to win.
The Hawks are a young and very fit team and we realised that we would need to impose our game plan to hopefully secure a win. Our change of tactics proved to be decisive, and our pressing game completely dominated the opposition limiting them to a relatively small number of chances.
Our counter attack always posed a threat and a very strong first quarter set the tone for the remainder of the match.
The final score indicated how well we had played and we all realised how important it was to secure the win.

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


Sunday 11th October, 12.00.
Worthing 10, Croydon 4.
Quarter Scores;- 2-0, 2-1, 2-2, 4-1

We finished the weekend with an excellent win against a talented Croydon team which is definitely one our best performances in the BWPL.
We made another tactical change to try and stop the Croydon centre forward and all of the team worked incredibly hard to limit the influence he would have on the game.
The plan worked really well and we were again fortunate to have a 13 man squad which allowed us to play at a high tempo which Croydon found very hard to deal with.
The team also worked hard to create chances to score but we always looked the fitter team and as a result we carried a threat on the counter attack. We scored some really good goals but our defending was probably the crucial factor in such a crucial win. Marc was as reliable as ever in goal making good saves including an excellent penalty save.
This was a really good win for the squad, particularly taking into consideration that we had only had a two and a half hour break between the matches.

Scorers: Shaun 4, Richard 2, Joao 2, Ziggy 1, Sam 1.
Exclusions: Richard 2, Joao 2, Sam 2.

Squad in full: Marc Guimera (g/k), Kevin Chan, Jacob Nash, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Shaun Hotchkiss, Joao Martins, Toby Underwood, Joe Hazeldine, Sam Abbott, Ben Curtis, Alastair Hardinge, Ziggy Tate.

Overall, we have to be pleased with two wins from the weekend at Bristol which should help us to maintain our position in the second tier of the BWPL. We have a nice balance in the squad of youth and experience and everyone is prepared to get in and work really hard for the team. As I mentioned in the report, we are also benefitting from having a full squad of thirteen at most matches and this gives us the opportunity to make regular substitutions with "fresh" players during each game.
The third tournament in the first phase of the season will see the squad make the very long journey north to Lancaster on the weekend of 7th/8th November.

Kind regards,

Alastair.

Match report

29/9/2015

Having secured promotion to division 2 of the BWPL at the final tournament last season, we were looking forward to our first ever matches at this level.
We travelled to the familiar surroundings of Ponds Forge in Sheffield for the first round of fixtures and we were also looking forward to playing for the first time in the full sized 30 metre playing area.
These are the individual match reports:

Saturday 26th September, 19.25
Worthing 5, West London Penguin 4.
Quarter Scores: 2-0, 2-2, 0-1, 1-1.

As the score suggests, this was a tight match when both defences were on top but we always looked in control after we took a 2-0 lead in the first quarter.
Penguin are now a relatively young team and we were well aware of the swimming ability that they may contain on the counter attack, but we dealt well with this throughout the match.
We employed a zone defence throughout which frustrated the opposition for long periods and forced them to regularly shoot from distance, and the ever reliable Marc in goal dealt comfortably with most of the efforts. Our attacking play was not at it's sharpest but we still created enough good opportunities to win the match but all of the squad realise that we need to score more goals.
The game reached an exciting conclusion with both teams taking time outs in the final few minutes but we held a two goal advantage until 1 second from time when Penguin scored a late consolation. Fortunately we hade done enough to secure our first win in division 2.

Scorers: Shaun 2, Joe 1, Nathan 1, Alastair 1.
Exclusions: George 3, Joe 3, Toby 1.

Sunday 27th September, 13.15
Worthing 4, London Polytechnic 5.
Quarter Scores: 0-1, 1-1, 2-1, 1-2.

This was another really close game against one of the traditional "big" clubs in UK water polo who were only relegated from division 1 earlier this year and who recently played in the top 8 British Championships. We knew that this would be a tough game, but the squad put together a terrific performance and were ultimately very unlucky not to take something from the game. We frustrated Poly for log periods and Marc was again in fine form behind a well organised defence that played with great discipline.
Once again we struggled to create enough chances in attack but we did miss on a number of occasions when we really should have made more of the opportunities.
The match again had an exciting finish and although we trailed 5-3 at one point Richard scored with a well taken penalty that set up a very exciting finish. At only 1 goal behind and with 2 minutes left to play we defended the next Poly attack superbly and we called a timeout when we gained possession. We knew that the next attack would be crucial and we were denied the chance to equalise by a contentious refereeing decision that denied us a chance to score. Poly held on in the last few seconds and we were denied a positive result but the manner of the performance indicated that we should be competitive at this level.

Scorers: Shaun 2, Joe 1, Richard 1.
Exclusions: Nathan 3, Alastair 2, George 1, Richard 1, Joe 1.

Squad in full: Marc Guimera (g/k), Gregg Candy-Wallace, Ziggy Tate, George Wood, Richard Hooper, Nathan Hart, Shaun Hotchkiss, Ben Curtis, Jacob Nash, Joe Hazeldine, Alastair Hardinge, Toby Underwood.


This was a good weekend for the team and it has given us a really good indication of what we can expect in division 2. We coped fairly well with the larger playing area but we will undoutabley improve as we play more matches in the coming weeks.
The next BWPL weekend takes place at the Hengrove 50 metre pool in Bristol in two weeks time and we face a really busy program of three matches in the two days. We hope that we will be able to play with a strong team at what will obviously be a pivotal weekend.

Kind regards,

Alastair.

Worthing Juniors in the "Olympic hopefuls" tournament

3/8/2015

 

Four Worthing Juniors have just spent the past few days in Sventes in Hungary playing in the annual "Olympic hopefuls" tournament.
Ben Curtis, Toby Underwood, Tom Kane and Joe Hazeldine were part of the Crystal Palace regional training centre team that took part in the event playing against teams from the home country and around Europe.
All the boys will have benefited a great deal from having played in this prestigious event and Ben Curtis had a particularly memorable tournament being named the teams most valuable player.

Kind regards,

Alastair.

Joe Hazeldine on international Duty

21/7/2015

Joe is currently on international duty playing for England schools in Malta.
 

This is basically a 1997 age group GB squad and the team has won the first three fixtures and now face Malta in the final on Tuesday afternoon.
 

Joe was man of the match against South Africa and I have attached a review from the ASA website

http://www.swimming.org/waterpolo/essa-coach-andy-mcginty-delighted-winning-start/

Joe has worked really hard over the past few months and I'm not surprised that he is getting this type of excellent report.

Kind regards,

Alastair.

New Sponsorships

8/7/2015

Report on our new sponsorship agreement with Roffey Homes.

 

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Kind regards,

Alastair.

Match report

29/6/2015

It's been a busy couple of days for the men's water polo squad with a match on Friday evening away at Brighton and the South-east region tournament at Splashpoint on Saturday.

These are the match reports:

Friday 26th June, Prince Regent, Brighton.
Sussex County Senior League.
Brighton 8, Worthing 16.
Quarter scores: 1-4, 3-4, 1-2, 3-6.

With the South-east region tournament at Splashpoint due to be played the following day, the away match at Brighton on the Friday evening acts as a useful warm-up.
As always, the shallow Prince Regent pool is a great leveler, and the home team are obviously a lot more experienced at playing in this very different environment. As a result we struggled at times, but we still controlled the great majority of the match and we deserved to be comfortable winners.
We actually made a very good start to the match and our defensive tactics reduced the home team to mainly shooting from distance. We always posed a threat in attack and we led 4-1 at the end of the period.
The second period was a fractious affair with too many exclusions and Joe was very unlucky to be excluded for the rest of the match. Brighton may have sensed a possible comeback but in the second half we took control again and scored some excellent goals. Shaun was in particularly good form scoring 8 but Richard and Joao scored hat-tricks with Joe getting the other two.
Overall this was a satisfactory win against a very enthusiastic and physically strong opposition but the final score gave a reflection of how we had dominated the match.

Scorers: Shaun 8, Richard 3, Jaoa 3, Joe 2.
Exclusions: Joe 3, Adrian 2, Richard 1, Joao 1, Peter 1, Ben C 1.

Squad in full: Ben Alcorn. Peter Benedek , Joao Martins, Ben Curtis, Joe Hazeldine, Jacob Nash, Adrian Irbe, Andy Cawdery, Shaun Hotchkiss, Richard Hooper.


Saturday 27th June, Splashpoint, Worthing.
South-east Region Men's Championship.
Match 1, Worthing 25, Basingstoke 3.
Quarter scores: 6-1, 6-1, 4-1, 9-0.

This was an easy win against a depleted Basingstoke who started the match well taking the lead, but tired badly as the game went on.
We played well throughout and the speed of our counter-attack particularly caused the opposition problems. Nine of our squad scored during match and Shaun was again in good form helping himself to 9 goals.
All of the squad for this match (we were missing Joao and Peter) had a good amount of water time and it was particularly good to see all of the juniors on the score sheet.

Scorers: Shaun 9, Alastair 4, Richard 3, Robbie 3, Archy 2, Ben C 1, Ben A 1, Joe 1, Kevin 1.
Exclusions: Archy 2, Robbie 1, Alastair 1.

Squad in full: Ben Alcorn, Robbie Scott, Adrian Irbe, Richard Hooper, Ben Curtis, Shaun Hotchkiss, Kevin Chan, Joe Hazeldine, Archy Burnell, Alastair Hardinge.


Match 2, Worthing 14, Southampton 6.
Quarter scores: 6-1, 4-2, 1-1, 3-2.

This was tough, physical match against a much improved Southampton team who are a real test when we play them.
With Peter and Joao now both in the squad we were back to something nearer a full strength team and we also had our BWPL goalkeeper Marc Guimera making an appearance.
This gave Ben Alcorn the chance to play outfield for a change and he helped himself to one very good goal.
We made an excellent start to the match and we scored 6 excellent goals, the majority from powerful and accurate shots from distance. The match gave us an opportunity to put into practice a number of the things that we have been working on in training recently and it was interesting to see how this worked out.
Overall we played well enough to win this match, but we will still need work hard on various aspects of our play which will hopefully see the squad continue to improve.

Scorers: Shaun 5, Alastair 4, Joao 2, Richard 1, Ben A 1, Peter 1.
Exclusions: Richard 1, Kevin 1, Archy 1.

Squad in full: As Basingstoke + Marc Guimera, Peter Benedek, Joao Martins, Jacob Nash.


It was a good two days with 3 wins and all of the squad members who played made significant contributions.
We hosted the tournament on Saturday which ran without a problem, and our hard-working team of table officials also helped make the day a success.

Kind regards,

Alastair.

Match report

21/6/2015

Sussex County Senior League
Thursday 18th June 2015
Hastings 5, Worthing 17
Quarter Scores: 2-7, 3-3, 0-5, 0-2.

This was a match that was never pretty to watch with both teams struggling to come to terms with the shallow pool, but we recorded a comfortable and satisfactory win.
Since Splashpoint opened two years ago our appearances in deep/shallow pools are becoming increasingly rare, and for a number of the squad this was the first time they had played a competitive match in this type of pool. As a result, the match was a very scrappy affair but we were always the dominant team and we eased to a comfortable win.
Shaun was particularly prolific, scoring 4 goals in quick succession in the first quarter and eventually 9 overall in the match.
Our squad of 10 included 3 juniors and Ben Curtis will remember the match more than most after scoring early on and then keeping a clean sheet making his debut in goal in the final quarter.

Scorers: Shaun 9, Alastair 3, Joao 2, Peter 1, Ben A 1, Ben C 1.
Exclusions: Jacob 1, Robbie 1.
Squad in full: Ben Alcorn, Robbie Scott, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Shaun Hotchkiss, Joao Martins, Jacob Nash, Ben Curtis, Adrian Irbe, Alastair Hardinge.

Kind regards,
Alastair.

Match report

2/6/2015

South-east Region Men's Championship.
Mountbatten Leisure Centre, Portsmouth.
Sunday 31st May.

Having not played a competitive match since the end of January, our senior men's squad was looking forward to playing the first two matches in the SE regional championship.
Although we had a number of players unavailable and also a couple of late withdrawals, we still took a strong squad of 11 to play what looked like being two tough fixtures.
These are the individual match reports:

Match 1. 13.00
Worthing 13, Southampton 5.
Quarter scores: 3-0, 5-2, 3-1, 2-2.

Southampton are a much improved team and they have benefitted from playing in the British Water Polo League and as a result we knew that this would be a tough game.
It certainly proved to be the case, and we had to play well to secure a hard earned victory. We started the game well and our defensive strategy frustrated the opposition for long periods forcing them to take shots from areas that made it relatively simple for Ben in goal.
We scored three good goals and we looked as though we were going to control the remainder of the match. The second quarter was a strange affair when we managed to let Southampton score twice, Richard was harshly dismissed for dissent and I received a yellow card for no obvious reason. We soon regained control and we scored 5 unanswered goals and as a result the game was effectively over at half-time when we led 8-2
The 3rd and 4th quarters were relatively comfortable and we used the bench players to great effect knowing that we only had an hour and a half break before the second game.
We controlled the remainder of the match fairly comfortably and the final score really was a fair reflection of how we had dominated the game.
All the squad had a good amount of water time and our four juniors (Joe, Robbie, Jacob and Ben) all made significant contributions.

Scorers: Shaun 5, Peter 2, Joao 2, Joe 2, Jacob 1.
Exclusions: Richard 3, Robbie 1.


Match 2. 15.30
Worthing 24, Crawley 5
Quarter scores: 5-0, 5-2, 7-1, 7-2

If Crawley have a full strength team, as they did at the knock-out final in January, they can be a very difficult team to play, but in this match they had several players missing and we took full advantage.
We dominated the match from start to finish and we possibly could have won by a bigger margin with some slightly better finishing but we were always in control.
8 squad members scored, including an interesting hat-trick for goal keeper Ben Alcorn who scored once when in goal and twice when playing as an outfield player in the final quarter.
Once again we were able to rotate the squad regularly and everyone played well in what was a comfortable win.

Scorers: Shaun 5, Ben A 3, Alastair 3, Richard 3, Joe 3, Joao 3, Ben C 2, Jacob 1, Peter 1.
Exclusions: Ben A 1, Robbie 1, Kevin 1, Peter 1.

Squad in full: Ben Alcorn, Shaun Hotchkiss, Peter Benedek, Joao Martins, Richard Hooper, Joe Hazeldine, Alastair Hardinge, Jacob Nash, Ben Curtis, Kevin Chan, Robbie Scott.

It was good to start the 2015 season with two good wins and we are looking forward to playing the remaining two fixtures in this competition at Splashpoint on Saturday 27th June.
We will be playing Guildford and Basingstoke on that day and we will obviously hope to retain the title with two wins.

Finally, it was really good to see so many supporters at Portsmouth who made it a great atmosphere and I hope that we will play to even bigger crowds at Splashpoint at the end of June.

Kind regards,

Alastair.

Match report

28/1/2015

This is the first report of 2015 but strangely it is of the 2014 Sussex county senior knock-out final.
The match had to be held over from the back end of last year until last Saturday due to fixture congestion.

Sussex Senior Knock Out Final.
Crowborough, Saturday 24th January 2015
Worthing 19, Crawley 11 (+ 4 handicap) 15.

This always promised to be a tough match with Crawley now a much improved team and at full strength where as we were missing a number of our established senior squad members.
As a result we knew that a number of our juniors would have to play a significant part if we were to have a chance of retaining the trophy that we won lat year.
We made a tentative start and we still trailed by the four goal handicap at the end of the first quarter, but we sorted out or defensive tactics at the break and we subsequently took control of the match.
Crawley never had an answer to our strong outside shooting and they also struggled to break down our defensive play when we were organised correctly.
The game remained relatively close but by the start of the final period we led by an overall two goal margin and we looked in relative control. The first goal was always going to be important and Peter scored early on to give us a three goal advantage and that always looked to be too much for a tiring opposition.
This proved to be the case and with clever game management including two time outs, we comfortably secured a satisfactory win.
It wasn't always pretty, but we were effective when we needed to be and we controlled the key parts of the match.
All the juniors played a part but Joe was unlucky to be excluded after three major fouls. Ben Curtis, Jacob and Robbie all made good contributions.

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

Squad in full: Ben Alcorn (g/k), Andy Cawdery, Richard Hooper, Peter Benedek, Ben Curtis, Joao Martins, Robbie Scott, Joe Hazeldine, Jacob Nash, Antonio Spaccapietra.

In other news congratulations should also go to the following:

Jon Gray has recently been refereeing in the British water polo league having only taken up officiating relatively recently. He has already been re-graded as a result of his efforts and it's good to see another Worthing member now actively involved in officiating at a high level.

Holly Stoner should be congratulated on being included in the GB talent national squad for her age group. She attended a trial weekend earlier in January in Cardiff and she has now been invited to join the squad that will train approximately once a month. Holly is the first Worthing girl to be included in a national junior squad for a number of years and she will now have the opportunity to train on a regular basis with girls from all round the UK.

Kind regards,

Alastair.

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.

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