BWPL Phase 2: Match 2

We returned to the Haberdashers School pool in Elstree earlier today for the second match this weekend in the British Water Polo League championship 2.

Having snatched a draw on the Saturday against Croydon we knew that today’s game against West London Penguin would be a very tough encounter and it proved to be the case.

Worthing 6, Penguin 16.

Quarter Scores; – 0-2, 1-5, 3-5, 2-4

We knew that this would be very difficult match against a well organised and very physical team that features a large number of talented players. We also thought that the effort made in the game on Saturday afternoon against Croydon, when we came back from a 3 goal deficit in the final period, would have taken a great deal out of the squad. This proved to be the case and we always struggled to deal with  strength of the oppositions pressing game.

We actually started the game fairly well and in the first period our zone defence was frustrating Penguin and we also looked well organised in attack. As on the Saturday we failed to take our chances, particularly with a number of the opportunities that we had when the opposition had a player excluded.

In the second quarter we lost our defensive discipline and as a result Penguin scored a number of goals that really should have been avoided.

We never gave up and our willingness to counter attack resulted in Penguin committing 17 exclusion fouls but we failed to capitalise on far too many of these chances.

The final score is probably a harsh reflection of  the game but we really had few complaints because we knew that we hadn’t consistently played as well as we can.

We could take a number of positives from the match including how well a number of our juniors played in the game. Henry played the final period in goal making a number of excellent saves and this gave Marc to chance score his debut goal in the national league.

Scorers; – Matt 2, Joao 2, Ben 1, Marc 1.

Exclusions; – Jacob 3, Dave 2, Archy 1, Richard 1, Joao 1, Toby 1.

Squad in full; – Marc Guimera, Archy Burnell, Henry Elwell-Sutton, Richard Hooper, Ben Curtis, Joao Martins, Toby Underwood, Dave Hinder, Jacob Nash, Akos Hausknecht, Matt White & Alastair Hardinge.

The season continues with a very busy three match program at Grantham on the weekend of 17th/18th February.


London League U14 Report

London Winter League Under 14 Championship.

Whitgift School

Sunday 17th December 2017

Having won the first two matches at the first round of the under 14 winter league championship, we were looking forward to this tournament which would decide if we qualified for the top four play offs that will be played next year.

The individual match reports are as follows; –

Worthing 12, Croydon 1.

This was a impressive win and Croydon never came to terms with our high tempo pressing game and the speed of our counter attack. Jamie and Josh were a constant threat in attack and between them they scored all 12 goals, but this was a really good squad performance and Owen actually made a number of good saves.

It was good to see the younger members of the squad beginning to make significant contributions and they will obviously continue to improve as a result of this experience.

Scorers; – Josh 7, Jamie 5

Exclusion; – Ruby

Worthging 8, Beckenham 6

The program for the event meant that we had to play the two four quarter matches with no break and this was always going to be hard work for our small squad.

This proved to be true but we still did enough to control this match and we were definitely the better side.

Josh and Jamie again dominated the scoring but Mattie also scored a really important goal. Once again, all of the squad played a good part in the win and the goal scorers benefited from some really good team play which created the chances.

Scorers; – Josh 4, Jamie 3, Mattie 1

Exclusion; – Josh 

Squad in full; – Owen Street (g/k), Mattie Smith, Ruby Rosser, Leon Taylor, Ethan Foxwell, Jamie Bond, Josh Luff, Grace Byford

Having won all four of the first phase matches we will now play in the final four play off round which will take place at the start of next year. We have good squad of players and it has been really encouraging to include a number of our younger players who will benefit greatly from having been involved.