Final Match Report 2017/18 BWPL Season

British Water Polo League Championship 2.
Hinckley Leisure Centre
March 18th/19th 2018
We travelled to the recently opened Hinckley leisure centre for the final two matches of the 2017/2018 season.
Throughout the campaign we have played a number of very close matches and this weekend was to be no different with both games really proving to be highly competitive. These are the individual match reports; –
Saturday 17.00
Worthing 4, Portobello 7
Quarter scores; – 3-1, 0-0, 0-5, 1-1.
This match may have ended in defeat but it was undoubtedly one our best performances of the season. Portobello went on to win the division and are a really good team that features a large number of the current Scotland squad.
We spoke at length in advance of the match that we would have to have a tactical plan to deal with the opposition centre forward who is a consistent goal scorer. We also had a slightly unusual attacking plan that we felt might work well against this opposition and this worked particularly well at the start of the match.
Our defending was so good in the first half of the match that we only conceded one goal to the highest scoring team in the league who struggled to create any chances for the centre forward. Marc was in good form dealing with a number of the shots from distance and to lead 3-1 at the half-time break illustrated how well we had played.
We lost the match in a disappointing third period when we lost our way in defence and as a result Portobello took advantage with some excellent outside shooting.
The final period was another close affair and although we had chances to reduce the deficit we missed a number of opportunities.
We never like losing games but this was a really good team performance where everyone made a contribution and it illustrated that we are capable of competing with the higher ranked teams.
Scorers; – Joao 2, George 1, Matt 1.
Exclusions; – Archy 1, George 1, Elliot 1, Joao 1, Robbie 1, Alastair 1
Sunday 10.30
Worthing 8, Cambridge 9
Quarter Scores; – 2-3, 2-3, 2-1, 2-2
This was another highly competitive match which we were desperately unlucky to lose in the final couple of minutes when George conceded a controversial penalty.
We actually had an excellent opportunity to equalize in the last 30 seconds of the match when Cambridge had a player excluded but the opposition goal keeper made the save that condemned us to a defeat by the narrowest of margins.
To be fair, we didn’t play badly but we never quite found the level of performance that we had produced on the previous day. A few unforced errors crept into our play and we were also penalized by the referees with a number of attacking reversals which were not always easy to understand. We didn’t play badly but all the squad realized that if we had played in a similar way to the previous day against Portobello we probably would have won the match relatively comfortably
Scorers; – George 3, Ben 2, Joao 2, Matt 1
Exclusions; – George 1, Joao 1, Toby 1, Akos 1, Matt 1, Alastair 1
Squad in full; – Marc Guimera (g/k), Archy Burnell, George Wood, Ben Curtis, Elliot Hurst, Joao Martins, Toby Underwood, Robbie Scott, Jacob Nash, Akos Hausknecht, Matt White, Alastair Hardinge.

L-R, Elliot, Jacob, Matt, Ben, George, Archy, Akos, Marc, Joao, Toby, Robbie, Alastair Roberts, Alastair Hardinge.

BWPL Phase 2 Continued: Match Reports

Sometimes you have to tell it how it is and this was not the best weekend for the Worthing water polo teams. The senior men’s team was in action in the British Water Polo league in Grantham and detailed match reports follow.
Our under 14 juniors were due to play at the Queen Elizabeth’s School pool in Barnet in the final four play-off in the London winter league. Having traveled all the way to the venue the teams discovered that the movable floor at the pool was broken and so the tournament could not take place. We hope that the event will be re-scheduled in the coming weeks.
The reports from Grantham are as follows; –
British Water Polo League Championship 2
Meres Leisure Centre, Grantham
17/18 February 2018
Match 1, Saturday 19.30
Worthing 4, Welsh Wanderers 13
Quarter scores; – 1-3, 0-3, 1-2, 1-5
The Welsh are a well organised and powerful team who are one of the favourites to win this division and although we played well at times we found it very difficult to sustain a high enough level of performance to be competitive.
We defended reasonably well for long periods, but we always struggled in attack against a very physical pressing defence and we didn’t really create enough clear cut chances.
We didn’t play that badly and we conceded a couple of late goals that made the final score look a little harsh.
Scorers; – Matt 2, Dave 1, George 1
Exclusions; – Dave 1, Akos 1, Alastair 1


2, Sunday 09.30
Worthing 7, Castleford 9
Quarter scores; – 2-0, 3-4, 2-4, 0-1
A really disappointing performance and result against a team that, if we had played anywhere near our capability, we would expect to beat.
We started fairly well and deservedly led 2-0 at the end of the first quarter but we then became embroiled in the type of match that the opposition wanted to play. We then made far too many unforced errors, often in very dangerous areas and we were regularly punished for our poor play.
This was a difficult game that we really should have been good enough to win but we didn’t do enough to record a positive result.
Scorers; – Ben 3, George 1, Dave 1, Jacob 1, Matt 1
Exclusions;- Ben 2, Elliot 1, Dave 1, Jacob 1, Akos 1


3, Sunday 14.10
Worthing 7, Southampton 12
Quarter scores; – 1-4, 3-3, 2-2, 1-3
Unfortunately we carried on from the Castleford match with a poor performance in the first period of the next match and we never really recovered from 1-4 down at the end of the quarter.
Our defending was never really what it should have been and we struggled to put into practice the system that we were trying to play. As a result we allowed Southampton to score a number of goals that really should have been avoided.
Our attacking play was also struggling to create chances but we did have good opportunities that we then failed to capitalise on.
This was another relatively poor performance and we looked tired which made it very hard to sustain any type of comeback.
Scorers; – George 2, Richard 2, Dave 1, Matt 1
Exclusions; – George 1, Richard 1, Dave 1, Toby 1, Jacob 1, Akos 1.
Squad in full; – Marc Guimera, Henry Elwell-Sutton, George Wood, Richard Hooper, Ben Curtis, Dave Hinder, Toby Underwood, Elliot Hurst, Jacob Nash, Akos Hausknecht, Matt White, Alastair Hardinge
As I mentioned at the start of this report, this was a difficult and ultimately disappointing weekend when we didn’t play anywhere near the standard of water polo that we are capable of. We have two matches against Portobello and Cambridge left in the current season which will be played when we travel to the recently opened new facility in Hinkley in a months time.