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

Match

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

Match

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.
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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.