Water Polo Match Reports
ASA National Championships – Youth Boys
Preliminary round – Group B
Watford Water Polo Club progressed into this year’s ASA National Championship qualification round following a fantastic weekend of Water Polo at Woodside Leisure centre.
The Watford team needed to finish in the top two of their group to progress and will now play City of Lancaster, City of Birmingham & Dunfermline over the weekend of the 27th & 28th March with the top two progressing to the finals weekend in April.
Watford began the weekend with an opening fixture against Kent based side Invicta and they duly took an early lead with a goal from Richard Robertson, the team increased their lead further when two man-up situations gave Ben Kohler the time and space to score twice for a 3-0 lead. Invicta hit back with a goal but another man-up allowed Hugo Cliff to restore his side lead at 4-1 however with only seconds of the half remaining Invicta scored for a half time score of 4-2.
At the start of the second half Invicta stepped up the pressure forcing the home side to concede a penalty which they duly despatched and moments later they were level at 4-4.
However Watford weren’t to be denied victory and with goals from Captain Jared Baker and Robertson the team secured their first points of the afternoon.
In our next game we were up against Dunfermline and after only 36 seconds play the team found themselves a goal down however 10 seconds later we managed to pull level when Jason Attwood was given too much room at the far post to score from close range. Dunfermline then hit a purple patch and scored two further goals for a half time lead at 3-1 & early into the second period they extended their lead further to 4-1. However this Watford team has character and in the space of a couple of minutes had levelled the game at 4-4 thanks to goals from Attwood, Jared Baker & a Robertson penalty. But moments later the game turned back in Dunfermline’s favour when a speculative shot from their N0 6 found the back of the Watford net and with another goal from the same player they extended the lead to 6-4.
With time running out no matter how hard the Watford team tried they couldn’t break down the Dunfermline defence until a late consolation goal from Robertson 10 seconds from time saw the game finish 6-5 to the Scots.
Watford now needed to beat City of Manchester in the fifth game of the afternoon and as both teams had defeated Invicta the winners of this game would finish runners up to Dunfermline.
The first period saw the advantage move from side to side with Watford’s Attwood giving his side an early lead however within 30 seconds Manchester hit back to level at 1-1. 20 seconds later Watford had taken the lead again with a goal from Captain Baker but two further goals from the Manchester forwards had their side back in front at 3-2. With time running out a goal from Robertson once again level the match at 3-3.
At the start of the second half goals from Kohler and Robertson again shifted the advantage over to Watford at 5-3. Manchester hit back for 5-4, but with a minute and a half to go Attwood restored his side’s two goal advantage but Manchester weren’t finished and with the game moving into the final minute they scored again to narrow the lead to 6-5 however the Watford defence stood firm and with 2 seconds of the game remaining a goal from Callum Condon secured the victory the team needed to advance to the next stage of the competition.
Match 1 - Watford V Invicta - 6-4
Match 2 - Dunfermline V Watford - 6-5
Match 3 - Manchester V Invicta - 4-1
Match 4 - Dunfermline V Invicta - 12-4
Match 5 - Watford V Manchester - 7-5
Match 6 - Dunfermline V Manchester - 7-4
1st - Dunfermline - Played 3 - won 3, lost 0
2nd - Watford - Played 3 - won 2, lost 1
3rd - Manchester - Played 3 - won 1, lost 2
4th - Invicta - Played 3 - won 0, lost 3
Callum Condon, Zach Freud, Richard Robertson, Ben Kohler, James Lawrence, Gavin Robertson (Team Coach), Ryo Yamada (Goal Keeper)
Joe Jackson, Jason Attwood, Jared baker (Captain), Nick patni, Hugo Cliff,
Not in picture:
Matthew Rodin, Ben Thomas (Players) & Steve Chambers (Team Manager)
ASA East Region Water Polo
Junior Summer Cup Final 2009
This year’s final, for mixed teams of players born 1993 and younger, was held at Watford Woodside pool on 12th September. Five teams entered and played each other in league format.
Basildon and Deben (Woodbridge) were first in the water. Basildon quickly built up a 4 goal lead before Deben opened their account, then scored twice more before the half-time whistle including a hat-trick from John Vella. With Deben unable to add to their score Basildon finished comfortable 9-1 winners. Ipswich then took on Watford B and scored 3 quick goals, holding onto their lead though a goalless second half to take the win over Watford’s up and coming players.
Tournament favourites Watford A lined up against Deben and steady scoring saw the home team build an 11-0 lead including 3 from Ben Kohler. Laura White pulled one back for Deben in the last minute, much to the delight of the team and spectators.
Basildon eased past Watford B to win 6-1 with William Norris scoring the junior side’s first goal of the tournament. Watford A then took on Ipswich and scored 4 before Ipswich retaliated with a fine goal just before half-time. But that was to be their only score - Watford piled on the pressure and finished 13-1 victors with a hat-trick from Jared Baker and half a dozen goals from his team mates.
Deben beat Watford B 1-0 in a low scoring but thoroughly entertaining game as the younger players in both teams showed their potential. This was followed by a tense match between Basildon and Ipswich. Both sides defended skilfully and neither could gain the upper hand. With a minute to go the score stood at 2-2, then Ali Clements found the net to give Ipswich a slender lead. The game reached its climax as Basildon mounted a fierce assault but somehow Ipswich clung on till the final whistle to take the points.
By contrast the next game was an easy victory for Watford A against their own Bteam. A whitewash looked likely until Jason Robertson scored Watford B’s only goal with just one second left on the clock to end the match 11-1. Suffolk rivals Ipswich and Deben then took to the water in an exciting contest of attack and counter-attackthat ended 4-2 to the more experienced side.
The final game of the evening had the spectators on the edge of their seats. All the medals were up for grabs as Watford A and Basildon lined up. But the home side were too strong for the Essex visitors and Watford ended the first half 4-0 ahead. Vella scored twice for Basildon in the second period, but further goals from Matt Eggleton and Kohler saw Watford through as Cup winners without dropping a point. Last year’s winners Basildon had to settle for the bronze medals while Ipswich collected silver.
The Cup and medals were presented by Sheila Mackenzie (in her debut appearance as ASA East Region President) and Derek Milton (Hertfordshire ASA President) who congratulated all the players on a thrilling tournament.
|Results Points||Top Scorers|
|Basildon 9 Deben 1 Watford A 12
Ipswich 3 Watford B 0 Ipswich 9
Watford A 11 Deben 1 Basildon 6
Basildon 6 Watford B 1 Deben 3
Watford A 13 Ipswich 1 Watford B 0
Deben 1 Watford B 0
Basildon 2 Ipswich 3
Watford A 10 Watford B 1
Ipswich 4 Deben 2
Watford A 7 Basildon 2
|Jared Baker (Watford) 11
Ben Kohler (Watford) 8
Emrys Ellis (Watford) 7
John Vella (Basildon) 6
Hugo Cliff (Watford) 6
Amy Ennion (Ipswich) 4
Ali Clements (Ipswich) 4
David Seber (Basildon) 4
Matt Eggleton (Watford) 4
Richard Goodwin-Robertson (Watford) 4
Laura White (Deben) 3
James Peirce (Basildon) 3
Back Row: Ben Kohler, Gavin Robertson (Ass Junior Coach), Matt Eggleton, Adam Karakoc, Ryo Yamada, Richard Robertson, Emrys Ellis, Steve Chambers (Head Junior Coach).
Front Row: Hugo Cliff, Jared Baker (Captain), Ollie Chakravety, Rory Scrace
London League Referee’s Cup Final 2008
Back Row: Drago Dundjerovic, John Pickford, Graham Martin-Dye (Capt), Lee Bell, Alun Dorrington, Ed Pendlebury, Alistair Gaunt.
Front Row: Roy Coulson, Paul Skerm, Steve Chambers, Neil Haftel, John Martin-Dye (Coach)