Sunday (19th) The Club has Six sides in action with games taking place in the British Water Polo League & Winter League for our two U14’s boys teams, two U16’s boys & one U16’s Girls side.
Press Release from WaterPoloEngland.org – 6th November 2017..
Finals Day at Basildon Sports Village on Saturday afternoon/evening & Watford’s Juniors claim the 2003 & 2005 East Region Grand Prix titles with the U15′s B team finishing as runners-up in the plate competition.
The 1st team qualify for BWPL Championship One for the second half of season after a tense final game against West London Penguins on Sunday morning at Habs School.
At the start of the weekend the team needed one win from the two games & with games against London League Premier Division rivals Sutton & Cheam & West London Penguins both games were going to be tense affairs.
Saturday’s game against Sutton started so well as the team took a 1st qtr lead at 3-0 thanks to goals from Ciaran Walshe, Andy Holt & James Warman.
Unfortunately the team couldn’t build on this excellent start as Sutton stopped Watford scoring in the second period and scored one themselves for a HT score of 3-1.
Into the 3rd period & Sutton continued to control the game as they won the quarter 3-0 to turn the game on its head in their favour as they now lead 4-3. The final period and again Sutton & ex-GB & London 2012 Olympian controlled the game as a 2-1 quarter in their favour won them the match 6-4. Final goal for watford came via James Warman.
Team v WL Penguins: Peter P (GK), Danny Davis, Wayne Davis, Andy Holt, Sam Carling, Nandi Cesh, Ciaran Walshe, Jared Baker, Jack Pickford, James Warman, Luke Rogers, Cami Baker, Steve Behr.
So Sunday morning and the team couldn’t affort to lose if they were going to acheive the clubs aim of making Championship One.
The game started with penguin taking a 1st qtr lead at 3-1. A goal by James Warman had briefly levelled the game at 1-1.
The second period started with Watford pulling level at 3-3 & then 4-3 up thanks to goals from Ciaran Walshe, Jack Pickford & Jared Baker. Penguin hit back to level at 4-4 and HT came all square.
The 3rd period was a strange quarter with only one goal scored which Penguins claimed for a slender 5-4 lead.
The final period and penguin increased their lead to two at 6-4 after only 45 secs. But two minutes later Steven Behr had us back within one with a tap in after the ball dropped down off the bar (6-5). Penguin then scored again only for Watford to reply via Andy Holt for 7-6 back came Penguin and a goal from their Italian forward Bagnoli from 5m had the london side two clear again at 8-6.
With 2.36 to play Sam Carling was feed the ball in the pit a quick turn and lob over the advancing Penguin keeper had us back within one at 8-7. Next attack and Penguin win a man-up and call a time out they work the ball round to their 2m man and a super save from GB goalie Peter Pickford kept us in the game. With possession back coach Edi Brkovic calls time out. Watford work a move and earn man-up from the extra player we score via Walshe from close range 8-8.
56 seconds remain penguin attack force a man-up but critically miss a chance to score. We steal possession and call time out with 28 secs remaining. Edi instructs team to work a second centre into the attack but more importantly don’t lost possession we hold on to the ball and time runs out an 8-8 draw would that be enough only time would tell.
Team v Sutton: Peter P (GK), Danny Davis, Wayne Davis, Andy Holt, Sam Carling, Nandi Cesh, Ciaran Walshe, Jared Baker, Jack Pickford, James Warman, Paul Skerm, Cami Baker, Steve Behr.
With Sutton losing their next game and Welsh Wanderers losing to Exeter it was and we finish phase one in fifth spot snd promotion to championship one for second half of sesson.
Finals Day at Basildon Sports Village on Saturday afternoon/evening & Watford’s Juniors are ready to claim the 2003 & 2005 titles.
The final round of Phase One BWPL Div Two at Habs this weekend 4th & 5th Nov will be a cliff-hanger as the Watford 1st team need one more win to secure their passage into Championship One for the second half of the season.
A dedicated and eclectic band of merry men have made it to Kingston to play tonight. Whilst waiting for the diving club to vacate the pool with all their diving paraphernalia, the Watford supporters ( me and him) helped locate/ cut string so Steve can repair holes in one of the goal nets, lend a coin for the toss, and fill in team sheet…
Couldn’t do anything about the other goal which remained lopsided for the match!
With the 1st team at Habs & the 2nd team (Saxons) at Marlborough College for the most critical part of the BWPL season as each team played three matches it was an opportunity for both teams to gather the points needed to make the top five in each Division & progress through to phase two of the season which starts in January.
The middle weekend of matches in Phase One of BWPL is always the most critical as each team plays three matches and it’s a chance for every team to gain enough points to make the top five in their respective divisions.
Our Men’s 2nd team maintained their winning streak & extended their run to seven games with victory at home to Avondale last Sunday (15th Oct).