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Invicta acheive success in the British Water Polo Championships Prelim Round

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Match Report: British Water Polo Championships Prelim Round – Manchester Aquatics Centre.

8th and 9th February 2014.

Invicta’s success in the 2013 BWPL season saw them invited into the British Water Polo Championships to be held at Manchester Aquatics Centre. The draw placed us in Group B and pitted us against Cheltenham, Lancaster and Sheffield. Group A would contain Manchester, Portobello, Bristol (current holders) and Polytechnic. The format is that each Group Winners and Runners-up go through to the Finals weekend on the 22nd and 23rd February back at MAC. It’s a tough weekend of Polo with three very competitive games against this year 2nd, 3rd and 6th placed teams in the BWPL

Sat 8th February 2014 Cheltenham v Invicta

The team manager has mislaid the Match Sheet (No I am not joking) so cannot report on the scorers and major kings. Cheltenham who are and well drilled club side that finished second to Manchester in the BWPL would prove tough opposition. We started a man-down as a game ban for a wrapping in last year’s final that had to be served this year’s tournament. We set up with a very effective drop and marshalled Cheltenham attack and took a 5-2 lead into half time. Cheltenham fought back in the third quarter winning it 4-1 so that the game was nicely poised at 6 all at the end of the third. The next goal was crucial and with Cheltenham taking the lead for the first time in the game they started to control matters as they held on for a one goal winning margin at 9-8

Final Score 9 – 8 (1-3, 1-2, 4-1. 3-2)

Scorers: TBA

Majors: TBA

Sun 9th February 2014 Lancaster v Invicta

Following the farcical performance from the team manager and the incorrect hotel bookings we arrived for this early morning start in fine fettle for another challenging game against the side finishing third in the BWPL. Following the success of our drop against Cheltenham we continued our fine defensive play and scored the first two goals of the game and ended up leading after the first quarter 4-2. The game started to get a bit fractious and following nine majors in the first quarter there was a wrapping a yellow card for each team and five further majors in the 2nd quarter, but in amongst all this mayhem we took nearly all of our chances and won the quarter 7-3 for a half time lead of 11-5 and in control of the game. Another wrapping for us in the third quarter would leave us to play the last game of the weekend with only three substitutes on the bench, however we kept our scoring going and pulled further away winning each of the last two quarters 3-2 to end up winning 17-9. A game of 24 majors and 2 wrappings was full of incidents but we kept our heads with a fine performance in all aspect of the game, and it’s the first time that we have beaten Lancaster in our clubs history

Final Score 9 – 17 (2-4, 3-7, 2-3, 2-3)

Scorers: Sean 5, Callum 5, Jack 4, Will 2 and Oli 1

Majors: Oli Wrapped, Brett Wrapped, Jack 2, Will 2, Matt 2, Nick 2 Jamie 2, Sean 1 and Conrad 1

Sun 9th February 2014 Sheffield v Invicta

We came into our last game of the weekend knowing that a win would take us through to the finals weekend. We continued with our drop which was working particularly well keeping their very strong centre forward quite in a very tight and cagey first quarter as we ended up leading 1-0. We just kept our nose if front and were always in the lead. In complete contrast to our first game the major count was only eleven for the entire game as we went on to win 8-5.

Final Score 5 – 8 (0-1, 2-2, 1-2, 2-3)

Scorers: Sean 2, Jack 2, Callum 1, Will 1, Matt 1 and Nick 1

Majors: Conrad 3, Nick 1 and Sean 1

The weekend’s highlight was the particularly dismal performance of the team manager – No hats, No balls, No water bottles, No hotel rooms, Lost (and found) glasses and Lost Match Sheet. Despite the team managers appalling effort we still came through with some great results and performances. We return to Manchester on the 22nd & 23rd February to face Manchester in a very tough semi-final. The other semi-final will be Cheltenham v Portobello

Full Squad

Ben Alcorn(GK); Oli Bray; Jack Waller; Sean King; Callum Bailey; Ben Tinkler-Davies; Will Liddie; Brett Perkins; Matt White; Nick Jackson; Conrad Rhodes Jamie Bailey and Pat Baker.

For further details see the British Swimming web site at the following link

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BWPL Weekend 5 Guildford Match Details

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Match Report: BWPL Weekend 4 – Surrey University Guildford.

23rd and 24th November 2013.

Invicta continued Phase 2 of Championship 1 of the BWPL season with fixtures against Polytechnic and Sheffield at the Surrey University Pool in Guildford. Invicta had a squad of 12 for the Saturday and only 11 for the Sunday. It is a crucial time in the season and we were looking for victories against our promotion rivals to maintain our push for Division 1 Water Polo next year.

Sat 23rd November 2013 Polytechnic v Invicta

Our first game of the weekend was against Polytechnic a side that had beaten us in the opening game of the season in Division 2. It was a tight affair with no more than a goal in it either way up until half time and we led 5-6. Poly scored two quick goals to go into the lead, but with some excellent centre forward play from Jack we scored three unanswered goals to lead 7-9 at the end of the third quarter. Two early goals in the fourth extended our lead to four, but we were unable to completely control the game letting Poly back into contention but were able to close it out for a 10-12 win. Although it was a game of many majors, 27 in total, we were able to restrict Poly to scoring only 2 of their opportunities. We still struggled with converting our Man-Up’s scoring 2 from 11.

Final Score 10 – 12 (2-2; 3-4; 2-3; 3-3)

Scorers: Jack 4, Callum 4, Oli 2, Sean 1 and Danny 1

Majors: Nick 3, Sean 2, Pat 2, Callum 1, Tom 1, Jack 1, Oli 1 and Jamie 1

Sun 24th November 2013 Sheffield v Invicta

Our second game of the weekend was against Sheffield. Following our creditable draw earlier in the season we were hopeful of getting a result against, probably the strongest team in this division. Another tight affair with no more than a goal in it right up until 35 seconds remaining in the second quarter when we let slip two goals to give Sheffield a 8-6 half time lead. This proved to be the critical point of the game when Sheffield added a further two goals to take a four goal lead, although by this time we had three players ‘majored out’ but we still managed to peg back 2 goals to end the third quarter 10-8 down. An exchange of goals throughout the fourth quarter saw the game end in a 13-11 defeat. Again we defended strongly from our Man Down situations conceding 2 from 9, but again struggled with converting our Man-Up’s scoring 1 from 4.

Final Score 11 – 13 (3-4, 5-2, 3-2, 3-3)

Scorers: Sean 5, Jack 2, Callum 2, Jamie 1 and Danny 1

Majors: Nick 3, Jack 3, Matt 3, Pat 1, Jamie 1, Tom 1 and Danny 1

The weekends results leaves us in second position in the table and we look forward to our matches against Welsh Wanderers, Caledonia and Team Northumbria in weekend 6 at Bristol on the 14th & 15th December 2013.

Full Squad

Ben Alcorn(GK); Pat Baker; Jack Waller; Sean King; Callum Bailey; Oli Bray; Danny Casey; Tom Davis; Matt White; Nick Jackson; Jamie Bailey and Ben Tinkler-Davis (Sat Only).

For further details see the BWPL web site at the following link

http://bwpl.org/Results/MensDiv2.html

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ASA Age Group Championships U14’s (1999’s)

Invicta Juniors travelled to the Manchester Aquatics Centre on the 26th October 2013 for the 1999 Born Age Group Chmpionships. After competing in group games and a semi final, won the Silver medal against a strong Manchester team, only losing on penalties in the Final.

Full report to follow

BWPL Weekend 4 Bath Match Details

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Match Report: BWPL Weekend 4 – Bath University.

26th and 27th October 2013.

Invicta commenced Phase 2 in Championship 1 Division of the BWPL season with fixtures against Penguin and Croydon Amphibians at the Bath University Pool. Invicta had a squad of 11 for these two games after Oli Bray had car trouble and could not make the game on Saturday. It is crunch time in the season and we were looking for victories against a team dropping from Division 1 and a team we had already beaten in Phase 1 of the season.

Sat 26th October 2013 Penguin v Invicta

Our first game of Phase 2 was against Penguin a side that had dropped into Championship 1 from Division 1. We commenced very well with a tight pressing game and in a closely fought first quarter ended up with a 2 – 1 lead. Two quick goals from Sean put us into a comfortable lead which we never gave up and controlled the remaining part of the second quarter leading 6 – 2, and the third quarter leading 10 – 4 at the end of the third. With some inconsistent and strange refereeing decisions we amassed 14 majors and completed the game with only eight players. Although we conceded so many majors, we were able to restrict Penguin to scoring only 3 of their opportunities. We still struggled with converting our Man-Ups scoring 3 from 9.

Final Score 9 – 17 (1-2; 1-4; 2-4; 5-7)

Scorers: Sean 5, Callum 5, Will 3, Jamie 2, Jack 1 and Pat 1

Majors: Jack 3, Matt 3, Nick 3, Pat 1, Callum 1, Tom 1, Conrad 1 and Jamie 1

Sun 27th October 2013 Croydon Amphibians v Invicta

Our second game of the weekend was against Croydon a team who we had already beaten in Phase 1 and we were very hopeful of repeating that result. In a frantic first quarter with 10 major fouls five to each side, some of which were questionable refereeing decisions, we ended the quarter winning 2-1. As with the first game we began to control the game and went on to lead the second quarter 6 – 2 and the third quarter 10 – 4, strangely the exact same scores for the first three quarters as yesterday’s game. As with yesterday’s game we also the opposition back into the game with some sloppy polo with Croydon closing to within 3 goals at one stage. Again we defended strongly from our Man Down situations conceding 2 from 9, and we improved our Man-Up conversion rate to scoring 5 from 8.

Final Score 9 – 14 (1-2, 1-4, 2-4, 5-4)

Scorers: Sean 3, Matt 3, Callum 2, Pat 2, Jack 2, and Will 2

Majors: Jack 3, Nick 2, Will 2, Sean 1, Callum 1, Tom 1 and Jamie 1

Two wins gets our Phase 2 campaign of to a great start and we look forward to our matches against Poly and Sheffield in weekend 5 at Guildford on the 23rd & 24th November 2013

Full Squad

Ben Alcorn(GK); Pat Baker; Jack Waller; Sean King; Callum Bailey; Will Liddie; Tom Davis; Matt White; Nick Jackson; Conrad Rhodes and Jamie Bailey.

For further details see the BWPL web site at the following link

http://bwpl.org/Results/MensDiv2.html

BWPL Weekend 3 Luton Match Details

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Match Report: BWPL Weekend 3 – Luton Sports Centre.

12th and 13th October 2013.

Invicta continued their Phase 1 BWPL Division 2 season with fixtures against Hucknall, Sheffield and Exeter at the new facility at Luton Sports Centre. Invicta had a full squad of 13 for these three games, welcoming back Olympian Jack Waller to the Squad. It is a demanding weekend with three games and the need to gain four points to ensure passage into Championship One in Phase 2 of the BWPL Season.

Sat 12th October 2013 Invicta v Hucknall

We commenced very well with a high tempo game and strong counter attacking to go 4-1 up at the end of the first quarter and then into and 8-1 half time lead. We continued this into the third quarter which we ended up leading 14-2 and we were able to give all players plenty of water time and rest our stronger players in view of our very important game later in the day.

Final Score 17 – 5 (4-1; 4-0; 6-1; 3-3)

Scorers: Sean 7, Callum 3, Pat 2, Will 2, Jack 2 and Steve 1

Majors: Matt 3, Will 2, Steve 1, Sean 1, Jack 1, Conrad 1 and Jamie 1

Sat 12th October 2013 Sheffield v Invicta

Our second game of the day was against Sheffield who hadn’t lost a game all season and was always going to be a close game between the Division’s two best teams. In a frantic first quarter with 10 major fouls seven of them in our favour, of which we were only able to convert one, it ended 2 all. We were controlling the game and creating the majority of chances with Sheffield’s only real option being the counter attack, but we were unable to convert many of our man-up opportunities and it was 4 all at half time. The third quarter was to continue in the same vain and after an exchange of goals the quarter ended 6 all. Sheffield scored the first two goals to put us under pressure but with some controlled polo and excellent shooting we were able to pull the game back to 8 all.

Final Score 8 – 8 (2-2; 2-2; 2-2; 2-2)

Scorers: Sean 3, Callum 2, Will 2 and Matt 1

Majors: Oli 2, Will 2, Ben A 1, Callum 1, Sean 1, Matt 1 and Conrad 1

Sun 13th October 2013 Invicta v Exeter

The three points we gained on Saturday had ensured our place in Championship 1 of Phase 2 in this competition. Season objective one achieved. In our last game against Exeter we controlled the game and immediately went into a commanding 4-0 lead and ended up leading 5-1 at the end of the first quarter. We took our foot of the gas and let Exeter back into the game as we drew the quarter 3 all to end the half with an 8-4 lead. Two early goals took our lead to six and we able to keep this gap through to the end of the game to end up 18-9 winners

Final Score 18 – 9 (5-1, 3-3, 4-3, 6-2)

Scorers: Sean 5, Callum 4, Pat 3, Matt 3 Conrad 1, Steve 1 and Will 1

Majors: Nick 3, Matt 2, Steve 1, Sean 1, Jamie 1, Ben TD 1 and Will 1

Onwards and upwards into Phase 2 of the season with objective two of the season, promotion to Division One, to come in the next three weekends

Full Squad

Ben Alcorn(GK); Pat Baker; Steve Leathwood; Sean King; Callum Bailey; Oli Bray (Sat Only); Will Liddie; Tom Davis; Matt White; Jack Waller (Sat Only); Conrad Rhodes; Jamie Bailey, Ben Tinkler-Davies and Nick Jackson (Sun Only).

For further details see the BWPL web site at the following link

http://bwpl.org/Results/MensDiv2.html

BWPL Div 5 Sheffield Marlins Match Report

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Match Report: BWPL Weekend 2 – Ponds Forge Sheffield.

 

28th and 29th September 2013.

GAME ONE V DOVER .

To beat Dover was a superb effort , after another long journey up there, we had a slow start, 3-1 down after first quarter, with a goal for are debut boy Dan Bonthuys, that strong left hander that we have been missing. Quarter two saw us come out firing  with 4 goals to Dover’s two, the passing improved and the shooting starting finding the target, rather than their keeper, 2 goals from the dangerous Danny Hanlon, both in the pit, a goal from skipper Ollie G and a wonderful lob from Andrew Kinch !! Quarter 3 saw more of the same 4 goals, although should have been many more !!! and only 2 in reply . Ed Govier finally found the target with one of his power drivers, his work for the team is having a major influence this season, at last his potential is coming through, as now one of the senior players of the team  .A first goal from young Tom Redfern, his confidence is growing and I hope to see more goals, like he scores for Beckenham, he has a good shot needs to use it more, another for Dan Bonthuys and a goal for the tireless working Dan Paddon, who is looking  to mature each time he gets in the water. Only one goal in the last quarter for both teams,ours coming from that left hander Bonthuys again, saw us win through 10- 8 , a hard fought win, which should  have been easier. MOM probably Dan Bonthuys, but a great team effort

 

GAME TWO V SOUTHAMPTON , LOST 15-12

A game that was always going to be tough, after a long night and a long wait in the morning, against a well organised team, who play together regularly. They came us from the off and Marlins made their usual slow start , we were 4 goals down inside the first 5 minutes , then at last we got some control back and 2 goals from Ed Govier, saw us at last believe we could win this game . They continued to be the better team and again outscored us in quarter 2  3-2  with our goals coming from Danny Hanlon and Dan Bonthuys. Once we started pressing them and moving the ball round the arc, when they were playing the drop, we started to come back at them, we were 8-4 down, but quarter 3 saw us respond and wow did they then start to panic, we scored 5 goals to their 4, one each from, Paddon, Govier, Bonthuys , Grauers and Hanlon and some of those goals were excellent, one man up was the best we have seen this season, pass, pass and then Hanlon, bosch !!!! . In the last quarter we got back to 12-11, we could win , believe and it will happen, but we just lost our composure and tired , to finally go down 15-12, 2 goals from Bonthuys and one from Hanlon, just not enough. We had the chances, we were one pass or one shot short of a famous victory, Southampton knew they had been in a game

So guys to Walsall and three tough games , we can win them all, but we have to cut the error rate down and get the tactics right, remember the mistakes you all made, make a 1% improvement all of you and  we could produce that winning polo !!!