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