INVICTA WATER POLO CLUB
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.
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).
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