Senior Mens Squad

Sunday and Tuesday's at the Basingstoke Aquadrome

We play in the Hampshire league, ( A and B teams ) South East region League and invitational Tournaments. Friendlies are arranged to introduce players into the squad and allow a transition from the junior squads.

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Senior Ladies Squad

Thursday's at the Basingstoke Aquadrome

Open to any female player who wishes to play water polo. Currently, we compete in the London League and friendlies and invitation tournaments.

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Juniors Squad

Thursday's at the Basingstoke Aquadrome

We have u/15 and u/19 teams competing in the London league plus we run 2 tournaments a year for under 14 and under 16 but also cater for those wishing just to learn the game and play in ‘friendly’ games against teams of a similar level.

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Academy Squad

Friday's at the Aquadrome

Open to anyone from 9-15 yrs wishing to learn the sport of Waterpolo plays friendly competitive matches against other local teams the only criteria for this session is to be able to swim 50m and be confident in an all deep pool (1.8m).

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Culdrose Tournament

Culdrose Tournament Weekend

Every year our senior men’s and ladies squads compete at RNAS Culdrose in their annual waterpolo tournament. The event is a mixture of competitive waterpolo and socialising with camping and barbeques.

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Lady Richmond Brown Tournament

Lady Richmond Brown Tournament

The Lady Richmond Brown is the showcase event of Hampshire water polo. Eight top waterpolo teams from throughout Hampshire compete in an all day event hosted annually involving two groups and a series of playoffs.

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Basingstoke Bluefins Waterpolo Club

Basingstoke Bluefins Ladies in partnership with Southampton Sirens ladies competed in the second weekend of the summer London League program with 2 wins against Iceni and Ealing but their first defeat of the season against a very strong Chelmsford team.

Bluefins first game was against Iceni the ladies dominated the opposition with goals shared between Aimee Dannan Gina Lay Cara Malone Lizzie Greenfield Jess Matthews and Rebekah Woolcot to win 9-3

Next game was against Ealing who default beforehand as they played 3 players from Polytechnic from div 1. This was a really tough game against strong very physical  opposition but the team kept to their game plan with a few notable performances by the ever improving Lizzie Greenfield and Holly Rowlands to keep the final score as an excellent 4-4 draw Bluefins scorers Aimee Dannan (2) Jess Matthews and Cara Malone

Final game was against Chelmsford and this was just one game too many for the Bluefins team who took the lead and looked in control until the final 3 minutes when Chelmsford counter attacking play ran over the Bluefins defence to score 3 goals without response final score 3-5 loss for the Bluefins scorers for Bluefins Aimee Dannan (2) and Rebekah Woolcot

Team: Gina Lay, Natasha Stone, Lizzie Greenfield, Aimee Dannan, Holly Rowland, Cara Malone, Esmee Ng, Rebekah Woolcot and Jess Matthews

Last weekend Basingstoke Bluefins entered both men’s and ladies team into annual RNAS CULDROSE NATIONAL WATERPOLO TOURNAMENT at Helston Cornwall

Basingstoke ladies had the early start on the Saturday morning against Barnstable but soon found their game and in a controlled display to kick off their first game with a solid 3-0 victory, next game up was the men against Tournament favourites Swindon the men started well with quick counter attacking play and pulled out a 2 goal lead but the extra physicality and experience of the Swindon team allowed them back into the game Bluefins finishing with a creditable 4-4 draw.

Next up for the ladies was British league team Devonport this was a very tight game against a higher level team but the Bluefins ladies stuck to their task and out played the Devonport team for much of the game ending up beating the British league team 3-2 to maintain a 100% winning record. Next game for the men was Jersey the Bluefins men changed their tactics for this game in order to mark out the Jersey pit attack which worked really well with James Stone having his best game of the season with many interceptions and the winning goal in a 2-1 victory.

Next game for the Men was against local rivals Southampton University whilst tactically everything worked against Jersey against the uni team Bluefins couldn’t impose themselves on the game ending up losing 2-0 in a very disappointing game for the Bluefins side. Next for the Ladies was local team Newquay this game was controlled by defences with Bluefins keeper Nina Rickards in outstanding form equally matched by the Newquay keeper... but the Bluefins ladies losing finally 1-2… to set back their hopes of reaching the final…

The Royal Navy was the next challenge for the men who after the set back of the Uni game again changed tactics in an effort to control the game with better possession this worked against the Navy team and Bluefins had their best result of the tournament winning 6-1 after a short break the men had to face title holders Newquay again deploying similar tactics as against the Navy Bluefins controlled large parts of the game to end up winning 5-2 and giving themselves a strong chance of making the final…

The ladies went into their final game of the Saturday against Southampton Uni knowing that a win would secure them a final place and with a great all round team effort ending up winning 6-0 to secure a place in Sunday’s final. With Newquay beating Swindon the Basingstoke Men’s team had to win their final match against Devonport to secure a final place as well. Whilst the Bluefins initially fell behind they kept their heads and ran out 4-1 winners in their final game.

Sunday finals day saw the Bluefins ladies against Newquay looking to avenge the defeat on the previous day with a couple of the team not fully fit follow previous days efforts the ladies started very slowly and soon fell behind again both keepers in great form but despite creating the more clear cut chances it wasn’t to be the Bluefins ladies game and they ended up losing 5-2 to come a very creditable second.

The Men were against Swindon for the final Swindon obviously had watched the Bluefins game plan from the previous day and used their superior physicality to control some of the Bluefins team and displayed a great counter attacking game with finishing of the highest quality the men stuck to their game plan going into the last quarter 6-2 down they soon pulled a goal back to give some hope but Swindon again countered defeating Bluefins 9-3

Overall this was an excellent club performance the first time in 19 years of going down to Culdrose that both teams reached the finals on the same weekend with both teams exceeding pre-tournament targets

Ladies team :- Nina Rickards, Pauline Lane, Natasha Miller, Holly Rowland, Aimee Dannan, Michelle Foulkes, Jo Davies, Nicky Horsfield and Rachael Mell

Mens Team :- Mike Sheath, Mike Steer, James Stone, Dave Trewhella, Matt Girle, Kevin Taylor, Chris Wintle, Tristan White, Ross Corbishley, Trace Morgan and Steve Fairhead

On the 26 May 13 Basingstoke Bluefins ‘B’ team played at home to Southampton University ‘B’ team in the their last Hampshire league match of the season.  The Bluefins team was Leapold (in goal), Davitt, Lay, Flemming, Masson (Senior and Junior), Stone, Taylor, Burns, Hutton, Cleverley, Harding and Tate.

This match was going to be a hard test for the mostly young Bluefins side as the Uni side included some of their more experienced players and the team fitness overall was higher.

The first period was a very tight affair with nothing really between both sides.  Bluefins prevented Uni from scoring by adopting good preventative approach of man marking the opposition and getting behind the ball quickly when they lost possession.  Within this two goals on the counter attack from Masson (junior) and Stone, good defending by Flemming held the visitors at 2 – 2 at the end of the first period.

Bluefins continued with the same tactics and discipline into the second.  Plenty of opportunities were occurring to Cleverley who had worked very hard to find the space and position to shoot Bluefins but was unfortunate in that the Uni goal keeper prevented them taking the lead with some good saves.  Leopold at the other end was just as busy and in fine form.  However, Unit came away at the end of the second slightly in the lead at 2 - 3.

Ability to score, the pace and movement in the game changed early in the third period to Bluefins advantage.    Goals from Lay, Stone and Davitt against no return saw Bluefins in the lead for the first time at 5 – 3.  However, by the end of the period Uni had reversed the scoring and led 5 – 6 mainly through superior fitness.

With nothing between the two teams going into the last and fourth period, it was Uni who continued with their scoring momentum.  The scoring another 4 goals for no return from Bluefins (2 of which were the result of exclusions against Masson (Junior)).  2 goals from Stone late in the period left the final score of 7 – 9 to Uni.

Throughout the match we should not forget that Hutton, Tate, Taylor, Harding and Burns all worked very hard of the ball for the team.  Well done to them.

When comparing the match against how the team played at the beginning of the season.  This match was a very spirited game and all should take credit from the result.  The Coach (Masson senior) observed that the focus and attitude of the team is more has changed.  Players are taking from what they learn into matches more and are identifying things that are not doing right.  This is viewed as encouraging sign but equally frustrating for the players/team at times.  But in the end it should develop the team to beat the likes of Uni next time.

Well done to all who played

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