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

Visual of Culdrose 2012 hoodie backWith Culdrose 2012 fast looming, now is the time to put in your orders for your polo shirts and hoodies. 

This year's design has a front print of a serious water polo pictogram in energetic orange, with a wobbly royal blue fun and happy reflection. The smiling reflection has a raised beer glass in place of the ball's reflection. To either side is written "Basingstoke Bluefins Waterpolo Club", that visually sits as the water around the player.

On the back is the same design, only flipped, so that the fun and social side of the Culdrose Tournament is on top, or before, the serious polo. Written on the bottom of the blue wobbly reflection is "the night before", and on the orange player "the morning after".

Visual of Culdrose 2012 back and front designs

4 Bluefins (Jack Taylor , Rebekah Woolcot, Oliver Waldram and Tom Wintle ) from the Basingstoke Bluefins Water polo Club were recently selected to represent the Girls and Boys South East Region teams in the ASA National Academy U16 Water Polo Championships.

The Girls played their matches February 11th and 12th at Walsall in a twin league playoff format.

The South East team proved to be formidable opposition with Rebekah working the midfield, beating Wales 15-1, North West B 7-5, Ireland 8-2 and London in a 7-6 thriller, before again meeting North West B in the playoff final. South East had the advantage at the start of this tight match, leading at half time; they were slowly overhauled towards the end, losing 6-10, to finish very credible silver medallists.

The boys played their matches 25th and 26th February 2012 at Newport International Sports Village in the Div2 League.

Again the South East proved themselves serious competition with Tom shoring up the defence we beat North West Ravens 9-2, Scotland 9-2 until finally on day one meeting one of the Championship favourites East who we beat 4-3 in a nail biting match.

On 2nd day the first match was against Wales who we beat 11-1 then came the crux match against local rivals London, we needed a win or draw to win the League and promotion.

Conceding early goals we found ourselves 4 – 1 behind in the first half, after trading goals we got the score back to 5 – 3 at half time. London scored again early in the second half. We then endured 5 minutes constant pressure with neither team able to gain the upper hand, both defences holding firm, With Oliver and Jack marauding up and down both wings we slowly started creating goal chances breaking through we converted a ‘man up’ opportunity to get within 2 goals, with 1minute and 42 seconds on the clock. Time running out and pressure mounting we intercepted a long pass and within 10 seconds last goal we pull to within 1 goal.

With our defence still holding firm we mounted our last attack 16 seconds remaining, having worked an attacker to within 7m of goal the raucous crowd screamed for a Shot, he shoots it ricochets’ off the defending block and into the goal 1 second remaining on the clock, equalling the score line at 6 all and the undefeated South East are crowned National Div2 Champions.

With the results Basingstoke Bluefins have achieved so far this year you can be assured that Basingstoke Bluefins are a club to watch .

Basingstoke Bluefins Match Report

Basingstoke A 9 vs 5 Bournemouth

  1. Mike Sheath
  2. Chris Wintle
  3. Will Hastings
  4. Simon Almond
  5. James Stone
  6. Josh Lay
  7. Dave Trewhella
  8. Trace Morgan
  9. Steven Fairhead

10. Allan Fairhead

11. Matt Girle

12. Trevor Jones

Basingstoke Bluefins returned to their home ground on the back of a confident win over local rivals Andover, ready to put their wits to the test against a strong Bournemouth side. The Dorset based opponents as usual turned up with a strong team, but the home side were able to field a full strength side as well, meaning it was a match to look forward to.

Just like in the previous match, Basingstoke got off to a flying start, a goal each from Allan Fairhead and Simon Almond gave the home side a 2-0 lead in the first quarter, and the solid defending and good goalkeeping of Mike Sheath meant that the clean sheet was still intact by the end of the first quarter. Basingstoke were passing the ball well, and most importantly were swimming back with their players, meaning that the defending was first class.

The home side were looking confident, but conceded their first goal as the second quarter began. Fortunately, the team wasn’t too shaken after the goal, and dusted themselves off and replied with another two goals, one from the dominant A. Fairhead again and one for the up and coming Josh Lay, who once again over the course of the game showed he was a player of high enough calibre for even the toughest match the Basingstoke A team could compete in. Basingstoke settled into the match a bit more, and the tireless swimming of Chris Wintle down the left hand side of the pool once again was a vital part of the build-up.

Half time score: Basingstoke 4-1 Bournemouth

Things went from good to better for the home side, as a goal within the first 20 seconds of the third quarter from the ever reliable Dave Trewhella put Basingstoke 4 goals ahead. Another goal for A. Fairhead shortly followed, leaving the visitors trailing by 5. However, Bournemouth are never a team to write off, and answered with a goal of their own, and began to be more dominant in the game, taking control of more of the play.

Fortunately for the home side, the backbone of the team remained solid, with players like Steven Fairhead, Trace Morgan and Trevor Jones holding the shape and formation, and giving the team a base upon which to build, which meant that although the play began to swing towards Bournemouth, Basingstoke held out well enough, and remained solid in defence, helped immensely by the strong pit defence of James Stone. The final quarter saw more goals, as both teams were fighting hard, Basingstoke to make sure of their win, and Bournemouth to try and get some foothold back in the game. Fortunately players like Matt Girle held the ball up well, and denied Bournemouth the possession they so desperately needed. A goal from A. Fairhead and a sweet shot from Josh Lay which sailed past the keeper maintained the lead the home side had opened up, and a last gasp goal for newcomer Will Hastings in the last 30 seconds of the game meant the home side finished 4 goals in front of the visitors, an impressive margin against such a strong team.

Final Score: Basingstoke 9-5 Bournemouth

Feedback:

From the captain, Mike Sheath:

‘Another great start to the match, going 2 goals up unanswered in the first quarter was a fantastic achievement, and I think it really shows that if we can blitz the other team in the first quarter and get a few goals lead then we can carry on and win the match, like we’ve done in the last 2 weeks. Again communication is an issue; we need to start picking out the right pass as sometimes the pass is going to a player when there is a better pass available. Despite this, there were some very good performances in the pool, and it gives me a lot of hope for the coming season.’

From the vice captain, Trace Morgan:

1. awareness is improving on defence, but on the attack needs to improve more, if a shot goes off get our asses back to cover don`t just sit there, coz whilst your sitting there your defender becomes the attacker and breaks off you, advantage opposition.

2. Equal game time? a couple of senior players were sat on the bench for long times maybe try and even it out more (Simon wasn`t happy and he`s not really happy about the club fees and we can`t really afford to lose him yet)

3.not sure if the diamond is working, but i think our awareness is improving.

4. The substitution of certain players for certain players went a bit haywire.

5.on these friendlies having 2-3 weaker players in didn`t really matter, in the league with harder teams might not be a good idea, if someone doesn`t chase their player back and they score from it that player should have a break, i was guilty on one occasion, gives more incentive to try harder.’

From the coach, Iain Masson:

 A) Some players did not apply positioning guidance issued at the start of the match by me. Resulting in players playing and taking up valuable space in the water which in some areas stifled valuable movement and limited space available,

b) Players did not cover for others while in defensive mode allowing the opposition far too must room in threating areas. Although this type of defending (man marking) can (and was in this instance) be overall was successful. The team will be punished hard when playing higher ability teams as Weymouth, Southampton’s etc. when you leave them to much room in the pool in key goal threatening areas e.g. around the 4m mark in front of goal or not supporting the pit defender quickly in removing the ball from the pit attacker

 

c) Balance of skills in the water during the matches is still giving us a problem (this is down to me) and I need to get better.

 

And lastly and most worryingly d), when mounting a traditional offensive we are all over the place! Attackers are playing to deep so that they can't support the front line, balls being rushed from the back which is leaving offensive players stuck in no man’s land, high risk shots as goal from wings. I could go on.

 

On the spin side to the above. We have spent some time on the defensive diamond. This was not used greatly/if any used during the Bournemouth match. But overall defensively we played well. From what I saw I consider a hybrid version may be commencing. Is this to be the future ideal solution? If so, this will need individuals conducting a measured ability of those in the water of the individual they face and share their views with others (This will need to occur while in the water!). This relies on a point made last week about recognising what the opposition are doing in the water from a team tactics perspective and now an individual basis. Key enabler - communication.’

 

Thank you and well done to all who played!

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