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Water Polo

National Academy 

Girls Under 16s

February 9th/10th 2013 Walsall

 

South East Team

Report.

 

Team

1.               Grace Walker Y98 Hythe GK1

2.               Ellie Burch Y98 Hythe

3.               Kathy Rogers Y98 Christchurch

4.               Gemma Coulson Y98 Worthing

5.               Lizzy Greenfield Y99 Basingstoke

6.               Lydia Scott Y98 Faversham

7.               Lara Partridge Y98 Crawley

8.               Hannah Sheridan Y00 Hastings

9.               Sarah Rogers Y01 Christchurch

10.            Jess Warburton Y00 Hastings

11.            Abby Rocky Y98 Mid-Sussex GK2

12.            Daisy Hazeldine Y98 Worthing

Coach – Ewan Partridge

Assistant Coach – Kim Walker

Team Manager – Rebecca Partridge

Squad Profile

We took 8 full age players - three of these are in the GB Under 15 squad.   Beyond these, we have two more players who recently joined Basingstoke RTC, beyond that our remaining squad are club/local league players, some having won county caps as recently as December 2012, including a wide range of age/ability.

The coach decided to take a number of younger players, because of the lack of Y99 players in the region.  Gaining experience for the four younger ones may be key to viability of entering a team next year.

This is a key issue for clubs throughout the region, who run junior/junior female polo, all involved need to address it.

Day 1 Sat Feb 9th

Match format 3 games of 2x7 minute halves.

 

Match 1

South East 8  South West 4

This was a potential banana skin first match, playing against an unknown quantity, who had not entered in recent years.

We got off to an excellent start and were soon 4-1 up, making decent plays and dominating.  Either side of half time we lost our way, partly due to the introduction some inexperience, but also an early sign that when clear lines between our GB keeper, centre back and left driver were blocked, our weakness could be faltering in attack.

Restoration of the starting seven brought us to a comfortable 8-4 victory.

Scorers

Lara Partridge (3), Lydia Scott (2), Abi Rocky, Kathy Rogers, Hannah Sheridan.

Majors

Lara Partridge, Lydia Scott

 Match 2

South East 7  Scotland 1

This was a better team performance against a Scotland team that looked capable at times, but lacked firepower and pace.

Scorers

Lara Partridge (3), Kathy Rogers (2), Abi Rocky, Gemma Coulson.

Majors

Abi Rocky

Match 3

South East 3 North West A 7

We made a decent start in this match, and it was an exceptionally tight, low scoring first half.  We did suffer from some ineffectual refereeing in the first half, some of which was corrected by the 2nd referee, however, it did have the effect of reducing our scoring chances, as the precedent of allowing our strike players to be illegally marked, was set.

In the 2nd half we went 4-2 down, with under four minutes left.  Given that we had already qualified, and that who we played in the next morning’s semi final, would be determined by results to come from that group, I made changes and let the team freestyle.

Day 2

Match format 4x7 minute quarters.

Semi Final

South East 13 London 15

Of the three teams we might have played, this was the one that knew us best, and was perhaps best equipped to counter our strengths, and so it proved to be.  However, this really only tells half the story.  London scored nearly all the decent goal scoring opportunities they had, we created more convertible chances, but didn’t put them away.  Statistically this is what cost us the match.  This aligns with London’s slightly larger number of England Talent players than ours, just that bit more composure and polish, applied over the last year, spread through the outfield team, it was that close.  This was also the game in the tournament in which our three ET players threw in excellent performances to keep us in it to the last.

Scorers – Kathy Rogers (4), Lara Partridge (3), Grace Walker (as GK) (2), Sarah Rogers, Hannah Sheridan, Lydia Scott, Abi Rocky.

Majors – Grace Walker (2), Hannah Sheridan.

Third Place Decider 

South East 9 North West A 10

Re-matched with North West A, we knew we could give them a much tougher test than our earlier encounter, and so it was.

We took up a 5-1 lead, but were pegged back to 5-3, nevertheless, we remained in overall control approaching half time.  The reader will notice that to date, the match major count against us is remarkably low, reflecting our player profile, and style of play.

After half time we suffered an unprecedented string of majors against, we successfully defended most of these, but without the ball you cannot score, this string of decisions hobbled us.  At the other end of the pool, our centre forward was subjected to persistent sinking, which went largely unpunished, she was also majored twice in incidents that nobody, herself included, barring one referee seem to have witnessed.  My opinion, that of the players, team officials, parents and many neutrals is similar, but unprintable. 

Also true, is that NWA scored all their decent chances, we missed another handful we could have converted, with more polish and composure, we were that good in this match.

Goals – Kathy Rogers (4), Lara Partridge (3), Grace Walker (from GK) (1), Sarah Rogers.

Majors – Lydia Scott (3), Lara Partridge (2), Hannah Sheridan (2), Abby Rocky (2), Sarah Rogers.

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