2016 Nov 27 Men v Basingstoke

MATCH REPORT

Division 2 league officially underway with solid win against Basingstoke ( match report by Lorenzo Bernaudo )

Portsmouth 11 – Basingstoke 2

  • PCWP v Basingstoke B (Div 2)
  • Date: Sunday 27th November 2016 20:30
  • Venue: Basingstoke Aquadrome

And so the season got underway with the first official match of the Hampshire Division 2 Water Polo League. The Portsmouth warriors “challenged” by the young lions of Basingstoke.

The match was held at Basingstoke Aquadrome. It was a very exciting and balanced game in the first half where, although Portsmouth immediately took an early lead with two goals by striker Trevor J, neither side was willing to give up. The young Basingstoke athletes held up very well against an evidently physically and technically superior Portsmouth – up to the third quarter, when Portsmouth took off thanks to the above-mentioned Trevor J, Lorenzo B and exceptional goalkeeper exploits of Adam P.

But Basingstoke did not give up and tried and found two very beautiful goals in the third and fourth quarters. Finally in the last quarter Portsmouth closed out the match with goals by Mark L, Ben H and Trevor J. Goalkeeper Adam P was once again the protagonist when the team got into trouble, holding the score line several times with beautiful saves.

Final result: Portsmouth defeats Basingstoke with a heavy 11-2 victory. As stated above, although Basingstoke were carrying an obvious physical disadvantage, they displayed a good vision of the game and know how to “punish” their opponents in moments of weariness. Portsmouth once again demonstrated they are a strong and effective team, definitely one of the stars for the title race of the 16/17 season.

Goals :

  • Trevor Jones: 5
  • Mark Lewis: 2
  • Lorenzo Bernaudo: 2
  • Ben Hunt: 2

2016 Nov 03 Men v Portland

MATCH REPORT

Portsmouth off to a winning start to the 2016/17 season with a hard-fought win over Portland ( match report by Mark Lewis )

Portsmouth 9 – Portland 6

  • PCWP v Portland & Weymouth Water Polo Club (friendly)
  • Date: Thursday 3rd November 2016 21:00
  • Venue: Mountbatten Centre – Portsmouth

With it feeling like a long layoff over the summer period, Portsmouth were looking to start the new season as they had left off – more victories please! What a perfect way to kick things off than with a “friendly” against old rivals, Portland and Weymouth.

Portsmouth had last met with Portland in a friendly back in March with a Portsmouth victory of 9-7. In this rematch, Portland looked in no mood to go down early doors and the first quarter saw almost a full 8 minutes of ‘arm-wrestling’ in which no fouls or goals were conceded. Both keepers were tested with Adam making several fine saves and Portsmouth shots not challenging the Portland keeper enough. To Portland’s credit they continued to apply the pressure and gained a 2 goal lead at the close of the first quarter.

Portland extended their lead early in the second quarter and Portsmouth were in danger of letting the game slowly slip out of view. But up steps (or should that be swims?) Paul, with a lovely break and 1-on-1 with the goal keeper, showing fine experience to coolly scored Pompy’s first goal of the game and reduce the deficit. Portland again got a break on Portsmouth and extended the lead once more though a fine quick attack.

At the half way mark, coach Trev was keen to keep heads high and with only 3 goals in it, a cracking team performance in defence had kept Portland out though they were struggling on the counter attack.

In the third quarter Portsmouth came out on the attack. Paul again playing a pivotal role passing into Mark who was in position deep in the pit. Mark was able to get away a reverse arm shot and catch the keeper by surprise. Portsmouth were now only 1 goal behind and momentum was shifting.

Under pressure, Portland went a man down. With some lovely passing around the D, the ball came to Adam who, showing his skill in open play is equal to this keeping skills, fired an absolute rocket in the top left. Next it was Jack’s turn to pull Portsmouth level – in another man-up situation with Jack providing the fire power.

Portland were not done and were again showing fine counter attack play to score another 2 goals going into the last quarter 6-4 up.

It was now or never for Portsmouth and fitness was to play a huge part in the closing 10. Paul got things moving with the first goal of the quarter. James was next to score after making a break of his own, Portsmouth working the ball forwards quickly on a turn over. Paul completed his hat trick and Jack doubled his score from a quick corner before Zac ended the night with a finely finished goal to leave the final score 9-6.

Goals :

  • Paul P: 3 (MOTM)
  • Mark L: 1
  • Jack W: 2
  • Adam P: 1
  • James J: 1
  • Zac E: 1

Next match vs Navy away Thursday 24th November 2016 at 1900