2018 Oct 13 Boys vs Churcher’s College

MATCH REPORT

Churcher’s College welcomed Portsmouth to a friendly at their college. (match report by Jack Hazeal-Herrera)

Portsmouth had a solid team of 10 and the match was played seven-a-side length-ways (previous matches had been played five-a-side width-ways). The two teams had played twice before with one win each so today was a big opportunity for Portsmouth to go one up on them

1st Quarter
The first quarter got off to a shaky start with Portsmouth conceding an early goal from long range. However, Portsmouth’s response to this was outstanding as Captain Jack Herrera-Hazael spurred everyone on and energised the whole team. With everyone rejuvenated and adamant not to go into the next quarter down there was some brilliant passing from Kyle Saunders and Owen Davis to the wingers, who in turn played really good crosses into Alfie Roberts. We were unlucky not to convert so many clear-cut chances including hitting the post multiple times in this quarter. Near the end of the quarter Jack got a long-range shot in to equalise. Portsmouth went into the next quarter even at 1:1 and probably deserved to be in front.

2nd Quarter
At the beginning of the second quarter we decided to sub off the front three being Tomek Legg, Ethan Grainger, and Alfie; bringing on Luis Herrera-Sellars, Tyler Wibberley and Nathaniel Foster. Luis nearly made an instant impact taking a long-range shot and hitting the crossbar. In this quarter Churcher’s dominated most of the play and Tyler, Owen and Jack were deservedly needed at the back making lots of blocks. Any shots that got through Sam Wright saved and was exceptional keeping us in the game. Despite not making most of the clear-cut chances we finished the second quarter 3-3. Ethan scored the 2nd goal due to his perseverance after losing the ball and attacking towards the opposition to score a lovely chip. The 3rd goal was set up by a great pass from Kyle where Sam finished it with a lovely long range shot.

3rd Quarter
In the third quarter Portsmouth shaped up the team with Ethan and Louis being an exceptional link in defence making superb blocks and stopping the opposition multiple times as well as Sam making even more amazing saves. Unfortunately, Churcher’s had more clear-cut chances in this quarter and finished one of them to go into the final quarter 4-3 up.

4th Quarter
Portsmouth had to step up in the fourth quarter if they still wanted to get something out of this game. They started again really well getting right back in it through Jack with a lovely equaliser. Luis went on to have another long-range shot only to hit the crossbar nearly resulting in Portsmouth taking the lead as Alfie and Tomek also hit the crossbar with both of their rebounds. Jack and Owen kept everyone’s heads in the game and were very supportive to keep the pressure on. Ethan was subbed on and made an instant impact setting Jack up to put us equal after Churcher’s put away another one in making it 5-5. In the dying stages of the game Jack took a long range effort and the keeper dragged it wide leaving a lot of space as Ethan crossed it to Jack who scored in an open net. Portsmouth were 6-5 up and Churcher’s got a lucky shot which the keeper fumbled into his net. Kyle and Owen piled on the pressure looking for a win and forcing a corner. Before Ethan could take the corner the bell went ending the game at 6-6.

Final Score: Portsmouth 6 – Churcher’s College 6

2018 Sep 6th Warriors vs Basingstoke (Ladies)

MATCH REPORT

Our ladies’ 2nd ever match, a friendly between Portsmouth Warriors and Basingstoke Bluefins. ( match report by Ellie Califano )

Portsmouth 7 – Basingstoke 11

  • PCWP Ladies v Basingstoke (friendly)
  • Date: Thursday 6th September 2018 21:00
  • Venue: Mountbatten Centre

The first quarter was tight, with two eager teams going head to head for the second time this year; keen to score and roaring with passion to defend their goals. Emily’s nerves said it all! Our worthy opponents, Basingstoke, had the edge making it 3-2.

Jen’s impressive hat trick and Lisa’s spot on passes under pressure in the second quarter gave the Warriors hope and the momentum to keep fighting.

Basingstoke came fighting straight back at us in the third quarter, quite literally. With poor Abbie’s nose wounded, our subs were down from 2 to 1 leaving us a bit exposed. Whilst Tara flung a superb shot in the back of the net, we finished the quarter at 9-4.

Mark’s inspiring words of wisdom in the final break led to a winning fourth quarter with Jenny pulling out a cracking shot and Caz, our helper kindly on loan from Basingstoke, dropping two in the net for us.

Throughout the game, Katie consistently made great saves and nailed the long balls out when we needed them most. Emily and Ellie also got a few assists and made some vital challenges when things got tough.

Admittedly it wasn’t a win but we demonstrated tremendous progress since our first match. I’ve no doubt that with some more confidence taking shots, we’ll be an even bigger threat next time. More importantly, our ladies finished with a smile and showed the boys what we’re capable of!

A grateful cheer to Basingstoke for the challenge and for travelling, to Trev for reffing, to the chaps on the bench for scoring and to the supporters of both teams.

Finally, thanks to the lifeguard for digging out the first aid kit on his first day, to the A&E crew for patching up Abbie and to that classic wedgie moment that brought a giggle to the game.

Goals :

  • Jen Etherington: 3
  • Caz (on loan): 2
  • Tara Grigg-Tomsett: 1
  • Jenny Rorke: 1

2018 Mar 22 Warriors v Bournemouth

MATCH REPORT

Portsmouth welcomed Bournemouth to the Mountbatten centre with a full team and needing a win. ( match report by Jack Woodland )

1st Quarter
After an even start with both teams struggling to create clear cut chances Bournemouth were the first ones to score. However a minute later Grant was able to equalise. The remainder of the quarter passed without any further goals but exclusions for each side, with neither team managing to convert.

2nd Quarter
Portsmouth realised that as Bournemouth only had one substitute, if they could swim hard for the remaining three quarters they should pull away in the final quarter. Portsmouth were defending well and Bournemouth were struggling to create clear chances. This pattern continued in the second quarter with both teams scoring twice (Grant again with two). However both teams continued to squander man-up opportunities. Bournemouth were showing signs of tiring towards the end of the half.

3rd Quarter
Great goals from Tim and Jake with Bournemouth only managing one in response allowed Portsmouth to pull a goal ahead with Portsmouth finally able to convert one of their man-ups. Continuing to rotate their players they were tiring at a much slower rate to the Bournemouth players.

4th Quarter
Portsmouth maintained the lead throughout the final quarter with man of the match Grant scoring a 4th and Adam scoring a second. They weren’t able to take full advantage of Bournemouth tiring and conceded two goals. Throughout the game Bournemouth weren’t able to create much through the pit and had to rely on some great long range shots. Portsmouth ended up with 8 man-ups in total scoring just one, room for improvement in the next game. A good performance from all involved especially in defence showing great improvement over the games from the beginning of the season.

Final Score: Portsmouth 8 – Bournemouth 6

Man of the Match: Grant T

2017 Oct 19 Warriors v Bluefins

MATCH REPORT

Warriors show improved team game to edge out win over Basingstoke Bluefins (match report by Mark Lewis)

Portsmouth Warriors 13 – 11 Basingstoke Bluefins

  • Portsmouth Warriors v Basingstoke Bluefins
  • Hampshire League
  • Date: Thursday 19th October 2017 21:00
  • Venue: Mountbatten Centre – Portsmouth

Since topping the table in Division 2 for the 2016/17 season, Portsmouth began the new season playing in Division 1 after undergoing a rebrand to reflect the rich naval history of the city. The newly named Portsmouth Warriors assembled in trepidation of what lay ahead in Division 1 but were keen to invite the opposition to ‘Come Out To play’. Basingstoke took up the challenge and it was game on!

Max won every swim off for the Warriors giving Portsmouth the early advantage in each quarter. Within the first minute Jack ‘The Tug Master’ Woodland had opened the scoring by guiding the ball into the top right of the goal with precision. One of his two fine goals of the night. Subbing in for Jack W, Mark was next on the score sheet with a fine push shot assisted by James who’s vision spotted open space in front of goal inviting the on-swimming player to flick the ball past Basingstoke’s Omar.

After his fine assist, James was next on the score board clearing up some messy balls around the pit to hammer one home. A fine start by the Worriers put them 3:0 up but led to some complacency. Basingstoke put pressure on Portsmouth in their own half of the pool and forced three poor passes as players shipped on bad ball in panic in the face of tough pressing. This eventually resulted in a turnover and the Bluefin’s first goal by Matt Girb. With just one minute left to play in the first quarter Portsmouth were again undone by the Bluefin’s. Some over eager defence saw Clem spending time in the corner exclusion zone with Basingstoke capitalising on the man-up. Basingstoke scored again with seconds to go and it was game on at 3:3.

Max was visibly getting frustrated after making some fine brakes but Portsmouth unable to capitalise on them in the first quarter. In the second quarter Max’s persistence was to pay off as he found the back of the net twice – charging clear of the defence and making good the shots. Max sealed his MOTM display with a third in the fourth quarter. Added to his swims, he was a constant thorn in Basingstoke side.

Kester made some fine saves keeping Portsmouth in the game during a tough second quarter when they fell behind, and then helping maintain the winning lead in the third and fourth quarters. Backing up the keeper and working tirelessly Josh and Jack N’s excellent defensive and team play helped keep the ball moving in the right direction – and epitomised the overall teamwork on display throughout the match.

Tim was starting his first competitive match for Portsmouth and his performance was praised by all as he showed his composure in attack helping to set up and assist a surgical score by Lorenzo in third quarter. Lorenzo shooting from range and leaving the Basingstoke goalie with no hope. Lorenzo added to his first goal with a second in the final quarter making use of the man-up to fire in from the left at close range. Adam entered the game from his sick bed to take over from the departing James and assisted in Max’s third goal.

The stand out goal of the game came from Porto’s finest export, Pedro Goncalves. Fighting his way with the ball through several players, Pedro found himself in front of goal and unmarked. Then came the genius of Pedro’s dummy, fooling the goalie the ball fell majestically to the water (as planned) before he picked it up again to hammer it home. That’s one for the slow-mo replay!

James added to his first quarter goal with a silky second and Trevor added two more for good measure. A clever chip over the on-rushing keeper and a fire-bolt long range effort to seal the win. Constant battling from Clem, Mark and Jack in defence proved too much for Basingstoke who were eventually muscled out of the game with the final score finishing 13:11.

Goals:

  • Max N: 3 (MOTM)
  • Mark L: 1
  • Jack W: 2
  • Lorenzo B: 2
  • James J: 2
  • Trevor J: 2
  • Pedro G: 1

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