On the evening of the Thursday 14th May Barnstaple Water Polo Under 17 team took on Exeter at the Leisure centre pool.
Barnstaple’s regular goalkeeper was unable to play because of injury but when their usual back up goalkeeper also reported injured shortly before the game Harry Halsey bravely volunteered to play his first ever game in this crucial position. It took him a while to get his eye in but as the game progressed he made several good saves however the visitors never gave up the lead and ended 10-13 victors. Barnstaple’s Bob Whittaker top scored with 3 for the home team with 2 apiece to Tom Hutchens and Milly Wordly and 1 each to Alice Dobbs, Flo Moore and Miles Miller. Lee Oliver played a full part.
The Men’s game followed immediately afterwards and although Barnstaple’s captain James Gardner opened the scoring after 37 seconds of play Exeter took the lead within a minute and despite a Sam Wordley goal led 2-3 after the first quarter.
With Exeter having won the league for over 10 years they were expected to pull ahead but in their best quarter of the match Barnstaple’s youngest players scored freely with another 2 to Sam and 1 each to Rob Squire, Tom Hutchens and the slightly older Mark Edmonds to lead 7-5 at half time.
Following another 2 goals from Rob Barnstaple led 9-6, but then in a crucial decision the referee judged that Barnstaple’s Balazs Bartos had delayed too long in taking a corner and just as Barnstaple’s other players broke forward into space awarded the throw to Exeter who scored on the counter attack. Exeter’s great experience then started to come into play and after another quick goal their ex England Senior forward Phil Sydenham equalised at 9-9 with one second of the last quarter remaining. Despite a goal from veteran Nigel Smith the visitors opened up a two goal lead before Sam bought the score back to 11-12 just before the final whistle blew.
Nick Bull had an excellent game in goal Nick Moore worked very effectively in midfield and Luke Simpson was a constant threat. Youngsters Torin Lawson, Conor Smith and Angus Kuhne all played their part in the very exciting game.
Barnstaple Under 15 team travelled to Plymouth to play Devonport in the Devon League.
In the absence of their main forward Bob Whittaker who had scored eleven times in their 20-6 home victory over the same opposition earlier this year a much closer game was correctly predicted.
With Barnstaple’s Ollie Bushnell opening the scoring followed by a goal from Miles Miller Barnstaple led 0-2 after the first quarter.
During the second and third quarters both teams matched each other goal for goal with another two from Miles, two from Jacob Butterworth and one to Flo Moore. The home team had started to score several breakaway goals and rebounds so Alice Dobbs successfully dropped from mid bath to seal up the defence with Flo and Morgan Hutchings.
Devonport scored first at the start of the final quarter bringing the score to 6-7 but as Devonport pushed up they were themselves countered off by Flo with three goals and another to Jacob Butterworth. Jacob West played a very effective mid bath game whilst Jacob Allchorn in goal not only made many saves but crucially distributed the ball very well to play a large part in several of the goals.
During the last week of April Barnstaple Water Polo under 15 and under 19 teams travelled to Exeter and the senior team hosted Devonport for Devon League games.
After Exeter’s U15 team opened the scoring on 23 seconds and Barnstaple’s leading goalscorer Bob Whittaker picked up two of the allowed three major fouls after only one minute of the second quarter the game was finely balanced but Barnstaple then steadily pulled away to end comfortable 12-27 victors. Barnstaple’s Andrew Morgan and Jacob West took turns in goal in the absence of their regular keeper whilst Alice Dobbs marshalled the defence really well. Barnstaple’s top scorer was Bob with 13, Miles Miller scored 4 with 3 each from Jacob Butterworth and Flo Moore and one each from Ollie Bushnell and Andrew Morgan. Cameron Sydenham was Exeter’s highest scorer with 6 goals.
The Under 19 team then took to the pool against a very strong Exeter team and by half time were 12-6 down. Exeter continued to slowly pull further ahead and when Barnstaple’s Sam Wordley picked up his third exclusion foul Barnstaple had to play much of the final quarter one man down having only travelled with the minimum 7 of 13 allowed players. Exeter ended worthy 23-12 winners. Sam scored 5 of Barnstaple’s goals with 2 each from Rob Squires and Tom Hutchens and 1 each from Angus Kuehne and Torin Lawson. Nick Bull in goal and Conor Smith completed the team. Clearly all played the full hour of play.
The Senior game remained close throughout and although Barnstaple led 2-0 by the end of the first quarter they kept giving away ejection fouls with Devonport taking full advantage of the man up situation on four occasions and by the end of the third quarter the home team held a narrow 7-5 lead. With one minute left to play in the final quarter and the score at 10-8 Devonport called the first of two time outs before equalising at 10-10 with 2 seconds of play left. Captain James Gardner was then fed the ball at the restart and shot from over half way with the ball going in off the crossbar as the whistle blew to give the home team an 11-10 victory. James scored a total of 5 goals with 3 from Nigel Smith, 2 from Sam Wordley and 1 from Tom Hutchens. Jack Hutchens played in goal with Torin Lawson, Conor Smith, Nick Moore, Alex Bunney, Angus Kuehne, Rob Squires and Bob Bunney completing the team.
On Tuesday 24th March Barnstaple Under 17 Water Polo team travelled to Exeter for a Devon League Game.
Despite conceding an early penalty in the opening quarter Barnstaple took advantage attacking the deep end with 4 goals to Milly Wordley, 2 to Tom Hutchens and 1 to Flo Moore opening up a 2-7 lead.
In a far more balanced middle two quarters both teams scored 9 goals apiece with another 4 goals to Tom, 3 goals to Bob Whittaker and 2 to Milly.
Danny Roberts playing his third full game as goalkeeper made several excellent saves and distributed the ball well.
Going into the final quarter with the game quite finely balanced at 11-16 and the home team attacking the deep end Barnstaple really started to play well and with another 3 goals apiece to Milly and Tom the home team having only conceded 2 exclusion fouls to Barnstaple’s 10 up to then gave away another 4 whilst Barnstaple escaped with none.
Miles Miller, Lee Oliver, Marcus Malek, Alice Dobbs, Harry Halsey and Charlie Taylor all played full parts in the eventual 14-22 victory.
The Senior match then followed but despite 6 goals to captain James Gardner and 1 each from Sam Wordley and Tom Hutchens (who therefore played 8 continuous quarters of water polo over 2 hours) Exeter finished worthy 19-8 winners. Nick Bull played in goal, Torin Lawson, Alex Bunney, Angus Kuehne and the two over 50 year old veterans Bob Bunney and Martin Purchase completed the team.
Devonport Under 17 were due to visit on Thursday the 26th but were unable to raise a team.
7th March 2015
Barnstaple Under 15 Water Polo team played their second Devon League game of the season this afternoon at North Devon Leisure centre. Neither side really knew what to expect of the other but with Barnstaple’s Bob Whittaker scoring 3 early goals followed by 2 goals to Flo Moore, 1 to Miles Miller and another 2 to Bob opening up an 8-0 lead during the first quarter they clearly held the upper hand.
Many of the goals were the result of fast breaks after Barnstaple’s tight man on man marking repeatedly won possession and whenever Devonport did break through the threat was quickly mopped up by Alice Dobbs in defence and Jacob Allchorn in goal.
With another 2 goals to Bob and 1 to Flo Barnstaple led 11-0 at half time. Jacob Butterworth took over Goalkeeping duties for the third quarter allowing Jacob Allchorn to play outfield but with Barnstaple substituting the more experienced players and Devonport raising their game the third quarter was evenly matched with 3 goals apiece including 2 more to Bob and 1 to Flo.
New players Josh Gammon and Ollie Bushnell had excellent debuts with Ollie celebrating his with a well taken goal and with Andrew Morgan, Miles Miller, Flo and another 2 from Bob in the final quarter Barnstaple ended strongly to win 20-6.
Devon League New Season
On Thursday 5th Feb Barnstaple Under 17 water polo team played their opening Devon League game of the season against Paignton at the North Devon Leisure centre.
Bob Whittaker opened the scoring for the home team followed by a goal from Marcus Malek and then 4 goals from Tom Hutchens to give the home team a 6-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Barnstaple extended their lead to 14-0 by half time following another 6 goals from Tom with one each to Milly Wordley and Lee Oliver. Their lead was as much due to fine defensive play with in particular Harry Longin in goal making several fine saves then distributing the ball well to counter attacking players.
Having established a comfortable lead Barnstaple then took the chance to give lots of game time to their less experienced players in the second half. With only slightly less pressure on them the visitors showed their true strength by scoring 9 goals themselves but with another 4 goals from Tom, 3 from Milly and one from Florence Moore Barnstaple finished 22-9 winners.
Danny Roberts, Harry Halsey, Alice Dobbs, Miles Miller and Charlie Taylor all played full parts in the win.
Devon County U15 Knock Out finals
U19 are runners up in Devon County Knock Finals match
Barnstaple Swimming club’s water polo section had three Devon KO cup matches in November.
On Thursday (6-11-14) the U15 team took on Newton Abbot having lost home and away in the league to them earlier this year.
Newton led 1-2 after one quarter with Barnstaple’s only goal coming from Bob Whittaker but Milly Wordley then struck four times to give the home time a 5-2 half time lead. Further goals from Milly and Bob and one to new recruit Charlie Taylor saw the score at 8-5 but in the final quarter Newton steadily came back into the game as Barnstaple hung on through goals from Milly and Jacob Allchorn to finish 10-9 winners.
Harry Longin in goal, Alice Dobbs, Florence Moore, Gus Dunbavin, Miles Miller, George Clarke and Andrew Morgan completed the home team.
Immediately afterwards strong favourites Exeter senior team Raced to a four goal lead before Barnstaple captain James Gardner scored after several near misses from Jack Hutchens who twice rattled the visitor’s posts. Exeter then stretched away to lead 1-8 with four goals coming to ex Cheltenham player Rob Pryke before Barnstaple started to gradually raise their game over the last two thirds of the game with a tightened defence and further goals from James, two to Sam Wordly and one apiece from Mike Taylor and Nick Moore.
Matt Bull in goal, Nigel Smith, Alex Bunney, Torin Lawson, Andy Martin, Mark Edmonds, Dan Tabbener and Bob Bunney completed the team.
Yesterday afternoon the Under 17 team travelled to Plymouth Life Centre to play Devonport racing to a 0-10 lead by half time not only through many fine attacking plays but also from Sam Taylor in goal making several excellent saves including one penalty but also an excellent team defence led by Will Hutchens repeatedly regaining possession and launching counter attacks. When Barnstaple didn’t score through these they passed around a zone attack until an opening came or passed into centre forward Rob Squire who remained a real handful for Devonport’s defence throughout.
As Barnstaple gradually brought more of the younger players into play Devonport came back into the game but the visitors finished 5-17 winners with 6 goals from Rob, 5 from Tom Hutchens, 2 each to Bob Whittaker and Milly Wordley and one each from Will Hutchens and Connor Smith.
Marcus Malek, Harry Halsey and Danny Roberts completed the team.
Barnstaple Swimming Club’s under 15 water polo team travelled to Exeter on Tuesday 14-10-14 for their first round Devon Knock Out Cup game.
With eight first half goals to captain Milly Wordley, five to Bob Whittaker and two to Flo Moore Barnstaple raced to a half time lead of 0-14.
New player Charlie Taylor then took over from Harry Longin in goal with the younger players Andrew Morgan and Jacob Allchorn playing the majority of the second half whilst Alice Dobbs played a steadying midfield game throughout.
Harry scored a goal himself and with a further two goals to Bob and six to Milly Barnstaple ended the game winning 3-25.
In the next round they meet Newton Abbott who beat them home and away in the league earlier this year.
June 2014 matches
Barnstaple Senior Water Polo team travelled to Plymouth to play Devonport having drawn 9-9 at home one month ago and were 3-0 down towards the end of the first quarter. Barnstaple gradually came back into the game through a combination of centre forward play from Nigel Smith and breakaway goals from their younger players but only drew level for the first time with the score at 9-9 with 5 minutes of the game remaining. Barnstaple then took the lead for the first time but Devonport soon drew level. Barnstaple were briefly one goal ahead again but Devonport equalised with 2 minutes remaining. When Sam Wordley restored Barnstaple’s lead with less than 28 seconds to go Barnstaple called a time out planning to keep possession whilst the clock ran down but Devonport took advantage of a slightly loose pass and managed one more attack before Barnstaple again won the ball back and this time held on for the last 4 seconds of play.
Mayoral trophy winning team
Barnstaple Swimming Club’s Under 17 water polo team Scored an emphatic 20-6 win over Devonport at the leisure centre pool on 17th April, one week after a similar victory for the Under 15s against the same opponents.
Barnstaple raced to an 8-0 lead in the first quarter with 3 goals from Rob Squires, 2 each from Will and Tom Hutchens and one from Conor Smith who then had to briefly leave the pool with cramp. Milly Wordley was a strong replacement in mid bath.
After another goal from Will Barnstaple started to use their younger substitutes with Alex Howgate extending the lead to 10-0 before Devonport scored their first goal. Sam Taylor in goal had been required to make several saves before this and certainly had to keep alert. Another goal from Conor and 2 from Bob Whittaker gave Barnstaple a 13-1 half time lead.
After another goal from Tom Barnstaple took all their older players out for the third quarter, mainly to ensure the whole squad got a good game but also because the water was unusually strong causing much coughing and stinging of the eyes. Devonport scored twice leaving the score at 14-3 at the end of the third quarter of play.
Tom Hutchens then took over in goal and after another burst of four goals from Will, one from Rob and one from Matt Binmore the younger players again all came in and although they played well they understandably all pushed forward with Devonport scoring the final three goals through counterattacking.
Marcus Malek, Florence Moore, Lee Oliver and Harry Halsey completed the team.
Barnstaple swimming club’s under 15 water polo team kept breaking clear at the start of their league game against Devonport this week but after several excellent saves from Liam Ward, the visitor’s goalkeeper, the home team kept hitting the post and bar. Devonport moved the ball up well in counter attack and went into a two goal lead before Milly Wordley and then Florence Moore brought the scores level after nearly six minutes of play. Devonport then struck again to lead 2-3 at the end of the first quarter of play.
In the second and third quarters Barnstaple took advantage of Devonport only having the minimum requirement of seven players and pulled steadily ahead to lead 10-3 after 3 goals to the hard working Danny Roberts and another five to Milly whilst Harry Longin in goal and Alice Dobbs in defence helped keep a clean sheet.
Harry then came outfield for the final quarter and soon claimed a goal of his own whilst Gus Dunbavin got a well deserved rest after his efforts in mid bath play by taking over keeping duties. George Clarke and Florence added another goal each before another pair to Milly rounded off a fine 15-4 win.
Jacob Allchorn, Andrew Morgan and Matt Squires all played full parts in the win.
The previous week Milly’s sixteen year old brother Sam successfully got through a trial for the GB development squad and with Tom Hutchens, Florence and Milly already securing places in younger ages earlier this year it represents a tremendous achievement for the players and the club as well as the county and regional training they attend.
SENIORS ‘GO FOR IT’ March 2013
Barnstaple Swimming Club’s Senior Water Polo team have finished runners up on goal difference to winners Penzance in the 2013/14 “Go For It” series of five tournaments.
Having missed the second tournament last year Barnstaple were really out of the running when travelling to Plymouth for the final event of series but after a 5-5 draw with Devonport in their first game then wins over Okehampton 5-1, Penzance 5-4 and Newquay 4-3 in the final match they finished the season on an equal 27 points with Penzance ahead of current champions Newquay on 24.
The team at Plymouth consisted of Jack and Will Hutchens, James Gardner, Mark Edmonds, Nigel Smith, Andy Martin, Torin Lawson, Alex and Bob Bunney.
Under 15s play Exeter in Devon League March 2014
With several players unavailable Barnstaple Swimming Club’s under 15 water polo team coaches considered conceeding points by playing two slightly overage players to fulfil their Devon league fixture at Exeter on Saturday but on managing to assemble the minimum seven players required and having seen how well they performed together in their final training session midweek Barnstaple were cautiously optimistic especially on arrival to find their hosts had played another game earlier in the day.
It soon became obvious Barnstaple were by far the faster and more skilful team but having raced to an 0-8 lead through 4 goals each to Millie Wordley and Bob Whittaker Millie committed a second exclusion foul. Exeter scored from the resultant penalty but of more concern was that had she picked up a third foul Barnstaple would have been one player short for the rest of the game.
Millie was then asked to stay in attack and not risk tackling at all. Alice Dobbs volunteered to take up the main defensive role with Gus Dunbavin and George Clarke helping out from Midfield.
Florence Moore also started scoring well and with a substantial half time lead Gus swapped goalkeeping duties with Harry Longin.
Barnstaple continued to find space easily being much the quicker swimmers but also laid the ball off well to colleagues with cross goal passes moving the keeper out of position.
The final score was 2-42 with Bob and Millie scoring 14 each, Florence 8 and Harry 6.
Under 17 v Paignton
Barnstaple under 17 water polo team raced to an early 4 goal lead in their home league game against Paignton last thursday following 2 goals each to the rapid Wil Hutchens and powerful Rob Squires.
The visitors then took advantage of an early ejection foul against Matt Binmore and clawed back 2 quick goals but with Rob scoring again and one to Tom Hutchens the first quarter ended 6-3.
Millie Wordley and Will both scored twice with Paignton getting a goal just before half time which came with the score at 10-4.
With unlimited substitution allowed in water polo Barnstaple started to use more of the five less experienced players from the bench but it was another goal to Rob and one to Matt that saw the teams enter the final quarter 12-6.
Will finished a fine evening of attacking play with another three goals but in all pressing forward Barnstaple were caught twice by Paignton counter attacks but ended the night 15-8 winners.
Sam Taylor in goal, Connor Smith, Marcus Malek, Alex Howgate, Harry Halsey, Harry Longin, Lee Oliver and Max Davies all played in a fine squad effort.
Under 17 and Senior Matches 13th February 2014
Because of severe fixture congestion last year caused largely by teams repeatedly postponing fixtures, Barnstaple and Newton Abbot were keen to complete the double bill between their Under 17 and Men’s teams at North Devon Leisure centre this week despite the official referees being unable to attend.
Barnstaple’s Nigel Smith and Newton Abbot’s Phil Whiting rescued the day by standing in for the absent officials despite each being amongst the strongest players from their teams.
With five of their team playing for the under 19 team last week Barnstaple U17s proved too strong for Newton racing to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter with Rob Squires scoring three and one each from Will Hutchens, Matt Binmore and Tom Hutchens. Barnstaple then started to play more of their younger players especially as Rob had to leave the pool with cramp and the second Quarter was even at 2 goals each with another goal from Will and one from Marcus Malek.
Barnstaple pulled away to lead 14-5 after the third quarter with Rob and Will scoring twice each, another goal from Tom and one from Conor Smith.
Two more goals from Conor and one each from Tom and Matt in the final quarter saw Barnstaple win 18-5.
Sam Taylor played in goal with Danny Roberts, Bob Whittaker, Harry Halsey, Alex Howgate, Flo Moore and Millie Wordley completing the team.
The Men’s game was far closer with the visitor’s opening the scoring before Haydn Lawson equalised then Jack Hutchens gave Barnstaple the lead before another pair to Newton gave them a 2-3 lead after one quarter. Barnstaple’s captain James Gardner equalised but Newton scored twice more to lead 3-5 at half time.
A tiring Newton team then conceded four without reply following two goals from Sam Wordley and another each from Haydn and Tom.
In an exciting final quarter Newton scored again to trail 7-6 but further goals from Jack and James gave a healthy cushion and despite Newton scoring again as Barnstaple pressed forward the game ended 9-7 to Barum.
Matt Bull played in goal with Ryan Bennett and Alex Bunney completing the starting seven. Brief appearances were made by substitutes Graham Stone, Bob Bunney and Dan Tabbener.
Devon League Under 19 9th February 2014
Due to fixture congestion last year the Devon Water Polo League started earlier this year than normal and Barnstaple Under 19 team travelled to Exeter this week for their first game of the season.
With several of last year’s league and cup winning team being too old to play this year the numbers available were less and after some late withdrawals they could only muster the minimum seven players required to play out of the allowed thirteen.
The first quarter was very evenly matched but when Rob Squires committed a second exclusion foul halfway through the first quarter of play the risk of the team being a man down for the whole game should he commit a third meant Barnstaple had to play even more cautiously.
The quarter ended 2-2 with Barnstaple’s captain Sam Wordley opening the scoring with Rob adding the second.
To reduce the risk of being excluded again Rob then swapped places with keeper Sam Taylor for the second quarter during which Sam Wordley scored again but Barnstaple slipped 5-3 behind by half time.
Tom Hutchens then arrived having rushed back from Birmingham where he had been playing all weekend for the South West under 16 team enabling Rob to once more play outfield but the lack of numbers told and with Barnstaple clocking up their eighth exclusion foul including a second for defender Torin Lawson the skilful Exeter team pulled further ahead to win 14-8 with Rob scoring twice more , Will Hutchens once and another goal to Sam. Conor Smith and Matt Binmore played well throughout with neither picking up any exclusion fouls.
Despite the loss the team played very well and with six of the eight still able to play for the under 17 team and players to return the season ahead looks promising.
GO FOR IT 19TH JANUARY 2014
Barnstaple hosted the third round of the monthly, winter “Go For It” Water Polo Series at North Devon Leisure Centre last week and won every game with a combination of members from their successful under 19 team Matt Bull (in goal) , Haydn Lawson, Michael Taylor, Nick Bull, Connor Smith, Sam Wordley and Rob Squires joined by player coach James Gardner and the older Nigel Smith, Andy Martin, Bob Bunney, Jan Stapely and Dan Tabbener.
Barnstaple’s wins were 11-0 versus Okehampton, 8-3 versus Penzance, 3-2 versus reigning series champions Newquay and 5-2 versus Devonport.
BARNSTAPLE UNDER 17s WIN DEVON KNOCKOUT CUP
GO FOR IT! TOURNAMENT 17TH November 2013 Seniors
In the first Water Polo tournament of the winter “Go For It” series Barnstaple Senior Team arrived at Newquay pool just as the home team and winners of the overall series for at least five years were beaten by Penzance.
After watching Devonport beat Okehampton Barnstaple played Newquay themselves and with a mobile counterattacking display finished 4-7 winners.
Against the next opponents Devonport Barnstaple were up against it when their captain James Gardner was excluded trying to mark the opposition’s powerful Greek centre forward but in the last five seconds of the match Sam Wordley scored the first one of his many breakaway goals on the night to level the match 2-2.
Barnstaple then comfortably beat Okehampton 6-0 before meeting Penzance in the final match of the night.
A very tight game saw Barnstaple come from behind to win 5-4 clinching their first victory in a Go For It tournament for many years.
Alex Bunney, Nigel Smith, Andy Martin, Nick Moore, Jack Hutchens, Haydn Lawson, Connor Smith and Bob Bunney were the other players with Jack and Haydn sharing goalkeeping duties.
U17 KO Match at Exeter Sunday 27th October 2103
Barnstaple Swimming Club’s Under 17 water polo team travelled through the recent stormy weather to take on Exeter in the Devon Knock Out Cup at The Pyramid’s pool.
With reduced numbers because of Half Term Holiday absentees Barnstaple’s Sam Taylor volunteered to take on goal keeping duties.
It was essential to make the most of the opening quarter in which Barnstaple were to attack the deep end goal. Will Hutchen’s speed saw him break clear several times but he hit the woodwork with all his shots and it was left handed Rob Squire who opened the scoring followed by two to captain Sam Wordley another to Rob and one to Torin Lawson to give Barnstaple a 2-5 lead.
Exeter then made the most of attacking the deep end themselves and despite another three goals to Sam and one to Rob pulled back the deficit to 8-9 at half time.
Although Barnstaple regained the end advantage in the third quarter they had to be slightly cautious with Matthew Binmore having picked up two of the three allowable personal fouls and if he was excluded again Barnstaple would be down to the minimum seven players against Exeter’s squad of thirteen. With Sam scoring another three Barnstaple entered the final quarter leading 10-12.
Exeter drew level twice in the final quarter but making the most of the two allowed Time Out breaks Barnstaple regrouped and with goals to Tom Hutchens, Wil Hutchens and Sam were leading 14-15 when Exeter’s final attempt was saved by Sam Taylor. He passed to Connor Smith who finished a fine match display by calmly swimming the ball up the left wing to use up the time left before shooting as the whistle blew.
Seniors v Exeter
KO Cup match
Being very much the underdogs and travelling without their captain James Gardner Barnstaple senior team surprised themselves and their opponents Exeter even more by leading 4-6 at half time in their Devon KO cup match at the Pyramids pool 6th October 2013.
Nigel Smith used all his strength to tightly man mark the Exeter centre forward and with Barnstaple’s young team dropping back to regain possession then counter attacking very fast space opened up for him to move up and score two powerful long range shots. Sam Wordley then scored to leave the teams even on three goals apiece at the end of the first Quarter
Haydn Lawson, Jack Hutchens and Will Hutchens then added one each in the second quarter and along with Michael Taylor and Torin Lawson were a constant handful in attack and defence.
In the third quarter Jack extended the lead to 4-7 but then Exeter changed tactics and put all three of their large, former international centre forwards in at once and although Barnstaple’s smaller, mobile players defended well the home team edged into a 9-7 lead going into the final quarter.
Being a Knock out cup match Barnstaple had to keep attacking and with Nigel pressing up a little more and scoring two more goals they lost their defensive shape and ended the night losing 9-15.
Barnstaple’s keeper Matt Bull ended an excellent displaying saving an Exeter penalty in the last move of the match.
Barnstaple’s Jan Stapley and Bob Bunney completed the team.
U15 v Exeter
Devon 2013 KO Cup
On Thursday 3-10-13 Barnstaple Swimming Club’s Under 15 team played at home versus Exeter in the Devon 2013 KO cup.
Having lost to Barnstaple in the league before the summer break Exeter welcomed back 3 of their older players including Jack Cutting who opened the scoring with the first of his four goals in the match to give the visitors a 0-2 lead after the first quarter.
Barnstaple’s Tom Hutchens struck twice in the second quarter leaving all to play for at half time with the score 2-4.
Exeter then opened up a 2-5 lead before putting in some younger players in the final quarter enabling Barnstaple to come back at them through another goal to Tom and one to Flo Moore but the visitors went through to the next round 4-6 winners.
Harry Longin and Danny Roberts shared goalkeeping duties with Rob Whittaker, Milly Wordley, Marcus Malek, Gus Dunbavin and Alex Howgate all playing full parts in a close match in which Barnstaple had their chances but lost to the better team on the day
Barnstaple u19 matches
Away vs newton
Barnstaple always knew that playing Newton Abbott would be a difficult away fixture, with its shallow and narrow pool and tough opposition. Playing through the coldest week of September meant that Barnstaple decided to take only 9 players in an attempt to combat the cold!
The first quarter saw an even start with each team scoring 4 apiece ending the quarter 4-4, Barnstaple failing to capitalise on the easier to attack shallow end. Newton however punished Barnstaple with GB player Tommy Whiting’s shooting. Despite some fantastic saves from Matt Bull and clever counter attacking from Sam Wordley ending at half time 8-9. The third quarter saw a change in the tide as the Barnstaple boys superior fitness began to shine through alongside some tactical fine tuning. Excellent defence from Nick Bull and Torin Lawson saw Newtons scoring reduced to just 2 goals whereas Barnstaple remained consistent with superb goals from Haydn Lawson and Wil Hutchens ending the quarter 12-11. The final quarter saw Barnstaple hold onto their lead with the help of spectacular goals from Michael Taylor and Rob Squires going into the last minute 16-15. The final drama of the game saw Barnstaple giving one final ‘man down’ defence in which Newton equalised milliseconds after full time leaving Barnstaple victorious!
The team and their goals
Matt Bull 0, Sam Wordley 5, Nick Moore 1, Torin Lawson 0, Nick Bull 0, Wil Hutchens 2, Rob Squires 2, Michael Taylor 3, Haydn Lawson 3
The return fixture at home was far less dramatic with Newton only being able to raise a bare 7 players – two of which however are currently representing GB – so therefore still a strong team!
The first quarter ended evenly at 5-5 with Haydn Lawson and Sam Wordley dominating the Barnstaple scoring. In the next quarter however Haydn unleashed a volley of spectacular goals and with Tough defending from Ryan Bennet,Torin Lawson and Nick Moore Newton scored only 2 goals in return. The third quarter brought steady goals from Sam Wordley and Rob Squires and one from Michael Taylor who literally worked himself sick and was unable to play for the remainder of the game! Once again the superior fitness of Barnstaple shone through leaving Newton looking tired and the scores at 13-10 entering the final quarter. The fourth quarter saw a punch missed by the ref against Nick Moore who was later vindicated with 2 goals. Barnstaple’s speed king Wil Hutchens scored a further 3 with a near miss for Sam Taylor ending the game, man of the match going to Matt Bull for his excellent goal keeping and great passing – crucial to the 8 goals on the last quarter 21-13
Goals and players
Matt Bull 0, Sam Wordley 4, Nick Moore 2, Torin Lawson 0, Ryan Bennet 0, Wil Hutchens 4, Nick Bull 0, Rob Squires 2, Haydn Lawson 8, Sam Taylor 0, Michael Taylor 1
DEVON LEAGUE U17 01.08.13
After losing 19-16 at Paignton in the Devon Under 17 water polo league earlier this year Barnstaple were without captain Sam Wordley and Goalkeeper Nick Bull for the return fixture at the North Devon Leisure Centre on Thursday 1-8-13.
Barnstaple went 1-3 down before gradually pulling back to 9-11 but with Tom Clark then Tom Hutchens having two exclusion fouls awarded against them in the first half both were at risk of being unable to continue if they conceded a third. Paignton pulled away again but Barnstaple once more gradually came back into the game finally drawing level at 19-19 with only thirty seconds to go.
Rob Squires and Will Hutchens were Barnstaple’s main goal scorers but Connor Smith, Torin Lawson, Matt Binmore and the two Toms all contributed whilst Ross Oliver came close on a few occasions and Sam Taylor kept goal.
U15 v EXETER 21st JULY 2013
After the Barnstaple Water Polo Men’s team won at Paignton away then lost at home to Newton Abbott last week the Under Fifteen team took on Exeter at the Leisure centre on Sunday 21-7-13.
The home team have had a very disrupted season with numerous teams postponing their visit to us and having drawn with Paignton two weeks ago were looking for their first league win.
With both teams hitting the bar several times in the first quarter and marking each other with a close full bath press it was Barnstaple who took advantage of the spacious deep home pool and just having the edge in speed over Exeter to make more opportunities. Marcus Malek opened the home team’s scoring but the in form Tom Hutchens was finding space at will and with powerful shooting scored 12 times over the 28 minute long game. Millie Wordley Scored one in the third quarter then another four in the final quarter with single goals to Alex Howgate and Danny Roberts. Harry Longin made several very good saves in goal whilst Florence Moore was the pick of the midfielders. Harry Halsey, Kane Shaw and Gus Dunbavin all played full parts in the 20-4 win.
The game was much closer than the score line suggests and if more of the early Exeter shots had gone in they could well have repeated their victory from earlier this season.
THE MAYORAL TROPHY 18TH MAY 2013
REPORT ON MATCHES PLAYED MAY 2013
Barnstaple swimming club water polo teams played 3 games in the last week.
First up were the Under 19s who played Exeter at North Devon Leisure centre. There was never more than a goal separating the teams throughout with Barnstaple taking the lead for the first time with only 2 minutes to go, Exeter soon equalised then crucially were awarded a penalty which they converted with less than a minute to go, Barnstaple again levelled before Exeter closed the victory 12-13 in the last 20 seconds. Sam Wordley top scored with 6 goals with Haydn Lawson scoring 3, Rob Squires 2 and Michael Taylor one. Exeter’s Cameron Powell scored 10.
Barnstaple Seniors then travelled to Exeter where Jack Hutchens opened the scoring with the first of his three goals. Exeter soon equalised then took the lead but in a closely contested open game the scores after each quarter were 2-1, 3-2, 7-5 finishing 11-7.
Haydn Lawson scored a skilful goal with almost a volleyball serve type shot after having to juggle the ball whilst being dragged back by a chasing defender. Alex Bunney, Sam Wordley and James Gardner scored the other goals. Cory Lawson and Graham Stone shared goalkeeping duties.
The following evening the Under 17s travelled to Teignmouth Lido to play Newton Abbott. Although it is a lovely warm water pool it always takes a while to adapt to the flight of the ball outdoors and Barnstaple kept squandering chances to end the first quarter on a goal apiece but they steadily opened up to win all the remaining quarters to finish 8-17 winners.
Sam Wordley was on fantastic form with 14 goals. Will Hutchens took responsibility for marking Newton’s most dangerous forward as well as scoring a goal, Rob Squires and Connor Smith also netted. Sam Taylor played in goal whilst Ross Oliver, Milly Wordley and Matt Binmore also played a full part in the win.
UNDER 19 MATCH AGAINST EXETER 24 APRIL 2013 DEVON LEAGUE
Barnstaple Under 19 water polo team travelled to Exeter for their first Devon League match of the season on Tuesday 24-4-13.
Although Barnstaple started well Exeter opened up a two goal lead before Rob Squires struck twice to end the first quarter at two goals apiece.
With the advantage of attacking the deep end in the second quarter Exeter found the shooting of Sam Wordley on the break, Michael Taylor at centre forward and Haydn Lawson from the set piece difficult to stop so that Barum led 6-9 by half time.
With Wil Hutchens Haydn Lawson and Josh Caton having by then picked up two exclusion fouls each Barnstaple had to be careful in the third quarter as they only had one substitute and a third foul from any of them would lead to permanent exclusion from the game but they ended the third quarter leading 8-12.
Although Josh picked up the crucial further foul half way through the final quarter Barnstaple’s fitness told and they stormed ahead to win 10-19 with seven to Sam, six to Haydn, four to Michael and two to Rob.
Ryan Bennett was powerful in defence and midfield with Conor Heeney controlling defence
In the absence of their regular goal keepers Conor, Will and Rob took turns in the “cage”
Under 17s v Exeter away
8th March 2013
A torrent of goals for both teams ended in a 25-15 victory for hosts Exeter over Barnstaple swimming club’s under 17 water polo team in their first Devon League fixture of 2013.
The game was very even and poised at 15 goals apiece until just over a third the way through the final quarter when Barnstaple’s captain Sam Wordley was excluded for a third time meaning Barnstaple had to play out the last five minutes a man down as they had no substitutes.
Because of late withdrawals Barnstaple travelled with the minimum required seven of an allowed thirteen players.
The scoring was opened by Barnstaple’s Will Roberts but as he was already on two major fouls by the end of the first quarter he exchanged places with Goalkeeper Nick Bull with the score at 5-4
The extension of playing time in each quarter from five to seven minutes this year and the frequent man up situations from the strict but fair refereeing of the National League’s Mike Coles created a high scoring game.
Barnstaple’s other goal scorers were Sam Wordley with six, Rob Squires with five and one apiece to Will Hutchens, Connor Smith and Nick Bull. Ross Oliver played an invaluable part.
The return game takes place at North Devon Leisure centre at 8pm on Thursday 14-3-13 so come along and support your local team and see if you would enjoy playing the game.
Under 19 Knockout Final Sunday 27th January 2013
Barnstaple under 19 waterpolo team won second place in the Devon County finals held in Plymouth. Strong teamwork from the Barnstaple players kept a close score much of the way with Newton Abbott eventually winning 8-5. 2 goals from Sam Worldley and Haydon Lawson each and 1 from Ryan Bennett complimented strong defence and counter attack work from Nick Bull, Tom Hutchins, Josh Caton, Mike Taylor, Torin Lawson, Nick Moore and Will Roberts. Nick Bull as goalkeeper was man of the match with some cracking saves from the opposition’s GB squad players.
Having lost U19 to Newton Abbott 20-1 at Teignmouth Lido on 5-9-12 then 4-14 the following day at the leisure centre Barnstaple travelled to Plymouth on Sunday 27-1-13 for the County KO final.
Barnstaple lost to Exeter in the semi final but were given a bye when Exeter were found to have played an over age player in that match then again in the final.
Newton Abbot’s main threat was always going to be Tom Whiting and Paignton’s Alberici brothers. (Paignton not entering an Under 19 team this year)
With Barnstaple’s Will Hutchens and Rob Squires representing the South West Team in Walsall and Bob Bunney laid low by a virus the team set off in mini buses driven by Pete Taylor and Jane Bull with Chris Moore acting as coach.
Newton Abbott opened the scoring after 50 seconds, Sam Wordley equalised a minute later but when Nick Moore was excluded for with 10 seconds of the first quarter left Newton took advantage to lead 2-1.
With 3 further ejections against Barnstaple Newton moved into a 6-1 lead by halftime.
Haydn Lawson struck twice at the start of the third quarter leaving the score closer at 7-3 going into the final quarter.
Ryan Bennett then scored, Newton replied but another goal to Sam left the final score 8-5.
Newton’s Tom Whiting and Gabriel Alberici scored four goals each.
Nick Bull kept goal for Barnstaple, Michael Taylor, Will Roberts, Tom Hutchens, Matt Bull, Conor Heeney & Torin Lawson made up the twelve.
30 September 2012
Under 17 v Devonport
Barnstaple Water Polo’s Under 17 team travelled to Plymouth to play Devonport in a county league match this afternoon.
The home team’s main threat was Alex Wilson who scored five of their six goals and would have had more but for close marking by Torin Lawson with other Barnstaple members dropping back onto him when he was in possession but Devonport were unable to cope with the swimming and shooting power throughout the Barum team with four goals each to Nick Moore and Sam Wordley, three to Rob Squire, two each to brothers Tom and Will Hutchens and one to Ross Oliver. Jake Smith also played a full part in the win
U15 Match 7th June 2012
On Thursday 7-6-12 Barnstaple Water Polo Under Fifteens and then the Seniors played Newton Abbott in Devon League matches at the North Devon Leisure Centre.
Barnstaple’s Rob Squires Scored four goals in the first quarter with only one in reply from Newton’s Sam Alberici. Both then scored another two each in the second quarter with Barnstaple’s Matt Binmore adding another to leave the home team 6-3 up at half time.
Barnstaple’s Keeper Ross Oliver came played outfield for the third quarter promptly scoring himself with another to Rob Squires.
Newton Abbott then started to tire trying to close down the spaces opened up by the free swimming Barnstaple team and despite another each to Newton’s Alberici and Rob Brown Barum’s Tom Hutchens scored twice with further scores apiece to Binmore and Rob Squires sealing a 12-5 win. Barnstaple’s Conor Smith,Will Hutchens, Milly Wordley, Florence Moore and Danny Roberts all played full parts in a fine team performance.
Senior Match 7th June 2012
Having lost the against the same opposition 1-5 two weeks before the Senior team conceded the first goal trailing 1-2 down at the end of the first quarter with both goals to Newton’s Rob Harvey who had missed the previous game. Barnstaple’s captain James Gardner then struck again to bring the scores level before Barum fell 2-4 behind to two long shots from Newton’s Phil Shears having failed to close him down early enough whilst concentrating on zone defence. Gardner and Nigel Smith then brought the home team level at 4-4 by half time.
The same mixture of youth and experience that has served the senior team so well in the last few matches then opened up space for goals to Ryan Bennett and two apiece for Andy Martin and Gardner leaving the home team 9-4 ahead going into the last quarter. Some poor passing and failure to spot the counter attack quickly enough as well as an exclusion foul and a penalty saw Newton claw back 4 goals in the final quarter but a final goal to Gardner ensured a 10-8 home win.
Matt Bull in goal, Josh Simpson, Sam Wordley, Nick Moore, Bob Bunney, Jan Stapley, Alex Bunney and Michael Taylor completed the line up.
BARNSTAPLE WATERPOLO U/17’S V NEWTON ABBOTT
Barnstaple under 17’s travelled to Teignmouth Lido on Wednesday for a Devon League fixture against a strong Newton side featuring 2 Great Britain juniors. Barnstaple were missing several key players due to exams & fielded a very young team including one of 13 years & 1 just 12.
The lack of experience was exposed as Newton opened up with 5 goals unanswered in the first quarter – 3 scored by G B’s Tom Whiting and 1 to Alberici, the other G B junior – this despite a strong defensive performance from Charlie Elliott and goalkeeper Nick Moore. The game proceeded in a similar vein to half time with Barnstaple struggling to contain an impressive Whiting who netted a further 5 times, Barnstaple managed to reply with a goal a piece from captain Sam Wordleyand Rob Squire.
In the third quarter, Barnstaple began to rally and the honours were shared with 2 goals each, Wordley and Elliott netting for Barnstaple with Newton’s G B duo sharing for the home side.
In the final quarter Newton began by resting Whiting and Barnstaple capitalised on his absence by scoring 3 quick goals before Whiting was reintroduced. Barnstaple continued to reduce the deficit with goals from Elliott,Squire and 3 from Wordley and although they managed to thwart Whiting,Alberici and Boult were able to increase the Newton Tally.
The final score was 15 – 9 to Newton. The Barnstaple line up was completed by Torin Lawson,Will Roberts,Will & Tom Hutchens and debutant Ross Oliver.
BARNSTAPLE MEN VS DEVONPORT
On Thursday, Barnstaple entertained Devonport at the leisure centre and missing several first choice players , fielded 6 players under 17 against an opposition containing an ex GB international. The strong swimming strength of Barnstaple marshalled by captain James Gardner and senior players Nigel Smith and Andy Martin as well as a fine goalkeeping display from 16 year old Matt Bull , proved to be a potent mix for Devonport and Barnstaple ran out worthy winners 10-5 against the tiring visitors. The Barnstaple squad : Matthew Bull, Sam Wordley,Nick Moore,Charlie Elliott,Michael Taylor, Conor Heaney , Josh Caton, James Bunney, Josh Simpson, James Gardner,Jan Stapley, Andy Martin and Nigel Smith.
U15 27 May 2012
Barnstaple Under 15 Water Polo team visited Paignton for their first Devon League game of the season on Sunday 27-5-12.
Rob Squires scored twice in the first quarter to give the visitors an early lead and then once in each of the remaining quarters for his total of five goals. Connor Smith was the other scorer in the second quarter to give Barnstaple a 0-4 half time lead.
Ross Oliver having kept a clean sheet then swapped goalkeeping duties with Sam Taylor and promptly scored a goal with Tom Hutchens and Rob adding another each before Paignton pulled one back to end the third quarter 1-7.
Will Hutchens, Connor and Rob all netted in the last quarter leaving the final score at 1-10. Marcus Malek and Milly Wordley made their League debuts in a fine team performance.
Seniors 24 May 2012
On Thursday 24-5-12 the Seniors lost at NDLC 2-9 to a strong Exeter team (James Gardner and Nigel Smith Scoring for the home team) and the following evening were disappointed to lose against Newton Abbott at Teignmouth Lido 5-1 having been 0-0 at half time and 2-1 down going into the last quarter with all to play for but whilst all pressing up to attack the shallow end goal they failed to pick up Newton’s Tommy Whiting who scored his second and third of the game with one to Gabriel Alberici sealing the match.
Waterpolo Match 21st April 2012
On Saturday 21-4-12 Enfield Water Polo team played a Barnstaple Senior Team at Ilfracombe swimming pool with the home team ending 12-7 winners.
Enfield is one of the oldest teams in London and had contacted Barnstaple to combine a friendly game combined with surfing.
Enfield Captain Rob Treadgold presented Barnstaple’s Bob Bunney with a London/Devon tournament trophy after the game . The teams then mixed up for another friendly game to give the youngest and older tourists a game including their oldest member Roy Nesbitt aged 83 years!