Friday 13 April 2012

April results

23rd Apr 2012
Avondale 1 - Sutton = 11 - 4
Surrey 1
Powerful display from the team against a very decimated Sutton  who could only bring 7 of their players to the game.Good defending and very efficient in attack ; Great show from new comer Alex...until his lungs supported him.
Post match refreshments slightly disappointing without the usual display of crisps....need to work on that

23rd Apr 2012
Croydon 2 - Avondale 2 = 10 - 4
Surrey 2

Well that wasn’t supposed to happen. A generally flat performance with little invention in attack, and way too many incidences of being caught on the break. Whilst our cause wasn;t helped by some young referees thinking that a head needed to be removed before a foul was conceded, the opposition showed that a new generation of players are coming through who are both fit and strong. To compete, we’re going to have to up our game. All hands to the pumps dear friends. We’re going to have to be better than this. training thursday

19th Apr 2012
Reading vs Avondale 2 = 10 - 5
London League 1
Poor warming up skills meant the extent of the loss was the same as the first quarter deficit. Reading proved how inept we dealt with being pressed. They played well. A few of our good players were off form on the night and unwilling to drive and pick etc. All in all: a painful learning experience, but a learning experience all the same. Maybe we’ll all be 10 minutes earlier to the pool for the next game.

15th Apr 2012
Avondale 1 vs Penguin = 8 - 20
London Premier League
Cheered on by the newly created Avondale mini supporters club and on the scoreboard with the fastest goal in water polo history , the Avondale first team just couldn’t keep up with the speed of a team that’s one of the top five in the country and ended up scoring more than half of their goals in counter-attack.
Much better play in the last two quarters but unfortunately too little too late; with more than a month until the next league game and marathon runners/child parenting/injured players to make a comeback , the future is bright.

12th Apr 2012
Avondale 1 vs Sutton = 15 - 8
London Premier League
First game of the London league season for Greg and co. against a Sutton team that were missing some key players ……and most notably a goalkeeper. This was all too obvious by the inability of any of those who tried their luck in goal , to stop or even try to stop anything that resembled a shot. At the call “ they don’t have a keeper” Jo definitely saw the opportunity to have a few cracks and oh god, he didn’t stop! Worth mentioning the legendary Pete in his first game outfield in over 30 years ,or was it 40?.Unfortunately it didn’t last long and after three majors , he was left watching the game from the side and yet again another shot from Jo.

29th Mar 2012
Avondale 2 vs Sutton and Cheam = 15 - 9
Surrey 2
Milos turns goal scoring hero. Focco manages to last the whole game. The old kingston lad is still a pain in the a££. Generally we make heavy work of a pretty weak side. Blayney gets greedy at the end. Sorry Brookey.

26th Mar 2012
Avondale 2 vs Blue Marlins = 17-16(after handicap)
Surrey Cup
When does a win not seem like a win? This one. The scoreboard said we’d lost but we’d actually won. Overcame a 10 goal handicap. The result only confirmed on the second pint in the pub after careful examination of our learned colleague on the table’s handwriting.
Notable moment: Focco’s red mist. Despite him chasing / hitting the opposing player around the pool, prompting the opposition subs to jump into the pool as support, the referee still didn’t see him as a threat. Mind you – he did score 5 or 6 goals while he was in the pool – exiting to the big exclusion sign. Classy.

15th Mar 2012
Avondale 2 vs Kingston = 8 - 8
Surrey 2
So much enthusiasm for the game that we ended up with too many players in attendance. Classic second team match where we failed to hold the ball for more than 10 seconds. A host of missed chances. Fitness looked pretty poor (something to work on)and in true tradition, when the whistle blew, Tim had one hand around the neck of a player with the other hand in a fist shape making "pretty waves". Immediately wrapped up, an outstanding display from Milos saved the day.

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