The Under 16 team had a mixed day on Sunday with 2 wins and 2 defeats from their 4 games. A 7-0 defeat of Hythe was followed by defeats by Croydon Amphibians (1-4), and Mid Sussex (2-3), before the team got themselves back on track with a 4-3 defeat over Worthing.
Without their star striker Jacob Tidy missing through injury, and with 2 other players missing, the team was always going to find it hard against league leaders Croydon Amphibians but the team defended well to limit the score to 1-3, and had their chances to level the score until another breakaway goal by CASC made it -4 in the dying seconds.
Sutton's scorers were Ace Taylor (5), Luke Mason (2), Michael Mason (2), Brooke Tafazolli (2), James DeBrunner (1), James McFarlane (1) and Eve Tidy (1).
The team: Mofe Wilkey, James DeBrunner, James McFarlane, Luke Mason,
Brooke Tafazolli, Eve Tidy, Nicole Barron, Ace Taylor and Michael Mason.
An excellent performance by Sutton & Cheam's Under 12 team saw 2 wins and a draw from their 3 matches played on Sunday. A repeat of their earlier win over Mid Sussex gave the team the start they needed. This was followed by an excellent win over Hythe, reversing their 5-1 November defeat; and a well-deserved draw against Beckenham, which could easily have gone one better had chances been taken.
The much-improved performance was founded on an excellent defensive display by the whole team.
The Team: Natalie Andrew, George Brown, Ashley Castle, Matthew Helps,
Ross James, James Maynard, Robert Nolan, Michael Rees, Adam Smith, Noah
12/12/2009 - National Arena Swimming League 3
Although seeded 7th, a battling performance by Sutton & Cheam in the final round of the National Arena Swimming League placed the club 4th overall, though this wasn't enough to avoid relegation to Division 2.
The club had the misfortune to have a very tough draw in the first round which put them up against three of the top clubs in the Country; all of whom have subsequently reached the National finals. To put this into perspective, one of the clubs beaten by the club on Saturday, finished above them in the League (by virtue of a much easier first round draw), and remains in Division 1 for another year.
This doesn't detract from splendid individual performances from Eve Tidy, Ashley Castle and Ace Taylor, all taking first places; the Under 12 relay team of George Brown, Ross James, William Ward and Ashley Castle (winning both the Under 12 Freestyle and Medley Relays), and the Boys Under 16 Medley Relay team of Jason Foo Kune, Ace Taylor, James DeBrunner and Jacob Tidy, who also took top spot.
We'll be back next year!
The team: Natalie Andrew, Nicole Barron, Alfie Brown, George Brown, Danielle Carberry, Chris Carr, Ashley Castle, Killian Courtney, James De Brunner, Jason Foo Kune, Rosie Heape, Rebecca Hedges, Reanna Howells, Ellie James, Ross James, Elliot Kimber, Lois Martin, Samuel Rees, Alice Rogers, Brooke Tafazolli, Ace Taylor, Sophie Taylor, Eve Tidy, Jacob Tidy, William Ward & Juliette Williamson.
A severely depleted team missing no less than 5 players played with a lot of character and determination to beat Mid Sussex/Crawley 6-2, before succumbing to Watford 2-0, and Croydon Amphibians 8-3. The result against Watford did not truly reflect the game as several excellent scoring chances were wasted. Similarly the team fought back from 7-0 behind back to 7-3, before conceding an 8th goal just before the final whistle as they began to tire. Despite the result, the team improved throughout the tournament and will learn from the experience. Coach Stephen Bayles was proud of the way they fought, never gave up and gave it everything they had.
Scorers: Matthew Helps (4), Kieran Castle (3), Louis Creamore (1), Jack Short (1)
The team: Kieran Castle, Christopher Creamore, Louis Creamore, Matthew Helps, James Maynard, Jack Short, Isaac Tidy and Mofe Wilkey
Sutton & Cheam swimmers returned from the Guildford City Open with an impressive 28 medals, 76 top eight places and 98 County Qualifying times between them. Coaches Jim Walker and Helen Andrews were delighted with the performance, which placed the club in overall 8th spot.
The team: Natalie Andrew, Nicole Barron, Alfie Brown, George Brown, Harry Brown, Chris Carr, Ashley Castle, Killian Courtney, James De Brunner, Jason Foo Kune, Katie Heape, Ellie James, Ross James, Maddison Kameta, Elliot Kimber, Robert Mason, Daisy Meffan, Louis Meffan, Jake Meffan, Michael Rees, Samuel Rees, Adam Smith, Brooke Tafazolli, Ace Taylor, Olivia Taylor, Eve Tidy, Jacob Tidy, William Ward, Noah White.
Wins over Kent (7-1 & 6-1) and Sussex (8-2 & 5-1) gave them an easy win over Sussex with Kent in 3rd place.
This was a real team performance with every player contributing to the score sheet apart from goalkeeper Mofe Wilkey who kept the opposition at bay; making two outstanding penalty saves in the game against Sussex. Sutton scorers were Alfie Brown (2), Kieran Castle (2), Reanna Howells (1), Sam Rees (1) and Eve Tidy (1).
The Team: Alfie Brown (S&C), Kieran Castle (S&C), Reanna Howells (S&C), Sam Rees (S&C), Eve Tidy (S&C), Mofe Wilkey (S&C), Matthew Brooks (CASC), Joshua Capon (CASC), Anthony Desouza (CASC), Kevin Girard (CASC), Josh Hampson (CASC), Tor Wheeler (CASC).
After an absence of 10 years, Sutton & Cheam will return to the top flight of British Water Polo next season, following two more victories at Bath over the weekend, which ensured the Division 2 Championships.
Sutton, founder members of the NWPL in 1962 and champions on six occasions, were relegated from Division 1 in 2000, and spent five seasons in Division Two and one in Division Three before successfully rebuilding with a blend of experience and a strong youth development policy to build a new squad.
Sutton needed three points from the weekend to ensure top spot and to leave Polytechnic in second place. With ex-Hungarian international Gergely Fulop in fine form - he contributed no less than 17 goals - they defeated Leeds 18-6 and Sheffield 11-5.
Head Coach Dave Andrews commented, " The final table says it all. We scored the most goals over the season and conceded the least. It was a series of great team performances that gave us the title and we should all be proud of what we have achieved. The team has grown over the season and we are better players now than when the campaign started and the challenge is now the 2010 season"
The club's only defeat this season was against Polytechnic, who finished runners-up and now have a chance to bid for promotion in a play-off against the ninth-placed side in Division One.
Sutton & Cheam Squad: Bryce Anderson, Kieran Bayles, Stephen Bayles, Mike Bradford, Neil Coles, Greg Dodds, Chris Evans, Ed Freeman, Gergely Fulop, Steve Green, Matt Holland, Andrew Lawrence, Josh Maclean, Alex Smith, Mike Smith, Mark Zumbuehl. Coach: Dave Andrews.
22/11/2009 - Win for Surrey in Inter Counties U16
Some of Sutton & Cheam Under 16 players once more joined forces with local rivals Croydon Amphibians to represent Surrey County at the Inter Counties Under 16 Championships 2009 last Sunday.
Wins over Middlesex (5-3), Kent (10-4), Hants (10-1) and Sussex (10-3) retained the title for Surrey.
Star of the show was Jacob Tidy (S&C) who scored an astonishing 14 goals in the 4 games. He was joined by Ace Taylor (3), James DeBrunner (1) and James McFarlane (1)
Sutton & Cheam: Jacob Tidy, Brooke Trafazolli, Ace Taylor, James
DeBrunner, James Mcfarlane.
Although we are now one of more than 300 accredited clubs nationally, we are accredited for both swimming and water polo; one of only 12 water polo clubs in the country; and one of only two London-based water polo clubs, with Swim 21 accreditation.
"Clubmark" recognises clubs as safe, effective and child friendly and is endorsed by all the main sporting, youth and education agencies involved in delivery of sporting opportunities for young people.
Gaining accreditation was hard work but well worth the effort; as we
are now well set for the future. "Swim 21 is a journey - not a destination"
and we are keen to continue developing the club, and its members, still
In addition, despite her age, Brooke has played in Sutton & Cheam's Junior Ladies teams in open competition helping them to:
and has also helped Surrey to the Under 14 Inter Counties Title in 2008; and the Under 16 Inter Counties title in 2009; the only girl in the team.
Brooke also took part in the inaugural Water Polo event at the 2009, Balfour Beatty Youth Games, where she helped the team to the Gold medal.
15/11/2009 - Great Start to the season for Under 14 Team
Sutton & Cheam's Under 14 team got their Winter League off to a good start, remaining undefeated after the first tournament of the season at Whitgift on Sunday. Wins against Mid Sussex /Crawley (3-1), West London/Ealing 3-2) and a 2-2 draw against Beckenham was enough to keep the team in second place (on goal difference) in the table.
The performance was a great team effort though if anyone should be singled out, it should be goalkeeper Mofe Wilkey who was outstanding; making key saves in every game.
The team: Alfie Brown, Ashley Castle, Kieran Castle, Christopher Creamore,
Louis Creamore, Matthew Helps, Reanna Howells, Sam Rees, Eve Tidy, Isaac
Tidy and Mofe Wilkey
14/15 November - S&C Lose 100% Record
Sutton & Cheam lost their 100 % record at Millfield School on Sunday, losing narrowly to London rivals Polytechnic 7-5 in a close fought match.
With two key players short from injury and suspension, Sutton & Cheam were led 3-6 by Polytechnic going into the last quarter when two goals by Kieran Bayles put Poly under real pressure for the first time. Poly's defence held out, however, and added a seventh goal just before the final whistle. In the end, Sutton & Cheam paid the penalty for missing seven out of eight man-ups
However, needing just 3 points from games against City of Leeds and City of Sheffield in the final weekend of the season later this month, Sutton are still favourites to clinch automatic promotion.
Earlier, Sutton beat Invicta Marlins 10-2. Then they won their derby
against Croydon Amphibians, racing into a 9-1 half-time lead before easing
up and winning 13-6. Stephen Bayles scored five.
12/11/2009 - Hatful of medals at the Borough Championships
Sutton's Annual Borough Swimming Championships was run as a graded meet for the first time this year and Sutton & Cheam swimmers took full advantage taking 16 Gold, 17 Silver and 6 bronze medals between them; winning at least one medal in every event they entered except one.
First places went to Brooke Tafazolli, Eve Tidy, Harry Brown (2), James De Brunner (3), Olivia Taylor (2), Ace Taylor, Killian Courtney (2), Samuel Rees (2), Jacob Tidy and the Men's Club Relay.
Second places for Alfie Brown (2), Brooke Tafazolli (2), Christopher Carr (3), Eve Tidy, Harry Brown, Isaac Tidy, Killian Courtney, Nicole Barron, Rebecca Hedges, Robert Mason (3) and Rosie Heape
and third places for Alfie Brown, Eve Tidy, Isaac Tidy, Jacob Tidy, Olivia Taylor, Rosie Heape
Particularly pleasing was the performance of the Men's relay team who
won the Harry Tate relay over local rivals Cheam Marcuda by a whopping
23-second margin. The Girl's relay team unfortunately failed to follow
suit. Although finishing the race in pole position, they were disappointingly
disqualified for a faulty take-over, handing the event to their rivals.
08/11/2009 - Second in the table for Under 16 Team
Sutton & Cheam's Under 16s opened their 2009 Winter League campaign with 3 wins out of 4 on Sunday to place them 2nd in the Winter League table.
Wins over Worthing (7-0), Mid Sussex/Crawley (8-2), Hythe (5-2) were followed by a defeat to Croydon Amphibians (3-6), which was closer than the score line suggested after several squandered chances.
Scorers J.Tidy (9), J.DeBrunner (5), A.Taylor (4); Eve Tidy (2), Ben Corbett (2) and Michael Mason (1)
The team: Mofe Wilkey, Jacob Tidy, James McFarlane, James DeBrunner,
Luke Mason, Brooke Tafazolli, Eve Tidy, Michael Mason, Ben Corbett and
01/11/2009 - Mixed Results for Under 12 team
Sutton & Cheam's new guard had a mixed day at the opening tournament of the season at Whitgift on Sunday. A crushing win over Mid Sussex/Crawley 8-1 in the first game got them off to a great start though defeats by Hythe 1-5 and Beckenham 1-2, were at first glance disappointing.
However, most of the team were playing in their first competitive game and with more than half the team eligible to compete in the same age group competition next year, this was an encouraging start to their water polo careers.
Sutton's scorers were George Brown (2), Ashley Castle (4), Matthew Helps (3) and Michael Rees (1)
The team: Natalie Andrew, George Brown, Ashley Castle, Matthew Helps, Ross James, James Maynard, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Michael Rees, Robbie Rogers, Adam Smith, Noah White
24/25 October - Rushmoor Royals Open, Aldershot
23 Sutton & Cheam Swimmers returned from the Rushmoor Royals Open Gala at the weekend with no less than 43 top 8 places, and 46 County Qualifying times between them.
There were gold medals for William Ward, James DeBrunner, Michael Rees and Chris Carr; silvers for James BeDrunner (2) and Jacob Tidy; together with bronze medals for Harry Brown and Chris Carr.
The team: Alfie Brown, Ashley Castle, Brooke Tafazolli, Chris Carr, Daisy
Meffan, Eve Tidy, George Brown, Harry Brown, Jacob Tidy, Jake Meffan,
James Debrunner, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Katie Heape, Killian Courtney, Louis
Meffan, Maddison Kameta, Michael Rees, Natalie Andrew, Noah White, Olivia
Taylor, Rosie Heape, Samuel Rees, William Ward
17/18 October - S&C Maintain 100% Record
Sutton & Cheam, National League champions on six occasions between 1967 and 1990, are making a strong bid for a return to the big time after further success at the latest Division Two weekend at Lancaster.
Sutton made it 9 wins from 9 matches with three more very comfortable victories at Lancaster's Salt Ayre Pool on 17/18 October. Hungarian Gergely Fulop scored five as the team warmed up with a 15-4 defeat of London rivals Otter.
Then six from Swiss international Mark Zumbuehl and five more from Fulop proved too much for Birkenhead, who also went down 15-4.
Sutton's weekend programme concluded with a local derby a very long way
from home against Croydon Amphibians. This time the margin was 16-3.
The weekend started with a tight 6 - 5 victory over Sheffield, the only other club with a 100% record, this was followed by a 9 - 7 victory over London rivals Polytechnic and finished with a clear 16 - 8 win over Invicta Marlins; the bottom-placed club.
Against Polytechnic, Sutton were always narrowly ahead. Their lead was cut to 7-6 at one point in the third quarter , but six goals by Mark "Choccy" Zumbüehl, who played for his country in the recent European B Championships, made certain of both points.
The next event is in Lancaster on the 17th and 18th October where the team will meet, among others, local rivals Croydon Amphibians.
You can keep track of the teams performance and league standing by visiting the National Water Polo League website.
26/09/2009 - Bracknell Diddy Gala
Sutton & Cheam's junior swimming team finished an encouraging 3rd place (just) in Saturdays Diddy Gala at Bracknell.
The team got off to a great start with individual first places for April Hedges (Girls Under 10 Free and Fly), Ashley Castle (Boys Under 12 Freestyle), George Brown (Boys Under 10 Breast & Free), Joe Phillpott-Clark (Boys Under 12 Back), Michael Rees (Boys Under 10 Back & Fly), Natalie Andrew (Girls Under 11 Fly), Rosie Heape (Girls Under 13 Free & Back), William Ward (Boys Under 11 Breast & Back) and the Boys Under 19 Medley and Freestyle Relay teams of Michael Rees, Harry Walter, Robert Nolan and George Brown.
After some very close racing, numerous 2nd places eventually placed the team 3rd just 3 points behind home team Bracknell in 2nd and 15 points behind the 1st placed team Leander.
This was a great effort by the team, especially as many of them were competing in their first competitive gala.
Well done to: Louise Ager, Natalie Andrew, Roisin Bowden, Alfie Brown, George Brown, Danielle Carberry, Ashley Castle, Harry Crook, Lauren Fisher, Abigail Fraser, Katie Heape, Rosie Heape, April Hedges, Chantelle Keung-Freeman, Lois Martin, Daisy Meffan, Louis Meffan, Robert Nolan, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Michael Rees, Sam Rees, Oliver Sagrott, William Ward, Noah White, Juliette Williamson.
Also a big thank you to Bracknell & Wokingham SC for their hospitality
on the night!
19/20 September - 100% at first NWPL weekend
Sutton & Cheam got the 2009 National Water Polo League off to a great start with 3 wins out of 3 over the weekend at Loughborough. Sutton beat Leeds 6-4 - after trailing 4-3 at half-time - and Birkenhead 6-3 before hammering Otter 11-4, including three goals in the last period by ex-GB forward Chris Evans.
Sutton & Cheam's Matt Holland was in action recently in the European 'B' Championship finals held in Lugano, Switzerland.
07/09/2009 London Region
ASA Awards for Matt Holland and Dave Andrews
Matt belongs to the Sutton and Cheam water polo club. He is a committed and talented young athlete and likely to be one of the very few included in the 2012 Great Britain Mens team that competes in the London Olympics from London.
He attends Leeds University but attends training at Manchester most days, in itself no mean commitment to his sport.
He has achieved his position in the national set up despite playing for a team in the second division of the national water polo league. That is also a great achievement as it is unusual for players outside the top division to make the grade due to the standard of the regular competition that they face.
Coach of the Year: David Andrews.
David coaches the Sutton and Cheam water polo teams, both junior and senior. Davids achievements in the domestic game as a coach are significant.
In a time when most of the London clubs have acquired and used foreign born players to strengthen their teams, David has spent nearly 10 successfully rebuilding the water polo side of the club with a mix of homegrown youngsters and a clutch of experienced players. Since 2000, with Dave's help, the club has established a strong Sutton team in the second division of the National Water Polo League, and in the process has developed international standard players, the pinnacle of whom in recent years is Matt Holland.
Davids coaching achievements are on top of not inconsiderable playing
successes in his days as a player with Sutton and Cheam's National Championship
The winning team was finally announced as the "A TEAM" comprising the Andrews, the Agers and the Andrew families (pictured below with their winners bottle of bubbly).
In second place came the "Coaches" with the "Jammy Dodgers" and "Quiz Akabusi" close behind.
The award for the "clever clogs" of the night went to Gareth
DeBrunner who scored 10 bonus points for knowing Queen Victoria had nine
children AND remarkably, what each of their names were!!
At 10.5 miles long, Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. To turn round and swim back to the start becomes something of a challenge.
Mick and his crew (Paul Hoskins and Greg Dodds), met at 5:00 am Saturday morning and travelled the 300 miles from Surrey to Windermere. Mick duly completed the two-way "Monster Swim" challenge in 13 hours 53 minutes and 33 seconds swimming through the night finishing at 8.30am Sunday morning in 7th place overall.
Even Mick found this one hard commenting "this swim was as tough as any swim I have ever done with less than adequate preparation and a very long and cold night swim making it very demanding".
Having finished the swim, it didn't just end there. With the long trip back home it turned out to be a continuous round trip of 36 hours! See www.thehelps.co.uk for more details.
S&C and Frosch Ageri have forged strong links over the years with Choccy (pictured with Mole and Kieran) playing for Sutton in 10 National League campaigns since 1999 and Gergely contributing since 2005.
Both Choccy and Gergely will again be playing for Sutton in this year's
National League campaign.
Overall, Sutton and Cheam finished in a well-earned seventh place, which included some remarkable performances from individual swimmers, many of whom achieved personal best times.
Helen Andrews, Junior Squad Coach, commented " this was a great team performance with some fantastic individual swims at the end of a long hard season'".
Fareham swimmers - Samuel Baker, Alfie Brown, George Brown, Killian Courtney,
Rosie Heape, Rebecca Hedges, Reanna Howells, Elliot Kimber, Daisy Meffan,
Jake Meffan, Louis Meffan, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Michael Rees, Samuel Rees,
Charlotte Reynolds, Lyndsey Robinson, Adam Smith, Brooke Tafazolli, Ace
Taylor, Sophie Taylor, Eve Tidy, Jacob Tidy, William Ward & Elisabeth
12/07/2009 - Under 15 Team top the table
Despite the loss of top scorer James DeBrunner, and Harry Brown through injury, Sutton & Cheam's Under 15 team beat Watford (3-1 & 5-1) and Sevenoaks (5-0) at Watford on Sunday to remain in joint top spot with just one more tournament to go in the year's London League.
Luke Mason top scored with 5, with Joseph Jefferys and Eve Tidy (3 each), Brook Tafazolli and James Macfarlane with the goals and Mofe Wilkey performing his usual heroics in goal to save a penalty in the 3-1 win over Watford.
The Team: Mofe Wilkey, Luke Mason, Joseph Jefferys, James McFarlane,
Jack Short, Kieran Castle, BrookTafazolli, Eve Tidy, Reanna Howells, Nicole
With key players missing including goal keeper Amy Styles, the final league game of the year was always going to be tough but Sutton & Cheam's young team fought back from an 8 goal deficit to close the gap to just 2, to record their only defeat of the season 8-10 to an on-form Croydon/Beckenham side.
Despite this defeat , Sutton & Cheam had already done enough earier in the season to retain the League title.
The Team: Sophie Ovens, Ellie Quin, Louise Bampton, Alice Rogers, Georgina Pashler, Brooke Tafazolli, Nicole Barron, Reanna Howells, Eve Tidy
Watched by Leader of Sutton Council, Councillor Sean Brennan; Sutton's new Mayor; Councillor Margaret Court, Councillor Graham Tope, Executive Member For Community Safety, Leisure And Libraries and Colin Beech Executive Head of Leisure & Libraries at Sutton Council, Sutton & Cheam's Under 14 team representing Sutton, went one better than their younger club mates winning 4 games out of 4, to take the gold medal in the Balfour Beatty Youth Games Inaugural Demonstration Water Polo tournament on Sunday.
Wins over Croydon (6-1 & 8-0) and City of London (4-2 and 4-3) resulted in the enviable record Played 4, Won 4, Goals for 22 Goals against 6).
Top scorer for the tournament (and Sutton) was Jacob Tidy with an astonishing 11 goals, followed by James DeBrunner (4), James Mcfarlane (3), Ferne O'Brien (2), Nicole Barron (1) and Reanna Howells (1).
The games against City of London were particularly tight, superb defence by Brooke Tafazolli, Eve Tidy and Mofe Wilkey in particular kept them out.
6 of the players are eligible to play in the same competition next year.
The Team: Mofe Wilkey, Jacob Tidy, James McFarlane, Nicole Barron, Jack
Short, Ferne O'Brien, Brooke Tafazolli, Eve Tidy, Reanna Howells and James
05/07/2009 - More Success at the Godalming Open
Eleven Sutton & Cheam swimmers returned from the Godalming Open at the weekend, having reached 29 finals and taking 6 Gold, 3 Silver and 3 Bronze Medals between them. Star of the show was Jake Meffan who took 4 individual Golds and a Bronze Medal; all in personal best times to take the Top Boy Award in his age group. Well done Jake!
The Team: Natalie Andrew, Alfie Brown, Kieran Castle, Jake Meffan, Louisa Keogh, Beth Kirby, Louis Meffan, Josephine McGreevy, Daisy Meffan, Isabel Kirby, Harry Brown
Representing the London Borough of Sutton, Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club's mini water polo team finished a fighting second in London Mini Games on Thursday, even though they were younger than their rivals in the event.
Sutton's route to success was far from straight forward because when Sutton were first asked to select a team, they had a squad too young to meet the entry requirements. However Sutton were keen to play their part in the inaugural appearance of the sport at the games so the organisers agreed to allow the Sutton youngsters, some 3 to 4 years younger than their opponents, to compete.
No fewer than 6 of the team are eligible to play next year and the youngest players; April Hedges and Ben Humphries, will still be eligible in 2012!
Coaches Mickey Helps and Richard Humphries said of their performance "To finish as high as they did was a great team result on its own but to do it with such young players showed great character and spirit from this team. They should be very proud of what they have just taken part in and achieved."
Squad: Natalie Andrew, April Hedges, George Brown, Natasha Gomm, Ben
Humphries, Michael Rees, Matthew Helps, Bethan Helps, Isaac Tidy, Sam
Rees, James Maynard, Ashley Castle.
02/07/2009 - Mini Games Medals for Ashley
Not content with that, Ashley then joined the Mini Polo team to yet another Silver Medal. Not bad for an afternoons work!
Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club celebrated a fantastic first place victory in the Hants & South Coast Premier League gala last weekend. The whole team gave a terrific performance and were ecstatic with their splendid achievement. Nicole Barron and James De Brunner (Team Captains) proudly collected the trophy on behalf of the whole team.
Individual wins by William Ward, Michael Rees, George Brown, Joe Philpott-Clark (2), Ashley Castle (2), Chloe Bartram, Reanna Howells, Charlotte Reynolds and James Debrunner; together with relay wins by the Under 12 freestyle relay team and the 9 years medley and free relays helped set up the win but this was a real team effort in which every point counted and to which everyone contributed.
Delighted Junior Squad Coach, Helen Andrews commented: "'What was particularly pleasing was not only our individual succesess but our relay results too, which showed the strength and depth that the club is developing".
The winning team consisted of Natalie Andrew, Nicole Barron, Chloe Bartram, Alfie Brown, George Brown, Harry Brown, Ashley Castle, Killian Courtney, James De Brunner, Abigail Fraser, Rosie Heape, Reanna Howells, Chantelle Keung-Freeman, Jake Meffan, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Michael Rees, Samuel Rees, Charlotte Reynolds, Rebecca Salter, Adam Smith, Brooke Tafazolli, Eve Tidy, William Ward and Juliette Williamson.
Further goals from Harry Brown, Eve Tidy and Jack Short contributed to the wins with Kieran Castle showing his versatility by taking over goal-keeping duties with regular keeper Mofe Wilkey unavailable for the first game. The final game against Croydon was a very close affair with the team coming from 4-1 behind to almost snatching a draw with the last shot of the game.
The team: Mofe Wilkey, Harry Brown, Joseph Jefferys, James DeBrunner, Luke Mason, Brooke Tafazolli, Eve Tidy, Kieran Castle, Jack Short.
09 & 10/05/2009 - Further successes at the Beckenham Open
The Beckenham Open Gala produced 13 finallists but only 4 podium places for Matt Amis (2nd 200m breast), Jason Foo-Kune (3rd 50m back); Rosie Heape and Ashley Castle (both 3rd in the 50m free) over the weekend. There were further narrow misses for Matt Amis who finished 4th in both the 50m and 100m breast.
Other finallists were Ace Taylor (50m, 100m, 200m breast), James DeBrunner (400m individual medley), Ashley Castle (100m free and 100m back), Jason Foo Kune (100m back) and Eve Tidy (200m back).
02, 03 & 04/05/2009 - London Region Championships
Six swimmers from Sutton & Cheam (Ace Taylor, Rebecca Hedges, Elliot Kimber, Matt Amis, Lyndsey Robinson and Sam Baker) competed with the best in the London Region Championships at Crystal Palace over the weekend, qualifying for 18 events and reaching seven finals.
Matt Amis narrowly missed out on the bronze in the 100m breast, finishing 4th in a fast time, and also finished 5th in the 200m breast event. Rebecca Hedges (50m and 100m butterfly), Ace Taylor (50m breast) and Lyndsey Robinson (200m individual medley), also reached the top 6.
This was a remarkable performance made all the more remarkable as the
oldest in the team is just 17 years of age and the youngest, only 12.
Alice Rogers top-scored with 4, with Georgina Pashler not far behind with
3 goals. Further goals from Ellie Quin, Louise Bampton and Brooke Tafazolli
completed the scoring, whilst Amy Styles excelled once more in goal to
save a penalty. Excellent defence again from Sophie Ovens, Nicole Barron,
Reanna Howells, Eve Tidy and the whole team limited the opposition to
few scoring chances.
Sutton and Cheam Swimming Club achieved great success in the recent Rother
League Round 1 gala and, despite being up against tough competition, attained
a well-deserved 2nd place.
'The result was fantastic especially as we were missing several swimmers
who were representing the borough in another gala. Second place showed
the leap forward we have made following the arrival of our new club coach
05/04/2009 - Junior Ladies Water Polo Team win again
05/04/2009 - Orpington Open Successes
Sutton & Cheam swimmers had another successful day at the Orpington Open, returning with a hatful of PBs plus 1 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze medals between them.
Eleven-year old Ashley Castle took Gold in the 50m Free, Silvers in both
the 50m Breast and Back, plus a bronze in the 50m Fly to complete the
set. Nine year-old William Ward took silver in the 10 years & Under
50m Breast. Lyndsey Robinson took both silver and bronze in the 100m and
50m freestyle respectively, whilst Reanna Howells and Nicole Barron (Silver)
and Rebecca Hedges and James DeBrunner (bronze) added to the medal tally.
The club had various members competing at the SE Regional Biathlon Championships held at Tonbridge School on Saturday 29th March. The event offers entry to the National Biathlon Championships to top six finishers and is run by the sports governing body, Pentathlon GB to which the club is affiliated.
In the boys under 13 age group (Group D) Alfie Brown finished a creditable
12th overall (and a top 3 place in the swim) with Ross James and Joe Philpot-Clark
snapping at his heals with 16th and 17th places overall respectively.
The three boys competing together came 4th in the team event.
Victories over Croydon (12-0), Watford (7-3), Hythe (11-1), Haywards
Heath (7-1) and Beckenham (4-3) gave Sutton & Cheam's Under 16 Team
the Winter League title on Sunday, repeating last year's win and maintaining
their 100% record in the process. The team finished the season with the
outstanding record Played 10, Won 10, Goals for 90; Goals against 17.
Joe Worland is the latest of a long line of Sutton & Cheam's internationals
after his recent selection for the GB Academy's (Under 16) first international
game and training camp against Romania at Salt Ayre, Lancaster on the
13th and 14th March.
Another battling performance saw Sutton & Cheam's junior Girls take the London Region Winter League title on Sunday with a repeat win over Croydon/Beckenham in the final game of the season. The eventual scoreline of 11-5 doesn't truly reflect the toughness of the game, as the girls came from behind twice at 2-3 and 3-4 before their superior fitness and swimming ability overwhelmed Croydon/Beckenham in the second half.
Alice Rogers (5), Georgina Pashler (4) and Ellie Quin (2) scored the
goals but outstanding defensive performances from Amy Styles (goalkeeper);
Louise Bampton, Sophie Ovens, Rebecca Hedges, Brooke Tafazolli, Nicole
Barron, Reanna Howells and Eve Tidy and the never say die attitude of
the whole team was the foundation of their success. The girls now go on
to the ASA National Championships in March and we wish them well.
Saturday saw another successful venture to the Borough Primary Schools
Gala, held at Cheam leisure Centre; where representing their schools,
club swimmers gained 6 golds, 4 silvers and 8 bronze medals.
A good draw in the first game against Hythe (4-4) gave them the confidence they needed to come out battling and wins over Croydon (6-0) and Beckenham (8-2) followed. However, the best performance of the weekend was a fine victory over top-of-the-table Haywards Heath (4-3) with goalkeeper Mofe Wilkey saving a penalty.
The goal scorers for the weekend were Sam Rees (8), Ashley Castle (6), Matthew Helps (4), Alfie Brown (2) and George Brown (2), supported by Chris Creamore, Louis Creamore Isaac Tidy and Michael Rees, providing tough tackling and sound defensive cover.
Afterwards, coach Mick Helps (of Channel swimming fame), said "every player worked hard for each other and we were organised in both defence and attack; and tackled tougher than any other team. The impressive results were just reward for the team's efforts."
Saturday saw Sutton & Cheam's Presentation Evening and Disco move at extremely short notice to Epsom & Ewell Boxing Club, whom we would like to thank for their hospitality.
Over 200 members and parents were present to see the club's "Jack Petchey Award " winners and club championship medallists, receive their awards and trophies from Matt Kidd, an old member of Sutton and Cheam Swimming Club; and a double Olympian swimmer (Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004).
Age Group Winners:
Under 10: Natalie Andrew; Michael Rees
Swimmers from Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club made a fantastic start to the new year, scooping more than 20 medals at the Tigersharks Open Meet in Swindon.
A stunning swim from Jacob Tidy (14) saw him crack the minute for the 100m Freestyle for the first time, earning him a bronze medal to add to the two silver medals he won in the 100m and 200m Backstroke.
Topping the medal haul was 13 year-old James De Brunner, who claimed Gold in the 200m and 200m Butterfly, as well as Silver in the 200m Back and 400m Individual Medley, together with Bronze in the 200m Free and 200m Individual Medley.
Ace Taylor (14) swam superbly to win both the 100m and 200m Breaststroke. Golds were also achieved by Matt Amis (16) in the 200m Breaststroke, and by Reanna Howells (12) in the 50m Freestyle.
Coach Jim Walker was pleased with the team's performance, which also saw his swimmers achieve 24 Regional Qualifying times.
The other medallists were: Matt Amis, Chloe Bartram (2), Alfie Brown, Ashley Castle, Killian Courtney, Rebecca Hedges, Reanna Howells, Jason Foo Kune and Eve Tidy (3).
18/01/2009 - Under 16 WWPL
A 7-3 win over West London Penguin, followed by further wins over Watford (5-1) and Hythe (13-4) puts them in a great position to take the Under 16 Winterfv League title and go one better than their second place last year.
Despite the score, Sutton & Cheam didn't have it all their own way against Watford who took the lead in the first half and went in at half-time with the scores level at 1-1. However, the second half was a different story and 4 unanswered goals put the game beyond Watford's reach.
The wins were centred on a powerful defensive performance with Joe Worland, Jack Miller and Tom Philpott-Clark particularly prominent. Goals from Joe Worland, Josh Miller, Callum Donoghue, Jack Miller, Tom Philpott-Clark, Matthew Ovens and Luke Mason contributed to the wins; with Alex Sutton performing his usual heroics in goal.
Played 3, Won 3 Goals for 23, goals against 8.
Team: Alex Sutton, Michael Mason, Matthew Ovens, Jack Miller, Josh Miller, Tom Philpott-Clark, Josh Miller, Callum Donoghue, Luke Mason.
Despite being under strength through injury and regional duties elsewhere, Sutton & Cheam's Junior Ladies (Under 18) Water Polo Team combined with Hailsham Water Polo Club on Sunday to get their season off to a winning start against Croydon/Beckenham in the Winter League.
An entertaining game saw the team win 6-5 in a game that went all the way to the wire and kept the spectators on the edge of their seats right to the final whistle.
Sutton's Alice Rogers was on fine shooting form with 4 goals with Ellie Quin on 2, but it was the team's defensive performance with Hailsham's Amy Styles in goal and Brooke Tafazolli, Rebecca Hedges, Georgina Pashler, Sophie Ovens, Nicole Barron and Reanna Howells working wonders in defence which contributed equally to the win. Their superb performance is perhaps summed up by the fact that the entire team is able to play in the same age group next year with the youngest player still only 12.
Team: Georgina Pashler, Amy Styles (Hailsham); Alice Rogers, Ellie Quin, Sophie Ovens, Rebecca Hedges, Brooke Tafazolli, Nicole Barron, Reanna Howells (Sutton & Cheam)
13/12/2008 National Swimming League Round 3 Eltham
Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club retained their place in the National Swimming League London Division 1after a dazzling display at Eltham on Saturday, showing the huge strides they have made recently under coaches Jim Walker and Helen Andrews.
Seeded to finish 5th with the bottom four teams facing relegation, the team responded splendidly to the challenge with personal best after personal best to earn a well-deserved 3rd place to shoot them up the league table. The performance was underpinned by top 3 places in 22 events but this was a real team performance to which everyone contributed.
A special mention must be made of Alice Rogers (and mum Pat) who sped back from a national League Water Polo game in Wales on Saturday morning, to help her team out at Eltham later the same afternoon; and of Chief Coach Jim Walker who showed his swimmers how to do it in fine style in the Men's Open freestyle and medley relay teams.
Many thanks also to all those parents who came along to cheer on the team and to help with hosting the final round.
The team was: Ace Taylor, Alfie Brown, Alice Rogers, Ashley Castle, Charlotte Reynolds, Chloe Bartram, Dave Smithson, Elisabeth Williamson, Elliot Kimber, Eve Tidy, James DeBrunner, Jason Foo Kune, Joe Philpott-Clark, Josie McGreevy, Juliette Williamson, Killian Courtney, Luke Mason, Lyndsey Robinson, Matt Amis, Nicole Barron, Oliver Williamson, Reanna Howells, Rebecca Hedges, Rosie Heape, Sam Baker, Sam Rees, Sophie Taylor and Stephen Bayles.
07/12/2008 Horsham Open
The Horsham 'Christmas Cracker' Open on Sunday proved a happy hunting ground for Sutton's swimmers who returned home with 9 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals. With six other finalists into the bargain and personal bests in abundance, this bodes well for the future.
Gold medallists were: Ashley Castle (3), Ace Taylor (2) Jacob Tidy (2),
Sophie Taylor and James DeBrunner.
Well done everyone!
07/12/2008 Under 14 WWPL
A 4-2 defeat by league leaders Croydon Amphibians; followed by a tight 3-2 win over Worthing, were enough to keep Sutton & Cheam's Under 14 team in second place in the Winter League on Sunday.
Scorers were James McFarlane (3), James DeBrunner and Luke Mason.
The team: Mofe Wilkey, Nicole Barron, James McFarlane, James DeBrunner,
Reanna Howells, Luke Mason, Brooke Tafazolli, Jack Short, Kieran Castle,
On Saturday, six players from Sutton & Cheam's Under 14 water polo
team helped Surrey County to victory in the first ever Inter Counties
Under 14 Championships, held at Whitgift School. Victories against Kent
(7-0 and 5-1) and Sussex (4-1 and 9-6) gave the team a convincing win.
CASC - Jack Beddoes, Hiro Harazawa, Ben Dubben, Tom Andrews, Josh Hampson,
16/11/2008 - 3rd Place in NWPL Division 2
After a slow start to the National Water Polo League season,
Sutton & Cheam deservedly took third place in a closely-fought Division
2 after holding league champions Tyldesley to an 8-8 draw in the last
weekend of the season at Bath. Despite being 5-1 down midway through the
second period, Sutton hit back strongly to take the lead for the first
time with less than three minutes to play. However a Tyldesley equaliser
with just seconds remaining in the game was still enough to ensure Sutton
& Cheam their highest position in NWPL since 2000; just missing out
on a promotion play-off for Division 1.
Again under strength, Lancaster saw Sutton & Cheam turn the tables on Birkenhead with a 12-7 win; and a 7-7 draw with Hucknall; Stephen Bayles equalising in the last few seconds. However, a defeat to Otter effectively put the play-off place out of Sutton's reach.
Throughout the season, Sutton's "never say die" attitude established them as the come-back kings of the league, coming from behind to win or draw in no less than 6 of the 14 games.
Top scorer for the season was Kieran Bayles (33 goals), with brother
Stephen second, thereby reversing 2007's tally.
09/11/2008 - WWPL Under 16
Sutton & Cheam's Under 16 Water Polo team got the 2008 WWPL season off to a great start with 3 wins out of 3 on Sunday at Whitgift School.
Wins against Croydon Amphibians (9-1), Beckenham (8-2) and Haywards Heath (14-1) showed Sutton's superiority. The wins were set up by a very sound defence, which allowed the opposition very few shots on goal. Goals from Joe Worland, Callum Donoghue, Jack Miller, Josh Miller, Elliot Kimber, Jacob Tidy, Ace Taylor and Matthew Ovens contributed to the 31 goal haul; whilst at the other end superb defensive performances from Tom Philpott-Clark and Alex Sutton (in goal) kept the goals against total down to a miserly 4 goals in 3 games.
A special well done to Elliot Kimber who scored on his debut performance for the team.
The team: Alex Sutton, Joseph Worland, Tom Phillpott-Clark, Callum Donoghue,
Jack Miller, Josh Miller, Elliot Kimber, Matthew Ovens, Jacob Tidy, Ace
08/11/2008 - National Swimming League Round 2
Despite being seeded to finish in 7th place, a battling performance from Sutton & Cheam in the National Swimming League Division 1, Round 2 saw the team finish 6th to give themselves a fighting chance of remaining in Division 1 in 2009.
With only 12 points separating Sutton & Cheam from Saxon Crown Swimming Club, this was a real team performance with everyone contributing including Chief Coach Jim Walker, who shook the cobwebs off his swimming gear to put in a great swim in the Open Men's team relays.
The team goes to the final round in December with all to play for.
Isaac has also competed for the Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club in friendly and National Speedo League galas; and is also a keen member of the club's very successful Under 12 Water Polo Team, which won the League Championships earlier this year, losing only a single game in the entire season.
Well done Isaac!
Excellent defensive displays, which resulted in the team only conceding 4 goals, gave the team the springboard to wins over Middlesex (5-1), Hants (9-1), Kent (3-0) and Sussex (5-2) to earn Surrey the Under 16 Inter Counties title.
Sutton & Cheam: Joe Worland, Josh Miller, Jack Miller, Alex Sutton (G/K, Callum Donoghue, Tom Philpott-Clark, Jacob Tidy
CASC Ollie Reynolds, William Jackson, Tom Nurthen, James Mulcahy
The first match saw Great Britain men's team, including Sutton &
Cheam's Matt Holland, defeat FNC Douai (France) 10-9. A disappointing
20-4 defeat to leading Italian side R.N.Sori (containing 4 Olympians)
was followed by a much better performance against Malta, which went to
extra time before Malta won 12-11 (10-10 at full time). The team's final
match was against Greek side C.N.Chania, which saw the opposition win
10-6, putting the Great Britain into 4th place overall.
21/09/2008 - LWPL U15
Sunday saw the final round of the London League Under 15 competition with Sutton & Cheam finishing a close second, partially down to the non-availability of key players at the second tournament of the season. The League was very open this year and going into the final weekend, any one of three teams; Sutton & Cheam, Croydon Amphibians I or Basingstoke could have taken the title.
A 9-1 win against CASC II in the first game set up the chance to win the Championship outright but a goal from Croydon Amphibians I in the dying seconds of Sutton's second match levelled the score to 3-3 and the chance was gone.
The team finished with the overall record Played 12, Won 8, Drawn 1, Lost 3, Goals for 63, Goals against 26.
Through the season, Jacob Tidy and Ace Taylor were the top goal scorers though Rebecca Hedges, Brooke Tafazolli and Eve Tidy weren't far behind. Michael Mason and Matthew Ovens shared goal-keeping duties, which allowed Michael Mason out on pitch to get himself on the score sheet. A good indication for the future was that over half the team would be eligible to play in the same age group next year.
Team: Matthew Ovens, James Debrunner, Jacob Tidy, Brooke Tafazolli, Nicole
Barron, James McFarlane, Luke Mason, Reanna Howells, Michael Mason, Rebecca
Hedges, Eve Tidy.
Britain's Junior Men's water polo team including Sutton & Cheam's Matthew Holland and Stephen Bayles, finished in 13th place at the recent European Championships; held in Istanbul.
The 16 nations that qualified for the Championships were split into four groups for the preliminary rounds. A very tough draw unfortunately put them up against two of the top teams in the world, Italy and Croatia in the group stages. To make matters worse, the GB team's group was then matched against the group containing both Serbia and Montenegro, the eventual gold and bronze medallists. As a result, this meant that in order to reach the top 8, GB had to beat at least one of the top teams in the world.
Day three was a game they'd rather forget with a crushing 17-2 defeat by Croatia, one of the World's top water polo nations.
The team then played for the 13th-16th positions, and came back fighting to beat Slovenia 8-5. This win demonstrates a vast improvement in the British side, as they lost to Slovenia at last year's European Championship qualifiers, and again earlier this year in the qualifying rounds.
The final match was against Israel and a thrilling game ended in yet another penalty shoot-out. This time, keeper Matt Holland saved four of the five Israeli penalties to ensure 13th place overall, to give the noisy vociferous crowd something to cheer about!
Despite the disappointment, in the build up to this competition Britain beat France 15-8, and Holland 9-5. The British team also tied with Spain in the qualification tournament in June. These teams finished 10th (France), 4th (Netherlands) and 2nd (Spain), which shows the huge strides the GB team has made over the past year.
The Junior Men's team: Matthew Holland, Richard Lawlor, Brett Perkins,
Sean King, James Wannop, Jack Waller, Glen Robinson, Thomas Kelly, Stephen
Bayles, Jake Vincent, Ciaran James, William Middleton, Joshua Smith
Sutton & Cheam's Matt Holland and Stephen Bayles helped Britain's men's junior water polo players to claim the Silver medal in this Six-Nation-Tournament against teams from Australia, Netherlands, France, Slovenia and Slovakia.
The first game saw Britain lose to Australia 3-10, but the British team went on to improve their form and won the next three matches against Holland (9-5), Slovakia (13-7) and France (15-8). The final game against Slovenia ended in a 9-9 draw but the British team had already done enough to earn Silver.
The British win over the Dutch is the first in recent memory and these promising results put the British side in a good position for the forthcoming European Junior Championships, which are being held in Istanbul from 7-14 Sept 2008.
15/08/2008 to 18/08/2008 GB Junior Training Camp Cardiff v Australian National Side
Despite losing all three games, the GB Juniors gained invaluable experience against one of the World's top sides and showed huge improvement in each game, losing the first 10-4, the second 12-7 and the third to a single goal in an 11-10 loss.
With just seconds to go on the clock, the GB Juniors came within an inch of drawing the final game when Jack Waller hit the post. The experience should stand them in good stead when they go to Slovakia later in the month; and then on to the European Championships in Istanbul.
11/08/2008 - Sutton players win in Zurich
Dave Craven and Kieran Bayles from the S&C's Water Polo First Team recently flew out to Zurich to play in the Annual Water Polo tournament at Swiss club, SC Frosch Aegeri. The two players were invited to play for a team comprising players from across Europe, including two of Suttons overseas players, Mark Zumbuehl and Gergely Fulop.
Despite the distance, the race came down to a sprint finish for the final two miles, Mick passing another swimmer with less than half a mile to go.
Mick's swim was raising money for charity Disability Challengers.
16/07/2008 to 23/07/2008 GB Junior Training Camp Istanbul
Sutton & Cheam's Matthew Holland and Stephen Bayles have been selected
to attend the GB Junior Water Polo Training Camp in Istanbul in preparation
for the European Championships there in September.
A big well done to everyone! One of the coaches from a competing club thought S&C was only a water polo club - you put the record straight on that one!
Team manager Brian Hedges (who still hasn't recovered his voice), would like to congratulate everyone on their performances & also the way you behaved & supported each other as a team.
The team: Alfie Brown, Ashley Castle, Chloe Bartram, Eve Tidy, Hannah Barron, Harry Brown, Jake Meffan, James DeBrunner, James McFarlane, Jason Foo Kune, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Kieran Castle, Killian Courtney, Louis Meffan, Lyndsey Robinson, Matthew Helps, Natalie Andrew, Nicole Barron, Reanna Howells, Rebecca Hedges, Rosie Heape, Tom Phillpott-Clark, William Ward
Following their success in the European Championships qualifying tournament in Macedonia last month, Sutton & Cheam's Matthew Holland and Stephen Bayles have again been selected for the GB Junior Water Polo team in an International Tournament in Hamburg v the Netherlands, one of Europe's top sides.
In what turned out to be a very busy weekend for the club, Sutton and Cheam's girls again joined forces with Hailsham Ladies to compete in the final round of this years London League Ladies event.
The second quarter saw Southampton begin to compete and at one stage
cut the deficit to two goals before Sutton reasserted themselves, with
defence duo Rebecca Hedges and Sophie Ovens, to close out the first half
with a 6-2 lead. The third period saw Sutton pick up where they finished
off the first half and quickly pushed ahead to lead 8-3.
Head Water Polo Coach at Sutton, Dave Andrews, was enormously impressed
with the girls and was quick to point out that with an average age of
just 15 and competing in an open age group against largely adult teams,
the future looks very rosy for the team.
7th June Swimming Galas
A total of 55 swimmers from Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club turned out in force to compete in two galas on Saturday night - Round 1 of the Rother League competition at Bracknell; and the Epsom Diddy Gala at the Rainbow Centre, Epsom.
Numerous first and second places plus together with scores of personal bests saw the club finish in 3rd place in both galas. An outstanding effort.
Although AS Level exams prevented him joining his team in the preceding training camp in Budapest, Hungary; after completing an AS Level exam on Wednesday afternoon, Sutton and Cheam's Stephen Bayles flew out first thing on Thursday morning to join Sutton teammate Matt Holland and the rest of the GB Junior team, for the European Championships Qualifying Tournament in Skopje Macedonia.
Just 12 hours after leaving Heathrow, Stephen was in the water against Slovenia. Narrowly beaten 12-9, the GB Junior team then rallied to take their first win of the tournament, beating the Ukraine comfortably 16-8. Next game against home team Macedonia, saw another win, 15-6 in front of a vocal partisan crowd.
The GB team's finest performance however was reserved for Spain, one of water polo's top nations. Following a fine defensive performance, which prevented Spain scoring in the second quarter, the GB team lead 7-5 heading into the final quarter. The team fought hard and despite scoring two more goals in the final quarter of the match, Spain managed to pull themselves back into the points to secure a 9-9 draw, the best result achieved by a GB team for a number of years.
The final game of the tournament came against Belarus, and another close one resulted in an 11-10, victory the last two goals scored by Sutton & Cheam's Stephen Bayles to seal their place at the European Junior Water Polo Championships in Istanbul, Turkey in September.
The squad comprised: Matthew Holland, Alex Tollefson, Brett Perkins, Glen Robinson, Jack Waller, James Wannop, Jake Vincent, Richard Lawlor, Sean King, Stephen Bayles, Thomas Kelly, William Middleton and Joshua Smith.
18th May - LWPL Ladies Div 2
Sutton and Cheam's Ladies team joined forces with Hailsham Ladies and
competed in the second round of the London Ladies League this weekend.
17th May - Rother Junior Trophy
Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club, newly promoted to the Rother League
top division, competed in the Junior Trophy Gala on Saturday.Up against
tough competition the junior squad pulled together with some fantastic
closely fought races. William Ward stormed ahead to win the U10 50m breaststroke
by almost half a length with Ashley Castle, James DeBrunner and Ace Taylor
also taking first place in the U11 freestyle, U13 fly and U14 breaststroke
respectively. Great team effort and numerous personal best times resulted
in an overall fourth place - a great start for the League.
11/05/2008 LWPL U15
Sutton's mixed under 15 team followed with a four match series with initial victories against Croydon, Basingstoke and Watford before playing local rivals, Croydon Amphibians, in the crunch match of the weekend.
Sutton's youngsters won a hard fought first half 2-0 with goals from Rebecca Hedges and Ace Taylor before conceding an early goal in the second period. The match remained tight with goalkeeper Matt Ovens pulling off a number of superb saves and captain Jacob Tidy performing heroics in defence until Sutton scored a third goal through Luke Mason to close the match out 3-1.
With the other team members, James DeBrunner, James McFarlane, Nicole
Barron, Eve Tidy, Reanna Howells, Michael Mason and Brooke Tafazolli,
putting in a fantastic performance, Sutton scored 26 goals and conceded
only 5 across the four matches and now head the table. Coach Dave Andrews
commented 'I am particularly pleased that we were able to field a squad
including five girls against opposition almost entirely made up of boys
and that more than half of the team will be available for the same competition
27/04/2008 LWPL Ladies Div 2
Last weekend saw Sutton and Cheam's young water polo stars in action in the opening rounds of this year's London League competition.
S&C players Alice Rogers, Hannah Barron, Rebecca Hedges, Sophie Ovens
A great team effort and superb defending saw the team achieve wins against Croydon/Beckenham (8-2) and Basingstoke (7-3); plus a fighting 4-4 draw against Southampton University from their opening round of matches.
This is a particularly strong performance considering that the team had
an average age of just 16 and were competing against full senior players.
These results leave the Sutton Ladies heading the Division 2 table after
the first weekend with Played 3, Won 2, Drawn 1.
26/04/2008 Surrey Schools Inter District Competition
Congratulations to Ashley Castle, Kieran Castle, Lewis Maslin, Ross James,
Juliette Williamson, Chloe Bartram, Alfie Brown and Rosie Heape who were
selected to represent Sutton Schools this weekend in the Surrey inter
26/04/2008 ASA National Water Polo Finals
The club has always developed its own players and it is a credit to the club that this team was made up entirely of players who have started their water polo careers at Sutton. To finish 4th as a club team against City and Regional teams drawn from different clubs is an achievement to be proud of.
The team comprised: Alex Sutton, Jack Miller, Jacob Tidy, Callum Donoghue, Joe Worland, William Jackson, Josh Miller, Tom Philpott-Clark, Ace Taylor, Michael Mason, Matthew Ovens and James De Brunner.
25/04/2008 to 02/05/2008 - GB Junior Polo Training Camp to Gorzow, Poland
Sutton & Cheam's Matthew Holland and Stephen Bayles have been selected to attend the GB Junior Water Polo Training Camp in Gorzow, Poland in preparation for the European Championship qualifiers in Macedonia in June.
Many of Sutton & Cheam's water polo greats converged on Perth, Western Australia from all over the globe to compete in the XII FINA World Masters Championships. Playing in the over 50 age group, they came within a whisker of retaining their World Title; eventually settling for the silver medal.
The team included current "Old Gits" John Salter (team manager), Colin King, Nick Furneaux and Graham Barnard. They were joined by many of the S&C team that dominated British water polo in the 1970s and 1980s including past Sutton & Cheam and Great Britain Captain, Phil Howden (whose current club Brisbane Barracudas was the team banner they played under); Peter Laing (now in Australia), Peter Paollela (Malta), goalie Stef Radwanski (Singapore), Duncan Broyd (Tampa, USA) and double Olympians Julian Musspratt and Chris Harrison (Australia).
The team cruised through the preliminary rounds with victories against Kaos Los Angeles 5-0; Calgary 9-0; Tri Valley (San Francisco) 2-1, and City Beach (Western Australia) 12-3; before beating WPM-04 Moscow 3-2 in the final game to see who topped the pool.
This was a tough, hard-fought battle against a team containing members of the Russian side, which took the Gold Medal at the 1980 Olympics.
After that, the semi-final was an anti-climax accounting for City Beach 9-3 to put them in the final against German Club SV Cannstatt from Bremen, which included most of the German National team from the 1980s.
Trailing 6-3 at half time in the final, the team rallied to tie the game 6-6 with 2 minutes to go but a goal by the Germans with just 10 seconds left on the clock sunk the team's hopes of retaining their 2007 World Title.
The team had a great time reuniting with old friends, many of whom played together as teenagers at Cheam Leisure centre; winning the National Championships at Under 17 and 18; and later winning the National League and National knockout competitions at Senior level, before travelling the world.
Another old friend, Frances Penwarden, competing in the swimming events,
joined the team in Perth. Frances competed with some of the water polo
players as children, as a member of Cheam Ladies Swimming Club. Frances
retired from competition for 25 years before coming out of retirement
to compete in Masters swimming.
19/04/2008 Hants & South Coast Premier League, Round 1
This was the club's first year in the Hants & South Coast Premier
League and the team swam brilliantly at Waterlooville on Saturday to take
second place behind Guildford City in their gala of 8 teams; achieving
a place in the top gala for the finals.
With just a few points in it at the end between 2nd and 4th, this was a great team effort with every point counting and every swimmer contributing to a stunning performance.
Well done to the following for a great performance: Adam Smith, Alfie
Brown, Ashley Castle, Charlotte Reynolds, Chloe Bartram, Eve Tidy, Isabel
Kirby, Jacob Tidy, James De Brunner, Joe Phillpott-Clark, Juliette Williamson,
Kieran Castle, Killian Courtney, Louise Ager, Luke Mason, Maddison Kameta,
Oliver Williamson, Olivia Taylor, Rosie Heape and William Ward
30/03/2008 Inter Counties Under 19 Water Polo
This was a much tougher game with the scores level at half time (5-5). However, four goals from Stephen Bayles in the third quarter took the game out of reach. A great team performance in the second half enabled Surrey to a comfortable 14-7 victory to take the Championships for the second year running.
Top scorer for Surrey was Stephen Bayles with 12, followed closely by David Payne (CASC), Dave Smithson and Jack Sheppard (CASC). Olly Holland, normally an outfield player, showed his versatility putting in a superb performance between the posts to emulate his brother Matthew.
The team was:
Club curry night at "The Star" in Cheam. A good
time was had by all; parents and swimmers alike. The photo says it all.
15/03/2008 ASA Nationals Prelim Rounds - Water Polo
Well done to Sutton and Cheam's Under 16 Water Polo team who qualified for the National finals to be held next month in Manchester.
Despite a narrow loss (5-3) against City of Manchester, a 9-3 defeat of Cheltenham in the first game resulted in the team qualifying in second place to reach the ASA semi-finals at their first attempt.
The team comprised: Alex Sutton, Jack Miller, Jacob Tidy, Callum Donoghue,
Joe Worland, William Jackson, Josh Miller, Tom Philpott-Clark, Ace Taylor,
Michael Mason and James De Brunner.
14/03/2008 Isaac Tidy - South London Disability Partnership swimming gala
Isaac is hoping to be selected to represent Sutton again in the Youth
Games this year.
12/03/2008 6 Nations Water Polo Tournament 2008 - Limerick
Despite the tournament being for Senior sides, GB decided to put in their Under 19 team for experience, in preparation for the European Championships Qualifying tournament later in the season.
The juniors were not overawed by the experience, drawing 7-7 with Ireland; beating Switzerland 11-9 and Sweden 12-10. Unfortunately, a below par performance against Denmark (8-15) meant that the side had to beat tournament favourites, Belgium to have a shot at the title. Despite some heroics on the pitch, not least by goalkeeper Matt Holland saving two penalties, the side narrowly went down 10-8 in the best game of the tournament to finish 4th on goal difference.
To put this result into perspective, Switzerland, beaten by the GB Juniors in their second game, ultimately finished 2nd by virtue of a marginally better goal difference.
The team came back from Limerick having gained from the experience and hope it will stand them in good stead at later tournaments.
Special mention must also go to Jacob Tidy who swam in the 800m Free, the first club swimmer to compete in a distance event in a very long time.
Well done to everyone who swam individually and represented the club in the relays, even if it was only 1 race. You can feel proud of how we did, and how good Sutton & Cheam looked both in and out of the pool.
09/03/2008 WWPL U14
Not to be outdone by their younger club mates, the under 14 team completed their winter league with an unbeaten record to top the league table.
Wins over Croydon Amphibians (7-3, 3-1, 5-1) Watford (7-0, 6-2, 8-2) Haywards Heath (8-1, 6-1, 8-2) lead to the overall record Played 9, Won 9, Goals For 58, Goals Against 13.
Too many goals to mention but top scorers over the tournaments were William Jackson, and Jacob Tidy. Matthew Ovens and Michael Mason sharing goal-keeping duties.
the team was: Ace Taylor, Jacob Tidy, William Jackson, Michael Mason, Matthew Ovens, Rebecca Hedges, Brooke Tafazolli, Nicole Barron, James DeBrunner, Luke Mason, James MacFarlane, Eve Tidy and Reanna Howells.
02/03/2008 WWPL U16
This year's Under 16 league, completed on Sunday was strongly contested with Worthing (with several GB Juniors on show) turning out deserving winners, over a fast-improving West London Penguin side.
Given that all but one of the players can play in the same age group next year, Sutton's under 16 team put in an excellent performance to finish 3rd out of 8 in the Winter Water Polo League with the record Played 10, Won 6, Lost 4. Goals for 47, Goals against 35.
The team consisted of Matt Amis, Callum Donoghue, Joe Worland, Jack Miller,
Josh Miller, Alex Sutton, Alice Rogers, Ellie Quin, Jacob Tidy, Tom Philpott-Clark,
William Jackson and Ace Taylor.
24/02/2008 Sutton & Cheam/Hailsham take WWPL Ladies Junior Title
Six players from Sutton & Cheam joined forces with Hailsham SC to take the WWPL Junior Ladies title on Sunday, repeating last year's victory.
The S&C/Hailsham combo only succumbed to a 1-0 defeat in the dying seconds of the game.This was an excellent performance against a team who had beaten them convincingly a month earlier.
Although the team didn't have it all their own way, wins over Beckenham/Croydon (10-2, 9-3, 9-1) and Sevenoaks (6-3), were enough to win the league with the record Played 6, Won 4, Lost 2.
The team was: Alice Rogers, Ellie Quin, Hannah Barron, Sophie Ovens,
Rebecca Hedges and Brooke Tafazolli (S&C); Amy Styles, Louise Bampton,
Isobel Bates and Georgina Pashler (Hailsham)
24/02/2008 WWPL U12 - League Champions
Eve was followed closely on the score sheet by Oliver Williamson, Reanna
Howells and Alfie Brown but the it was the team performance which pleased.
09/02/2008 Presentation Evening & Disco
For the second year running, parents and swimmers of Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club descended on the Stoneleigh Inn to celebrate the achievements and successes of the 2007 season with a Presentation Evening and Disco.
Club Championship medal and trophy winners were presented by club president, Fred Andrews , whist the club was also delighted to welcome Anna Clark of the Jack Petchey Foundation to present the Jack Petchey Award winners.
The presentations were followed by a buffet and disco and the evening was a tremendous success.
A big thank you to Rosalind Taylor for organising this event and to Nicky
Reynolds and Helen Andrews for organising the trophies.
03/02/2008 - WWPL U14
Sutton & Cheam's Under 14 side dominated the opposition and took the Winter Water Polo League title by storm with a 100% record when the league completed on Sunday.
Wins over Watford (7-0, 6-2, 8-2), Haywards Heath (8-1, 6-1, 8-2) and Croydon Amphibians (7-3, 3-1, 5-1), resulted in the enviable record: Played 9, Won 9, Goals for 58, Goals against 13. Although over the season William Jackson and Jacob Tidy were top scorers for the team, no fewer than 9 players contributed to the goals tally, whilst Matthew Ovens and Michael Mason shared goal-keeping duties.
Overall, this was a great effort by a young team as half of Sutton's players are eligible to play in the same age group next year.
Team: Matthew Ovens, Michael Mason, Jacob Tidy, Luke Mason, Brooke Tafazolli, James McFarlane, Nicole Barron, Rebecca Hedges, William Jackson, Ace Taylor and James DeBrunner.
27/01/2008 - WWPL Ladies Junior (with Hailsham)
Despite a 3-5 defeat by a fast-improving Sevenoaks side, 4 goals from Alice Rogers and another from Ellie Quin helped the team to a 9-3 win over Beckenham/Croydon which was enough to keep the Hailsham/Sutton & Cheam at the top of the Winter League table.
The team was: Amy Styles, Louise Bampton, Isobel Bates and Georgina Pashler
27/01/2008 - Under 12s Continue their Winning Streak
The U12 team continued to impress in the Winter League enjoying a 7-2 victory over Beckenham with two goals each from Eve Tidy and Reanna Howells and a well-worked debut goal for Matthew Helps among the highlights (missed by his dad, Mick - that'll teach him to go skiing!)
A man-of-the match performance from goalkeeper Mofe Wilkey then allowed the team to a 6-1 win over Croydon Amphibians with Kieran Castle, Alfie Brown and Nancy Clare adding to the score sheet.
So far they have won all 4 of their matches and are top of the league.
27/01/2008 Cranleigh Open
Bleary eyed from Saturday night's efforts at the Borough Prmary Schools Gala, a small band of S&C swimmers descended on Cranleigh for their Open Gala.
Ashley Castle repeated his performance to claim the 50m butterfly gold, while Charlotte Reynolds was second in the 50m Butterfly.
Rebecca Hedges won the first of her two golds in the 100m butterfly,
following up with another win the 100m freestyle. Nicole Barron took the
silver in the 100IM, whilst not to be outdone, Nicole's older sister Hannah,
claimed bronze medals in both the backstroke and freestyle.
26/01/2008 Sutton Primary Schools Gala
Sutton & Cheam swimmers had a field day at the Primary School Championships held on Saturday, with club swimmers taking 11 of the 14 Gold medals on offer, plus 5 silver and 6 bronze medals into the bargain. With a further 17 finalists, Sutton & Cheam look good for the future.
Stars of the show were Ashley Castle and Charlotte Reynolds, who each scooped three gold's and a silver medal.
Sutton & Cheam's other Borough Champions were Alfie Brown, Kieran Castle, Killian Courtney, Lewis Maslin and Juliette Williamson. Medallists included Rosie Heape, Chloe Bartram, Joe Philpott-Clark, Ross James and Louis Meffan.
It was in the Boys Year 4/5 breaststroke, and the Boys Butterfly where S&C gained their most notable successes with a clean sweep of the medals. In the backstroke, Ashley Castle took the gold, with Ross James and Louis Meffan pushing him all the way to take the silver and bronze medals respectively.
S&C's second clean sweep of the medals came in the Boys butterfly where Lewis Maslin took the gold just inches ahead of Ashley Castle, with Ashley's brother Kieran taking the bronze.
Kieran however secured some bragging rights in the Castle household,
to take the backstroke Gold.
13/01/2008 WWPL U12
Coach Mick Helps was pleased to see new players come into the sport and
do so well. This was a true team performance, which bodes well for the
Sutton & Cheam's Alice Rogers, Ellie Quin, Hannah Barron, Sophie Ovens and Rebecca Hedges combined with Hailsham SC in the Winter Water Polo League Ladies Junior Division on Sunday. Wins over Beckenham/Croydon (10-2) and Sevenoaks (6-3) pushed the combined team straight to the top of the Winter League table after the first tournament of the season.
The team was: Alice Rogers, Ellie Quin, Hannah Barron, Sophie Ovens and
Rebecca Hedges (S&C)
Amy Styles, Louise Bampton, Isobel Bates and Georgina Pashler (Hailsham)
04/01/2008 Matt Holland selected for GB Senior Team for Dubrovnik Croatia
Sutton & Cheam's, Matt Holland is one step close to his goal of playing in the 2012 Olympics after becoming the youngest player in the GB Senior water polo team.
Matt won his first senior international cap at the recent European Championship qualification tournament in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Although GB managed just a draw against Slovenia, and two defeats to Croatia and Montenegro; that was no disgrace against three of the World's top water polo nations.
Matt coped so well with his baptism of fire against World Champions Croatia that he was named man-of-the-match after his debut.