Seven Marlins Girls included in Sussex under 19 water polo team


Defending South East Region Champions Sussex U19’s girls travelled last weekend to Basingstoke for this year’s SER Inter-county tournament. Unfortunately, the Sussex squad were a victim of their strength, missing 5 senior players, who were attending the National water polo Academy the same weekend.
However, this allowed several new and young players to gain some match time and experience, not least for.
The full squad, contained 7 Marlins players including 12 year old Ismey Hawley, who was making her goalkeeping debut for Sussex was as follows:

1. Ismey Hawley (GK)  /  Marlins
2. Lily Turner (Player/coach)   /  Crawley
3. Liv Henderson (Player/coach)   /  Marlins
4. Marlins
5. Lottie Apps  /  Marlins
6. Hannah Goodhead   /  Marlins
7. Tahlia Vyse   /  Marlins
8. Annabel Hogbin   /  Marlins
9. Holly Stoner   /  Worthing
10. Maisie Standen   /  Worthing
11. Grace Turner   /  Crawley
12. Ruby Rosser   /  Worthing

The girls got off to a good start against Hampshire. Great defence from Nic and Lily, supporting debutante Ismey in goal. They secured several interceptions, which were redistributed back down the wing to Ruby, Liv and Lottie to initiate some quick counter attacks. A hat-trick, scored by Liv, helped settle the nerves before two Lily Turner rockets took the score to 5-0. Great teamwork from the whole Sussex team, with all of the girls playing a part in moving the ball around well. Hampshire never really got a foothold in the game and were lucky to score at all, relying on a penalty to get a goal back. A further goal apiece from Liv and Annabel took the final score to 7-1. A great start by the Sussex girls . Scorers: Liv 4, Lily 2, Annabel 1.

Kent fielded a very young side, so Sussex started with their strongest seven to quickly secure a 2 goal cushion, with Lottie scoring twice. Lily then substituted herself and coached from the side-lines and rotated the team well. Some great breaks down the wing by Ruby cleared the way for several chances on goal. The Kent goalkeeper, assisted by some wayward Sussex shooting, kept Kent in the game as they pulled a goal back. Excellent vision by Nic who set Liv up for two goals to give Sussex a 3 goal cushion This provided an opportunity for the younger members of the squad to get match time and experience. They acquitted themselves well defending resolutely, not allowing Kent to score. Some lovely distribution by Grace, Hannah and Tahlia deserved a few goals, but the resulting shots didn’t quite find the back of the net. Ismey, now without the protection of experienced defenders Lily and Nic, stepped up and made some great saves, her confidence building as the match progressed. After much determination, and a couple of missed chances, Maisie popped up to score a well taken goal late on in the second half. Scorers: Lottie 2, Liv 2, Maisie 1.

This match turned out to be the Gold medal game. A very strong Surrey side attacked from the off, putting the Sussex defence under pressure, scoring twice in quick succession. Sussex initially reacted well, pulling one back with an unstoppable shot from Lily, but the lack of a strong centre forward made it difficult as Lily and Liv were double marked and unable to pass and drive to each other. The experienced Surrey players drove at the less experienced Sussex players and breached the defence twice more..
Scorers: Lily 2, Liv 1.

Sussex therefore secured a well-deserved silver medal.

It is the last year that our 2001’s will represent their county at junior level. Best of luck to all the girls who have represented Sussex over the past couple of years (Lily, Holly, Jess and Charlie) in their future water polo endeavours. However, with new players coming through, the future of girl’s water polo in Sussex looks good.