Academy of Sport Round Up – 14.11.12

The Worthing College Rugby Under 18 Performance Programme squad continued their development as a team and individually with a 36-0 victory over local rivals Angmering in the Sussex League.


Some good phase ball lead to Rhys Thompson going over and …….. Gibson adding the extras to give Worthing a 7-0 lead.  Worthing rallied as a side under pressure from Angmering with centres Dan De Lucia and Jack Ware being the catalysts for this positive defensive display.  Before the half Worthing ran in another 4 tries to take the game away from the opposition with the highlight being a great show and go from prop Joe Fife, who ran in from 20 metres out to make the score 31-0.


The second half only saw an additional five points placed on the Worthing scoreboard with ….. Gibson touching down after good interplay on the righthand side of the field.


Performance Coach Ben Coulson was again happy with the progress made. “The boys worked extremely hard as both an attacking and defensive unit to make sure that the result was a positive one.  The players will now watch the video and reflect upon their performance as there are still many areas to work on, however I’m extremely happy with the development made so far this season.”


In the BCS Elite League the Women’s Football Performance Programme came up against a tough Merrist Wood (Chelsea) side.  This didn’t deter Worthing and they started brightly by pressing the ball high and playing at a high tempo.  This led to Worthing taking the lead with Amy Green curling the ball into the far corner after beating two defenders.  Unfortunately Merrist Wood showed their quality and this seemed to spur them into action, despite goalkeeper Natalie Woolven making some smart saves, Worthing found themselves 3-1 down at the break.


The next goal in this game would be crucial and Worthing rolled their sleeves up and almost got back into the game with Paige Adams going close.  However it was Merrist Wood, who sealed the game with a break away goal to make the score 4-1.  Worthing did however have the final say with Adams finishing second time around when one on one with the Merrist Wood goalkeeper.  Mike Bridges was philosophical in defeat “no disgrace in this defeat and the girls will learn a lot from this.  However if we would have competed in the middle part of the match the score could have been a lot different.”


Both Men’s Football Performance Programme squads were in County Cup action this week looking to get to the quarter final stage.  Both had potentially tricky ties with the 1st XI away to Varndean and the 2nd XI took on BHASVIC 2nd XI at home.  The 1st XI took the lead after early pressure with Ryan Fergany’s dangerous free kick evading everyone with Greg Gander claiming a final touch.  Worthing were defending the slope in the first half and were caught out by a diagonal pass, which led to an equaliser.  Worthing rallied and took the lead with a classy finish.  Striker Josh Marshall took the ball with his first touch and then side footed it past the Varndean keeper with his second.  This is how the score stayed until half time.  Worthing were in the driving seat, however needed a third goal to make the tie safe.  Further dominance in possession led to a third and fourth being scored, both long range efforts from Marshall and Fergany respectively.  Varndean to their credit worked hard to stay in the game, but never really troubled Jack Fagan in the Worthing goal.  Victory was sealed when Gander headed across for Harvey Sparks head home.


The 2nd XI were extremely impressive with their 6-0 win against BHASVIC 2nd XI at Worthing College.  Harry Smith was brought down and Charlie Dennis converted an early penalty.  From this point Worthing never looked back with Jared Rance adding two quality finishes to make the score 3-0 at half time.  Worthing continued to play effective football in the second period with Dennis scoring his second, again from the penalty spot.  Captain Matt Hardman added the fifth and Rance deservedly scored his hat trick and Worthing sixth with five minutes to go.  Performance Coach Dave Hall is extremely pleased with the squads progression so far this season “last week the squad has a slight blip, but reacted extremely well both in training and on match day.  Each member of the squad is developing their game, especially in terms of game intelligence, which when adding this to their technical talents they will all benefit from this process, which is what the programme is all about.”


Finally the Basketball Performance Programme continued their unbeaten start to the season with an impressive 78-35 win against Bexhill College at Worthing Leisure Centre.  The whole squad impressed in this dominant display, however Arthur Holt came out of the game with special praise from new coach Dom Baker, who has replaced James Brame, who is currently coaching in Florida.

Onwards & Upwards,


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