U16s Chelmsford 10 v Ipswich 15 - By Clive Mills

What a great win it was. 

With only 8 players and NO goalkeeper we stormed to a fully deserved 15-10 win against a very large Chelmsford side who had a full squad of players.

We trailed 4-3 at the end of the 1st quarter but finished the 2nd quarter leading by a goal and then never looked back, and finished the game comfortable winners.

Josh H, Joel, Nathan & Dan L all did a quarter in goal and made some great saves as well as all having very good games on pitch and all contributed with a goal or 2.

Meg & Poppy were excellent both in attack and defense, with Meg getting her name on the score sheet and both showed great skill and determination throughout the match. 

Dan Harris was dare I say it.... a bit awesome. Gave us a platform to build on by scoring the first few goals and then sat in defense and ran the game through his reading of the game and his strength, as well as organising the rest of them in the water. 

Joshua M played very well in a game 2 years above his age group and maybe scored the goal of the game with an audacious lob from the wing with fell perfectly inside the far post giving the East region U16 keeper no chance.

Special mention to Thomas Mills and Jon Mayall who did a great job in coaching the team together for the first time and they always gave the team plenty of encouragement to drive them to this performance and win.

Well done to all who played & coached


1-8 victory to Ipswich U18 against Basildon

Ipswich U18 team fought a hard battle last night at Basildon but left the game victors. Ipswich didn't look in top form but Basildon strength across their side were forcing Ipswich to work hard for every goal. Eventually we ground down the opposition goal by goal after only leading 0-1 in the first quarter.

Some spells of magnificence interspersed with poor passing and  The saving grace was our defending was superb saving our turnovers in attack becoming conceded goals in defence. Great work in the end. Well done to the guys who showed Ipswich dominance at this age group is fully justified and well deserved.

Goals Scorer:
Watts 3
Poole 2
O'Donoghue 1
Parnell 1
K Harris 1

Man of the Match, Tom Mills

U18s v Colchester by Clive Mills

Great win for the U18's last night when they ran out convincing winners 27-4 against Colchester in a show of supreme strength, teamwork and technical ability.

With only 9 players with 2 of those being U14 and 1 U13 a lot depended on the 6 older players to produce commanding performances and boy did they.

Tom Gould was up to his normal excellent standards and even managed to play on pitch in the 4th quarter and bag himself a goal.

Connor was outstanding in defence and did not let anything past him all night, got himself a goal and should now make the move into the senior squad.

Thomas and Fin controlled the middle of the pool with great authority and covered every area of the pitch in both their attacking and defending duties and rightly both got goals which their performances deserved. Fin even went in goal for the last quarter but was beaten a a great back flip, shame it was from Connor though!!

James and Brad ran riot in attack and bagged a total of 20 goals between them. The Colchester defenders just could not handle their power and pace and it was a joy to watch these 2 players in such great form.
A special mention must go to the 3 'junior' players who made up the remainder of the team. Joel, Liam and Joshua M. were all brilliant and did not once look out of place playing at this level. All 3 did exactly what was asked of them with Joshua getting his name on the score sheet when following up a shot that had come back off the bar.

All 3 should be very proud of their performances and contribution to the overall team performance and result.

Ipswich’s fighting spirit earns tournament Silver

TeamIpswich Water Polo entered the Biggleswade tournament with the participating teams HERTFORD, HITCHIN, SPALDING, NORWICH, DUNSTABLE, NORTHAMPTON + BIGGLESWADE.

In the first game against hosts Biggleswade Ipswich secured a comfortable 5 – 2 win with goals from Captain Phil Trett, James Poole and Tom Ealham. The game saw a solid performance from the promising Ipswich teenager, Thomas Mills who earned his first senior cap playing alongside his Father Clive Mills.

Against Hertford a Tom Ealham penalty secured a 1-1 draw and in the last group stage game against Norwich, the physical nature of the game saw a player from each team being sent out with the referee having to remind both teams that this was a “friendly” tournament.  A James Poole goal was not enough to stem a strong Norwich team who came out 4-1 winners.

With Biggleswade winning against Norwich, and Hertford winning against Biggleswade the group was very close but Ipswich’s superior goal difference saw them through to the semi finals.

Ipswich’s semi final was against group winners Dunstable. 

A sling shot from Tom Ealham rattled both posts before crossing the goal line then a drive from Tom Young earned a penalty which Ipswich converted for a two goal lead going into the second half.

Dunstable upped the pace and scored an early goal but stout defence from George Bartle stemmed the Dunstable pressure and Ipswich came out 2-1 winners.

With Norwich winning the other semi final the scene was set for an Ipswich-Norwich final.

Ipswich absorbed much of the Norwich pressure and looked promising on the counter attacks but unable to take advantage of the opportunities, lead to Norwich seeing the game out with a 2-0 win.

However with many Ipswich key player missing this was a very pleasing performance.

TeamIpswich Squad
Jack Chamberlain, GK
Phil Trett (Capt) x1
Tom Ealham x5
Tom Young
Thomas Mills
Clive Mills
James Poole x3
George Bartle

Colchester Seniors 9 Ipswich Seniors 13

A closely fought match was evenly balanced until Ipswich opened up a small lead in the third quarter, with a pinpoint pass from Ward and a superb left handed goal from Poole adding to the tally.

Solid defence from Clive and Artie saw Brad's counter attacking score a quick hat trick against a tiring Colchester back line. Gould's distribution and lightening reactions started many Ipswich attacks, Thomas Mills added movement and Ben Clarke was able to assist many goals.

Tom Ealham skilfully captained the team with a game plan of marking Colchester's main players out of the game. A time-out in the last quarter helped compose nerves to seal a well deserved victory.

Many thanks to Dave Smith for refereeing. 

Brad Watts x5
Ollie Ward x3
James Poole x1
Tom Ealham x2
Artie x2
Ben C
Phil T
Clive M
Tom M
T Gould

Chelmsford Seniors 13 - TeamIpswich Seniors 21

Ipswich beat Chelmsford away by 21 goals to 13  goals with a superb performance. A number of Chelmsford players said afterwards it was the best Ipswich team they have faced in a long time. They could simply not handle our swimming ability and overall water polo play. 

The whole 10 man squad were incredible and it was a pleasure to play within this team. Tom Gould is becoming the best GK in the league and again demonstrated that tonight. The leadership of Clive Mills who was again solid in defence at the back and Nick Trett's passing rate and composure were vital. 

All of Bradley Watt's 6 goals and Ben Clarke's 5 goals were absolute screamers into the corners and even the home crowd were applauding their class.

Olly Ward played in practically every position on the pitch from pit attack to pit defence and was winning challenge after challenge and scoring a worldly backhand dead on the 30 second buzzer. James Poole won one of the best last ditch tackles I've seen and fitted into our slick play with ease - he is fast becoming the quickest player we have. 

Tom Mills showed why he is one of the best passers at the club and continued to pick out his Beckham-esque passes. Fin Parnell showed fantastic attitude in one of his early Senior appearances and showed us why he's so deadly in the pit winning us a penalty with one of his first touches and dominated his wing position - an exciting prospect for the future. 

Chelmsford's Dan Paddon pipped Tom Ealham to most goals in the match with 9 - a great player for us to compete against. 

Man of the match? All 10 players. A big congratulations is deserved to all. 

Tom Ealham x8
Brad Watts x6
Ben Clarke x4
Olly Ward x3

Tom GOULD (GK)                                                                                                           
Clive MILLS                                         
James POOLE                                       
Tom EALHAM (C)