2019 EU Nations Water Polo Cup Bronze for England Junior Women
Team England secured bronze in Day 3's play-off games held in the Czech city of Brno. Germany beat South Africa to win the tournament which also featured Czech Republic (I, II), Ireland, Wales and Denmark. Click on panel to view games.
Having won all three of their group matches in the competition, their second half performance in the 9-5 semi-final defeat to Germany had given plenty of encouragement ahead of the Europeans which take place in Valos, Greece, in September.
Head coach Sarah Dunsbee said: “The team has had a good weekend and earned a good, solid third place. This tournament was part of our training programme towards the Europeans. The game against Germany enabled the team to feel what it is going to be like playing in that competition. After a slow start, the girls fought hard to try and turn around a 7-1 half-time deficit. And although we lost 9-5, they have learned how to play at another level.
“We’ll now look to gain such quality opposition over the summer so we can start the Europeans playing at the level we need to. I’m looking forward to September and seeing the girls competing on the European stage.”
1:5 / 1:2 / 0:3 / 1:6 – match report
Goals DEN: Bentsen A. (1), Pedersen E. (1), Nielsen A. (1)
Goals ENG: Mills L. (4), Henderson O. (3), Berry A. (3), Campbell-Lamerton E. (2), Motley A. (1), Girvin L. (1), Smith I. (1), Andrew E. (1)
In the bronze-medal match, England faced Denmark again and ran out comfortable 16-3 winners, Mills netting four times, while Henderson and Amy Berry scoring hat-tricks.
Skipper Berry said: “We have really pushed through our hard team work. After the Wales match, we realised our defence was strong and we needed to work on our attack and we really pushed through to get that better every single time, especially in the Denmark game. We did really well and did not give up at all.”
Vice-captain Girvin added: “The highlight of the weekend for me was the Germany game as it taught us how we have to play the Europeans. We really stepped up to that high level of polo and really worked as a team. It was definitely our best game of the tournament. Even though we lost, we played up to those high levels.”
1:0 / 3:3 / 3:3 / 1:4 – match report
Goals RSA: Miszewski L. (2), Wedderburn J. (2), Lomax T. (2), Motau B. (1), Tambo A. (1)
Goals GER: Vunder N. (4), Boettcher J. (2), Plotz S. (2), Krauß H. (1), Skibba M. (1)
1:2 / 0:3 / 0:0 / 3:2 – match report
Goals WAL: Jones E. (1), Quine-Taylor B. (1), Griffiths R. (1), Jones M. (1)
Goals CZE: Holá J. (3), Drnková I. (2), Braťková V. (1), Čápová L. (1)
1:2 / 3:3 / 5:3 / 1:8 - match report
Goals CZE: Dvořáková K. (5), Hellerová A. (1), Kubínková L. (1), Skalová M. (1)
Goals IRL: Ramsey E. (9), Colvin C. (4), Hynes K. (3), McGurk M. (1), Loane E. (1)
England U17s EU Nations squad