LEN European A qualification tournaments Day 3

The British Women’s Water Polo team, powered by British Gas, played their final match of the LEN European A qualification tournament against a strong Dutch side.

After claiming victory in yesterday’s game against Czech Republic the Brits needed a win to go through as one of the top two teams in their group, but the host nation proved too much to overcome as Great Britain fell 11-5 at the final hurdle.

Starting out strongly the Brits showed good awareness on the ball and matched the Dutch play by play. Chloe Wilcox surprised the opposition with a rapid cross-goal shot to get the scoring underway and by the end of the first quarter the teams were level at 2-2.

Rosie Morris blocked many of the Dutch advances as the Brits kept pushing in attack with strong play and good movement from both Angie Winstanley-Smith and Fran Leighton. The Dutch edged ahead but penalties from Rachel Drabble and Hannah Wild brought the Brits back within touch.

The final half saw the host nation find the back of the net six times to Britain’s two, securing their 11-5 victory and qualification through to the LEN European Water Polo Championships in August.

Great Britain finished third in their group with Greece in second and Czech Republic in fourth.

British team member Robyn Nicholls believes the tournament has been a learning experience for the team. “We’re disappointed, but all of the girls played really well this weekend,” she said. "We’ve got a much needed week off to rest and then we’ll get back into training, practice a few things that we’ve taken away from here and prepare for the Kiriski Cup and World League.”

Results Day 3 - 2 May 2010
Imperia (ITA)

France vs.Ukraine 14 - 4 [2-0] [4-0] [3-1] [5-3]
Referees: Moiralis Andreas (GRE), Littlejohn Brian (GBR)

Italy Vs. Germany 10 - 7 [2-1] [2-3] [3-1] [3-2]
Referees: Reemnet Gideon (NED), Rezek Pavel (CZE)

Italy (ITA) 3 played; 9 points
Germany (GER) 3 played; 6 points
France (FRA) 3 played; 3 points
Ukraine (UKR) 3 played; 0 points

Dordrecht (NED)

Netherlands vs. Great Britain 11 - 5 [2-2] [3-1] [3-1] [3-1]
Referees: Grandin Anne (FRA), Goncharov Sergiy (UKR)

Greece Vs. Czech Republic 28 - 5 [7-0] [7-2] [8-2] [6-1]
Referees:Taccini Cristina (ITA), Haentschel Genrot (GER)

Netherlands (NED) 3 played; 9 points
Greece (GRE) 3 played; 6 points
Great Britain (GBR) 3 played; 3 points
Czech Republic (CZE) 3 played; 0 points


On the Men’s side the British team were also up against Netherlands. Having lost their previous two matches qualification was out of reach but they were looking to further test themselves at this level. The Dutch team came out strongly in the first quarter firing four goals past the British defence with the Brits only managing to pull two back.

The second quarter saw much better play from the British team who showed skill in attack, finding their way past the Dutch defence to score three goals getting them back to within one and at half time the game seemed within reach at 6-5.

Play went back and forth in the penultimate eight minutes as both teams struggled to find the back of the net. Scoring was level with one goal apiece leaving work to do for both teams if they wanted to secure victory.

Coming out in the final quarter neither team wanted to give anything away but it was the Dutch that got on the scoreboard to finish the match 8-6 to take third position in the group.

Romania qualified in first having won all three of their matches with Russia joining them after two wins. The team will now go back to the UK, with a number of players returning to Australia to finish out the season.

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00:18:01 03.05.2010
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