Brits improve again in USA defeat
2nd August 2012
The Team GB men’s water polo team put in another spirited performance as they lost to defending silver medallists USA.
The Brits recovered from a dismal start to draw the second quarter and win the third before eventually succumbing 13-7.
We're a tight team and a goal is an extra. It's good to score in front of a home crowd
After their below-par start to the tournament against Romania, the Brits had put in a hugely improved display in their second game against Serbia – leading the European champions during the second quarter.
And there were more positives to take from the Brits' third match in London as they fought back from their miserable start against USA with Rob Parker bagging himself a hat-trick.
The hat-trick was "great," said Rob after the match, "but like I always say, to score you need the other players to work to set it up and thanks go to the centre forwards.
"We're a tight team and a goal is an extra. It's good to score in front of a home crowd."
The Americans came into the game on the back of consecutive victories over Montenegro and Romania and dominated the opening quarter, scoring five unanswered goals.
It looked like the Americans would rack up an embarrassing tally as they added a couple of early goals in the second quarter but Parker stopped the rot with a fine outside shot into the corner.
The Americans scored another before Craig Figes set up Parker for his second and Ciaran James’s outside shot ensured the Brits stayed five goals behind, 8-3 down at half-time.
There was further improvement in the third quarter as Jake Vincent took advantage of some slack pressing to score his first of the tournament before James bagged his second of the game with a shot from 3m.
USA also scored twice but Figes’ goal at the death saw GB win the quarter 3-2 and pull back to 10-6 down with a quarter to go.
The Americans pressed on in the final quarter adding another three goals but Parker had the last laugh, completing his hat-trick with a goal on the man-up.
After the match Ciarain James said the team was looking forward to the next match against Hungary on Saturday:
"We played them in Ireland in the Dublin Cup recently and we got our best result against them for decades. I'm sure we can get something from them," he said.