Water polo teams keen to make an impact
28th July 2012
Head coach Cristian Iordache insists the British men’s water polo team are ready to make an impact in the opening game of their Olympic campaign.
The British men face Romania – Iordache’s home country – in their first fixture tomorrow as they return to the Olympic fold for the first time in 56 years.
Sometimes it's good to lose before the big game - it's like a cold shower.
Romania are the lowest ranked of GB’s Group B opponents in London but the Brits know they will have their hands full, having lost out 17-7 to their opponents at the Dublin Cup warm-up tournament earlier this month.
But Iordache is adamant his side have learnt their lessons from Dublin and will be a tougher proposition come Sunday night.
“We’re not targeting teams especially but we have met them [Romania] so many times recently that we are very confident we can have a good start,” said Iordache.
“Sometimes it’s good to lose before the big game – it’s a bit like a cold shower and you learn your lessons from it.
“We know everything we should about them.”
British goalkeeper Ed Scott added: “We played them in Dublin and feel like we know them really well and we’re raring to go.
“We know they have a very strong team and we’re not going to underestimate them in any way.
“But with the home crowd behind us, hopefully we can push them all the way.”
While the British men are making their first appearance in more than half a decade, the British women are making their first appearance in history.
We have beaten Italy and lost by one goal to Russia. We have all the possibilities the other teams have.
With only eight teams in the competition, Team GB are guaranteed a quarter final spot after the group stage but British head coach Szilvester Fekete insists his women have nothing to fear from their group opponents Russia, Australia and Italy.
“We have played everybody in the group and all the teams are on a similar level which is very strong,” said Fekete.
“We have beaten Italy in the World League and lost by one goal to Russia. We have all the possibilities the other teams have.
“We have had a good training camp in Hungary and it had the feel of an Olympic warm-up and the atmosphere of the Olympics. There were so many international teams there at the same time as us.”
British goalkeeper Rosie Morris added: “We’re not targeting any of our opponents in particular – we’re going to take each game as it comes and see how it goes.
“We play Russia first and a few years ago we would be losing by 20 goals against them. The last time we played them, we lost by one.
“We’ve come on so much recently and hopefully we can give them another good game.
“Last night’s Opening Ceremony was incredible and the atmosphere and team spirit has really helped us get excited about the Games.”