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09 Sep 2009

The British Gas Men’s Water Polo team have successfully made it through to the semi-final stage of the LEN European B Water Polo Championships after an impressive win against Poland.

The team were on fine form again as they claimed a 13-5 victory over the Polish side to take the full three points and finish at the top of their group.

Showing skill and determination the team demonstrated the level of play that has won them their previous group matches and allowed them to put in their best ever result at the European B Championships.

Assistant Team Manager Joanna Wray was delighted with their performance: “All of the team played well today especially Alex [Parsonage] and Scott [Carpenter] who were our top scorers. In the last quarter we put our younger players in to give them the opportunity to compete as a team and we were very pleased with how they performed.

“Throughout the week the team have been very consistent and strong. They never let their opposition control the matches and all of the members have played exceptionally well. We’re going to have a couple of rest days now and focus on the next match.”

After finishing the group stage with four wins out of five, dropping their only match to Georgia by one goal, they will now bypass the quarterfinals and move straight into the final four.

The British Gas team will now have two rest days before contesting their next match on Saturday where they will play for a place in the final. France qualified for the other semi-final spot alongside Great Britain having come through their group undefeated.

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The British Gas team consists of:
Craig Figes
Adam Scholefield
Robert Parker
Scott Carpenter
Sean King
Jack Waller
Sean Ryder
Michael Bourne
Alexander Parsonage
Glen Robinson
Jake Vincent
Edward Scott
Matthew Holland


For more information please contact the ASA/British Swimming Media Assistant, Lauren Sanderson on 01509 632236 or email lauren.sanderson@swimming.org

About British Swimming
British Swimming is the National Governing Body for Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Open Water in Great Britain.  It is responsible internationally for the high performance representation of the sport. The members of British Swimming are the three Home Countries national governing bodies of England (ASA), Scotland (Scottish ASA) and Wales. (Welsh ASA)  British Swimming seeks to enable its athletes to achieve gold medal success at the Olympics, Paralympics, World Championships and Commonwealth Games.

About British Gas
British Gas, the biggest energy supplier in the country, has the lowest carbon intensity of any of the major UK energy suppliers in terms of tonnes of CO2 emitted per megawatt hour of electricity supplied to customers.  The company is one of the biggest investors in renewable power generation, principally offshore wind. Its recently completed Lynn and Inner Dowsing development, off the Lincolnshire coast, is the UK's largest offshore wind development. British Gas is committed to energy efficiency.  Our Energy Savers Report provides free expert advice on how you can cut energy use in the home and, in turn, save money.  So far, the report has shown over 2 million people how they could make an average saving of £175 a year.  To complete a report go to www.britishgas.co.uk/energy-efficiency/energy-savers-report

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