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07 Sep 2009

The British Gas Men’s Water Polo team were in action over the weekend playing the first two group matches of their European campaign.

Competing in Lugano, Switzerland at the LEN European B Championships the team displayed excellent skill and determination to take the full three points against the Netherlands with an 8-7 victory in their first match.

Having played them recently at two training camps the British Gas team were confident going in and showed that their preparation had paid off as the team got off to a strong start with an early goal from Alex Parsonage.

The young British Gas team finished the first quarter with a 3-2 lead, but the Dutch hit back to level the match to 6-6 at the end of the third quarter.

Toward the end of their first match the team rallied together and with only seconds remaining on the clock scored what was to be the winning goal.

The second day of competition saw the men take on an extremely powerful and experienced team from Georgia. High expectations were met early on with another goal from Alex Parsonage.

The Georgians hit back immediately and a quick fire game saw the British Gas team down 4-3 after the first eight minutes.

Scott Carpenter found his shooting arm and pulled two goals back for the side, but again the Georgians managed to hold on to the lead and the second quarter finished 6-5.

After pulling away with three goals, the side from Georgia looked in control of the match but the British heads didn’t give up and with two seconds remaining Rob Parker scored to bring the team within one goal of Georgia.

The British Gas team currently lie in fourth place in their group.

Later today the team will take on the host nation Switzerland in what is set to be an exciting match taking place at 18.30 BST.

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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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