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British women encouraged by World League openers

16 May 2011

Great Britain’s women’s water polo team, powered by British Gas, returned home brimming with confidence after three encouraging performances in the FINA World League in Barcelona this weekend.

The British women burst out of the blocks in their opening match, upsetting European silver medallists Greece 10-9 to secure their first ever victory over the nation.

Overall it's been great to be competing against these top teams and we're looking forward to having another go at them next weekend.

After a slow start to their second tie against Hungary, the British team staged a determined fight back to eventually lose 14-9 – a far cry from 25-4 defeat in the same competition 12 months ago.

The British faced hosts Spain in their final match of the weekend, looking to reverse the result from their 14-9 European qualifier defeat in Manchester two weeks ago.

They started strongly again, leading 4-2 at the first interval before a Spanish recovery saw the match hanging in the balance at 11-11 with one quarter to go.

And while Spain ultimately stormed the final quarter for a 16-11 victory, centre-back Fiona McCann insisted the British team were taking heart from their performance in Catalonia.

“We started strong and took an early lead in the first quarter,” said McCann.

“We started where we left off from the Hungarian game really but unfortunately we just couldn’t capitalise on all of our chances.

“Overall it’s been great to be competing against these top teams and we’re looking forward to having another go at them next weekend.”

The British women will face all three nations again in Athens next weekend (20 – 22 May) with a top-two finish in the group needed to progress to their first ever World League Super Final later in the year.

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