Brits defeated by Greeks in quarter final
23 August 2013
The British Gas GBR Under 20 Water Polo team were defeated by a strong homeside at the World Under 20 Water Polo Championships in Volos, Greece.
The Greeks came out strongly, leading from the first period to ultimately win the game 16-5 (5-0, 4-0, 3-2, 4-3).
The homeside scored five unanswered goals in the first quarter and another four to lead 9-0 at the half time buzzer.
But a gutsy British fightback in the third, though Claire Nixon and Katie Hesketh, to match the Greek's three goal to give a quarter score of 3-2.
Danielle Elliot and Hesketh were the first to score in the fourth quarter before the Greeks fired in two of their own.
A Rosie Huck effort took the British total to five, but the Greek side had the momentum - and the support of the partisan crowd- and scored another two to take the match 16-5.
The Brits will now face Hungary, the 2011 silver medallists, in the match which will determine whether they will play off for 5th-6th place or 7th-8th.
16-5 (5-0, 4-0, 3-2, 4-3)
Katie Hesketh 2
Claire Nixon 1
Rosie Huck 1
Danielle Elliot 1
The British Gas GBR U20 Water Polo team
Jade Smith (GK) – City of Manchester (Oldham)
Claire Nixon - London Otter (Stafford)
Katie Hesketh – City of Liverpool (Lancaster)
Ella Chadderton – City of Manchester (Oldham)
Sophie Gilbert - City of Liverpool (Birkenhead)
Danielle Elliot - City of Coventry (Leicester)
Courtney Dean – City of Liverpool (Warrington)
Kate Thompson - (GK) Cardiff (Birkenhead)
Honor Grimes – City of Manchester (Manchester)
Rosie Huck – City of Manchester (Stockport)
Lauren Tasker – Tilsley Water Polo (Liverpool)
Brooke Tafazolli - London Otter (Sutton)
Rhianne Oscroft - City of Coventry (Leamington Spa)