Brits defeated in final quarter of Romania match
16 February 2014
The British Gas GBR Men’s Water Polo team made a good start against Romania in the first leg of their LEN European Championship playoff match but the hosts eventually proved too strong winning 18-7.
Be part of the action: GBR v ROU, 19:00 on 1 March at Sunderland Aquatic Centre There was little between the two teams in the first half of the match as both attacked and defended strongly (3-2, 4-2).
Play continued to be very close at the start of the third quarter with the Brits clawing the score back to 7-5. But a broken nose for Sean King and a raft of decisions against the team meant they were down by four points at the end of the quarter (6-2).
The match continued to turn against the Brits as they lost Ciaran James early in the fourth after he was wrapped for questioning a refereeing decision.
Playing under new coach Dejan Stanojevic, the Romanians took advantage of their superior fitness and time together in the pool to outscore the Brits 5-1 in the final quarter (3-2, 4-2, 6-2, 5-1).
"The result was harsh - we were very competitive for two and a half quarters" - Dave King, team manager GBR Team manager, Dave King said: “The result was harsh on the team as they were very competitive for two and a half quarters.
“With Andrei Iosep we can make real progress but we need more time together to prepare for big games.
“The Romanians were very complimentary of our performance but the match highlighted the difference between full time professional athletes and a team that is made up of full and part time players.”
The team now focus on the return leg on 1 March in Sunderland. To find out how to be a part of it, click here.