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Brits equal best at European Juniors

24th September 2012

The British Gas GBR Women’s Water Polo team finished seventh after a nail-biting climax to their 2012 European Under 19 Championships in Chelyabinsk, Russia.

Having finished ninth in 2011, the Brits equaled their best ever finish of seventh from 2010 as defeated France in a penalty shoot-out in their final match of the tournament.

After progressing fourth from the group stage with two victories and three defeats, the British women were fighting for seventh place after a quarter final defeat to Spain.

But in their final match against France, the Brits fought back from an early 3-0 deficit to force extra time then a penalty shoot-out at 5-5.

Ella Chadderton, Kathryn Routledge and Sophie Gilbert ultimately put home the three penalties which saw the Brits prevail 8-7.

British Gas GBR Team at Women’s European Under 19 Water Polo Championships

  1. Jade Smith (Captain)
  2. Casey Smith
  3. Lucy Aspinall
  4. Sophie Gilbert
  5. Ella Chadderton
  6. Katie Hesketh
  7. Kathryn Routledge
  8. Claire Nixon
  9. Lauren Tasker
  10. Courtney Dean
  11. Danni Elliott
  12. Laura Shears
  13. Kate Thompson

Coach - Nick Hume
Assistant Coach - Sue Webb
Team Manager - Eileen Selvey
Physio - Julie-Ann Peart


Greece 13 – 6 Great Britain (5-0, 1-1, 3-3, 4-2)

GB goalscorers: Claire Nixon (2), Lucy Aspinau, Ella Chadderton, Katie Hesketh

Turkey 3 – 18 Great Britain (1-5, 1-5, 1-3, 0-5)

GB goalscorers: Katie Hesketh (4), Claire Nixon (3), Ella Chadderton (3), Lauren Tasker (2), Danielle Elliot (2), Casey Smith, Lucy Aspinau, Sophie Gilbert, Courtney Dean

Great Britain 14 – 3 Ukraine (3-0, 4-1, 3-1, 4-1)

GB goalscorers: Claire Nixon (2), Lucy Aspinau, Lauren Tasker, Danielle Elliot, Laura Shears

Russia 21 – 8 Great Britain (5-3, 6-3, 4-0, 6-2)

GB goalscorers: Ella Chadderton (3), Katie Hesketh (2), Claire Nixon (2), Sophie Gilbert

Italy 17 – 3 Great Britain (4-0, 5-1, 3-0, 5-2)

GB goalscorers: Ella Chadderton (2), Casey Smith

Spain 9 – 0 Great Britain (3-0, 1-0, 3-0, 2-0)

France 7 – 8 Great Britain (3-0, 0-2, 0-1, 1-1), ET: (1-0, 0-1), PEN: (2-3)

GB goalscorers: Katie Hesketh (3), Ella Chadderton (2), Danielle Elliot, Sophie Gilbert, Kathryn Routledge

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