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Brits fight in third match of the season

20 Oct 2010

The British Women’s Water Polo Team, powered by British Gas, continued their Hungarian adventure as they contested their third match in the Hungarian National League against ZF-Eger, a club with a number of Olympic champions on its roster.

With a win already under their belt and a narrow loss against last year’s champions Dunaujvaros, the British team have settled into the League well, but some of their bigger tests will come this weekend as they play four matches over four days against some of the best professional clubs in Europe.

The team got off to a great start against ZF-Eger as Rachel Drabble won the swim-off but a tight first quarter ended 0-0 with both teams failing to convert penalty opportunities.

Great Britain found their rhythm in the second quarter and some tactical play four minutes in from Frankie Snell saw her steal a pass and put the Brits ahead with the first goal of the game.

A tense two minutes of shots and steals ultimately saw ZF-Eger convert a penalty to level the game at 1-1 just before half time.

Less than a minute into the second half the Hungarian side found themselves a man down and Britain’s Angie Winstanley-Smith nothced her 11th goal of the campaign to put them back in front.

A penalty from ZF-Eger’s Kertes saw them level and despite three shots on goal the Brits were unable to respond. A free throw from Noemi Somhegyi saw the Hungarian team take the lead for the first time and less than two minutes later they extended their lead when Somhegyi found the net again.

Kertes took ZF-Eger to a 5-2 lead but Britain’s Ciara Gibson was able to pull back one goal just before the whistle to end the third quarter 5-3 down.

The British Women held the majority of the possession at the start of the final quarter but a penalty for Kertes five minutes from full time put game out of reach for the visitors.

Alex Rutlidge converted a penalty to close the gap to two but Bianka Pocsi quickly responded with an action shot of her own.

The British peppered their hosts' goal in the final minutes with Chloe Wilcox, Rutlidge and Fiona McCann all going close but the Hungarian side held firm to take the match 7-4.

The team will now face Kecskemet tomorrow, Honved on Friday and UVSE on Saturday.

For full fixtures and results click here.

Watch Rachel Drabble's video diary from the team's first trip to Hungary.

The athletes selected to play for the British Women's Water Polo Team, powered by British Gas, are:

Rosie Morris, Chloe Wilcox, Fiona McCann, Frankie Snell, Alex Rutlidge, Becky Kershaw, Lisa Gibson, Aine Hoy, Vicky Bowen, Angie Winstanley-Smith, Fran Clayton, Rachel Drabble, Ciara Gibson, Robyn Nicholls, Vickie Hawkins.

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