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Brits finish third in Euro Qualifiers

7th April 2013

The British Gas GBR Men’s Water Polo team finished a credible third place in the first round of the LEN European Championship 2014 Qualifying tournament in Tbilisi, Georgia.

The Brits kicked off their campaign on Thursday, falling 12-3 (3-0, 6-1, 1-0, 2-2) to Georgia before bouncing back with an 11-3 (3-1, 3-1, 4-0, 1-1) defeat of Poland on Friday.

The team followed that with a 17-4 victory over Czech Republic on Saturday.

In their final game of the tournament, the team produced a well constructed game plan to draw 5-5 (2-0, 1-1, 1-3, 1-1) with an experienced Slovakian team to finish in third place overall.

Captain Craig Figes was pleased with the team’s overall performance.

We played better and better throughout the tournament

“After a very disappointing start in our first game against Georgia, we played better and better throughout the tournament,” said Figes.

“We finished with a very good performance against a strong and experienced Slovakian team.

“If we build on our last performance for the next round then we can beat any team in the qualification pool and have a good chance of progressing to the 2014 Europeans.”

Fixtures and Results

  • 4th April - Georgia 12 - 3 Great Britain (3-0, 6-1, 1-0, 2-2), (GB scorers: Curwen, Waller, Vincent)
  • 5th April - Poland 3 - 11 Great Britain (1-3, 1-3, 0-4, 1-1), (GB scorers: Curwen 3, Figes 2, Waller 2, Parker 2, James, King)
  • 6th April - Czech Republic 4 - 17 Great Britain (GB Scorers: Parker 4, Waller 3, Scholefield 3, James 2,  King 2, Figes, O'Regan, Curwen)
  • 7th April - Slovakia 5 - 5 Great Britain (0-2, 1-1, 3-1, 1-1) (GB Scorers: Waller 2, James, Curwen, Parker)

British Gas GBR Men's Water Polo Team at European Championship Qualifiers in Georgia

  •     Adam Scholefield (Leeds) – Rotherham Metro  
  •     Craig Figes (Bristol) – Bristol
  •     Ciaran James (Lancaster) – Lancaster
  •     Edward Scott (Bolton) – City of Manchester     
  •     Jack Waller (Enfield) -    Invicta
  •     Jake Vincent (Solihull) – Solihull           
  •     Matthew Holland (Carshalton) – Sutton and Cheam        
  •     Robert Parker (Cheltenham) – Cheltenham         
  •     Sean King (Farnborough) - Invicta        
  •     Sean Ryder (Nottingham) – City of Manchester
  •     Joe O’Regan (Oldham)– City of Manchester      
  •     Chris Armstrong (Doncaster) – City of Sheffield
  •     Tom Curwen (Lancaster) - Lancaster

Click here to read a blog from GB goalkeeper Ed Scott about the team's trip to Georgia

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