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Brits secure highest ever World Championships position

24 August 2013

The British Gas GBR Under 20s Water Polo have finished eighth at the World Under 20 Water Polo Champs, after being defeated by Australia in their final ranking match in Volos, Greece.

The Australian’s took an early lead and held on through the game to win 14-3 (4-1, 4-1, 2-0, 4-1) to take seventh with the Brits in eighth – the highest ranking by any British women’s water polo team.

It was Australia who were first to score, taking a 2-0 lead.  But British goalkeeper Jade Smith saved a penalty attempt before Katie Hesketh scored back for the Brits. The scored a further two to win the quarter 4-1.

The second quarter followed suit, the Australians scored two goals before Hesketh converted a shot of her own but 2011 bronze medallists put another two shots away to take an 8-2 lead at half time.

The third quarter was closely fought, with just two goals from Australia breaking the deadlock. They were 10-2 going into the fourth but Hesketh converted her goal attempt to score her hatrick to take the Brits to 14-3 at the final whistle.

Head Coach NIck Hume said: "Breaking into the World top eight teams is a wonderful achielvement and a credit to the players and staff who made it happen.

"The players have shown an incredible fighting spirit, working tirelessly against Hungary and Russia and proved their talents and ability against Brazil and Uzbekisan, which was superb.

"This result has been the culmination of four years of hard work, oftern under difficult circumastances but the girls have achived their desired result."

Graeme Thompson, Water Polo National Performance Director for British Swimming said: "The U20s have established another landmark in GB Women's Water Polo journey.

"Everyone of them should be proud, along with the team staff as well. The journey continues and the future needs to see us regularly establish ourselves amongst the sport's elite and increase our competitiveness."

Quarter Scores

14-3 (4-1, 4-1, 2-0, 4-1)

Katie Hesketh 3

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)


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