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Brits put another win under their belts in Hungary

22 Oct 2010

After a convincing win on Friday the British Women’s Water Polo Team, powered by British Gas, hammered Honved in their third match of the week to move to the top of the Hungarian National League.

Angie WInstanley-Smith bagged five goals for the second consecutive match while Frankie Snell added another four as Great Britain secured a 28-5 victory.

It could have been a different story for Honved but a failure to take advantage of man-ups cost them dearly with just one goal coming from their 11 chances.

Captained by experienced goalkeeper  Rosie Morris, Great Britain took charge early on as Chloe Wilcox won possession for the British side.

With just over two minutes gone Angie Winstanley-Smith, who now tops the league goalscoring chart on 21, got the team off the mark finding her way past the Honved defence and followed it up moments later with her second of the match.

A momentary lapse saw Honved’s Krisztina Garda fire one back, but the Brits were on top form as Chloe Wilcox made it 3-1.

A shot from Alex Rutlidge was blocked by the Hungarians but Winstanley-Smith finished off the play to record a hat-trick.

Vickie Hawkins, Rachel Drabble and Aine Hoy added to the team’s impressive goal tally as Great Britain ended the first quarter 7-2.

The start of the second period saw Wilcox gain possession again and the determination of Frankie Snell earned the team two back-to-back goals to put Britain 9-2 up.

Rutlidge finally got her turn as she found the back of the net three minutes in, quickly followed by another from Fran Clayton.

Honved didn’t let the team have it all their own way as they took back possession and Fruzsina Dombradi made it three for the Hungarian side, but skillful play from Lisa Gibson saw her find the net twice before Dombradi scored a penalty to leave Great Britain 13-4 ahead at half time.

Ciara Gibson added to Britain’s dominance as she found the back of the net early into the third quarter followed by further goals by Winstanley-Smith and Wilcox, with Fiona McCann getting her first on the scoreboard.

Snell completed her hat-trick with Hawkins and Lisa Gibson also scoring as the penultimate quarter ended 22-5 in favour of the Brits.

A slow start to the final eight minutes saw possession change hands a number of times before Britain ran away with the match. Goals from Wilcox, Ciara Gibson, Hoy, Drabble and McCann put Great Britain 23 goals ahead leaving Honved with little opportunity to reply.

The match ended with a dominant 28-5 score line putting the Brits at the top of the Hungarian National League with three wins from their five matches.

Head Coach Szliveszter Fekete is pleased with the team’s progress over the past few weeks: “It was a great learning opportunity for the girls. The team executed all of the drills and tactics that we have been working on to good effect and I’m really pleased with the win.”

Scorers: Angie Winstanley-Smith 5, Frankie Snell 4, Ciara Gibson, 3, Chloe Wilcox 3, Lisa Gibson 3, Fiona McCann 2, Rachel Drabble 2, Aine Hoy 2, Vickie Hawkins 2, Fran Clayton 1, Alex Rutlidge 1
Shots in normal play 3 / 28 goals
Man-up 6 / 3 goals
Penalties 3 / 3 goals
Man-down 11 / 1 goal conceded
Penalties against 2 / 1 concede


Great Britain face UVSE-Salamander later today in their last of this week’s matches before returning home to the High Performance Centre in Manchester.

For full fixtures and results click here.

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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