Brits ready for Russia challenge
13 December 2013
The British Gas GBR Water Polo team are preparing for their first challenge of the new season against Russia in the FINA World League in Manchester on 17 December.
The team will aim to continue their momentum from the London 2012 in their first match on home soil since the Olympics.
[[widget1]]Russia finished fourth at this year's World Championships in Barcelona and were runners-up in the 2013 World League.
The 2014 FINA World League has two European groups of three teams with the winners and runners-up from each group progressing to the Super Final in June in Bejiing to take on teams from other continents.
The other team in GB’s group, is Spain and there is home and away legs against both group opponents to come over the next four months. The Brits will be looking to impress new head coach Kostas Vamvakaris for his first game in charge.
“I will be very proud to be for the first time, the Head Coach of the Great Britain team. I am pleased that it is at home as well,” Vamvakaris said. “Russia is a good team and I know that previously GB has had some tight matches with them.”
“As a team we have two days before the game because most of our players are playing abroad. It is my first time working with all the GB squad and I am very much looking forward to it.”
The vast majority of the team have been training at European clubs to gain more exposure to the professional game and captain Rosie Morris, competing in her second season at Olympic Nice Natation in France, will be looking for the team perform well in Manchester.
"We are really looking forward to coming together for our first match with GB since the World Championships in the summer,” Morris said.
“Our last few matches against Russia have been really close. With the experience many of our team have gained at various European clubs this season along with our new British coaches Kostas and Theo [Nousios] I hope we can get our World League campaign off to a really good start.”