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GB go down fighting against Holland

3 September 2013

The British Under 17s women’s water polo team had another tough outing at the European Junior Championships in Istanbul as group winners Holland proved too strong with a 24-3 win.

The first quarter started with an exclusion for Holland which they expertly converted leaving in no doubt the task faced by GB.

Holland increased their lead but it was not one-way traffic as Katy Andrew converted a GB man-up after excellent centre forward play from Rosie Huck. The first period ended with the Dutch leading 7-1.

"The girls gave it their all and it was tough in there. The Dutch were very physical," - head coach Ian MacCallumThe second period saw the goal of the game so far as Huck scored from the centre with two defenders and the goalkeeper all on top of her!

GB were working hard in defence but the physicality of the Dutch was resulting in numerous exclusions against GB, putting some key players into foul trouble. It was a 4-1 period for Holland who led 11-2 at half-time.

The third period was a tough one for GB as the Dutch goalkeeper made some good saves and the Dutch attackers found their shooting rhythm.

Isobel Howe gave the GB contingent in the stands something to shout about as she found the corner of the net from 8m. The third period ended 19-3.

Foul trouble caught up with GB in the final period as Emily Sutcliffe picked up her third major and took no further part in the game. Despite this GB kept playing to the end of the match and were unlucky not to add to their tally.

The draw could not have been more unkind to GB and they now face the much-fancied team from Greece in the crossover match for a place in the quarter finals.

Head Coach Ian MacCallum said: "We were well beaten by the better team today, we can have no complaints.

"The girls gave it their all and it was tough in there. The Dutch were very physical.

"It's been a rough draw and it will be another tough one against Greece tomorrow."

GB Water Polo Team in Istanbul

  • Helen Mockler (City of Coventry / Solihull)
  • Lauren Tasker (City of Liverpool / Tyldesley)
  • Beth Bolton (City of Liverpool / City of Chester)
  • Katy Andrew (City of Manchester)
  • Rhiannon Foulds (Sedgefield Water Polo Club)
  • Honor Grimes (City of Manchester)
  • Rosie Huck (City of Manchester)
  • Kathy Rogers (Seagulls)
  • Emily Sutcliffe (Leeds)
  • Grace Morley (Tyldesley)
  • Isobel Howe (City of Manchester)
  • Hannah Patchett (Otters)
  • Kate Read (Cheltenham)
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