GB hit double figures in second match in London
4th May 2012
The British Gas GBR Women’s Water Polo team were edged out of a scrappy second game against Hungary at the VISA International at the Olympic Water Polo Arena.
The Brits reached double figures for the first time at the Olympic venue but let their opponents slip away in the second and fourth quarters of the match.
European bronze medallists Hungary – who secured their Olympic spot at the recent Qualification tournament in Trieste – eventually won through 17 – 10.
There were more fights today so it wasn't easy but I think we were better in attack.
But after the Brits more than doubled their tally from their opening 10-4 defeat to Australia, British head coach Szilveszter Fekete admitted he was pleased with his team’s improvement in front of goal.
Video interview: GB head coach Szilveszter Fekete
“It was a different game to yesterday,” said Fekete. “That was good defence and not very focused in attack.
“Today we were better, especially at the beginning. There were more fights today so it wasn’t easy but I think we were better in attack but it was a good game for the girls to play.”
Both teams traded punches in a dramatic first quarter with the Brits equalising four times before Hungary added one more to lead 5-4 at the first break.
Aine Hoy and Chloe Wilcox put home the first two equalisers from man-ups before Frankie Snell scored the Brits’ third from a 5m penalty and Lisa Gibson fought free and put home a cute lob for their fourth.
Hungary’s accuracy on the powerplays paid off in the second quarter as they pulled clear with four more goals before Snell gave the Brits hope with her second goal to make the score 9-5 at half-time.
The third quarter was the tightest of the game with each team adding three to their total before Hungarian goalkeeper Orsolya Kaso saved a penalty at the death.
Wilcox and Gibson added their second goals in the quarter while Fiona McCann also got in on the act to keep the score 12-8 with the crowd noise reaching new volumes in the Arena.
Hungary pulled clear in the final quarter with another five goals as the Brits resistance faded but Gibson completed her hat-trick with an audacious outside shot on the buzzer then added a fourth to take the Brits past double figures late on.
It was a great game to play in - the crowd were absolutely phenomenal.
And Gibson admitted the crowd had played their part in spurring the team on in London.
Video interview: Lisa Gibson
“It was a great game to play in. It was a lot of fun and the crowd were absolutely phenomenal,” said Gibson.
“When we’re playing you don’t hear it because you’re focused on what you’re doing but when you score a goal, you hear the crowd and it really fires you up.
“It’s always nice to score goals so I’m happy with that. I know I’ve got things to work on though but it’s nice to have positives as well as that after a game.”
USA sealed their second win of the competition with a hard-fought 10-9 defeat of Australia in the other match on day two.
The Americans will face Great Britain in the final round of group matches on Saturday.
GB goalscorers: Lisa Gibson (4), Chloe Wilcox (2), Frankie Snell (2), Fiona McCann, Aine Hoy