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Great Britain hold BVSC to nail-biting draw in Hungary

13 November 2010

Great Britain’s Women’s Water Polo team, powered by British Gas, remain fourth in the Hungarian National League after a dramatic draw with high-flyers BVSC-Zuglo in Budapest.

Final quarter goals from Ciara Gibson and Lisa Gibson saw Great Britain turn round a 6-5 deficit to lead with just under three minutes remaining.

But fifth-placed BVSC – led by former Hungarian National Team coach Matyas Petrovics – levelled proceedings at 7-7 with a late penalty and held on to ensure the points were shared.

After Friday night's 17-7 defeat of Herakles I, the result extends the GB Women's unbeaten run in the Hungarian League to five matches.

World Class Programmes Manager Joanna Wray reports from Hungary:

Q1

An added bonus came for us when we turned up as we got to see Great Britain Men’s team player Adam Scholefield playing a league match for his team which they won 7-5.

The game started with lots of attacking play from both teams but no real shots on target until Angie Winstanley-Smith drew a penalty which Chloe Wilcox stepped up to score.

Our defence was working well and Frankie Snell at centre back was reading the game well. The match continued at a fast pace and they scored from a counter but GB goalkeeper Rosie Morris finished the quarter with a fine save.

Q2

Both defences continued to work well at the start of the second quarter and each team missed a man-up. We took the whole 30 seconds on our next attack, moving the ball around and Lisa ultimately shot and scored. Frankie scored our next man-up and after surviving a man-down we finished the half 3-1 ahead.

Q3

BVSC scored a quick man-up at the start of the third quarter and converted a penalty just after to level the score at 3-3. There were penalties galore after that – they scored one and man-up, Frankie scored one, they scored another and Alex Rutlidge finished confidently from another to finish the quarter 6-5 down.

Q4

Rosie made a great save to start the quarter and Angie won a penalty two minutes in which Ciara calmly scored to level the score again. The game became very tense and Szilveszter Fekete (Head Coach) called a time out to set up our next man-up. It worked a treat with Lisa ultimately scoring to put us 7-6 ahead

But our opponents got another penalty and again levelled the score. With a minute left we got a timely man-up. Again we called a time out but this time we couldn’t finish the set play and the match ended 7-7.

Scorers: Lisa Gibson 2, Frankie Snell 2, Chloe Wilcox 1, Alex Rutlidge 1, Ciara Gibson 1
Shots in normal play: 11 / 1 goal
Man-up: 8 / 2 goals
Penalties: 4 / 4 goals
Shots against in normal play: 17 / 1 conceded
Man-down: 4 / 2 conceded
Penalties against: 4 / 4 conceded


For Great Britain's Women's 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, Claire Nixon, Frankie Snell, Alex Rutlidge, Becky Kershaw, Lisa Gibson, Aine Hoy, Vicky Bowen, Angie Winstanley-Smith, Fran Clayton, Ciara Gibson, Robyn Nicholls, Vickie Hawkins.

If you’re interested in seeing some international water polo, Great Britain’s Men’s Team, powered by British Gas, host Greece in a European Championship qualifier on Saturday 20 November at Manchester Aquatics Centre.

Click here for more details.

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