Great Britain caught in another thriller in Hungary
27 November 2010
Chloe Wilcox scored a hat-trick as Great Britain found themselves in another titanic tussle against Szeged in the Hungarian National League.
The British team were in high spirits after a good performance on Friday against Szentes and found themselves tied at the half-way point for the second match running.
But while they edged in front of fourth-placed Szeged in the third quarter, a succession of penalties for the Hungarian Cup runners-up saw them steal a 13-10 victory.
The result means Great Britain finish fifth in the first round of the league, although the team's place in the top-six playoffs - which start next weekend - was already secure.
GB team captain Fran Leighton reports from Hungary:
Szeged raced into attack to score a back shot but GB responded immediately with Vicky Bowen gaining mid-pool kick out which Chloe Wilcox converted with a smart bounce shot.
Szeged scored in their next attack with an incredible goal from the tightest of angles but GB again reacted in the most positive of ways, scoring immediately with a superb 8m shot from Frankie Snell.
The Hungarians pressed on with their attacking play and scored a penalty and another goal from range to make it 4-2.
GB goalkeeper Robyn Nicholls made an excellent save from a penalty but Szeged finished the quarter with another penalty to lead 5-2.
Chloe again won the ball which GB kept possession of this time! After some good pressure, Lisa Gibson won a man up which Aine Hoy converted after a series of quick passes.
Chloe and Fran Clayton added to the score with ferocious 8m efforts to bring GB level end the quarter 5-5.
The game continued to be close with steals from Angie Winstanley-Smith and a long shot from Claire Nixon but eventually Szeged broke the deadlock with a penalty.
Great work from Chloe around the 5m line resulted in a clever feed into centre forward where Angie turned for a penalty which Alex Rutlidge calmly scored under pressure.
GB then scored with good individual work from Lisa in centre forward putting GB into the lead for the first time.
The excitement took its toll and head coach Sylvester Fekete earned his first yellow card of the national league but with the language barrier, no one is sure what was said!
Szeged equalised with a man up and while hat-trick hero Chloe put GB ahead again, the quarter ended 8-8 after a long shot from Szeged.
The Hungarians started the final quarter scoring a penalty and then adding to their tally with a 7m shot.
Angie scored after Alex earned a man up but Szeged were awarded another penalty which they scored to make the score 11-9.
GB continued to chase the game and Ciara Gibson’s long range effort brought them back to one goal behind but Szeged added two late goals to finish the game 13-10.
|Goals: Chloe WIlcox 3, Ciara Gibson 1, Angie WInstanley-Smith 1, Lisa Gibson 1, Alex Rutlidge 1, Fran Clayton 1, Aine Hoy 1, Frankie Snell 1|
|Shots in normal play: 16 / 7 goals|
|Man-up: 10 / 2 goals|
|Penalties: 1/1 goal|
|Shots against in normal play: 11 / 7 goals|
|Man-down: 8 / 1 goal|
|Penalties: 6 / 5 goals|
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, Robyn Nicholls, Chloe Wilcox, Alex Rutlidge, Frankie Snell, Aine Hoy, Lisa Gibson, Vicky Bowen, Angie Winstanley-Smith, Ciara Gibson, Fran Clayton, Claire Nixon, Ella Chadderton.