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Historic victory for Water Polo team

13 May 2011

The British Women’s Water Polo team, powered by British Gas, took a historic victory tonight in their first game of the FINA World League 2011 in Barcelona, beating 2004 Olympic silver medallists Greece 10 -9.

The scorers for Great Britain were Chloe Wilcox (2), Fiona McCann (1), Frankie Snell (2), Alex Rutlidge (1), Fran Leighton (2) and Ciara Gibson-Byrne (2).

We're delighted - it's the first time we've beaten Greece so it's a great start.

Greece have a strong pedigree in the game, having finished runners-up at last year's European Championships and scooping bronze in the 2007 World League.

And Rutlidge admitted the whole team had taken a huge confidence boost from the result.

“We are delighted with the result. It’s the first time we have beaten Greece," said Rutlidge. "It is a great start to the World League.”

Greece took the lead after the first quarter and were still ahead 5-4 at half time. 

The Greeks extended their lead in the third quarter and were 9-7 ahead but the perseverance and determination of the British girls saw them fight back to take the win 10-9.

Joanna Wray, World Class Programmes Manager for Water Polo said: “That was an absolutely brilliant result against a very strong team.

“The girls showed amazing determination to come back from being 9-6 down.

“This result gives us confidence for the rest of the competition, against two more quality teams.

“The hard work that the whole team has been putting in is really starting to pay off.”

The World League is the premier event in Water Polo outside of the World Championships and Olympic Games and represents an excellent opportunity for the British team to get more world class experience ahead of London 2012.

The team play former world champions Hungary in their second match tomorrow – click here to find out more.

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