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Impressive victory over Dunaujvaros for the Brits in Hungary

3rd December 2010

The British Women’s Water Polo team, powered by British Gas, secured an impressive win over league leaders Dunaujvarosi earlier today in the first of their second stage matches.

Fran Clayton was in fine form, netting the Brits three goals in their 10-8 victory, putting them in a strong position ahead of tomorrow’s reverse match.


Britain got off to a great start when Chloe Wilcox won the swim off.  The first goal came five minutes in when Fran Clayton scored from a man-up situation.  After some good defensive work from the Brits, Vicki Hawkins scored the second goal from another man-up.  The Hungarian team came back with two goals to end the first quarter 2-2.


Chloe again won the swim off and after some missed opportunities from both sides, Ciara Gibson scored the third goal for Britain from the right wing to the finish the man-up.  Dunaujvarosi answered back with a goal from the outside to make it 3-3, and then converted a man-up opportunity to go one ahead.  Angie Winstanley-Smith scored a goal which the Hungarians followed with one of their own to end the second quarter 4-5.


The team started the third quarter well when Aine Hoy won the swim off to make it three out of three, and soon followed with another man-up goal by Fran to draw level at 5-5.  A kick out from a counter attack gave Britain another man-up which was converted by Aine making the score 6-5. The Hungarians were unable to answer and the Brits scored twice more, a man-up by Chloe and an arc shot from Vicki, making the end of the third quarter 8-5 to Britain.


The Hungarians came back strong at the beginning of the fourth quarter scoring two goals to close the gap to 8-7.  Angie won the only penalty of the game, which was converted by Frankie Snell giving Britain a two goal lead. The Hungarians came back with another goal, but Fran scored the final goal of the game in the top right-hand corner to make the final score 10-8 to Great Britain.

Athletes selected to represent the British Women's Water Polo Team, powered by British Gas, include:

Rosie Morris; Chloe Wilcox; Fiona McCann; Frankie Snell; Alex Rutlidge; Becki Kershaw; Lisa Gibson; Aine Hoy; Vicky Bowen; Angie Winstanley-Smith; Fran Clayton; Vicki Hawkins; Ciara Gibson; Robyn Nicholls.

For the team's full fixtures and results, click here.

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