Improvements made by Men’s team in key water polo match
19 June 2011
The British Gas GBR Men’s Water Polo team, were in action in their European Championships qualification match in Athens last night fresh from successful games in Holland and more recently Dublin.
The GBR team had been gaining valuable experience by training with their opposite numbers for a few days before the Group E game on Saturday 18th June.
World Class Programmes Manager Joanna Wray reports from Athens:
The game started quickly with Great Britain losing the swim off and Greece gaining the advantage of the first attack which was converted after some quick passing around the arc. Great Britain quickly countered and put the Greek team under some pressure but unfortunately were unable to convert some good work. They did however score on the next attack with a goal from captain Craig Figes
The Greeks continued to press and again found the goal, making the score 2-1 after a couple of minutes. Great Britain continued to put pressure on the Greeks after they scored again, but saw a Figes shot crash off the bar.
Shortly after, Jack Waller converted an opportunity and the quarter finished 4-2 to Greece.
This was a relatively quiet quarter with Great Britain again losing out on the swim off and with both sides failing to convert a number of opportunities, the Greeks did however convert two chances and the quarter finished 6-2 to Greece.
This quarter started better for the Great Britain team which saw them win the swim off and set up the first attack of the quarter. Unfortunately the experienced Greek team were closing them down very quickly and limiting opportunities for scoring.
But the training proved to pay off when Craig Figes popped up again to score his second of the game and Great Britain’s third.
The Greeks however kept up the pressure and converted a further four goals to finish the quarter 10-3 in front.
Great Britain again won the swim off and set up the first attack, but the experienced Greek team limited the amount of clear opportunities for Great Britain and only Waller was able to convert his second goal of the game during this quarter while the Greeks added another four. The game finished Greece 14 - 4 Great Britain.
After the game, Ukrainian referee Kostanda Vyaccheslav commented on how good the discipline of the young Great Britain team was and how well they had played against the experience of the Greek team.
Great Britain Head Coach Cristian Iordache was pleased with the overall performance, especially with the improvements the team has shown.
The team are now preparing for games against Slovakia, Romania and Slovenia in a tournament being held in Bratislava 23-26th June before their vital final European Championships qualification match against Georgia on 2nd July in Manchester.
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The British Gas GBR Water Polo Team were:
Craig Figes (c)
Craig Figes 2
Jack Waller 2