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Juniors win Olympic Hopes tournament in Prague

3 August 2011

The British Gas GBR Junior Women’s Water Polo Team will head to this month’s European Championships in high spirits after victory in the Olympic Hopes tournament in Prague.

The British girls have been in impressive form this summer, clinching silver behind reigning European Junior champions Russia in June’s 4 Nations competition in Angers.

Clearly beating the likes of Hungary will give the girls huge confidence.

And they continued their progress at the Championship warm-up tournament in Prague, notching up a 13-10 defeat of last year’s European Junior bronze-medallists Hungary en route to victory.

The Brits suffered one defeat, losing out in a penalty shoot-out to Germany in their opening match, but recovered to record wins over Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.

And with City of Liverpool player Katie Hesketh named Player of the Tournament after scoring six goals in the defeat of Hungary, head coach Nick Hume insists the team were focused on carrying their form into the European showdown.

“This was a stepping stone towards our ultimate aim of the European Championships,” said Hume. “Clearly beating the likes of Hungary will give the girls huge confidence.

“It was pleasing to see that although we started slowly against Germany, we were able to keep improving through the weekend.

“In the end we finished worthy tournament winners.”

The European Junior Water Polo Championships take place in Madrid between 21 – 28 August.

The British women secured their highest ever finish at the tournament 12 months ago, finishing seventh overall.

The British Gas GBR Junior Women's Water Polo Team for the Olympic Hopes Tournament, Prague

Name Club
Kate Thompson City of Liverpool
Casey Smith City of Manchester
Lucy Aspinall City of Manchester
Sophie Gilbert City of Liverpool
Grace Morely Tyldesley / City of Manchester
Katie Hesketh City of Liverpool
Kathryn Routledge City of Liverpool
Maria Kendall City of Liverpool
Tuesday Birmingham Cheltenham / City of Manchester
Courtney Dean City of Manchester
Lauren Tasker City of Liverpool
Laura Shears Newton Abbott / Bristol Central
Jordan Kelly-Linden City of Manchester


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