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Promising British performance in tough water polo battle

The British Women’s Water Polo team, powered by British Gas, played their second match in the FINA World League in Barcelona tonight.

The match, against 2005 world champions Hungary, was always going to be a tough match for the British team but the ladies put up a tough fight throughout the game before eventually losing 14-9.

After the first quarter Hungary were ahead 6-2 . At half time the Brits had pulled it back to 8-4 but the Hungarians put in a very tough third quarter to extend their lead to 13-5 before a British fight back led to a final score of 14-9.

Captain Fran Leighton said: “Unfortunately a slow start in the first quarter let us down and left us with a massive job to do.

“We fought back hard  to win the final quarter 3-1 which was a great achievement.

“We are now looking forward to another strong performance against Spain tomorrow.”

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.

In their first match yesterday, Great Britain beat 2004 Olympic silver medallists Greece for the first time.

Tomorrow the team play 2008 European Champions Spain in their final match – click here to find out more. 

European Champs 2016