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12 Sep 2009

The British Gas Men’s Water Polo team were unable to overcome their Turkish opponents in the semi-final of the LEN European B Championships today.

After winning four out of their five group stage matches, and finishing top of their group, the team were confident going in but never got the opportunity to play at their best.

Right from the start they were unable to play their own game and after a number of decisions going against them they couldn’t get back into the match, with the first half ending 7-4 in favour of Turkey.

With Rob Parker unable to take any further part in the match due to three exclusions, much of Britain’s attacking play was stopped prematurely, and conceding six goals to their own one in the third quarter left them with too much work to do.

Eventually going down 15-6 to Turkey the team were disappointed with the result.

Assistant Team Manager, Joanna Wray, said after the game, “They didn’t play a great match but a lot of decisions went against them. We’re all so gutted, but we’ve got to pick ourselves up and focus on tomorrow and hopefully we’ll come away with a medal.”

The team will now play in the bronze medal match against the Netherlands. Having already beaten them in the group stage they will be looking for a similar performance if they want to come away with the win.


To visit the official website please CLICK HERE

The British Gas team consists of:

Craig Figes
Adam Scholefield
Robert Parker
Scott Carpenter
Sean King
Jack Waller
Sean Ryder
Michael Bourne
Alexander Parsonage
Glen Robinson
Jake Vincent
Edward Scott
Matthew Holland

For more information please contact the ASA/British Swimming Media Assistant, Lauren Sanderson on 07795 251917 or email lauren.sanderson@swimming.org

About British Swimming

British Swimming is the National Governing Body for Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Open Water in Great Britain.  It is responsible internationally for the high performance representation of the sport. The members of British Swimming are the three Home Countries national governing bodies of England (ASA), Scotland (Scottish ASA) and Wales. (Welsh ASA)  British Swimming seeks to enable its athletes to achieve gold medal success at the Olympics, Paralympics, World Championships and Commonwealth Games.

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British Gas, the biggest energy supplier in the country, has the lowest carbon intensity of any of the major UK energy suppliers in terms of tonnes of CO2 emitted per megawatt hour of electricity supplied to customers.  The company is one of the biggest investors in renewable power generation, principally offshore wind. Its recently completed Lynn and Inner Dowsing development, off the Lincolnshire coast, is the UK's largest offshore wind development. British Gas is committed to energy efficiency.  Our Energy Savers Report provides free expert advice on how you can cut energy use in the home and, in turn, save money.  So far, the report has shown over 2 million people how they could make an average saving of £175 a year.  To complete a report go to www.britishgas.co.uk/energy-efficiency/energy-savers-report

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