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Solid start for GB Men in Euro Qualifier

12 July 2013

The British Gas GBR Men’s Water Polo team got off to a winning start in the second round qualification tournament for the 2014 LEN European Championships.

The Brits kicked off their campaign on Thursday 11th July with a comfortable win against Switzerland, 18-6, creating a six goal lead in the first eight minutes of play.

By the time the buzzer went to signal the end of the first quarter the Brits were up 7-1 although by half time the score was 8-2.

Coming out strongly in the third, the Brits extended their lead to an unbeatable 16-5 and then held on in the final quarter to take the victory 18-6.

City of Manchester’s Olympian Joe O’Regan was the top scorer, hitting the target five times. Tom Curwen (Lancaster) and Sean King (Invicta) both scored four apiece. Newcomer Callum Bailey (Invicta) scored twice with Jack Waller (Invicta), Ciaran James (Lancaster) and Jake Vincent (Solihull) also making the score sheet.

The whole squad contributed to the win with each member playing two quarters each.

Coach Andrei Iosep said: “The squad is in great spirits and is responding well to a number of tactical plays in both attack and defence.

“The squad work very hard and it has been encouraging to see the tactical plays working.”

The team followed this with a strong performance against France on Friday 12th July.

Again the Brits came out strongly, taking an early lead with a long shot by Tom Curwen then an impressive trio of deft hand flicks between James, Waller and O’Regan cumulated in a goal.

The Brits held onto the lead until the experienced French side equalised in the latter stages and the game finished eight apiece.

Curwen scored three goals, with O’Regan taking two with King, Waller and James also scored one each.

In their second game of the day, the on-form Brits also put 18 goals past Moldova to win 18-7.

Playing their third game in two days, the Brits showed no signs of fatigue to dominate the game from start to finish.

Starting strongly, they quickly took a solid lead and continued to build on it throughout the match.

Curwen scored his third hat trick of the tournament so far, with Chris Armstrong also claiming three goals.

King, Waller, Bailey and Scott Martin all scored two goals each with O'Regan, Abbott, Vincent and Kirk adding their names to the scoresheet with one apiece.

Next up for the Brits are hosts Slovakia, who they play tomorrow with their final game against Denmark on Sunday.

The British Gas GBR Men’s Water Polo team comprises:

  • Ed Scott – City of Manchester/Mediterrani, SPA
  • Ciaran James – Lancaster/Catalunya, SPA
  • Jake Vincent – Solihull/Bayer Uerdingen, GER
  • Sean King – Invicta/Navarra, SPA
  • Tom Curwen – Lancaster
  • Scott Martin – Worthing/Invicta/ Lille, FRA
  • Jack Waller – Invicta/Nice, FRA
  • Chris Armstrong – Sheffield
  • Jonny Kirk – City of Manchester
  • Joel Abbott – Worthing/Sheffield
  • Callum Bailey – Invicta
  • Matt Holland – Sutton and Cheam/ Aix en Provence, FRA
  • Joe O’Regan – Manchester
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