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Emphatic team display sees Great Britain return to winning ways in Hungary

21 Oct 2010

Great Britain’s Women’s Water Polo team, powered by British Gas, returned to winning ways in the Hungarian National League with an emphatic victory at Kecskemet.

After a frustrating 7-4 defeat to ZF-Eger on Wednesday, the British team bounced back in style, dominating from the off in a 28-4 win.

Angie Winstanley-Smith continued her hot-streak in front of goal with five while Chloe Wilcox and Rachel Drabble added four each for Great Britain while eight other players all got their name on the scoresheet in Hungary.

World Class Programmes Manager Joanna Wray reports from Hungary.


The girls started quickly, attacking with some sharp passing before Aine Hoy scored the first goal from a man-up. Some great defence meant Kecskemet couldn’t find the net in response and GB scored on our next man-up through Chloe Wilcox.

Vicky Bowen added another from man-up and despite a number of kick outs, they couldn’t score through our defence. Fiona McCann finished the quarter with another goal to put GB 5-1 ahead.


A good steal early on in the second quarter led to an attack into the centre and a penalty which Rachel Drabble scored. The girls were creating some great chances with quick passing and Angie Winstanley-Smith scored another with a flick in from our next man-up.

Chloe converted a counter-attack and while Kecskemet cancelled it out with a penalty, GB were way ahead at 8-2.

The crowd was full of kids with horns which led to a pretty deafening experience!

In goal, Rosie Morris was maintaining concentration through the quiet spells and she produced a great save from the next man-down. Two more goals on the counter-attack from Alex Rutlidge and Vicky finished the half.


Robyn Nicholls came in for Rosie at half time but a goal from man-up from Aine and another for Chloe after a great steal kept GB in the ascendancy.

A nice team goal was finished by Angie as the girls continued their dominance to go 15-2 ahead.

Kecskemet scored another penalty to Rachel scored again to keep GB’s tally going before the quarter ended 21-4.


We kept strong again on a man-down and Becky converted a counter-attack to start the final quarter. Robyn was called into action to save a 5m shot and quick-thinking from her saw a long-throw for Alex to counter and score.

Fran capitalised on a stray back-pass for another and we added two more late on to finish the game 28-4. A great dominant performance by GB

Scorers: Angie Winstanley-Smith 5, Chloe Wilcox 4, Rachel Drabble 4, Ciara Gibson 3, Alex Rutlidge 3, Aine Hoy 2, Fran Clayton 2, Vicky Bowen 2, Becky Kershaw 1, Frankie Snell 1, Fiona McCann 1
Shots in normal play 30 / 21 goals
Man-up 8 / 6 goals
Penalties 1 / 1 goal
Man-down 11 / 1 goal conceded
Penalties against 2 / 2 conceded

Great Britain take on Honved on Friday before their fourth match in as many days against UVSE-Salamander on Saturday.

For full fixtures and results click here.

The athletes selected to play for the British Women's Water Polo Team, powered by British Gas, are:

Rosie Morris, Chloe Wilcox, Fiona McCann, Frankie Snell, Alex Rutlidge, Becky Kershaw, Lisa Gibson, Aine Hoy, Vicky Bowen, Angie Winstanley-Smith, Fran Clayton, Rachel Drabble, Ciara Gibson, Robyn Nicholls, Vickie Hawkins.

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