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Water Polo team prepares for World Championships

1st July 2013

The British Gas GBR Water Polo team continued their preparations ahead of the FINA World Championships competing in the Dunaujvaros Cup in Hungary at the weekend.

The team competed with world class opposition from Holland, Russia - the reigning World Championship bronze medallists - and the hosts Hungary, the current European bronze medallists.

This has been a valuable trip in our preparations for the World Championships - NPD Graeme ThompsonThe Brits were in action in the opening game against Russia. All but one of the quarters were tight encounters but a strong third enabled the Russians to complete the 19-13 victory.

The second match saw GBR take on the hosts, with Hungary taking an early lead in the opening quarter, 6-3. However GBR stayed strong through the rest of the match, finishing with a 5-4 win in the fourth quarter with the game ultimately finishing 15-12 to Hungary.

In their final match versus the Dutch, the Brits got off to a disappointing start, losing the opening quarter 7-2. They picked up the competition in the rest of the match but eventually lost 21-11.

Graeme Thompson, National Performance Director, said: "This has been a valuable trip in our preparations for the World Championships.

“The players are continuing to respond well to the new coaching team direction and guidance and it is encouraging to see increasing attacking play and goals from us.

Click here to view the British team for the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona.“However to compliment that, we need to improve our defence, across various game situations.

“With three weeks to go until our opening match versus Canada at the World Championships, there are areas for us to further improve and strengthen, both individually and collectively as a team."

At the end of tournament, Ciara Gibson Byrne, was awarded the tournament's top goalscorer, with 14 goals, seven of them in the opening match v Russia.

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