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Wilcox score hat-trick as Brits take victory

5 February 2011

Chloe Wilcox scored a hat-trick as the British Women’s Water Polo Team, powered by British Gas, claimed an 11-10 victory over Hungarian club BVSC-Zuglo Diaplo earlier today.

After a 7-7 draw the last time the Brits were confident they would be able to go one step further and claim victory against the Hungarian club side.

Despite getting off to a slow start, Aine Hoy and Wilcox had pulled the team back to within two goals by the end of the first quarter as BVSC led 4-2.

The Hungarians netted another but Hoy was quick to respond and strong defence from the British women saw BVSC convert only one out of four further opportunities.

Team captain Fran Leighton brought the score to 6-4 while Wilcox made it five just before half time.

The Brits found their stride coming out in the third quarter with Wilcox completing her hat-trick 30 seconds in.

Lisa Gibson and Frankie Snell were denied by the tough BVSC defence but Gibson soon found her way through as she helped Britain take the lead for the first time in the match.

Alex Rutlidge made it 8-6 but BVSC’s Hanna Kisteleki brought the team back to within one. Ciara Gibson and Fran Clayton got another two for the Brits as BVSC could only respond with a single goal pulling Great Britain even further ahead by the end of the third quarter.

A goal from the Hungarians was matched by Ciara Gibson but a last minute shot from BVSC’s Anna Illes found the back of the net to bring them back to within one as the game closed 11-10 to Great Britain.

This is a vital win to the Brit’s Hungarian National League campaign as they now prepare to face BVSC tomorrow morning.

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