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Blog from the East - men’s GB water polo team action updates from Tbilisi

The men’s water polo team are in action in Tbilisi over the next three days where they are taking on the Ukraine, Belarus and Georgia. Follow their progress with British Water Polo’s World Class Programmes Manager Joanna Wray in her blog below.

Day one Ukraine V GB

Q1

Started the game with the first attack and received a man-up. Rob Parker scored to get the first goal of the game.  Straight after that was another man-up to GB but not converted this time.  This lead to a counterattack by Ukraine. Rob came back to defend and got excluded. 

Ukraine converted their man-up.  Good centre-forward play by Adam Scholefield created a man-up for GB but again we didn’t convert it.  Ukraine went on the counter but Matt Holland saved their shot and we were off for a counter which Scott scored from outside. 

Our next man-up was a great move by GB but Glen just tipped it over the bar from close range.  At this point Ukraine had only managed two shots on goal but both were scored.  Then came a penalty for Ukraine which they scored finishing the first quarter 2-3 to Ukraine.

Q2

In the first minute we gained a penalty but a bounce shot by Rob Parker bounced over the bar.  A good steal in defence led to a GB attack and with great skill by Rob Parker he went round two players to score with an excellent shot.  GB started to dominate the game with good play but we were unable to take these opportunities to increase our goal tally.

An exclusion by Alex Parsonage led to a man-down but Ukraine missed, followed swiftly by another man down with initial goal saved by Matt Holland but the rebound placed in the net.  Score was now 3-4 to Ukraine and with attacks from both teams no one could score.  Matt Holland continued to make some crucial saves.  Score of this quarter 1-1, overall score 3-4 down.

Q3

Our first attack after half time led to a great goal by Adam Scholefield being fed an excellent ball by Alex Parsonage.  Alex then stepped up to take a penalty awarded to us and converted it.  GB were not in control of the game although they had a strong defence and good attacking play.

Another great ball from Alex to Adam saw a goal for GB.  Ukraine were stopped in their attacks and could no longer use their 30 second play to create any chances or get any shots on goal.  The quarter was won by GB 2-0, overall score 5-4 to GB. Yes!

Q4

Ciaran James won the swim off to start out attack but the shot from Alex Parsonage was saved.  Jack Waller in as centre forward got a great position to turn his player and score an excellent goal.  GB came again to attack and Adam Scholefield scored an incredible back-hander to increase our lead. 

The next goal from Rob consisted of a great team effort, quick passing around the arc to create the opportunity.  Eventually Ukraine got a chance to counter after a mistake in defence and they scored.  The match finished 8-5 to GB. Excellent result. Tomorrow we play Belarus.

Statistics

Total attacks 46, total shots 30, total goals 8
Total defence 43, goals scored 5
Man up converted one out of four
Penalties scored one out of two
Man down converted two out of four
Scorers: Rob Parker 3, Adam Scholefield 2, Scott Carpenter 1, Jack Waller 1, Alex Parsonage
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