Joanna Wray blogs from the pre-season Water Polo training camp in Germany - Day 2
After Wednesday’s victory over pre-season hosts Germany, the Women’s Water Polo Team, powered by British Gas, locked horns with their rivals again on Thursday.
Joanna Wray, World Class Performance Manager, comments:
The game was getting rather rough now and the majority of the third quarter had chances that were not taken by either team – the quarter ended up goalless!
Thursday covered the same format as yesterday with training in the morning and another match with our hosts in the evening.
Q1: Germany started strong after yesterday’s defeat and scored a quick goal on man-up. Beckie Kershaw forced a good save and a corner but there was no goal until Angie Winstanley-Smith managed to get a man up and Becky converted this one. But the Germans had a number of other shots and scored three more times. Ciara Gibson Byrne scored one more for us but Germany ended the quarter 4-2 ahead.
Q2: GB did some great defending at the start of the second and a nice pass from Frankie Snell led to Gemma Hadley scoring. We continued to create some good opportunities – Chloe Wilcox did a great steal and Frankie intercepted a counter – but we couldn’t find another goal and a 2-1 quarter meant Germany led 6-3.
Q3: The game was getting rather rough now and the majority of the third quarter had chances not taken by either team. Shots came from Frankie, Fran Leighton, Fiona McCann and Chloe but each either hit the post of forced a save from the German goalkeeper. The quarter ended goalless.
Q4: Szilveszter [Fekete, Women’s Head Coach] took over the referring because of the fierce nature of the game and it did calm down a bit in the fourth. Still, a couple of kick-outs came with a double exclusion (one per team). Gemma scored her second of the game before Alex Rutlidge added to the GB tally but a quarter score of 4-3 to our hosts gave them an overall 10-6 lead.
The Women’s Water Polo Team, powered by British Gas, are preparing for the start of the upcoming season with a training camp in Gronau, Germany
Q5: We continued to play for the full training time, this time converting to three man-up’s per exclusion so set plays could be practised (the score therefore reflects all chances converted). The Germans seemed to convert their man-up’s better throughout the game but we still had a number of chances – Ciara scored a fantastic lob, followed by goals from Fran Clayton and Chloe. End quarter 15-11.
Q6: Fran C started by scoring from a set play but the man-up conversion was still higher for Germany putting more goals on the board. Final score 21-14.