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GB Water Polo Blog Update: 11th February

11th February 2013

A big win for Rob Parker and Ciaran James this weekend at home against Sean King in Spain, and earlier in the week Matt Holland played against Jack Waller away in Nice. There were no games for the women in Spain and France but all the results of our Brits abroad are below, starting in Spain.

Spain

Catalunya 7 Navarra 5

A massive win for Rob and Ciaran against Sean which halts Navarra’s fourth place ambitions and ensures more vital points for the Catalunyions.

No goals from any of the Brits in a defensively dominated match which Catalunya just edged.

"It was close all game, but we got a couple of goals ahead in the 3rd period and stayed in front for the rest of the game” said Ciaran.

Sean was disappointed in his teams “lacklustre” attack which meant they couldn’t strike back after the third period. “We defended well but a couple of quick goals in the third period put them ahead and we weren’t strong enough in attack to cut their lead down”.

Mediterrani 6 Barceloneta 10

Ed Scott was involved in another Barcelona derby against the league leaders and achieved “not a bad result”. Barceloneta are running away with the league this year lead by a number of Spanish internationals including Felipe Perrone and Ed’s team did well to stay close with them throughout the match. “Not a bad result for us but our tactics need some work for the remaining games this season”.

Navarra 6 Barcelona 11 (Thur)

Sean’s team earlier in the week played an important match for fourth place which was shown live on the internet. Unfortunately they lost, which made the loss on Sunday an even bigger win for Catalunya as Navarra needed a win to maintain their push up the table.

“We started ok and the match was even until some lapses of concentration on our part allowed the to get a few counter attacks and build a lead which we were unable to pull back,” said Sean.

Sean scored two goals and is now looking forward to hosting league leaders Barcelonetta next weekend.

France

Nice 16 Aix en Provence 8

An easy win for Jack Waller in the end, although Matt Holland's Aix were only losing by a goal at half time. In the second half Nice’s superior fitness showed and they countered, scoring the majority of their goals this way.

Aix just don’t have the bench to stay with the top teams late in games as their first seven tired and this was cruelly exposed by a motivated young team. There was a mini success for Matt as Jack didn’t score but still a disappointing and frustrating game for the away team.

Nice have further strengthened fourth spot and will now look to finish the season strongly and take third spot to have an easier play semi final. Aix have two upcoming games against league numbers one and two, Marseille and Montpelllier respectively, which will be tough then an important run in with three or four must-win home games.

Jean St d’Angely 7 Lille 8 (N1)

A monster away trip for Scott Martin, 15 hour round trip on the minibus, thankfully ended in a close win for Lille. A last minute goal ensured victory and keeps Lille second in the league.

Germany

Sv Bayer Uerdingen 12 OSC Potsdam 9

A big win for Jake Vincent against a similar level team made even sweeter after Uerdingen went 4-0 down in the first quarter!

“We got off to a very slow start but slowly gained on them for the rest of the match and won," said Jake, who scored twice. "They were favorites before the match so it was good to win."

Spandau 15 SV Weiden 2

A daunting away game for Sean Ryder on Saturday night which Weiden approached in a damage limitation manner to try and keep their goal difference down, which will be important come the end of the season.

“We executed our game plan well with a severely diminished team," said Sean. "Six of the 13 didn’t travel because of exams, and now are better placed to maintain our position in the top division. Unfortunately our center back broke his nose so hopefully he won’t be out for too long.”

Sv Bayer Uerdingen2 21 Bochum 14

The two leading teams in the German top league controversially met in the quarter finals of the women's cup on Saturday. The first half was close but Uerdingen pulled away in the third quarter with a strong counter attack game and won comfortably in the end with Fran scoring four goals. Fran and her teammates are now clear favorites to win the cup and also the league.

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