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GB Water Polo Blog Update: 11th March

11th March 2013

A mixed bag of results for everyone this weekend, but Jack Waller’s Nice continued their good run with a big win away at Douai and we will start there…

France

Douai 7 Nice 15

Nice confirmed that they are back to form with a hard-fought away victory in the North of France against Douai.

Jack has been ill all week so didn’t play as much as usual but his team mates were able to win comfortably even with some slightly strange refereeing. Douai won 14 majors to Nice’s five but were unable to take advantage and a strong defence the whole match helped Nice overcome the refs. Nice host Senlis next week so hopefully Jack can help us out and beat them!

Aix en Provence 8 Noisy le sec 13

Matt Holland's Aix lost a narrow encounter at home to Noisy.

Spain

CN Helios 7 Navarra 9

Sean King’s Navarra beat second-bottom Helios in what he described as ‘our worst performance of the season’.

“We didn’t play very well even though we were 6-1 up at one point. We got the win anyway and now have to prepare for Mataro next weekend which is a battle for 6/7 place,” said Sean.

CN Saint Andreu 10 Mediterrani 8

A game described by Ed Scott as a 'must win' ended in disappointment for him and his team.

“We played badly with our defence and man-ups being particulary poor. We need to sort these things out in training this week otherwise we will find it hard to win anymore matches!” said Ed.

A strong performance from the American Jeff Schwimmer at center drew plenty of exclusions but Medi were unable to capitilise. The Saint Andreu keeper also played a good game, saving lots of their man ups. Medi stay on 20 points and occupy eighth place.

Real Canoe 15 Catalunya 5

A tough loss for Rob Parker and Ciaran James away in Madrid keeps them third bottom in the table level with places eight and nine above them.

“We are very disappointed with the loss as it was the worse we played all season," said Ciaran. "Next week we have Sabadell which will be tough too but we are being positive and looking forward to getting the next win.”  Ciaran carried on his impressive scoring form with another two goals while Rob scored one.

Sevilla 4 Mataro 15

The GB girls helped their team to an easy victory away in Sevilla to get them back on track after the disappointment in the cup last weekend. Even though they started slowly, a 5-0 second quarter got them going and they finished strongly. Ciara Gibson-Byrne scored two goals with Frankie Snell and Chloe Wilcox chipping in with one each.

Germany

SV Bayer 08 Uerdingen 10 SSV Esslingen 9

In the quarter finals of the German Cup Jake Vincent and his team were able to hold off the strong challenge of the high flying leaders of the seconnd division and make the semis for the first time in many years.

Uerdingen were leading by two going into the final quarter and kept the Esslingen fightback at bay after a frantic eight minutes which saw nine goals. Jake will now go to the finals weekend and face either Spandau, Duisburg or Kredfield.

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