GB Water Polo Blog Update: 18th February
18th February 2013
An important weekend in Spain as Sean King and Ed Scott played for their teams in the Copa del Rey (the Spanish Cup) and also in France for the men and women of Nice. Starting in Spain with the quarter finals of the cup which were played on Friday.
Mediterrani 8 Barcelonetta 13
This was Ed’s Mediterrani team's second meeting against the league leaders in two weeks and unfortunately another loss to the eventual winners of the cup. A strong first half performance meant the score was 5-6 at half time but then Barcelonetta started to show their class and pulled away for a comfortable victory.
“We were only down by one at half time but they capitilised on our basic errors to score counter attack goals and kill the game off," said Ed. "On paper it isn’t a bad result as they went on to win the cup easily with us giving them their hardest game, but we can still take away some lessons on how to play basic water polo”.
Navarra 7 Sabadell 14
Another tough quarter final for Sean against second in the league Sabadell. A similar story here too, 6-3 at half time and then 9-3 after the third quarter shows how Navarra couldn’t keep with their opposition in the second half.
Sean and his team mates can now concentrate on the league and try and maintain their good first half of the season. Sean scored one.
Strasbourg 6 Nice 12
Jack Waller and his team gained a valuable victory away in Strasbourg which consolidates fourth position and continues their chase of Sete who currently take third spot. Nice started well and pulled away into a 5-1 lead which they held for the majority of the match.
The match was won with strong outside shooting coupled with a solid set defence which nullified Strasbourg's main threat, their centre forwards. Jack is happy his team have started the second half of the season well.
“We are playing better as a team now and hopefully we can finish the season a lot stronger then how we started it," said Waller.
Aix en Provence 9 Marseille 13
Another loss but not a bad performance from Matt Holland and Aix against the league leaders and probable champions this season. Marseille were missing two key players so Aix tried to press them hard from the start and try to make their younger less experienced players make mistakes.
Matt said: "We were doing ok but went 3-0 down before we started to create things in attack. We got it back to 3-3 but they always had something more to offer when they needed it and kept ahead the whole match after that. We will continue to train hard for the next three weeks so we are ready for three massive games in March."
Lille 17 CN Marne Charenton 8 (N1)
An easy home victory for Scott Martin's team. It’s almost sure now that Lille will finish in the top two but they are still five points adrift of top placed Riems. That makes the upcoming Lille vs Riems match a big one which could determine who wins the league and takes automatic promotion.
Nice 14 St Jean d’Angely 4
Nice 10 Lille 4
The Nice women travelled to St Jean d’Angely this weekend for the next round of league matches. Two more easy wins keeps Nice - including GB players Rosie Morris, Angie Winstanley-Smith and Aine Hoy - in first place and favourites to take the league title to add to their French Cup victory two weeks ago.
Adelaide Jets 6 – Drummoyne 7
Adelaide Jets 8 – Drummoyne 11
Drummoyne continued their road trip to Adelaide where they faced Glen Robinson and Alex Murphy on Saturday and Sunday. An agonising defeat on the Saturday followed by a close loss on Sunday made for a bad weekend but a road trip awaits next week so hopefully the lads' fortunes can change away from home. Alex scored three goals over the two games and Glen one.
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