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GB Water Polo Blog Update: 19th March

19th March 2013

Big wins for the two Seans, in Spain and Germany, and three victories in France for the lads there. We will start in Germany….

Germany

SV Weiden 12 Potsdam 9

A confidence-boosting win for Sean Ryder and his team at home against the Berliners. The result didn’t have any bearing on the final league position of either team but Sean said it was a good game to win and a nice boost of morale.

“We took control of the game early on and stuck to our plan which meant we could dictate the game," said Sean. "Our coach was happy with the performance and we can start the play-offs with a good feeling amongst the squad.”

The best-of-five play-offs start on Wednesday evening against Hannover. Good luck to Sean and the team, check back for the results and reaction later in the week.

SV Bayer 08 Uerdingen 4 Wasserfreunde Spandau 04 8

In the final game of the regular season, JakeVincent’s team lost narrowly to the German powerhouse and reigning champions.

“It was a close game and we defended the set defence well but we only scored one man up and conceded three goals from counters," said Jake. "Against a top team like Spandau this unfortunately made the differance and cost us the game. But we are happy with the season so far and look forward the to play-offs and Cup final weekend.”

Jake’s club recieved the exciting news this week that they will be hosting the men's and women's cup final weekend on the 18/19th May. Jake and Fran Clayton’s teams both made the final four of their respective compeitions and the event, known as the biggest weekend of the German season, will be a great way for them both to end the season.

SV Nikar Heidelberg 3 SV Bayer 08 Uerdingen 21

Another big win for Fran and her team ensured that they go into the play offs top of the league and firm favourites to win the title. Uerdingen have notched up 397 goals so far and are clearly dominating the league.

Fran has enjoyed herself too, ending the regular season on 52 goals, which leaves her fifth in the TGS list. Hopefully Fran can continue the goal scoring and win both the league and cup.

Spain

Navarra 10 Mataro 8

A big win for Sean King at home to fellow fifth place contenders leaves them in a commanding position in which to finish the season strongly. 7-4 at half time meant Navarra were in control against the LEN Cup participants and a strong defensive performance to finish the game settled the result.

Sean will travel with his team to Madrid next weekend to play sixth in the league, Real Canoe. Another important match and with their current form Sean is confident they can go and get a result at the notoriously difficult-to-beat Madrid-based club.

Mediterrani 14 CN Helios 6

An easy win against second-bottom Helios for Ed Scott and his Medi team. Ed didn’t take part, the coach giving the second goalie a game with the team still being able to dominate without the talismatic ‘pulpo’ between the sticks.

The difference in abilities was apparent from the off and Medi scored lots of counters. Their man up was also much improved and will give the lads confidence going into the next match against bottom in the league Montjuic.

Catalunya 7 Sabadell 16

A tough match for Rob Parker and Ciaran James against secondnd in the league Sabadell ended with a convincing victory for the title contenders.

The score was close (9-5) at half time, but Sabadell then captilised on Catalunya’s errors and took the game away with a 4-1 third and 3-1 fourth quarter. Catalunya can expect an equally tough encounter next week at home to Rob’s old club Terrassa. Rob scored one goal in the match.

France

Taverny 7 Aix en Provence 9

A must-win game for Matt Holland's Aix ended in victory but not in a very pleasing manor. Aix were the team with the better players and fitness but struggled to impose ourselves on the young Taverny team who kept it close right until the end.

Matt's team's lack of confidence in attack was evident, especially in the second quarter when they missed seven or eight shots on goal and failed to build on a 3-0 first quarter. Matt played a good game, making about 10 saves and looked in good form. Matt says he hopes they can win against ninth placed Senlis at home next weekend to confirm a finish no lower than eighth.

Senlis 9 Nice 14

Another win for Jack Waller and Nice keeps them third in the league. Senlis have the worst pool in the league (think Varley Street with a scrumtroth and a lower sealing!) so can sometimes threaten the big team with their ability to play well in a small pool.

This resulted in a tight game until the second half when Nice pulled away and showed their class. Jack enjoyed the low bottom and bagged himself four goals and a number of majors. Nice play Marseille at home next week. Jack sees it as a big opportunity to play a good game and showcase their improved form against the country's top team.

Lille 16 CN Livry Gargan 8 (N1)

An easy home win for Scott Martin’s Lille in which he scored three goals. With Lille now 10 points clear of third and the news that the top two teams will be promoted to a new 12 team elite division next season, Scott’s team are pretty much assured promotion and can now concentrate on trying to catch Riems in first place.

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