GB Water Polo Blog Update: 27th January
27th January 2013
A busy weekend in Europe for the British players with a mainly successful return. Particulary in Nice where the Rose, Angie and Aine won the French Cup after three great victories over the weekend.
There were a few games postponed or rearranged in the Spanish league so Sean and the girls from Mataro's teams didn’t have games. There was another GB men clash in Germany as Sean Ryder’s team entertained Jake Vincent at their home pool, but first to France and the reaction to the girls triumph….
Nice 32 Toulouse 2
Nice 17 St Jean d’Angely 7
Nice 11 Nancy 4
The first matches of 2013 for Angie, Rosie and Aine down on the Cote d’azur were in the finals of the French Cup. They won the quarters and semis easily, setting up a final against Nancy on Sunday afternoon who beat the other favourites Lille on Saturday.
The Nancy team couldn’t get back up to the same levels as the previous day and Nice came out comfortable winners behind a top class performance from Rosie in goal. This is what Angie had to say about the weekend;
It was a really good team performance which showed that our ‘boot camp’ training over the last few weeks has been worth it!
"We played eighth placed team Toulouse on Saturday in the quarter finals. We won 32-2! This allowed us to give all of our younger players a chance to get first team experience. We then played St Jean d’Angely in the semis Saturday night. We won 17-7. They are a much improved team with an Olympian CF so we took the game seriously and started well winning the first quarter 7-2.
"The final was today at 13h, against a Nancy team who beat Lille last night on penalties in the other semi. We ended up comfortable winners in the end 10-4, playing with control in attack and defence. Rosie had an awesome game in goal to keep the score low. It was a really good team performance which showed that our ‘boot camp’ training over the last few weeks has been worth it! Now for the league title….!"
Over the three games Angie scored 11 goals and Aine three.
Noisy-le-Sec 11 Nice 12
A massive win for Jack Waller with Nice on Saturday in Paris against a team that are always hard to beat away from home. The win was even more impressive as they came back from 10-7 down to win the last quarter 5-1.
Aix-en-Provence 7 Sete 11
Matt Holland said: "After last week when we won away vs Strasbourg there was a lot of expectation for this game as another win would have propelled us up the table to fourth place and confirmed our ambitions of going for a top four finish. We were at a disadvantaged from the start as our center, Zoltan Varga, injured his shoulder and couldn’t play and our centre back and shooter, Petar Tomasevic, had been ill all week and only took part in one session on the Friday night.
"We started the game ok and were level at half time mainly down to a good set defence but our lack of center forward and focal point for the attack was starting to show. Sete had worked out how to defend against our pretty ineffective attack and this showed with us only scoring two goals in the second half. In addition we decided to stop trying to play polo and just make the game into a fight, something which happens often in the French league because the refs are terrible at controlling a game once a team decides to play heavy.
"We gave away a lot of stupid majors, our second center got himself wrapped and most of the young guys lost their heads which all contributed to us going four goals down by the start of the fourth quarter and that was that. A very disappointing game as we could easily contain them in defence so all that was required was some discipline and stepupability in our attack to try and score one more goal than them. Never mind…next game is away at Douai which will be hard (five hour train and an unacceptably small pool) but winnable with some discipline and our pit man back."
Lille 17 INSEP 3 (N1)
The eve before departing for England to take part in his first GB senior training camp, Scott Martin and Lille recorded any easy win against INSEP. This is the team of the national training center in Paris and is made up of the young French players who study and train full time there. As an N1 team they lack experience and strength so rarely pose a threat for the promotion bidding teams like Lille.
SV Weiden 7 SV Bayer Uerdingen 13
Jake Vincent and his team started the game strongly and lead 9-3 at half time. This proved too much to overcome for Sean and his team mates with Bayer Uerdingen playing the rest of the game out comfortably. Jake and Sean both scored 2 goals each.
SV Bayer Uerdingen 19 Hannoverscher 3
SV Bayer Uerdingen 31 ETV Hamburg 2
It was a double-header this weekend for Fran and her team, playing Saturday and Sunday. Two more easy wins keeps them top of the table. Fran scored four goals in the first game and three in the second.
Catalunya 4 Barceloneta 10
A tough game against the league leaders, made even tougher with the absence of Rob Parker who is still recovering from a small operation to remove a cyst on his hand earlier in the week.
Ciaran said: “We did well to keep them to 10 goals but without Rob our attack was lacking bite and we couldn’t create enough opportunities to score and stay in the game with them”.
Sabadell 15 Mediterrani 12
Ed Scott was unable to prevent a loss to second in the table Sabadell who boast a strong team with number of Spanish internationals. In a high scoring and entertaining game with lots of saves too from Ed and his opposite number who is Spain's number one. Ed said: “Our defence was poor and overall it was annoying as we could have done better. We were still missing Jeff our American center and it showed.”
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