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GB Water Polo Blog Update: 4th February

4th February 2013

It was international week this week so there were no games in the men’s leagues of Spain and Germany but there were still plenty of Brits playing with addition of the Aussie league starting this weekend. We will start in France with Jack Waller…

France

Nice 24 Taverny 2

Taverny are all but assured of relegation this season due to financial problems meaning most of their players left last season, and after an illness spread through the team this week they fielded an even more depleted team against nice on Saturday with the inevitable happening. Jack amazingly didn’t score but the youngsters in the team made up for it!

“We just countered them and scored nearly every shot we took," said Jack. "We played a lot of the bench and just felt like a training game. Looking forward to playing Matt on Wednesday!”

Douai 12 Aix en Provence 5

Matt Holland said: "Always a hard away fixture, my team mate said he can’t ever remember winning here (after nine years at the club), and it seems this lack of belief we can win has yet again stopped us kicking on from our brief successes this season to win big games like this, much like last week against Sete. We started ok trading a couple of goals each and shutting down their attack which is very effective in their small pool, picks and drives on position 4/5 and lots of movement in the pit which wins easy majors.

"But they recognised our main threat, Zoltan Varga in the pit, and basically played really hard on him and we were unable to create enough scoring opportunities. It was actually terrible referreeing which allowed Douai’s centre backs to be all over him and gave him no reward for his hard work.

"Although it was 4-2 at half time, we didn’t change our tactics to compensate for the lack of support given to our pit man and coupled with a slackness in defense Douai pulled away in the 2nd half. At the end of the match I was very disappointed and annoyed but we have to forget it and concentrate on the next game vs Nice on Wednesday. I can’t wait to play against Jack and hopefully shut him down! When we played him at home he only scored one goal and that was scabby so hopefully it will be 0 this time.

Lille 16 RC Arras 9

Scott Martin and Lille made hard work of beating mid table Arras but after only leading 9-8 going into the fourth quarter they pulled away to eventually win comfortably. This confirms their second position in the league and keeps their push for promotion going.

Australia

Adelaide Jets 6 UNSW Wests Magpies 8

Adelaide Jets 6 UNSW Wests Magpies 7

The Magpies from Sydney travelled down to Adelaide and played two games vs Glen Robinson and Alex Murphy’s Adelaide Jets. Glen is returning to the club he played for two seasons ago and Alex, who has moved permenantly down under, starts another season at as the Jets pit man. Both games were tight against the league champions and showed hopefully Adelaide will be able to compete this season with the best led by Glen and Alex!

“We started well in the first game on Saturday, good strong defence kept us in the game and as the game went on our chances started to come, a poor 3 mins in the 3rd quarter cost us the game as they scored 3 un answered goals and pulled away from us.”

“On Sunday we didn’t start as well they scored some quick goals and we Wern’t finishing our chances, as the game progressed our chances started to convert and again our strong defence and good goalkeeping kept us brought us back in the game against west magpies who are a strong team.”

Glen scored five goals over both games and Alex one.

Spain

Zaragoza 8 Mataro 15

A comfortable win for the girls, even with Chloe and Frankie not at 100 per cent after being ill all week with toncillis, keeping them second in the league. Next week is the important match against first in the table Sabadell so we hope the girls recover by then and can get a win!

“We took control from the start going 6-2 up in the first quarter. Our goal keeper and centre forward played really well.”

Frankie scored two goals and Ciara one.

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