Tony Strong’s President Cup blog: day one
The Senior Men’s Water Polo Team, powered by British Gas, are competing in the President Cup in Poland - keep up-to-date with all the action with a humorous blog from Team Manager Tony Strong.
The GB team started the game in high spirits sporting a variety of moustaches for their ‘Tash of the Tournament' contest in aid of Movember. This worked well to throw the young Belarus team off their game initially!
Birthday boy Jake Vincent scored first to put the team into an early lead. Further goals followed from Alex Parsonage, Rob Parker and Tom Curwen to give the British team a 4-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter saw a quick goal from Belarus but GB were taking full advantage of the man-up situation and scored a further five unanswered goals. The score at half time reflected the dominance of a strong GB team and we finished the quarter 9-1 up.
In the third quarter the team were clearly enjoying an attacking game scoring seven goals with only two in reply from Belarus. We had a 16-3 lead by the end of the third.
The final quarter brought back memories of 1966, when after a brief attack the Belarus ball appeared not to cross the line but in the spirit of the game the goal was given.
The incident clearly spurred GB back into action seeing them score five unanswered goals, the pick of which was Rich Lawler’s - yes for those of you who follow GB water polo I said Rich Lawler. The match ended with a 21-5 victory to the British team.
After the game Head Coach Cristian Iordache smiled and said the boys played very well and achieved all of the pre-match aims and objectives.
Tomorrow the team face Poland in what should be another good game.