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Tony Strong’s President Cup blog: day two, game two

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. Game two, day two: Poland

Game two, day two of the President Cup saw GB play hosts Poland for the first time since the European B tournament in Lugano last year. Expectations were high on both sides.

Q1
The game started well with GB taking early control. The Poles proved to be more experianced than Belarus and defended well until the deadlock was broken by GB skipper Craig Figes. The lead was quickly doubled with a goal from Rob Parker.

GB continued to try to break down the Polish defence but not having played a game today the Poles valiently held on and managed to score from a man down situation. The first quarter finished GB 2-Poland 1

Q2
The second quarter saw GB step up a gear. They stole a number of balls from Poland, quickly turned defence into attack and scored three quick goals on the counter attack, two goals from man up situations and a penalty scored by Alex Parsonage.

The polish team were now struggling to keep up with the pace and the fitness of an impressive GB team, who were starting to impose their authority on the game.
The second quarter finished 8-2 to GB.

Q3
GB started well again, this time with a brace of goals from Rich Lawlor and a fine effort from Mike Bourne. GB continued to dominate play and put pressure on the tiring Polish team. Poland managed to steal four balls quickly, turning defence into attack. The quarter finished 11-2 to GB.

Q4
This quarter saw a rejuvinated Polish team quickly scoring from a counter attack followed by an impressive shot from the 5m line, bringing the score to 11-4.

GB countered scoring from a man up and two counter attacks, with the impressive Ciaren James scoring with only the keeper to beat. The Poles rallied for one big effort and scored themselves from a counter attack only for GB to score themselves with a goal from Adam Schofield.

The GB head coach Cristian Iordache said he was "...very pleased with team team performance, who again worked very hard and met the games objectives.The team play their final game tomorrow knowing that a win will see them crowned winners of the Presidents Cup." 

Statistics

Shots on goal   29
Goals scored 15
Man ups  4/6
Penalties   1/2
Counter attacks 4
Positionals 5

 
Goal Scorers

Mike Bourne 3
Rich Lawlor 2
Craig Figes 1
Jack Waller 1
Alex Parsonage 1
Rob Parker 2
Adam Scholefield 3
Ciaren James 1

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