Tony Strong’s President Cup blog: final day, final game
The Senior Men’s Water Polo Team, powered by British Gas, are competing in the President’s Cup in Poland. Below is Team Manager Tony Strong’s final blog from the event.
The final game of the series has arrived and it has finally brought out the sun in Poland and with it the crowds!
A tired GB team turned up to the pool knowing that another good performance would see them lift the President's Cup, another key gong of the events following Matt Holland being crowned 'tache of the tournament.
GB goal keeper Matt Holland was especially pleased for the warm weather as he had likend the last game to "...swimming in the local lake!"
The game started slowly with Poland taking an early advantage from a man up situation. This goal clearly woke up the GB team up as they returned the score straight away. Then a rare lapse in concentration from GB's Rob Parker presented a young Pole with a great opportunity to score. Fortunately Matt Holland was in the right place to save the day with his perfectly placed fingertips. The end of the quarter saw the team leading 4-1.
The second quarter started well for GB with a fine goal from Jack Waller. Then followed a number of exclusions for the GB team. However the team continued to steal the ball well and prevented the Poles from scoring from four attempts. Alex Parsonage then broke away and scored finishing the quarter 6-1 to GB.
A quick start with 2 man ups for GB that were professionally converted by skipper Craig Figes and Adam Scholefield. Again the team defended well against a further two exclusions, managing to again steal the ball and prevent the Poles from scoring. A further two goals from Rob Parker and Ciaran James saw the team pulling away with a 10-1 lead. The Poles were then awarded a penalty, which even the fingertips of the GB keeper couldn't stop. The quarter ended 10-2 to GB.
The final quarter saw the Poles score quickly from a GB exclusion followed by another counter-attack. GB counter-countered this with a fifth goal from the impressive Jack Waller and another from Craig Figes.
GB then called for the now traditional time out but the Poles had done their homework well and an "underwater" confrontation took place! Unfortunately GB couldn't convert the opportunity they had created.
The final say of the competition came from Tom Curwen who totally suprised everyone with the sweetest of shots that seemed to take an age before it dropped in the back of the Polish net. GB had won the game and the tournament. Yes!
GB head coach Cristian Iordache said after the game that the team had improved enormously over the past 12 months and that this has been demonstrated by a string of good results and professional performances.
|Shots on goal 31|
|Man ups 4/9|
Craig Figes 2
Jack Waller 5
Tom Curwen 2
Rob Parker 2
Adam Scholefield 1
Ciaran James 1
Joe O' Regan