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Hungary for success: women’s GB team FINA Super Cup blog - day three

The 16-strong British women’s water polo team are battling for a place in the Super Final of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World League in Budapest, Hungary between 9th to 13th June. Blogging from the event is Water Polo World Class Programmes Manager Joanna Wray. On the third day they face Russia.


Although we kept our record of winning the swim offs with Rachel Drabble this time, we did not score first and Russia with a quick pass into the pit went 1-0, and then quickly 2-0.  Good defence by Fiona as centre defender, with the rest of the team stepping back to help, kept the score at 2-0. 

In a GB attack Angie drew a penalty and Chloe Wilcox stepped up to put it in the back of the net: 2-1.  Russia got away for a counterattack but with a one-on-one Rosie kept big in the goal and stopped a lob shot. 

However, Russia got another within the quarter before Victoria Bowen did a great defensive block that led to a counterattack first by Vicky and then passed to Chloe who drew an exclusion.  Frankie converted this man up after nice passes around the arc.  Again Russia were back and Hazel got excluded in defence which led to a goal by Russia finishing the quarter 4-2.


Right from the start the Russians were attacking, stealing a ball in the pit, getting Frankie excluded and scoring a quick goal.  GB had their chances with balls into the pit for Angie, Fran L, and Vicky Bowen but on this occasion Angie linked to Fran but the ball was just too short to capitalise on it.

Russia kept scoring on their attacks and had a number of man ups with our centre defenders being excluded a lot throughout the quarter.  Our next attack drew an exclusion and with great movement by the girls meant Rachel Drabble took an opening to shoot a great goal.  We couldn’t match the goals scored by Russia but one last attack at the end of the quarter led to a penalty which Frankie Snell confidently shot in the top left corner.  Half time score: 8-4.


Off the teams went again and it followed much the same story.  The Russians drew a penalty which they converted closely followed by a counterattack where they scored.  We kept fighting, however. It’s great to see that the GB girls will not ever give up. A shot from outside by Frankie just hit the post.  Angie kept fighting in the pit and drew another penalty which Rachel Drabble took, unfortunately this time missing.

Victoria Bowen received three majors and was excluded from the game as was Fiona.  We created a great goal after Becky Kershaw went down the wing and passed to Fran Clayton who slotted it into the net.  End of quarter score was 4-2, total score 12-6.


Chloe Wilcox won the swim off to start the play but no goal came from the attack.  The Russians came but Rosie came out of goal to steal the ball from the centre forward.  A man down for Russia came but Rosie blocked a great shot to keep the score down. 

Now we lost Frankie to three majors but our defence kept strong and never dropped from the tactics. Angie drew a man up from one of our attacks but the shot from Fran Clayton was blocked in goal by a defender. 

Finally we broke our goal scoring slump this quarter with a good pass into pit by Rachel and a backhand shot by Fran L.  Score for the quarter 5-1.  End score 17-7 to Russia.


Scorers: Fran Leighton 3, Frankie Snell 2, Rachel Drabble 1, Chloe Wilcox 1
Man ups converted: 3/11
Man downs conceded: 5/12
Saves: 9
Penalties converted 2/3
Penalties conceded 3/3

GB Team

Rosemary Morris (City of Liverpool), Robyn Nicholls (City of Manchester), Frances Leighton (City of Sheffield), Chloe Wilcox (City of Manchester), Hazel Musgrove (City of Liverpool), Francesca Clayton (City of Liverpool), Lisa Gibson (City of Manchester), Angela Winstanley-Smith (City of Manchester), Fiona McCann  (City of Liverpool), Alexandra Rutlidge (City of Manchester), Rachel Drabble (City of Liverpool), Rebecca Kershaw (City of Manchester), Francesca Snell (West London Penguins), Victoria Bowen (City of Sheffield), Jade Smith (City of Manchester), Aine Hoy (City of Manchester)

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