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

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 second day they face hosts Hungary.

First match of day two was Italy versus Germany. The Germans stepped up to the mark following yesterday's defeat against Russia and won 12-6. Next up was GB versus Hungary.


The started quick. Chloe Wilcox won the first swim off to start the game with an attack for GB. Alex Rutlidge took the shot but it hit the post. But then Hungary were away with a man up. They converted straight away.

Hungary then came again on their next attack and scored from open play.  The Hungarian team looked quick and were strong in the pit.  Frankie took our next shot in man up but it was saved and led to an impressive counterattack by the Hungarians and they scored again. Within minutes Hungary were 5-0 up.

Our confidence came back as we started scoring.  We didn’t let our heads go down and we continued to fight right to the end

The Hungarians came again and although we were strong defensively their entre forward was just so strong and this time Alex was excluded for a Hungarian man up and they scored from outside left. 

The GB girls continued to have attacks and Chloe took a good shot but it was saved. The Hungarians kept converting every attack and man up they had.  The quarter finished 9-0.


The second quarter was much the same as the first. GB had a good attempt by Fran Leighton and a lob shot by Fran Clayton but we just couldn’t finish with the ball in the back of the net. Meanwhile the Hungarians could.  We did stay strong in defence and Fiona McCann and Frankie Snell did good centre back work.

We looked menacing on our attacks and Beckie Kershaw did a good drive in but the Hungarians also had a strong defence and a good goalkeeper.  Rosie made some great saves in the second quarter and this quarter was 4-0, totaling 14-0 for the match so far.


Fewer shots by the Hungarians in this quarter but they did create an excellent goal with some quick passing and awareness. 

Exclusions kept coming for us because of the Hungarians' strong centre forward and so far they had scored every man up they received: what a good percentage!

Our chance came when we received a man up and well worked team work led to Fran Clayton putting it in the net.  With the seconds counting down, we started from half way and Fran L threw an accurate shot to catch the goalie out and score in the bottom corner.  What a goal!  The quarter was 7-2 and we were on the board, total score 21-2.


Saving the best until last, the final quarter was much better for GB. We had tired the Hungarians out!  Good man up movement by GB led to a goal for Hazel and then a second in man up from Beckie Kershaw. 

With our centre backs Fiona McCann and Frankie Snell receiving three majors they were out for the game and Hazel, Alex and Fran L did well to cover the position.  Rachel Drabble and the rest of the team all took their turns as pit defender as Hazel also got three majors. The game finished 25-4.

Team member Victoria Bowen told www.swimming.org after the game: “The Hungarians used our mistakes to their advantage and had a great man up scoring rate.  In the fourth quarter our confidence came back as we started scoring.  We didn’t let our heads go down and we continued to fight right to the end, we will use this game to help us in Italy.”


Scorers: Fran C 1, Hazel 1, Fran L 1, Beckie 1
Man ups: 3/10
Man downs: 11/13 conceded
Penalties conceded: 3/4
Saves: Rosie 3, Robyn 2 (swapped at half time)

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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