Joanna Wray blogs from the pre-season Water Polo training camp with Germany - Day 3
Day 3 saw the British Team, powered by British Gas, gear up for the official match of the training camp. With one win apiece the teams were eager to prove their worth in the tie against rivals Germany.
Joanna Wray comments:
So the official match has arrived; music is playing, the flags are out and the BBQ is on! It’s 100 years since the club was opened and there is a good crowd to watch.
Q1: Straight away Germany came to attack and they started with a man-up and scored, but Britain were back with a well worked attack, Frankie just missing her shot wide. However, not to be disheartened the next attack she converted bringing the score level. A great save by Rosie in goal led to a British counter attack but the shot was just saved. The Germans then got their chance and converted to go 2-1 up.
Alex got excluded for the Germans to take a two goal advantage. Nearing the end of the quarter Lisa did well in the pit to get a man up and Fiona stepped up to finish it. Our next attack was also successful with Chloe putting the ball in the net, but two quick man-downs converted by the Germans meant the quarter finished 5-3 in their favour.
Q2: The Germans came and forced an exclusion from Becky, but our defence was strong and they didn’t score. Next time round wasn’t so lucky and the Germans took another two goals; one from a man-up and one from normal play. Vicky Bowen in the pit fought hard and got a penalty for GB which Alex stepped up and scored to take it to 7-4 to Germany. Another exclusion for us but the defence again worked well and the quarter finished at 7-4.
Q3: The Germans won the swim off to start with an attack, but Rosie made a great save which then led into a GB attack getting a man up and Ciara in her first official GB match scored. Ciara went on to be a useful asset putting a ball into the centre to help achieve a man up and then again stepping up to convert the chance.
Germany still continued to score their attacks and took another three goals. Angie got a kick out in the pit for Becky to score but the Germans then had a counter attack to get another goal on the board. Our next man up was scored by Frankie, and although our defence worked well Alex got excluded and the Germans finished the quarter with a goal. Score at the end 12-8
Q4: The final quarter brought Robyn Nicholls in goal. We worked a good ball around the arc to pull out an exclusion which Frankie narrowly missed hitting the bar. Ciara was back on the scoreboard again but the Germans also were and it was now 13-9. The next attack for the Brits was excellent leading to a fixing shot by Fran Clayton. The Germans then received a man down but Robyn was quick to react and saved a close range shot from the pit. End of the match was 14-10 to Germany.