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Rob Parker blog - April

Share in the highs and lows of Britain’s Rob Parker in his regular blog here. One of the members of the Senior Men’s Water Polo Team, powered by British Gas, he is honing his skills playing with the University of New South Wales’ Wests Magpies team in Australia.

After the good result off of Sydney University we knew all we had to do was win three out of our last six games to ensure a final spot. And the first games were against two of the bottom teams. Easy wins from both!

We managed to get a goal to give us the win with 2 seconds left on the clock... A great win and our place is booked in the finals. Yes!

However, next two games were against Victoria Tigers in Melbourne. Tigers are favourites to win the league so we knew this would be a tough place to go and get results.

The week leading up to the road trip consisted of some heavy conditioning work near the beginning then more sharpening up stuff closer to the departure.

We flew Saturday morning and everybody was in high spirits ready for the challenge ahead. Due to other results we knew a win would guarantee us a place in the finals and this seemed to focus the team even more.

The Tigers team had two-times Olympian Sam Mc Gregor and another player from the USA team who has played for them in the Worlds. This was on top of a very strong core team of Australians.

Game on!

It started well and the first quarter was tied 2-2. We managed to come out firing in the second period and we scored four without reply taking a 6-2 lead in to half time. Yes!

We knew the Tigers team would not roll over and we backed off a bit so they increased intensity and clawed the score back to 8-7. But we still had the lead and we came out fighting in the fourth quarter

We managed to get a goal to give us the win with 2 seconds left on the clock. Scott and I both scored three a piece and both had good games. A great win and our place is booked in the finals. Yes!

The next day wasn't so good. We went down 11-10 to them, but we lost our centre forward in the first quarter due to a brutality offence which made it very difficult. 
 
Now for the journey back to the UK to join back up with the GB team to start preparations for the European Qualifiers, before flying back to Oz for the finals. Thats 72 hours flying which I am not looking forward to.

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