Juniors emerge with credit from European Games qualifiers

Water Polo European Games qualifiers

The British U17 water polo teams put in impressive performances at last weekend’s European Games qualifiers with the girls securing their spot at the Games and the boys narrowly missing out.

The girls’ team, which featured a number of players set to compete in this weekend’s U17 and U19 prelims, booked their spot at the Games by finishing second in their qualification group in Nice, France.

A 26-3 defeat of Portugal was followed by a hard-fought 8-8 draw against the Czech Republic, an agonising 13-12 loss to hosts France before a morale-boosting 30-0 win against Switzerland.

The Czechs also won two and drew one but their final day 14-7 defeat to France meant the Brits finished on top on goal difference.

City of Liverpool’s Grace Rowland and London Otter’s Katherine Rogers scored 14 and 11 goals respectively over the four games and will be two to keep an eye on if they can carry their form into Sunday’s U19 Prelims in Walsall.

The boys’ team put in a courageous effort in their qualification group in Malta before ultimately finishing third in their group with the top two progressing.

The Brits swept aside Latvia (53-0) and Switzerland (12-1) and came the closest to group favourites Germany in a 19-7 defeat but a 7-6 loss in their final game to their hosts Malta saw their opponents clinch the second qualification spot.

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