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Water Success for Britain's Olympic Sports

2009-07-15 08:49:00

July 13, 2009 - The Great Britain women’s water polo team enjoyed success in front of a home crowd by claiming the European Nations Trophy title with a 9-7 victory over the Czech Republic at the Manchester Aquatics Centre.

Great Britain finished the tournament with a 100% record after easing themselves into the final with four victories, including a 13-7 semi-final defeat of Slovakia.

In the final City of Liverpool's Hannah Wild starred, scoring four goals, including a crucial strike in the final quarter. Britain's captain Ros Griffiths, who plays for City of Manchester, said: "It was tougher than we thought at times, but we got what we wanted. We'll go away now and reflect on what we have achieved here before getting back into training."

The top three from the Manchester tournament and the bottom five from last year's European 'A' Championships, including Olympic champions Holland, will meet in a play-off competition in January 2010. The top five from that competition will then play in the European 'A' Championships in 2011.

The sport received a royal boost from Prince William, who attended the Championships earlier in the week and urged youngsters to try out and support water polo.

"Water polo is very personal to me," said Prince William. "I used to play regularly and it's a fantastic game. It's physical, competitive and really engaged me.

"It would be great to see more children playing water polo and enjoying swimming as I found it great fun."

Commenting on the semi-final victory over Slovakia he said; "We saw a fantastic performance from the British women's team. It was a stunning match and I hope more people have the chance to see our water polo players in action, and get behind the teams." (Credit: BOA)

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