Game 1 GBR v Slovakia 14.12.18
Great Britain’s women opened their campaign in Portugal with a well-deserved 11-6 (3-1, 3-2, 1-2, 4-1) victory over Slovakia.
A strong start allowed GB to control the match and despite a third quarter wobble, four further goals in the final eight minutes secured a winning start to the tournament.
Next up for GB was a clash against Spain (in the form of Escuela Waterpolo Zaragoza) 15.12.18, 6pm start.
Game 2 GBR v Escuela Waterpolo Zaragoza 15.12.18
Great Britain’s women made it two wins from two in Porto with a sensational 10-8 (2-2, 1-2, 4-2, 3-2) victory over Spain (in the form of elite Spanish Division One side Escuela Waterpolo Zaragoza).
Despite trailing 4-3 at the turnaround, Great Britain outclassed their older and more experienced opponents in the third and fourth quarters to secure the remarkable win.
Great Britain’s final game in Portugal was against the hosts 16.12.18, 9am start.
Game 3 GBR v Portugal 16.12.18
CHAMPIONS! Great Britain’s women were crowned champions in Portugal after a sensational 13-10 (2-3, 5-3, 3-3, 3-1) victory over the hosts early on Sunday morning.
A thoroughly professional performance from Great Britain, who kept their nerve in front of a large partisan crowd to edge a thrilling end-to-end battle here in Porto.
The outstanding result maintained Great Britain’s 100% record at this International Invitational Tournament after triumphs over Slovakia 11-6 (3-1, 3-2, 1-2, 4-1) and Spain 10-8 (2-2, 1-2, 4-2, 3-2 – in the form of elite Spanish Division One side Escuela Waterpolo Zaragoza).
Congratulations to all the players, Head Coach Theo Nousios, Assistant Coach Chloe Wilcox and Team Manager David Teasdale.
Plus, a huge thanks to our travelling FINA and LEN referee Mike Jukes, all the support here in the stands and from back home. 👍💪
Pics from the event are available here
Video from the event is available here
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Fourteen year-old Anna Motley from Norton, who plays locally for Sheffield Stingrays and regionally for the North East, has secured £1,000 sponsorship from Specsavers to support her journey towards Great Britain representation. Anna, who trains with the 2004 England squad, commented, ‘I’d like to say a huge thanks to Specsavers in Norton and the team for their generous sponsorship. I train every day at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, and compete almost every weekend.’