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Game 1 GB v Italy 11 Sept 2016
Great Britain’s first game of the U19 European Championships in The Hague was against Italy, one of Europe’s leading polo nations, with a very fast and effective counter.file-12-09-2016-11-11-58

Quarter 1 was Italy’s with 4 unanswered goals, but Quarter 2 saw GB mount a stiffer challenge with great saves by Kate Read, and goals from Cecily Turner and Annie Clapperton, matching the Italian’s 2 goals. Half time saw a score of 6-2 with GB still in the game.

After the break the Italians focused on their counter attacking game and they converted 4 quick goals with GB responding with Isobel Howe scoring on the Extra. Kate Read played a blinder throughout and pulled off a fine penalty save to keep the score at the end of Q3 to 10-3. The final period was marked by a beautifully judged lob from Cecily Turner showing maturity in front of goal and a stout performance by GB replacement keeper Sophie Jackson, with the final Score Italy 14 – GB 5

GB goal!

GB goal!

Coach Theo Nousios acknowledged the speed and awareness of the Italian side but was full of praise for his GB side, “For the first game our GB girls did very well and will now go on to get better and better. We plan to improve throughout the tournament”

After the game GB captain Rosie Huck said, “this was a great first game for us against a really tough Italian team. We did very well to get 5 goals against what is a very experienced side with much more match experience than we have. I am really happy with our start”

Final score Italy 14 – GB 5 (4-0, 2-2, 4-1, 4-2)

Scorers C Turner 2, Isobel Howe 1, Kathy Rogers 1, Annie Clapperton 1, Kate Read 1 penalty save

Check out pics from today’s game at our flikr account https://flic.kr/s/aHskJ41KzR

The team is now looking forward to playing Bulgaria tomorrow at 3pm local time

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