Water Polo Results

Water Polo competition results

Interview (Jun 2010 via sportkinef) with Szilveszter Fekete - 2m 33s flashplayer required.

Cheltenham secure third place at British Gas Men's Water Polo Championships 2012

Cheltenham beat local rivals Bristol Central 11-8 to take third place in this year's Championships.

Day 1

Bristol Central and Cheltenham lost to Portobello and City of Manchester in their respective semi-finals on the first day of competition at the British Gas Water Polo Championships 2012.

The first semi-final saw Portobello, who are celebrating their centenary this year; take on last year’s champions Bristol Central. Bristol started strongly, winning the first quarter three-one and the second drawing one a piece, with goal keeper Andrew Crawford saving a barrage of Portobello shots. They led going into half time with a two goal cushion.

After the break, the Scotsmen resumed their fight back, claiming two goals to draw the match level before Bristol scored again at the end of quarter three.

European Championships Water Polo - GBR Women 13 v 11 Germany

The British Gas GBR Women’s Water Polo team finished their 2012 European Championships on a high, beating old rivals Germany to finish seventh overall.

Having improved with each performance in the group stage, the British women approached their clash with the Germans in high spirits. And while their opponents held them to a 10-10 tie after four quarters of regular time, the British women proved too strong in overtime, ultimately sealing a 13-11 win.

While they were competing at the European showpiece for the first time in 15 years, victory ensured the Brits their best result since finishing seventh out of seven teams in 1987. And head coach Szilveszter Fekete insisted the teams' performances in Eindhoven had proved they could be a threat amongst the European elite.

European Championships Water Polo - GBR Women 6 v 12 Netherlands

The British Gas GBR Women’s Water Polo team left another signal of their potential in a competitive final group match of the 2012 European Championships in Eindhoven.

Playing against reigning Olympic champions the Netherlands – who had the support of a partisan crowd in the Pieter van den Hoogenband Arena – the British women were tied at 6-6 half way through the third quarter.

The Dutch eventually weathered the storm and closed out a 12-6 victory to reach the quarter finals.

European Championships Water Polo - GBR Women 10 v 15 Russia

The British Gas GBR Women’s Water Polo team gave defending champions Russia a thorough scare in their second match of the European Championships in Eindhoven.

Competing in the European showpiece for the first time since 1997, the Brits were never out of touch against last year’s World Championship bronze medallists and took plenty of credit from a 15-10 defeat.

Having failed to reach top gear in their opening match against Hungary on Wednesday, the British women put in a much improved performance against a Russian side who had defeated hosts and Olympic champions the Netherlands in their first game.

European Championships Water Polo - GBR Women 9 v 19 Hungary

The British Gas GBR Women’s Water Polo team fell to a battling defeat in their first European Championship match for 17 years in Eindhoven.

Having qualified for the finals for the first time since 1997, the British women put in a brave performance against major championship regulars Hungary – who lifted the World Championship title as recently as 2005 – before ultimately going down 19–9.

Both teams were desperate to begin their campaigns on a positive note and the Hungarians were loathe to take their opponents lightly.

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FINA World League Men's Water Polo: Russia 12 v 8 Great Britain

Russia scored five goals in the final quarter to deny the British Gas GBR Men’s Water Polo team a memorable victory in their World League qualifier in Kirishi. After slipping to an early deficit, the British men had the bit between their teeth and outscored their opponents in both the second and third quarters to tie the match at 7-7 with eight minutes remaining.

An impressive last quarter from the home team saw them secure the points with a 12-8 victory (4-1, 2-3, 1-3, 5-1) but the Brits left Russia with their heads held high after a competitive performance. And having beaten Georgia and impressed against world champions Italy at the end of 2011, head coach Cristian Iordache admitted the team were improving with each game.

Results of 2011 ASA SW Region Water Polo Championships

Inter County Championships

18 & Under Male (1) Gloucestershire (2) Devon (out of 4 teams)

16 & Under Female (1) Devon (2) Dorset (out of 4 teams)

16 & Under Male (1) Gloucestershire (2) Devon (out of 4 teams)

14 & Under Mixed (1) Devon (2) Gloucestershire (out of 4 teams)

12 & Under Mixed (1) Devon (2) Dorset (out of 4 teams)

Gold for Cheltenham

Gold for Cheltenham

Inter Club Championships

Senior Mens (1) Exeter (2) Barnstaple (out of 10 teams)

18 & Under Male (1) Cheltenham (2) Christchurch (out of 6 teams)

16 & Under Female (1) Exeter (2) Devonport (out of 3 teams)

16 & Under Male (1) Cheltenham (2) Christchurch (out of 6 teams)

14 & Under Mixed (1) Exeter (2) Paignton (out of 7 teams)

12 & Under Mixed (1) Cheltenham (2) Exeter (out of 5 teams)

ASA SW Region Water Polo Club Championships 2011 - 16&U Male

Silver for Seagulls in 2011

Silver for Seagulls in 2011

James Baker, ASA SW Region Water Polo Secretary, reports on the final Club Championships of the ASA SW 2011 Calendar year held at the Pyramids Leisure Centre at Exeter on 18 December:

Exeter lost out to Christchurch in the opening match of the Tournament 9-5, after somewhat of a come-back having been 7-0 down at half time. Cheltenham easily overcame Barnstaple with come very confident play. Barnstaple were also in competitive spirits defeating Exeter 8-4 in the fourth match of the Tournament.

Cheltenham and Christchurch were dominant, the former managing a 19-2 victory over Paignton, and a 20-1 drubbing of Exeter, whilst Christchurch achieved a 8-3 victory over Paignton and a 14-3 win over Barnstaple. This set up two exciting final matches of the Tournament.

FINA World League Preliminary - GB Men 6 v Italy 14

The British Gas GBR Men’s Water Polo Team showed their fighting spirit in a battling defeat at home to World Champions Italy in the FINA World League Preliminary match.

Britain’s Craig Figes, Joe O’Regan, Rob Parker, Will Middleton and Ciaran James were on target in front of their home crowd in Manchester in their debut in the competition but succumbed to the World Champions in a final score of 14-6 (5-1, 4-1, 2-3, 3-1).

After the performance British Captain Figes said: “The first half was quite tough for us and it did take us a long time to get into the match. But this is our debut in the World League and it is great to play at this level.

Phil Jones honoured

Mike Blackwell presents Phil Jones with his trophy

Mike Blackwell presents Phil Jones with his trophy.

Mike Blackwell, Captain of Gloucestershire ASA's 2011 winning 18&U Water Polo team presents outgoing Water Polo Secretary, Phil Jones with a trophy awarded in recognition of the length of, and diligence with which he has carried out his services to the sport in ASA SW Region over so many years.

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