Great Britain’s 2017 European Junior Water Polo Championship campaign came to an end with defeat to Italy in Novi Sad, Serbia. Competing in their seventh match of the tournament, Nick Hume’s side lost out 16-5 (4-1, 5-2, 3-2, 4-0) to the Italians.
The result means the British women finish sixth overall at the U17 Championships in Serbia – a jump of three places from last year’s U19 event in the Netherlands. Italy have long been one of the top six women’s water polo nations in Europe, and started the stronger of the two teams, scoring the first two goals of the game.
Katy Cutler grabbed one back for the Brits in the first quarter but the Italians added another two before the first interval. Cutler scored a penalty in the second, while Lily Turner also found the net for GB, but another five Italian goals left them six clear, leading 9-3 at half-time. The British girls enjoyed their best quarter of the game in the third. Turner and Emily Pyper both scored on man-up for the Brits. Another three Italian goals kept momentum on their side and they completed the victory with a 4-0 shut out in the last.
Don Robinson Head Coach Woolton Swimming Club had this to say:
‘Woolton are an extremely proud club to have contributed to the GB water polo under 17 women’s team who finished 6th in the European championships. Two of our swimmers Emily Pyper and Molly Boniface-Ashton who train at the club represented Team GB as part of the squad. This is the first time GB have been seeded in the top ten. The team finished 6th which was a fantastic achievements and without its challenging matches and overcoming some unexpected situations. Emily phoned from Serbia and told her mother, you must tell Don I am down as representing Woolton in the GB squad.’
North West boasted 6 members of the selected team:
Annie Clapperton (City of Manchester)
Molly Boniface-Ashton (City of Liverpool)
Emmie-Rose Eastwood (City of Manchester)
Niamh Campbell-O’Donnell (City of Manchester)
Emily Pyper (Woolton SC)
Steph Whittaker (City of Manchester)
Congratulations to all the players!