Water Polo: Great Britain beat Germany in Euro Championships

Chloe Wilcox
Both sides had lost all three of their group matches before the play-off

Great Britain's women ended their losing streak at the European Water Polo Championships with a 13-11 overtime win against Germany in the 7th/8th place play-off.

Having both lost all three of their group matches, the two sides produced a very even encounter at the Pieter van den Hoogenband Stadium in Eindhoven.

The scores were level after both the first and second quarters and, although Team GB managed to open up a two-goal lead in the third, the Germans managed to claw back the deficit to make it 10-10 by the end of normal time.

However, Szilveszter Fekete's team scored three goals without reply in the first period of overtime to establish a winning lead.

London Penguins' Frankie Snell scored four times overall, while Ciara Gibson-Byrne completed her hat-trick during normal time.

Centre-forward Angela Winstanley-Smith, who won a penalty and also scored in overtime, believes that the tournament has been great preparation for the London Olympics.

"Our team is very pleased about its progress during this tournament," she said. "It proves that our hard work is paying off.

"it's great for us to be at the Olympics, particularly as women's water polo is still a small sport in our country. We are all excited about that opportunity."

Great Britain will also be involved in a four-team tournament at London's 5,000-seater Olympic stadium in May.

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