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All the latest news on the LEN Women's European Nations Trophy

 

BRITISH REFEREES SELECTED FOR WATER POLO EVENTS

 

17th June 2009

 

Three British referees have been selected to work at a number of prestigious Water Polo events including the LEN European Nations Trophies and the Women’s European Under 20s Championships.

 

The trio are among six referees qualified within the LEN Water Polo referee list and they now feature alongside the 190 registered referees from throughout Europe.

 

The referees; Andrew Allen, Tad Detko, Chris Freebury, Michael Jukes, Brian Littlejohn and Damien Taylor, now have the opportunity to work at all levels of LEN Water Polo competitions. CLICK HERE to see confirmed appointments for 2009.

 

The 190 referees have the opportunity, if selected, to travel throughout Europe with competitions taking place in Russia, Bulgaria, Greece and France throughout the summer.

 

Out of the six LEN referees, three are also qualified on the FINA list of referees and last year, Brian Littlejohn was selected to work as an official at the Beijing Olympic Games.

 

Chris Freebury, who was the first British referee to pass the LEN officials exam, will not only referee at the LEN Women’s European Nations Trophy in Manchester this summer but also at the FINA Junior men’s Championships later this year.

 

“I have been a qualified LEN referee for about 16 years now,” Freebury said. “I really enjoy it, I get a buzz from the events and I think it is great to make the most of opportunities that are offered to you.

 

“It is really good that Britain is hosting the LEN European Nations Trophy this summer and I am excited to be part of the event.”

Howard Cartwright Chair of the British Swimming Water Polo Committee said: 'I am particularly pleased to see the number and significance of these LEN/FINA appointments.

 

'Following on from Brian Littlejohn's attendance at the Beijing Olympics, it is further evidence of the quality of British officials and their growing stature within the world game.

 

'In spite of the inevitable disappointment following the substantial cut in UK Sport funding, this can only further raise the profile of  water polo at a time when a number of other positive steps are being undertaken to develop the sport.'

 

Anyone interested in working as a Water Polo Official/Referee should contact Brian Littlejohn on blpolo@talk21.com

 

To see a full list of LEN referees CLICK HERE

 

The LEN European Nations Trophy will take place next month in Manchester when the British Gas women’s Water Polo team take on some of Europe’s leading teams from 7th to 11th July.

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BRITISH GAS WOMENS WATER POLO TEAM PREPARE FOR EUROPEAN CHALLENGE

10th June

There is less than a month to go until the LEN Women’s European Nations Trophy gets underway at the Manchester Aquatics Centre, and the British Gas Women’s water polo team are training hard at their Manchester base.

The official 13-strong British Gas team may not be announced until later this month, but that hasn’t stopped all 16 women working on their ball skills to ensure their place on the team.

“Everyone is really looking forward to competing in front of a home crowd so we are all fighting for our place on the team,” said British Gas player Chloe Wilcox.

“The training has definitely been stepped up and it’s a lot more intense now, we’re absolutely knackered!

“We’re working on some things now and waiting to peak at the right time, so hopefully we’ll be performing at our best for the European Nations Trophy,” she continued.

The British Gas team have another competition to contest before the final line-up is confirmed,  meaning that it is all up for grabs for the players who are hoping to compete on home soil for the European title.

The schedule for the Championships has been released and the exciting line-up of matches is due to kick off at 4pm for the first three days of competition (Tuesday 7th – Thursday 9th), 5pm on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th, with Sunday seeing the final matches get underway at 12 noon.

The LEN Women’s European Nations Trophy is set to take place in Manchester from 7th to 12th July 2009 at the Manchester Aquatics Centre and will see eight of Europe’s strongest water polo nations battle it out for European honours.

To buy your tickets to be at the heart of the action please CLICK HERE and for the full schedule please CLICK HERE

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BRITISH GAS WATER POLO TEAM FACE STIFF COMPETITION

4th June 2009 

The official draw for the LEN Women’s European Nations Trophy has taken place in Lugano, Switzerland, where the British Gas Water Polo team were handed a tough draw against Slovakia, Belarus and Portugal.

The LEN Women’s European Nations Trophy will be staged at the state-of-the-art Manchester Aquatics Centre from 7th – 12th July 2009 with eight of Europe’s top water polo nations going head-to-head for the prized trophy. Expectations for the British Gas Water Polo team will be high at the biennial event having reached the final at the 2007 LEN Championships in Prague and with recent victories against both Slovakia and Portugal.

Having completed the first stages of the 2009 FINA Water Polo World League in Athens, the British Gas Women’s team will now look to capitalise on the home soil advantage at the LEN Women’s European Nations Trophy to ensure this event is a positive precursor to the 2012 Olympics in London.

 

Women’s water polo made its Olympic debut at the Sydney Games in 2000 and has since enjoyed a renewed interest in Great Britain. With rules preventing players from touching any pool sides throughout the four seven-minute quarters, water polo requires extreme stamina and is considered among the most demanding of the Olympic sports.

 

Joanna Wray, World Class Programme Manager for Water Polo, said: ‘The high level of competition coupled with the first-class facilities provided by the Manchester Aquatics Centre will ensure the forthcoming LEN Women’s European Nations Trophy continues to feature in the British sporting calendar. This year’s teams are strong with Ukraine and the Czech Republic all finishing close to  the British Gas team in the last LEN Women’s European Nations Trophy and with London 2012 on the horizon, there will be an added impetus to take the honours’.  

 

The Official Draw for the 2009 LEN Women’s European Nations Trophy:

Group A
Switzerland
Czech Republic
Croatia
Ukraine

 

Group B
Slovakia
Belarus
Portugal
Great Britain

 

Tickets for the 2009 LEN European Nations Trophy are now available and start at just £6 per day for adults and £3 for under 16s and OAPs. For further information and ticketing, please visit www.manchester2009.com

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WORLD LEAGUE TEST FOR BRITISH GAS WATER POLO SQUAD

22nd May 2009

The second round of preliminary matches will see the British Gas women’s Water Polo team take on Germany, Greece and Russia as they fight to qualify for the Super Final in June.

 

The three-day competition, which takes place in Bochum, Germany between 22nd - 24th  May, will see the British Gas team looking to perform well and become one of the two teams from their group to progress to the Super Final of the FINA World League.

 

The Preliminary rounds will be played in a tournament system with the top two countries progressing to the finals. The Super Final will see the top two teams from Asia-Oceania and Europe facing up to Canada and USA. The draw for the final will be made after the Preliminary rounds.

 

The British Gas squad features athletes that have enjoyed success at the Tavira International Water Polo tournament at the beginning of 2009. Chloe Wilcox featured within the tournament’s top scorers as the team went on to win three out of their four matches including an impressive victory over Serbia.

 

Four members of the Junior British Gas team, which succeeded in impressing at the recent 10th International Tournament of Felgueiras City by being crowned overall tournament victors, feature within the team that is ready to take on the challenge of the FINA World League.

 

This year’s FINA women's Water Polo World League is the largest in its six-year history with 14 countries representing five continents competing, including two medaling teams from the 2008 Olympic Games. In the Super Final, which is scheduled to take place from June 9-14 in Russia, the best two teams of Asia/Oceania, the best four teams from the European Groups, plus USA and Canada, will compete for the 2009 World League title.

 

This is part of the preparation for the LEN European Nations Trophy that will be taking place in Manchester in July.

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BRITISH GAS WOMEN'S WATER POLO TEAM IN ACTION

11th May 2009

The British Gas women’s Water Polo team were in action over the weekend (8-11 May) in Athens, Greece for the 2009 FINA Women’s Water Polo World League.

 

Competing in the first preliminary rounds of the European groups, the team found themselves up against tough competition from Greece, Russia and Germany during the round-robin event.

 

The British Gas team put up a good fight in their first match as they faced a strong Russian squad but failed to come away with the win as they went down 14-7.

 

Despite leading after the first two quarters against Germany, the British Gas women’s team were unable to secure the victory against the strong side and lost 13-7 at the final whistle.

 

Greece were the stand-out performers of the tournament, claiming victory in all three of their matches, including a 15-2 win over the British Gas team, and taking away nine points from the competition.

 

The British Gas women’s Water Polo team will now prepare for the second, and final, round of preliminaries to be held in Germany on 22-24 May, in an attempt to qualify for the Super Final in June. The British Gas team will have perform exceptionally well if they want to make it through the final rounds after failing to take  away any points from this preliminary.

 

This year’s FINA women's Water Polo World League is the largest in its six-year history with 14 countries representing five continents competing, including two medaling teams from the 2008 Olympic Games. In the Super Final, which is scheduled to take place from June 9-14 in Russia, the best two teams of Asia/Oceania, the best four teams from the European Groups, plus USA and Canada, will compete for the 2009 World League title.

 

The British Gas team will see this tournament as good preparation for the 2009 LEN Women’s European Nations Trophy in Manchester in July.

 

RESULTS

Day 1 (May 8)
Greece 15 – Germany 10 (4-3, 4-2, 4-2, 3-3)
Russia 14 – Gr. Britain 7 (2-1, 3-2, 5-0, 4-4)

 

Day 2 (May 9)
Russia 14 – Germany 10 (3-2, 4-3, 1-2, 6-3)
Greece 15 – Gr. Britain 2 (2-1, 4-0, 4-1, 5-0)

 

Day 3 (May 10)
Germany 13 – Gr. Britain 7 (1-1, 2-3, 4-1, 6-2)
Greece 10 - Russia 8 (3-3, 2-1, 2-1, 3-3)

 

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MANCHESTER TO HOST INTERNATIONAL WATER POLO EVENT

7th May 2009
Britain is set to welcome some of Europe’s strongest water polo nations when Manchester hosts the LEN Women’s European Nations Trophy this summer.
 
Eight countries will compete at the Manchester Aquatics Centre for the Trophy from 7th to 12th July. Competing nations are: Belarus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Portugal, Slovakia, Switzerland and Ukraine.
 
UK Sport has worked as a partner with British Swimming in staging the competition for the second time after hosting the Men’s European Nations Trophy in 2007.
 
This year, UK Sport is providing funding support of £95,000 from its National Lottery backed World Class Events Programme to support the competition.
 
The funding, alongside support from British Swimming, the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and Manchester City Council, will help towards continuing the legacy programme for the sport and help make this year’s event this most successful yet.
 
Lucy Crickmore, UK Sport’s Acting Events Consultant, said: “UK Sport is delighted to be supporting the LEN European Nations Trophy for the second time. Through our National Lottery funded World Class Events Programme we are able to invest up to £95,000 in this competition, offering a fantastic opportunity for our water polo players to test themselves against the rest of Europe, which is home to the world's greatest water polo playing nations.”
 
British Swimming’s Events and Sponsorship Director Katie Brazier highlights the importance of the event as the national governing body continues its preparations towards 2012.
 
“We’re delighted with the continued support of UK Sport for British Swimming’s World Class event programme,” said Brazier. “Hosting this event is key to supporting our performance programme aspirations of achieving the best possible Olympic result and allows our athletes to experience home advantage in the build up to 2012.
 
“With the support of our partners, UK Sport, NWDA and Manchester City Council, we aim to showcase water polo to its many followers as well as the general public looking to experience the Olympic sport for the first time.
 
“Hosting international events is a key part of our international strategy building towards the London 2012 Olympics and the 2014 Commonwealth Games.“
 
Councillor Mike Amesbury, Executive Member for Arts and Leisure, Manchester City Council added: “Manchester is delighted to be hosting the LEN European Women's Water Polo Trophy in July having successfully hosted the Men's Trophy in 2007.
 
“Manchester not only continues to be the National Centre for British Water Polo, with the GB Squad based and training at the Aquatics Centre, but has implemented extensive development opportunities throughout the City.
 
“With the further legacy plans associated with this event already rolling out, these are exciting times for Water Polo in Manchester.”
 
The NWDA is supporting the competition as part of its work to attract major events to the region, especially events linked to the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in 2012.
 
Peter Mearns, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications at the NWDA, said:
 
“The LEN Women’s European Nations Trophy is an exciting addition to the programme of major sporting events taking place in Manchester and the Northwest this year.
 
“We are delighted to help provide a platform for the British team and also look forward to welcoming competitors, officials and supporters from across Europe.”
 
 
The draw for the event will take place in Lugano, Switzerland on 30th May. For further competition and ticketing details please visit the event website at www.manchester2009.com.
 

 

TOUGH EUROPEAN CHALLENGE FOR BRITISH GAS WATER POLO TEAM 

7th May 2009
The British Gas women’s Water Polo team will be in action in the preliminary rounds of the FINA World League where they will face Germany, Greece and Russia in the European Group.
 

The three-day competition, which takes place in Athens between 8th-10th May, will see the British Gas team looking to perform well and become one of the two teams from their group to progress to the Super Final of the FINA World League.

The Preliminary rounds will be played in a tournament system with the top two countries progressing to the finals. The Super Final will see the top two teams from Asia-Oceania and Europe facing up to Canada and USA. The draw for the final will be made after the Preliminary rounds.

The British Gas squad features athletes that have enjoyed success at the Tavira International Water Polo tournament at the beginning of 2009. Chloe Wilcox featured within the tournament’s top scorers as the team went on to win three out of their four matches including an impressive victory over Serbia.

Four members of Junior British Gas team, which succeeded in impressing at the recent 10th International Tournament of Felgueiras City by being crowned overall tournament victors, feature within the team that is ready to take on the challenge of the FINA World League.

This is part of the preparation for the LEN European Nations Trophy that will be taking place in Manchester in July.

The British Gas Water Polo team comprises of:

Rosie Griffiths
Angie Winstanley-Smith
Hannah Wild
Rosie Morris
Victoria Hawkins
Fiona McCann
Alex Rutlidge
Chloe Wilcox
Victoria Bowen
Rebecca Kershaw
Fran Clayton
Robyn Nicholls
Hazel Musgrove

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