Great Britain’s men’s water polo team will not be joining their female counterparts at this July’s European Championships in Budapest after failing to get past play-off opponents Romania.
The men were hoping to follow in the footsteps of the women’s team who booked their spot with a second-place finish in their Group A qualifying tournament in January.
The men's team began their second leg on Saturday at the Sunderland Aquatic Centre already trailing 18-7 following the first leg in Bucharest.
After an encouraging start, they found themselves level 6-6 at half-time, before Ciaran James completed his hat-trick with a third quarter effort.
But their opponents showed their superior experience to pull away shortly afterwards and seal an 18-8 second-leg win to ensure Great Britain’s 41-year wait for European Championship qualification continues.
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