GB coach comforted by performances

06 August 2012 / 21:39

The Great Britain men's water polo team has delivered on its promise to be competitive against the best teams in the world, according to head coach Cristian Iordache.

Team GB suffered five defeats in the so-called Group of Death against Romania, Serbia, United States, Hungary and Montenegro, but Iordache believes they have played "credible" water polo.

Iordache told Press Association Sport: "It was an amazing experience and from tomorrow, for sure, we will be another team with such a big experience behind us. We totally enjoyed the tournament and it was a major step for us. We can see the results coming in future competitions, and they will be much better.

"I think we delivered on our promise and we delivered very credible water polo, and we stepped up a level against the big teams. At least we stayed in the fight at the same level. We still have some work to do especially in attack, to be stronger and to penetrate them, but I think we were much higher than the expectations of some people who believed that we couldn't do it."

Asked about the future goals for the team, he said: "We want to qualify for the European Championships in two years time, and immediately after that is the Commonwealth Games, and we are hoping to win that tournament."

Goalkeeper Matt Holland said: "The main thing for me was just playing in front of the crowd and the stadium with so many people watching. Personally I thought it raised my performance in goal and I'm quite happy with how I played."

Asked if the team performed better or worse than expected, he said: "I've got to say, overall, better. We weren't going to come a year and a half ago. We had problems with money and players, so to actually make it was an achievement.

"We had our goals set for every game, like coming away making sure we had tried our hardest - things that were not result-based. I think most of the games we have done that."

Outfield player Glen Robinson said: "It's been surreal, it really has. It's been amazing to perform at the Olympic Games in London in front of family and friends. I think we have proved that we can perform at this level.

"We're a really young team and we've not as much experience as the rest of the teams here, but throughout this tournament we've shown that we can perform at this level, and in a few years time, who knows how well we could do."