GB men's water polo side bow out

04 August 2012 / 23:13

Great Britain bowed out of the men's water polo tournament after they were beaten 17-6 by Olympic champions Hungary on Saturday night.

The nine-time gold medallists ran riot as they continued their quest to win their fourth consecutive title. Hungary bossed the game from start to finish, showing their strength in depth with 10 of their 11 outfield players getting on the scoresheet.

Great Britain are rock bottom of Group B having lost all four of their matches, with a game against in-form Montenegro still to come.

Hungary were off the mark within two minutes and doubled their tally from the five-metre penalty line shortly afterwards. The home crowd erupted as Alex Parsonage flashed a shot goalwards but the 27-year-old from Dudley had hit the side-netting.

Hungary fired in three more goals before Team GB's supporters could cheer again. Centre-forward Adam Scholefield managed to get the better of his defender and found the back of the net from close range.

The Hungarian team scored another goal before the end of the first period to make it 6-1, but it could have been more if goalkeeper Matt Holland had not made some great saves.

Great Britain performed much better in the second quarter, only narrowly losing the period by a single goal. Again Hungary started strongly, bagging the first goal of the quarter. But Ciaran James pegged one back for the home team as he slotted the ball home from the wing during a man-up situation.

Hungary scored another four before the end of the period but Great Britain also got on the scoresheet with goals from Jake Vincent, Rob Parker and Parsonage. The score at the end of the first half was 11-5 to Hungary.

Britain were dominated in the third quarter as Hungary fired four unanswered goals past the hosts to take the score to 15-5. Captain Craig Figes netted with a long distance shot to open the scoring in the fourth quarter, but Hungary responded by netting two more themselves.

Tamas Kasas and Norbert Madaras bagged hat-tricks for the Olympic champions, while captain Peter Biros, Gergely Kiss and Norbert Hosnyanszky each scored a brace. Tamas Varga, Daniel Varga, Denes Varga, Marton Szivos and Adam Steinmetz netted one apiece.