Leighton proud of battling GB

05 August 2012 / 23:40

A narrow defeat to Spain proves Great Britain deserved a place in the women's water polo competition, according to their captain Fran Leighton.

The team lost all three of their group games, but lost by just two goals in a quarter-final clash against one of the tournament favourites Spain.

Leighton, 30, from Rotherham, said: "The deal we made before we went in was that we leave everything in the pool, and that is what we did today.

"I'm so proud of every single member of our team - those who played a minute, those who didn't play, those who played the whole game.

"It was a fantastic team effort. It shows we're a strong team, such a unit, and it's just unfortunate that maybe after they went ahead by those four goals, we couldn't claw it back.

"But they [Spain] won their group, and we just lost to them by two, and that's difference between us being in a shout for a medal and being in the bottom four."

Asked about the performance in the 9-7 defeat, she said: "We couldn't have asked for any more from anybody.

"We had some great shots, we took our chances, I don't think we made any silly mistakes. Everything we did was positive tonight, and it sounded as though it was a great game to watch, so I'm glad I wasn't watching - I would have been to nervous."

Goalkeeper Rosie Morris, 26, from Birmingham, made some outstanding saves to keep Team GB in contention during the game.

Leighton said: "Rosie was on fire, and she just grew with courage and confidence as the match went on and she pulled off some absolutely remarkable saves. For me she's the best goalie of the tournament."