Vamvakaris: Great Britain can bounce back after opening loss

17 July 2014 / 14:24

Great Britain’s women’s water polo head coach Kostas Vamvakaris believes his side can bounce back against Netherlands after losing their European Championships opener to Greece.

Greece, who won silver at the last two European Championships, were Great Britain’s first opponents in Budapest and gained the upper hand in the first quarter.

However Great Britain refused the lie down and took the lead for the first time in the third quarter before entering the fourth locked at 6-6.

But two quick-fire goals from Greece handed them the initiative and despite their best efforts Great Britain couldn’t retake the lead, losing 9-7.

Next up for Great Britain is a test against the Netherlands on Friday and after running Greece close Vamvakaris is confident of tasting victory sooner rather than later.

“We knew this match would be tough as Greece are a more experienced team,” Vamvakaris said.

"We tried hard and I’m proud of how we worked in defence, especially over three quarters where we kept the score level. It is unfortunate that we made a mistake and lost our concentration in the final quarter which led to the defeat.

“Between now and the next match on Friday we will work together as a team to move on from this result and focus on facing the Netherlands.”

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