Great Britain’s women’s water polo head coach Kostas Vamvakaris insists his side are a match for any team in the world, despite falling 11-5 to the Netherlands at the European Water Polo Championships in Budapest.
Ciara Gibson-Byrne scored two of GB’s goals, with Aine Hoy, Hazel Musgrove and Claire Nixon also finding the net in a match where the British girls held the Dutch at 4-4 in the third quarter.
But a flurry of goals for the Netherlands before the end of the match saw them run out clear victors, proving their win over hosts Hungary on Wednesday was no fluke.
“I am proud of the girls as they played well and all gave 100 per cent. They’re showing that Great Britain is a nation to be respected within Water Polo,” said Vamvakaris.
“It is a shame that a few key decisions went against us, but if we continue to play as we did today then no team is unbeatable.”
Great Britain play Hungary on Sunday in their final group game of the tournament.