Great Britain's U20 women have achieved their aim of 14th place at the Fina World Junior Water Polo Championships in Volos, Greece.
> TeamGB U20s got a late invite to the champs when another team dropped out.
> The squad finished seventh at last year’s European U19 Champs in Ostia, Rome and the previous U20 team finished eighth at the 2013 World Juniors.
> The staging of the event was uncertain after original hosts Mexico pulled out at a late stage but the Greek city stepped in.
> FINA are testing new rules at the tournament allowing only six players per team in the water and squads of 11, the normal being seven players and 13 in a squad.
> Pre-tournament training included an intensive camp in Hungary and hosting the New Zealand team in Manchester.
> The players also spent a weekend outdoor swimming and hiking across the Lake District as part of their vigorous regime.
How they performed
Final score: 27-4 (1-5, 2-8, 1-9, 0-5)
Challenges: Greece are traditionally strong in this age group.
High point: City of Manchester’s Honor Grimes scored all of GB’s four goals.
Low point: Center back Rhianne Oscroft was ruled out with an injury.
Final score: 22-8 (2-5, 4-4, 1-4, 1-9)
Challenges: Strong Japanese team with home Tokyo 2020 Games in site.
High point: 2nd period was even-scoring as both teams found the net four times.
Low point: With one less substitute due to Rhianne Oscroft’s continued injury, GB tired in the final period.
Final score: 22-6 (2-6, 1-5, 1-5, 2-6)
Challenges: Russia have finished in the top four at seven of the previous eight junior champs.
High point: Honor Grimes scored a hat-trick to record a total of nine goals in the championship so far.
Low point: Losing the match equalled three straight defeats.
Finishing bottom of the group set GB up for the knockout stages.
Opponents: South Africa
Final score: 10-4 (1-0, 3-1, 3-2, 3-1)
Challenges: A win was a must to hit the top 14 finish target.
High point: Captain Lauren Tasker scored five goals for the team.
Low point: South Africa continually fighting back to retain a four goal margin (until Tasker fired home the final two!).
Match 5 (13th-14th place play-off)
Final score: 22-7 (3-1, 3-3, 8-2, 8-1)
Challenges: The Dutch are one of the ‘big six’ European women’s water polo nations.
High point: The Brits matched their opponents play in the first half heading into the 3rd period just 6-4 down.
Low point: Netherlands striking with a mass of goals in the 3rd period to pull clear on the scoreboard.
Photo credit: Volos 2015 Official Website.