London Otter took on some of Europe’s best domestic teams in Group C of the LEN Euro League February, 4th - 7th. Competing in the ‘group of death’ in Portuense, Portugal, Otter put five goals past defending champions Olympiacos in their opening match and held 2015 LEN Trophy runners-up Padova to a 15-3 scoreline in their final game. “We knew the games would be tough but we improved from game to game,” said Otter captain and Great Britain international Peggy Etiebet. “To net a score of 15-3 in our last game against Padova who are the LEN Trophy and LEN Super Cup runners-up as well as the Italian champions in 2015, was a fantastic achievement.”
Otter kicked off their campaign with a 27-5 defeat to Olympiacos with goals for Tafazolli, Etiebet, Izzy Dean, Lizzie Dunn and Lex Higlett. Kate O’Brien scored the team’s solitary goal in a 19-1 loss to another Greek side, Vouliagmeni, before a narrow 12-8 defeat to Portuguese hosts Portuense with goals coming from Claudia Ferrone (three), Dunn (two), Rogers (two) and Tafazolli.
Ferrone, Rogers and Tafazolli all scored again in the team’s final 15-3 loss to Padova.
Otter return to domestic action at the British Championships in May.