Otters at the EU Nations Cup, Prague

4 Otters were in action last weekend at the EU Nations Cup Waterpolo Competition in Prague, Czech Republic: Holly Campbell representing Scotland, Hannah Patchett, Kathy Rogers & Lilly Turner representing England U/19s.

England’s U19 women saw off Switzerland in their final game to finish fifth in the competition.The English team, kicked off their campaign with group stage wins over Scotland (11-2) and Austria (22-6) on the opening day in Prague. A nail-biting one-goal defeat to Slovakia (9-10) on day two was followed by a second loss (4-12), this time to eventual winners South Africa, before the English girls finished on a high winning their fifth place playoff vs Switzerland (14-6).  All 13 English outfield players found the net at least once, Otter’s Hannah Patchett and Manchester’s Rosie Huck finishing top scorers for the English girls with nine goals each. Otters Kathy and Lilly were both impressive in front of goals with 8 & 4 goals respectively. The English girls will now continue their build-up for September’s European U19 Championships in the Netherlands.

The Scottish Women finished overcame Ireland 11-10 in penalty shoot out to finish 7th in Prague.  
The team had a tough first day going down to England (2-11) & South Africa (5-16), but bounced back to beat Austria (16-4) before going down vs Slovakia (17-4) to set up a dramatic 7th vs 8th playoff with Ireland. With the scores locked at 7all at the end of ordinary time, the game went to a penalty shootout, with Scotland edging ahead to win 11-10.