Lancaster water polo players near end of London 2012 campaign

Jennifer Pareja Lisalde, front, of Spain chases the ball as Morecambe and Team GB's Beckie Kershaw defends during their quarter-final match on Sunday
Jennifer Pareja Lisalde, front, of Spain chases the ball as Morecambe and Team GB's Beckie Kershaw defends during their quarter-final match on Sunday

LANCASTER’S water polo stars are nearing the end of their Olympic adventure.

The men’s and women’s team, featuring players from the city’s successful club, have lost every match of their London 2012 campaign so far but will have learnt a lot from playing against the world’s top sides on the biggest stage of all.

Carnforth’s Alex Rutlidge and former Heysham High School pupil Beckie Kershaw have represented the women’s side which lost their quarter-final 9-7 against Spain on Sunday night at the Water Polo Arena.

The unfancied GB side came back from 6-2 down at half-time to push the world number one ranked side all the way, and even had a chance of levelling the match when the trailed 8-7 inside the final 30 seconds before a Maica Garcia strike sealed victory for the Spanish.

The girls had lost their final Group B game 10-5 to Italy on Friday, with Rutlidge amongst the scorers.

They now play Russia, who narrowly beat them 7-6 in their opening fixture last Monday, July 30, on Tuesday night in a game to decide the minor placings.

The men, who have Lancaster players Ciaran James, Alex Parsonage and Glen Robinson in their ranks were eliminated from the competition after a 17-6 loss to reigning Olympic champions Hungary on Saturday with James and Parsonage getting on the scoresheet.

They play their final Group B game against Montenegro on Monday night at 6.20pm.