Water polo stars battle hard in second Olympic defeat

Prince William sits amongst the spectators as he watches Great Britain play Serbia during their Group B preliminary match at the Water Polo arena. Picture: PA
Prince William sits amongst the spectators as he watches Great Britain play Serbia during their Group B preliminary match at the Water Polo arena. Picture: PA

LANCASTER water polo club’s Ciaran James scored two goals as Great Britain’s men’s water polo team went down 21-7 to Serbia in their latest game at the London 2012 Olympics.

Team GB started well against their more experienced opponents, even leading 4-3 at the start of the second quarter, before the Beijing bronze medalists’ class and power took hold and they secured an expected, convincing victory.

Lancaster players Glen Robinson and Alex Parsonage joined James in Britain’s latest Group B game, watched by 5,000 people at the Water Polo Arena, including Prince William, who played the sport in his youth.

Great Britain’s women, featuring Carnforth’s Alex Rutlidge and former Heysham High School pupil Beckie Kershaw, continue their campaign on Wednesday night at 7.40pm against Australia.

The men play next on Thursday, against the USA.