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Fourth place for under 21 women at Canoe Polo Euros

Great Britain’s under 21 women’s team finished in fourth place at the 2021 ECA Canoe Polo European Championships in Catania, with all four of the GB teams placing in the top ten.


In the morning session of day 3 the under 21 women lost their semi-final match 6-1 against a strong France team.

The team were looking to avenge the 3-2 defeat in the group stages, and despite good possession and chances created, France were well organised in defence and clinical in front of goal.  

There was a consolation goal for Jessica Webb in the last minute of the match, scoring after her penalty was saved by the French goalkeeper.

Katie Farley

In the bronze medal match against the hosts Italy, Great Britain were defeated 4-1.

Italy scored two early goals to take a 2-0 lead, But a long range shot from Katie Farley in the last minute of the first-half gave GB hope with the score 2-1.

Italy defended resolutely as GB attacked hard to try and find an equaliser.  As both teams looked to take control, the Italians made it 3-1 with just five minutes to go.

GB went out to try and reduce the deficit with all five players out, but Italy broke on the counter to make it 4-1.

The British team kept on attacking, but with the Italian goalkeeper in inspired form, they were to be denied a place on the podium, finishing the tournament in fourth place.

Captain Katie Farley, in her last under 21 tournament, was GB's scorer with eight goals, with Katie Howes scoring seven.


After having no matches on Saturday the senior women’s team were first in action on the final day of the Championships.

A fine 3-0 victory over Switzerland ensured the senior women finished on top of Group E and progressed into the round of matches to confirm the final standings for 5th-8th place.

Eleanor McBay opened the scoring in the first half.  With the team defending resolutely, captain Nicole Hudson scored two late goals to secure the 3-0 victory.

Eleanor McBay

Next up were Poland, where Rhian Griffiths and Nicole Hudson struck in the first half to give GB the lead.

Poland struck back with three goals in the second half.  But Nicole Hudson once again came to the fore, and with two more goals to complete her hat-trick and ensure the British team qualified for the 5th-6th place match.


GB faced Spain for fifth place and were hoping to reverse a 4-1 defeat in their opening match of the tournament.

In windy conditions, Spain started strongly to take a 2-0 lead in the first half.

Eleanor McBay scored a fine goal to give GB hope, with the score at 3-1.  The British team pressed hard, creating several chances.  But Spain held firm and a breakaway goal in the final seconds saw them clinch victory 4-1.  

But with two wins on the final day of action, GB's senior women finished in sixth place, with captain Nicole Hudson top scorer in the tournament with 11 goals.


Following three victories on Friday the under 21 men started the day with a 4-4 draw against Switzerland.

Daragh McConvey

Two goals from Santanam McCutcheon, and one each from Christopher Underwood and Daragh McConvey put GB 4-1 up with seven minutes to go.  But a strong fightback from the Swiss team saw the match tied and a point a piece for the top two teams in the group.

In the last match of the Championships a brace from Fergal McConvey put GB into a 2-1 lead at half time.

Russia equalised in the second half, before the British team finished on a high with another seven goals, with two for Caleb Bowden, and one for Daragh McConvey, Santanam McCutcheon, Christopher Underwood and Finn Cain.

Following the disappointment of missing out on qualification for the podium places on day 1, the British under 21 men’s team won four of their five matches in group G to finish the tournament in ninth place, with Caleb Bowden top scorer with 12 goals.


The senior men continued their push for a top ten finish.  After two victories on Friday in Group G, the team were first on the water to claim a fine 8-3 victory against Poland.

Shivan McCutcheon and Ross Martin

Despite going down to an early goal, a brace from Suryan McCutcheon gave GB a half time lead of 2-1.  

As Poland chased the game, a strong second half showing from the men saw two goals for Ross Maontgomery and Alex Lowthorpe, and one each for Nicholas Spencer and Lewis Hammond to clinch a comfortable victory.

Next up was another emphatic victory, defeating Austria 8-2.

GB were 5-1 up at half time, thanks to goals from Alex Lowthorpe, Ross Martin, Lewis Hammond, Ross Montgomery and Kartik McCutcheon.

More goals for Ross Montgomery, Ross Martin and Nicholas Spencer in the second half secured the victory.


In their final match of the tournament on day 4, GB faced a Portugal side who were in second place in the group.

In a closely fought match Suryan McCutcheon gave GB the lead, before Portugal equalised and then went in front in the second half to lead 2-1.

But a goal from Ross Martin with two minutes to go ensured the match was tied at 2-2 and also secured top spot in Group G for GB and ninth place in the Championships.  Alex Lowthorpe was top scorer with 11 goals.


Day 3 and 4 results

Under 21 women - Fourth place

Semi final: France 6-1 Great Britain

Bronze medal match: Great Britain 1-4 Italy


Senior Women - Sixth place

Group E: Great Britain 3-0 Switzerland

5th/8th Place: Poland 3-4 Great Britain

5th/6th Place: Spain 4-1 Great Britain


Under 21 men - Ninth place

Group G: Great Britain 4-4 Switzerland

Group G: Great Britain 9-2 Russia


Senior Men - Ninth place

Group G: Great Britain 8-3 Poland

Group G: Great Britain 8-2 Austria

Group G: Great Britain 2-2 Portugal


Full details about 2021 Canoe Polo European Championships is available at: 

https://canoepolocatania2021.it/

You can find out more about the GB teams at:

https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/news/2021/gb-teams-selected-for-canoe-polo-european-championships

Find out more about Canoe Polo - the team kayaking sport, at the British Canoe Polo website:

https://canoepolo.org.uk/