Battling Team GB beaten by Australia at water polo test event

Water Polo International

  • Venue: Water Polo Arena, Olympic Park, London
  • Date: 3-6 May

Coverage: GB group matches on BBC Five Live Sports Extra

Great Britain's women lost their opening match in the Olympic Water Polo Arena 10-4 to Australia, but gave a spirited performance against one of the favourites for gold at London 2012.

The 2000 Olympic champions beat Great Britain 5-0 in a recent Test series.

Water Polo Arena in numbers

  • Completed one month ago
  • 5,000 temporary seats
  • 37m competition pool, with smaller training pool
  • 3million litres of water

But Team GB proved tougher proposition in front of a home crowd on the opening day of the sport's test event.

Chloe Wilcox scored Britain's first goal at the new venue but her side could not exploit several powerplays.

Australia took their chances to establish a 6-3 lead after three quarters before showing their class in a one-sided final period.

Rowena Webster scored four times for 'The Stingers' while captain Kate Gynther contributed a hat-trick.

Tournament schedule

  • GB 4-10 Australia: Thursday 3 May
  • GB v Hungary: Friday 4 May, 1950 BST
  • GB v USA: Saturday 5 May, 1520 BST
  • Final: Sunday 6 May, 1120 BST

Despite the defeat, Great Britain goalkeeper Rosie Morris enjoyed her first experience of the Olympic Arena.

"It was absolutely incredible - the crowd were so noisy and the pool felt great. Every time I made a save or we scored the atmosphere was amazing," she told BBC Sport.

"It was so inspiring to have that when you're in the water. Home advantage like this will really help us to get some good results."

Great Britain next face Hungary, who lost their opening match of the tournament 11-6 to the United States, on Friday.