The Greek women’s polo team was unsuccessful in their bid to win the European Championship in Spain, losing to the Netherlands in the final by 6-4.
In what can only be described as a highly defensive battle between the two teams, the Dutch managed to grab a secure lead in the third quarter that the Greeks were never able to overcome. More specifically, the game opened up with the ‘oranje’ scoring two goals, however Greece pulled one back through Nicole Eleftheriadou to form the final result of the first quarter (2-1).
The second quarter gave the spectators a more thrilling match, with Greece equalising two times (2-2 and 3-3) thanks to goals by Christina Tsoukala, but the Dutch were still able to end it in front 4-3.
A tight defensive struggle was in store for the third quarter, as only the Dutch team were able to find a goal, extending their lead to 5-3. In the last minutes of the final, Greece tried to get back in the game as Eleftheriadou found her second goal of the day, but it wasn’t meant to be as the Netherlands found another goal in their next attack to form the final result with 6-4.
Despite their loss, the coach of the Greek team, Giorgos Morfesis showed his satisfaction with their overall performance, pointing out that they were able to beat some of the greatest teams in the tournament. He also noted that they’re already thinking about their next target which is next year’s World Championship in Korea.
Meanwhile, the Men’s polo team finished in fifth place in their respective European Championship after beating Montenegro 8-6. Skoumbakis, Kolombos, Gounas and Vlahopoulos each scored twice for the Greek team.