HUCKNALL water polo star Sean Ryder was part of the Great Britain men’s team as they launched their Olympic campaign.
Unfortunately, the 25-year-old and his 12 compatriots could do little to combat the superior experience of the Romania side as they ran out convincing 13-4 winners at the water-polo arena in central London.
The hosts face a tough task advancing from group B, which includes Hungary, who have won the last three Olympic titles, Serbia and the USA.
Against the Romanian’s last night (Sunday), captain Craig Figes scored GB’s opening goal with a penalty, while Rob Parker (2) and Jack Waller also netted.
“The scoreline is a bit harsh,” said Figes. “We created a lot of chances, but we didn’t put those chances away.”
On Tuesday (6.20 pm), Britain play Serbia, who upset Hungary in a hard-fought 14-10 win in front of 5,000 fans in the first round of matches.
Britain’s coaching staff have already said competing at the Games is all about experience for the developing squad.
It is the first time that there has been a British side in the men’s draw since Melbourne, Australia in 1956.
Ryder has been playing water polo since the age of 14 and has recently been playing in Romania himself for Rapid Bucharest and latterly in Germany with SV Weiden..
He has been part of the Great Britain set-up since 2005.