EB: Have you had any experiences with Irish water polo or ever been to Ireland?
AE: I’ve never had any experiences with Irish water polo, but I would love to have one. Maybe one day when all this is over, we can do a masterclass together or your team can come to Barcelona to train against my team 🙂
I’ve been to Ireland before, just once and loved the experience. I came with my family when I was younger and was able to visit Cork and Dublin. It was summer, and I remember it was very rainy, haha.
EB: That sounds about right! One thing that we are asking in all the interviews, is to recommend games for younger players to go back, watch and learn from. Would you recommend any in particular?
AE: This is a very good question. And something very important. It is true that we are not at the pool training our physical condition. However, it is the perfect time to improve other skills. So, it is a good moment to work on video sessions or mental preparation for big games.
About games, I would recommend to watch any game they have recorded from themselves, and analyse it (what could I’ve done here to help more my teammate, or wow, that was a nice goal but maybe I had a free pass to the other side and it would’ve been a nicer goal- analyse yourself and be critical.
And then of course, they could watch international games that will help them to look up and dream. This is a very good idea. I don’t know which are the preferences of these girls but if they like the Spanish team, I would love them to watch the Olympic final in London. Or also a very good game was the semifinal, also in London against Hungary. This is very good water polo, and also, they will get a glance of what is to compete in high elite.
Also, the games from the US team are good games to watch because all the players have really good technique.
EB: Annie, thanks again for being so generous with your time and answering our questions. I’m sure our younger, and hopefully older players will enjoy reading what you said and learn something from you!
AE: I hope these answers help and please, let me know if you need anything else. Best regards and stay healthy!
As recommended by Annie, this link shows the 2012 Olympic women’s final at 1.53. Enjoy!