BRONZE AGE; Water Polo

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Byline: NEIL MACDONALD

ENGLISH water polo has entered the Bronze Age after third place success at the Commonwealth games.

And Siobhan Winter played a key role in putting it there after scoring 11 goals on the way to the third place play-off success against South Africa.

Siobhan, 24, from Birkenhead, says the tournament at Manchester's Aquatic centre was the high point of her career. "There was a fantastic atmosphere and loads of fans screaming, which was the first time I had ever experienced something like that, " she added.

"It was so intense and, because everyone was inspired and put so much in to it, we were worn out by the last day.

"I was also pleased and surprised with my performance, because I didn't feel too great going into it. Overall I'd say it was the best I have played, so my training must have paid off."

England started with a 4-2 defeat by Canada before beating South Africa 9-3 and Northern Ireland 26-2. They then fell to the eventual winners Australia 12-5 and the Canadians again in the semi-finals 12-5, before claiming the bronze.

Siobhan said: "It was an amazing tournament, not so much because we beat the teams we did, but that we were a lot closer to the Canadians and Australians than ever before. …