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Manchester-based water polo star Rosie Morris has high hopes as Team GB take on Russia

By Paul Smith

Manchester-based Rosie Morris described the opening ceremony of London 2012 as the best night of her life – but she hopes that changes swiftly.

Morris is the goalkeeper for Team GB’s first women’s water polo side to enter an Olympic Games, and she is confident of success.

The 26-year-old, who used to be swimming and water polo teacher at Manchester Grammar School, will be in action at the Water Polo Arena at Olympic Park for the first time today, as the women kick off their campaign against Russia.

And she is predicting plenty more good nights over the next fortnight.

“The opening ceremony was absolutely incredible,” she said.

“The noise, the atmosphere, everything about it – it was probably the best night of my life, incredible.

“Hopefully there are going to be a lot of best nights of my life coming up over the next couple of weeks.

“We are looking forward to the Russia game, we have done a lot of work in preparation for the whole tournament over the last few years so we feel ready and are raring to go.

“There are two groups of four and then we cross-over and go to the quarter-finals. Hopefully we will finish in a good position in the group and get an easier cross-over but if not it’s not the end of the world.

“We are hoping we can come out with some good results.”

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