Montgomery brothers represent UK teams

Ross Montgomery (6) in action for England v Germany
Ross Montgomery (6) in action for England v Germany

Belper brothers Ross and Gallin Montgomery have been in international action after both were re-selected to represent Great Britain in the Canoe Polo World Championships, held in Poland.

The event was hosted at Poznan’s Malta Regatta Course, site of the World Rowing and Canoe Sprint Championships earlier this year.

It was transformed into a four-pitch, world class venue for the 600 athletes from 25 qualifying countries who arrived for the tenth bi-annual World Championships.

The pair are former students at The Ecclesbourne School in Duffield. Gallin, 23, a graduate in sports science currently undertaking a masters degree in sport biomechanics at Loughborough University, fought his way back from a dislocated shoulder to earn a late call-up for the senior men’s squad, while Ross, 21, a student in sports technology at Sheffield Hallam University and bronze medallist with brother Gallin at the 2010 Worlds, was again selected to represent the GB Under 21s, having spent the last two years focussing his training for this event.

The senior mens team were always heading for a tough event but progressed to the second round, qualifying as one of the top 12 nations. Closely contested games found GB narrowly losing games before a solid win against the host nation to round off their tournament in tenth position, a creditable performance.

The GB under 21 men had a real chance of a top four finish. Steady wins against Japan and The Netherlands took them onto a good win over Canada which saw them top of their group and into Friday’s second round league games. Here they beat Denmark 6-4 but lost to World Champions France 6-4 before securing a place in the semi-final by beating Italy 6-4.

The GB lads beat Germany 3-2 with two goals scored in the last minute and the last one with five seconds left, to make the final, losing 4-3 to reigning champions France.