DUNFERMLINE Water Polo Club player Niamh Moloney has been getting ready to compete for Great Britain after being called up for an international tournament.

From Thursday, the GB senior women are taking part in the Danube League competition, which takes place over five weekends throughout the season across different countries.

The first of those is in Becej, Serbia, and runs until today (Sunday), with the Dunfermline player part of the squad that will go up against a further eight teams.

Three Serbian squads – Red Star, VKD Taš2000 and Vojvodina – will compete against Great Britain, as will Hungary’s Valdor Szentes; Romania’s Bucuresti; Slovakia’s Olympia Kosice; and Croatian duo ZAVK Mladost and VK Jadran.

Niamh travelled to London to meet up with the squad on Monday, who are set to fly out today, and Dunfermline Water Polo Club captain, Alasdair Campbell, hailed her achievement, noting that she is the first senior player from Scotland to be selected for GB since he himself played for them in 2014.

“This is a fantastic achievement for Niamh, who is still very young in senior terms, so it’s great news for her to be called up to play at such a young age,” he said.

In 2018, Niamh was named as Scottish Swimming’s Scottish Junior Water Polo Player of the Year and, a year later, she competed for GB at the LEN (European Swimming League) Women’s European Junior Water Polo Championships.

Having been a first reserve for the under-19 squad the previous year, she was part of a 14-strong squad that finished 12th in that tournament, scoring five goals, including GB’s first in a defeat to Germany.

At the time, she said: “I think scoring my first-ever GB goal has got to be my biggest achievement so far, and I won’t forget that one either!

“I scored a few but I won’t forget the first goal, hearing the crowd cheering.”

Meanwhile, Campbell added that there will be no Scottish club water polo taking place until 2022.

Like many other sports, its calendar has been hit by COVID-19 restrictions.