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Europa-Cup Final, Turin, Day 1: Hungary and the Netherlands advance to the semifinals

Women's Water Polo World League - European Prelims 2019
Turin, Italy
Quarter Final 1 - 15.30 Hungary - Greece 13-9
Results & Teams

13-9 (4-1, 4-3; 3-3, 2-2)

Hungary: 1 Gangl Edina, 2 Szilagyi Dorottya (1), 3 Parkes Rebecca (2), 4 Gurisatti Greta (2), 5 Szucs Gabriella (1), 6 Horvath Brigitta (1), 7 Illes Anna (1), 8 Keszthelyi Rita (C) (2), 9 Valyi Vanda (1), 10 Gyongyossy Aniko (2), 11 Csabai Dora, 12 Garda Krisztina, 13 Toth Eszter. Coach Attila Biro.

Greece: 1 Stamatopoulou Ioanna, 2 Tsoukala Christina (2), 3 Diamantopoulou Vasilik, 4 Eleftheriadou Nikoleta (1), 5 Plevritou Margarita, 6 Avramidou Alkisti, 7 Asimaki Alexandra (C) (1), 8 Chydirioti Ioanna (2), 9 Ninou Eirini (1), 10 Benekou Alkistis Christina, 11 Plevritou Eleftheria (1), 12 Xenaki Eleni (1), 13 Kotsioni Marina. Coach Georgios Morfesi.

Referees: Mr. Adrian Alexandrescu (ROU), Ms. Alessia Ferrari (ITA).
FINA Delegates: Mr. Milivoj Bebic (CRO), Mr. Angel Moliner (ESP).

Excluded for fouls limit: Szucs (H) at 3'57 of the 3rd period, Xenaki (G) at 5'51 of the 4th period. Goals on extra players: HUN 6/10 , GRE 4/11. Penalties: HUN 1/1, GRE 0/2 

Report

With 4 goals in each of the first two quarters, 3 in the third quarter and 2 in the last period Hungary won a vivacious game against Greece, 13-9. The Hungarians goals were scored by as many as nine different players. The Magyars’ victory was built in the first half of the game, when the score was 8-4: a 4-goal gap which would last until the end, as both the 3rd and the 4th quarter ended on a tie, respectively 3-3 and 2-2.

Both teams scored at waves but the final outcome was never in doubt, with the Magyar always ahead, holding the reins of the game firmly in their hands.
In the first quarter, after a penalty badly missed by Greece n. 11 Eleftheria Plevritou the Hungarians scored 4 goals in a row with four different players – Gurisatti, Illes, Szilagy and Kesthely, the latter both on penalty, only countered by Chydirioti goal for the Greece.

Soon after the start of the second quarter the Hellenics came back with 3 consecutive goal, scored by Tsoukala - Chydirioti – Asimaki, to tie 4-4 before Hungary took a new lead scoring 4 more consecutive goals in the period with Szucs on extra player, Parkes, and twice with Gyongyossy, both also on extra player.
At half time the Hungarians were leading with the double of goals scored by their opponents, 8 – 4.

Hungary insisted and scored again with Valyi half a minute inside the 3rd quarter and with Parkes 1 and half minute later and then again at about half of the period with Keszthelyi. Soon after Greece scored her fifth, sixth and 7th goal respectively with Xenaki on extra player, Tsoukala and Eleftheriadou, narrowing the gap to 4 goals. At the end of the 3rd period Hungary was still up 4 goals leading 11-7.

On opening of the 4th quarter, just 38 seconds inside, Gurisatti scored for Hungary on extra player. A minute later Greece re-established the 4-goal gap with an action goal of Eleftheria Plevritou (12-8). An action goal by Horvath for Hungary and an extra player goal by Ninou for Greece sealed the final score to 13-9.

Thanks to this victory Saturday afternoon, at 3.00 pm, Hungary will face Russia in the first of the two semi-finals. As Hungary will be the host of the World League Final 8 in Budapest from 4 to 7 June, their victory today means they have freed one of the three European places available to qualify for the finals.

Quotes

Attila Biro, Hungary’s coach:

"We started very well and with intensity, then we maintained a good level of play on a physical and tactical level, but winning a game that was not easy".

Georgios Morfesis, Greece’s coach:

"We knew we were not prepared for the new rules. We had many problems in defense, we need to concentrate more and we have too many goals especially with one man down".

Quarter Final 2- 17.00 Spain – Netherlands 6- 9
Results & Teams

6- 9 (1-3, 2-2; 2-3, 1-1)

Spain: 1 Ester Laura, 2 Bach Marta, 3 Espar Anna (2), 4 Ortiz Munoz Beatriz (2), 5 Ortiz Matilde, 6 Lloret Gomez Helena, 7 Espar Clara, 8 Pena Carrasco Maria Del Pilar ©, 9 Forca Judith (1),10 Gual Rovirosa Anna, 11 Garcia Maica (1), 12 Leiton Paula, 13 Sanchez Elena. 

Netherlands: 1 Aarts Laura, 2 Megens Maud (3), 3 Genee Dagmar (C), 4 Van Der Sloot Sabrina (3), 5 Wolves Iris (2), 6 Stomphorst Nomi, 7 Nijhuis Marloes, 8 Sevenich Vivian, 9 Keuning Maartje, 10 Koolhaas Ilse (1), 11 Van De Kraats Simone, 12 Rogge Bente, 13 Buis Sarah.

Referees: Mr. Sergey Naumov (RUS), Mr. Mao Savinovic (CRO)
FINA Delegates: Mr. Milorad Krivokapic (SRB), Mr. Dejan Perisic(SRB)

Extra players: ESP; NED. Penalties: ESP 0/1 , NED 2/2 

 

Report

The final score, 9-6 for the Netherlands, was the outcome of two hat tricks, signed by Megens and Van der Sloot, 2 goals from Wolves and 1 from Koolhass. Nine goals overall which allowed the Netherlands a clear win by 3 goals over Spain whose 6 goals were scored by Espar and Ortiz Munoz, 2 goals each, with Forca and Garcia, both scoring 1 goal.

In the 1st period The Netherlands went suddenly up by 2 goals thanks two penalty shots, converted respectively by Maud Megens, a minute after the starting whistle, and Van der Sloots two minutes later. Wolves scored the third goal at about 1 minute to the conclusion of the first period, after Spain scored their first and only goal Ortiz Munoz.

In the first half of the 2nd period Spain scored on action with Forca, then both Van der Sloot and Ortiz Munoz scored their second goal, respectively for the Dutch and the Spanish. Sabrina Van der Sloot, a major player of this game, scored the last goal of the period, her third in the game, on extra player. At half game the Netherlands were 2-goals up, leading 5-3.
A minute inside the 3rd quarter Spain narrowed the gap with an action goal from Espar, answered by Koolhaas 30 seconds later. At about 2 minutes from the end of the quarter Megens scored her second, on action, and then her third on extra player, putting the Dutch 3 goals up and ending any doubt on who will be the final winner of this game.

At about a minute and a half inside the last quarter Spain narrowed the gap to 2 goals with an extra player goal of Anna Espar. The 3-goal gap was reset soon after when Wolves scored her second goal, on action.

The Netherlands advance to the semifinals to face Italy on Saturday at 16.30 p.m.

The Magyars defeated Greece while the Netherlands had a clear win over Spain.

Saturday the winners will face respectively Russia and Italy in the semifinals.

Two exciting matches were played this afternoon at the Palanuoto in Turin, Italy, in the opening day of the FINA/LEN Water Polo World League Europa Cup Final Women 2019. Both games ran smoothly, in a fluid manner, suggesting a positive impact of the new rules on the game.

Europe Cup Final Six Schedule and Results 

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29Mar2019

Turin Europa-Cup Final– Three teams to qualify for World League Super Final

Russia and Italy qualified directly to the semi-finals for having respectively topped Group A and Group B of the preliminary phase. Both teams will enter the stage on the second day, respectively to play the winner of the game Hungary / Greece and the winner of the game Spain / Netherlands.

From March 29-31 the best European women's water polo teams will play in the evocative setting of the Palazzo del Nuoto (Palanuoto) in Turin, Italy, in the Final Six tournament of the Europa-Cup.

Women's Water Polo World League - European Prelims 2019
Turin, Italy
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29Mar2019

Day 4: Intercontinental teams qualify for Super Finals

Women's Water Polo World League - Intercontinental Tournament 2019
Perth, Western Australia
M13, 09:30, JAPAN 13 ARGENTINA 8
Results & Teams

Match M13, 09:30, JAPAN 13 ARGENTINA 8

Quarterfinal 1

Quarters: 3-2, 3-2, 5-2, 2-2

Referees: John Waldow (NZL), Liang Zhang (CHN)

Extra man: JPN: 0/7. ARG: 2/9.

Penalties: JPN: 1/4.

Teams:

JAPAN: Katsuyuki Tanamura, Kohei Inaba (2), Haruki Koppu, Mitsuaki Shiga (2), Takuma Yoshida (1), Atsuto Iida, Yusuku Shimizu, Mitsuru Takata, Atsushi Arai (3), Yusuke Inaba (3), Keigo Okawa (1), Shogo Kageta (1), Tomoyoshi Fukushima. Head Coach: Yoji Omoto.

ARGENTINA: Diego Malnero, Ramiro Veich (2), Tomas Galimberti (2), Guido Martino (1), Emanuel Lopez, Tomas Echenique (1), Juan Montane Tobares, Eduardo Bonomo, Ivan Carabantes, Esteban Corsi, Carlos Camnasio, German Yanez (2), Octavio Salas. Head Coach: Daniel Poggio.

 

Report

Pictures: Russell McKinnon

Match report

Japan became the first qualifier for the Super Final with an expected victory over Argentina.  The result was still in doubt at halftime, but 6-4 quickly became 8-4 and Argentina was always on the back foot. Once it became a five-goal difference, Japan enjoyed the match more and experimented. Not so Yusuke Inaba, who had a horror day for him, scoring just twice with one a penalty strike while he missed an incredible three more penalties, twice in a row in the final quarter. Much could be said for Argentine goalkeeper Diego Malnero who was exceptional against the highly charged Japanese onslaught. Strangely Japan struggled on extra with no conversions, such was the Argentine defence.

Quotes

Ivan Carabantes (ARG) — Captain

"We are very disappointed about the result. Japan have a special style of play that we were not comfortable with. Their defence was very strong, they were quick and swam a lot. We are used to a more static game. Nevertheless, we are learning a lot and improved during this competition by playing against so many different styles and teams."

Match M14, 10:45, CANADA 11 CHINA 10
Results & Teams

Match M14, 10:45, CANADA 11 CHINA 10

Quarterfinal 2,

Quarters: 4-5, 1-1, 3-1, 3-3

Referees: Michael Goldenberg (USA), Yusuke Kajiwara (JPN)

Extra man: CAN: 4/7. CHN: 3/17

Penalties: CAN: 2/2. CHN: 1/1

Teams:

CANADA: Dusan Aleksic, Gaelan Patterson, Sean Spooner (2), Nicholas Bicari (4), Jeremie Cote, Jeremie Blanchard, Bogdan Djerkovic (2), David Lapins, Aleksa Gardijan (2), Aria Soleimanipak, Devon Thumwood, Reuel D'Souza (1), Milan Radenovic, Mark Spooner. Head Coach: Pino Porzio.

CHINA: Honghui Wu, Zhangxin Hu (1), Jiahao Peng, Yu Liu (1), Fada Qin (1), Zekai Xie (2), Zhongxian Chen (2), Rui Chen, Yimin Chen (1), Feihu Tan (2), Xiao Liu, Nuanxiang Liang, Zhiwei Liang, Chenghiao Chu, Rongkun Lie. Head Coach: Petar Porobic.

 

 

 

Report

Pictures: Russell McKinnon

Canada survived a last-second scare and China was left bewildered as the final hooter failed to eventuate, seemingly sending the match to a penalty shootout. However, the star of the match, Nicholas Bicari, had possession for the final Canadian attack when 11-10 ahead. He surged down the right side and took the ball to the Chinese two metres at the conclusion of his possession time. The clock read 2.7s. China's goalkeeper sent the ball up to his team-mate who fired the ball toward the Canadian goal. A defender deflected it and all seemed over. However, the clock had not moved much with officials saying it had by the final hooter failed to sound. A Chinese player picked up the ball and smashed it into the net and the goal called. However, once again, discussion with the table proved that the hooter was the culprit and the goal disallowed much to the delight of the previously protesting Canadians. China was distraught, but the right decision had been made. Canada was booked into the Belgrade Super Final while China will need to ply its trade at the FINA World Championships in South Korea. The major point about the match was that both teams squandered three-goal leads. China was 5-2 up late in the first quarter and still ahead at halftime. By the next break Canada was 8-7 ahead and 10-7 at 6:20 of the final quarter. Three goals in 90 seconds levelled at 10-10. It was Bicari who put Canada ahead at 1:41, a lead it maintained until the disputed final whistle. If China had made better use of the extra-man count, it could have qualified.

Quotes

Nicholas Bicari (CAN) — Four goals

“We are all really happy we qualified for Belgrade. Extremely important for our team, for our programme because those games in Belgrade are high level and we want this event to prepare for the Pan-American Games which are in August. That’s a main event for us.  Everyone’s really happy and we need to turn the page and focus on tomorrow’s game because the tournament is not over. It’s been four hard games in four days in the sun, so recovery is number one now.”  

Yi Min Chen (CHN)

"Coming down to this game we were expecting a different result, so we are disappointed especially, because I believe our team played very well today. We made some mistakes in defence and we were not able to finish our goals even though we had opportunities. We have a lot to take away from this game and we will train even harder to prepare for our next international competition."

M15, 12:00, SOUTH AFRICA 8 KAZAKHSTAN 14
Results & Teams

M15, 12:00, SOUTH AFRICA 8 KAZAKHSTAN 14

Quarterfinal 4

Quarters: 3-3, 2-3, 1-4, 2-4

Referees: Evan Andrews (CAN), Andrew Carney (AUS)

Extra man: RSA: 4/7. KAZ: 5/10.

Penalties: RSA: 2/2. KAZ: 0/3.

Teams:

SOUTH AFRICA: Lwazi Madi, Olver Roarke, Timothy Rezelman (1), Ethan Coryndon-Baker, Garreth Prout, David Rom, Jason Evezard (3), Loodewyk Rabie (2), Dylan Cronje, (1) Mark Spencer (1), Liam Neill, Miguel Morsis, Keegan Clark. Head Coach: Paul Martin.

KAZAKHSTAN: Pavel Lipilin, Yevgeniy Medvedev (1), Maxim Zharlan (1), Roman Pilipenko, Miras Aubakirov (1), Alexey Shmider (2), Ruslan Akhmetov, Yegor Berbelyuk (2), Stanislav Shvedov, Mikhail Ruday (3), Ravil Manafov (3), Yulian Verdesh (1), Valeriy Shlemov. Head Coach: Dejan Stanojevic.

 

 

Report

Kazakhstan earned its spot in Belgrade with a second-half bonanza. The contest was impressive in the first half as South Africa led 2-0 and then had trouble fending off Kazakhstan who quickly turned the lead at 3-2. South Africa levelled at 3, 4 and 5 before Kazakhstan led 6-5 at halftime. This became 8-5 and 10-6 by the final break. The final quarter maintained momentum from both sides, but by then it was all about the margin. Lwazi Madi was a delight to watch in the South African goal, claiming two penalty saves and watching as a third sailed left of the cage. Alexey Shmider missed the first attempt, but finished with two goals and player of the match. Mikhail Ruday and Ravil Manafov, two veterans of the national team, claimed three goals apiece.

 

Pictures: Russell McKinnon

Quotes

Yegor Berbelyuk (KAZ)

In response to qualification:  

“We feel very good because it is the first reason why we’re here. We need to go to Belgrade to play final eight. Happy that we win this game. We will have some rest and prepare for our next opponent. I don’t know who it is, but it doesn’t matter; we will play our game. We will continue to be the better team." 

 Paul Martin (RSA) — Head Coach

"One goal (difference) at halftime and the guys start to think they can win the game. They start to force it instead of sticking to the basic structure that worked for us in the first half. Our individual basic skills were lacking. Every single pass into the centre forward gained kickouts and penalties. When we didn't, it let us down. We had a chance at halftime so I'm pleased and proud of the guys. We're not at full strength (some players are only making themselves available for the FINA World Championships). They forced the ball instead of seeing how it pans out. We would work hard for goals and then give away counter-attacks , which became goals. I'm happy in the bigger picture. We were close to playing a semifinal. It was not our mandate when we started here. Our competition proper starts tomorrow."

Keegan Clark (RSA) — Goalkeeper 

"The score was locked 3-3 after the first quarter, but unfortunately we lost concentration and stopped sticking to our game plan, and we let Kazakhstan take the lead. This just shows that it's quite and inexperienced side playing together. We knew it was going to be a close match, but after being up there with Kazakhstan in the first half of the game it's especially disappointing that we couldn't take home the win."

W13, 13:30, CHINA 16 KAZAKHSTAN 5
Results & Teams

W13, 13:30, CHINA 16 KAZAKHSTAN 5

Quarterfinal 1

Quarters: 3-0, 4-1, 4-0, 5-4

Referees: Voijin Putnikovic (SRB), German Moller (ARG)

Extra man: CHN: 5/10. KAZ: 1/8.

Penalties: CHN: 0/1.

Teams:

CHINA: Jiaqi Zhang, Xinyan Wang (1), Xiaohan Mei, Dunhan Xiong (2), Guannan Niu (3), Ning Guo, Zihan Zhao (1), Cong Zhang (2), Huan Wang (3), Danyi Zhang (2), Xiao Chen (2), Jing Zhang, Yineng Shen, Zihan Zhao, Jing Yan. Head Coach: Dali Gong.

KAZAKHSTAN: Alexandra Zhazkimbaeva, Anastassiya Yezemina, Aizhan Akilbayeva, Anna Turova (1), Komila Zakirova, Darya Roga (1), Anna Novikova (2), Darya Muzareva, Anastassiya Murataeiyera, Zamirco Myrzabekova (1), Anastassiya Mirshina, Viktoria Khritankova, Azhare Alibayeva. Head Coach: Marat Navrazbekov.

 

Report

Pictures: Russell McKinnon

China richly deserved inclusion in the Super Final with a resounding victory that never saw Kazakhstan have a chance. At 4-0 in the second quarter, Kazakhstan scored its opening goal and then had to wait until the final quarter for the goals to flow. By playing a 4-5 final quarter, Kazakhstan can take aim at a possible fifth placing during the final two days. China had to work for goals and was thwarted on many occasion, such was the pressure from the Kazakhs. Darya Roga and Anna Novikova scored consecutive goals in the final period and goalkeeper Alexandra Zhazkimbaeva slammed down a penalty attempt by China at 0:23, leading to a counter-attack goal to Darya Muzareva. Yineng Shen was named player of the match with her star form in goal. Guannan Niu, one of China's leading players in recent years, came good with a hat-trick of goals.

Quotes

Yineng Shen (CHN) — Goalkeeper and player of the match
“Very happy to win today. Yesterday we didn’t have a very good game, but we were more prepared and focused today."

W14, 16:15, JAPAN 6 CANADA 9
Results & Teams

W14, 16:15, JAPAN 6 CANADA 9

Quarterfinal 2

Quarters: 3-3, 1-2, 0-3, 2-1

Referees: Gabriella Varkonyi (HUN), Megan Perry (NZL)

Extra man: JPN: 1/4. CAN: 3/10

Penalties: CAN: 1/2.

Teams:

JAPAN: Rikako Miura, Yumi Arima (2), Akari Inaba (2), Shino Magariyama, Chiaki Sakanoue (2), Miku Koide, Yuri Kazama, Yuki Niizawa, Ayaka Takahashi, Misaki Noro, Marina Tokumoto, Kotori Suzuki, Minami Shioya. Head Coach: Makihiro Motomiya.

CANADA: Jessica Gaudreault, Krystina Alogbo (1), Axelle Crevier, Gurpreet Sohi, Monika Eggens (3), Kelly McKee, Joelle Bekhazi (1), Elyse Lemay-Lavoie (3), Hayley McKelvey, Amanda Amorosa, Kindred Paul, Shae Fournier (1), Claire Wright, Blaire McDowell. Head Coach: Pavlidis Theocharis.

 

Report

Canada came back from 3-0 down in the opening quarter to win the rest of the match 9-3. Japan started in usual fashion before Canadian head coach Pavlidis Theocharis called a timeout and changed his defence, which had immediate success, levelling the match by quarter time. Japan put away two early lobs to upset Canada and a third that had the team reeling. However, proper control, stopping the Japanese fast-attacking style and using its size proved the key to victory. Elyse Lemay-Lavoie was named player of the match, scoring twice in the second as Canada went 5-4 and again in the third as the margin shot to 8-4. Monica Eggens stepped up to the plate with a three-goal contribution, which could have been four if she hadn;'t had her penalty shot stopped by the hard-working Rikako Miura. Yumi Arima, one oft he stars in Perth, was kept in check, scoring just one goal. and that a fantastic centre-forward backhand in the last half-minute.

Pictures: Russell McKinnon

 

Quotes

Else Lemay-Lavoie (CAN) — Three goals, player of the match

“For sure we’re happy because we’ve qualified for the World League Super Final. Good game to play; it was hard in the beginning, but it paid off at the end. I feel good; first quarter was hard; I went a little bit too fast in the centre and then I felt good and I could put the ball in the net. Relaxed into the game."

Miku Koide (JPN) — Player

"In the first part of the game we had a good defence and could implement successful counter-attacks, but in the second half the team fell apart a little bit. We paid too much attention to the Canadian centre player who would pass the ball to the wing players, from where they scored a lot of goals."

W15, 17:30, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 22 SOUTH AFRICA 4
Results & Teams

W15, 17:30, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 22 SOUTH AFRICA 4

Quarterfinal 3

Quarters: 4-0, 5-2, 7-0, 6-2

Referees: Jinyong An (KOR), Viktor Salnichenko (KAZ)

Extra man: USA: 6/9. RSA: 3/7

Penalties: USA: 1/1

Teams:

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Gabrielle Stone, Jordan Raney, Stephanie Haralabidis (3), Rachel Fattal, Abrielle Hill (3), Maggie Steffens (3), Jamie Neushul (4), Kiley Neushul (2), Brigitta Games (2), Kaleigh Gilchrist, Jewel Roemer (1), Alys Williams (4), Ashleigh Johnson, Honnie Vandeweghe. Head Coach: Adam Krikorian.

SOUTH AFRICA: Rebecca Thomas, Yanah Gerber, Astrid Faustmann, Nicola Barrett, Hannah Calvert (1), Amica Hallendorff (1), Kim Rosslee, Cassandra Day, Anna Thornton-Dibb, Nicola MacLeod (2), Emma Joubert, Georgie Moir, Stephanie Barry. Head Coach: Sarah Harris.

 

Report

United States of America was always going to win, but it was the tenacity of the South Africans that shone through. USA was sharp, well drilled, fast and had lightning reflexes. South Africa had to counter all that and try to score goals against the best team on the planet. USA played hard, as it always does and rained goals in the South African cage. Jamie Neushul, Alys Williams, Stephanie Haralabidis, Abrielle Hill and Maggie Steffens were kept busy delivering the goods time and again. USA was relentless and showed respect to South Africa who played until the end and doubled its score with the last two goals of the match — Nicola  MacLeod for her second and Amica Hallendorff —both in the final 20 seconds. It was typical USA and South Africa can be pleased with its effort, especially young goalkeeper Stephanie Barry who played a full match in the cage.

Pictures: Russell McKinnon

Quotes

Jamie Neushul (USA) — Player of the match

“We’re behind where we want to be defensively, but we’re putting some goals on the board and we’re going to work it out and hopefully have a good semifinal and advance from there. We’ll talk a little bit and try to tighten things up defensively. The amount of time we have, we just have to get out and play our hardest and play the game we know how to play and hopefully everything works out. Cool, exciting. A lot of movement by my team-mates out there today. I was the recipient of some great passes. Everyone can score on this team and everyone can play great defence. It could have been anyone.” 

Stephanie Barry (RSA) — Match goalkeeper

"It was both amazing and terrifying to play against the best team in the world. This is the first time I'm representing my country; just to have this experience is amazing in itself. It's great that for the first time in a long time we have a fit South African team that can compete swimming up and down the pool. It's really nice to be able to work on other things, set new goals and we are slowly-slowly achieving those goals."

W16 18:45, NEW ZEALAND 4 AUSTRALIA 15
Results & Teams

W16 18:45, NEW ZEALAND 4 AUSTRALIA 15

Quarterfinal 4

Quarters: 1-3, 0-3, 3-3, 1-6

Referees: Garren Gaisford (RSA), Chisato Kurosaki (JPN)

Extra man: NZL: 0/11. AUS: 2/2.

Penalties: NZL: 2/2

Teams:

NEW ZEALAND: Jessica Milicich, Isabella Morrison, Gabrielle Milicich, Shinae Carrington (1), Kaitlin Howarth, Caitlin Parker-Allen, Emmerson Houghton (2), Katie McKenty, Grace Tobin, Gabriella MacDonald, Kirsten Hudson, Kate Enoka (1), Chantelle Conroy, Elizabeth Alsemgeest. Head Coach: Angela Winstanley-Smith.

AUSTRALIA: Lilian Hedges, Keesja Gofers, Hannah Buckling (1), Elle Armit (1), Isobel Bishop, Bronwen Knox (2), Rowie Webster (6), Amy Ridge, Zoe Arancini (4), Lena Mihailovic (1), Jessica Zimmerman, Sophie Milliken, Gabriella Palm. Head Coach: Predrag Mihailovic.

 

Report

Australia completed the Super final puzzle with a flattering victory over trans-Tasman rival New Zealand. There is always intense rivalry between the two countries no matter what the sport and this was no different. The Kiwis worked hard and unruffled the Aussie Stingers in the early stages, forcing poor shooting and turning over plenty of ball. The Aussies were heavy foulers and three players did not see out the match, Olympian Keesja Gofers finishing her time in the second quarter. By contrast, the Kiwis gave up just two exclusions, which Australia punished. With 11 fouls, Australia shut out New Zealand every time. Two penalties were given up as well, which New Zealand gladly accepted and converted. Aussie skipper Rowie Webster, one of the most experienced players in world water polo, slammed in six goals, including a hat-trick in the third period. Hometowner Zoe Arancini netted another four. The Kiwis can credit for their work ethic and the Stingers spread the game around and should be better for the outing.

Pictures: Russell McKinnon

Quotes

Rowie Webster (AUS) — Captain and six goals

“I think we were a little bit rusty at the start. We didn’t put away some opportunities we probably should have. It’s a long game and it's four quarters and we definitely got better by the end and came out and did a job and got the result, so we’re looking forward to tomorrow’s game and the challenge that it brings. There were a bit of nerves there as well. Any quarterfinal’s a tough game. We came out slow, but I think this team has a lot of energy and we can go 13 deep, so we just kept making subs, making changes, working on combinations and we came through with the goods at the end. It’s a team game and it’s really good to see that we can basically score from anywhere and that’s what we’re looking to do. We’re looking to be aggressive, creative and giving everyone an equal opportunity and I think we showed that tonight." 

Chantelle Conroy (NZL) — Goalkeeper

"Overall I think our team played a really great team game; it was a good effort from both Australia and New Zealand. I'm super proud of the girls; we played  110 per cent the whole way. We had a lot of opportunities, but unfortunately we couldn't finish some of them, but at the end of the day we are going to look at all the positives that came out of it. We made so many kick-outs that worked, so we are pretty proud."

M16, 20:15, AUSTRALIA 15 NEW ZEALAND 4
Results & Teams

M16, 20:15, AUSTRALIA 15 NEW ZEALAND 4

Quarterfinal 3

Quarters: 3-2, 3-0, 4-1, 5-1

Referees: Martin Murray (CAN), Adil Aimbetov (KAZ)

Extra man: AUS: 9/12. NZL: 0/4.

Penalties: NZL: 1/1.

Teams:

AUSTRALIA: Joel Dennerley, Richard Campbell (2), George Ford, Joseph Kayes (2), Nathan Power (2), Lachlan Edwards (1), Aidan Roach (2), Nicholas Brooks (1), Andrew Ford, Timothy Putt, Lachlan Hollis (2), Blake Edwards (2), Anthony Hrysanthos. Head Coach: Elvis Fatovic.

NEW ZEALAND: Sid Dymond, Matthew Lewis, Nicholas Paterson (1), Ryan Pike, Nicholas Stankovich (1), Matthew Small (1), Anton Sunde, Sean Bryant, Joshua Potaka, Matthew Bryant, Jerome McGuinness (1), Sean Newcombe, Bae Fountain. Head Coach: Davor Carevic.

 

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Australia shook off a dogged New Zealand to advance to the Super Final in Belgrade. New Zealand can take heart that its effort stymied the Aussie Sharks for some time and it was only in the final quarter that they could express themselves. It's that Kiwi-Aussie love-hate relationship. Australia shot to a 2-0 lead and 3-1, finishing at 3-2 by the first break. It was 6-2 at halftime and10-3 by the last break before the floodgates opened in the fourth. Australia's diligence at converting extra-man attack continued with a stunning nine from 12 while only giving up four fouls, the opposite of the women's encounter between the two nations. As Australia's confidence grew, New Zealand coach Davor Carevic was becoming exasperated with the referee decisions. A lone Kiwi penalty strike in the final quarter was the bright spark.

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Richie Campbell (AUS) — Captain and player of the match

“Tough game, especially that first half. They came out really strong and wanted to play aggressive water polo. They really stuck it to us that first quarter. Always feel going about getting an MVP but at the end of the day it was an overall team effort and it was a good result. We’ll match up with Canada again and we struggled with them in the round games so we’ll do some video and look at their game play and review our game. Weight off our shoulders, but we still want to take the competition out, so one game at a time. 

Jerome McGuinness (NZL)

"I feel like the result fell a bit further apart than how the game actually felt. The Aussies capitalised on a lot of opportunities, whereas we missed out on quite a few. There were a few lapses in concentration which comes down to fitness; we are a relatively fresh team and we haven't had much of a build-up to this competition." 

Perth, Australia, Mar 29— Day four produced the qualifiers for the Super Finals following quarterfinals of the FINA Water Polo World League Intercontinental Cup at the HBF Stadium in Perth.

In men's competition, Japan, Canada, Kazakhstan and Australia qualified for the Super Final in Belgrade, Serbia.

Japan started the surge with a 13-8 margin against Argentina; Canada pipped China 11-10 in a controversial finish; Kazakhstan shrugged off South Africa 14-8 and Australia downed New Zealand 15-4.

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29Mar2019

Day 3: China victory not enough for Intercontinental Cup group win

Women's Water Polo World League - Intercontinental Tournament 2019
Perth, Western Australia
W9, 09:30, Group B, SOUTH AFRICA 4 CANADA 16
Results & Teams

Match W9, 09:30, Group B, SOUTH AFRICA 4 CANADA 16

Quarters: 2-3, 2-3, 0-5, 0-5

Referees: Liang Zhang (CHN), Yusuke Kajiwara (JPN)

Extra man: RSA: 0/7. CAN: 3/7.

Penalties: RSA: 1/1.

Teams:
SOUTH AFRICA: Rebecca Thomas, Yanah Gerber, Astrid Faustmann (1), Nicola Barrett, Hannah Calvert, Amica Hallendorff, Kim Rosslee, Cassandra Day, Anna Thornton-Dibb, Nicola MacLeod (1), Emma Joubert (1), Georgie Moir (1), Stephanie Berry. Head Coach: Sarah Harris.

CANADA: Jessica Gaudreault, Blaire McDowell (1), Axelle Crevier (1), Gurpreet Sohi (1), Monika Eggens (1), Kelly McKee (1), Joelle Bekhazi (2), Elyse Lemay-Lavoie (4), Hayley McKelvey, Amanda Amorosa (1), Kindred Paul (1), Shae Fournier (2), Claire Wright,. Head Coach: Pavlidis Theocharis.

 

 

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Canada needed a quarter to get into the swing before racing away to a 16-4 victory over South Africa. South Africa worked hard throughout earning extra-man situations, but failing to convert. With the match at 3-2, Canada was being shown up by the less-experienced South Africans. Even the halftime score flattered South Africa more than Canada. Then the onslaught occurred, Canada drove, snapped the passes, controlled centre forward and made sure of the shots. At the defensive end, Canada smothered the opposition as concentration slipped at vital times and stole a large amount of ball. South Africa also put pressure on itself with poor passes and catching when in the scoring zone.

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Elyse Lemay-Lavoie  (CAN) — Four goals

"We started the game so so and we kept going and came back good in the second half. We improved our shooting and where to put the ball and improved our defence." 

Sarah Harris (RSA) — Head Coach

"Our team is here to play, but as you can see it's experience. Against Australia (Wednesday) we were none from 10 on extra and two from three on penalties. Today we were none from eight on extra on attack and could not score. That is none from 18 in two days. We are earning many exclusions, probably the most of any teams. It's all positive stuff. If you do that against teams like Canada they punish you. If you can't score on extra you're stuffed. Our six on five is fantastic at home but once you come here there are huge arms and plenty of movement. We're not used to that. That's been the biggest disappointment."

W10, 10:45, Group A, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 20 NEW ZEALAND 3
Results & Teams

Match W10, 10:45, Group A, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 20 NEW ZEALAND 3

Quarters: 5-1, 6-0, 3-1,

Referees: Jinyong An (KOR), Nick Hodgers (AUS)

Extra man: USA:  NZL:

Penalties: NZL: 1/1.

Teams:

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Gabrielle Stone, Jordan Raney (3), Stephanie Haralabidis (1), Rachel Fattal (1), Abrielle Hill (1), Maggie Steffens (1), Jamie Neushul (3), Kiley Neushul (1), Brigitta Games (5), Kaleigh Gilchrist, Honnie Vandeweghe (1), Alys Williams (3), Ashleigh Johnson. Head Coach: Adam Krikorian.

NEW ZEALAND: Jessica Milicich, Isabella Morrison, Gabrielle Milicich, Shinae Carrington, Kaitlin Howarth, Caitlin Parker-Allen, Emmerson Houghton (1), Katie McKenty, Grace Tobin, Elizabeth Alsemgeest, Kirsten Hudson (1), Kate Enoka (1), Chantelle Conroy. Head Coach: Angela Winstanley-Smith.

 

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United States of America finished top of its group, as expected, beating a confident, yet largely inexperienced, New Zealand. USA always had the firepower and the quicker thinking and the goals started raining just after the opening whistle. To the Kiwis' credit, they kept giving goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson plenty of work to do. This tournament is giving Adam Krikorian plenty of chances to rotate players and give newcomers time in international waters. Youngster Honnie Vandeweghe is revelling in her chances, scoring in each of her first two encounters. One of the best goals of the match was when goalie Johnson came over the half and joined the attack with a little more than three minutes remaining. The shot rebounded over the side rope. The goal judge (70+ world champion Bill Wallace) threw the ball to the goalkeeper who flipped it to Emmerson Houghton on three metres. She fired the ball like a arcing missile into the USA goal while Johnson, named player of the match, was scampering back, but had not even made halfway. Johnson came forward in the last minute and was set to score a goal, but her friendly fire hit the crossbar.

 

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Honnie Vandeweghe (USA) — New international

"Making my international senior tournament debut has been super fun. I have been learning so much from the older players; just the experience from every practice and game is just so cool. It was a good match. It is always good to play a match; it was just so much fun." 

Angie Winstanley-Smith (NZL) — Head Coach

"It was better than yesterday. We always seem to draw USA in our pool. There are lots of gold medallists and arguably the best goalkeeper of all time (Ashleigh Johnson). We worked on our defence. I'm happy with the girls, creating chances. We have a big match tomorrow and playing with five debutantes... We are improving in phases. We have been working for two and a half years now. The first year was damage control, then defence focus. We are aggressive and moving well. The American defence was amazing, especially with Johnson in goal. We are here to learn and build. We don't compete internationally often, as you know. It's all about creating chances. We must be the only team in the world to score against Johnson while she's not in her half," she said of Emmerson Houghton's fourth-quarter downtown goal.

W12, 12:00, Group A, CHINA 8 JAPAN 7
Results & Teams

Match W12, 12:00, Group A, CHINA 8 JAPAN 7

Quarters: 2-1, 1-3, 2-2, 3-1

Referees: Reynel Castillo (PUR), Michael Baty (RSA)

Extra man:  CHN:  3/11. JPN: 1/5.

Penalties: CHN: 1/2.

Teams:

CHINA: Jiaqi Zhang, Xinyan Wang (1), Xiaohan Mei, Dunhan Xiong (1), Guannan Niu, Ning Guo (1), Yiwen Lu, Zihan Zhao (1), Huan Wang (1), Danyi Zhang (1), Xiao Chen (2), Jing Zhang, Yineng Shen. Head Coach: Dali Gong.

JAPAN: Rikako Miura, Yumi Arima (3), Akari Inaba (1), Shino Magariyama, Chiaki Sakanoue, Miku Koide, Yuri Kazama (2), Yuki Niizawa, Ayaka Takahashi, Misaki Noro (1), Marina Tokumoto, Kotori Suzuki, Minami Shioya. Head Coach: Makihiro Motomiya.

 

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The Asian teams slogged it out for four solid quarters and the match was always in doubt. It seemed that Japan had China's measure but that was not necessarily the case. The match swung left and right with China opening, Japan levelling at 1-1 and 2-2 before going 3-2 ahead, leading 4-3 at the halftime break thanks to a Yuri Kazama who was loose on the bottom left. China had a chance to level, but fluffed the cross pass when the goal was wide open. Japan increased the margin with Yumi Arima, a truly class player, netting from centre forward. China returned the favour twice to level at 5:05 and the only other goal of the third came Japan's way through Arima. China missed a penalty attempt, which could have had the match even going into the final break. China levelled at 5:37 in the fourth via a Zihan Zhou penalty strike. Huan Wang moved China to 7-6 at 1:40 from the deep left. Arima shovelled in her third goal from the centre for 7-7 at 1:18. China responded through Xiao Chen at centre in what the Japanese coach protested what he thought was flagrantly a ball under. Japan had the ball in the final seven seconds but failed to get a shot away. This match showed the speed, verve and proved that the decision to play the free throw from where the ball is and the 20 seconds attack after a corner sped up the game. This is showing through in Perth.

 

 

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Makihiro Motomiya (JPN) — Head coach

"Especially in the last part we could not score goals. The Chinese girls are bigger than us and the goalkeeper is so good. We just tried to keep going until the end. The best part is that our defence connected to keep the coverage. Tomorrow we will probably play Canada and like China they are bigger players so we will play the same tactics. Their tactic is zone defence so we have to take care of that."

M9, 13:30, Group B, CHINA 16 KAZAKHSTAN 15 in sudden death penalty shootout (FT: 9-9, pens 7-6)
Results & Teams

Match M9, 13:30, Group B, CHINA 16 KAZAKHSTAN 15 in sudden death penalty shootout (FT: 9-9, pens 7-6)

Quarters: 1-2, 3-1, 3-3, 2-3

Referees: Voijin Putnikovic (SRB), Michael Goldenberg (USA)

Extra man: CHN: 6/14. KAZ: 7/16.

Penalties: KAZ: 0/1.

Teams:

CHINA: Honghui Wu, Zhangxin Hu (1), Jiahao Peng, Yu Liu, Chenghiao Chu (+1), Zekai Xie (1 +2), Zhongxian Chen (2 +2), Rui Chen, Yimin Chen (+1), Feihu Tan (1), Xiao Liu (1 +1), Nuanxiang Liang (3), Zhiwei Liang. Head Coach: Petar Porobic.

KAZAKHSTAN: Pavel Lipilin, Yevgeniy Medvedev (2 +2), Maxim Zharlan (+1), Roman Pilipenko, Miras Aubakirov, Alexey Shmider (3 +1), Ruslan Akhmetov, Yegor Berbelyuk (1 +1), Stanislav Shvedov (1 +1), Mikhail Ruday, Ravil Manafov, Yulian Verdesh (2), Valeriy Shlemov. Head Coach: Dejan Stanojevic.

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China may have emerged the victor, but it took four torrid quarters, an attrition rate accustomed to a battlefield, and a sudden-death penalty shootout that had the crowd on its feet. It was a brutal encounter that had the referees throwing their arms around like windmills as a procession of players went to sunbathe on the benches. There was too much playing the player, something the new rules are trying to clean up. However, the referees applied the ejection rule and by the three-quarter mark there were 23 major fouls and five recalcitrant players were satisfied that they wouldn't have to compete in the shootout should that occur, which was highly likely at the stage. In fact, seven players avoided the shootout with four Chinese topping the bad-boys' list. In the end China amassed 17 majors and Kazakhstan 14 — a tournament low point. Kazakhstan started two up, China levelled; both teams took the lead in the second quarter with China ahead at the long break. Kazakhstan swiftly retook the lead in the third period only for China to lead twice and be 7-6 up at the last interval. Kazakhstan had to level three time in the final quarter with the hero being Alexey Shmider gaining the last two for Kazakhstan, one on extra and the other a bullet from the top. This was after he had a penalty shot attempt blocked by Honghui Wu early in the quarter. His zinger came at 1:37. China had a shot blocked at 1:08 and gained a corner at 0:29. Kazakhstan and China both failed to convert extra-man attempts in the last minute and China was indecisive with the final shot, forcing the shootout. The normal rotation produced flawless shooting. The first two shooters converted as did the second Chinese player. Then Maxin Zhardan had his shot blocked and China finished top of the group.

 

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Petar Porobic (CHN) — Head Coach

"It was a good game and we played great. It showed progress, but what was important was that we won in penalty shootout after a long period. In recent periods, China has lost many games on penalty. We showed we can play and we can build hopes in our team."

M10, 15:45, Group A, JAPAN 13 CANADA 10
Results & Teams

Match M10, 15:45, Group A, JAPAN 13 CANADA 10

Quarters: 2-2, 2-2, 5-2, 4-4

Referees: John Waldow (NZL) Adil Aimbetov (KAZ)

Extra man: JPN: 6/11. CAN: 2/6.

Penalties: JPN: 1/1. CAN: 3/4.

Teams:

JAPAN: Katsuyuki Tanamura, Seiya Adachi, Haruki Koppu, Mitsuaki Shiga (2), Takuma Yoshida (1), Atsuto Iida, Yusuku Shimizu (1), Mitsuru Takata, Atsushi Arai (1), Yusuke Inaba (5), Keigo Okawa (2), Kenta Araki (1), Tomoyoshi Fukushima. Head Coach: Yoji Omoto.

CANADA: Dusan Aleksic, Gaelan Patterson, Sean Spooner (1), Nicholas Bicari (3), Jeremie Cote (1), Mark Spooner, Bogdan Djerkovic, David Lapins, Aleksa Gardijan (1), Aria Soleimanipak (2), Devon Thumwood (1), Reuel D'Souza (1), Milan Radenovic. Head Coach: Pino Porzio.

 

 

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Pure energy by both teams produced a match that could have gone to a penalty shootout. It was an even slate in the first half with a flurry of penalty attempts in the opening minutes producing two from three. However, it was the third period that Japan finally came alive and turned the tables on Canada. It was counter-attack that broke the camel's back. Nicholas Bicari, one of the outstanding players in Perth, took Canada ahead at the start of the period for his third goal, but then a goal on extra and two counters took Japan two ahead by 5:34. Canada made it 7-6 before Yusuke Inaba drilled a couple of long shots, one on extra. Aria Soleimanipak (CAN) kept the Japanese honest twice bringing it back to two goals before Mitsuaki Shiga deflected a shot off a defender's torso on extra for 11-9. Hope came Canada's way via a Devon Thumwood penalty goal — making it three from five — and an 11-10 scoreline. Inaba and Takuma Yoshida boosted the margin with extra-man goals, which proved the final score — 13-10.

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Dusan Aleksic (CAN) — Goalkeeper

"We knew it would be a very difficult match. Japan is a fast and smart team. We started not bad but then dropped and let them score easy counter-attack goals. The kept a 1-2 advantage but we did not manage to tie the game or lead. They played their game and we got trapped. The coach told us at halftime not to give away easy goals, to press them on offence and to really wait for an opening. We never gave up. We kept fighting to the end. We're a young team and this is a good build-up. We just need to work on the details and be quicker with our reactions and not give up easy counters."

Yusuke Inaba (JPN) — Five goals

“Especially in the first half we were not in the game. We were not able to perform our plan, but going into the second half we were able to perform our game plan. We kept pressing in the defence and we played defence from the front." 

M11, 17:00, Group B, ARGENTINA 14 NEW ZEALAND 9
Results & Teams

Match M11, 17:00, Group B, ARGENTINA 14 NEW ZEALAND 9

Quarters: 4-2, 5-2, 3-4, 2-1

Referees: Andrew Carney (AUS), Martin Murray (CAN)

Extra man: ARG:  5/14. NZL: 3/12.

Penalties: ARG: 1/1. NZL: 2/3.

Teams:

ARGENTINA: Diego Malnero, Ramiro Veich (1), Tomas Galimberti, Guido Martino (2), Emanuel Lopez, Tomas Echenique, Juan Montane Tobares, Eduardo Bonomo (1), Ivan Carabantes (5), Esteban Corsi (1), Carlos Camnasio, German Yanez (4), Octavio Salas. Head Coach: Daniel Poggio.

NEW ZEALAND: Sid Dymond, Matthew Lewis, Nicholas Paterson (1), Ryan Pike, Nicholas Stankovich (1), Matthew Small (3), Anton Sunde (2), Sean Bryant, Joshua Potaka, Matthew Bryant (1), Jerome McGuinness, Sean Newcombe (1), Bae Fountain. Head Coach: Davor Carevic.

 

 

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Argentina proved the stronger of two immovable forces. They were well suited and while Argentina had more recent experience in America, the Kiwis were up for the action, working hard on all facets of play. Argentina led by four at the final break and the Kiwis close to 12-9 with less than six minutes remaining, a theoretical hope for success. However, Ivan Carabantes, a continual thorn in the Kiwis' side, slammed in his fifth goal soon after four-goal hero German Yanez lifted the team. New Zealand has performed well, but with no points and Argentina showed that the second phase could its chance for higher honours.

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Bae Fountain (NZL) — Goalkeeper

"We worked hard tonight against Argentina, but we didn't manage to come out on top. It was a much more intense game than yesterday against China, where I feel like we didn't bring our best. We are very excited to play against the Aussies tomorrow because they've got big names in their team, and also because the battle between Australia and New Zealand will always be there."

M12 18:15, Group A, SOUTH AFRICA 6 AUSTRALIA 19
Results & Teams

Match M12 18:15, Group A, SOUTH AFRICA 6 AUSTRALIA 19

Quarters: 1-6, 2-3, 1-4, 2-6

Referees: Viktor Salnichenko (KAZ), German Moller (ARG)

Extra man: RSA: 1/7. AUS: 13/16.

Penalties: RSA: 0/1.

Teams:

SOUTH AFRICA: Lwazi Madi, Olver Roarke, Timothy Rezelman (1), Ethan Coryndon-Baker, Garreth Prout, David Rom, Jason Evezard (2), Loodewyk Rabie, Dylan Cronje (2), Mark Spencer (1), Liam Neill, Miguel Morsis, Keegan Clark. Head Coach: Paul Martin.

AUSTRALIA: Joel Dennerley, Angus Lambie (2), George Ford (2), Joseph Kayes, Nathan Power (2), Lachlan Edwards (2), Aidan Roach (2),Nicholas Brooks (3), Andrew Ford (1), Timothy Putt (4), Lachlan Hollis, Charlie Negus (1), Anthony Hrysanthos. Head Coach: Elvis Fatovic.

 

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The Aussie Sharks ripped into South Africa and came away with the group victory. For South Africa it was a tough group and it is looking forward to the crossovers as the team is improving with each match. Australian head coach Elvis Fatovic used his bench well and made sure of pressing the advantage at all times in preparation for the second phase. Nicholas Brooks was powerful on counter-attack, Tim Putt was named player of the match. South Africa kept pushing for goals and came up with some excellent strikes, including a long slide that evaded goalkeeper Anthony Hrysanthos. Joel Dennerley played the first half in goal for Australia and stopped an early penalty shot that could have had the score at 4-2. Instead, Australia raced to a 6-1 margin at the first break that was always going be a too-hard hurdle to jump for the Kiwis. The extra-man count for Australia was exceptional in the current era — 13 from 16 chances.

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Tim Putt (AUS) — Four goals

“Good to get the win against South Africa, running through some fresh legs with the young boys, focusing on our defence, which really showed today. We really needed to focus in after last night, obviously a close win, but I think we did. We tuned in, we got the chat up and it was really good. Phenomenal. Everyone hears about what you’re doing, but no one actually understands until they see it. Really something else to get everyone down here and support and it’s really showing and it’s been great."

David Rom (RSA) — Player

"It was a tough game today. Our biggest mistake was that we couldn't finish our goals. If we look at the statistics, we had as many man ups as Australia, but probably have scored not even half as many. This stems from the fact that we are amateur players in South Africa. We don't practise and continuously play together. Nevertheless, we feel confident ahead of our game against Kazakhstan because in the past we had a good record plying against them. We've been put in a tough pool with Canada, Japan and Australia so playing against Kazakhstan in the crossover actually gives us a chance to meet those teams again."

W11, 19:45, Group B, KAZAKHSTAN 4 AUSTRALIA 15
Results & Teams

Match W11, 19:45, Group B, KAZAKHSTAN 4 AUSTRALIA 15

Quarters: 0-4, 2-4, 0-3, 2-4

Referees: Megan Perry (NZL), Chisato Kurosaki (JPN)

Extra man: KAZ: 2/7. AUS: 4/9.

Penalties: AUS: 2/3.

Teams:

KAZAKHSTAN: Alexandra Zhazkimbaeva, Anastassiya Yezemina (2), Aizhan Akilbayeva, Anna Turova, Komila Zakirova, Darya Roga, Anna Novikova (1), Darya Muzareva, Anastassiya Murataeiyera, Zamirco Myrzafekora, Anastassiya Mirshina (1), Viktoria Khritankova, Azhare Alibayeva. Head Coach: Marat Navrazbekov.

AUSTRALIA: Lilian Hedges, Keesja Gofers (2), Hannah Buckling (1), Elle Armit (2), Isobel Bishop, Bronwen Knox (1), Rowie Webster (4), Amy Ridge (2), Zoe Arancini (3), Lena Mihailovic, Jessica Zimmerman, Nioka Thomas, Gabriella Palm. Head Coach: Predrag Mihailovic.

 

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The Aussie Stingers moved into top slot in the group with a convincing result against a spirited Kazakhstan. The difference was the result as the Stingers get better and better on the march to the FINA World Championships in July. Captain Rowie Webster fired in four goals and Zoe Arancini chipped in with three as the goals kept mounting.  Australia moved the ball quickly at all times and the urgency of 20-second attacks was evident. Anastassiya Yezemina netted consecutive goals in the final quarter to lift Kazakhstan spirits.

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Rowie Webster (AUS) — Captain and Player of the Match

“We just wanted to come out and build on yesterday’s game and I think we’re improving as the tournament goes on. So nice to get a win in game three." On playing New Zealand in the quarter-finals on Friday: “They always put up a good fight. It's bragging rights between us and New Zealand; we can’t take them lightly. They’ve been building towards this tournament and we’re just focusing on our game with our new coaches." On  debutante Nioka Thomas: “We’ve had a debutante this tournament. It’s always a proud moment for them and us to get new blood in the team and it keeps us young and it’s exciting to play in front of a home crowd. That’s what it’s all about." 

Perth, Australia, Mar 28.— China blasted to a men's group A victory at the expense of Kazakhstan at the FINA Water Polo World League Intercontinental Cup at the HBF Stadium in Perth.

It came via a sudden-death penalty shootout in a torrid match that had 30 major fouls, seven players ousted from the pool with the maximum foul count and speed, power and testosterone aplenty.

However, the one point gained by Kazakhstan was enough to clinch the group as China only earned two for the shootout win.

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28Mar2019

PR 21- Six teams to battle it out in Turin (ITA) at inaugural Europa-Cup Final

The first ever edition of the FINA / LEN Water Polo World League Europa Cup Final - Women 2019 is set to be hosted in Turin, Italy, from March 29-31 at the Torino Palanuoto indoor pool.

Six European teams have qualified after taking part in the first European preliminary round which ran from November 2018 until March 2019.

The following women's teams are taking part in the Europa-Cup tournament:

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27Mar2019

Day 2: Aussie Sharks devour Japan in shootout at Intercontinental Cup

Women's Water Polo World League 2019
Perth, Western Australia
M5, 09:30, Group A, CANADA 18 SOUTH AFRICA 4
Results & Teams

M5, 09:30, Group A, CANADA 18 SOUTH AFRICA 4

Quarters: 5-1, 5-0, 2-2, 6-1

Referees: Reynel Castillo (PUR), Liang Zhang (CHN)

Extra man: CAN: 5/10. RSA: 0/4.

Penalties: CAN: 1/1.

Teams:

CANADA: Dusan Aleksic, Gaelan Patterson, Sean Spooner (2), Nicholas Bicari (1), Jeremie Cote (6), Jeremie Blanchard (1), Bogdan Djerkovic (1), David Lapins (1), Aleksa Gardijan (3), Aria Soleimanipak, Devon Thumwood (2), Reuel D'Souza (2), Milan Radenovic, Mark Spooner. Head Coach: Pino Porzio.

SOUTH AFRICA: Lwazi Madi, Olver Roarke (1), Timothy Rezelman (1), Ethan Coryndon-Baker, Garreth Prout, David Rom, Jason Evezard, Loodewyk Rabie, Dylan Cronje, Mark Spencer (1), Liam Neill (1), Miguel Morsis, Keegan Clark. Head Coach: Paul Martin.

 

 

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Canada rebounded from its narrow loss to Australia on Tuesday with a resounding victory built on power and freedom to move. South Africa performed brilliantly against Japan on Tuesday, but poor shooting and bad defence cause the score to mount in Canada's favour. Canadian head coach Pino Porzio was happy with the effort and everything went to plan. What worked brilliantly was Jeremie Cote's shooting arm. He netted a hat-trick in the first quarter, nabbed a fourth in the second and finished with a pair in the fourth. Loose marking on him made a huge differenced to the margin. Eight players scored for Canada, showing the depth of players and will prove useful in the latter stages of the event. South Africa kept up with the Canadians around the pool, but not close enough. Poor shots were taken from poor body positions, worrying about Canadian counters. The big conversion rate on extra helped considerably.

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Paul Martin (RSA) — Head Coach

"Our attack let us down. Poor decisions. We scored a lot more than we missed yesterday. We had poor shooting, which is a product of our style back home, which is built on counter-attack. It's easy there. We can't do the big outside shots. They are mainly from four metres. What definitely let us down was the transition. We were always six on six, but sometimes we had heads down and had two defending one man and a simple cross pass, which the keeper can't get to. I can't fault their (RSA) effort. They had a big centre forward (Nicholas Bicari). Whether he gets the ball or not, he is a big presence. We concentrated on him too much and other players shot."

M6, 10:45, Group B, CHINA 14 NEW ZEALAND 7
Results & Teams

Match M6, 10:45, Group B, CHINA 14 NEW ZEALAND 7

Quarters: 5-3, 4-1, 1-2, 4-1

Referees: Michael Baty (RSA), Chisato Kurosaki (JPN)

Extra man: CHN: 6/12. NZL: 1/5.

Penalties: CHN: 1/1. NZL: 0/1.

Teams:

CHINA: Honghui Wu, Zhangxin Hu (2), Jiahao Peng, Yu Liu (1), Fada Qin (1), Zekai Xie (1), Zhongxian Chen (2), Rui Chen (2), Yimin Chen (1), Feihu Tan (2), Xiao Liu, Nuanxiang Liang (3), Zhiwei Liang, Chenghiao Chu, Rongkun Lie. Head Coach: Petar Porobic.

NEW Zealand: Sid Dymond, Matthew Lewis, Nicholas Paterson, Ryan Pike (1), Nicholas Stankovich, Matthew Small (1), Anton Sunde (2), Sean Bryant, Joshua Potaka, Matthew Bryant, Jerome McGuinness (1), Sean Newcombe (2), Bae Fountain.. Head Coach: Davor Carevic.

 

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China notched its first victory of the six-day tournament and can take heart from some positive play and excellent shooting. New Zealand played a vastly different game from yesterday when it pushed Kazakhstan all the way. The Kiwis came second in the major foul count — 12-5 — and China caned them with six extra-man goals and a penalty score. Head coach Davor Carevic refused to comment officially on the state of the match. It was a largely static match and the application of the new rules affected New Zealand more than China. Petar Porobic saw the match as a step forward and a good return from the previous day. China led 5-3 in a promising first quarter and took the margin to four by halftime. The Kiwis won the third and let the match slip in the fourth. There is little evidence of the new rules generally, although the free throws are quicker and less whistling by the referees, while zone play cuts down some of the exclusions.

Quotes

Porobic (CHN) — Head Coach

"We worked hard for long periods. We didn't show much but finally we won and received a little confidence. Most important was that we worked to the conditions. You can't train twice a day and have no games. Here we have plenty of games. The best part was that we returned from a loss yesterday. We returned with confidence, which is good for the future. We will continue to work."

Matthew Small (NZL) — Captain

"If we played a similar game to Kaz we would have had a better result. You can't take anything away from China. We beat them 10-7 last year and this year they came back and beat us 14-7. In the third quarter we stopped doing a drop defence and the third quarter we decided to press to give our centre backs more of a chance to get steals and put more pressure on their shooters and as you saw we won the quarter, but it might have been too little too late."

M8, 12:00, Group B, KAZAKHSTAN 11 ARGENTINA 5
Results & Teams

Match M8, 12:00, Group B, KAZAKHSTAN 11 ARGENTINA 5

Quarters: 1-1, 5-2, 3-1, 2-1

Referees: Andrew Carney (AUS), Michael Goldenberg (USA)

Extra man: KAZ: 1/7. ARG: 2/14.

Penalties: KAZ:  1/2. ARG: 0/1.

Teams:

KAZAKHSTAN: Pavel Lipilin, Yevgeniy Medvedev (1), Maxim Zharlan, Roman Pilipenko (5), Miras Aubakirov, Alexey Shmider (2), Ruslan Akhmetov (1), Yegor Berbelyuk (3), Stanislav Shvedov, Mikhail Ruday, Ravil Manafov, Yulian Verdesh, Valeriy Shlemov. Head Coach: Dejan Stanojevic.

ARGENTINA: Diego Malnero, Ramiro Veich (2), Tomas Galimberti, Guido Martino, Emanuel Lopez, Tomas Echenique, Juan Montane Tobares, Eduardo Bonomo (1), Ivan Carabantes, Esteban Corsi (1), Carlos Camnasio, German Yanez (1), Octavio Salas. Head Coach: Daniel Poggio.

 

 

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Kazakhstan secured a second victory and looked a class team and better than Tuesday's 12-11 win over New Zealand. Argentina provided opposition for the first period and allowed Kazakhstan to slip out to 4-1 and close the half at 6-3. The margin pushed to nine in the third period as Argentina had a penalty shot blocked and Kazakhstan also missed. In fact, there were three penalties awarded in consecutive attacks. Kazakhstan eased through the final quarter in a match that seemed littered with exclusions and a stunning 18 advantages not converted. Roman Pilipenko, a veteran of the Kazakh team, slotted four goals.

Quotes

 

Roman Pilipenko (KAZ) — Four goals

"We were ready for this game. First of all we focused on our defence because a team like Argentina is very aggressive on attack, so we needed to focus every minute of the game. Our tactics change in every game for every opponent. Every game is different."

Ivan Carabantes (ARG) — Captain

"It was a tough game. Kazakhstan fought very hard, which is what we had anticipated. This time we didn't come out on top, but if we improve our defence, we'll have a very good shot next time."

 

W5, 13:30, Group A, NEW ZEALAND 7 CHINA 24
Results & Teams

W5, 13:30, Group A, NEW ZEALAND 7 CHINA 24

Quarters: 3-8, 2-8, 1-3, 1-5

Referees: Garren Gaisford (RSA), Nick Hodgers (AUS)

Extra man: NZL: 4/10. CHN: 5/5.

Penalties: CHN: 4/5.

Teams:

NEW ZEALAND: Jessica Milicich, Isabella Morrison, Gabrielle Milicich, Shinae Carrington (1), Kaitlin Howarth (1), Elizabeth Alsemgeest (1), Emmerson Houghton (1), Katie McKenty, Grace Tobin (2), Gabriella MacDonald, Kirsten Hudson (1), Kate Enoka, Chantelle Conroy. Head Coach: Angela Winstanley-Smith.

CHINA: Jiaqi Zhang, Xinyan Wang, Xiaohan Mei, Jing Yan (3), Guannan Niu (1), Ning Guo (1), Yiuen Lu (4), Cong Zhang (3), Huan Wang (3), Zihan Zhao (6), Xiao Chen (1), Jing Zhang (2), Yineng Shen. Head Coach: Dali Gong.

 

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China stepped up a notch after losing 11-5 to United States of America on day one by defeating New Zealand 24-7. The first half alone kept the match secretary busy with 21 goals. New Zealand was up against it from the start yet was unfazed and played strongly throughout. The Kiwis drew level at 1-1, but China swiftly moved to 5-1 before finishing the quarter at 8-3. Six straight goals in the first five minutes of the second half had China way out in front. New Zealand slipped in consecutive goals for 14-5. However, China had the drive, the skills and the firepower, especially from the deep-wing players. China needs close marking and the accuracy and speed of delivery was evident at every turn. Long-standing star Zihan Zhao was in top form with six goals, including the last two. China had five penalty goals attempt, missing one while converting all five extra-man attempts, the first team to do so in Perth, men or women.

Quotes

Huan Wang (CHN)

"Yes, good game. Today we had good counter-attack and we put a lot of pressure on them in counter-attack to score good goals. Tomorrow (Thursday) is a tough game for us; Japan is good counter-attacking team" 

Shinae Carrington (NZL) — Goal scorer

"We knew coming into this game that China was a very strong side, but we gave away many opportunities. However, I feel that in the second half we improved a lot. Building on today's game, we will have to come back more on defence and cover better before we go on the attack."  

W7, 15:45, Group A, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 18 JAPAN 7
Results & Teams

Match W7, 15:45, Group A, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 18 JAPAN 7

Quarters: 5-2, 6-1, 4-1, 3-3

Referees: Adil Aimbetov (KAZ), Evan Andrews (CAN)

Extra man: USA:  3/6. JPN: 3/4.

Penalties: USA: 1/1.

Teams:

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Gabrielle Stone, Jordan Raney, Stephanie Haralabidis (2), Rachel Fattal (2), Honnie Vandeweghe (1), Maggie Steffens (3), Jamie Neushul (2), Kiley Neushul (2), Brigitta Games, Kaleigh Gilchrist (2), Jewel Roemer (2), Alys Williams (2), Ashleigh Johnson. Head Coach: Adam Krikorian.

JAPAN: Rikako Miura, Yumi Arima (4), Akari Inaba, Eruna Ura (1), Chiaki Sakanoue, Miku Koide (1), Yuri Kazama, Yuki Niizawa, Hasumi Moeka, Misaki Noro, Marina Tokumoto, Kotori Suzuki (1), Minami Shioya. Head Coach: Makihiro Motomiya.

 

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United States of America played two different styles in beating Japan. In the first half it was all speed, fast drives, swift passing — all within the spirit of the new rules. USA made opportunities from nothing by darting around the offensive zone with skilful individual tactics. This mirrored the Japanese style, but USA was better at it and led by two at the first break. USA intensified the play in the second and boosted the margin to eight by halftime. At 15-4 by the end of the third, Adam Krikorian was rotating players and giving every opportunity for players to express themselves. he top, but the intensity. The style might have changed a littler and the shots hitting the bar or going over the top. Japan was equal to the task and when it came to extra-man conversions, netted three from four. USA shot at 50 per cent. The style of the game was energetic and exciting and the fact that only 11 major fouls were whistled says a lot about the recent changes. Yumi Arima was her usual forceful self, drilling balls from outside and collecting four goals.

Quotes

Maggie Steffens (USA) — Captain and Player of the Match

" We are happy to get the win, but (there are) lots of things to improve on. Today we were just focusing on trying to play our game and wanted to play good defence. Japan did a good job of countering and getting some good goals. Moving forward we want to have better defence, which gives us a focus for the next game. We have some new girls in the team; we are loving having the young girls play — we have all been in their shoes in the past." 

Yumi Arima (JPN) — Captain

"USA was a tough opponent. We tried our best to counter-attack and outswim them, but unfortunately it wasn't enough today. Tomorrow we have a big day; we will compete against China who are also a very strong team, and we will make sure to put in our best effort in that game."

W8, 17:00, Group B, CANADA 13 KAZAKHSTAN 4
Results & Teams

Match W8, 17:00, Group B, CANADA 13 KAZAKHSTAN 4

Quarters: 3-0, 4-1, 3-0, 3-3

Referees: Gabriella Varkonyi (HUN), German Moller (ARG)

Extra man: CAN: 2/7. KAZ: 2/6.

Penalties: CAN: 2/3. KAZ: 1/1

Teams:

CANADA: Jessica Gaudreault, Krystina Alogbo (2), Axelle Crevier (1), Gurpreet Sohi (1), Monika Eggens (2), Kelly McKee, Joelle Bekhazi, Elyse Lemay-Lavoie, Hayley McKelvey (4), Amanda Amorosa, Kindred Paul, Shae Fournier (3), Claire Wright, Blaire McDowell. Head Coach: Pavlidis Theocharis.

KAZAKHSTAN: Alexandra Zhazkimbaeva, Anastassiya Yezemina (2), Aizhan Akilbayeva, Anna Turova, Komila Zakirova, Darya Roga, Anna Novikova, Darya Muzareva, Anastassiya Murataeiyera, Zamirco Myrzafekora, Anastassiya Mirshina (2), Viktoria Khritankova, Azhare Alibayeva. Head Coach: Marat Navrazbekov.

 

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Canada thoroughly earned victory over Kazakhstan with excellent defence proving the key. The scoring came as a result of the defence. That and the brilliance of Hayley McKelvey, who followed up her five-goal haul against Australia on Tuesday with four more goals tonight. Her third came after she rebounded her shot from centre forward and her fourth from well out at the left-hand-catch position. Canada went to 5-0 before Kazakhstan responded and 10-1 by the end of three quarters. To the Asian team's credit, it drew the final period with the final long shot down the middle by Anastassiya Yezemina for her second. There was energy plus from both teams with plenty of movement, although Kazakhstan struggled to get the ball decisively to the strike zone in the early stages. It appeared Kazakhstan was too static, but changed as the coach urged them on.

W6 18:15, Group B, SOUTH AFRICA 3 AUSTRALIA 21
Results & Teams

Match W6 18:15, Group B, SOUTH AFRICA 3 AUSTRALIA 21

Quarters: 1-5, 1-4, 1-5, 0-7

Referees:  Jinyong An (KOR), Megan Perry (NZL)

Extra man: RSA:  0/10. AUS: 2/3.

Penalties: RSA: 2/3.

Teams:

SOUTH AFRICA: Rebecca Thomas, Yanah Gerber (1), Astrid Faustmann (1), Nicola Barrett, Hannah Calvert, Amica Hallendorff, Kim Rosslee, Cassandra Day, Anna Thornton-Dibb, Nicola MacLeod, Emma Joubert, Georgie Moir (1), Stephanie Berry. Head Coach: Sarah Harris.

AUSTRALIA: Lilian Hedges, Keesja Gofers (4), Nioka Thomas, Elle Armit (1), Isobel Bishop (3), Sophie Milliken, Rowie Webster (3), Amy Ridge (3), Zoe Arancini (3), Lena Mihailovic (2), Jessica Zimmerman (1), Pascalle Casey (1), Gabriella Palm. Head Coach: Predrag Mihailovic.

 

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Picture: Russell McKinnonThe Aussie Stingers had plenty of pace and potency on attack. Counter-attack proved fruitful as was snappy passing and an abundance speed. The whole team toiled for the victory while South Africa was left in its wake. South Africa had two penalty strikes in its tally, missing another. The experience of Rowie Webster, Zoe Arancini, Isobel Bishop and Keesja Gofers combined well with relatively new faces or those with minimal international exposure. Lilian Hedges performed admirably in goal when South Africa was given some space to move. The Stingers frequently denied South Africa ball, stealing at will. It was Australia's second win while South Africa gained more experience against the team that claimed silver in last year's World Cup.

 

M7, 19:45, Group A, JAPAN 15 AUSTRALIA 17 in penalty shootout (FT: 12-12)
Results & Teams

Match M7, 19:45, Group A, JAPAN 15 AUSTRALIA 17 in penalty shootout (FT: 12-12)

Quarters: 2-3, 0-4, 3-2, 7-3. Pens: 4-5

Referees: Voijin Putnikovic (SRB), Viktor Salnichenko (KAZ)

Extra man: JPN: 2/12. AUS: 4/13.

Penalties: JPN: 2/3.

Teams:

JAPAN: Katsuyuki Tanamura, Seiya Adachi (1 +1), Haruki Koppu (1), Mitsuaki Shiga (1), Takuma Yoshida (+1), Atsuto Iida, Yusuku Shimizu, Mitsuru Takata (1), Atsushi Arai (2 + 1), Yusuke Inaba (4), Keigo Okawa (2), Kenta Araki, Tomoyoshi Fukushima. Head Coach: Yoji Omoto.

AUSTRALIA: Joel Dennerley, Richard Campbell (+1), George Ford, Joseph Kayes (3 +1), Nathan Power, Lachlan Edwards (1), Aidan Roach (2 +1), Nicholas Brooks (2 +1), Angus Lambie, Timothy Putt, Lachlan Hollis (1), Blake Edwards (3 +1), Anthony Hrysanthos. Head Coach: Elvis Fatovic.

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Both teams faced off in Brisbane in January with the Aussie Sharks winning twice, lone by the narrowest of margins. Joe Kayes opened the scoring for Australia, matched by Yusuke Inaba. Australia was denied a certain goal at 1-1 when the ball crossed the line and was signalled a goal by a FINA official. However, the lead referee said it did not cross the line. Japan then went to the lead with a fine counter-attack goal by Keigo Okawa. Controversy of sorts followed at 5-2 when a Blake Edwards shot appeared to go over the line, without the goal judge's support. However, the other referee awarded it. The fourth Aussie goal was spectacular in that Nicholas Brooks' won the swim-up, flicked the ball back, kept swimming and received the ball to swim up and beat the advancing Japanese goalkeeper. Lachlan Edwards (Blake's brother) had his hat removed at centre forward, but nonchalantly turned and scored a slider for 6-2. Kayes closed proceedings for 7-2 with a centre-forward backhand shot while heavily defended. Inaba opened the second half with a 6m free throw that rocketed straight down the line.  He repeated the dose for 7-4 a minute later. It became more interesting when Mitsuaki Shiga fired in from deep left for 7-5. Kayes struck again for the Sharks from about five metres in front at 4:21 in the third. The match was alive. With two minutes remaining Japan goalkeeper Katsuyuki Tanamura was ejected for holding on to the ball. The cross pass to Kayes slipped off his hand as an open goal beckoned. Brooks made sure from the left-hand-catch position for 9-5 at 1:17. With three seconds remaining, George Ford bounced off the water into the bar, losing a chance for a five-goal margin heading into the last eight minutes. Japan earned a penalty at the start of the fourth, but goalkeeper Anthony Hrysanthos blocked Shiga's shot. Atsushi Arai converted extra-man attack soon after and the match was at 9-6. Japan was getting on a roll with Shiga narrowing to two. Blake Edwards responded on extra from the deep left. Arai on counter extra man, Inaba with a penalty goal and Mitsuru Takata at the four-metres line and Seiya Adachi from the same position almost had Japan 11-10 ahead — 6-1 for the quarter. The Sharks went to a timeout, but the subsequent shot smashed into Tanamura. Japan lost its attack and Australian gained an exclusion at 1:40 and Aidan Roach fired into the bottom left for 11-11 at 1:18. Koppu latched on to a rocket cross pass at 0:58 for the 12-11 lead. Tanamura stole the ball off centre forward Kayes and Japan used the time until 6.1 seconds. The ball shot up the right to Roach who wanted to pass but reacted to the screams of the crowd to bounce the ball into goal with half a second remaining. Japan had the shot. but it went wide and the match went to penalty shootout. Australia sealed the match with five straight goals while Inaba had the fourth Japanese shot blocked by Hrysanthos.

 

Quotes

Joe Kayes (AUS) — Four goals

“It’s never easy playing the Japanese; they throw everything at you. We went into the last quarter up six goals, but they punished us for those little mistakes. They (Japan) are probably the best counter-attacking team in the world. It was hard to play… kept going back and forward so there was no real momentum. But we’re happy with the win and looking to move forward. It was a plan of ours to come out strong and show that we weren’t hurt last night. We’ve fallen behind in previous games with these guys (Japan) so we didn’t want to start on the back foot."

Keigo Okawa (JPN) — Captain

"It was a tough game against the Australians. We didn't have a very good start, but in the third and fourth quarter, we improved our defence and managed to tie 12-12. We did a lot of quick counter-attacks and scored a lot in the second half of the game, but unfortunately, the penalty shootout didn't bring the results that we would have liked." 

Perth, Australia, Mar 27.— Australia men forced a penalty shootout to beat Japan 17-15 in second-day action at the FINA Water Polo World League Intercontinental Cup tournaments at the HBF Stadium in Perth.

Aidan Roach was the man of the moment for Australia, levelling at 11 and then needing to level again at 12 when he could not find anyone to pass to so he shot with half a second left on the clock.

The Sharks were perfect in the shootout and goalkeeper Anthony Hrysanthos stopped Japan's fourth shot.

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26Mar2019

Day 1: FINA World League Water Polo Intercontinental Cup in Perth [VIDEO]

Women's Water Polo World League - Intercontinental Tournament 2019
Perth, Western Australia
W1, 09:30, Group B, SOUTH AFRICA 9 KAZAKHSTAN 12
Results & Teams

Match W1, 09:30, Group B, SOUTH AFRICA 9 KAZAKHSTAN 12

Quarters: 2-4, 1-2, 4-0, 2-6

Referees: Reynel Castillo (PUR), Megan Perry (NZL).

Extra man: RSA: 0/9.  KAZ: 6/9.

Penalties: RSA: 2/3. KAZ: 1/1

Teams:

SOUTH AFRICA: Rebecca Thomas, Yanah Gerber (1), Astrid Faustmann (1), Nicola Barrett (4), Hannah Calvert, Amica Hallendorff, Kim Rosslee, Cassandra Day, Anna Thornton-Dibb, Nicola MacLeod, Emma Joubert (1), Georgie Moir (4), Stephanie Berry. Head Coach: Sarah Harris.

KAZAKHSTAN: Alexandra Zhazkimbaeva, Anastassiya Yezemina, Aizhan Akilbayeva (2), Anna Turova, Komila Zakirova, Darya Roga (2), Anna Novikova, Darya Muzareva, Anastassiya Murataeiyera, Zamirco Myrzafekora (4), Anastassiya Mirshino (4), Viktoria Khritankova, Azhare Alibayeva. Head Coach: Marat Navrazbekov.

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The opening match was full of excitement and action with South Africa looking a capable winner in the early stages and the third period. Kazakhstan was not to be denied and clawed back four goals by quarter time, edged out to three up at halftime and then witnessed South Africa surge past them time and again in the third to lose the lead. The advantage came back early in the fourth amidst a flurry of penalty shots. The lead went to two twice (10-8 and 11-9) before a long shot from Zamirco Myrzafekora closed the match with 13 seconds remaining with her fourth goal. Anastassiya Mirshino was also deadly with two action goals, one on extra and a fourth from the penalty line. Those six goals were critical for Kazakhstan, who looked more tired and suffered many counter-attacks against them. However, superior conversions of extra-man attack and superb shut-out defence on man down was the difference in the match. Kazakhstan picked up on loose South African defence, especially on the bottom right. South Africa worked hard at centre forward, with the ball getting in frequently, but poor finishing with outside shots proved and the impenetrable Kazakh goal when a man down, proved South Africa's downfall. For a first match, South Africa can be proud and Kazakhstan will need to work on the lapses.

Quotes

Sarah Harris (RSA) — Head Coach

"We had a fantastic third quarter. We had it over the opposition but our lack of experience on man down showed. It was an amazing opening game with three schoolgirls in the team and all players under 25. It was a game we could have taken so it was disappointing. We were fitter than them and we had counter-attack on every offence. We were showing confidence, but it came down to defence."

Georgia Moir (RSA) — Four goals

"This was definitely the most prepared South African team. We definitely had them on fitness and we need more confidence up front. We need more concentration and working on our man up. We just couldn't convert. Our defence needs to get a lot stronger."

W2, 10:45, Group A, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 11 CHINA 5
Results & Teams

Match W2, 10:45, Group A, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 11 CHINA 5

Quarters: 3-3, 4-0, 3-0, 1-2

Referees: Gabriella Varkony (HUN), Adil Aimbetov (KAZ)

Extra man: USA: 0/3. CHN: 1/8.

Penalties: USA: 2/2. KAZ: 1/1.

Teams:

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Gabrielle Stone, Jordan Raney, Stephanie Haralabidis (2), Rachel Fattal (3), Abrielle Hill, Maggie Steffens (1), Jamie Neushul (1), Kiley Neushul (2), Brigitta Games, Kaleigh Gilchrist, Jewel Roemer, Alys Williams (2), Ashleigh Johnson. Head Coach: Adam Krikorian.

CHINA: Jiaqi Zhang, Xinyan Wang, Xiaohan Mei, Dunhan Xiong, Zihan Zhao, Jing Yan, Yiuen Lu, Cong Zhang, Huan Wang, Danyi Zhang, Xiao Chen, Jing Zhang, Yineng Shen. Head Coach: Dali Gong.

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Opening matches are interesting affairs and this encounter proved just that with the multi-champion United States of America struggling early and then taking control. China proved the equal of USA in the opening quarter and then struggled with three offensive fouls that turned the match and saw USA shuffle away to a 6-3 lead. China failed to breach the USA defence for both middle quarters and, in fact, for a total of nearly 24 minutes. USA head coach Adam Krikorian would have been satisfied with his new team, patiently waiting for the team to gel and the score to mount. It was just a first match on a long road to more titles. China rallied in the final quarter, which was encouraging. Rachel Fattal collected her third major foul midway through the final quarter, ceding a penalty goal, but she scored in each of the first three periods. Kiley Neushul was named player of the match with her all-round play and two goals in the first half. Both teams will be looking closely at the extra-man count with only one goal from 11 opportunities and rarely, USA claiming no goal from the exclusion period.

Quotes

Kiley Neushul (USA)

“We had a bit of nerves coming in, we have a relatively new team that haven’t played together before although we have had a good week of training, no training can replicate a game. We refocused at the quarter time break, talked about our goals defensively and we all stepped up in the second quarter” 

Dunham Xiong (CHN)

“We just tried our best and USA are a very good team. We lost a lot of opportunity but worked hard. At quarter time when it was 3-3 we play very hard games and lost opportunities. The second and third periods were very difficult for us as there was a lot of counter-attacks and swimming for us. The best thing for our team was that we never gave up.” 

W3, 12:00, Group A, NEW ZEALAND 7 JAPAN 12
Results & Teams

Match W3, 12:00, Group A, NEW ZEALAND 7 JAPAN 12

Quarters: 1-1, 4-7, 1-0, 1-4

Referees: Viktor Salnichenko (KAZ), Nick Hodgers (AUS).

Extra man: NZL: 0/9. JPN: 3/7.

Penalties: NZL: 2/0.

Teams:

NEW ZEALAND: Jessica Milicich, Isabella Morrison (1), Elizabeth Alsemgeest (1), Shinae Carrington, Kaitlin Howarth, Caitlin Parker-Allen, Emmerson Houghton (3), Katie McKenty (1), Grace Tobin (1), Gabriella MacDonald, Kirsten Hudson, Kate Enoka, Chantelle Conroy. Head Coach: Angela Winstanley-Smith.

JAPAN: Rikako Miura, Yumi Arima (1), Akari Inaba (5), Shino Magariyama, Chiaki Sakanoue (1), Miku Koide (2), Yuri Kazama, Yuki Niizawa, Ayaka Takahashi, Misaki Noro (2), Marina Tokumoto, Kotori Suzuki (1), Minami Shioya. Head Coach: Makihiro Motomiya.

 

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Japan may have come away with the victory, but honours were even in some parts of the pool. Japan is the leading nation of the two and New Zealand showed respect and played hard, working the ball to centre and coming up with many opportunities. However, the extra-man count was not anything to get excited about, although two penalty strikes did help.  The higher experience of Japan told and a respectable extra-man count, five goals from strike force Akari Inaba — four in the second period — had Japan in the box seat. The second quarter was long, with 11 goals as a parade of fast ball, whipped-in passes and only four extra-man chances, such was the fury of the match. The third was a defensive effort by both teams as they settled into the match and it could have gone either way. The Kiwis struck back with a penalty goal for 7-8 and Arima converted extra. Two counter-attack goals to Misaki Noro put the match beyond doubt and Miku Koide's conversion of extra in the last minute flattered Japan.

 

 

Quotes

 

Akari Inaba (JPN) — Five goals

 

“We were very happy with our game. We have been working on a fast swimming/counter-attack game.”

Jessica Milicich (NZL) — Goalkeeper and Captain

"It was a good game for a first start. I think we have worked hard to be competitive with the top teams. We can take comfort from that. It came down to the little things. We had five people on debut so we have to bring them into this environment and compete each time."

M2, 13:30, Group A, CHINA 13 ARGENTINA 14 in penalty shootout
Results & Teams

Match M1, 13:30, Group B, CHINA 13 ARGENTINA 14 in penalty shootout (FT: 9-9)

Quarters: 3-2, 2-2, 3-3, 1-2. Pens: 4-5.

Referees: Andrew Carney (AUS), Evan Andrews (CAN).

Extra man: CHN: 3/12. ARG: 5/10.

Penalties: CHN: 1/1. ARG: 0/1.

Teams:

CHINA: Honghui Wu, Zhangxin Hu (2 +1), Jiahao Peng, Yu Liu (1), Fada Qin, Zekai Xie (2), Zhongxian Chen, Rui Chen (+1), Yimin Chen (1 +1), Feihu Tan (2 +1), Xiao Liu, Nuanxiang Liang, Zhiwei Liang, Chenghiao Chu, Rongkun Lie. Head Coach: Petar Porobic.

ARGENTINA: Diego Malnero, Ramiro Veich (1), Tomas Galimberti (+1), Guido Martino, Emanuel Lopez, Tomas Echenique, Juan Montane Tobares, Eduardo Bonomo, Ivan Carabantes (1 +1), Esteban Corsi (1 +1), Carlos Camnasio (2 +1), German Yanez (4 +1), Octavio Salas. Head Coach: Daniel Poggio.

 

 

 

 

 

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Russell McKinnon

China controlled the match until the last five minutes, gave up the lead and needed an equaliser at 2:20 in the final quarter to force a penalty shootout, which it lost. China had a 3-1 lead in the first quarter and 5-3 in the second. In the third period, the margin was 8-6 at one stage, but China could not shake off the determined Argentinians. They rode in from the pampas, drew level at 8-8 inside the first minute of the final quarter, went 9-8 ahead at 5:19 and then allowed China some hope with the extra-man equaliser. Both teams fought hard and outside shots proved crucial. Shooting was wonderful from both teams, although China suffered on extra-man attack. Then came the penalty shootout and everyone scored in the first nine attempts, only for Yu Liu to have his attempt blocked to finish the match in Argentina's favour. A dejected Chinese team left the pool deck wondering what went wrong when it controlled so much of the play and the scoreboard. German Yanez was the star for Argentina with five goals, a real threat in each of the quarters. China used seven scorers and Argentina five.

Quotes

German Yanez (ARG) — Five goals

"We tried to defend much better in the second half. We were confident in the penalty shootout as we train for the penalty shootout. In our group we think that China are one of the best."

Feihu Tan (CHN) — Three goals

"We played our normal level but we did some stupid mistakes. Before the shootout wer thought wer must score goals, get them in the goal. We need to work harder. We have plenty of space to improve our game."

M2, 15:45, Group B, JAPAN 19 SOUTH AFRICA 14
Results & Teams

Match M2, 15:45, Group B, JAPAN 19 SOUTH AFRICA 14

Quarters: 6-2, 4-3, 5-5, 4-4

Referees: Michael Goldenberg (USA), Liang Zhang (CHN)

Extra man:  JPN: 4/9. RSA: 3/5.

Penalties: JPN: 2/2. RSA: 2/2.

Teams:

JAPAN: Katsuyuki Tanamura, Seiya Adachi (1), Haruki Koppu, Mitsuaki Shiga (3), Takuma Yoshida (1), Atsuto Iida (2), Kohei Inaba (2), Mitsuru Takata, Shogo Kageta (2), Yusuke Inaba (5), Keigo Okawa, Kenta Araki (3), Tomoyoshi Fukushima. Head Coach: Yoji Omoto.

SOUTH AFRICA: Lwazi Madi, Roarke Olver, Timothy Rezelman, Ethan Coryndon-Baker, Garreth Prout (2), David Rom, Jason Evezard (3), Loodewyk Rabie, Dylan Cronje (3), Mark Spencer (1), Liam Neill (5), Miguel Morsis, Keegan Clark. Head Coach: Paul Martin.

 

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What a match with 33 goals! The speed and agility of Japan, especially on counter-attack, and the brawn and power of the South Africans excited the crowd. The quarter scores tell it all and South Africa is happy with the workload against such a spritely opposition. Japan might look for more, but the counter-attacks combinations were a delight to see. There were options galore with sharp passing proving decisive. For South Africa, Liam Neill was in exceptional form at centre forward, claiming five goals. Some were with pure brilliance and at least one was a simple tap-in from a spearing cross-pass. This tall timber said the Japanese sat off him and it gave him more space than he was used to at home. Yusuke Inaba was Neill's equal with five goals, mainly from speedy interplay. At 9-3 with three minutes left of the second period, it looked like Japan was headed for a romping victory. However, South Africa scored twice more before halftime and narrowed to 10-6. Japan stretched it to 13-7 as the torrent of goals was relentless. By the time the final whistle sounded the momentum had not slowed and both teams will be looking for better performances during the week. The star for South Africa was goalkeeper Lwazi Madi was exceptional in the first half with about a dozen saves that kept his team in the match.

Quotes

Yusuke Inaba (JPN) — Five goals

"This was our first game under the new rules and we found it hard to adjust. We move quickly and drive a lot (so it creates more goals). I shot nine times for five goals so I could have scored more."

Liam Neill (RSA) — Five goals

"We always knew it was going to be a high-scoring game against Japan. Their tactics are to let you score a few and then try and score more. They are not into the big defence. The plan was to limit them from scoring, which we couldn't do. Our goalkeeper (Lwazi Madi) showed great defence as one of our most experienced players. We are pretty happy as we played them in the World Champs (2017) and got beaten by a bigger margin. We are looking forward to playing Canada tomorrow, which is the big one in our pool."

M3, 17:00, Group B, KAZAKHSTAN 12 NEW ZEALAND 11
Results & Teams

M3, 17:00, Group B, KAZAKHSTAN 12 NEW ZEALAND 11

Quarters: 1-2, 3-2, 3-4, 5-3.

Referees: Martin Murray (CAN), Yosuke Kajiwara (JPN).

Extra man:  KAZ: 7/17. NZL: 7/14

Penalties: NZL: 0/1.

Teams:

KAZAKHSTAN: Pavel Lipilin, Yevgeniy Medvedev (3), Maxim Zhardan (2), Roman Pilipenko (1), Miras Aubakirov (2), Alexey Shmider, Ruslan Akhmetov, Yegor, Berbelyuk (2), Stanislav Shvedov (1), Mikhail Ruday, Ravil Manafov, Yulian Verdesh (1), Valeriy Shlemov. Head Coach: Dejan Stanojevic.

NEW ZEALAND: Sid Dymond, Matthew Lewis (2), Nicholas Paterson, Ryan Pike, Nicholas Stankovich (1), Matthew Small (2), Anton Sunde (3), Sean Bryant, Joshua Potaka, Matthew Bryant (2), Jerome McGuinness (1), Sean Newcombe, Bae Fountain. Head Coach: Davor Carevic.

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This was a match in doubt until the final whistle as there were four changes at the front and heated exchanges with Anton Sunde (NZL) being rolled in the final quarter. The red card demeaned Sunde whose inspiration and three goals fired up the men in black. These two evenly matches teams for size, speed and firepower made it an engrossing clash and as the sun set and the lights came on, New Zealand wasted it timeout play in the final minute when a goal down. However, it had the final attack, gained the exclusion, but the final shot was blocked. Kazakhstan was a worthy winner and New Zealand would go away nursing lost pride after a match it probably should have won. On extra-man attack, Kazakhstan was dynamite, especially from the deep wings.

 

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Davor Carevic (NZL) — Head Coach

"We should have won. When we moved we got results. We missed a penalty at a crucial time and could have been three up. We missed a six on five, which hit the crossbar. That could have been three goals up. I think we did not concentrate when it most counted. Our six on five was probably low and in a close game 50 per cent is not enough (it was 50 per cent). We were extremely unlucky. Kazakhstan are professionals and they play in the Russian league. It was our first game since last year's World League, so I couldn't be happier. It was a lack of experience and we couldn't close the game off."

M4. 18:15, Group A, CANADA 8 AUSTRALIA 9
Results & Teams

M4, 18:15, Group A, CANADA 8 AUSTRALIA 9

Quarters: 4-0, 1-3, 0-3, 3-3

Referees: John Waldow (NZL), Michael Baty (RSA).

Extra man: CAN: 1/5. AUS: 3/6.

Penalties: CAN: 1/1.

Teams:

CANADA: Dusan Aleksic, Gaelan Patterson, Sean Spooner (2), Nicholas Bicari (4), Jeremie Cote, Jeremie Blanchard, Bogda Djerkovic, David Lapina, Aleksa Gardijan, Aria Soleimanipak, Devon Thumwood, Reuel D'Souza (2), Milan Radenovic, Mark Spooner. Head Coach: Pino Porzio.

AUSTRALIA: Joel Dennerley, Richard Campbell (1), George Ford, Joseph Kayes (2), Nathan Power, (1) Lachlan Edwards, Aidan Roach (3), Blake Edwards (2), Andrew Ford, Timothy Putt, Lachlan Hollis, Nicholas Brooks, Anthony Hrysanthos, Angus Lambie (2), Charlie Negus. Head Coach: Elvis Fatovic.

 

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When a team goes four goals ahead, it demoralises some teams, but not Australia. By halftime, the Aussie Sharks had narrowed the margin to 5-3 and a shutout in the third period gave it the 6-5 advantage. This became 7-5, 8-6 and 9-7 by 3:09 as Canada refused to submit. In fact, with 10 seconds left, Canada went to a timeout to set the final shot, but it failed to gain any traction and Australia survived. Both goalkeepers were in the fray and much of the glory was heaped on Olympian Aidan Roach with his three goals and  general all-round play. Outside shots were the mark of the Aussie team as getting anything at centre forward was hard work, especially for Joe Kayes.  At the other end, Canada's power centre forward Nicholas Bicari relished some space with four goals, including two in the opening period.

Quotes

 

Elvis Fatovic (AUS) — Head Coach

 

"Canada played really good the whole game. The first game of the tournament is always different. We didn't have so many games in the last couple of months; this is the beginning for us and we were missing a couple of players who were sick over the last few days. We don't want to lose in front of our home crowd in the way we played the first quarter. We started to play more aggressively, which is the way we always want to play. It is a good to win in this way; who knows we might play Canada again later in the tournament." 

 

Aiden Roach  (AUS) — Three goals

 

"A little bit disappointing. We started off slow and the we showed a bit of character coming back; boys played good when it counted. When it was tight at the end of the game the boys really stood up. We got a bit of momentum in the first and second quarters and it paid off in the third quarter. Excellent effort from the boys; really good in the last quarter."

Pino Porzio (CAN) — Head Coach and Italian legend

"Australia is a very strong team. Our team is young, but played well. It was just 4-0 in the first period. I told my team we need to fight. I expected Australia to fight until the end. This is a young tyeam and it was the first game. With this kind of game we can make the right pathway."

W4, 19:45, Group B, CANADA 9 AUSTRALIA 13
Results & Teams

W4, 19:45, Group B, CANADA 9 AUSTRALIA 13

Quarters: 2-4, 1-4, 3-1, 3-4

Referees: Voijin Putnikovic (SRB), German Moller (ARG).

Extra man: CAN: 2/11. AUS: 1/5.

Penalties: CAN: 1/1. AUS: 1/1.

Teams:

CANADA: Jessica Gaudreault, Krystina Alogbo, Axelle Crevier, Gurpreet Sohi, Monika Eggens (1), Kelly McKee (1), Joelle Bekhazi, Elyse Lemay-Lavoie (1), Hayley McKelvey (5), Amanda Amorosa, Kindred Paul, Shae Fournier (1), Claire Wright, Blaire McDowell. Head Coach: Pavlidis Theocharis.

AUSTRALIA: Lilian Hedges, Keesja Gofers (3), Hannah Buckling, Elle Armit, Isobel Bishop, Bronwen Knox (3), Rowie Webster (3), Amy Ridge, Zoe Arancini (3), Lena Mihailovic, Jessica Zimmerman, Pascalle Casey (1), Gabriella Palm. Head Coach: Predrag Mihailovic.

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Canada started the better, but Australia went ahead at 2-1 and was comfortable by halftime with a five-goal margin. Both teams played with aggression and had some excellent team moves, making connections. The Aussie Stingers did not relax in the third period, it was just that Canada stepped up and resoundingly  won the contest. At 6-9, there was no panic for Canada, but Australia maintained the three-goal margin until Canada trimmed it to two at 2:45. Zoe Arancini converted extra but the clock failed to reset, Canada protested and the shot clock was set to 10 and the goal disallowed. However, Arancini converted extra-man on the next attack and 12-9 at 1:52 was a better option. for the home side. Canada could not get the ball past Gabriella Palm when needed and the buffer was too much for Canada to come back from. In fact, the final goal went Australia's way thanks to Hannah Buckling on counter.

 

Quotes

Hayley McKelvey (CAN) — five goals

"We had a really good start. It got as little rocky in the the middle there. We followed our game plan and systems and gave them a good game. We kept making little mistakes. On offence we realised what Australia was doing on defence and we had to adapt our game to counter them."

Perth, Australia, Mar 26.— China men needed a late goal to force a penalty shootout with Argentina, which it lost, on the opening day of the FINA Water Polo World League Intercontinental Cup tournaments at the HBF Stadium in Perth.

It was a day of close matches and powerful play, but no closer than China squandering a match it led until five minutes from time and then suffering the humiliation of a shootout loss.

With the scores locked at 8-8, the first nine shooters converted before the final Chinese marksman had his effort blocked and Argentina had two points.

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