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FINA WPWL Super Final (women), Budapest, Day 3: With eye on quarter-finals USA and Italy conclude round-robin stage winning

Water Polo World League Super Final Women 2019
RUSSIA 7 USA 12
Results & Teams

Day 3 6 June, 2019

 

Match#9  RUS Russian Federation vs. USA United States of America 7-12 (3-5, 0-2, 3-3, 1-2)

Referees: Mr. Willis, Mr.Severo

Goal/shot: RUS 7/29 USA 12/32

Action goal/action shots: RUS 4/19 USA 10/29

Extra Man: RUS 3/7 USA 0/0

Penalty: RUS 0/0 USA 1/2

RUSSIA: Verkhogliadova Anastasiia - Bersneva Maria (1), Prokofieva Ekaterina, Karimova Elvina (1), Tolkunova Tatiana (1), Gorbunova Olga (1), Serzhantova Alena (2), Simanovich Anastasiia, Timofeeva Anna, Soboleva Evgeniia, Ivanova Evgeniia, Gerzanich Daria(1), Karnaukh Anna.

USA: Longan Amanda– Musselman Madeline (2), Seidemann Melissa, Fattal Rachel (2), Hauschild Paige, Steffens Margaret (1), Neushul Jamie, Neushul Kiley (1), Fischer Aria (1), Gilchrist Kaleigh (1), Fischer Makenzie (1), Raney Jordan (3), Johnson Ashleigh.

Report

“Dream team” gives Russia a lesson

“Red machine” is a power water polo nation, but so far can not be a hurdle for the American “dream team”. Adam Krikorjan’s coached side overpowered and outplayed Russians, which looked rattled and had every reason to be. Leading one up, early in the first quarter, they finished the game on a gap of 5.

Margaret Steffens opened the score, converting penalty 20 seconds after the kick-off, and the 3-0 run was later established by Maddie Musselman, Makenzie Fischer and Rachel Fattal.
In the second period, Russian guns were kept absolutely silent – thanks to the effective zone staged by the American side. The gap expanded to 4 and it could have been even larger as Makenzie Fischer forgave Ekaterina Prokofieva’s fault missing her shot at 5m line, 3-7.

Americans took foot off the gas, switching to personal marking, and thus let opponents stay competitive throughout the third "set". Russia terminated its draught through the best national scorer. Olga Gorbunova converted a man-up, supported by 2 more in the positional play. Raney Jordan, Aria Fischer and Kiley Neushul had their take on the Russian efforts. Teams did an exchange of compliments, to see the difference did not move at all, 10-6 to seal the third quarter.

Jordan registered her team's peak, illustrating 2-time advantage of the American team, however, the curtain fell to see the margin slightly corrected, 12-7 in favor of the USA.

Quotes

Andrey Belofastov, coach of the team Russia:

It was a difficult game. We did not show our best, both offensively and defensively, and we did not manage to find the right key to unlock zone defence of our opponents. To play America is always a challenge, and they have a fantastic roster, the best since 2016 Olympic Games. Although they may not be in their best shape, they are strong indeed. We shall work very hard either to reach their level or to be competitive against them.

Maddeline Musselman, forward of the team USA, 2 goals, MVP of the Match:

When I am able to properly communicate in defence, make blockshots and finish shots in my turn in attack. , I feel like I have presence in the game and it also boosts my confidence which also helps the girls in the water having more confidence and composure. We came into the game thinking it is going to be very tough, every team here is so talented, and has a lot of aggression. This is why it is so good for us to play against so strong opponents when we are still on our way to the best shape.

During the game, we had a lot of flow and we were able to have composure with the ball and we also managed not falling under the pressure of the Russian side. We finished the right balls and we knew when to stop pressing. The result illustrates our win and we are pleased with it.

Adam Krikorian, head coach of the team USA:

Russia came out very strong at start and hit some beautiful shots in the first quarter. We knew that they would, but, of course, I loved the way we responded to them further on. We played in a good rhythm and executed our game’s plan correctly. The best what we have done so far since we are here in Budapest. I hope and I think we can reach our final objectives (Olympic ticket and 1st place in the World League-2019), but we still have a lot of work to do to improve our actions.

Every match is a new day, we will look forward to the quarter-finals tomorrow. All teams are very very strong indeed, and the atmosphere is unbelievable.

NETHERLANDS 8 AUSTRALIA 7
Results & Teams

Day 3 6 June, 2019

Match#10 NED Netherlands vs. AUS Australia 8-7 (2-3, 4-2, 2-1, 0-1)

Referees: Ms. Varkonyi, Ms. Dabbagihan

Goal/shot: NED 8/20 AUS 7/35

Action goal/action shots: NED 1/10 AUS 6/26

Extra Man: NED 1/4 AUS 0/5

Penalty: NED 4/4 AUS 1/1

NETHERLANDS: Aarts Laura - Megens Maud (5), Genee Dagmar, Van der Sloot Sabrina (2), Wolves Iris (1), Stomphorst Nomi, Rogge Bente, Sevenich Vivian, Keuning Maartje, Koolhaas Ilse, Van der Kraats Simone, Sleeking Brigitte, Koenders Joanne.

AUSTRALIA: Hedges Lilian – Gofers Keesja, Buckling Hannah (1), Halligan Bronte (1), Bishop Isobel, Knox Bronwen (1), Webster Rowie (1), Ridge Amy (1), Arancini Zoe (1), Kearns Matilda, Baxter Morgan (1), Steer Madeleine, Longman Geneieve.

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The Dutch revived to take advantage of 5m chances

The Netherlands recorded their second win at the 2019 FINA Women's Water Polo World League Super Final in Budapest, but they had to fight from 2-3 down to beat Australia by 8-7. For the second day to go “Stingers” have been a bit unlucky, producing a convincing performance and showing great fighting mood. Overall, it was all about 5 meters penalty faults and shots, which played for the favorites, keeping them up during the whole game.

Maud Megens hit the opener penalty a little over a minute after the kick-off, 1-0. Australian players were combative and competitive, however, at first, they could not convert it. Their first goal appeared as Hunnah Buckling made use of their sixth real attempt to score. Bronte and Baxter netted for a 3-1 action, seeing their challenger Megens again hot ready on edge, 2-3.

The Netherlands found themselves working up a sweat to tie Australia. The mission completed in the second by Sabrina van der Sloot on the half of the way. Her successful penalty was highlighted by 2 more killed of the “orange swimsuits” which made it possible to move their team 2 up. Australia never ceased working to return back the intrigue and started the third frame at a stretched hand distance, 5-6.

The same competitive character challenged opponents after the large break. Megens nailed her fifth– again through the 5m story, and Iris Wolves hit center, turning it into a 8-6 game. The score changed a little till the final buzzer - as Zoe Arancini of Australia converted one more penalty to finish on 8-7 for the Dutch.

Quotes

Maud Megens, forward of the team Netherlands, 5 goals, MVP of the Match:

This prize is rather a team effort. Most of my goals were done through penalties, so that is really for the whole team as they created opportunities for me and I was just lucky to score them. This is the strength of our team, we know how to find each other and where we can finish our attacks. I am very happy now, because of our good performance and of the fact we managed to stand up from yesterday’s defeat. I am really looking forward for the next games as there will be a big crowd, the tension and a lot of fun!

Arno Havenga, head coach of the team Netherlands:

We played very well at some moments of the game, and we had an excellent player Maud Meggens, who has absolutely deserved her MVP award, finishing on incredible 5. We are in a good position in the group, so I am quite satisfied about it. We have to analyze the game, what we have missed and what we shall strengthen later, and what steps we have to make to get the team prepared for the next decisive games.

Predrag Mihailovic, head coach of the team Australia:

I think, this game was really good. We started it very well though. Later, the Netherlands reached us and did not miss it. The match was really an action. We had a number of opportunities break the game’s flow, but could bring fruits though. In extra-man we did well. I think that’s the reality, the Dutch team was better. We have just finished this game, a little later in the evening we will start getting ready for the game against Russia.

CANADA 14 HUNGARY 16
Results & Teams

Day 3   6 June, 2019

Match#11 CAN Canada vs. HUN Hungary 14-16 (2-3, 8-5, 3-5, 1-3)

Referees: Mr.Ohme, Ms.Johnson

Goal/shot: CAN 14/32 HUN 16/31

Action goal/action shots: CAN 5/16 HUN 5/13

Extra Man: CAN 7/13 HUN 3/8

Penalty: CAN 1/1 HUN 3/3

CANADA: Vulpisi – Lemay-Lavoie Elisa (2), Sohi Gurpreet Kaur, Wright Emma Louise (2), Eggens Monika Catharina (1), McKee Kelly Blair (2), Bekhazi Joelle (2), Axelle Crevier, McKelvey Hayley Ann (2), Christmas Kyra (3), Paul Kindred Ayre, Chantal Fournier Shae, Weight Claire.

HUNGARY: Gangl Edina – Szilagyi Dorottya (2), Parkes Rebecca (1), Gurisatti Greta (3), Szucs Gabriella (1), Horvath Brigitta (1), Illes Anna, Kesthelyi Rita (5), Valyi Vanda (2), Gyöngyössy Anikó (1), Rybanska Natasa, Farda Krisztina, Kaso Orsolya.

Report

Hungary is not endangered by Canada

The maths were simple. Canada was to win Hungary to escape an increasingly strong Italian rivalry on the next day of the competitions in Budapest. Host Magyars wished that as much, however, the second likely to come option - the Netherlands – was not in fact more agreeable. With all eyes and thoughts on the quarter-finals of the Day 4, very similar and very different teams got their last preliminary game started.

Hosts set about their task, trailing Canadians all the way till the final buzzer. “Maple Leaves” never gave up, but it was definitely the luckier day for their hosts.

Vanda Valyi and Halvey McKelvey showed style on the edge completing counter-attacks. Anna Illes fueled Aniko Gyongyossy performing a backhand center shot. In this way a one-point lead for Hungarian team was engineered, 2-1, which was very shaky, and easily gone as Canadian Kyra Christmas finished on the positional after-extra-man play. However, the first frame sealed in favor of Hungarians, thanks to Gabriella Szucs, who found the right place to lock “extra” combination, 3-2.

A heavy storm of 12 goals highlighted the second period. To mark its start, the symbol of Hungary, Rita Keszthelyi netted her action goal. Unnaturally kept silent for the two previous match-ups, she broke her drought to be one of the major constituents of the eventual win. Coming back to the flow, Emma Wright of Canada throwed out a good penalty and Joelle Bekhazi tied it with 5 minutes to play, 4-4. There came a strong left-corner throw by Rita Keszthelyi. In a minute she appeared to move her team one up, and re-appeared again to “break poker” for 7-6. At a certain moment, however, home guns started malfunctioning just to see “Maple leaves” in a 2-0 run, 10-8.

The power balance preserved, 13-13, kicking off the last quarter. Over-five-minute-long-pause terminated as Kelly McKee of Canada completed her second goal, in a moment seen as Keszthelyi sent home her fifth, 14-14. At 1.30 remaining in the competition, Vanda Valyi dished Dorottya Szilagyi and Brigitta Horvath projected an early lead, 16-14. The time went fast and played for Attila Biro, and their crowd was finally up to celebrate their first home win.

Quotes

Gabriella Szűcs, center forward of the team Hungary, 1 goal:

We have just come away of the complicated match-up, where each term could have been decisive. The last two minutes were incredible for us, and the luck turned out to be on our side. There were a lot of fouls and not so many room for substitution, so the match was more or less pre-decided by the physical stamina of the opponents.

It goes without saying, that it is difficult to play everyday. All players are very tired. But the most important battles are so far ahead of us, so we shall be ready for the challenges.

Rita Keszthelyi, captain of the team Hungary, 5 goals, MVP of the Match:

We had more fire today, than in the previous games, and we conceded 14 goals, which is too much. Our defence is wrapped up, we are not that ready. I hope we can pull it together for tomorrow’s game and grow up to the challenging task. I am happy that we were able to score more than Canada, however if our defense worked well, we could have helped our goalkeeper more.

Gréta Gurisatti, forward of the team Hungary, 3 goals:

I expected to be in the water yesterday, so I was a bit disappointed that I couldn't help my team against Italy. I played well today, contributing to the team’s overall, in this challenging game against Canada. Our defence was not perfect, but waterpolo is all about fighting, sometimes you have to win even though you are not in your best shape.

After losing two games, it's a great feeling to leave the water as winners. Our duty for tonight is to evaluate this match and look ahead of us, as we still have three games to go at home, which won't be easier. This is the only way we can grow up.

Attila Biro, head coach of the team Hungary:

Watching a match with some 30 goals is a fun. At the same time it was uneasy for me, as a coach of one of the teams-competitors. Today we had more actions, more turnovers, we were constantly moving and so we could earn good shooting chances. Even though we missed a lot of them, I really liked our game. We scored 16 goals, which speaks for itself.

I am happy that we could turn back the game as our defense became more solid and we could block a good number of our opponents’ shots. I hope that today’s game was more exhausting for our next challengers, the Netherlands, which will be important to beat no matter if it comes through a lot of goals or not.

David Paradello, head coach of the team Canada:

All our matches so far have been tough with ups and downs. All the girls in my team played hard from the beginning to the very end. We had a couple of breakdowns on one-and-one situations. It was a good practice anyway, we now know what we have to do to revive.

We have a strong bench, but our opponents are strong as well. Of course, the Hungarian team was supported by the domestic audience. However, there is no better feeling than having so many people and enjoying the game.

CHINA 7 ITALY 10
Results & Teams

Day 3 6 June, 2019

Match #12. CHN People's Republic of China vs. ITA Italy 7-10 (2-3, 1-2, 2-2, 2-3)

Referees: Ms. Dreval, Ms. Deslieres

Goal/shot: CHN 7/29 ITA 10/33

Action goal/action shots: CHN 2/19 ITA 1/16

Extra Man: CHN 3/5 ITA 6/9

Penalty: CHN 0/1 ITA 2/2

CHINA: Peng Lin - Wang Xinyan, Mei Xiaohan, Xiong Dunhan (1), Wang Huan, Guo Ning, Lu Yiwen, Nong Sanfeng (2), Zhao Zihan, Zhang Danyi (2), Chen Xiao, Zhang Jing (2), Dong Wenxin

ITALY: Gorlero Giulia – Tabani Chiara, Garibotti Arianna (2), Avegno Silvia, Querolo Elisa, Aiello Rosaria (1), Picozzi Domitilla, Bianconi Roberta (6), Marcialis Carolina, Palmieri Valeria (1), Galardi Giuditta, Viacava Giulia, Lavi Frederica.

Report

Italy beat China

Celebrating an uneasy win over China, Italy ensembled marvelous 9 points to land atop of the Group “A”. Boasting 7 of Olympic bronze medalists in their roster, “SetteRossa” was definitely not of the Asian teams’ speed. They were far better skilled and trained, and therefore the question of the eventual match-up winner got soon after the start off the agenda.

Chinese got it launched against leaders of the group exactly as they did in the previous meet in Budapest. Conceding a 2 points-run, they even “perfected” their draught to 0-3 as Roberta Bianconi registered her second goal in the first period. Then the Chinese reply came through industrious Jing Zhang, who managed to deceive Giulia Gorlero (both in action one-on-one 5m duels), 3-2.

Bianconi proved to be the go-in girl for her nation as her hits made difference in the second time. At first, she converted her extra-man story swinging, 2-4, just to collect the 5th point at the penalty mark, 5-3.

Asian side never gave up, but could not bounce back as Italians worked most of their chances. Scoring two goals apiece, 7-5, opponents laid hopes for the last quarter, which celebrated Bianconi’s record sixth and Garibotti’s habitual second, as well as hits by Dunhan and Nong, to set up the final score, 10-7 in favor of Italians.

Quotes

Roberta Bianconi, forward of the team Italy, 6 goals:

People would say that today’s game was not so important for us because we already topped our group yesterday, so we could play in a relaxed manner. But today I wanted to prove to myself that I can do much better than I did in the previous games. I wanted to be helpful to the team. I wanted to win this game as it is important for our upcoming matches to stay concentrated and mentally strong all the way through to the last game. It is absolutely a positive thing we have stayed in the game till the very last moments which helped us to build up a larger gap.

Paolo Zizza, assistant coach of the team Italy:

Fabio Conti has not been on the wheel today because he had some health issues. We missed our head coach, though we did our best to play well, paying much attention staging secure defence. In the third quarter our team got tired, which was quite predictable for the exhausting tournaments like here in Budapest. We have seven teams with nearly equal capabilities, with the Americans much stronger than the rest. We will surely have difficult games in the next stages of the competition, so we have to fight hard to get up as high as we can.

Ge WeiQing, assistant coach of the team China:

It was not a bad match for us. We played very hard against our mighty opponent. When we started the tournament we did not play well, I should say we were not that well prepared. In this match we had some great opportunities, but we missed them. I think we were not aggressive enough, and were up to concede some unfortunate goals.

Favorites finished on a high preliminary campaign of the FINA Women’s World League Super Final-2019, but it was with varying degrees of difficulty, which promises us an exciting denouement of the water polo action week. The major event of the season, viewed as a dress rehearsal of the FINA World Championships in Korea, is in the wings now in the Aquatics capital of Europe, Budapest, gradually approaching its decisive stages.

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WPWL Super Final (women), Budapest, Day 2: USA and Italy top their groups

Water Polo World League Super Final Women 2019
AUSTRALIA 10 CHINA 8
Results & Teams

Day 2 5 June, 2019

Match# 5 AUS Australia vs. CHN People's Republic of China (2-2, 2-1, 3-3, 3-2)

Referees: Ms.Dreval, Ms.Varkonyi

Goal/shot: AUS 10/26 CHN 8/26

Action goal/action shots: AUS 5/19 CHN 4/14

Extra Man: AUS 3/4 CHN 4/9

Penalty: AUS 1/2 CHN 0/0

AUSTRALIA: Hedges Lilian – Gofers Keesja (1), Buckling Hannah (3), Halligan Bronte (2), Bishop Isobel, Knox Bronwen, Webster Rowie (3), Arancini Zoe (1), Mihailovic Lena, Armit Elle, Kearns Matilda, Longman Geneieve.

CHINA: Peng Lin - Wang Xinyan, Mei Xiaohan, Xiong Dunhan, Niu Guinnan, Wang Huan, Nong Sanfeng, Zhang Cong (1), Zhao Zihan (3), Zhang Danyi (1), Chen Xiao (1), Zhang Jing (2), Dong Wenxin.

Report

China resists but can’t stop the "Australian express"

Australia emerged as a winner of the clash against China. Top scorers Rowena Webster and Hannah Buckling netted three a piece to drive their team to a comfortable 10-7 victory. Zihan Zhao produced a hat-trick as well, but her teammates were not supportive. Overall, the game turned out to be exciting enough due to the multiple spared chances and agitated character at both ends.

As a matter of fact, opponents had their hopes high so did their expecations. They have met each other plenty of times on many occasions before. However, today the spirit with of the two was different. The Asian side looked stumbled after a sensitive defeat to the Netherlands, whereas Australia was positively egged on by the uneasy opening clash against Italians.

There was not much to separate the teams early in the beginning. They chased each other head to head and left the most challenging task for the last. Rowena Webster and Halligan Bronte moved their team 2 up and got immediate response by freshman Jing Zhang, which converted extra, and Chen Xiao, through an action, set up the score 2-2 for the 1st frame.

Early in the second, Halligan Bronte did not realize her “5m option”, however she was hot ready in place to dish Hannah Buckling to score. Buckling completed twice a home-set positional combination to see a good margin back again on the table, 4-2. Jing Zhang came again to rescue and offered her version of the left corner throw. She missed the target as it was a bit complacent, but she never ceased and earned another goal in the extra-man. The third period closed at 7-6, though the inspirational Chinese did their best to break up the game's flow. Their activity was not at all fruitless, as they occasionally moved one up earlier, at 6-5.

Dali Gong coached side never gave us, giving much job for Lilian Hedges. Captain Zihan suceeded to find holes early in the beginning and close to the 4th quarter's end. “Stingers” however looked better consistent, and engineered a 3-0 run to book their first win at the tournament in Budapest, 10-8.

Quotes

Predrag Mihailovic, head coach of the team Australia:

Most of the game we were setting the pace. It was our task to control the game’s flow. China has been on the chase, which showed their good motivation and mood to play. In the end, we managed to make the game faster, which was one of the major components for the eventual win. There were some bad mistakes in the way we played defensively, so we shall draw conclusions and learn the lesson at this early stage of the competition.

Hannah Buckling, central defender of the team Australia, 3 goals, MVP of the Match:

We were pretty unlucky with the schedule because we played the last match yesterday and the first one today, but we are well prepared for these tournament in Budapest, where we have to play six games in six days. It was a tough game against China, it is always tough against such an opponent. We had some mistakes, so we need to improve and strengthen certain points of our game. To reach a good result overall, we shall improve game by game and perform better each day.

Dali Gong, head coach of the team China:

We played a lot better than yesterday, the girls have fought for the victory very hard. We got many opportunities, but in the key situations we turned confused, and the Australians grabbed their chances to win. The most important thing for our players is to learn conclusions out of this game, and play their best tomorrow against the Italian team. If it's going to happen, then we can be satisfied, no matter what result we will reach.

USA 15 CANADA 4
Results & Teams

Day 2 5 June, 2019

Match#8 USA United States of America vs. CAN Canada 15-4 (6-0, 3-2, 4-2, 2-0)

Referees: Mr.Cheng, Mr. Willis

Goal/shot: USA 15/25 CAN 4/26

Action goal/action shots: USA 9/15 CAN 1/20

Extra Man: USA 4/8 CAN 3/6

Penalty: USA 1/1 CAN 0/0

USA: Longan Amanda– Musselman Madeline (4), Raney Jordan, Fattal Rachel (1), Hauschild Paige, Steffens Margaret (3), Haralabidis Stephanie(2), Neushul Kiley (1), Fischer Aria (2), Gilchrist Kaleigh (1), Fischer Makenzie, Williams Alys (1), Johnson Ashleigh.

CANADA: Gaudreault Jessica - Alogbo Krystina, Sohi Gurpreet Kaur, Wright Emma Louise, Eggens Monika Catharina (2), McKee Kelly Blair, Bekhazi Joelle, Axelle Crevier, McKelvey Hayley Ann, Christmas Kyra, Paul Kindred Ayre, Chantal Fournier Shae (2).

Report

North American derby: USA defeats Canada in show of power

USA dispatched Canada 15-4 in the North American derby of the 2019 FINA Women’s World League Super Final in Budapest to take habitual seat at the top of the Group “B” after two days of the round-robin stage. Fueled by Madeline Musselman on 4 points and Margaret Steffens, who added another 3, USA dominated the whole play from the very beginning and left absolutely no doubts as to who was the boss of the pool. 

They got it going fast, and Canadian could not respond it. Speeds were not that sky high, as Americans took physical loads in the morning practice just before the game. It had no bad impact on accuracy of their shooting. Captain Margaret Steffens converted an extra-man to begin with, dished by Maddie Musselman, and then Musselman herself netted the chance at the other end.

The shooting carrousel went on in the alike fashion, as Kaleigh Gilchrist and Alys Williams lobbed the ball to land behind Canadian goallie and guards. Rachel Fattal showed class through a home set powerplay-three-moves-combination, and Kaleigh Gilchrist was here again to produce a spectacular center cross for 6-0. 

Canadian first goal appeared in the second period. Shae Fournier completed a long awaited extra-man shot. The hardly earned goal got immediate reaction of the US forces. In fact, teams exchanged man-up "doughnuts", and the gap, resting for a while, got growing again. Kiley Neushul and Aria Fisher took the match to 9-2 at the half-way.

Favorites never stopped scoring, and the "Maple Leaves" suffered delivery problems as to the positions to shoot. Margaret Steffens collected her second and third “hits” to mark the start of the third quarter, as her challenger Monika Eggens was lucky enough to engineer the third and the fourth goals for her team as a whole, 12-4.

The game was almost done for the time-being. Stephanie Haralabidis set in a high cross “doughout” to make it a 13-4 game at 8 minutes to go. The double-digit sweep, 15-4, provided satisfaction for the winners, which were modest commenting on the final overall and noted they might need more time to obtain chemistry in want of perfecting the game.

Quotes

David Paradello, head coach of the team Canada:

We started the game very slowly, that's why after the first quarter there was a 6-0 lead of the USA. It would have been very difficult to come back from a situation like that against any team, especially against our present opponent. Apart from this, I am very happy that the girls didn't give up after the first shock and played well further in the match.

We can expect that the coming game against Hungary will be tough like this, as they have got a number of good shooters. We have to work hard on our defense strategy to be successful tomorrow.

Amanda Longan, goalkeeper of the team USA, MVP of the Match:

I think it was a hard game, Canada played very aggressively against us, but we were really focused during the whole match and we could be proud of our teamwork. In the first and in the last quarters we were outstanding in both offense and defense, however, in the middle part of the match we made some annoying errors. We will analyze them later in the evening. It is always sweet to beat Canada because they are also a very competitive team and always fight till the end.

Adam Krikorian, head coach of the team USA:

Obviously we were very good defensively, and especially Amanda Longan, our goalkeeper, played very well indeed. The key was we were very excluding in the first quarter. The first period decided the whole match. It was a difficult game physically, despite the lead that we earned, the more games you play the more comfortable everyone feels, not just us.

We are at the start of a big road. Our task now is to win Super Final, bringing home the Olympic ticket. We also have some more goals that are more important, to be honest, that we have to do with the different phases of the game. We are trying to improve.

NETHERLANDS 7 ITALY 8
Results & Teams

Day 2 5 June, 2019

Match #7  NED Netherlands vs. ITA Italy 7-8 (2-1, 2-2, 1-3, 2-2)

Referees: Mr.Moller, Ms.Deslieres

Goal/shot: NED 7/28 ITA 8/35

Action goal/action shots: NED 1/15 ITA 3/23

Extra Man: NED 1/6 ITA 4/10

Penalty: NED 1/2 ITA 1/1

NETHERLANDS: Aarts Laura - Megens Maud (2), Genee Dagmar, Van der Sloot Sabrina, Wolves Iris, Stomphorst Nomi (1), Rogge Bente, Sevenich Vivian (2), Keuning Maartje (1), Koolhaas Ilse, Van der Kraats Simone, Sleeking Brigitte(1), Koenders Joanne.

ITALY: Gorlero Giulia – Tabani Chiara, Garibotti Arianna(3), Avegno Silvia (1), Querolo Elisa (3), Aiello Rosaria, Picozzi Domitilla, Bianconi Roberta (1), Marcialis Carolina, Palmieri Valeria, Chiappini Isabella, Viacava Giulia, Lavi Frederica.

Report

"SetteRossa" surprised the Dutch

Irrelevant of the differences in achievements of the competitors, the winner of the WLWP Super Final match between the Netherlands and Italy always looked in doubt.

The “orange swimsuits” were meant to demonstrate all their energy and efforts and could not show their best in style. There was a lot of swimming, accompanied by a good number of spared chances, there were many exclusions, registering 16 faults and 3 penalty shots overall. “SetteRossa” trailed the reigning Europa Cup holders for fully three periods, and sought the right way to come away victorious in the last 8.

There was an astonishing tie on the scoreboard after the first 5 minutes. Elisa Queirolo kicked off the glass, finding a hole in the property of Laura Aarts. Netherlands responded at once by a pair of good rockets – one was launched to the center by Maartje Keuning and the other directed left, staged by Brigette Sleeking, 2-1.

“SetteRossa” played back early in the second period, but could not keep the balance and let the Dutch "unclasp", 4-3. The best moments for Italy, however, came a little bit later, after a beautiful goal produced by the "orange" center Vivian Sevenich. Roberta Bianconi and Ariana Garibotti moved their team 1 up, 6-5, tasting the drive and vicinity of the possible win. "La Squadra" doubled their energy and added to their persistance. They adjusted defense to the opponent’s physical style, proceeding effectively fuel their scoring campaign. Elisa Queirolo registered her third goal 5 minutes to go in the fourth quarter, 8-6. Arno Havenga’s side did utmost to revive, but stood in the lack of time. The final buzzer sealed a surprising win of Italy, 8-7, bringing Favio Conti and C another 3 points, and surprisingly moved them atop of the Group “A”.

Quotes

Fabio Conti, head coach of the team Italy:

Today’s game was important for us, because we wanted to top our group, so we were up to show our game and to succeed. Now I have time and space for my other two players to exhibit in the coming match. Of course, it is not easy to rotate and let all the players have time to save their energy. But it is better to have this kind of system before the Olympics because there, provided we qualify, we shall also have to play on the daily basis. I am grateful to my team for the win. they swam very fast and worked hard defensively.

Giulia Gorlero, goalkeeper of the team Italy, MVP of the Match:

In my opinion, we played very well. Our last match against the Dutch took place in Turin, where we lost them in a dramatic fashion. Fortunately, today the circumstances were different and it ended in our favor. This victory is precious, but we shall win as well tomorrow. Our next opponent is China, and we can expect a strong opposition on their side.

Arno Havenga, head coach of the team Netherlands:

After a good start we somehow changed our game, our philosophy, our rhythm and this lead to the loss of the match. We stayed in the game till the very last minutes, we needed a goal, we wanted to tie the game, but unfortunately we did not succeed. We have to analyze our game now. I do not think we have to change our play in general, because so far we have already had some good results. The opponents are all good, we have to recover, stand up and start up again.

RUSSIA 14 HUNGARY 9
Results & Teams

Day 2 5 June, 2019

Match #6  RUS Russian Federation vs. HUN Hungary 14-9 (4-3, 3-1, 2-1, 5-4)

Referees: Mr.Ni, Mr.Severo

Goal/shot: RUS 14/33 HUN 9/33

Action goal/action shots: RUS 8/21 HUN 6/15

Extra Man: RUS 5/9 HUN 1/10

Penalty: RUS 1/1 HUN 2/2

RUSSIA: Verkhogliadova Anastasiia - Bersneva Maria (3), Prokofieva Ekaterina (4), Karimova Elvina (2), Tolkunova Tatiana (1), Gorbunova Olga, Serzhantova Alena (1), Simanovich Anastasiia (1), Timofeeva Anna, Soboleva Evgeniia (2), Ivanova Evgeniia, Gerzanich Daria, Karnaukh Anna.

HUNGARY: Gangl Edina – Szilagyi Dorottya (3), Parkes Rebecca (1), Rybanska Natasa (1), Szucs Gabriella, Horvath Brigitta, Illes Anna (2), Kesthelyi Rita, Valyi Vanda, Gyöngyössy Anikó (1), Tóth-csabai Dóra (1), Farago Kamilla, Kaso Orsolya.

Report

Uneasy win against host Hungary

Russia rallied from a mixed performance in the beginning and stood out, when host Hungary attempted a comeback. Captain Ekaterina Prokofieva landed on excellent 4 goals driving her team to this important win. So now they are highly on second, at one round to go in the round robin of the Group “B”. 

Russia stumbled in for a while, trading points with the top-motivated caps of Hungary, and finished modestly one up after the first frame, 4-3. 

Prokofieva starred launching her another MVP story, swimming or rather flying fast and engineering almost all Russian goals. They did not do very well their offensive mission, as they were blocked at the outskirts by the effective version of mixed style defense staged by the opponent. The break brought grist to the mill of Aleksandr Gaydukov, who reminded his team of the home-set positional tasks. The schemes worked out well later in the next quarter, and their lead boosted to 3 for the halfway mark, 7-4.

Hungarian torsida sang, demanding for a breakthrough, but it never came as top Russian guns demonstrated good shape. 

Ekaterina Prokofieva netted her fourth early in the last quarter. Dora Toth-scabai of Hungary played one point back at 9-5.

Goaltenders at both ends were busily working and came out producing a number of good saves. Hungary fought hard till the last moments. At 13-6, Rebecca Parkes found energy to net the "goal of prestige", 7th  for her team to come up. However, hosts were far from done as the goal inspired them. Hungarians looked revived and there came a number of goals. A penalty converted by Dorottya Szilagyi, Aniko Gyöngyössy netted her last hope “extra”, which was a good omen, however but it was too late to rescue the game, 14-9.

Quotes

Ekaterina Prokofyeva, captain of the team Russia, 4 goals, MVP of the Match:

One of the key moments in such an important game against Hungary was the defensive play, where w have managed to show our best. At the other end, we had a better luck scoring our chances, as we realize a number of opponents’ ones had been either saved by our goalkeeper or by the posts of the goals. Hungarian team is no way an easy opponent, it is especially hard to play at their place.

For me it is a big honor to be chosen as the MVP for the second time in Budapest. It's always a pleasure when your hard work pays off, especially as a captain of the team.

Andrey Belofastov, coach of the team Russia:

Today we have been competitive than in the previous game. Our defence worked well, as well as our offensive combinations have found their ways to the opponents’ net. I am pretty satisfied with the way we realized extra man chances, we made some good steals which engineered a number of our counter-attacks. The Hungarian side played in front of a really supportive crowd, which helped them to revive at the end and was like one more player on the field of play.

Attila Biro, head coach of the team Hungary:

The match was mostly decided at the beginning as the Russian team started construct their lead. We are talking about one of the best teams of the world, so the gap was gorowing larger and larger to become too big. I could expect a difficult game, but I did not know that we could loose so badly. We managed to score 9 goals to Russia, meaning that our offensive play was not bad, but the fact we have conceded 14 is distressing. First and foremost we should concentrate on our defensive play to be competitive against strong opponents.

Competition Day 2 of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World League Super Final, kicked off in Budapest on June, 4, saw three clear wins and 1 surprising outcome, presented by the “SetteRossa”. Top water polo power of the Group “A”, the Netherlands, did not find enough arguments against energic Italians to currently rank second behind their mighty opponents. “Aussie stingers” on their part, unexpectedly found themselves working up a sweat contesting China, however they have survived pretty well.

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05Jun2019

FINA WL Super Final: Budapest welcomes 8 women's water polo nations

Water Polo World League Super Final Women 2019
RUSSIA 19 CANADA 17 (penalty shoot-out)
Results & Teams

Day 1 4 June, 2019

Game 1. RUS Russian Federation vs. CAN Canada 19-17 (3-3, 4-3, 1-5, 7-4, penalty shoot-out 4-2)

Referees: Mr. Moller, Ms. Dutilh-Dumas

Goal/shot: RUS 19/43 CAN 17/36

Action goal/action shots RUS 4/18 CAN 10/19

Extra Man: RUS 6/11 CAN 4/9

Penalty: RUS 5/6 CAN 2/4

RUSSIA: Verkhogliadova Anastasiia - Bersneva Maria (2), Prokofieva Ekaterina (2), Karimova Elvina (2), Tolkunova Tatiana (1), Gorbunova Olga (1), Serzhantova Alena (3), Simanovich Anastasiia (3), Timofeeva Anna (1), Soboleva Evgeniia, Ivanova Evgeniia (2), Gerzanich Daria (2), Karnaukh Anna.

CANADA: Gaudreault Jessica, Alogbo Krystina (2), Sohi Gurpreet Kaur (2), Wright Emma Louise (4), Eggens Monika Catharina (3), McKee Kelly Blair, Bekhazi Joelle (1), Axelle Crevier (2), McKelvey Hayley Ann (1), Christmas Kyra (4), Paul Kindred Ayre (3), Chantal Fournier Shae.

Report

Shoot-out win opened Russian campaign in Budapest. The match against ever strong Canada was highlighted by a rain of goals. Surprises came on both ends as both sides managed to found resources to revive like Fenix at least twice to save up the intrigue to the very last.

Russian Anastasiia Simanovich and Canadian Krystina Alogbo got the game started, leaving goaltenders at a loss after their center shots. Then Kyra Christmas and Mokina Eggens, Maria Berseneva and Anna Timofeeva traded points to tie the first quarter to 3-3. Both teams were open defensively, allowing many chances to score for their opponent side.

The second period brought 7 more hits. The most beautiful goal was engineered by Tatiana Tolkunova, sending home a long 6m rocket to set 7-6 in favor of her team.

The third period broke the predictable game’s flow as the “Maple Leaves” found keys to the “Red machine”.

Hayley McKelvey in extra, Emma Wright and Axelle Crevier in action shone bright netting 3 to go, 7-9. Ekaterina Prokofieva replied once just to concede two. Russian coaches turned red in anger, hastening to look for the remedy to save up the game. They did it right in time opening the last period as their team reduced the gap, then tied up and went 1 up. Standing close to the normal time victory, they did not cope with Monika Eggens of Canada, showing style in powerplay, 15-15. The penalty shoot-out was booked and eventually brought luck to Russia, which commenced it with a miss and then was always a hit. Canada failed to net twice to see a stressful 19-17 end of the opener, which earned Russia 2 and left them 1 to count for the chart.

Quotes

Ekaterina Prokofieva, captain of the team Russia, 2 goals, MVP of the Match:

It was a very difficult start for us, and my compliments to our Canadian challengers which are very strong indeed. To be honest, we had a lot of problems in our game both defensively and offensively, and we are going to analyse our problems now to come away with a good portion of experience after this hardly deserved win. We never gave up, which was our key to the victory, however, we realized, that our opponents could have won as well.

Cora Campbell, coach of the team Canada:

We expected a though and a fast game. The Russian team has a very fast counter-defense, which they normally play, and also a very hard counter-attack to deal with. In the third quarter, we missed a number of good chances, which is a good food for us to analyze. We have made a few hours more practicing on our conter-defense, we had been working on that more than on anything else, so the eventual loss was not about our defense, but for the Russians which were pretty good.

We have to adapt to the new rules, to the speed of the game. Thanks to the new rules, we have more goals, and I like it a lot. It gets more interesting to the spectators to watch. We have more opportunities, more freedom to move, to be a little more creative, which is so nice.

Andrey Belofastov, coach of the team Russia:

The first two quarters went pretty well, we had been competitive against Canadians. In the third quarter, our opponents managed to speed up and strengthen their play, so we 1-4 down. It was difficult to revive, but we have managed to find he right words to drive the girls forward. Of course, 5m shoot-out is a lottery, but we have managed to win it. Irrelevant of the score, it is always good to get it launched with a win.

My congratulations to Ekaterina Prokofieva, who has really deserved the Player of the Match award. She is the team captain and does her job really well.

NETHERLANDS 15 CHINA 7
Results & Teams

Day 1 4 June, 2019

Game 2. NED Netherlands vs. CHN People's Republic of China 15-7 (4-2, 4-2, 3-3, 4-0)

Referees: Mr.Willis, Ms. Dreval

Goal/shot: NED 15/30 CHN 7/31

Action goal/action shots: NED 8/13 CHN 5/23

Extra Man: NED 2/8 CHN 2/6

Penalty: NED 2/3 CHN 0/0

NETHERLANDS: Aarts Laura - Megens Maud (3), Genee Dagmar (1), Van der Sloot Sabrina, Wolves Iris (3), Stomphorst Nomi (1), Rogge Bente (1), Sevenich Vivian (1), Keuning Maartje (2), Koolhaas Ilse (1), Van der Kraats Simone (2), Sleeking Brigitte, Koenders Joanne.

CHINA: Peng Lin - Wang Xinyan (1), Mei Xiaohan, Xiong Dunhan, Niu Guinnan (2), Guo Ning, Lu Yiwen (1), Zhang Cong (1), Zhao Zihan (1), Zhang Danyi (1), Chen Xiao, Nong Sanfeng, Dong Wenxin.

Report

In the opener in the group A, reigning European and defending silver World League vice-champion Netherlands thundered past China in 3 out of 4 periods at Duna Arena of Budapest. Chinese found no effective solutions to stop the outstanding offense of the Dutch, however they tried hard and stayed in the game till the last moments.

Maud Megens and Iris Wolves contributed 3 points each for the “Orange” while Guinnan Niu was top scorer on the Asian side with 2 “kills”.

The group favorites decided to take command of the match in the opening period, putting a lot of pressure on the Chinese defense. Asians did what they could, causing opponents a lot of problems, as they did not let them construct easily a gap between the two. They got enough energy to respond by 2 goals of Xinyuan Wang and Zhang Cong to 4 “doughnuts” to match all tastes by the Netherlands (Rogge, Stomphorst, Keuning and Wolves).

In the second, it was not a quick affair as the Dutch could neither march past full court pressing staged by Chinese, nor demonstrate their scoring skills. During the first minute Megens Maud in action and Zihan Zhao in extra exchanged mercies, and there came a lot of “dry” swimming for fully 5 minutes to go. Guinnan Niu reduced the gap to one point, but it was utmost the Chinese managed to obtain. Megens Maud converted 5m and netted one in action, Genee Dagmar shone bright individually, moving her team 4 up after the first half, 8-4.

Dali Gong coached side nourished hope for a revival after Iris Wolves and Maartje Keuning did not cope completing “5m standards”. Guinnan Niu again, backed by Danyi Zhang and Yiwen Liu killed their birds in the Dutch goals, 9-7. However, it was too late for the Chinese for the momentum. The favorites, kept silent for 4 minutes, emerged victorious on style. Maud Megens and Vivian Sevenich set everything back on the “right” track, 11-7. And the final buzzer sealed their nation’s win at 15-7.

Quotes

Maud Megens, forward of the team Netherlands, 3 goals, MVP of the Match:

It was really a very good start. We tried to pay much attention to our defense, keeping our opponents on low score, and I think we did a good job as a team. Now we can focus on tomorrow’s match against Italy, which will be very interesting indeed. We know each other well as we met them many times already, and I hope, if we can play the same way as we did today, we can beat them. It would be important for us to improve the game each day, because that would lead to a great result at the end of the week.

Arno Havenga, head coach of the team Netherlands:

To play in this Arena is one of the most beautiful moments for the girls, the venue is amazing and this is a difficult tournament with all high-class teams.

This wasn’t an easy game against China, we had to work much harder from now on to get improved. However, tomorrow we are facing Italy, which will be an absolutely different game, a European team with top quality players. We know each other pretty well, we played against them in March in Turin at the Europa Cup. But this is a new situation, and we have to prepare for tomorrow as much as we can.

Dali Gong, head coach of the team China:

It was a very difficult game. We tried to do our best to stay competitive against a very strong opponent. I don’t think we played defensively very well. Full court pressing was not done on a good quality. We had a lot of chances to score, and we missed a good number of them. This means our forwards did not have their best day. My compliments to the team Netherlands, they have really deserved the win.

USA 12 HUNGARY 9
Results & Teams

Day 1 4 June, 2019

Game 4. USA United States of America vs. HUN Hungary 12-9 (2-3, 4-1, 2-2, 4-3)

Referees: Mr.Severo, Ms.Johnson

Goal/shot: USA 12/33 HUN 9/25

Action goal/action shots: USA 7/21 HUN 2/7

Extra Man: USA 3/10 HUN 2/6

Penalty: USA 1/1 HUN 3/4

USA: Johnson Ashleigh – Musselman Madeline (2), Seidemann Melissa (1), Fattal Rachel (1), Hauschild Paige (1), Steffens Margaret (1), Neushul Jamie, Neushul Kiley (1), Fischer Aria (1), Haralabidis Stephanie (2), Fischer Makenzie (2), Williams Alys (1), Longan Amanda.

HUN: Gangl Edina – Szilagyi Dorottya (3), Rybanska Natasa, Gurisatti Gréta, Parkes Rebecca (1), Horváth Brigitta, Illes Anna, Kesthelyi Rita (4), Valyi Vanda (1), Gyöngyössy Anikó, Tóth-csabai Dóra, Garda Krisztina, Kaso Orsolya.

Report

Overall champion the USA produced an unexpectedly modest performance for the opening at the 2019 FINA Women’s World League Super Final in Budapest. They defeated Hungary before an enthusiastic home crowd at Duna Arena by just 3 goals. Magiyars displayed character and strong will, however could not come close to the leaders.

Hungarians deserved many compliments at start as they launched in a 2-0 lead early in the beginning. With a relative ease Dorottya Szilagyi scored in action and Rita Keszthelyi converted her 5m chance. Aria Fischer produced a power center shot, reaching its destination, just to see astonishingly one more goal to come – which was actually as a home set extra story engineered and performed by the Hungarian best gun, 1-3 for the hosts. Stephanie Haralabidis converted extra one minute to go in the first quarter and USA started the second inheriting an unusual chasers role in the event, 2-3.

Immediately after the break, a birthday girl Margaret Steffens served to Rachel Fattal to kill powerplay and draw level the chances, 3-3. Complacency slipped into their opponent’s game allowing two more action goals for Alys Williams and Stephanie Haralabidis. Rita Keszthelyi Ramirez starred converting the penalty for 5-4, and Kiley Neushul could not, 6-4 for the US – after the second quarter. 

At one period remaining in the competition, the gap preserved unchanged, 8-6.

Adam Krikorian coached side however was either far from being reached or hit by the opponent. "Black panther" Ashleigh Johnson knew her job pretty well and resembled full control of the situation. Hungary tried hard, but USA registered their first win at their place, 12-9.

Captain Rita Keszthelyi produced “poker” for her nation while Madie Mussleman and Makenzie Fischer finished on 2 goals apiece for the USA.

Quotes

Adam Krikorian, head coach of the team USA:

It was a difficult game, and we could expect it would be so difficult. All teams in the Super Final of Budapest are very strong. For us it was the first game during 6 months with this roster, when we play together as a team. Today's match showed that there is a long way for us to go to great results, so we will work on our shortcomings. Hungarian team stayed competitive for quite long, they were leading in the first quarter. That confirms what I have just said before. We should not underestimate our opponents, all teams are thirsty for wins and are well ready to give us a good fighting.

Madeline Musselman, forward of the team USA, 2 goals, MVP of the Match:

The match was really a fun. We haven't been playing together for that long and there's a long year behind us. It was a great opportunity to exhibit together, especially against Super Final’s host Hungary. It's always exciting to play in Hungary, the crowd always makes an amazing atmosphere.

Of course, we want to win the tournament, because it means you win a ticket to the 2020 Olympic Games, which is absolutely our ultimate goal. At the end of the day, however, we just want to play our best and show the others how good we can be.

Attila Bíró, head coach of the team Hungary:

I have positive impressions after the game against USA, in spite of the fact that we could not win. We have forced the best team of the world to play hard, although we have no way been flawless. Practically our opponent forced us to miss penalty shots and action goals. We have lost, but in terms of figures and statistics, the result is quite acceptable for us. We shall be working hard to get prepared for the next matches. 

Edina Gangl, goalkeeper of the team Hungary:

Let me congratulate our opponents on the win. It was pretty hard to play against them. The match is lost, however I can see a number of positive features in our game. One of them is it seems to me that we have been effectively blocking. We can be glad as well that we hit nine goals to Ashleigh Johnson, one of the strongest goaltenders ever. Hope, we will have a better luck the next games.

AUSTRALIA 9 ITALY 11
Results & Teams

Day 1 4 June, 2019

Game 3. AUS Australia vs. ITA Italy 9-11 (3-2, 3-5, 2-2, 1-2)

Referees: Mr. Ohme, Ms. Dabbagihan

Goal/shot: AUS 9/29 ITA 11/29

Action goal/action shots: AUS 2/15 ITA 5/16

Extra Man: AUS 5/10 ITA 6/10

Penalty: AUS 0/1 ITA 0/0

AUSTRALIA: Hedges Lilian – Gofers Keesja (2), Buckling Hannah (2), Halligan Bronte (1), Bishop Isobel (2), Knox Bronwen (1), Webster Rowie, Arancini Zoe (1), Mihailovic Lena, Armit Elle, Steere Madeleine, Longman Geneieve.

ITALY: Gorlero Giulia – Tabani Chiara, Garibotti Arianna (3), Avegno Silvia (2), Querolo Elisa, Aiello Rosaria, Picozzi Domitilla, Bianconi Roberta (2), Marcialis Carolina, Palmieri Valeria (2), Chiappini Isabella (2), Viacava Giulia, Lavi Frederica.

Report

As expected, Aussie Stingers put up a decent fight against “Sette Rossa” in the day’s final game at the Duna Arena of Budapest, on 4 June. Two nations boasting big history, names and traditions of winning undoubtedly missed winning on international floor in recent years. Both standing in need for the breakthrough, were willing to get it started right now and here.

9 times World League medalists initially proved strong for the 5 time European champions. Fabio Conti coached side opened the score in the man up through Ariana Garibotti just to see Australians throwing 3 to go – one by Halligan Bronte counter-attacking, and two by Hannah Buckling in the powerplay. Sivilia Avegno cut back the difference at 24 second to the first break, 3-2. So the main fight was so far ahead.

In the second, Italy produced a 2-0 run to spill the milk on their statistics. Isabella Chiappini served by Arianna Garibotti, levelled the score at first, and then doubled the lead, moving the team 2 up, 4-2. Keejsa Gofers converted powerplay in the midst of the period, and then teams registered 3 goals apiece. Italians resqued their tiny advantage, 7-6, which was a good omen before the second half.

Industrious “Sette Rossa” expanded the gap to 3 early in the third period as Ariana Garibotti registered her third action goal, 9-6. Rowie Webster and Lena Mihailovic spared chances. The 7 minutes goal’s draught broke as Isabel Bishop netted two. The intrigue was back, 9-8, still for Italy. However, two goals by Roberta Bianconi confirmed their winning points. Zoe Arancini was the solo representative of the “Stigers” scoring in the fourth quarter, and their captain's still nerves trembled as she did not cope with the pressure on "the last hope 5m chance". 

The match finished at 11-9 in favor of Italy, earning 3 points to mark a good start of the Super Final in Budapest.

Quotes

Fabio Conti, head coach of the team Italy:

We needed time to warm up and feel the game’s flow. It’s quite habitual for our team. But as we were going into the game, we could take control over the Australians. They are pretty good swimmers, they are powerful and physically strong, but our defense was exactly how we practiced. However, with the launch of the new rules we made a bit more faults than usual, drawing a lot of exclusions, which was definitely a drawback for our game.

Arianna Garibotti, forward of the team Italy, 3 goals, MVP of the Match:

Physically, it was a tough game as the Australians were a hard opponent to beat. Our stamina proved better at the end of the game, so we thank the new rules for the new opportunities. I like the way we played today, and it was the first step to reach our goal. Which goal? Of course, we are dreaming of the champion’s title and of the Olympic ticket. We do very much hope to get improved in the next games.

Predrag Mihailovic, head coach of the team Australia:

We finished 1 goal up after the first period, but it showed, that not everything goes well. Later we lost intensity, as a result, in the second and in the third quarters our opponents scored better than we did. They have deserved the win and we respect them a lot. We are still learning the new rules, which have done much good to the game. Definitely, it has become much faster, but we would need some more time to drill all options they unfold”

Keesja Gofers, forward of the team Australia, 2 goals:

The game was pretty hard. We did what we could, but could not earn 3 points. We shall draw the lesson out of our mistakes and forget it, as tomorrow will be a new opponent and a new game.

 

The scene is set for the 16th staging of the FINA Women’s World League Super Final – a tournament of 8 leading water polo squads, successfully done qualification hurdles and are well ready to promise here in the Hungarian capital a lot of goals, spectacular action and an amazing atmosphere.

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04Jun2019

Best women’s worlds squads under starters orders

FINA Women’s Water Polo World League - Super Final: everything you need to know for the 2019 tournament.

Water Polo World League Super Final Women 2019
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03Jun2019

ASWS, Barcelona, day 3: Russia and Ukraine shine on final day

The final session in Barcelona did not disappoint this Sunday. The duet free routine, the mixed duet free routine and the team free routine closed the eighth leg of the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series. It was the last stop of the circuit before the Super Final in Budapest (June 14-16).

Russia captured gold in the mixed duet and team free routines, while Ukraine won the gold medal with Marta Fiedina and Anastasiya Savchuk in the duet free routine.

Artistic Swimming World Series 2019
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02Jun2019

ASWS, Quebec City, Day 3: 2 Gold for Canada and 1 Gold for Japan

The 2019 FINA Artistic Swimming World Series in Quebec City, Canada came to its finale this Saturday with another day of creative, exciting, and high skilled routines. The events still to be contested were the Free Solo, Team Combo and Team Highlight. The competitive portion of the evening was followed by the Gala.

Artistic Swimming World Series 2019
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02Jun2019

PR 46 – FINA Champions Swim Series 2019 comes to an end in Indy as athletes love new concept

The inaugural edition of the FINA Champions Swim Series came to an end tonight (June 1) in Indianapolis, USA, after a three-leg circuit which stopped in Guangzhou (CHN), Budapest (HUN) and in the American city with a long swimming tradition.

Seventeen Olympic and 20 World champions (for a total of 50 of the world's best swimmers) battled it out at the iconic Indiana University (IU) Natatorium in 28 individual events and two mixed relays.

Press Releases 2019
Indianapolis, USA
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02Jun2019

CSS, Indianapolis, Day 2: Final edition of the FINA Champions Series ends strong in Indianapolis

A crowd of 1,500 spectators watched the world's best swimmers on the final evening of the FINA Champions Series at the Indiana University Natatorium. The swimmers were pumped up following an acrobatic performance of flips and handsprings by the Beale Street Flippers, part of the entertainment options that became a signature of the FCS.

Men's 200m Backstroke

CHAMPIONS SWIM SERIES 2019
Indianapolis, USA
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02Jun2019

ASWS, Barcelona, day 2: Ukraine shows its power and Russia wins mixed duet

The bar was high because the first day of competition had left great emotions, but this Saturday also left intense and exciting moments in Barcelona. Specially, for Ukraine. Marta Fiedina captured a gold medal with her solo free routine. Ukraine also dominated the highlight and the team combination while Russia took the gold medal at the mixed duet technical routine in the second day of competition in the eighth leg of the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series.

Artistic Swimming World Series 2019
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01Jun2019

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