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Hungary's magic sinks Italy, Croatia scores three in the last three minutes to beat Spain

Men's Water Polo World League - European Prelims 2019
Zagreb (CRO)
Denes Varga scores 4, leads Hungary to stunning victory
Results & Teams

Game 7, 18.30 – Semi-finals: Hungary v Italy 12-11

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

Referees: Michiel Zwart (NED), Boris Margeta (SLO)

HUNGARY

Soma VOGEL, Viktor NAGY (GK – not entered) – Daniel ANGYAL, Krisztian MANHERCZ 1, Gergo ZALANKI, Marton VAMOS 2, Toni NEMET 1, Tamas SEDLMAYER 1, Gergo KOVACS 1, Szilard JANSIK 1, Denes VARGA 4, Zoltan POHL 1, Bence BATORI. Head coach: MARCZ Tamas

ITALY

Marco DEL LUNGO, Francesco DE MICHELIS (GK, n. e.) – Francesco DI FULVIO 4, Guillermo MOLINA, Pietro FIGLIOLI 1, Edoardo DI SOMMA, Alessandro VELOTTO, Vincenzo RENZUTO 2, Gonzalo ECHENIQUE 1, Nicholas PRESCIUTTI, Michael BODEGAS 2, Matteo AICARDI 1, Zeno BERTOLI. Head coach: Alessandro Campagna

Extramen:

HUN: 4 for 9

ITA: 3 for 13

Penalties:

HUN: 1 for 1

ITA: 0 for 1

MVP of the game:

Denes Varga (HUN)

Report

Italy had two fine wins over the Hungarians in 2018, both games were really one sided – exactly a year ago they downed the Magyars 10-5 in the Europa Cup finals, followed by a 12-5 thrashing at the Europeans, Hungary’s worst-ever defeat in the history of the continental championship. The Magyars showed a definitely better form here in Zagreb against Montenegro, however, a last-minute injury to their best centre-forward Balazs Harai definitely weakened their chances. Italy also had some struggles against Russia, though it was still a better outcome than a year ago when they suffered an embarrassing defeat against Spain in this event’s first day in 2018.

The opening eight minutes saw a more or less balanced battle though Italy seemed to be more in control, netted two extramen goals then two fine action goals but the Hungarians were also able to create some nice chances even though they were less effective in the centre (and their remaining holeman quickly got two expulsions).

It stood 4-3 after the first period, then came a brilliant action goal from Francesco di Fulvio but Marton Vamos’ blast virtually stormed through the goalie’s hand. Italy’s drives worked however, another finely choreography reset their two-goal lead but they failed to put away a man-up and Szilard Jansik powered himself in front of the goal and netted another action goal. Soon it was 6-6, another Italian 6 on 5 gone, at the other end the Magyars showed patience to find the best option from their extra. They could have even taken the lead but Denes Varga’s ball didn’t cross the line and at the end Vincenzo Renzuto’s great one-timer found the back of the net for 6-7 and the Hungarians couldn’t make their next extra either.

Those two misses seemed to have been costly as di Fulvio scored a brilliant goal from the wing for 6-8 early in the third, but the counters still worked for the Hungarians and Denes Varga kept his team close with another action goal. Italy wasted another man-up while Varga sent the ball home from a 6 on 4 after Nicholas Presciutti had been red carded for a rougher foul. Renzuto saved a dying man-up by scoring in the very last second of their possession for 8-9, then missed one while the Hungarians could equalise with some luck as Toni Nemeth put away a rebound with 23 seconds remaining from the third. What’s more, the Italians messed up their attack, the Magyars launched a fast counter, earned a penalty and Denes Varga buried it with 1.2sec to go – for the first time Hungary was in front at 10-9.

A penalty would have helped Italy to go even right in their first possession but di Fulvio blasted it over the bar, then the Magyars had on overplayed 6 on 5, however, next game Denes Varga’s usual magic as he pulled one in while being backwards to the goal – with 4:35 to go Hungary led 11-9. Blocks denied the next Italian man-up, Hungary could have gone three up but they were unable to make their 6 on 5 this time either. And Italy came closer as finally Echenique scored from an extra (after a time-out) and their next also went in, Figlioli equalised for 11-11, with 1:46 to go.

But Hungary wasn’t done, Krisztian Manhercz beat his defender with an outstanding bodytrick and sent the ball home 58 seconds from time. And they defended well even though Italy regained the last possession but couldn’t set up anything, much to the delight of dozens of Hungarian fans stands who loudly celebrated their team’s surprising triumph.

Quotes

Tamas Marcz, head coach, Hungary:

“We had to make last-minute adjustments after the injury of Balazs (Harai), we did it in a hurry but the team reacted pretty well. Indeed we planned to play with a lot of movements in attack, in the new situation we needed even more to earn exclusions or score action goals but my players were up to the task. I was also happy to see them fighting without any fear. We were badly beaten by the Italians in the last year for a couple of times and in those games we were unable to react to their aggressive style and toughness. Now we were on level with them in all aspects and that brought the result. It was a great win, still, we have one more game to play here.”

 

Alessandro Campagna, head coach, Italy

“It was a balanced game where we couldn’t make a couple of great chances. It was a good match, both teams put in great efforts. At the end, at 11-11 some little nuances decided the outcome. There was a turnover foul, then a one-on-one goal from Manhercz, then we had two more possessions, perhaps a penalty shootout would have been a rightful end but the winners are never to be questioned.”

 

Soma Vogel, goalie, Hungary:

“We are extremely happy to manage to show that we could play a great game with Italy. I think the development of our team is quite visible now, we played as a unit, fought like wolves and never stopped believing that we could do it.”

Croatia stages 3-0 rush after 9-9 to beat Spain
Results & Teams

Game 8, 20.15 – Semi-finals: Spain v Croatia 9-12

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

Referees: Sebastien Dervieux (FRA), Sinisa Matijasevic (MNE)

SPAIN

Daniel LOPEZ, Eduardo LORRIO (GK, n. e.) – Alberto MUNARRIZ 2, Alvaro GRANADOS 1, Miguel DE TORO 1, Alberto BARROSO 2, Bernat SANAHUJA, Sergi CABANAS, Francisco FERNANDEZ, Roger TAHULL, Felipe PERRONE 2, Blai MALLARACH 1, Alejandro BUSTOS. Head coach: David Martin

CROATIA

Marko BIJAC, Ivan MARCELIC (GK, n. e.) – Marko MACAN, Loren FATOVIC 3, Luka LONCAR 2, Maro JOKOVIC 2, Andrija BASIC, Ante VUKICEVIC 2, Andro BUSLJE 2, Lovre MILOS, Josip VRLIC, Andelo SETKA, Javier GARCIA 1. Head coach: Ivica Tucak

Extramen:

ESP: 5 for 9

CRO: 4 for 12

Penalties:

ESP: none

CRO: 1 for 1

MVP of the game:

Maro Jokovic (CRO)

Report

Spain took a dream-like start as Felipe Perrone stormed to a great counter-attacking goal, then, after a killed man-up, Alejandro Bustos pulled the ball in from close range to give Spain a 2-0 lead. The Croats needed more than four minutes to settle themselves but then their scoring machine began to work. They netted four in 2:49 seconds, three of them from action. 

In the second they hosts missed two man-ups but after a long and exhausting swimming and battling competition Ante Vukicevic’s one-timer gave Croatia a two-goal lead and the Spaniards, scoreless for almost seven minutes, looked a bit hopeless in this phase. But the European silver medallist side showed why they are regarded one of the most quickly developing teams: they bounced back with two great shots from Alberto Munarriz. One came from a free-throw, the other from a man-up with 10 seconds from time to tie the score by halftime at 5-5.

After a missed man-up at both ends the battle heated up in the third. The Croats took the lead three times but the Spaniards always had a reply. Vukicevic put away an extra, then Alberto Barroso hit for 6-6 from a free-throw. Andro Buslje converted another 6 on 5, this time Felipe Perrone had the answer with a pin-point shot for 7-7. Luka Loncar pushed the ball in after some heavy fighting around the goal-line while the Croats could get the rebound twice. Barroso sent a bouncing beauty under the bar with 49sec to go in the third, then a Croatian goal was disallowed, again after a rebound in a man-up (it was a right call) so it stood 8-8 before the last period.

Maro Jokovic just beat the buzzer for an action goal to kick off the final eight minutes but Alvaro Granados stayed cool to sent the ball home from a 6 on 4. Both goalies delivered some great saves while the tensions grew sky high during thanks to some ambiguous situations. One ended in a man-up for Croatia but Dani Lopez could deny them, though only momentarily since after the corner-throw Maro Jokovic’s left hand did the usual magic, sending an outstanding shot to the top left corner. Then came the turning point, the Spaniards hit the post from their man-up, Loren Fatovic escaped, earned a penalty and converted it, though Lopez almost caught it. So it was 9-11 instead of 10-10, with 2:12 to go – Croatia seemed to have it. And they did: Fatovic netted their next man-up with 1:19 to go which ended the contest. 

Quotes

Ivica Tucak, head coach, Croatia:

“At the beginning we created difficulties for ourselves as we didn’t control the ball well in offence and didn’t control the situations after losing those balls. Then we could raise our game and we managed to find the right choices to beat a very strong rival as Spain played great this evening once again.”

 

David Martin, head coach, Spain:

“This is sport, one day you win, the other day you lose. We played with a great team, we did our best but against Croatia it’s always a physical battle. They are strong and you need to be at the top of your shape to be on level with them. At this phase of the season the players physical condition is not the best, still, I’m very proud of my team as we could play a balanced match.”

 

Loren Fatovic, player, Croatia:

“It was a swim-shoot-swim-shoot game, a great battle. I think at the end it was the individual quality which decided this match. Spain is a fantastic team, they played great but there are some really classy players on our side who can make the difference in a match like this.”

 

Felipe Perrone, captain, Spain:

“I think this was a great game, an excellent promotion of water polo. Both team did a great job, I think Croatia deserved this win as at the end they could add something extra.”

Montenegro sets scoring record while beating Russia
Results & Teams

Game 5, 15.00 – For places 5-8th: Montenegro v Russia 15-9

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

Referees: David Gomez (ESP), Ivan Rakovic (SRB)

MONTENEGRO

Dejan LAZOVIC, Slaven KANDIC (GK – n. e.) – Drasko BRGULJAN 2, Duro RADOVIC, Marko PETKOVIC 3, Uros CUCKOVIC, Vlado POPADIC 1, Mladan JANOVIC 2, Bogdan DURDIC 1, Aleksandar IVOVIC 4, Dragan DRASKOVIC, Nikola MURISIC 2. Head coach: Vladimir Gojkovic

RUSSIA

Petr FEDOTOV, Vitaly STATSENKO (GK, n. e.) – Ivan SUCHKOV, Ivan VASILEV, Nikita DEREVIANKIN, Ivan KOPTSEV, Daniil MERKULOV, Ivan NAGAEV 3, Igor BYCHKOV 1, Dmitrii KHOLOD 1, Sergey LISUNOV 2, Roman SHEPELEV 2. Head coach: Sergey Evstigneev

Extramen:

MNE: 3 for 7

RUS: 4 for 13

Penalties:

MNE: 2 for 2

RUS: 1 for 2

MVP of the game:

Mladan Janovic (MNE)

Report

Montenegro had most reserves and could rest a couple of hours more than the Russians who arrived from devastating battle against Italy. For a while they could keep up with the Montenegrins bit the World League title-holders extended the gap step-by-step. They led 4-3 after the opening period, 6-4 at half-time and delivered the killer blow in the third while netting three unanswered goals. Russian attack went into ‘silent mood’ for 12:20 minutes while Montenegro jumped from 5-4 to a 9-4 lead. The Russians woke up a bit late though in a span of 62 seconds they could have come back to 9-7 but Kholod hit the bar from a late penalty so it stood 9-6 before the last break. And soon it was 10-6 which seemed to have settled the game. With nothing left at stake, a series of nice goals and a couple of penalties followed (the latter ones were called based on the new rules), the Montenegrins didn’t slow down so they added six more in the last period.

Serbian defence begins to work in the second half, enough to down Greece
Results & Teams

Game 6, 16.45 – For places 5-8th: Serbia v Greece 14-10

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

Referees: Axel Bender (GER), Gyorgy Kun (HUN)

SERBIA

Dimitr RISTICEVIC, Branislav MITROVIC (GK) – Dusan MANDIC 1, Nikola DEDOVIC, Sava RANDELOVIC, Ognjen STOJANOVIC, Dusko PIJETLOVIC 3, Dorde LAZIC 1, Milan ALEKSIC 2, Nikola JAKSIC 1, Filip FILIPOVIC 4, Andrija PRLAINOVIC 1, Strahinja RASOVIC 1. Head coach: Dejan Savic

GREECE

Konstantinos FLEGKAS, Emmanouil ZERDEVAS (GK, n. e.) – Konstantinos GENIDOUNIAS, Dimitrios SKOUMPAKIS, Marios KAPOTSIS 3, Ioannis FOUNTOULIS 1, Alexandros PAPANASTASIOU, Georgios DERVISIS 1, Stylianos ARGYROPOULOS 2, Konstantinos MOURIKIS, Christodoulos KOLOMVOS, Alexandros GOUNAS 3, Angelos VLACHOPOULOS. Head coach: Theodoros Vlachos

Extramen:

SRB: 9 for 16

GRE: 6 for 16

Penalties:

SRB: none

GRE: 0 for 1

MVP of the game:

Marios Kapotsis (GRE)

Report

It was a neck-to-neck game for two periods, defences didn’t work that well as both sides scored 8 goals in the first half. The Serbs lacked the saves from their reserve keeper but once the experienced Branislav Mitrovic jumped in for the second half, the game took a different direction. The Greeks could add only one goal per period (they dropped to 2 for 8 in the second half, had 4 for 8 in the first), missed a penalty, while the Serbian attack remained effective as they won the second half 6-2.

After a couple of big beatings last year, Hungary stroke back to beat the Italians in the first semi-final of the World League Europa Cup finals in Zagreb. The Magyars came from behind to clinch the game 12-11 while offering some of their usual magic. They will face Croatia which managed to outpower Spain in the closing minutes, netting the last three goals of the game after 9-9. This sets up a re-match of the 2017 World Championship final.

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ASWS, Day 1: Ukraine 2 – Canada 1

Ukraine and Canada earned the three gold medals at stake in the first day of the second leg of the 2019 FINA Artistic Swimming World Series, taking place in Alexandroupolis (GRE), from April 5-7. The finals of this inaugural day included the Solo Technical, Duet Technical and Team Technical.

Artistic Swimming World Series 2019
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Spain stuns Serbia, meets Croatia in the semis, Hungary faces Italy

Men's Water Polo World League - European Prelims 2019
Zagreb (CRO)
Hungary wins with cool heads
Results & Teams

Game 1, 15.00 – Quarterfinal 1: Hungary v Montenegro 11-7

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

Referees: Mladen Rak (CRO), Sebastien Dervieux (FRA)

HUNGARY

Viktor NAGY, Soma VOGEL (GK – not entered) – Daniel ANGYAL, Krisztian MANHERCZ 1, Gergo ZALANKI 2, Marton VAMOS 1, Toni NEMET, Tamas SEDLMAYER 1, Zoltan POHL 1, Balazs ERDELYI, Denes VARGA 3, Bence BATORI 1, Balazs HARAI 1. Head coach: MARCZ Tamas

MONTENEGRO

Dejan LAZOVIC, Slaven KANDIC (GK – n. e.) – Drasko BRGULJAN, Duro RADOVIC 1, Marko PETKOVIC 1, Uros CUCKOVIC 1, Aleksa UKROPINA, Mladan JANOVIC 2, Bogdan DURDIC, Aleksandar IVOVIC 2, Vladan SPAIC, Dragan DRASKOVIC, Nikola MURISIC. Head coach: Vladimir Gojkovic

Extramen:

HUN: 5 for 9 (+ 3 for 6)

MNE: 5 for 16

Penalties:

HUN: 0 for 1

MNE: none

MVP of the game:

Denes Varga (HUN)

Report

In the first game the Hungarians faced their nemesis: apart from beating Montenegro in the 2013 World Championship final, they have been on the losing streak at the majors ever since, including a painful QF defeat at the Rio Olympics, two SF defeats at Europeans and a shootout loss in last year’s World League final at home in Budapest.

The Montenegrins opened the scoring though they could net only one goal in their first three man-ups while the Magyars immediately equalised from their first one. Soon a fine centre-shot from Balazs Harai put them ahead and even though Aleksandar Ivovic levelled the score again, two extraman goals in the last 76 seconds gave the Hungarians a 4-2 lead. Soon they went 5-2 and 6-3 up but in the second quarters Montenegro had the better finish, this time they netted two extras in 25 seconds.

They couldn’t go to even, though, as they missed four more 6 on 5s early in the third – Viktor Nagy came up with some big saves – and Denes Varga’s brilliant shot reset Hungary’s two-goal lead. It didn’t last long as Duro Radovic put away a 6 on 4 for 7-6. Since their rivals wasted two man-ups in the same possession, plenty of excitements were in sight for the closing period.

Denes Varga netted his third from an extra for 8-6 early in the fourth, then after some ‘field-work’ a sudden move closed down the game prematurely. Vladan Spaic punched his defender deliberately while swimming back, the referees noticed it and immediately called the 4-minute expulsion for brutality. Though Gergo Zalanki’s penalty was stopped by Dejan Lazovic but that slim hope faded soon. Playing permanently with a man less, the Montenegrins faced an uphill battle they couldn’t win. The Magyars played with cool head, scored three more goals and secured their place in the semi-finals.

Quotes

Tamas Marcz, head coach, Hungary:

“Let me say our focus was solely on this match and spending enough time together set the team up for this great match. I think we were controlling the game before that red card too, our defence worked really well and we were efficient in front. We came here to play three good matches, the first is done, we are waiting the remaining two.”

 

Vladimir Gojkovic, head coach, Montenegro:

“At the beginning we took the lead and had some extras but we missed those chances. Even we played well in defence and our man-down worked well but our man-up wasn’t sharp as it should have been. The 4-minute exclusion then decided the match.”

 

Denes Varga, MVP of the game, Hungary:

“Before the game I asked my team-mates to demonstrate that we can play and fight like a team. I think we just did that right from the beginning. It was important as in the last twelve years, ever since Montenegro appeared on the stage as an independent nation, they usually had the edge over us. We had few nice and important wins but especially in recent years they beat us in a couple of big games. Today, we managed to get them, even until 8-6 I felt we were the better side so we deserved this victory.”

Spain finally caught Serbia
Results & Teams

Game 2, 16.45 – Quarter-final: Spain v Serbia 13-12

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

Referees: Michiel Zwart (NED), Sergey Naumov (RUS)

SPAIN

Daniel LOPEZ, Eduardo LORRIO (GK, n. e.) – Alberto MUNARRIZ 5, Alvaro GRANADOS, Miguel DE TORO, Alberto BARROSO 1, Bernat SANAHUJA, Agusti PERICAS, Francisco FERNANDEZ 1, Roger TAHULL 2, Felipe PERRONE 1, Blai MALLARACH 2, Alejandro BUSTOS 1. Head coach: David Martin

SERBIA

Branislav MITROVIC, Dimitr RISTICEVIC (GK, n. e.) – Dusan MANDIC 3, Viktor RASOVIC 2, Sava RANDELOVIC, Milos CUK, Dusko PIJETLOVIC 2, Dorde LAZIC 1, Milan ALEKSIC, Nikola JAKSIC, Filip FILIPOVIC 2, Andrija PRLAINOVIC 2, Strahinja RASOVIC. Head coach: Dejan Savic

Extramen:

ESP: 5 for 14

SRB: 6 for 12

Penalties:

ESP: 4 for 4

SRB: none

MVP of the game:

Alberto Munarriz (ESP)

Report

 

The second game offered an outstanding fixture: the rematch of last year’s European Championship final. In that game the title-holder Serbs were forced to a penalty shootout by the host Spaniards who came up with an electrifying performance. Still, Serbia clinched that title and was also considered the favourites here.

However, they didn’t seem as sharp and powerful as in the past seasons when they had claimed seven straight titles at major events. Though as the host of the Super Final they have a guaranteed berth, and that might have had an effect on their appetite here – still, the Spaniards’ dominance from the second period was unusually strong. 

The first period offered action-packed eight minutes, the Serbs led 1-2 but the Spaniards netted three connecting goals and from 4-2 they started controlling the game. Though their opponents came back twice to one goal but with a double in 39 seconds they jumped to an 8-5 lead at halftime.

Dusan Mandic pulled one back early in the third but then came a man-up goal and a penalty and Spain led 10-6. Serbia was in trouble but netted quick and fine action goals and had a man-up to reduce the gap to one but missed it. It was a decisive moment as the next Spanish possession ended in another penalty – the new rule was applied that an attacker’s arm cannot be hit from the back even if he holds the ball – and Spain reset the three-goal cushion (Alberto Munarriz was 4/4 from the 5m line). Filip Filipovic’s blast found the back of the net with 22sec to go, but Spain was still 11-9 ahead before the last break. 

And the beginning of the fourth showed the difference: the Spaniards buried their first man-up while the Serbs missed two, then Blai Mallarach let the ball fly from 6m to hit the top corner. With 5:46 to go at 13-9 it seemed it was over – but it wasn’t. At 13-10 the young Spanish Alvaro Granados chose a rather non-chalant finish in a one-on-one. That would have finished off the match, instead, the Serbs came back to 13-12 and had two possessions to save the game to a shootout. However, Andrija Prlainovic, who decided many big matches in the past, blasted the ball twice to Dani Lopez so Spain survived the late surge.

With the favourite Serbs falling, teams in the semis face some tough games as only the top three will make the Super Final.

Quotes

David Martin, head coach, Spain:

“I think we played with the right intensity from the very beginning and that made the difference. Perhaps we adapted better to the new rules while the Serbians found that difficult. We are happy that we could win this match.”

 

Filip Filipovic, captain, Serbia:

“Even though we will play in the Super Final, we were ready to give our best in this match and to play with the usual focus. I think our defence didn’t work too well and our man-up didn’t click either. We had similar problems in our practice match against Croatia earlier and we also found it difficult to adjust ourselves to the new rules.”

 

Alberto Munarriz, MVP of the game, Spain:

“We played with the best team in the world, they have fantastic players in each position and their top guys have been playing together since long years. So we needed to give our best and we managed to achieve this. Since last year this team started playing really well, but we just need to continue this way.”

Italy's 5-0 rush sinks Russia in the end
Results & Teams

Game 3, 18.30 – Quarter-final: Italy v Russia 11-9

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

Referees: Axel Bender (GER), Nikolaos Budiramis (GRE)

ITALY

Marco DEL LUNGO, Francesco DE MICHELIS (GK, n. e.) – Francesco DI FULVIO, Guillermo MOLINA 1, Pietro FIGLIOLI 2, Edoardo DI SOMMA, Alessandro VELOTTO 1, Vincenzo RENZUTO, Gonzalo ECHENIQUE 4, Nicholas PRESCIUTTI 1, Michael BODEGAS, Matteo AICARDI 2, Zeno BERTOLI. Head coach: Alessandro Campagna

RUSSIA

Petr FEDOTOV, Vitaly STATSENKO (GK, n. e.) – Ivan SUCHKOV, Ivan VASILEV 2, Nikita DEREVIANKIN, Ivan KOPTSEV, Daniil MERKULOV 1, Ivan NAGAEV 2, Igor BYCHKOV, Dmitrii KHOLOD 1, Sergey LISUNOV 1, Roman SHEPELEV 2. Head coach: Sergey Evstigneev

Extramen:

ITA: 4 for 13

RUS: 4 for 8

Penalties:

none

MVP of the game:

Gonzalo Echenique (ITA)

Report

Last July Italy thrashed the Russians in one of the most one-sided quarterfinals in the history of the European Championships. They won 11-1 and many thought that another easy one cruise was awaiting the Settebello.

Instead, they found themselves in the middle of a dogfight as the Russians stunned them with a superb performance. Italy took the lead twice but the Russians netted two for 2-3 lead and Zeno Bertoli just beat the buzzer (0.2sec remained) to equalise for 3-3 at the end of the first. Soon after 4-4 Ivan Nagaev missed a one-on-one and that seemed to have been a costly mistake as the Italians jumped 6-4 up in a minute. Nagaev didn’t break down and pulled one back 12 seconds before the middle break.

Then in the third the real misery started for the Italians. They missed three 6 on 5s in a row – Petr Fedotov was quite solid in the goal – and the Russians punished them heavily. Sergey Lisunov buried an extra, then Roman Shepelev netted an outstanding action goal and Nagaev added one more from a counter to go 6-8 ahead. Italy’s troubles would have got deeper but Daniil Merkulov’s lob from another counter landed on the post. Instead of +3, soon it was 7-8 as Gonzalo Echenique scored from a man-up.

And Italy came back to even quickly in the fourth with another man-up goal. In this phase the Russians seemed to be running out of gas, missed an extra, then a clear centre-shot and soon that hit back as Italy managed to regain the lead with 4:03 to go after a nicely set-up goal from Nicholas Presciutti. They doubled the gap soon as Matteo Aicardo also netted a 6 on 5 for 10-8, with 2:36 to go and there was no way back for the Russians. With Echenique’s goal the Italians completed a 5-0 rush while Ivan Vasilev’s nice action goal came way too late, after a 10:29 minutes long draught in front – these two data determined the outcome.

Quotes

Alessandro Campagna, head coach, Italy:

“You know, the first game is always difficult, and especially with the new rules you don’t really know what to expect. For a while we had problems but in the fourth period we played our game and that showed the difference.”

 

Dmitrii Kholod, captain, Russia:

“We played with one of the best teams in the world and I think we need some more time to win a game like this. For most of the time we played well but in the fourth period the Italians scored four goals and this was decisive.”

 

Pietro Figlioli, captain, Italy:

“This was a game when we tried to adopt ourselves to the new rules as there are still some grey areas at this stage. Anyway, I think we thought a bit too much of the new regulations, once we settled in the pool we showed our real strength.”

Croatia outpowers Greece in the second half
Results & Teams

Game 4, 20.15 – Quarter-final: Greece v Croatia 11-13

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

Referees: Boris Margeta (SLO), Attilio Paoletti (ITA)

GREECE

Emmanouil ZERDEVAS, Konstantinos FLEGKAS (GK, n. e.) – Konstantinos GENIDOUNIAS 1, Dimitrios SKOUMPAKIS, Marios KAPOTSIS, Ioannis FOUNTOULIS 3, Alexandros PAPANASTASIOU 1, Georgios DERVISIS 1, Stylianos ARGYROPOULOS, Konstantinos MOURIKIS 1, Christodoulos KOLOMVOS, Alexandros GOUNAS 2, Angelos VLACHOPOULOS 2. Head coach: Theodoros Vlachos

CROATIA

Marko BIJAC, Ivan MARCELIC (GK, n. e.) – Marko MACAN, Loren FATOVIC 3, Luka LONCAR 1, Maro JOKOVIC 2, Ivan BULJUBASIC 1, Ante VUKICEVIC, Andro BUSLJE, Lovre MILOS, Josip VRLIC 2, Andelo SETKA 2, Javier GARCIA 2. Head coach: Ivica Tucak

Extramen:

GRE: 6 for 18

CRO: 8 for 18

Penalties:

GRE: 2 for 2

CRO: 0 for 1

MPV of the game:

Loren Fatovic (CRO)

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The fourth QF served up the expectations as well, Greece kept up with the world title-holder Croats for quite a while before they bowed to a better opponent.

Konstantinos Mourikis opened the scoring but Andelo Setka equalised from a fine counter. Then the Croats wasted four man-ups in a row – in fact it’s interesting to see that the Balkan teams struggle in the frame of the new rules since their most lethal weapon was to destabilizing the defences by passing around and taking the killing shot in the 22-23rd second of the possession when the excluded player was still swimming back. With the possession time expiring parallel with the exclusion, this tool can no longer be used.

In the second period the Greeks looked to have a better spell, took the lead four times but couldn’t hold it. Once the new approach helped them to earn a penalty – even if the centre had his hand on the ball, he was fouled from the back – but then a silly mistake cost them the opportunity to double their lead, instead, they faced a man-down and the ensuing equaliser (while the used the flying exchange, their players forgot to touch hands which is compulsory).

Whatever problems the Croats might have with the new rules, they found the right schemes in their man-ups and managed to bury three in succession in the third period. The Greeks struggled at the other end, needed 5:51 minutes before Alexandros Papanastasiou’s bouncing ball found the back of the net again. The Croats responded well with a fine one-timer from Loren Fatovic 0:07min from time so they turned into the last period with a comfortable 7-10 lead.

With a fast counter they went 7-11 up and from that point they just had to maintain the gap carefully. Though after 8-12 the Greeks came back to 10-12 with 2:00 minutes remaining – the Croats missed a penalty in the meantime – but Javier Garcia’s great blast blew away the last hopes of the Greeks in a game bringing 39 major fouls, nine players were fouled out, perhaps a bit more than expected when neither sides played with extreme toughness.

Quotes

Ivica Tucak, head coach, Croatia

“We knew we didn’t have any room for making mistakes today as this game decided our faith. Our focus was better in the second half, our level was much better then both in attack and in defence.”

 

Theodore Vlachos, head coach, Greece:

“This game was partly about the new rules, about the adjustment, no one knew what to expect exactly. In the first half we played as I expected but then we started having problems. The Croats increased their pace, swam a lot and we couldn’t keep their rhythm. I wanted to see my players fighting a bit more, to play a closer game but we have to accept that Croatia has a better quality now.”

 

Andre Buslje, captain, Croatia:

“The first three games proved that here anything can happen. Hungary finally beat Montenegro, Spain did a great surprise against Serbia and Italy had some problems before beating Italy. Those were all alerting signs for us and to be honest we felt some pressure in the first half. But then we settled and showed that we were the better team.”

Spain produced the biggest upset of the season so far as they stunned the Olympic title holder Serbian team with a convincing performance in the quarter-finals of the World League Europa Cup finals in Zagreb. The Spaniards is to meet host Croatia which downed Greece in the second half. The other semi-final will feature a golden oldie with Hungary and Italy. The Magyars managed to take some revenge against their nemesis Montenegro while Italy had to come back from 6-8 down against the Russians but a 5-0 rush put them back on track.

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05Apr2019

Champions Swim Series: participation list already available

A total of 109 swimmers from 28 National Federations confirmed their participation in the brand new “FINA Champions Swim Series”, a three-leg prestigious circuit kicking-off in 2019. The first stop of the competition will be in Guangzhou (CHN) on April 27-28; the swimming stars will then compete in Budapest (HUN) on May 11-12; Indianapolis (USA) will conclude the show on May 31-June 1.  

CHAMPIONS SWIM SERIES 2019
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05Apr2019

Europa-Cup Final, Turin, Day 3: Gold medal to the Netherlands, silver to Russia

Women's Water Polo World League - European Prelims 2019
Turin, Italy
15.00 - Hungary - Italy 13-11
Results & Teams

13-11 (5-5, 3-1; 2-3, 3-2)

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

Italy: 1 Gorlero Giulia, 2 Tabani Chiara (3), 3 Garibotti Arianna (), 4 Avegno Silvia, 5 Queirolo Elisa, 6 Aiello Rosaria (1), 7 Marcialis Carolina , 8 Bianconi Roberta (4), 9 Emmolo Giulia, 10 Palmieri Valeria Maria Grazia (1), 11 Chiappini Izabella (2), 12 Giustini Sofia, 13 Lavi Federica Eugenia. Coach Fabio Conti.

Referees: Mr Maro Savinovic (CRO), Mr Juan Carlos Colominas Ezponda (ESP).
FINA Delegates: Mr Milivoj Bebic (CRO), Mr Dejan Perisic (SRB).

Notes –Goals on extra players: HUN 7/11, ITA 6/14. Penalties: HUN 3, ITA 1. Russia’s goalkeeper throughout the game was n. 13 Karnaugh. Exclusion fouls Valyi (H) at 0'48 of the 3rd quarter, Avegno (I) at 2'20 and Szucs (H) at 3'57 of the 4th quarter. 

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Final for 3rd – 4th place

With 39 seconds inside the 1st quarter Italy opened the score with Chiappini on an outside shot. Hungary promptly answered with a goal of Parkes from two metres. Half a minute later Italy was up again thanks a hat trick from Bianconi: the first goal on man up, the second on action and the third on penalty. At half of the 1st quarter Italy was leading by 3 goals, 4-1; this was the best moment for the home team. Hungary narrowed first with a lob shot of Keszthelyi from outside on man up, then with an outside shot of Szucs, also on extra player (3-4). At about 2 minutes from the end the Mgyars tied with Gurisatti. Soon after Tabani scored for Italy on extra player and so did Gyonggyossy for Hungary. The score at the end of the 1st period was 5-5.

In the 2nd period the score was opened by an action from outside of Keszthelyi at 4.42. Twenty seconds later Bianconi scored her 4th goal, also on action, prompting a new tie, at 6-6. In the last 2 minutes of the quarter Hungary’s captain, Keszthelyi scored twice, the first goal on extra player, the second on penalty to secure her team a 2-goal lead (8-6) and to equal Bianconi’s tally of 4 goals in the match.
A minute inside the 3rd quarter Chiappini narrowed the gap with a man up goal putting Italy back in the match. Just over a minute later Italy scored again on man up, with Tabani who finalized a nice combination (8-8).

Hungary one goal up again with an action goal of Szilagy from two meters. Italy’s centre-forward Palmieri tied again, on 9-9, also from 2-metres after receiving a nice assist from Bianconi. Less than a minute later Keszthelyi’s 5th goal, a formidable diagonal shot from outside on extra player, gave Hungary a new lead, 10-9.

After 19 seconds inside the 4th quarter Hungary’s captain Rita Keszthelyi, the best player of the match, scored her 6th goal on a blaze from outside (11-9). Incredibly soon after she missed a penalty shot enabling Gorlero a great save. Then Tabani scored her 3rd goal soon answered by Illes (12-10), both goals on extra player. Aiello’s goal, also an extra player, from 2 metres, fed some more hopes for Italy (12-11). But at 1:07 from the end Gurisatti converted a penalty and Hungary went 2-goal up again. Game over. For the Magyars the 13-11 win meant the bronze medal while the Italians had to content themselves with the 4th place.

16.30 - Russia - Netherlands 9-11
Results & Teams

Russia – Netherlands 9-11 (1-2, 2-4; 2-3, 4-2)

Russia: 1 Golovina Evgeniia, 2 Bersneva Maria (1), 3 Prokofyeva Ekaterina (1),  4 Karimova Elvina (4), 5 Gerzanich Daria, 6 Gorbunova Olga (1), 7 Serzhantova Alena (1), 8 Simanovich Anastasia, 9 Timofeeva Anna (1), 10 Soboleva Evgeniia, 11 Tolkunova Tatiana, 12 Ryzhkova Daria, 13 Karnaukh Anna. Coach Gaidukov Alexander.

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

Referees: Mr. Adrian Alexandrescu (ROU), Mrs. Alessia Ferrari (ITA).

FINA/LEN Delegates: Mr. Milorad Krivokapic (SRB), Mr. Angel Moliner (ESP).

Notes – Goals on extra players: RUS 3/9 ; NED 3/10. Penalties: NED 3. Exclusion fouls Ryzhkova (R) at 4'53 and Gorbunova (R) at 6'15 of the 4th quarter.

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At 7.19 of the 1st quarter Russia scored the opening goal on action from two metres with Karimova. Four minutes later the Dutch tied 1-1 with an action goal of Wolves. In the last minute of the first period the Dutch managed to take the lead again with Wolves who scored on man up a goal.

In the 2nd quarter the Netherlands increased their advantage on an action goal scored by Stomphorst at 7:19. A minute later Russia answered also on an action goal, scored by Timofeeva. The Dutch team insisted and scored twice with Megens, the first goal on penalty the second on action; in between an extra player goal from Russia’s number 4 Karimova.  But Wolves was implacable and scored her third goal pushing the Dutch team up 3 goals. At half time the score was 6-3 for the Netherlands, clearly in command of the game.

25 seconds inside the 3rd quarter Russia scored a nice action goal from 2metres with Gorbunova but about 40 seconds later the Netherlands reestablished the 3-goal gap on action with Van der Kraats.

At 4:25 Russia narrowed with Bersneva from mid-distance on man up. A minute and half later Van der Kraft reset the 3-goal gap scoring her second goal on extra player. Stomphorst increase the lead to 4 goals (9-5 for the Dutch) converting a penalty shot allowed for a major foul of Soboleva.

4th quarter. At 7.32 Megens from 2 metres finalised a great counterattack of Koohaas. Russia kept fighting and soon after Karimova scored her third goal but Megens, at 3:32, reasserted the Dutch unquestionable supremacy with an action goal from outside. After 8 seconds an action goal from Prokofyieva 7-11. Then Van der Sloot missed a penalty while Karimova scored her 4th goal, on action, at 2 minutes from the end. The last goal, on extra player, was scored for Russia by Serzhantova 36 seconds before the conclusion. Final score 11-9 for the Netherlands. The Netherlands’ number 2 Maud Megens was judged as the MVP of the game.

The Netherland won the Europa-Cup Final, while Hungary defeated Italy in the bronze medal match.

Third and last day in two acts of the FINA/LEN Water Polo World League Europa Cup Final Women 2019 this afternoon at the Palanuoto in Turin.

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31Mar2019

Day 6: Australia and USA claim Intercontinental Cups in Perth

Women's Water Polo World League - Intercontinental Tournament
Perth, Western Australia
W21, 09:30, Classification 7-8, NEW ZEALAND 11 SOUTH AFRICA 8
Results & Teams

W21, 09:30, Classification 7-8, NEW ZEALAND 11 SOUTH AFRICA 8

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

Referees: Yusuku Kajiwara (JPN), Martin Murray (CAN)

Extra man: NZL: 5/11. RSA: 1/8.

Penalties: NZL: 1/2. RSA: 1/1.

Teams:

NEW ZEALAND: Jessica Milicich, Isabella Morrison (2), Gabrielle Milicich, Shinae Carrington, Kaitlin Howarth (1), Caitlin Parker-Allen, Emmerson Houghton (3), Katie McKenty, Grace Tobin (1), Gabriella MacDonald, Kirsten Hudson (1), Kate Enoka (3), Chantelle Conroy, Elizabeth Alsemgeest. Head Coach: Angela Winstanley-Smith.

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

 

 

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In the battle of the southern hemisphere's Commonwealth countries, New Zealand came home the winner. It was a "big W" said one Kiwi p[layer. They were thrilled to have beaten South Africa in a match that was locked at six by halftime. Only a three-goal breakout in the third period made a major difference to the result.  In two minutes the shape of the match had changed through two extra-man-attack goals and one from the penalty line. Emmerson Houghton, named player of the match, scored three goals to lift her tournament tally to 16 — fourth highest at the time of the match. She has been a revelation and a boost for the Kiwis' future. Kate Enoka slammed in three, her best of the week. Eight players scored for South Africa, showing the balance in teh team. The South Africans have been improving and matching fitness with many teams. It led 2-0 but was behind 4-3 at the first break and the comeback from two down to level at 6-6 was another highlight. New Zealand 's conversion of extra-man attack was critical in winning the match.

Pictures: Russell McKinnon

Quotes

Emmerson Houghton (NZL) — Player of the match

“Really good to come away with the win on the last day. It wasn’t an easy game. South Africa made us work hard and it’s good to make us fight and finish on a win. Good on the girls, because we fought the whole game. We definitely take away our team bond and how we work together as a team and we’re looking forward to get back and working hard for the next tournament." 

Angie Winstanley-Smith (NZL) — Head Coach

"I'm happy to win (first win). Yesterday it was tough (losing 12-14 to Kazakhstan). I thought we had it, but we showed our age — seven new members and 10 under 20. Today we scored lots in the third quarter. The girls gave 100 per cent. There is a great culture in the tea, It's been a lot of hard work to attend all the major championships — FINA Worlds, World Cup and World Leagues —in the last three years and all self-funded. So now we have to go home and work hard to Korea."

W22, 10:45, Classification 5-6,KAZAKHSTAN 7 JAPAN 16
Results & Teams

W22, 10:45, Classification 5-6, KAZAKHSTAN 7 JAPAN 16

Quarters:

Referees: Reynel Castillo (PUR), Garren Gaisford (RSA)

Extra man: KAZ: 0/6. JPN: 4/10.

Penalties: Nil.

Teams:

KAZAKHSTAN: Alexandra Zhazkimbaeva, Anastassiya Yezemina, Aizhan Akilbayeva, Anna Turova (3), Komila Zakirova, Darya Roga, Anna Novikova, Darya Muzareva, Anastassiya Murataeiyera, Zamirco Myrzabekova (2), Anastassiya Mirshina (2), Viktoria Khritankova, Azhare Alibayeva. Head Coach: Marat Navrazbekov.

JAPAN: Rikako Miura, Yumi Arima (2), Akari Inaba (4), Shino Magariyama (4), Chiaki Sakanoue, Miku Koide (1), Yuri Kazama (1), Yuki Niizawa, Ayaka Takahashi, Misaki Noro (1), Marina Tokumoto (1), Kotori Suzuki (2), Minami Shioya. Head Coach: Makihiro Motomiya.

 

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Pictures: Russell McKinnon

Japan was inspired to beat Kazakhstan after losing to it at last year's Asian Game in Jakarta by just a single goal. The nine-goal margin is justification for all the hard work in the lead-up to Tokyo 2020. The speed and combinations of the Japanese were hard to stop. Even in the shorter passes they were snappy and had deadly effect. Shino Magariyama was named player of the match and her four goals were the result of that union, finishing off movements started well back down the pool. The fact that the final passes were unselfish was testament to the team spirit and, more importantly goals on the board. Kazakhstan was also inspired in the first half, and had the lead at 5-4 after Zamira Myrabekova fired in consecutive goals, one from two metres and the second from six metres. Japan levelled before the long break and kept Kazakhstan scoreless in the third period for 11-5. Kazakhstan broke its 15-minute drought in the fourth when Anna Turova netted her third off a cross pass at centre forward. The prowess of Akari Inaba, Magariyama and Yumi Arima made Kazakhstan's task too tough.

 

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Shino Magariyama (JPN) — Player of the match

“At the Asian Games last year at the very important and critical game we lost to Kazakhstan by one goal. So today we were determined to win (beat them) but at the same time win with as big a margin as possible, like today. All the players did their best today and we are very happy with that. Our biggest target was to make the Super Final (which we have missed), but still we are happy we have been able to show progress because at the Asian Games last year we lost to China with a big difference, but this time we trail them with a one-point difference, so we have shown improvement. We can participate as the host country (Tokyo 2020), but we would like to show as good a performance as possible competing against the top teams in the world. So at the upcoming 2019 (FINA) World Championships we will use it as an opportunity to improve even further."

 Marat Navrazbekov (KAZ) — Head Coach

"Japan beat us on counter-attack. We have a young team with five players on the team for the first time. We are only scoring our goals at centre forward as we have our best two players there, 10 (Zamirco Myrzabekova) and 11 (Anastassiya Mirshina). We are not shooting well outside. We are happy to play the better teams like Australia because of their tactical and technical play."

M21, 12:15, Classification 7-8. SOUTH AFRICA 8 NEW ZEALAND 10
Results & Teams

M21, 12:15, Classification 7-8. SOUTH AFRICA 8 NEW ZEALAND 10

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

Referees: Jinyong An (KOR), Evan Andrews (CAN)

Extra man:  RSA: 0/13. NZL:0/6.

Penalties: RSA: 3/3. NZL: 1/1.

Teams:

SOUTH AFRICA: Lwazi Madi, Olver Roarke, Timothy Rezelman, Ethan Coryndon-Baker (1), Garreth Prout, David Rom, Jason Evezard (4), Loodewyk Rabie, Dylan Cronje, Mark Spencer (2), Liam Neill, Miguel Morsis, Keegan Clark. Head Coach: Paul Martin.

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

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New Zealand came back from a bad start and converted two down to two up by the final hooter. There was nothing to separate the teams for much of the match and it was only New Zealand's fitness and finishing in the final two minutes that saw it emulate the women's team in finishing seventh. Both the Kiwi teams are at the start of their preparations for the FINA World Championships and will return home to compete in their national leagues. South Africa was 3-1 at the quarter and looked strong, especially Liam Neill at centre forward, turning with ease for the second goal. The Kiwis had the match at 4-3, three minutes into the second quarter with three straight, including Sean Newcombe's "pat shot" off a rebound in front of goal. In the final period, South Africa led 7-6, the Kiwis tied and then went ahead, only for South Africa to level at 8-8 less than five minutes from time. Then Nicholas Stankovich scored his only two goals of the match for victory and a tournament tally of seven. New Zealand struggled with major fouls, but had no problems with defence, denying South Africa at every one of the 13 chances. South Africa replied by shutting out the Kiwis six times. South Africa had three Kiwis sent from the match while Olver Roarke  (RSA) was the only one to sit out the final minutes. The Kiwis gave up 16 majors, including three penalty goals (all scored by Jason Evezard), and still won the match. It was a clash of even teams with similar styles and they might get to face each other again in Gwangju in July. Anton Sunde finished the highest scored for the Kiwis with 11 goals and South Africa's best was Evezard with 14.

Pictures: Russell McKinnon

Quotes

Sean Newcombe (NZL) —Player of the match

“We knew straight away it would be a dogfight and they came out guns blazing, went up three or four goals; really we just had to put our heads down and get stuck in, get a few goals back on them. We started the competition with a very close loss to Kazakhstan. Of course, we’re happy with that result, but disappointed at the same time, because we could have been playing off for a higher position. Spirits are high, we’re going to keep building on this, we’ve got a great team, great coach and hopefully we can produce some more good results."

Paul Martin (RSA) — Head coach

"I am disappointed in the scoreline in terms of that we had our opportunities and chances and we didn't take them. I think we were the better team on the day, the teamwork and the effort was there and everyone gave a 100 per cent; not finishing is the only critical thing they lost the game on. The team needs to play more, we just go from tournament to tournament and we don't play any test matches. When we play at home, it's quite easy, but the team doesn't have experience in intense game situations and we don't have a culture of being in the position to win matches at international level. In terms of the whole competition, we wanted to tick a few boxes and we wanted to do a few individual goals and most of those were achieved. Overall it's been a great tournament."

 

M22, 13:30, Classification 5-6, ARGENTINA 7 CHINA 5
Results & Teams

M22, 13:30, Classification 5-6, ARGENTINA 7 CHINA 5

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

Referees: Nick Hodgers (AUS), Michael Baty (RSA)

Extra man:  ARG: 2/12. CHN: 3/13.

Penalties: ARG: 1/2. CHN: 1/1

Teams:

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

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

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Argentina is moving a move on the world stage and upset China to claim fifth spot in Perth. The lowest-scoring match of the week produced some riveting water polo with the match locked at one, two, three and four by three-quarter time. Argentina then strung together three goals in succession for 7-4 with 2:44 left on the clock.  The match was ostensibly over and China's consolation came from an extra-man goal to Zhongxian Chen with 47 seconds remaining. It was Chen's second goal of the match and his 14th for the tournament to finish best of his team. Carlos Camnasio was the difference between the teams with his vibrant all-round play and finishing, claiming four goals, two on action and two on extra-man attack. His last two were in the final-quarter tidal wave. He lifted his tournament tally to nine while German Yanez's one penalty strike boosted him to 18, Argentina's best. If he had not moved forward on his first penalty attempt he could have equalled Japan's Yusuke Inaba on the top of list before the latter had played the final.

Pictures: Russell McKinnon

Quotes

German Yanez (ARG) — Player of the match 

 “I am very happy with the game that I played. I am happier for the team that they made a strong effort to win this tough game. The team made a strong effort to arrive here and to train to come to this tournament. We are improving match by match and we are very happy."

Evangelos Patras (CHN) — Goalkeeper coach from Greece

"Argentina controlled the ball in offence and they had good defence. Many of our players are not very experienced and the team had made a few mistakes. In the third quarter our side had fallen into the trap of the Argentinians and they couldn't score. All in all it was a very good competition, not only for us, but for all the teams. I believe that the level is better than last year and we played more good games with tight scores. Also, the new rules helped a lot in that way. This competition has brought us one step closer to achieving our goals."

M23, 14:45, Classification 3-4, KAZAKHSTAN 4 CANADA 9
Results & Teams

M23, 14:45, Classification 3-4, KAZAKHSTAN 4 CANADA 9

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

Referees: German Moller (ARG), Andrew Carney (AUS)

Extra man: KAZ: 3/11. CAN: 2/9.

Penalties: CAN: 1/1.

Teams:

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

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

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Canada took the match by the scruff of the neck and made sure that Kazakhstan would not be standing on the dais. By collecting bronze, and having the tournament's best player in Nicholas Bicari (above, scoring a penalty goal), Canada looked odds on to win the bronze. It was a medal that was presented quickly after the match so that the team could get to the airport for the long flight home. Canada also had player of the match Dusan Aleksic guarding the goalmouth, something he did brilliantly in this match and most of the tournament. Canada played probably its best match of the week, keeping control throughout, something it has lacked in previous encounters.  At 3-1 by the quarter, Canada was looking sharp and the 5-1 halftime margin had Kazakhstan rocking. The margin was trimmed to 7-4 at the final break, but goals dried up for the Asian team. Bicari was brilliant, no doubt. He shot identical goals in the opening quarter from the top, an unaccustomed position for him as he normally rules the roost at two metres. He drilled one from the penalty line in the second quarter and then blasted one from eight metres down the throat in the fourth. His four goals lifted him to equal-second 18 on the high-scorers' list. Reuel D'Souza scored twice for 10 goals. For Kazakhstan it was a learning step for a team littered with youngsters. Yevgeniy Medvedev was restricted to one goal, taking him to fourth equal place on the list with 14 goals.

Both teams head to Belgrade for the Super Finals full of eagerness and expectations.

Pictures: Russell McKinnon

Quotes

Pino Porzio (CAN) — Head Coach

"I'm happy for the bronze medal, it's the first Intercontinental medal for Canada men. It's a young team. On the game, I preferred that we control with some really smart water polo. We had big defence and this is a big step looking ahead."

Aleksic Dusan (CAN) — Goalkeeper and player of the match

“Great to win a medal. Last match is always very important for our team for the build-up. With a score of 9-4 it’s very good for us. I really wanted to make a big difference and I wanted to keep the score low and I wanted to have a really good defence."

On Canada's thoughts on the week:

 “It was great to work on our mental side. One game every day for six days, it’s demanding. To never give up, we showed that against China and in most important games, and then this final game for a medal. It’s never easy and we never gave up — we fought until the end. It was very important to us… it’s who wants it more, so today we really wanted it more. "

Dejan Stanojevic (KAZ) — Head coach

"It felt like Canada had one extra player and that made it difficult. Not just a difference in this match but all the tournament. And that was (Nicholas) Bicari. He was the best at this tournament. We didn't score in the first two periods and we missed open shots, which made it difficult. On the tournament, it was a very hard week, a game a day and the games were not easy. Teams were not perfectly prepared as it is mid season. We had three players turn up to the airport not having been in a plane before. The idea and the vision was to be in the first four teams for Belgrade. This was the only thing and we were satisfied. We have four (top) players not here, but these players here can see which level now and in the future to be better. The tournament was excellent, like every time in Australia. Compliments to the organisers."

Match W23, 16:15, Classification 3-4, CHINA 11 CANADA 8
Results & Teams

W23, 16:15, Classification 3-4, CHINA 11 CANADA 8

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

Referees: Viktor Salnichenko (KAZ), Chisato Kurosaki (JPN)

Extra man: CHN: 5/9. CAN: 2/9.

Penalties: CAN: 1/1.

Teams:

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

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

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Pictures: Russell McKinnon

China collected bronze in an exciting match where Canada threw everything on attack, including the goalkeeper in the final minute.  A 4-2 second quarter for China was the difference, plus the 5/7 extra-man-attack conversion rate. Canada made just 2/9. There were plenty of chances for Canada, with centre forward Krystina Alogbo missing a short shot from centre forward with a slow shot and an open goal shot going wide. Those chances proved critical. Head coach Pavlidis Theocharis was irate with a goal-judge decision in the final quarter about a ball he thought did not cross the line. He pleaded for goal-line technology, which is included in the raft of new rules, but not yet initiated until technology is finalised. It came at a crucial time, but Canada was well behind. It spurred Canada to come back to 9-7 and 10-8 before Canada stretched it to 11-8 with 23 seconds remaining. China played its best match all week and Canada is still rebuilding. China's Huan Wang scored three for China to tally 14. Elyse Lemay-Lavoie and Hayley McKelvey were Canada's best shooters in Perth with 11 goals apiece.

Quotes

Yineng Shen (CHN) —Goalkeeper and two-time winner of player of the match

“I am very happy. In this tournament I wanted to get MVP and have a good performance and I am happy to achieve this. The medal is OK, but we want to try and get a better result. Next time maybe we will make the final. This time (tournament) we focused on a different side so we will go back to China focus and on the opposite side – to get a more balanced team." 

 

Cora Campbell (CAN) — Team leader

"The match didn't go our way. We were working on things and we had new players trying a few things."

On the tournament:

"Top notch."

W24 19:30, Classification 1-2, AUSTRALIA 12 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 14 in penalty shootout (FT: 9-9)
Results & Teams

W24 17:30, Classification 1-2, AUSTRALIA 12 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 14 in penalty shootout (FT: 9-9)

Quarters: 3-3, 1-5, 2-1, 3-0. Pens: 3-5

Referees: Gabriella Varkonyi (HUN), Liang Zhang (CHN)

Extra man: AUS: 4/7. USA: 1/6.

Penalties: AUS: 1/1. USA: 4/5.

Teams:

AUSTRALIA: Lilian Hedges, Keesja Gofers (3 +1), Hannah Buckling (1 +1), Elle Armit, Isobel Bishop (1), Bronwen Knox, Rowie Webster (2 +1), Amy Ridge, Zoe Arancini, Lena Mihailovic (1), Jessica Zimmerman, Pascalle Casey, Gabriella Palm, Sophie Milliken, Nioka Thomas.

Head Coach: Predrag Mihailovic.

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

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United States of America squeezed home with the title after a penalty shootout victory over the host nation in front of a 1000-strong crowd. USA was without star Maggie Steffens, the inspirational captain, who suffered a head injury against Canada the night before. However, USA's defence was strong in the first quarter with the able Ashleigh Johnson in goal. Saying that, the Aussie Stingers were stoic on defence as well with Gabriella Palm playing her 50th match and producing another outstanding performance. This came through in the second half when USA's 8-4 halftime lead with trimmed and eventually shattered as the Stingers won the third period 2-1 and the last by a magnificent 3-0, gaining the 9-9 equaliser through skipper Rowie Webster at 0:39. It was late coming but the crowd rose as one as the ploy was plotted at a timeout and the ball moved to Webster, who claimed her 22nd goal of the tournament, eight goals higher than second place-getter and team-mate Zoe Arancini. USA head coach Adam Krikorian was fuming early in the second quarter as the USA player moved forward on the penalty shot and it was disallowed. It would have been USA's fourth penalty strike. Krikorian was beside himself, yelling at the referee about the decision. However, that was 3-3 and USA raced to 8-4 almost making it a distant memory. Krikorian was still irate after the match as that missed opportunity came back to haunt the team. The shooter must not move forward from the 5m penalty line. Then came the shootout, with no-one heading to the drinks and food concession. Isobel Bishop had her first shot blocked while three more Aussie Stingers struck. Unfortunately, all five USA shooters nailed their attempts, even with the Aussie goalkeeper being substituted after the second. It was 14-13 and the fifth Aussie shooter was not required. USA had retained the Intercontinental Cup, winning four of the five titles. This goes with the Olympic, World Championship, World Cup, World League and Pan American crowns. Australia's extra-man scoring conversion rate was exceptional at 4/7 while giving up four penalties and restricting USA's extra-man count to 1/6.

Pictures: Russell McKinnon

Quotes

Adam Krikorian (USA) — Head coach

"We are not in the best shape and we stopped attacking after halftime, but a great team like Australia, you can't hold them down forever. They were bound to score some goals. I didn't understand why they took one of our penalties away. She said our player moved forward and I don't have the angle to be able to see. Only the video will tell. With not having Maggie Steffens on the team everyone had to play a little bit more and a little bit better, and thankfully they did."

M24, 19:00, Classification 1-2, JAPAN 8 AUSTRALIA 10
Results & Teams

M24, 19:00, Classification 1-2, JAPAN 8 AUSTRALIA 10

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

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

Extra man: JPN: 1/8. AUS: 3/5.

Penalties: AUS: 1/1

Teams:

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

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

 

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Pictures: Russell McKinnon

Match report

Australia came through with the gold medal after an enthralling match in which either team could have climbed to the top of the dais. In fact, a turnover decision late in the match took away the momentum from Japan and allowed the Aussie Sharks to control the final minutes and close out the match. The speed of reaction shooting of Japan appeals to most spectators and other teams are forced to try the same just to keep up. Often the ball went coast to coast with players spread over the whole surface of the pool. It was attractive water polo, played at lightning pace with brilliant ball skills making the difference when it came to converting goals. Japan opened the scoring but Australia had the quarter-time lead before a frantic second quarter set the arena alight. Japan equalised twice and went to the lead at 5-4. Australia retook the lead at 6-5 and led 7-6 at halftime. The third period was almost a dried well for Japan, scoring just once as Joe Kayes and the Edwards brothers, Blake and Lachlan, sent the match into the final quarter 10-7 ahead. Lachlan's backhander from two metres was a dream shot. Then it was time for Australia to go scoreless as Japan narrowed to 10-8 with seven minutes remaining. The frenetic activity around the final seven minutes was due heavily by the defence and the supreme prowess of Joel Dennerley in goal was vital to Australia's victory.

Quotes

Joel Dennerley (AUS) — Goalkeeper, Player of the match

“Definitely a tough contest. We knew they would come out and fight the four quarters. We had a tough round game that went down to the last few seconds; we knew we needed to be switched on from the beginning and play right the way through. This week’s been about us getting together as a team. We’re spread out all across the world and we used the opportunity to play some competitive matches. For the next few months we’ll build towards World League (Super) Finals and ultimately (FINA) World Championships in July. Being isolated in Australia from Europe we need to take every opportunity to play some official matches against international opposition. For some of our younger guys who’ve only been in the squad for a few years it’s been a great opportunity to play on home soil in front of a great crowd. So, we’re very privileged to be able to do that." 

Yoji Omoto (JPN) — Head Coach

"Generally, we are satisfied with the team's performance although, we need to sharpen up our accuracy because we made some mistakes in the attack. We are very proud that we are spending the most amount of hours training in the world, therefore the team is very dedicated. We just need to keep talking [during the game] and shape up our defence. Until a few years ago we didn't expect that we would play such a close match with Australia. this just shows how much we have improved. We look forward to training with the team further so we can compete with the top teams in the world"

Keigo Okawa (JPN) — Captain

"Before the game, we anticipated a very close competition, therefore losing to Australia didn't come as a surprise. Going forward we need to improve our defence. Rather than just calling each other constantly to confirm our tactics, we need to improve our game and just do it instinctively."  

Perth, Australia, Mar 31— Australia men and United States of America women are the 2019 FINA Water Polo World League Intercontinental Cup champions.

Play concluded at HBF Stadium in Perth today with Australia winning the final 10-8 over Japan and Canada defeated Kazakhstan for bronze 9-4.

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30Mar2019

Europa-Cup Final, Turin, Day 2: Russia and the Netherlands advance to the final

Women's Water Polo World League - European Prelims 2019
Turin, Italy
Semi-Final 1 - 15.00 Russia - Hungary 15-14
Results & Teams

15-14 (4-3, 4-4; 5-5, 2-2 )

Russia: 1 Golovina Evgeniia, 2 Bersneva Maria (1), 3 Prokofyeva Ekaterina (2), 4 Karimova Elvina (5), 5 Gerzanich Daria, 6 Gorbunova Olga (2), 7 Serzhantova Alena, 8 Simanovich Anastasia, 9 Timofeeva Anna, 10 Soboleva Evgeniia (1), 11 Tolkunova Tatiana (3), 12 Ryzhkova Daria (1), 13 Karnaukh Anna. Coach Gaidukov Alexander.

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

Referees: Mr Maro Savinovic (CRO), Mr Juan Carlos Colominas Ezponda (ESP).
FINA Delegates: Mr Milivoj Bebic (CRO), Mr Dejan Perisic (SRB).

Notes –Goals on extra players: RUS 5/9, HUN 5/12. Penalties: RUS 1/1. Yellow card to Biro (Hungary’s coach) in the 3rd period. Goalkeepers: Karnaukh (R) played throughout the game while Toth (H) replaced Gangl at 3'50 of the 4th period. 

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Two strong teams gave life to an exciting show, trading goals from the start to the end of the match which ended on a high final score, rare at such level. Both teams would have deserved victory but eventually Russia claimed success, although by the least margin of one goal, 15 -14, thanks to the advantage acquired in the first quarter, which they won 4-3 scoring 3 extra player goals and a penalty. But, actually the Russians have been in the lead throughout the match.

The other three periods all ended on a tie. The second and the third periods were fast and furious and their score was respectively 4-4 and 5-5. The last quarter, instead, was relatively quieter (2-2).

Elvina Karimova for Russia and Rita Keszthely, Hungary’s captain, top scored the game with 5 goals each. In addition Karimova was judged the MVP of the game. Hungary could also count on the outstanding performance of their number 3, Rebecca Grace Parkes, a powerful centre forward who netted 3 spectacular goals.

Quotes

Alexander Gaidukov, coach of Russia:

"For us it was a very important game to <avenge> the defeat suffered at the European Championships in Barcelona. Hungary is a strong and fast team, we defended very well with one man down and although we were less efficient on extra player situations, we are satisfied with the result and we want to repeat ourselves in tomorrow's final ".

Attila Biro, coach of Hungary:

"Today we felt a bit tired for yesterday's difficult game, while Russia was more rested and this made the difference. We were not able to defend at our best, precisely because of the fatigue of the game on Friday. "

Semi-Final 2 - 16.30 Italy –Netherlands 11-17
Results & Teams

11-17 (3-4, 1-4; 3-5, 4-4)

Italy: 1 Gorlero Giulia, 2 Tabani Chiara, 3 Garibotti Arianna (2), 4 Avegno Silvia (1) , 5 Queirolo Elisa (2) , 6 Aiello Rosaria (1), 7 Picozzi Domitilla , 8 Bianconi Roberta (3), 9 Emmolo Giulia ,10 Palmieri, 11 Chiappini Izabella (1) , 12 Giustini Sofia (1), 13 Lavi Federica Eugenia. Coach Fabio Conti. 

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

Referees: Mr. Adrian Alexandrescu (ROU), Mr. Michail Kouretas (GRE). 
FINA Delegates: Mr. Milorad Krivokapic (SRB), Mr. Angel Moliner (ESP).

Notes – Excluded for foul limit Genee (N) at 3'36 of the 2nd period, Tabani (I) at 0'51, Sevenich (N) at 4'29 and Koolhaas (N) at 6'20 of the 4th period.Yellow card to Havenga (coach Netherlands) in the 2nd period. At the start of the 4th period Lavi replaced Gorlero as goalkeeper. Goals on extra players: ITA 4/12; NED 3/6. Penalties: ITA 0/1 (Aarts saved on Chiappini).

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A strong Dutch side outclassed the home team Italy dominating the first three quarters and tying the last one. Also this semifinal ended on a high score, 17-11 for the Dutch, with a 6-goal difference which tells it all about the superiority shown by the team coached by Arno Avenga. For the Netherlands Megens, Keuning and Van de Kraats scored 4 goals each; Van der Sloot and Stomphorst 2 goals each and Rogge one goal. Italy’s top scorer was Bianconi with 3 goals, while Garibotti and Queirolo scored 2 goals each. Van de Kraats was selected as MVP of the match.
The Netherlands will play Russia in tomorrow’s final while Italy will face Hungary for the third place.

Quotes

Italy’s coach Fabio Conti admitted:

"We need to adapt ourselves to the new rules. Today we have taken too many goals and we through away the game. My players knew what to do but they lacked the rhythm required by the new rules. Of course, we are not satisfied, but tomorrow we want to go back to a more concrete style of play ".

Roberta Bianconi, three goals in the game, on her 300th international cap, added:

"It's a pity to have played like this in front of our public. Unfortunately today we suffered for the whole game: we were static in defense while in attack we dared little."

Final for 5th / 6th place - 18.00 Greece – Spain 14-17
Results & Teams

 14-17 (3-6, 5-4; 2-5, 4-2 )

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

Spain: 1 Ester Laura, 2 Bach Marta, 3 Espar Anna , 4 Ortiz Munoz Beatriz , 5 Ortiz Reyes Matilde, 6 Lloret Gomez Helena, 7 Espar LLacquet Clara, 8 Pena Carrasco Maria Del Pilar ©, 9 Forca Ariza Judith ,10 Dalmases Zurita Helena, 11 Garcia Godoy Maica , 12 Leiton Arrones Paula, 13 Sanchez Gonzales Maria Elena. Coach Miguel Angel Oca Gaia.

Referees: Mrs. Diana Duthil-Dumas (NED), Mr. ZsoltMarjai (HUN).
FINA Delegates: Mr. Dejan Perisic (SRB), Mr. Milivoj Bebic (CRO).

 

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Greece and Spain alternatively took command of the game. The Hellenics’ rule was enforced in the second and the fourth quarters while the Iberians’ supremacy characterized the first and the third periods, overall scoring more goals than their opponents which allowed them to win the game by a comfortable 3-goal gap, 17-14 and claimed thefifth place in the tournament.Spain’s n. 4, Beatriz Ortiz Munoz, was the authentic match winner with an unprecedented tally of 8 goals, a real “matadora”. Greece n. 4, Nikoleta Eleftheriadou was the best scorer for the Greek side.

The losers, Hungary and Italy, will play for the third place.

Three matches were played this afternoon at the Palanuoto inTurin on the second day of the FINA/LEN Water Polo World League Europa Cup Final Women 2019, all characterized by a high final score. A consequence of the new rules?

The outcome was favourable to Russia and the Netherlands who won their match, respectively against Hungary and Italy and are the finalists of the 2019 edition.

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30Mar2019

Day 5: Japan-Australia and USA-Australia Intercontinental finalists

Women's Water Polo World League - Intercontinental Tournament 2019
Perth, Western Australia
W17, 08:30, Classification 5-8 Semifinal 1, KAZAKHSTAN 14 NEW ZEALAND 12
Results & Teams

W17, 08:30, Classification 5-8 Semifinal 1, KAZAKHSTAN 14 NEW ZEALAND 12

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

Referees: Liang Zhang (CHN), Andrew Carney (AUS)

Extra man: KAZ: 3/6. NZL: 3/9.

Penalties: KAZ: 1/1. NZL: 3/3.

Teams:

KAZAKHSTAN: Alexandra Zhazkimbaeva, Anastassiya Yezemina (1), Aizhan Akilbayeva, Anna Turova (3), Komila Zakirova, Darya Roga (2), Anna Novikova (1), Darya Muzareva, Anastassiya Murataeiyera (1), Zamirco Myrzabekova (4), Anastassiya Mirshina (2), Viktoria Khritankova, Azhare Alibayeva. Head Coach: Marat Navrazbekov.

NEW ZEALAND: Jessica Milicich, Isabella Morrison (1), Gabrielle Milicich, Shinae Carrington, Kaitlin Howarth, Caitlin Parker-Allen (1), Emmerson Houghton (6), Katie McKenty, Grace Tobin (3), Gabriella MacDonald, Kirsten Hudson, Kate Enoka (1), Chantelle Conroy, Elizabeth Alsemgeest. Head Coach: Angela Winstanley-Smith.

 

 

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Kazakhstan moved into the 5-6 playoff with a controlled final spurt that had Zamirco Myrzabekova on fire, scoring the last three crucial goals. It was always a one-goal match with New Zealand holding the lead until midway through the second quarter. then Kazakhstan took over Emmerson Houghton who scored three goals in each of the middle two quarters to have the match evenly poised at 10-10. Myrzabekova did the work that attained the win, going ahead at 12 from centre forward, scoring off the near post on extra for the first two-goal lead and putting the seal on the match with another centre-forward goal at 0:44 for 14-12. Two of Houghton's goals were from the penalty line in a clash where both teams had success on extra-man play. It was a thrilling encounter, mainly from the closeness and the determination of all players.

Quotes

Emmerson Houghton (AUS) — Six goals

“The team worked hard and we’ve trained hard to be here, so it’s showing how our progress is going with the training. It’s been good and I enjoy training with the girls." 

W18, 09:45, Classification 5-8 Semifinal 2, JAPAN 12 SOUTH AFRICA 7
Results & Teams

W18, 09:45, Classification 5-8 Semifinal 2, JAPAN 12 SOUTH AFRICA 7

Quarters: 0-2, 7-2, 3-2, 2-1

Referees: Reynel Castillo (PUR), Evan Andrews (CAN)

Extra man:  JPN: 2/15. RSA: 2/9.

Penalties: RSA: 1/1.

Teams:

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

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

 

 

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Match report

Counter-attack proved the winner for Japan with a three-goal burst that nullified South Africa's excellent first-quarter effort. The South Africans shut out Japan and looked good, controlling the ball. Then, silly errors on attack were punished with withering swims upfield for three snap goals within a minute. The whole nature of the match had changed. Two South African goals redressed the balance somewhat at 5-4, but a score on extra and another counter had Japan 7-4 at halftime. That was a 7-2 quarter for Japan. South Africa came to within two with a penalty strike at the start of the third only for Japan to zip to 10-5.  Nicola Barrett sent one in from just inside halfway to close the quarter at 10-6. It moved to 11-6 before Emma Joubert sent in a screamer from 10m for 12-7. Yumi Arima was adjudged the best in water with her three goals and continual pumping of the ball into the offensive goal. The experience of Japan was a major factor, as was the counter, although the conversion of extra-man attack was well below par 2/15.

Pictures: Russell McKinnon

Quotes

Yumi Arima (JPN) — Player of the match

"In the first half the opposition kept grabbing us.

We had very poor shot conversion and were a little embarrassed. We worried about that. In the second half we could do our counter-attacks, although the shot conversion was still not good. We will work on that tomorrow. Till yesterday we could keep up the pace, but not continue in some critical games. We have to work on our fitness in the second half."

Sarah Harris (RSA) — Head Coach

"If you make stupid errors against the Japanese they punish you. Loose balls, 50/50 passing, they pick it up and punish you. There were a lot of individual errors. We just have to pick ourselves up for the match against the Kiwis tomorrow."

Rebecca Thomas (RSA) — Captain and goalkeeper

“Today we really wanted to give it a good fight. We are obviously not as experienced or have as much of a history as some of the other teams in this programme but fighting for bottom four was our goal. Unfortunately today it didn’t go our way. Once again I think it comes down to experience. We have a really young team, a fresh team, very new. We don’t get a lot of time to train together, practise together so, I think it’s a matter of keeping on developing our programme, keeping on getting the same girls each year working hard. We’ve got a lot of juniors for a very solid future. This is our first go, so very disappointing. We were hoping to make it a bit more of a match today, but I think we are all happy in the knowledge that we are working towards a stronger future for South Africa. That will be our focus going forward. We’re at the southern tip of Africa, not much competition around us and for a self-funded team to be flying anywhere to train together never mind play other teams and get that competition, it's huge for us. We have to make sure we’re always available, to make sure we have whatever funding we can to come to these events. It’s not great to lose. It does take a knock on the pride. It’s 100 per cent the most important thing for us. Sarah (Head Coach Sarah Harris) did relay that she was disappointed because we could have fought that team a lot more and I think we know that. It’s tough for us, keeping hard for four chukkas (quarters) — again an experience thing. I think we needed to lift our heads a bit more. She gave us feedback on the fact we can take these teams and we can compete at this level and we have to start believing that and actually putting that into play when we’re in the pool and turning the South African mentality around, coming here to be competitive."

M17, 11:15, Classification 5-8 Semifinal 1, ARGENTINA 12 SOUTH AFRICA 7
Results & Teams

Match M17, 11:15, Classification 5-8 Semifinal 1, ARGENTINA 12 SOUTH AFRICA 6

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

Referees: Adil Aimbetov (KAZ), Yusuke Kajiwara (JPN)

Extra man: ARG: 6/12. RSA: 2/6.

Penalties: ARG: 2/2. RSA: 1/1.

Teams:

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

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

 

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South Africa has a recent history of beating Argentina, but it is the latter who will play for fifth place on Sunday. South Africa should be disappointed as it trailed 5-1 at the quarter (the first four Argentine goals came from counter-attacks) and it was all uphill from there. The rest of the match was 7-5 to Argentina so the men in green had chances, but failed to deliver. South Africa gave up 14 major fouls, which included two penalties, and the South Americans revelled in it, converting eight goals, six on extra at 50 per cent. South Africa needs to regroup before its final match while Argentina will take heart from a much-improved effort. German Yanez was instrumental in the Argentine win, converting the two penalties in his five-goal haul. His work ethic around the pool and reading of the game is exceptional.

Pictures: Russell McKinnon

Quotes

Carlos Camnasio (ARG) — Man of the match

With a handshake..."Muchas gracias."

Loodewyk Rabie (RSA)

"It didn't go according to plan. In the first chukka (quarter) we were trying to win the game other than getting the processes right. In the second half we were better.  Man for man they are as good as us.. The guys are a little disappointed. They (Argentina) didn't win the game, we lost the game."

M18, 12:30, Classification 5-8 Semifinal 2, CHINA 11 NEW ZEALAND 8
Results & Teams

M18, 12:30, Classification 5-8 Semifinal 2, CHINA 11 NEW ZEALAND 8

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

Referees: Nick Hodgers (AUS), Kurosaki (JPN)

Extra man: CHN: 4/12. NZL: 1/9.

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

Teams:

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

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

 

 

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A 6-2 final quarter favouring New Zealand was not enough to force a shootout against China, who had controlled the match and led 9-2 at the final break. The Kiwis struggled with China's zone defence in the first half, rarely getting clean ball to the centre forward. Without those possible ejections, chances were lean. China played smart, produced seven scorers and had Se Kai Xie and Zhongxian Chen setting the pace with three goals apiece. It seemed like when the match was over with a seven-goal margin, the Kiwis stepped up and rode roughshod over the normally speedy Japanese. Combinations started rolling off the hand and tight shots gained results. The momentum started with the opening goal to which China responded. New Zealand netted the next two for 10-5, China went 11-5 and then the final three goals went the Kiwis' way in two minutes with two in the final 38 seconds from Anton Sunde who had scored earlier in the period. It sets New Zealand up for the Commonwealth clash in Sunday's seventh-place playoff while China will battle with Argentina for fifth. China settled for a 33 per cent extra-man strike rate while New Zealand struggled with 1/9.

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Zhongxian Chen (CHN)

On winning player of the match: “I feel satisfied, but it was a team effort. Me and my team-mates, we work together and we want to win." On if China could do better: “We can work better in defence but tomorrow’s programme….we will follow the coach." 

Matthew Bryant (NZL)

On the last quarter: "It was too little too late. We didn't fire and lost chances in the first and second quarters. We didn't execute our man-ups unlike China who took their chances and converted at a higher rate than us." On the Chinese zone in the first half: "We probably didn't move against the zone to get around. We did this in previous games as well. We will look to be much more aggressive against the zone tomorrow (against South Africa)."

W19, 16:15, Classification 1-4 Semifinal 1, CHINA 8 AUSTRALIA 12
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W19, 16:15, Classification 1-4 Semifinal 1, CHINA 8 AUSTRALIA 12

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

Referees: Gabriella Varkonyi (HUN), Viktor Salnichenko (KAZ)

Extra man: CHN: 0/11. AUS: 0/4.

Penalties: CHN: 1/1. AUS: 2/2.

Teams:

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

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

 

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Australia crashed into the gold-medal final built heavily of a 5-1 lead late in the second quarter. China was slow to start, but when it did, it won the third period and pressured the Aussie Stingers right until the end. Australia held a six-goal lead two minutes into the third quarter. However, China scored three of the next four goals and the complexion of the match changed. Australia did not panic, stayed on track, kept working ferociously on attack and praised the decision of the coaching staff to have Gabriella Palm play in goal. The staff must have known it was going to be her day. So much so that she was named player of the match. It had to be a hands-down decision as she made save after save and forced China into poor decisions about where to shoot. Praise also for the defence who helped channel the ball to Palm. Australian captain Rowie Webster was in top form, with two penalty scores in her four goals with the last a disputed goal with Bronwen Knox floating the ball up pool to Webster on two metres, steering the ball back into goal, seemingly after the hooter had sounded. China protested from the side of the pool, but the match was lost and Australia had earned a spot in the final. The extra-man statistics are a revelation. Not one goal came from 15 attempts, a testament to the tight defence and spectacular goalkeeping of Palm, in particular.

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Gabriella Palm (AUS) — Goalkeeper and player of the match 

“Really exciting game, especially playing our semifinal and coming away with a win. Always exciting getting some crucial saves, but it really is a team effort and I thought we had a really strong defence and that kept us in the lead and helped us come out with the win. China threw some things at us; they had a lot of drives going on; they started hanging back, but it really came back to that communication as a team, working together and saving the ball. We had a few kickouts and the Chinese always give it to us really aggressively, so it was really good that we came away with a solid win. Gonna go have a cool down, come back and watch the semifinal between the US and Canada and see who our opponents are tomorrow and prepare for a big game." 

Ge Weiqing (CHN) — Assistant Coach

"The first half of the game the team didn't bring its best performance. Coming down to this game, girls were nervous because they knew it was going to be a tough game. In the third and fourth quarters they started to apply all the strategy that was laid out for the team, however, it was not enough for the win."

W20, 17:30, Classification 1-4 Semifinal 2, CANADA 7 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 14
Results & Teams

W20, 17:30, Classification 1-4 Semifinal 2, CANADA 7 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 14

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

Referees: Megan Perry (NZL), Garren Gainsford (RSA)

Extra man: CAN: 0/6. USA: 0/5.

Penalties: Nil

Teams:

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

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

 

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In the battle of the North Americans, United States of America beat Canada 14-7 with consistency the key for the reigning World League champion USA. Canada was not to be outdone and when 6-2 down at halftime went toe to toe with the best team in the world with an 11-goal period. The pressure on USA did not continue as more goals rained in the final period, stretching the margin to seven. Most teams are improving throughout the week with USA probably hitting its straps more than most, setting up another great face-off with perennial gold-medal rival Australia. Goals are shared around  on both sides showing depth and some would say, the USA's depth goes down into double digits even though several newcomers have been given an outing. USA threaded the defence better than Canada with quick, power shooting. Canada worked hard for goals with Krystina Alogbo producing a beautiful centre-forward effort to open Canada's scoring. She made it look so easy. Kiley Neushul finished off some excellent passing, several of which were short, flip passes and she drilled in from deep left. She was also handy with the lob. Alys Williams was deservedly named best in water with three goals — lifting her to 14 for the tournament — and collected her fluffy kangaroo and certificate from the FINA delegate. Her three goals, including the 14-7 score, showcased her rising class. In a nod to the new rules, there were few ejections and neither team scored on extra and there were no penalty shots. It was all action.

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Alys Williams  (USA) — Player of the match, three goals

“It was a fun game. It’s always competitive against Canada. They always bring their best game; we look forward to matching up with them. So to get in and compete with them feels really good." In response to getting player of the match: “Awesome. Our team isn’t really big on taking credit for things. Playing with this group of girls again after a little bit of time off feels really good. My team-mates are great at setting each other up and I just happened to be in the right places at the right times, so it feels really good." On the final with Australia on Sunday: “Similar to Canada, Australia brings a great game every single time and it’s a long-standing, lasting rivalry. We’re really excited to be playing them, especially at their home pool. I think it’s going to bring a whole other level of excitement. I hope we get a huge crowd out, loud fans, loud music. I think it will be a good experience for both teams."

Shae Foumier (CAN) 

"We are disappointed with the loss, but we have good things coming. USA have a system that they stick to and they execute it very well; this is not really surprising to us. It was more that we kind of broke down on some mistakes that we need to clean up. During the game our defence broke down, we had some miscommunication. The defence needs to be played as a team and when one part of that breaks down, we have openings that is super easy to take advantage of."

M19 19:00, Classification 1-4 Semifinal 1, JAPAN 12 KAZAKHSTAN 7
Results & Teams

M19 19:00, Classification 1-4 Semifinal 1, JAPAN 12 KAZAKHSTAN 7

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

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

Extra man: JPN: 6/18. KAZ: 2/8.

Penalties: JPN: 1/1. KAZ: 3/3.

Teams:

JAPAN: Katsuyuki Tanamura, Seiya Adachi (4), Irario Koppu Haruki (1), Mitsuaki Shiga (1), Takuma Yoshida, Atsuto Iida, Yusuku Shimizu, Mitsuru Takata, Atsushi Arai (1), Yusuke Inaba (2), Keigo Okawa (3), Kenta Araki, Tomoyoshi Fukushima. Head Coach: Yoji Omoto.

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

 

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To say this was a high-octane match would be an understatement. It was probably the fastest match of the week. Both teams showed tremendous spirit, flair and power. Never did they let up until after the final whistle. Japan held the lead at the quarter; Kazakhstan went two up in the second and then Japan asserted itself with a perfect third period, regaining the lead and stretching the margin to 9-7. It went to 12-7 with Kazakhstan failing to score in the half. Kazakhstan deserved better, but all credit to Japan for stopping the bigger and possibly stronger opponent. Seiya Adachi scored in each period with two penalty goals and Keigo Okawa netted the two go-ahead goals late in the third, one from the top and the other on counter. Kazakhstan veteran Michail Ruday scored a lovely lob on counter and a very fast goal at centre forward. Yevgeniy Medvedev netted three goals, but unlike five of his team-mates who had three major fouls, he was unblemished. Only one Japanese had three majors.

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Seiya Adachi (JPN) — Player of the match 

“In the first half we couldn’t convert our shots well, so we could not keep up the pace. Our coach told us the missing shots were unlucky. He told the players to keep up the tempo. The fact that I may have been highest score in the team is an achievement, but I still made some mistakes. Tomorrow I would like to improve my shot conversion."   

Maxim Zhardan (KAZ) 

"We are disappointed that the team lost because we always hope for the win. We gave it all our best, but the Japan team was better this time. We know the Japanese team and we were expecting them to play this type of water polo; they didn't surprise us in that way. At the beginning of the second half we were leading, but then we started to make some mistakes in our attacks and unfortunately for us, Japan took advantage of that."

M20, 20:30, Classification 1-4 Semifinal 2, CANADA 7 AUSTRALIA 14
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M20, 20:30, Classification 1-4 Semifinal 2, CANADA 7 AUSTRALIA 14

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

Referees: John Waldow (NZL), Michael Goldenberg (USA).

Extra man: CAN: 2/7. AUS: 2/4.

Penalties:CAN: 0/2. AUS: 1/1

Teams:

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

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

 

 

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Australia romped into the gold-medal final at the expense of Canada, a side that it only just beat (9-8) on day one. Whereas Canada went four up on Tuesday, the Aussie Sharks went 3-0 ahead tonight. This became 8-4 at halftime and 13-6 in the third period as the Sharks' combinations and power shooting hit precision levels. Sean Spooner's aggressive push of a Shark after Nicholas Brooks took the score to 10-4 in the third period. The red card came out and he left the pool deck. Reuel D'Souza tried his best to keep Canada in the match, clinching his second goal on counter two minutes from time. Anthony Hrysanthos was the undoubted star for Australia, stopping two Canadian penalty attempts and making a multitude of other saves. He makes it a specialty of blocking penalties having stopped several before today. He was named player of the match. An unusual aside was in the second quarter where the Edwards and the Ford brothers all scored a goal apiece for the host nation. The fact that Nicholas Bicari was restricted to two goals was a major achievement for the home side and Lachlan Edwards would be pleased with the centre-forward goal he scored against him. Bicari then immediately went upfield and slammed in a backhander of his own.

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Anthony Hrysanthos (AUS) — Goalkeeper and Man of the match

“Feeling very happy. Good to get a convincing win in the semifinal. Especially in the first game (against Canada) we only got up by one goal. The team’s really starting to gel again like we were last year and we’re looking forward to the final. Nothing changed with our routine we just know that Canada’s a really strong team. We had to lift our energy a little bit more and we were happy to start strong and continue throughout the four quarters. We’re pretty confident, we match up with them really well in the past and I know we’ll continue that tomorrow. We know that if we let our momentum slip or lose concentration for a second they can come back with two or three quick goals. If we can maintain our concentration, we can have a good result for tomorrow. It’s always good to save a penalty. We go through a lot of video footage; it’s high percentages on where they’re going to shoot. It definitely changes the momentum so I’m happy to do my part."

Reuel D'Souza (CAN) — Two goals

"On the first day, we had a really good fight with them (Australia) and we really wanted to give them a good run for their money at home. We are a young team but at the start, we just didn't match their intensity and that's how we shot ourselves in the foot there. We knew they were going to come out hard; they wanted to protect their home court. They are a very good team and we showed a little bit of our inexperience, but it was definitely a game that's going to help us grow."

Perth, Australia, Mar 30— Japan men will play Australia and the Aussie Stingers women will clash with United States of America in the gold-medal finals at the FINA Water Polo World League Intercontinental Cup tournaments at the HBF Stadium in Perth on Sunday.

Japan reached the final first, in a high-octane, high-fouling encounter against Kazakhstan 12-7, followed by the Aussie Sharks making no mistakes like it did against Canada ion the first day, winning 14-7 with Anthony Hrysanthos blocking two penalty shots.

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