WPWL 2010 (Women): Greece and Russia take the lead in Europe’s groups

World League

Greece and Russia are the provisional leaders of the European groups of the 2010 FINA Women’s Water Polo World League, after the first round of the preliminaries, held in Athens (GRE) and Budapest (HUN), from June 9-13. In the Hellenic capital, the home team totalled four wins out of four matches played and finished the tournament with 11 points (one of the triumphs, against Spain, was by penalty shootout). The Netherlands are second with three victories and one loss, while Spain finished this round with two triumphs and two defeats. France had a 1-3 outcome, while South Africa is the last of the group, only with losses. These same teams will now travel to Nancy (FRA), where the second preliminary round of the group will be organised from June 16-20. The first two ranked teams of the group will be qualified for the Super Final of the competition.

In the Magyar capital, the team of Russia finished first (12 points and four wins), after managing to overcome the local team by 13-12 in the last game. Hungary had, therefore, a 3-1 outcome (eight points, after a victory by penalty shootout against the Germans), while Germany won two matches and lost another two, Great Britain only triumphed once and Italy accumulated four defeats. The Italians are now in a very complicated position to play, at home, for the second preliminary round of this group, to be held in Messina, also from June 16-20. The two best squads of this group will play the Super Final of this year’s women’s World League, scheduled for San Diego (California, USA) from June 28-July 3.

This Super Final will be contested by eight teams – four from Europe, plus the already qualified Canada and USA (from Americas), and Australia and China (Oceania/Asia).