WPWL 2011: Aussie Sharks men crush Kazakhstan, China women too good for Japan

World League

Sydney (May 16). The Aussie Sharks men maintained their dominance over Kazakhstan on the first day of the second leg of the FINA Men's Water Polo World League 2011 Asia-Oceania round at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre tonight.

The Sharks continued their unbeaten run with an 11-5 victory over Asian Games champion Kazakhstan — a side boasting eight stars from December’s championship team. Australia led by just 5-2 at halftime but had the game sewn up with an 8-3 margin at the final break. China beat New Zealand 12-6 in the other men’s game from an 8-3 halftime advantage. China has nine players returning from the Asian Games gold-medal final won by Kazakhstan.

In women’s play, world No 2 China crushed Japan 21-4 and the Australian 20 & Under team, playing by invite, beat New Zealand 13-8. Chinese skipper SUN Yujun and MA Huanhuan were in top shape with four goals each in a one-sided game where China led 10-2 at halftime. The Aussie youngsters, preparing for the FINA World Championships in Trieste, Italy later this year, were filling in for Kazakhstan, a late withdrawal.


Match reports

MEN
GAME 1:
CHINA 12 NEW ZEALAND 6
Quarters: 4-0,  4-3, 2-2, 2-1

CHINA:  GE Weiqing, TAN Feihu (1), LIANG Zhongxing (1), YU Lijun (2), GUO Junliang (1), PAN Ning, LI Bin, WANG Yang (1), XIE Junmin (2), LI Lun (1), DONG Tianyi (1), ZHANG Chufeng (2), HUANG Meicai. Head Coach: CAI Tianxiong.

NEW ZEALAND: Scott GRAHAM, Hunter De GROOT (1), Scott TAYLOR (1), James DAVIDSON, Alex MacKENZIE (1), Conor LUI, Dan JACKSON (1), Matt REID (1), Eamon LUI, Scott GRIFFITHS, Lachie TIJSEN, Jamie CAMERON (1). Head Coach: Kurt GOLDSWORTHY.

GAME 2:
AUSTRALIA 11 KAZAKHSTAN 5
Quarters: 3-1, 2-1, 3-1,  3-2

AUSTRALIA: Joel DENNERLEY, Richie CAMPBELL (2), Trent FRANKLIN, Stephen CODY (1), Chris DYSON (2), Aiden ROACH, Mitchell EMERY, Mitchell BAIRD (1), Thomas WHALAN, Gavin WOODS (1), Rhys HOWDEN (2), Billy MILLER (1), Tyler MARTIN (1). Head Coach: John FOX.

KAZAKHSTAN:  Alexandr SHVEDOV, Alexey SHMIDER, Azamal ZHULUMBETOV, Roman PILIPENKO (1), Murat SHAKENOV, Alexandr FENOCHKO, Anvar SHAKENOV, Rustam UKMANOV (2), Evgeniy ZHILAYEV (2), Mikhail RUDAY, Ravil MANAFOV, Nikita KOKORIN, Alexey DEMCHENKO. Head Coach: Sergey DROZDOV.

WOMEN
GAME 1:
CHINA 21 JAPAN 4

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

CHINA: YANG Jun, TENG Fei (3), LIU PING (3), SUN Yujun (4), HE Jin (1), SUN Yating (3), SONG Donglun (1), ZHANG Lei (1), WANG Yi, MA Huanhuan (4), SUN Huizi (1), CHEN Yuan, WANG Ying,. Head Coach: Juan JANE GIRALT.

JAPAN: Rikako MIURA, Yumi NAKANO (2), Saki OGAWA, Shino MAGARIYAMA (1), Moe NAKATA, Yuki OKAMURA, Sayaka OKAWARA, Misa KONAKA (1), Riri KURAMOCHI, Chie YASUMOTO, Mari TAKESHIGE, Nao YOSHIDA, Yumi KANNO. Head Coach: Hidenori FUJIWARA.