Game 8: 19:00, Group D, SOUTH AFRICA 5 CHINA 22

Shanghai 2011 - Water Polo Games Reports

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

Referees: Marie-Claude DESLIERES (CAN), Kazuhiko MAKITA (JAP)

Extra Man: RSA:  0/1. CHN: 3/3

Pens: RSA 1/1. CHN: 1/3

SOUTH AFRICA: Leigh MAARSCHALK, Kimberly SCHMIDT, Kimberly KAY, Shelley FAULMANN, Megan SCHOOLING, Laura BARRETT, Christine BARRETTO, Lee Anne KEET, Delaine CHRISTIAN, Sarah HARRIS (1), Nicolette POULOS, Kelsey WHITE (2), Jemma DENDY YOUNG (2). Head Coach: Brad ROWE.
CHINA: YANG Jun, TENG Fei (2), LIU Ping (1), SUN Yujun (3), HE Jin (1), SUN Yating (3), SONG Donglun (1), CHEN Yuan (2), WANG Yi (2), MA Huanhuan (6), SUN Huizi (1) ZHANG Lei, WANG Ying. Head Coach: Juan JANE GIRALT.

China used South Africa for training but the parochial Chinese crowd was stunned when DENDY YOUNG opened the scoring. The goal came just seconds after Chinese superstar penalty shooter MA drilled her penalty attempt into MAARSCHALK’s stomach. But then it was one-way traffic to early in the third period when MA scored her fourth action goal for 12-1. WHITE converted a penalty goal and DENDY YOUNG scored from two metres either side of a SUN Yating backhander for 13-3 barely two minutes into the second half. SONG converted a penalty but TENG had her penalty attempt blocked, giving MAARSCHALK an impressive two saves from three attempts against one of the best teams in the world. China went to 16-3 by the final break and South Africa was not finished, WHITE scoring a second from beyond Beijing. MA went on to six goals and from there it was a case of a match well engineered by the host team. It must be noted that while South Africa took 23 shots, China had the luxury of 39.