Game 27 (W): 12:10, 2A NETHERLANDS 14 3B NEW ZEALAND 6

Shanghai 2011 - Water Polo Games Reports

Quarter-final qualification round

Quarters: 6-2, 2-0, 3-3, 3-1

Referees: Alan BALFANBAYEV (KAZ), Roberto CABRAL (BRA)

Extra Man: NED: 6/12. NZL: 1/8

Pens: NED: 1/1. NZL: 1/1

NETHERLANDS: Ilse VAN DER MEIJDEN, Yasemin SMIT (1), Frederike CABOUT (3), Biurakn HAKHVERDIAN (1), Catharina VAN DER SLOOT, Nomi STOMPHORST (2), Iefke VAN BELKUM (2), Robbin REMERS, Jantien CABOUT (1), Nienke VERMEER (2), Lieke KLAASSEN (1), Simone KOOT (1), Anne HEINIS. Head Coach: Mauro MAUGERI.
NEW ZEALAND: Carina HARACHE, Emily COX, Kelly MASON (2), Danielle LEWIS (1), Amy LOGAN (1), Alexandra BOYD, Ashley SMALLFIELD, Lauren SIEPRATH (2), Johanna THEELEN, Casie BOWRY, Kirsten HUDSON, Alexandra MYLES, Brooke MILLAR. Head Coach: Eelco URI.

The Netherlands was expected to win the game, and it did, but New Zealand was an eager participant against far more experienced players. The Netherlands’ snappier passing and defensive skills were needed to counter the determination of the Kiwis. MASON opened for New Zealand on extra but F (Mieke) CABOUT scored a penalty and an easy turning goal for 2-1. By quarter time the Dutch were in control at 6-2. It was harder going for the Dutch in the second as New Zealand toiled stoutly. The third period was a triumph more for New Zealand than the Dutch with a 3-3 score. VAN BELKUM stopped New Zealand from winning the quarter, converting extra when goalkeeper HARACHE was ejected. MASON converted a penalty to start the fourth period at 11-6 but VAN BELKUM on extra and KLAASSEN with a classic turn from centre forward had the game out to 13-6 by 2:18. The final say went to STOMPHORST on extra on the closing buzzer. The Dutch now head to the quarter-finals and face Group winner Greece for the right to play in the medal round. New Zealand, who fared the worst in the extra-man conversion count today, wil contest