Game 31 (W): 08:40, UZBEKISTAN 5 SOUTH AFRICA 6

Shanghai 2011 - Water Polo Games Reports

Classification 15th & 16th

Quarters: 0-1, 2-2, 2-1, 1-2

Referees: Osvaldo GONZALEZ (PUR), Juan MENENDEZ (CUB)

Extra Man: UZB: 1/6. RSA: 1/3

UZBEKISTAN: Elena DUKHANOVA, Daiana DADABAEVA, Aleksandra SARANCHA (1), Eseniya PIFTOR, Evgeniya IVANOVA, Liliya UMAROVA, Natalya PLYUSOVA, Anna SHEGLOVA (1), Ramilya HALIKOVA (1), Ekaterina MOROZOVA, Anastasiya OSIPENKO, Anna PLYUSOVA (1), Guzelya HAMITOVA. Head Coach: Akbar SADIKOV.
SOUTH AFRICA: Leigh MAARSCHALK, Kimberly SCHMIDT (1), Kimberly KAY (2), Shelley FAULMANN, Megan SCHOOLING, Laura BARRETT, Christine BARRETTO, Lee Anne KEET, Delaine CHRISTIAN, Sarah HARRIS (2), Nicolette POULOS, Kelsey WHITE, Jemma DENDY YOUNG (1). Head Coach: Brad ROWE.

UZB vs RSA - credit: Russell McKinnon
UZB vs RSA - credit: Russell McKinnon

The South Africans thoroughly deserved this victory with the early start and the second-quarter recovery after falling 2-1 behind. Anna PLYUSOVA took the lead for Uzbekistan with a screamer from eight metres. HARRIS scored from a five-metre shot on free throw and KAY picked up where she left off the other day with a brilliant centre forward backhand when smothered by the defender and the goalkeeper. SHEGLOVA at centre forward and SARANCHA on a cross pass close in, gave Uzbekistan the lead again at 4-3. South Africa used a timeout to set up an outside shot, which rebounded down and SCHMIDT reached forward to push the ball the last 30cm into goal for 4-4 by the final break. KAY had th easiest of centre- forward swing shots and HARRIS scored a beautiful shot into the top right for 6-4. The woman who scored eight goals two days earlier, HALIKOVA, closed out her tournament with 12 goals, scoring from the top at 1:04, too late to deny South Africa its first win of the event reversing the result between the two in Rome two years ago.