Game 45 (W): 09:30, CANADA 7 NETHERLANDS 8

Shanghai 2011 - Water Polo Games Reports

Classification 7th & 8th

Quarters: 2-0, 1-3, 3-4, 1-1

Referees: Guy PINKER (RSA), Radoslaw KORYZNA (POL)

Extra Man: CAN: 1/6. NED: 2/5

CANADA: Rachel RIDDELL, Krystina ALOGBO, Katrina MONTON, Emily CSIKOS (3), Joelle BEKHAZI (2), Whitney GENOWAY, Stephanie VALIN, Dominique PERREAULT (1), Monika EGGENS (1), Christine ROBINSON, Tara CAMPBELL, Marina RADU, Marissa JANSSENS. Head Coach: Pat OATEN.
NETHERLANDS: Ilse VAN DER MEIJDEN, Yasemin SMIT, Frederike CABOUT (2), Biurakn HAKHVERDIAN, Catharina VAN DER SLOOT (2), Nomi STOMPHORST (1), Iefke VAN BELKUM (2), Robbin REMERS, Jantien CABOUT (1), Nienke VERMEER, Lieke KLAASSEN, Simone KOOT, Anne HEINIS. Head Coach: Mauro MAUGERI.

With no major title on the line or qualifying place, one could expect a wonderful game but it was not to be. Neither coach would be satisfied with the quality of the play. Canada dropped a long way from silver in Rome two years ago, taking seventh while the Netherlands was fifth in Rome. The Canadians were unbreachable in the first quarter but the Dutch were nearly the same in the second period, scoring three straight before Canada leveled through CSIKOS. It was thequarter of the bouncer with VAN DER SLOOT bouncing in from deep right, Jantien CABOUT bouncing from the same position for the go-ahead goal. CSIKOS did the same from the other side of the pool. It was VAN DER SLOOT with her second at 2-2 that came from the top on extra. VAN BELKUM bounced the 3-4 goal at the start of the third period. Canada retook the lead through PERREAULT and CSIKOS on extra. STOMPHORST and CSIKOS traded goals with the latter from the unnatural position of centre forward. The Dutch shot back through Mieke CABOUT with a cross-cage shot and VAN BELKUM with a skip shot to close the quarter at 6-7. Mieke CABOUT repeated her earlier shot for 6-8 at 5:20 and Canada was in trouble. The Dutch went to a timeout but no joy eventuated. BEKHAZI, who scored Canada's first goal, score her team's last with a lob off a long cross pass at 1:27. Canada tried to work a plan on timeout at 0:30 and part of it worked with ALOGBO earning an exclusion on VAN BELKUM but VALIN's last shot was blocked, giving the Olympic champion the match. It was possibly the lowest-fouling match of the tournament with just 11 calls.