WP Juniors (Women), Day 2: Ten teams already qualified
TRIESTE, Italy (September 12) - Though ten teams are through after the second round, the great excitements are still ahead even at this stage in Trieste, at the 9th FINA World Junior Women’s Water Polo Championships.
None of the group-winners have been determined: in Group A and Group B the goal-differences of the last round games will be interesting as the group-leaders had ties in their games against each other (on the opening day). Group C and D will see a battle for the top spot on Day 3. Still, Australia, Hungary, China, Russia, Netherlands, Uzbekistan, USA, Greece, Spain and Canada booked their places in the knock-out phase.
Quarters: 9-1, 7-0, 12-1, 4-1
AUS vs MEX - credit: mc59.com
Australia: WAKEFIELD, Kelsey, SCOTT Emily 3, VENOSTA Genevieve, GRAHAME Emma 8, BISHOP Isobel 6, BUCKLING Hanna 1, SCHMID Maddison 2, BROWN Eliesha 2, ARANCINI Zoe 4, SOUTHERN Ashleigh 3, APPEL Jayde 3, KING Olivia, DAVIES Michaela.
Mexico: DUARTE Karina, ESCUTIA Raquel 1, GONZALES Joana 1, BUSTAMANTE Diana, TORRES Lizeth 1, ALVAREZ Doris, LOPEZ Edith, GALLEGOS Jarmin, AMARILLAS Maria Jose.
Australia: 3 for 3
Mexico: 2 for 7
Australia: 1 for 1
Referees: DRURY Amber (USA), TERPENKA Dorien (CAN)
Australia was the next team in the 30+ camp as they hit 32 against Mexico, with Emma Grahame and Isoble Bishop delivering almost half of the goals (scoring 14 combined). The Aussies kept rushing in the fifth gear, not sat back for a single moment and that was bad news for the Mexicans as they have limited resources, so to say...
Quarters: 1-5, 1-4, 0-4, 2-4
CHN vs HUN - credit: mc59.com
P. R. China: WANYUN Feng, ZIJUN Zhai 1, GUANAN Niu 1, MEGYANG Zhang 1, BINGJING Wang, JIANING Tian, DONLGLUN Song 1, SHUJIN Li, ZHUIJA Wang, NING Guo, SHIMIAO Wang, YIDAN Wang, QUN Xia.
Hungary: BOLONYAI Flora, CZIGANY Dora 3, ANTAL Dora 1, KISTELEKI Hanna 1, ILLES Anna, KESZTHELYI Rita 3, KOVÉR-KIS Reka 1, PENGŐ Nikoletta, PARDI Petra 3, KOCSIS Laura, SOMHEGYI Noemi 5, MOLNAR Timea, SZABO Ivett.
China: 1 for 12
Hungary: 5 for 7
Hungary: 2 for 2
Referees: BENDER Alex (GER), WALDOW John (NZL)
Many expected more from this game but it turned out quickly that this generation of Chinese players were not at the same level we got used to in the past editions of the junior world events. Hungary was superior in each and every area of this water polo game: shooting power, swimming speed, tactical moves, basic skills – Noemi Somhegyi’s backhanded shot was the finest of all and the centre-forward added four more to her tally.
Standings, Group A:
1. Australia 3 (41-12), 2. Hungary 3 (26-13), 3. China 2, 4. Mexico 0.
Quarters: 9-0, 8-0, 10-1, 4-0
RUS vs UZB - credit: mc59.com
Russia: KARNAUKH Anna, ANTONOVA Diana 2, NIZHEBOYCHENKO Maria 2, KARIMOVA Elvina 9, ANTONOVA Alexandra 4, NUKHOVA Aygul 3, ZELENTSOVA Ekaterina 1, BELOVA Olga 4, GLUCHKOVA Yana 1, SAVCHUK Maria 1, BADYKSHINA Dinara 3, SIMONOVICH Anastasia 1, YADRYSHNIKOVA Uliana.
Uzbekistan: DUKHANOVA Elena, DAGABAEVA Diana, SARANCHA Aleksandra 1, PIFTOV Eseniya, IVANOVA Eugeniya, NIGMATULLINA Rufina, MOROZOVA Ekaterina, DAGABAEVA Nellya, UMARORA Liliya, ZINUROVA Adelina, HAMITOVA Guzelya, PLYUSOVA Anna, DJUMALIEVA Angelina.
Russia: 2 for 3
Uzbekistan: 0 for 1
Russia: 1 for 1
Referees: CARDENUTO Joao (BRA), RAKOVIC Ivanka (SRB)
Russia had to play a merciless and straightforward water polo as the results gained against Uzbekistan will decide the first place of this group between the Russians and the Netherlands (they drew in the opening round, will probably be on equal points, that’s why the result against the next highest ranked team will determine the placements). Elvina Karimova led the parade, hitting nine and all players but the goalies managed to score at least once.
South Africa–Netherlands 1-28
Quarters: 0-7, 0-8, 1-7, 0-6
NED vs RSA - credit: mc59.com
South Africa: THOMAS Rebecca, DENDY YOUNG Lara, RAWSTRON Christy, BARRETT Nicola, TRAUBE Kylie, SCHOOLING Tarryn 1, TONKIN Caley, STEVENS Kelly, CHRISTIAN Delaine, PARKES Megan, GAMIET Mymoneah, BHANETHI Zikhona, MEYER Michaela, WEIDEMAN Ryan.
Netherlands: SLOBBE Michelle, DONGELMANS Melissa 5, STOMPHORST Nomi 2, VAN DER SLOOT Chatarina 5, CABOUT Marloes 1, KLAASSEN Lieke 4, REMERS Robbin, NYHUIS Marloes 3, SMITS Liselotte 3, SEVENICH Vivian 2, GENEE Amarens 3, MEGENS Maud, WILLEMSZ Debby.
South Africa: 1 for 3
Netherlands: 7 for 12
South Africa: none
Netherlands: 1 for 1
Referees: LEGAWA Andreas (INA), DETKO Tad (GBR)
Another game in the series of the “morning routs” – and the question remains: how a coach can prepare his team for such a one-sided contest, mostly mentally, of course. When goals are coming, one after the other... when you have to work hard to keep the ball even for 15-20 seconds... Here is the answer from Ryan Weiderman, the head coach of the South African team: “First of all, the girls know whom they are playing with and they also know those goals will come. I ask them not to count the goals, not to look at the scoreboard, but to keep playing at their highest level and earn the respect of the opponent. This is working. If you give your best the opponent will give you respect by not underestimating you and will do its best, too. This happened today, but this is fine, we respected the Dutch team, they respected our team. This time the draw brought two sides to our group who are favourites for reaching the semis, so it is not a problem if we concede so many goals. Our time will come when we will play with the other teams placed fourth in the respective groups, we should be ready for those contests.”
Standings, Group B
1. Russia 3 (44-14), 2. Netherlands 3 (41-14), 3. Uzbekistan 2, 4. South Africa 0.
United States–Indonesia 31-0
Quarters: 8-0, 9-0, 7-0, 7-0
USA - credit: mc59.com
USA: HILL Samantha, MARTIN Brooke 3, GREENWOOD Emily 2, GROSSMAN Ashley 4, DODSON Kaley 1, FATTAL Rachel 1, MENDOZA Kelly, O’DONNELL Colleen 2, OSCHNER Dana 7, NEUSHUL Kiley 4, ROSENTHAL Madleine 4, SARDO Dominique 3, BALDONI Kate.
Indonesia: IMRON Ernanati, ANGGRAENI Maya, RUSNERI Nova, EKA Melviani, PUTRI FEBBY Familia, ALI Kezzie, TJANDRA Felicia, KADIR Hudadiah, RASYID Inez Febrianti, SIW ABESSY Ariel Dyah, UTORO Annisa Nadhilan, KARTINI Lilik, RAIDA Rani.
USA: 3 for 4
Indonesia: 0 for 2
Referees: SADIKOV Akbar (UZB), CAO Dunli (CHN)
Another game producing one-way traffic in the pool: Indonesia wasn’t even close to score against the US. The Americans rather settled for practicing their attacks six against six and did not force the fast counterattacks all the time. Still, they got over 30 goals with Dana Oschner scoring seven.
Quarters: 4-0, 1-2, 2-2, 2-3
GRE vs ITA - credit: mc59.com
Greece: DIAMANTOPOULOU Chrsysoula, BENEKOU Alkistis 1, DIAMANTOPOULOU Vasiliki, PLEVRITOU Eleftheria, PLEVRITOU Margarita, CHARALAMPIDI Ioanna, ZANTOU Aikaterini 1, TSOUKALA Christina 2, KOTSIA Christina 3, CHARALAMPIDI Stefania 2, BENEKOU Ioli Angeliki, GARYFALLOU Ioulia, TEREFOU Stefania.
Italy: TEANI Laura, BARZON Laura 3, MILLO Alessia 1, EMMOLO Giulia 2, QUEIROLO Elisa, POMERI Francesca, DARIO Sara, TABANI Chiara 1, PALMERI Valeria, VERDE Medea, GIACHI Gloria, LASCIALANDA Letizia, SPARANO Loredana.
Greece: 3 for 6
Italy: 3 for 8
Greece: 1 for 1
Referees: FEKETE Balazs (HUN), DREVAL Svetlana (RUS)
At the middle of the second quarter Italy seemed to be in huge trouble, as big as they had against the US on the opening day. The home side trailed 5-0 against Greece and nothing promised a brighter follow-up... But two quick goals brought them back to life and they worked hard to get on equal terms with the Greeks. The opponent seemed to be settled too much after gaining the huge lead and they could not gear up again. Italy started to chase its rivals and got closer and closer... They came back to 4-6 and did not give in even after the Greeks managed to score in crucial situations to lead 7-4 and 8-5 – with two minutes to go Italy got in visible distance (8-7) and attacked for the equaliser... But they could not create any opportunity while the Greeks buried another extra on their next possession to have the game in safe in the dying seconds.
1. USA 4 (42-4), 2. Greece 4 (46-9), 3. Italy 0 (11-20), 4. Indonesia 0 (2-68)
Quarters: 5-0, 5-1, 3-1, 4-3
ESP vs BRA - credit: mc59.com
Spain: HERRERA Patricia, ESPAR Anni 2, LLORET Helena 1, ESCODA Lidia 1, GORRIA Teresa, VICENTE Laura 1, BLAS Andrea 4, MIRANDA Lorena 2, BACH Marta, TARRAGO Rouser 6, CHILLIDA Paula, LLISTERI Mar, PEREZ Cristina.
Brazil: GOMES Camila, GOZANI Gabriela, ABLA Diana, CHIAPPINI Izabella, BAHIA Viviane, TORRES Bruna, DIAS Melani, SANTORO Adhara 3, GUIMARAES Talitha, VELOSO Tatiana, COUTINHO Mirella 2, DIAS Gabriela, CHAMORRO Victoria.
Spain: 4 for 13
Brazil: 3 for 9
Spain: 3 for 3
Referees: BERVOETS Anton (NED), VARLOW Megan (AUS)
Just as in the first round, the Spaniards played with determination and discipline and rather efficiently. Andrea Blas put them on the right track, scoring the first three goals of the game. Spain rushed until 7-0 in a span of 11 minutes but did not show any sign that they regarded the job done. The Brazilians tried to withstand the pressure, fought hard – if nothing else, the 13 exclusions show that they did not give this win for free to their opponents.
Quarters: 2-4, 3-2, 2-0, 3-1
CAN vs GER - credit: mc59.com
Canada: COLTER John Nicola, McKEE Kelly 2, LEKNESS Rae 1, STEEMKAMER Rebekka 1, AMOROSA Amanda, PATERSON Julia 1, TAYLOR Shelby, ROBINSON Cara 1, FITZGIBBON Fiona, YELIZAROVA Hanna 3, MASE Kirstn, WRIGHT Emma 1, GAUDREAULT Jessica.
Germany: AHRENS Bianca, FREISEWINKEL Linn, REUTER Anne 1, ZIMMERMANN Luise, STIEFEL Jennifer 1, VAN DER BOSCH Sina, ILLINGER Kim, KREIS Nadja, PALAND Alena, SEYFERT Bianca 2, STEINHAUER Tatjana 3, MEISSNER Luzie, REINHART Michelle.
Canada: 4 for 13
Germany: 0 for 5
Canada: 1 for 1
Germany: 3 for 3
Referees: MELLIAR Ian (RSA), TAN Hong Boon (SIN)
Perhaps the Germans even surprised themselves with the performance they showed during the first ten minutes or so – this time was enough to gain a 6-3 lead over the Canadians who couldn’t find their pace and played a rather hectic game. In the meantime the Germans used most of their chances and organised their defence really well. However, they couldn’t save this three goal cushion until the break, the Canadians came back to 5-6, scoring two from extras. The third period saw a gruelling battle, all players gave their heart, their grit, their reserved energy – well, sometimes the clear thoughts were missing... Canada managed to get the upper hand and turned the score (7-6), but the last quarter still brought tremendous excitement. With three minutes to go Rae Lekness scored for 9-7, and when the Germans could not even shoot on goal on their next extra all could feel that this was the virtual end of the contest.
Standings, Group D
1. Spain 4 (32-11), 2. Canada 4 (19-14), 3. Germany 0 (13-26), 4. Brazil 0 (12-25).