WP Juniors 2011 (W), Day 3: Hungary, Russia, Greece and Spain in the quarters

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

HUN player - credit: mc59.comTRIESTE, Italy (September 13) - Hungary, Russia, Greece and Spain clinched the top spots of their respective groups and qualified directly to the quarterfinals at the FINA World Junior Women’s Water Polo Championships, taking place in Trieste (ITA) until September 17, 2011.

Australia, the Netherlands and the US had a strong chance to reach the best eight while Italy and Canada face each other in a mouth-watering clash on Wednesday.

Group A
P. R. China–Australia 7-18

Quarters: 1-4, 2-5, 0-6, 4-3

P. R. China: WANYUN Feng, ZIJUN Zhai 1, GUANAN Niu 2, MEGYANG Zhang, BINGJING Wang, JIANING Tian 1, DONLGLUN Song, SHUJIN Li, ZHUIJA Wang, NING Guo, SHIMIAO Wang 1, YIDAN Wang 1, QUN Xia 1.

Australia: WAKEFIELD Kelsey, SCOTT Emily 2, VENOSTA Genevieve 2, GRAHAME Emma 2, BISHOP Isobel 1, BUCKLING Hanna 2, SCHMID Maddison, BROWN Eliesha 1, ARANCINI Zoe 3, SOUTHERN Ashleigh 3, APPEL Jayde 1, KING Olivia 1, DAVIES Michaela.

Extra player:
China: 3 for 7
Australia: 3 for 9

China: 1 for 1
Australia: 2 for 3

Referees: STAVROPOULOS Nikolaos (GRE), TEULE Jose Maria (ESP)

Australia needed a 14+ win over China to clinch the top spot and the direct qualification for the quarterfinals – since they were on equal points with Hungary, the results obtained against next highest ranked team determined the ranks. This team was China: Hungary beat them 17-4 in the previous day, so the Aussies had a clear task. And they were on the best way to complete the mission, leading 16-3 after three quarters... But in the last eight minutes they looked like a frozen computer programme: while they conceded four goals – the reserve goalie couldn’t take on the rythm – the Aussies started to miss their shots and became more and more nervous as minutes went after minutes and the gap was only 10-11 goals... In the last two minutes they even missed the best chances (extras, two-on-ones), so they had to settle for the second place in the group.

Hungary–Mexico 29-1
Quarters: 9-0, 6-0, 6-1, 8-0

HUN vs MEX - credit: mc59.com
HUN vs MEX - credit: mc59.com

Hungary: BOLONYAI Flora, CZIGANY Dora 4, ANTAL Dora 6, KISTELEKI Hanna 3, ILLES Anna 1, KESZTHELYI Rita 2, KOVER-KIS Reka 1, PENGO Nikoletta 1, PARDI Petra 2, KOCSIS Laura 3, SOMHEGYI Noemi 3, MOLNAR Timea 3, SZABO Ivett.

Mexico: DUARTE Karina, ESCUTIA Raquel, GONZALES Joana, BUSTAMANTE Diana, TORRES Lizeth, ALVAREZ Doris, LOPEZ Edith, GALLEGOS Jarmin 1, AMARILLAS Maria Jose.

Extra player:
Hungary: 4 for 5
Mexico: 0 for 4

Hungary: 1 for 1
Mexico: none

Referees: TACCINI Cristina (ITA), LEGAWA Andreas (INA)

Hungary started the game in festive mood as they knew they had won the group, thanks to the result in the previous game (AUS vs CHN). So they played a kind of “happy” water polo, showing a great demonstration of their technical skills, Czigany’s special shot – lifting the ball with her left and pushing it from the air with her right – was the highlight of the series while the Mexicans fought hard to get on the scoreboard and they were rewarded for their efforts in the dying seconds of the third quarter.

Final standings, Group A
1. Hungary 5, 2. Australia 5, 2. China 2., 3. Mexico 0.
Tie-breaking (HUN/AUS): the results obtained against the next highest ranked team considered: Hungary-China 17-4, Australia–China 18-7.

Group B
South Africa–Russia 3-24

Quarters: 1-7, 1-8, 1-6, 0-3

RSA vs RUS - credit: mc59.com
RSA vs RUS - credit: mc59.com

South Africa: THOMAS Rebecca, DENDY YOUNG Lara, RAWSTRON Christy, BARRETT Nicola, TRAUBE Kylie 1, SCHOOLING Tarryn, TONKIN Caley, STEVENS Kelly, CHRISTIAN Delaine, PARKES Megan, GAMIET Mymoneah 1, BHANETHI Zikhona, MEYER Michaela 1.


Extra player:
South Africa: 0 for 6
Russia: 4 for 10

South Africa: none
Russia: 1 for 1

Referees: BENDER Alex (GER), TAN Hong Boon (SIN)

Talking about the Russians – masters in synchronised swimming –, for them, this game was rather like a technical routine. A chance for practicing tactical elements, giving more playing time for the reserves, as the margin of this must-win did not count. (The first place of the group was decided in the following game.) So the Russians won, but their level of play was not so high – had it been a synchro routine, we would award only 7.5s or 8.0s for their performance...

Group B
Netherlands–Uzbekistan 21-3

Quarters: 6-1, 4-1, 4-1, 7-0

NED vs UZB - credit: mc59.com
NED vs UZB - credit: mc59.com

Netherlands: SLOBBE Michelle, DONGELMANS Melissa 4, STOMPHORST Nomi, VAN DER SLOOT Chatarina 2, CABOUT Marloes 2, KLAASSEN Lieke 3, REMERS Robbin 1, NYHUIS Marloes 5, SMITS Liselotte, SEVENICH Vivian 2, GENEE Amarens 1, MEGENS Maud 1, WILLEMSZ Debby.

Uzbekistan: DUKHANOVA Elena, DAGABAEVA Diana, SARANCHA Aleksandra, PIFTOV Eseniya, IVANOVA Eugeniya 1, NIGMATULLINA Rufina, MOROZOVA Ekaterina, DAGABAEVA Nellya, UMARORA Liliya, ZINUROVA Adelina, HAMITOVA Guzelya 2, PLYUSOVA Anna, DJUMALIEVA Angelina.

Extra player:
Netherlands: 8 for 15
Uzbekistan: 1 for 7

Netherlands: 1 for 1
Uzbekistan: 1 for 1

Referees: CARDENUTO Joao (BRA), DETKO Tad (GBR)

The Dutch had a mountain to climb if they wanted to top the group and clinch a direct berth in the best 8: since they were on equal points with Russia, the margin of the respective wins over third-placed Uzbekistan determined the ranks. Since the Russians demolished Uzbekistan 31-1 on the previous day, building a 31 goal gap looked quite a challenge for the Netherlands; in fact, it turned out quickly that it would surely remain out of their reach.

Final standings, Group B:
1. Russia 5, 2. Netherlands 5, 3. Uzbekistan 2, 4. South Africa 0.
Tie-breaking (RUS/NED): the results obtained against the next highest ranked team considered: Russia–Uzbekistan 31-1, Netherlands–Uzbekistan 21-3.

Group C
United States–Greece 7-9

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

USA: HILL Samantha, MARTIN Brooke, GREENWOOD Emily, GROSSMAN Ashley 3, DODSON Kaley, FATTAL Rachel, MENDOZA Kelly, O’DONNELL Colleen, OSCHNER Dana 2, NEUSHUL Kiley 1, ROSENTHAL Madleine, SARDO Dominique 2, BALDONI Kate.

Greece: DIAMANTOPOULOU Chrsysoula, BENEKOU Alkistis, DIAMANTOPOULOU Vasiliki, PLEVRITOU Eleftheria 2, PLEVRITOU Margarita, CHARALAMPIDI Ioanna, ZANTOU Aikaterini 2, TSOUKALA Christina 2, KOTSIA Christina 1, CHARALAMPIDI Stefania 1, BENEKOU Ioli Angeliki, GARYFALLOU Ioulia 1, TEREFOU Stefania.

Extra player
USA: 2 for 7
Greece: 4 for 7

Penalties: none

Referees: BERVOETS Anton (NED), WALDOW John (NZL)

Greece overcame a tough schedule to earn the first place in the group. They played the last game on Monday, a rather demanding encounter with Italy, took their dinner around 10pm in the event’s official – and magnificent – restaurant (Pepperoni), went to bed around midnight and return to the pool in the next morning to play the first game of Day 3 against the USA, which decided the top spot. And what a game it was with six goals from the centre – three on both sides, all were spectacular! The Greeks controlled the events, they were leading from the beginning until the end. Fine goals from Eleftheria Plevritou, Kotsia and Zantou put them in comfort right in the first period (led 3-1 after five minutes) and in the second they were 5-2 up when the Americans started to find their game. Grossman’s goal after a steal and Sardo’s distance shot with 2 seconds on the shot-clock reduced the deficit (5-4) – but Greece had the answers, Zantou and Stefania Charalampidi buried two extras for 7-4.
Grossman’s another fabulous centre-shot opened the third quarter (7-5) but the Americans couldn’t gain on this momentum: though the Greeks took off the pace and avoided any risks in attack, their defence stood tall killing three consecutive 6 on 5s of the US. And as it usually happens, Plevritou’s push-shot from the centre found its way to the net so the score stood at 8-5 (instead of 7-6, had the Americans scored at least once while in man-up). Oschner replied late in the period which gave the US some hope for the last quarter, but they were constantly denied by the Greek goalie Chrsysoula Diamantopoulou who made some crucial saves at 6-8 and when Kotsia’s bouncing shot hit to the top corner with 2:36 to go it was all over.

Group C
Indonesia–Italy 2-38

Quarters: 0-10, 0-10, 1-9, 1-9

INA vs ITA - credit: mc59.com
INA vs ITA - credit: mc59.com

Italy: TEANI Laura, BARZON Laura 1, MILLO Alessia 5, EMMOLO Giulia 2, QUEIROLO Elisa 4, POMERI Francesca 1, DARIO Sara 5, TABANI Chiara 2, PALMERI Valeria 5, VERDE Medea 2, GIACHI Gloria 4, LASCIALANDA Letizia 5, SPARANO Loredana.

Indonesia: IMRON Ernanati, ANGGRAENI Maya, RUSNERI Nova, EKA Melviani, PUTRI FEBBY Familia 2, ALI Kezzie, TJANDRA Felicia, KADIR Hudadiah, RASYID Inez Febrianti, SIW ABESSY Ariel Dyah, UTORO Annisa Nadhilan, KARTINI Lilik, RAIDA Rani.

Extra player:
Indonesia: 1 for 3
Italy: 4 for 8

Indonesia: none
Italy: 1 for 2

Referees: MELLIAR Ian (RSA), CAO Dunli (CHN)

After two painful defeats the home players could regain some confidence during an easy game against newcomer Indonesia. The Italians played with discipline and respect towards the game and the opponent, tried to give their best and almost all of their attacks ended in a goal. Thus, they managed to better the Greeks’ scoring record of 37, set on the opening day.

Final standings, Group C
1. Greece 6, 2. USA 4, 3. Italy 2, 4. Indonesia 0.

Group D
Canada-Spain 5-9

Quarters: 0-2, 0-2, 2-2, 3-3

Canada: COLTER John Nicola, McKEE Kelly 1, LEKNESS Rae, STEEMKAMER Rebekka 1, AMOROSA Amanda, PATERSON Julia, TAYLOR Shelby 1, ROBINSON Cara 1, FITZGIBBON Fiona, YELIZAROVA Hanna 1, MASE Kirstn, WRIGHT Emma, GAUDREAULT Jessica.

Spain: HERRERA Patricia, ESPAR Anni 3, LLORET Helena 1, ESCODA Lidia, GORRIA Teresa, VICENTE Laura 1, BLAS Andrea 3, MIRANDA Lorena, BACH Marta, TARRAGO Rouser 1, CHILLIDA Paula, LLISTERI Mar, PEREZ Cristina.

Extra player
Canada: 1 for 6
Spain: 2 for 4

Canada: 1 for 1
Spain: 0 for 1

Referees: FEKETE Balazs (HUN), RAKOVIC Ivanka (SRB)

Spain overcame a late scare to win its group. For quite a while the contest went according to the Spaniards’ plan: their defence did a great job, it was telling how they killed the Canadians’ 6 on 5s with two players standing between the outer shooters and disturbing them constantly. Canada missed five such occasions in a row while the Spanish built a 5-0 lead step by step. Blas was fantastic, scoring three from three different situations (centre, counter, extra) so Spain arrived to the last period with a 6-2 lead and seemed to sit rather comfortably in the driving seat. But all of a sudden they found themselves in the middle of a dogfight after losing their momentum within a minute or so. It all started with a missed penalty: right after this Steemkamer’s hinted one from the centre at the other end, then two fine lobbed shots from the next two Canadian attacks made the score 6-5. And they even had an extra to equalise – but this time a passing error denied them, what’s more, Lloret scudded away and was merciless with the finish (7-5). This ended the Canadian upraise, another counter brought another goal and at the end Espar added one from the centre to make those terrible minutes just forgettable memories...

Group D
Germany–Brazil 12-12

Quarters: 3-4, 2-3, 5-3, 2-2


Brazil: GOMES Camila, GOZANI Gabriela 3, ABLA Diana, CHIAPPINI Izabella 5, BAHIA Viviane, TORRES Bruna, DIAS Melani, SANTORO Adhara 1, GUIMARAES Talitha, VELOSO Tatiana, COUTINHO Mirella 2, DIAS Gabriela 1, CHAMORRO Victoria.

Extra player:
Germany: 3 for 6
Brazil: 2 for 7

Germany: 1 for 1
Brazil: 2 for 2

Referees: DREVAL Svetlana (RUS), VARLOW Megan (AUS)

Fifteen year-old Izabella Chiappini might have been the heroine of the day – but her sensational efforts did not pay off at the end: a penalty goal prevented Brazil from reaching the qualification round. The Brazilians needed a win as their margin of defeat by the highest ranked team, Spain was bigger than that of the Germans. Though they were considered the underdog, but showed a tremendous will to turn the cards. And for most of the time they were superior, leading by two-three goals. In the third, they were 10-7 up but some lazy defending presented the Germans with three consecutive goals so the last quarter began at 10-10. Chiappini’s amazingly smart lob on a counter put the Brazilians ahead again but after a rebound Bianca Seyfert somehow regained the ball and slipped it in for 11-11. Coutinho buried an extra (11-12), the Germans missed theirs, but the real drama unfolded just afterwards. For the second time, the Brazilians couldn’t clear the ball after a rebound – though they seemed to possess it – and a penalty was awarded for the Germans. Steinhauler made no mistake, but Brazil had one more chance left, and Dias had the winner in her hand but the ball she let fly from the centre went wide in the very last second...

Final standings, Group D:
1. Spain 6, 2. Canada 4, 3. Germany 1, 4. Brazil 1.
Tie-breaking (GER/BRA): the results obtained against the highest ranked team considered: Germany–Spain 6-16, Brazil–Spain 5-17.

Next stage: Qualification Round
Games on Day 4

Places 13-16
Mexico–South Africa

Australia-Uzbekistan (winner plays with Greece)
China–Netherlands (winner plays with Spain)
USA–Germany (winner plays with Hungary)
Italy–Canada (winner plays with Russia)