WP Juniors 2011 (W), Day 6: Hungary meets Spain in the final

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

HUN - credit: mc59.comTRIESTE, Italy (September 16) - Another fantastic day in Trieste, at the World Junior Women’s Water Polo Championships. The two semifinals brought tremendous excitement and an amazing performance of determination and will from the players of the four teams targeting the gold medal.

Hungary managed to gain a second successive over-time win, this time against the Russians, while the Spanish team came from behind again to beat the Australians.



Semi-final

Hungary–Russia 12-11
Quarters: 3-4, 3-2, 3-3, 1-1; ET: 1-1, 1-0

Hungary: BOLONYAI Flora, CZIGANY Dora 1, ANTAL Dora 5, KISTELEKI Hanna 1, ILLES Anna, KESZTHELYI Rita 4, KOVÉR-KIS Reka, PENGŐ Nikoletta, PARDI Petra, KOCSIS Laura, SOMHEGYI Noemi 1, MOLNAR Timea, SZABO Ivett.

Russia: KARNAUKH Anna, ANTONOVA Diana 2, NIZHEBOYCHENKO Maria 2, KARIMOVA Elvina 2, ANTONOVA Alexandra 1, NUKHOVA Aygul, ZELENTSOVA Ekaterina 1, BELOVA Olga 2, GLUCHKOVA Yana, SAVCHUK Maria, BADYKSHINA Dinara, SIMONOVICH Anastasia 1, YADRYSHNIKOVA Uliana.

Extra player:
Hungary: 2 for 6
Russia: 8 for 16

Penalties:
Hungary: 2 for 3
Russia: none

Referees: TACCINI Cristina (ITA), BENDER Alex (GER)


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


Another heroic battle which was a tale of stamina, physical condition, iron will and determination – and proved that girls aged under 20 years could possess these qualities though these are more male-like attributes... The two sides battled through contests ending in extra time in the previous day, Hungary overcame the US while the Russians ousted Italy in a penalty shootout. With less than 24 hours for recovery, they were ready for the next encounter and gave their very best to earn the place in the final.
The Russians looked fresher in the first half, they managed to gear up and played their game based on constant moving and rushing towards the goal. The Hungarians tried to slow them down, even if the price was an ejection – but their man-down defence didn’t work as properly as it had against the US. That time they denied 13 out of 16, this time the Russians made 8 goals on sixteen 6 and 5. Still, they fought with grit and came back to 6-6 by half-time despite trailing 4-6 earlier.


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


The Russians rebuilt their two-goal lead with connecting goals from extras (6-8), but Dora Antal enjoyed a magical shooting form, her 4th and 5th goal brought the Hungarians on equal terms and after Czigany converted a penalty, they led for the first time. But that didn’t last long as Nizheboychenko buried another extra in the last minute of the third quarter (9-9).
Somhegyi’s brilliant lob from the centre opened the fourth period, Antonova equalised from the distance (a relatively easy goal compared to the others as scoring a goal required tremendous efforts on this day) – so the sides had seven minutes to decide the outcome in regular time. Everyone pushed as they could, reserve energies were taken as the game was sometimes similar to a short-course swimming event. Since no one made a mistake and the referees did a great job as they let the players do theirs, the match ended in extra-time. Rita Keszthelyi’s free throw hit the back of the net right on the first Hungarian attack, but a fine set-up in the next 6 on 5 put Nizheboychenko a good shooting position in front of the goal and she delivered (11-11). The Hungarians missed their extra at the end of the first half but opened the second with a penalty goal: Keszthelyi was cool enough to score. It turned out that this was the game-winning goal as Bolonyai managed to save the Russians’ shots (once in extra) in the remaining minutes, and the Hungarians could start their wild celebrations in and out of the pool...


Australia–Spain 7-8

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


ESP vs AUS - credit: mc59.com
AUS vs ESP - credit: mc59.com


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

Spain: HERRERA Patricia, ESPAR Anni 1, LLORET Helena, ESCODA Lidia, GORRIA Teresa, VICENTE Laura, BLAS Andrea 2, MIRANDA Lorena, BACH Marta, TARRAGO Rouser 5, CHILLIDA Paula, LLISTERI Mar, PEREZ Cristina.

Extra player:
Australia: 0 for 6
Spain: 5 for 9

Penalties:
Australia: 1 for 2
Spain: 1 for 2

Referees: TERPENKA Doriel (CAN), STAVROPOULOS Nikolaos (GRE)

The game was surely in good hands on poolside as the Greek referee, Nikolaos Stavropoulos whistled at his 500th international match. And in fact neither sides could make any comments on the calls – the outcome was decided in the water.
The Australians entered the game with confidence and dominated the opening eight minutes, Arancini scored a hat-trick as they gained a 4-2 lead. The first turning point came in the middle of the second quarter when the Aussies missed an extra after a time-out which would have put them in a three goal lead – instead, the Spanish pulled one back converting their 6 on 5 for 5-4.
The third quarter was more like a nightmare for the Australians, even they survived a penalty and a man-down at the beginning. They were still in the lead with less than two minutes to go when all of a sudden the Spanish found a goal, then converted an extra and when Tarrago beat the buzzer with a free-throw they found themselves being 7-5 up – in a span of 77 seconds they turned the clock.
However, the Aussies remained calm and with two sensational action-goals they came back quickly in the beginning of the fourth quarter. And they had a 6 on 5... Missed it. Mistakenly let the best Spaniard Tarrago shoot who scored her fifth goal (7-8)... Then got another extra... Missed it. With 57 seconds to go got a penalty... And missed it, too... Those mistakes cost them the final, however, the Spanish played smart enough to deserve a chance to play for the gold medal.


For places 5-8

United States–Italy 2-3
Quarters: 1-1, 0-0, 1-0, 0-2


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


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

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

Extra player:
USA: 1 for 6
Italy: 1 for 5

Penalties: none

Referees: CAO Dunli (CHN), WALDOW John (NZL)

Neither side managed to recuperate themselves from the devastating losses they had suffered on the previous day. USA were defeated by Hungary in over-time, Italy by Russia in penalty shootout – though the players tried to make some pace, their bodies were too tired and their minds were too disappointed to give their best. The result shows clearly what they’d gone through: the physical contacts weren’t as sharp as a day before (11 ejections altogether), and the shots also lacked the real power and precision. The Italians were a bit luckier and more determined towards the end so they could turn the game after being 1-2 down after three periods.


Greece–Netherlands 11-5

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


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


Greece: DIAMANTOPOULOU Chrsysoula, BENEKOU Alkistis, DIAMANTOPOULOU Vasiliki 1, PLEVRITOU Eleftheria, PLEVRITOU Margarita 1, CHARALAMPIDI Ioanna 1, ZANTOU Aikaterini 4, TSOUKALA Christina 1, KOTSIA Christina, CHARALAMPIDI Stefania 2, BENEKOU Ioli Angeliki, GARYFALLOU Ioulia 1, TEREFOU Stefania.

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

Extra player:
Greece: 5 for 11
Netherlands: 1 for 6

Penalties: none

Referees: DETKO Tad (GBR), RAKOVIC Ivanka (SRB)

After a relatively slow start – one goal apiece and several weak attacks – the teams geared up but it was the Greeks who maintained their higher level of concentration in the middle of the third quarter and virtually decided the game within three minutes. They scored three connecting goals for a 7-3 lead, and after the ball was obviously pushed in by the Dutch goalie herself, then a lobbed shot also landed in the net the head-coach of Holland opted to call for the services of the reserve goalie. However, Willemsz could not make any wonder in the cage, nor could her team-mates who were a bit off-balanced in attack while the Greeks added four more goals to earn a rather well-deserved win.


For places 11-12

Germany–P. R. China 12-13
Quarters: 3-4, 3-3, 3-3, 2-1. ET: 1-2, 0-0

Germany: AHRENS Bianca, FREISEWINKEL Linn 2, REUTER Anne, ZIMMERMANN Luise 2, STIEFEL Jennifer 1, VAN DER BOSCH Sina, ILLINGER Kim, KREIS Nadja, PALAND Alena, SEYFERT Bianca 2, STEINHAUER Tatjana 6, MEISSNER Luzie, REINHART Michelle.

P. R. China: WANYUN Feng, ZIJUN Zhai 2, GUANAN Niu 2, MEGYANG Zhang, BINGJING Wang, JIANING Tian, DONLGLUN Song 3, SHUJIN Li 1, ZHUIJA Wang, NING Guo, SHIMIAO Wang, YIDAN Wang, QUN Xia 5.

Extra player:
Germany: 4 for 8
China: 4 for 10

Penalties: none

Referees: SADIKOV Akbar (UZB), LEGAWA Andreas (INA)

It was a great battle with a “photo-finish” at the end: they were running shoulder-by-shoulder, with the Chinese being always in front but the Germans managed to level the score from time to time, despite trailing 4-6 in the second and 8-10 in the third quarter. Steinhauer was the one who led their charge she scored a vital goal with one second to go in the third quarter and equalised in the beginning of the fourth period. A goal exchange within a minute, three missed extras and four time-outs marked the last four minutes but the score stayed at 11-11, so it took six more minutes to decide the outcome. China regained the lead with a fine goal from Zijun and a Guanan added another one from a 6 on 5 for 11-13, and that was too much for the Germans. Despite they pulling one back – Steinhauer netted her sixth goal – the last three minutes went goalless and without exclusions so China managed to finish in 11th.


For places 9-10

Uzbekistan–Canada 6-15
Quarters: 1-5, 1-4, 1-5, 3-1

Uzbekistan: DUKHANOVA Elena, DAGABAEVA Diana, SARANCHA Aleksandra 4, PIFTOV Eseniya, IVANOVA Eugeniya 1, NIGMATULLINA Rufina, MOROZOVA Ekaterina, DAGABAEVA Nellya, UMARORA Liliya, ZINUROVA Adelina 1, HAMITOVA Guzelya, PLYUSOVA Anna, DJUMALIEVA Angelina.

Canada: COLTER John Nicola, McKEE Kelly 4, LEKNESS Rae 2, STEEMKAMER Rebekka 1, AMOROSA Amanda, PATERSON Julia, TAYLOR Shelby, ROBINSON Cara, FITZGIBBON Fiona 1, YELIZAROVA Hanna, MASE Kirstn 1, WRIGHT Emma 5, GAUDREAULT Jessica.

Extra player:
Uzbekistan: 2 for 10
Canada: 2 for 6

Penalties:
Uzbekistan: none
Canada: 1 for 2

Referees: TAN Hong Boon (SIN), DREVAL Svetlana (RUS)

Thanks to the efforts of McKee in the first and of Wright in the second period – both scored a hat-trick – Canada enjoyed an easy ride. Actually this team belongs to the best ones but there are only eight places in the “higher regions” so they had to settle for the 9th place this time – here the other sides are no match for the Canadians who are more powerful and more skilled than their rivals.