WP Juniors (W), Day 1: No surprises in the initial day in Volos

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

Volos (Greece) 19 August – The first day of the Championships in Volos (GRE) was marked by the victories of the strongest teams of the tournament. In all the seven matches, the squads with more ambitions proved their superiority and sent a strong signal for the remaining of the event: moreover, their comfortable win allowed the respective coaches to use all their players, thus giving them a “taste” of what is still to come.
Group A: SPAIN 18 - CANADA 8
Quarters: 7-1, 2-2, 6-3, 3-2

Teams:
Spain: FERNADEZ Patricia Herrera, ZUNIGA Laura Vicente 2, LLAQUET Anni Espar 3, GARCIA Carla Graupera 2, AYMERICH Roser Tarrago 4, LOPEZ Irene Gonzalez 1, LLAQUET Clara Gaspar 3, MUNOZ Beatris Ortiz, PASQUAL Marta Bach, ALVAREZ Mar Pastor 1, ESFORZADO Paula Chillida 1, ARIZA Iudith Forca 1, GONZALEZ Elana Sanchez.

Canada: GAMDREAULT Jessica, PEI LEKNESS Rae 1, STEENKAMER Rebekka 1, Gurpreet SOHI 2, CREVIER Roxane, MATHEWS Kelly, ROBINSON Cara 1, MCKELVEY Haley, WRIGHT Emma 3, KINDRED Paul, TIELMANN Alexa, WRIGHT Claire.

Extraplayer:
ESP: 7/12
CAN: 6/10

Penalties:
ESP: 2/4
CAN: 0/0

REFEREES: Gabriela VARKONYI (HUN) – Nikola JOHNSON (AUS)

The match was a comfortable “training” for Spain. The Iberians took a huge advantage from the first period (7-1) and just managed this difference until the end of the match. After allowing a balanced (2-2) second quarter, the Spanish players restarted the “turbo” after the halftime and gave no chances of recover to their opponents. The difference on the score allowed both coaches to make many substitutions and use almost all the available players. 

Group B: USA 14 - KAZAKHSTAN 4
Quarters: 6-0, 2-1, 3-2, 3-1

Teams:
USA: JOHNSON Ashleigh, CUROSSNKN Ashley 3, FISCHER Mckenzie 2, FATTAL Rachel 1, SCURHOEDER Ciera 1, VANIE Monica 1, DANBE Sike 2, NEUSHUL Kiley 3, DONONCE Emily 1, BARR Mackenzie, HILL Kodianne, WILLIAMS Alys, YOCUN Jullian.

Kazakhstan: KRASSIKOVA Kristina, RAKHMANOVA Elina, MIRSHINA Anastasia 2, ZHAKSYLYKOVA Zarina, SVIRILENKA Irina, ROGA Darya 1,TIKHONOVA Oxana, SPINARENKA Marina, KUMKAYEVA Zhazira, GAYERFANOVA Zarina,  SAICHUK Oxana 1, YEGEMBERDIYENA Aruzh, RYZHINSKAYA Darya.

Extraplayer:
USA: 0/3
KAZ: 2/4

PENALTIES:
USA: 0
KAZ: 0

REFEREES: Svetlana DREVAL (RUS) – Natacha FLORESTAND

The early advantage of USA - 6-0 during the first quarter - was the cause for a really quiet match without much excitement. After the first period, the North Americans slowed down and gave some space and opportunities to their opponents. What followed were two quarters with some balance (2-1 and 3-2), but of course perfectly controlled by USA. In the end, the North Americans proved why they are one of the favourite squads of the tournament, proving that their senior successes begin at junior level.

Group B: ITALY 14 - NEW ZEALAND 5
Quarters: 5-1, 3-0, 3-3, 3-1

Teams:
Italy: SPARANO Fabiana, DARIO Sara 1, VERDUCCI Martina 1, VIACANA Giulia, MILLO Alessia 2, REPETTO Laura 1, GALARDI Giuditta 2, TABANI Chiara 2, PALMIERI Valeria 3, MARLETTA Claudia 1, GRILLO Roberta, POMERI Francesca 1, NIERO Divina

New Zealand: MURPHY Olivia, GRAHAM Jaymee, MAHADEVAN Renuka, LALA Nina, CAMPELL Simone Couvee, PARKS Rebecca 2, GEARY Chelsea, DA SILVA Gaittin Lopes 2, REWI- HENVY Natasha 1, BURNS Rachel, FEVIGO, Ricci, ENOKA Kate, HERRIOT Zephy

Extrplayer:
ITA: 4/11
NZL: 3/8

Penalties:
ITA: 1/1
NZL: 0/0

Referees: WENGENROTH Ursula (SUI), ZHANE Liang (CHN)

In the first half of the game, the Italian players were particularly efficient in the attack (8-1), and soon dictated the fate of the encounter. New Zealanders were allowed some relief in the third quarter (3-3), but the difference was already too important to even think on coming back. The Italian win could have been even more expressive if the Europeans could have taken better advantage of the extra-man situations, where they were not so efficient (4/11). 

Group C: AUSTRALIA 20 - SOUTH AFRICA 3
Quarters: 6-1, 6-1, 3-1, 5-0

Teams
Australia: DAVIES Michaela, COLENSO Bronte 4, CARR Emily, ZIMMERMAN Jesica 2, EARL Cathryn 1, MARTIN Shannan 2, MALLIGAN Bronte 1, APPEL Jayde 1, SCHMID Maddison, BENSON Emily, BARR Chloe 5, HEDGES Lilian 4

South Africa: GASCOINE Alexandra, HAIRD Nikol 2, RAWSTERN Christy, ROSSLEE Kim, KILLEN Lindscy, GRESSEY Nina, BENTHAN Sarah, LIDSTON Kelly, CHRISTION Jelaine 1, PARKES Megan, MCKENZIE Nicole, LOUBSER Emma.

Extraplayer:
AUS: 9/13
RSA: 0/4

Penalties:
AUS: 2/3
RSA: 0/0

Referees: Hantshel (GER), Zambrano (VEN)

Another match in one-direction, with Australians imposing a double 6-1 in the first two quarters, and annihilating any South African illusion. Thanks to three inspired players (Colenso, Barr and Hedges), who scored 13 of the 20 goals of their team, Australia sealed an important win over South Africa and was able to test many combinations that can be useful during the decisive stages of the tournament. Their amazing 8/10 on extra-man was a precious indication of their offensive strategy and was decisive for this comfortable outcome.

Group C: UKRAINE 5 - UZBEKISTAN 11

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

Teams:
Ukraine: DVORZHETSKA Elena, BULAKH Anfisa, MELNYCHUK Anastasia 1, ANDRYEYENA Marya, TELYPKO Divya, LYSENKO Valeria, SERHIEIEVA Viktoria, FILIUSHKINA Anastasia 1, PALAMARCHUK Marija 1, FEDUTENKO Kateryna, SHEVCHENKO Karyna 2, ABOIMOVA Iryna, GRES Anastasia

Uzbekistan: Elena DUKHAKOVA, DUKHAKOVA Elena, DADABAEVA Nellya,  LARCHENKO Anastasiya, PIFTOR Eseniya 2, DJUMALIEVA Angelina 6, SHAYDULLINA Regina, MOROZOVA Ekaterina, NIGMATULLINA Rufina, UMAROVA Liliya 1, KOZLOUSKAYA Valeriya 2, TESHABAEVA Ziedahon, PULATOVA Maftuna, KAMILA Abdeeva.

Extraplayer:
UKR: 3/6
UZB: 3/5

Penalties:
UKR: 1/1
UZB: 0/0

Referees: Brasiliano (ITA), Randall (USA)

The match started in a certain way balanced, with the Ukrainians refraining the attacks of their opponents (4-1 at halftime). But the third quarter was decisive for the final outcome, with Uzbekistan scoring five goals against none for the Ukrainians. The winners showed a very strong defence, which was able to keep the difference safe and to diminish the success of Ukraine, whose team only scored five goals. From Uzbekistan’s side, Djumalieva was “on fire”, netting more than the half of her squad’s goals (six out of 11).

Group D: RUSSIA 16 - BRAZIL 4

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

Teams:
Russia: CHAMORDO Victoria, ANTONOVA  Diana 4, SIMANOVKH Anastasia 2, KARIMOVA Elvina 1, PERFILYEVA Natalia 1, BELOVA Olga 4, KUZINA Svetlana, RYZHKOVA Daria 1, PODELSHCHIKOVA Vasilisa , BOGDANOVA Anna 2, LARONDAIKINA Nade 1, BABYKSHINA Dinara, VERKHOGLYADOVA Anastasia

Brazil: CHAMORDO Victoria, ALBA Diana, DUARTE Mariana, SANTORO Adhary MORAES, Luiza, LIMA Victoria, HERNANDEZ Roberta, CHIAPPINI Izabella 3, ARAUZO Marina, VELOSO Tatiana, COUTINHO Mirella 1, BAHIA, Viviane, BELCHIOR Amanda

Extraplayer:
RUS: 0/4
BRA: 2/6

Penalties:
RUS: 6/7
BRA: 0/1

Referees: INESTA (ESP), KNIGHTS (NZL)

Very nervous in the defence, the team of Brazil, gave five penalty opportunities to Russia in the first period, and all them resulted in goal for the Europeans. After a balanced second period, three consecutive goals in the third quarter for Russia dictated the winner of this match. The winners were more concentrated throughout the entire match and took better advantage of the opportunities they had. The Brazilians fought well in the first half, but then lost concentration and efficiency and could not avoid nine goals in the last two quarters, when they could not find the opponent’s net.

Group D: HUNGARY 13 - GREAT BRITAIN 5
Quarters: 4-1, 4-1, 3-3, 2-0

Teams:
Hungary: HORVATH Anna 1,  ILLES Anna Krisztina 3, Dora ANTAL 2, GURISATTI Greta,  MISKOLCZI Ibolya Kitti 2,  KOVESDI Vivien, GEMES  Alexa Anett, GARDA Krisztina  1, MILKOS Dora 2, ZIEGLER Diana 1, HORVATH Brigitta 1, POLAK Zsofia, BARNA Edina.

Great Britain: SMITH Jade, TASKEN Lauren 1, GRIMES Honor, GILBERT Sophie, CHADDERTON  Ella 2,  HESKETH Katie 1,  TAFAZOLLI Brook, NIXON Claire HUCK, Rosemary , DEAN Courtney, ELLIOT  Danielle 1, OSCROFT Rhianne.

Extraplayer:
HUN: 5/6
GRB: 4/10

Penalties:
HUN: 2/3

Referees: Boudramis (GRE), Dabbaghain (USA)

The Magyar side started very strong, dissipating at halftime (8-2) any doubt to what would be the winner of the match. In the third period (3-3), Hungary softened a bit the pressure and the British squad could find some tranquility, but the outcome of the game was of course sealed. In the end, Hungary dedicated its victory to Dezso Gyarmati, the water polo legend who passed away at the age of 86 and was certainly an inspiration and role model for the younger generations of Magyar water polo players. In the beginning of the encounter, a minute of silence was observed in Gyarmati’s memory.