WP Juniors (W), Day 2: USA, Russia and Australia lead after second win

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

Volos (Greece), 20 August - In a very exciting day in Volos, all the seven games were really interesting with many beautiful goals, turnovers, unexpected results and the first draw. The match of this second day was the last one, with Greece celebrating a crucial victory against Spain in front of the Hellenic supporters. Another highlight was the second victory of the USA in the tournament (this time against Italy), making the North Americans a strong contender for the quarterfinals. Russia and Australia also assured their second win in Volos.


Group A: SPAIN 5 - GREECE 8
Quarters: 1-2, 1-3, 2-2, 1-1

Teams:
Spain: FERNANDEZ HERRERA Patricia, ZUNIGA Laura Vicente, LLAQUET Anni Espar, GARCIA GRAUPERA Carla 1, AYMERICH Roser Tarrago 2, LOPEZ Irene Gonzalez, LLAQUET Clara Espar, MUNOZ Beatriz Ortiz, PASQUAL Marta Bach 2, ALVAREZ Nar Pastor, ESFORZADO Paula Chillida, ARIZA Judith Forca, GONZALEZ Maria Sanchez

Greece: DIAMANTOPOULOU Chrysoula, BENEKOU Alkistis 1, DIAMANTOPOULOU Vasiliki 1, CHIDIRIOTI Ioanna, PLEVRITOU Eleftheria 3, XENAKI Eleni, KALOGERAKOU Michaella 1, PLEVRITOU Margarita, KOTSIA Christina, SORA Maria, BENEKOU Ioli- Aggeliki 1, KONTOGIANNI Stamatina 1, TEREFU Stefania

Extraplayer:
ESP: 3/9
GRE: 4/8

Penalties:
ESP: 0/0
GRE: 0/0

Referees: DREVAL Svetlana (RUS), VARKONYI Cabriella (HUN)

Long before the start of the match, the swimming pool was already crowded by the Greek supporters, who were waiting for the first home match of their country in the tournament. The atmosphere was electric. From the early beginning, it was clear that the key for the victory was “hidden” behind the defence. The team who played better in front of her goalkeeper would get the win and simultaneously an important advantage for a place in the final eight. Greece having in an excellent day, the best goalkeeper of the previous world championship Chrysoula Diamantopoulou succeeded to block all the attacking weapons of Spain, and could finally celebrate the victory with her teammates.  The first scorer of the game (with three goals) and decisive player for Greece’s win was Eleftheria Plevritou.

Group B: NEW ZEALAND 11 - KAZAKHSTAN 6
Quarters: 5-1, 2-3, 1-2, 3-0

Teams:
New Zealand: MURPHY Olivia, GRAHAM Taymee 2, MAHADEVAN Renuka, LALA Nina, COUVE-CAMPBELL Simone, PARKS Rebecca 4, GEARY Chelsea 3, LOPES DA SILVA Caitlin 1, REWI- HENRY Natashia, BURNS Rachel, FERIGO Ricci, ENOKA Kate, HERRIOT Zephyr 1

Kazakhstan: KRASSIKOVA Kristina, RAKHMANOVA Elina, MIRSHINA Anasstassia 2 , ZHAKSYLYKOVA Zarina, SVINARENKO Irina, ROCA Darya 2, TIKHONOVA Oxana, SVINARENKO Morina, KUMKAYEVA Zhazira, GAYERFANOVA Zarina,  SAICHUK Oxana 2, YEGEMBERDIYEVA Aruzh, RYZHINSKAYA Darya

Extraplayer:
NZL: 3/9
KAZ: 2/6

Penalties:
NZL: 0/0
KAZ: 3/3

Referees: ANDREW Allen (GBR), BYELYETSOV Vlacheslav (UKR)

In the opening match of the day, New Zealand succeeded to collect its first points in the tournament. The four goal difference at the end of the first quarter was a strong asset for the final win. Despite the bad start, Kazakhstan tried to come back and managed to reduce the difference to two goals at the end of the third quarter. Despite the pressure, New Zealanders remained calm and with two goals at the beginning of the last period they made clear who would be the winner of the game.

Group B: USA 8 - ITALY 5
Quarters: 1-1, 1-0, 4-3, 2-1

Teams:
USA: JOHNSON Ashleigh, GROSSMAN Ashley 1, FISCHER Makenzie, FATTAL Rachel 4, SCHROERER Tiera, VAVIE Monica 1, DAUBE Eike, NEUSHUL Kiley 1, DONOHOE Emily, BARR Makenzie, HILL Kodianne, WILLIAMS Alys 1, YOCUM Jullian

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

Extraplayer:
USA: 3/5
ITA: 3/10

Penalties:
USA: 0/0
ITA: 0/0

Referees: WENGEROTH Ursula (SUI), ZHANG Liang (CHN)

The beginning the match was balanced and Italy was the first team to score. However, as the time passed, the USA gained the control of the match and took the advantage having in Rachel Fattal (4 goals) a powerful weapon against the Europeans. Although Italy scored an important goal before the end of the last period, which kept Italian’s hopes alive, nothing changed during the remained minutes and USA almost assured the first place of the group. Key of the match was the weakness of the Italian side on the extra-man situations.

Group C: UZBEKISTAN 7 - SOUTH AFRICA 8
Quarters: 2-1, 2-2, 2-2, 1-3

Teams:
Uzbekistan: Elena DUKHAKOVA, DADABAEVA Nellya  1, LARCHENKO Anastasiya, PIFTOR Eseniya, DJUMALIEVA Angelina 4, SHAYDULLINA Regina, MOROZOVA Ekaterina, NIGMATULLINA Rufina, UMAROVA Liliya 2, KOZLOUSKAYA Valeriya, TESHABAEVA Ziedahon, PULATOVA Maftuna, KAMILA Abdeeva

South Africa: GASCOIGRE Alexandra, HAIRD Nicole 3, RAWSTEN Christy 1, ROSSLEE Kim 3, KILLEN Lindscy, GRESSEY Nina, BENTHAN Sarah, LIDSTON Kelly 1, CHRISTIAN Jelaine, PARKERS Megan, MCKENZIE Nicole, LOUBSER Emma

Extraplayer:
UZB: 2/7
RSA: 2/7

Penalties:
UZB: 1/1
RSA: 0/1

Referees: KNIGHTS Stephen (NZL), AKBERDIN Boris (KAZ)

Theoretically an uneventful match, the first game of Group C was exciting with a dramatic end. The two teams went during the entire encounter hand in hand and none of them could build a safe difference. South Africa succeeded to equalize for the first time in the match at the end of the third period. This additional pressure affected the Uzbek side, supposedly the favourite before the initial whistle. As a result, South Africans were more concentrated and by taking the advantage in the last minute, they could celebrate an amazing turnover and enjoy their first points in the tournament. In great shape were Nicole Haird and Kim Rosslee, who scored three goals each.

Group B:  AUSTRALIA 22 - UKRAINE 3
Quarters: 4-0, 5-0, 6-1, 7-2

Teams:
Australia: DAVIES Michaela, COLENSO Brinte 1 , CARR Emily 2, ZIMMERMAN Jessica 2 , EARL Cathryn , MARTIN Shannan 1, MALLIGAN Bronte 3, APPEL Jayde 4, SCHMID Maddison 3, BENSON Emily 3, BARR Chloe 3, BAXTER Morgan, HEDGES Lilian 

Ukraine: DVORZHETSKA Elena, BULAKH Anfisa, MELNYCHUK Anastasiya 1, ANDRYEYENA Mariya, TELYPKO Dina, LYSENKO Valeriia 1, SERHIEIEVA Viktoriia, FILIUSHKINA Anastasia, PALAMARCHUK Mariia, FEDUTENKO Kateryna 1, SHEVCHENKO Karyna, ABOIMOVA Iryna, GRES Anastasia

Extraplayer:
AUS: 0/1
UKR: 0/1

Penalties:
AUS: 2/2
UKR: 0/0

Referees: BOUDRAMIS Nicolas (GRE), INESTA Ernest (ESP)   

The evening’s session began with an overwhelming supremacy from one of the favourite teams. On a remake of Monday’s match against South Africa, Australia showed no mercy against Ukraine, achieving the biggest win of the day. The Aussies wanted from the early beginning to make clear who would be the boss of the match and went to the half time being in front with 9-0. In the end, the Australians succeeded another goal galore (Jayde Appel led the team, with four goals), and maintain the best attack of the tournament with 42 goals in two matches.

Group D: GREAT BRITAIN 6 - BRAZIL 6
Quarters: 0-3, 2-2, 3-1, 1-0

Teams:
Great Britain: SMITH Jade, TASKEN Lauren, GRIMES Honor, GILBERT Sophie, CHADDERTON Ella 4,  HESKETH Katie,  TAFAZOLLI Brook, NIXON Claire, HUCK Rosemary, DEAN Courtney, ELLIOT  Danielle 2, OSCROFT Rhianne, THOMPSON Kate

Brazil: CHAMORDO Victoria, ALBA Diana, DUARTE Mariana, SANTORO Adhary 1, MORAES Luiza, LIMA Victoria, HERNANDEZ Roberta, CHIAPPINI Izabella 3, ARAUZO Marina, VELOSO Tatiana 2, COUTINHO Mirella , BAHIA Viviane, BELCHIOR Amanda

Extraplayer:
GRB: 1/3
BRA: 1/8

Penalties:
GRB: 0/1
BRA: 0/1

Referees: BRASILIANO Fabio (ITA), ZAMBRANO Arnoldo (VEN)   

None of the teams entered the match with the required concentration, although Brazil built an initial difference of three goals being more effective on attack. After that, Brazilians softened their game and Great Britain managed to balance the match. With an amazing comeback they equalized during the last minutes and as a result they celebrated their first point in the tournament. Brazil, on the other side, may still be wondering how they did not win, despite their many chances to close the match in their favour. The most valuable player of the game was Ella Chadderton (GBR), with four goals.

Group D: RUSSIA 10 - HUNGARY 8
Quarters: 2-2, 2-1, 5-3, 1-2

Teams:
Russia: CHAMORDO Victoria, ANTONOVA Diana 5, SIMANOVKH Anastasia, KARIMOVA Elvina 1, PERFILYEVA Natalia, BELOVA Olga 1, KUZINA Svetlana, RYZHKOVA Daria, PODELSHCHIKOVA Vasilisa, BOGDANOVA Anna 2, LARONDAIKINA Nade 1, BABYKSHINA Dinara, VERKHOGLYADOVA Anastasia

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

Extraplayer:
RUS: 2/6
HUN: 1/4

Penalties:
RUS: 1/1
HUN: 0/0

Referees: HANTSCHEL (GER), MACKAY (CAN)

Two really strong teams faced each other and provided one of the best matches in the tournament so far. The game played by the two sides was really beautiful and the rhythm amazing. Until the end of the first half, the match was a real derby with very strong defences. However, Russia seemed to want it more and on the third quarter succeeded to build a difference of three goals, basing their attack in transition. In the last quarter, the Hungarians tried the comeback but it was already too later. After this result, Russia occupies the first place of the group.