WP Juniors (W), Day 3: Greece, USA, Australia and Russia assure presence in the quarterfinals

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

Volos (Greece), 21 August – In another exciting day in Volos, home country Greece achieved the greatest win among the seven matches on the programme, sealing its presence in the quarterfinals. A very celebrated outcome after a dramatic end of the match against Canada, and a decisive goal in the last second! USA, Australia and Russia also assured their qualification for the quarterfinals, after getting their third victories in the tournament.


Group A: GREECE 11 - CANADA 10
Quarters: 1-2, 2-3, 3-2, 5-3

Teams:
Greece: DIAMANTOPOULOU Chrysoula, BENEKOU Alkistis 1, DIAMANTOPOULOU Vasiliki 3, CHIDIRIOTI Ioanna, PLEVRITOU Eleftheria 2, XENAKI Eleni, KALOGERAKOU Michaella, PLEVRITOU Margarita 2, KOTSIA Christina 2, SORA Maria, BENEKOU Ioli- Aggeliki, KONTOGIANNI Stamatina 1, TEREFU Stefania

Canada: GAUDREAULT Jessica, LEKNESS Rae Francis 2, STEENKAMER Rebekka , SOHI Gurpreet 3, CREVIER Roxane, NATHEWS Kelly, ROBMSON Cara, MCKELVEY Harley 1, WRIGHT Emma 1, KINDRED Paul 2, TIELMANN Alexa 1, WRIGHT Claire

Extraplayer:
GRE: 0/5
CAN: 3/4

Penalties:
GRE: 1/1
CAN: 0/0

Referees: HANTSCHEL Gerrott (GER), DREVAL Svetlana (RUS)

One day after the important win against Spain, Greece just needed one point against Canada in front of their supporters (the pool in Volos was again crowded) in order to celebrate their qualification in the final eight. However, the match did not go as the Greek squad wanted to. The players of Giorgos Morfesis (the Greek coach) looked really anxious and confused, performing bad attacking decisions. As a result, the half time score was 3-5 for Canada. The second part of the match looked a lot to the first one. Greece was trying to take the advantage without success and the pressure was getting bigger and bigger. Canada on the other hand seemed very concentrated and three minutes before the end of the match the score was 6-9 for Canada and the loss for the previous World Champions was really close. However, Greece hadn’t said its last word. With an amazing comeback, the Hellenic side succeeded not only to equalize but also to take the two points with an amazing shoot and a decisive goal of Vasiliki Diamantopoulou (most valuable player of the match) in the last second of the game. With this win Greece finished in the first position and grabs a place to the final eight, where it will find the winner of the match between Great Britain and Uzbekistan.

Group B: USA 12 - NEW ZEALAND 5
Quarters: 4-2, 4-3, 2-0, 2-0

Teams:
USA: JOHNSON Ashleigh, GROSSMAN Ashley 6, FISCHER Makenzie, FATTAL Rachel, SCHROERER Tiera, VAVIE Monica 1, DAUBE Eike 1, NEUSHUL Kiley 3, DONOHOE Emily, BARR Makenzie, HILL Kodianne, WILLIAMS Alys 1, YOCUM Jullian

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

Extraplayer:
USA:1/3
NZL: 0/5

Penalties:
USA: 1/3
NZL: ½

Referees: . FLORESTANO Natasha (BRA), BYELYEVTSOV Vyecheslav (UKR)   

This match was one of the less interesting games of the day, as both teams had already ensured their participation in the next round (USA as first qualifier to the quarterfinals). Consequently, the two coaches were able to test new tactics and combinations. In the first period the game was balanced, but on the second one USA took the lead by scoring four consecutive goals and went to the halftime break with three goals ahead (8-5). In the second half, even though the rhythm of the game fell, the score difference became even bigger. At the final whistle, the North Americans celebrated their third victory during the group phase and a place to the final eight, where they will face either Hungary or Ukraine, while New Zealanders will oppose Spain in the qualification round.

Group Β: ITALY 24 - KAZAKHSTAN 6
Quarters: 8-1, 4-0, 4-3, 8-2

Teams:
Italy: SPARANO Fabiana, DARIO Sara 3, VERDUCCI Martina 2, VIACAVA Giulia 1, MILLO Alessia 3, REPETTO Laura 1, GALARDI Giuditta, TABANI Chiara 3, PALMIERI Valeria, MARLETTA Claudia 5, GRILLO Roberta 3, POMERI Francesca 3, NIGRO Divina

Kazakhstan: KRASSIKOVA Kristina, RAKHMANOVA Elina, MIRSHINA Anasstassia 2, ZHAKSYLYKOVA Zarina 2, SVINARENKO Irina, ROCA Darya 1, TIKHONOVA Oxana, SVINARENKO Morina, KUMKAYEVA Zhazira, GAYERFANOVA Zarina,  SAICHUK Oxana, YEGEMBERDIYEVA Aruzh 1, RYZHINSKAYA Darya

Extraplayer:
ITALY: 2/2
KAZ: 3/5

Penalties:
ITA: 2/2
KAZ:

Referees: JOHNSON Nikola (AUS), SHAMSUTDINOVA Diana (UZB)

The third game of the evening session had a clear favorite against one of the weakest teams of the tournament. As expected, Italy made a relaxing cruise, from the beginning of the match, as the first period concluded already with a 8-1 difference. In the second part of the game, Italy continued to score with Claudia Marletta looking unstoppable (5 goals), and the only real “mystery” was to guess the final score – 24-6, the biggest win on the three days. Italy will now face Canada, with Kazakhstan will fight for the 12th position.

Group C: AUSTRALIA 14 - UZBEKISTAN 4
Quarters: 3-0, 3-1, 3-2, 5-1

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

Uzbekistan: Elena DUKHAKOVA, DADABAEVA Nellya , LARCHENKO Anastasiya, PIFTOR Eseniya, DJUMALIEVA Angelina 3, SHAYDULLINA Regina, MOROZOVA Ekaterina, NIGMATULLINA Rufina, UMAROVA Liliya, KOZLOUSKAYA Valeriya, TESHABAEVA Ziedahon, PULATOVA Maftuna 1, KAMILA Abdeeva

Extraplayer:
AUS: 3/6
UZB: 3/6

Penalties:
AUS: 4/4
UZB: 0/0

Referees: BOUDRAMIS Nicolaos (GRE), KNIGHTS Stephen (NZL)

In the opening match of the day, Australia, without getting to the high number of goals of the previous days, collected another victory against Uzbekistan and has already its mind in the quarterfinals. Before the end of the first half the Aussies, with Chloe Barr (four goals) leading the operations, built a safe difference of five goals (6-1) which allowed their coach Ryan Moar to make a lot of changes and to give valuable breaks to all his players for the upcoming days of the tournament. Australia, who also became the first team with three victories in the championship, is waiting to know its opponent at the final eight, who will arise from tomorrow’s game between Spain and New Zealand. On the other hand, Uzbekistan finished in the second place of the group and will face Great Britain in the qualification round.

Group C: UKRAINE 8 - SOUTH AFRICA 7
Quarters: 2-3, 4-2, 1-2, 1-0

Teams:
Ukraine: DVORZHETSKA Elena, BULAKH Anfisa 1, MELNYCHUK Anastasiya 2, ANDRYEYENA Mariya, TELYPKO Dina, LYSENKO Valeriia, SERHIEIEVA Viktoriia, FILIUSHKINA Anastasia, PALAMARCHUK Mariia, FEDUTENKO Kateryna 3, SHEVCHENKO Karyna 1, ABOIMOVA Iryna 1, GRES Anastasia

South Africa: GASCOIGRE Alexandra, HAIRD Nicole, RAWSTEN Christy 2, ROSSLEE Kim 1, KILLEN Lindscy 1, GRESSEY Nina 1, BENTHAN Sarah, LIDSTON Kelly 1, CHRISTIAN Jelaine, PARKERS Megan, MCKENZIE Nicole 1, LOUBSER Emma

Extraplayer:
UKR: 1/4
RSA: 1/2

Penalties:
UKR: 0/1
RSA: 1/2

Referees: WENGEROTH Ursula (SUI), ZABRANO Arnoldo (VEN)

It seems that Ukraine kept the best for the end. Having in mind that this match was their last chance to keep alive the hopes for a participation in the final eight, the Ukrainians did everything they could and finally succeeded to qualify to the next round. The game was balanced from the beginning and none of the teams could gain the control of the operations. South Africa needed just a draw to secure a place in the qualification round and this was perhaps the reason why they played in a soft tone. The half time found Ukraine in front with a 6-5 advantage, with Kateryna Fedutenko leading the team (3 goals). In the second half, the situation remained as it was. Ukrainians, having also the support from Uzbekistan, wanted the win and after a dramatic end, when South Africa lost a penalty in the last minute, they celebrated their huge success.

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

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

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

Extraplayer:
RUS: 5/9
GBR: 0/5

Penalties:
RUS: 0/0
GBR:  0/0

Referees:  DABBAGHAIN Danielle (USA), ZHANG Liang (CHN)

In the last of the morning’s game, Russia achieved to become the second team after Australia with three victories on the group phase. Having locked from Tuesday the first place of the group, they did not activate the “top gear” in order to remain fresh for the next days of the tournament. Nevertheless, they gradually grew the difference and went to the halftime with a 5-1 advantage. Great Britain on the other hand, tried to keep the score sheet at a low level, in order to qualify as third of the group, after Brazil’s draw in the second round. Their mission was successful and the final whistle found the English supporters celebrating despite the loss, as the ten-goal-difference loss in combination with Brazilian’s defeat from Hungary later, gave Great Britain the ticket for the qualification round, where they will meet Uzbekistan. As for Russia, it will play against the winner of the game between Canada and Italy.

Group D: HUNGARY 14 - BRAZIL 8
Quarters: 4-2, 3-3, 3-1, 4-2

Teams:
Hungary: HORVATH Anna,  ILLES Anna Krisztina, Dora ANTAL, GURISATTI Greta 2,  MISKOLCZI Ibolya Kitti 5, KOVESDI Vivien 2, GEMES  Alexa Anett 3, GARDA Krisztina, MILKOS Dora, ZIEGLER Diana 1, HORVATH Brigitta, POLAK Zsofia 1, BARNA Edina

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

Extraplayer:
HUN: 5/7
BRA:  2/8

Penalties:
HUN: 3/3
BRA: 0/0

Referees: MACKAY Viliam (USA), AKBERDIN Boris (KAZ)

Despite the fact it was Brazil who needed the points, Hungary was the team who entered the match with more confidence. Both teams preferred to play in an attacking style, and as a result the half time found the Magyars in front with 7-5. As the time passed, the margin was growing (at the half of the third period the score was 9-5). Although the situation seemed really difficult, Brazilians tried for the ultimate comeback. Nevertheless, they succeeded nothing better than to get closer by two goals and the loss came normally. The key of the match was the inability of Brazil to score in the extra-man situations. Hungary finished second of the group and will play against Ukraine for a ticket to the final eight, while Brazil will face South Africa for the 12th position.