Youth Water Polo (W), Day 2: USA, Greece, Spain and Canada rule in their groups

World Youth Water Polo Championships

USA, Greece, Spain and Canada are the leaders in their respective groups after the second day of the preliminary stage at the pool of the Swimming Centre M-86 in Madrid, Spain. In Group A, USA secured the first place after defeating South Africa with a 4-20 score. In the second game, Hungary found no rival in Germany, which was beaten with a 22-3 score. The South Africans wait for them in the final match.

Meanwhile, in Group B, the leader is Greece thanks to the better goal average compared to Italy after the victory against Brazil with a 4-22 score, with Vasiliki and Eleftheria as the top scorers. Italy had more problems with Japan, but dispelled their doubts with a 5-1 partial score in the last quarter, the final score after the match being 13-9.


Spain, the competition host, dominates Group C due to the goal average thanks to a well-crafted draw against the other big favourite team, the Netherlands (6-6). It was the most exciting match of the day, with Forca and Loopman as the top scorers. At the lower part of the group, China crushed Puerto Rico with a 11-22 score in an uneventful match.

Finally, in Group D, Canada and Russia draw level at the top of the scoreboard with two victories each, but with a better goal average for the Canadians. The main affected team, Australia, was defeated by Russia with a very tight score (9-8), as it had happened the previous day against Canada (7-6). The Canadians, on the other hand, gave no chance to New Zealand, and they won the match with a 18-3 score.

FLASH QUOTES:

Paolo Zizza (Italy coach): “It has been difficult to win the match. My players were a bit sleepy and mentally tired out after the match against Greece. Also Japan played well and our attack was not very effective at the beginning."

Alexandra Kiss (Hungary): “We thought the match would be harder. We defended pretty well with the arms and our attack was quite successful, therefore we feel happy."

Juan C. Sanchón (Spain coach): “It was a match eminently defensive on both sides and with much respect since we know each other well. We have made a great game on defense. In attack we have been a little bit away from the goal.”



Statistics from Day 2 games:

Game 9, Group B: ITALY 13 - 9 JAPAN
Quarters: 3-2, 3-2, 2-4, 5-1

Referees: Juan Carlos Colominas (ESP) and Along Meng (CHN)

Teams:
Italy: Divina Nigro, Giusy Citino, Martina Gottardo (2 goals), Silvia Avegno (1), Chiara Ranalli (1), Maddalena Fisco, Domittila Picozzi (5), Luna di Claudio, Arianna Gragnolati (3), Carlotta Nencha, Elena Altamura (1) and Carolina Ioannou.
Head coach: Paolo Zizza.
Japan: Minami Shioya, Marina Tokumoto, Yuri Kazama (1 goal), Kana Sasaki, Chiaki Sakanoue (3), Misaki Noro, Kotori Suzuki (2), Shiori Ogawa, Aki Izumi (2), Minori Yamamoto and Yumi Arima (1). Head coach: Hideo Katoh.

Action goals: ITA (10) / JPN (9)
Man up goals: ITA (1/11) / JPN (0/11)
Penalty goals: ITA (2/3) / JPN (0/2)

 
Game 10, Group B: BRASIL 4 - 22 GREECE
Quarters: 3-6, 0-3, 1-6, 0-7

Referees: Nicholas Hodgers (AUS) and Martin Murray (CAN)

Teams:
Brasil: Victoria Chamorro, Ana Amaral, Mariana Ribeiro, Camila Barros, Yasmin Oliveira, Mariane Cardoso, Marina Araujo, Daniela Vidal, Sofia Rivas (2), Mariana Duarte (2), Lorena Borges and Raquel Sa. Head coach: Paulo Rogeiro.
Greece: Eirini Patra, Eleftheria Plevritou (5), Ioanna Chidirioti (2), Nikoleta Eleftheriadou (2), Vasiliki Plevridou (5), Eleni Xenaki (1), Michaela Vasiliki Kalogerakou (2), Maria Patra (1), Anthia Papanastasiou (1), Maria Sora (1), Maria Eleni Nimidi (1), Virginia Niarchakou (1) and Ioanna Stamatopolou. Head coach: Georgios Morfesis.

Action goals: BRA (3) / GRE (21)
Man up goals: BRA (1/7) / GRE (0/4)
Penalty goals: BRA (1/1) / GRE (0/0)



Game 11, Group C: NETHERLANDS 6 - 6 SPAIN
Quarters: 2-4, 2-1, 1-0, 1-1

Referees: Marcella Mauss (GER) and Radu Matache (ROU)

Teams:
Netherlands: Laura Aarts, Maud Megens, Bieigitte Sleeking, Aan Femke (1), Maartje Keuning, Lizette Rozeboom, Brigit Mulder, Maud Koopman (3), Kitty Joustra (1), Ilse Koolhaas, Anouk Bergsma, Bente Rogge (1) and Jalou Vanhelsuwe. Head coach: Jan Vos.
Spain: Ana Sabugal, Paula Crespi (1), Anna Gual, Carla Abellán, Carla Tohá, Irene González (2), Marina Cordobés, Hana Vilanova, Judith Forca (3), Amanda Triviño, Marta Mota, Julia Tazueco and Inmaculada Bello. Head coach: Juan Carlos Sanchón.

Action goals: NED (5) / ESP (4)
Man up goals: NED (1/3) / ESP (2/10)
Penalty goals: NED (0/0) / ESP (0/1)



Game 12, Group C: PUERTO RICO 11 - 22 CHINA
Quarters: 3-7, 2-10, 2-1, 4-4

Referees: Natacha Florestano (BRA) and Charissa Hackshaw (TRI)

Teams:
Puerto Rico: Nichole Colon, Allison Fernandez (4), Maria Quiles, Cara Mullery, Anagabriella Guerra (2), Alexandra Guerra, Cristina Lugo (2), Nathalia Melendez (1), Claudia Ramos (2), Daniela Fuertes and Andrea Guerra. Head coach: Ricardo Cuevas.
China: Xueying Wang, Ying Zhai (1), Yanan Bi (2), Zewen Deng (4), Chenying Li, Xiaohan Mei (3), Yiwen Lu, Jing Zhang (4), Jing Yan (3), Dunhan Xiong (4), Yini Cai (1), Huan Wang and Jingying Wu. Head coach: Wenhua Li.

Action goals: PUR (11) / CHN (21)
Man up goals: PUR (0/8) / CHN (0/5)
Penalty goals: PUR (0/1) / CHN (1/1)



Game 13, Group D: RUSSIA 9 - 8 AUSTRALIA
Quarters: 2-2, 2-2, 3-2, 2-2

Referees: Joseph Peila (USA) and Fabio Collantoni (ITA)

Teams:
Russia: Alina Litovchenko, Daria Gerzanich (2), Maria Borisova (1), Elena Kotanchyan, Aleksandra Zelenkovskaia, Anastasiia Khargina, Olga Koryakina (2), Ekaterina Iakusheva, Anna Karvchenko (2), Taisiia Sorokina, Bella Khamzaeva, Alena Serzhantova (2) and Polina Iushkova. Head coach: Aleksandr Naritka.
Australia: Tess Hosking, Amy Ridge, Bronte Halligan (4), Georgia Millonville (1), Monique Rebelo, Pla Rodgers, Chelsea Allen, Emily Mlgowan, Georgia Hole, Ellodie Ruffin, Lena Mihailovic (2), Maddy Steere (1) and Octavia Bellekens. Head coach: Jack Lusic.

Action goals: RUS (3) / AUS (7)
Man up goals: RUS (4/11) / AUS (0/9)
Penalty goals: RUS (2/2) / AUS (1/1)



Game 14, Group D: CANADA 18 - 3 NEW ZEALAND
Quarters: 4-2, 6-0, 4-0, 4-1

Referees: Mario Dalli (MLT) and Keisuke Shimizu (JPN)

Teams:
Canada: Ymane Hage, Taylor Vijh (1), Amy Yute, Emma Wright (2), Joëlle Nacouzi (2), Axelle Crevier (1), Auriel Bill, Hayley McKelvey (3), Sarah Myers (3), Kelly Matthews (3), Kindred Paul (1), Kyra Christmas (2) and Alicia Magliocco. Head coach: Angela Johnson.
New Zealand: Selina Duggan, Liana Dance, Emma Ballard, Paige Walls, Abigail Cartmell, Annabel Harman, Breanna Ward, Katie McKenty, Grace Tobin (2), Holly Brown, Charlotte Valentine (1), Brogan Houghton and Antonia Young. Head coach: Atilla Biro.

Action goals: CAN (13) / NZL (3)
Man up goals: CAN (4/6) / NZL (0/8)
Penalty goals: CAN (1/1) / NZL (0/0)



Game 15. Group A: HUNGARY 22 - 3 GERMANY
Quarters: 6-1, 3-1, 4-0, 9-1

Referees: Svetlana Dreval (RUS) and John Waldow (NZL)

Teams:
Hungary: Gabor Kincso, Dorotta Szilagyi (6), Csenge Toth (1), Greta Gurisatti (4), Brigitta Horvath (1), Tamara Farkas (2), Dora Leimeter (1), Szonja Kuna (5), Hertzka Orsolya (1), Viktoria Varga, Zsusanna Mate (1) and Alexandra Kiss. Head coach: Eszter Gyori.
Germany: Jule Lissner,Belen Muriel Vosseberg, Charlotte Huber, Franzisca Dregger, Ira Deike (1), Sophia Eggert, Jamie Verebelyi (1), Aylin Fry, Lilian francesca Adamski, Maren Hinz (1), Julia Eggert, Victoria Fischer and Ronja Kersenboom. Head coach: Heike Kohnen-Whalil.

Action goals: HUN (19) / GER (3)
Man up goals: HUN (2/5) / GER (0/6)
Penalty goals: HUN (1/1) / GER (0/0)



Game 16, Group A: SOUTH AFRICA 4 - 20 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Quarters: 2-6, 1-3, 1-4, 0-7

Referees: Gideon Reemnet (NED) and Natalya Rustamova (UZB)   

Teams:
South Africa: Nicole Schumann, Amber Penney (1), Yamkela Latila, Emma Hardham, Tayla Louw (1), Nina Cressey (2), Cara Ann Stubbs, Alex van der Walt, Ruby Versfeld, Caitlin Schreuder, Erin Sims, Megan-Jame Thompson and Nicole James. Head coach: Bevan Manson.
USA: Carlee Kapana, Christiana Manzella (3), Haley Wan, Mary Brooks, Madison Berggren, Jordan Raney, Devin Grab (5), Katherine Klass (1), Aria Fischer (4), Makenzie Fischer (4), Brianna Daboub,Maddeline Mussleman (3) and Helena van brande. Head coach: Marcelo Leonardi.

Action goals: RSA (4) / USA (18)
Man up goals: RSA (0/2) / USA (0/8)
Penalty goals: RSA (0/1) / USA (2/2)


Courtesy of Rodrigo Gil-Sabio, RFEN