FINA Water Polo World League
Since 2002, the world’s best water polo national teams meet each year and compete against one another in the sport’s first global league.
From 2014 on, the competition formula comprises two preliminary tournaments: one in Europe with a series of “home and away” games and an Intercontinental Tournament with the participation of teams from Africa, Americas, Asia and Oceania.
A Super Final for both the men’s and women’s league is organised with the eight qualifying teams of the preliminaries. A total prize money of US$ 345'000 (men) and US$ 202'500 (women) is distributed.
The women's Super Final 2014 was held in Kunshan (CHN) from June 10-15 while the men's Super Final 2014 took place in Dubai (UAE) from June 16-21.
Women's Super Final 2014, Day 2: Russia's miraculous comeback against the World champions
Russia made a minor miracle coming back from 8-2 down against Spain and unlike on the opening day, this time they won the penalty shootout.
Jennifer Pareja scored 7 for Spain, including three from penalties, but missed a crucial one in the shootout. The other games provided less excitement, USA outplayed Canada, Italy woke up in time against Brazil while China had too many misses to keep up with Australia.
Women's Super Final, Day 1: Italy stuns China thanks to impressive Silvia Motta
Italy stunned the Chinese side on the opening day thanks to the outstanding individual effort of Silvia Motta who scored 5 goals, 4 of them within 4:30 minutes in the third period.
The big clash of the day between the USA and Russia ended in a penalty shootout with the US prevailing. Spain managed to pull off a tight win over Canada while Australia was too strong for Brazil.
Women's Intercontinental Tournament, Day 6: Australia, USA, Canada and Brazil qualify for Super Final
Game #1: Kazakhstan vs Venezuela 17-9
Kazakhstan came out and scored the first goal of the match. Venezuela was quick to answer with a goal of their own. Keeping the match close both teams played aggressively the entire first half. Venezuela managed to gain the lead with a score of six to five to end the half. Once the second half resumed Kazakstan had five unanswered goals to take the lead. Kazakhstan won the game with a final score of 17-9.
The Kazakhstan offense was led by Natalya Shepelina with five goals of her own. Other scorers included: Aizhan Akilbayeva(2), Assel Jakayeva (4), Anastassiya Mirshina (1), Oxana Saichuk (1), Anna Turova (1) Natalya Alexandrova (2).
Women's Intercontinental Tournament, Day 5: USA defeats China 14-10
Game #1 Brazil vs Kazakhstan 12-11
Brazil and Kazakhstan started off day 6 of the FINA Intercontinental Women’s Water Polo tournament with a close game. Both teams were tied going into the fourth quarter of play and Brazil ended up victorious with a score of 12-11. Izabella Chiappini played a strong offensive game for Brazil. Chiapinni scored 8 goals for the Brazillian’s who also had goals from Mirella Coutinlo (2), Mailina Canetti (1), and Lunianne Balloncas (1). Tess Oliveira played in goal for the Brazilian’s and made 6 saves.
Kazakhstan’s offense was lead by Oxana Saichuk who scored 4 goals for the team. Goal’s also came from Anna Turova (2), Natalya Shepelina(2), Marina Gritsenk (1), Natalya Alexandrova (1), and Assel Jakayeva (1). Alexandra Zharkova was in the goal for Kazakhstan and made 6 saves.
Women's Intercontinental Tournament, Day 4: Unbeaten USA and Australia advance to semis
Game #1 Canada vs Brazil 10-6
Day 4 of the FINA Women's Intercontinental Water Polo Tournament kicked ofF with Canada battling Brazil. The final score was 10-6 with Canada giving Brazil the loss. The game began with both goalies giving a solid effort. However, Canada took an early lead with two goals from Joelle Bekhazi. Bekhazi came out agressive early by forcing tunrovers and taking advantage of them on the offensive end. At the end of two periods Canada had a 5-2 lead over Brazil, with Izabella Chiappini scoring both goals for Brazil. Brazil tried to rally back with Mirella Coutilo scoring two goals for Team Brazil. However, Canada’s captain Krystina Alogbo and Monkika Eggens were too much for Brazil, both scored two goals in the second half. Handing Canada a 10-6 win over Brazil.
The Canadian offense was well balanced having six different scorers for today's contest. The Brazilian offense consisted of four different scorers for the contest. Top Scorer for both teams consisted of: CAN:Joelle Bekhazi (3), Krystina Alogbo (2), and Monika Eggens (2). BRA: Izabella Chiappini (2) and Mirella Coutinlo (2).
Women's Intercontinental Tournament, Day 3: USA and Japan register tight wins after penalties
Game #1 Venezuela vs Australia 0-17
Venezuela battled Australia in the first game of the day. Australia was strong offensively and won 17-0. Australia was locked in defensively forcing turnovers and making Venezuela pay for their mistakes. It was a solid performance by Australian player Rowie Webster who totaled four goals for the afternoon. Lillian Hedges and Kelsey Wakefield split time in goal for the Australians. Hedges made 5 saves while Wakefield made 3. In goal for Venezuela was Lorena Godoy and Angela Calvo who also split time in the goal. Godoy made 7 saves for the Venezuelans while Calva made 2.
Women's Intercontinental Tournament, Day 2: Team USA defeats Kazakhstan 16-5
Game #1: Venezuela vs China 6-24
China and Venezuela kicked off day 2 of the FINA Intercontinental Women's Water Polo tournament today. Venezuela came out strong but could not hold off China's aggressive play. China led the first half 12-4 with a dominating offense. China's goalie Lin Peng played the entire game as well as Venezuela's goalie Angela Calvo. China went on to win the game 24-6.
The Chinese offense was led by Dong Lun Song scored 5 goals. Other scorers for China included: Li Shu Jin (2), Sun Yu Jun (3), Chew Hui Li (2), Zhang Cong (1), Zhao Zi Han (4), Tian Jia Ning (1), Wang Xin Yan (1). Venezuela's offense was lead by Yineldy Araujo with 3 goals. Other scorers included: Jeisnaimil Agelvis (2), Dulce Hernandez (1),Sun Ya Ting (5).
Women's Intercontinental Tournament, Day 1: Australia upsets defending World League champion China
Game #1 Brazil vs Venezuela 12-2
Brazil and Venezuela kicked off the FINA Intercontinental Women's Water Polo tournament today May 20, 2014. Brazil won the game with a final score of 12-2. They led the game the whole time with a dominating offensive and solid play by both goalie's: Tess Oliveria who played 3 quarters and Victoria Chamarro who remained in goal for the rest of the game. Both goalies for Brazil allowed 1 goal each.
The Brazilian offense was lead by Mirella Coutinlo and Izabella Chiappini who scored 3 goals a piece. Other scorers for Brazil included Mailina Canetti (2), Mailina Zablith (1), Amanda Oliveria (1), Melani Dias (1), and Diana Abla (1). Venezuela's offense was lead by Ana Balsero who scored both goals for the team. Lorena Godoy was in goal for the whole game for Venezuela.
Super Final 2013 (Men): Serbia wins again, this time with ease
CHELYABINSK, Russia (June 16) – Serbia won the World League crown and the $100,000 cheque for the 7th time (twice triumphed as Serbia-Montenegro), and for the 5th time in seven years. The final against Hungary wasn’t as thrilling as used to be, still, the capacity crowd enjoyed it very much. The bronze medal went to Montenegro after they won with penalties against the US – it was Montenegro’s fourth shootout in six games.
Chelyabinsk, together with the Russian Water Polo Federation, was a worthy host of FINA’s premium water polo event which proved that the men’s field has become wider and more balanced than ever.
Super Final 2013 (Men): Showdown again: Serbia to face Hungary in the final
CHELYABINSK, Russia (June 15) – Six years after they clashed in Berlin, Serbia and Hungary will face off again in the final of the FINA World League. Both sides won their respective semi finals 8-6, but in quite different ways. Serbia’s battle with Montenegro was open until the very last minute while Hungary’s strong opening against the US determined the rest of the match.
In the “lower house” China was too strong for Brazil again and Russia overcame Japan thanks to an incredible 6-0 third period.
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