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FINA IN MOURNING – Orban Mendoza (PUR)

FINA learnt with great sadness about the loss of Orban Mendoza, from Puerto Rico, who passed away on September 14, 2019 at the age of 90.

Mr Mendoza was a former FINA Bureau Member, having served our International Federation in this capacity from 2005 to 2013. Throughout his long and successful career, he has been President of the Puerto Rico Swimming Federation from 1976 to 1980, and then President of CCCAN (Central American and Caribbean Swimming Federation) and UANA (Union Americana de Natacion).

For his services to our Sport, he also received the FINA Gold Pin.

In Mourning 2019
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16Sep2019

Day 7, World Women's Junior Water Polo Championship: Russia takes back-to-back gold

World Women’s Junior Water Polo Championships 2019
Match 45, 16:00, CHINA 7 HUNGARY 12
Results & Teams

Quarters: 0-4, 2-3, 2-1, 3-4

Referees: Sergey Krizhanovskiy (RUS) and Eurico Moreira da Silva (POR)

Teams

CHINA: Wenxin Dong, Shiyun Wang (2), Yizhen Zhu (1), Xiao Chen (1), Bozhou Lu (2), Qingwei Wang, Wen Su, Rui Xu, Xinyan Meng (1), Yujia Bai, Ziyan Xiao, Siya Yan, Yuting Xie. Head Coach: Jun Lin.

HUNGARY: Alda Magnon Magyari, Zita Armai (2), Vanda Valyi (2), Luca Petovari, Natasa Rybanska (3), Janka Utassy, Fanni Muzsnay, Kamilla Farago (4), Eszter Lara Kiss, Berta Farago (1), Panna Kudella, Panna Petik, Lila Maczko. Head Coach: Tamas Farago.

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Hungarian players smiled at the final day of competition in Funchal after beating China 12-7 for seventh place. Hungary's dominance was clear, with a five-goal margin at half time. That was the difference between the two teams at the end of the game.

Match 46, 17:20, UNITED STATES 9 SPAIN 10
Results & Teams

Quarters: 0-0, 4-3, 2-3, 3-4

Referees: Liang Zhang (CHN) and Alessia Ferrari (ITA)

Teams

UNITED STATES: Georgia Phillips, Noelle Wijnbelt (1), Sarah Klass (1), Abrielle Hill, Honnie Vandeweghe, Bayley Weber (1), Jewel Roemer (3), Roxanne Wheaton, Jenna Flynn (1), Ryann Neushul (2), Valeria Ayala, Ava Johnson, Isabel Williams. Head Coach: Natalie Benson.

SPAIN: Sandra Domene, Paula Camus (1), Paula Leiton (1), Ruth Ariño (1), Silvia Morell (1), Alba Bonamusa, Berta Seto, Elia Montoya (3), Lucia Gomez de la Puente, Helena Dalmases (1), Sofia Diaz, Alejandra Aznar (2), Paula Nieto. Head Coach: Javier Aznar

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A really competitive game between United States and Spain decided the fifth place in the FINA World Women's Junior Water Polo Championship. It was a battle and Spain was the winner (9-10). Elia Montoya led the charge on the offense scoring three goals that approached the Spanish team to the objective it had after its defeat at the quarterfinals. Spain earned two final wins to get the fifth position.

Match 47, 18:40, ITALY 9 GREECE 8
Results & Teams

Quarters: 4-1, 2-2, 2-3, 1-2

Referees: Sander Paul Gransjean (NED) and Anna Goncharenko (UKR)

Teams

ITALY: Caterina Banchelli, Nicole Zanetta (2), Anna Repetto (2), Giorgia Amedeo (1), Elena Borg, Lucrezia Cergol, Sofia Giustini, Isabella Riccioli, Francesca Colletta (1), Carlotta Meggiato, Agnese Cocchiere (3), Dafne Bettini, Marzia Imperatrice. Head Coach: Paolo Zizza

GREECE: Marina Kotsioni, Effrosyni Katsimpri, Anastasia Loudi, Eleni Elliniadi (2), Elisavet Protopapas (1), Maria Anna Mastrokalou, Eirini Ninou (1), Maria Myriokefalitaki (1), Iliana Kokkinaki, Vasiliki Douli, Ioulia Anna Kontoni (1), Eleni Kanetidou (2), Emmanouela Archontaki. Head Coach: Stefanos Leandros.

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Francesca Colletta scored the first goal of the game with 3:57 to play in the first quarter. It gave an idea on how balanced the match was at the beginning, although Italy found the way to build a good advantage with an efective offense and a solid defense. Wearing white caps, the Italian players were leading 4-1 by the end of the first quarter.

Anna Repetto with shots from long distance and Caterina Banchelli with big saves extended Italy's dominance to the second period. Their team had a three-goal margin at half time.

However, Maria Myriokefalitaki and Eleni Elliniadi scored for Greece early in the third quarter and the game changed a bit. Italian players seemed nervous for first time in the game.

Francesca Colletta and Nicole Zanetta restored calm (8-5).

Greece tried a comeback and was close to tie the match, but lost 9-8 so bronze medal belonged to Italy.

Quotes

Caterina Banchelli (ITA) - Player of the match

This bronze medal is like a gold medal for us.

Paolo Zizza (ITA) - Head Coach

This bronze medal is very important to water polo in Italy. I am very happy. My team was fantastic during the tournament. Players are really young and this result will help them to grow and to improve as a team.

Stefanos Leandros (GRE) - Head Coach

At the beginning some things went wrong for us. We didn't have the control of the game. We had some injuries. We lost two of our girls during the first quarter so we had to make some adjustments. We had many chances to draw, like six of five. It should be a big lesson for us. We have to control our feelings, our minds in order to success.

Match 48, 20:00, NETHERLANDS 5 RUSSIA 11
Results & Teams

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

Referees: Darren Brown Spiritosanto (USA) and Marjay Zsolt (HUN)

Teams

NETHERLANDS: Sarah Buis, Lieke Rogge (3), Rozanne Voorvelt, Marit van der Weijden (1), Isis Keijzer, Simone van de Kraats (1), Nina Ten Broek, Maxine Schaap, Lot Stertefeld, Laura Schinkel, Sam Jutte, Storm Willemsen, Janieke Oosting. Head Coach: Evangelos Doudesis.

RUSSIA: Evgeniia Golovina, Polina Kempf (4), Elizaveta Zaplatina, Margarita Pystina (1), Anastassia Diachenko (1), Polina Popova (3), Daria Chagochkina (1), Anastasia Leonova, Regina Galimzianova, Tatiana Tolkunova (2), Anastasiia Shapkina, Nadezhda Lipskaia, Svetlana Stepakhina. Head Coach: Sergey Markoch.

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Six wins out of six matches sum up Russia's power. No team could beat the champion of the past edition, which today captured its second straight FINA World Women's Junior Water Polo Championship crown at the Olympic Swimming Complex in Funchal (POR).

At half time, its advantage was clear (3-7). Polina Kempf, Margarita Pystina, Polina Popova, Daria Chagochkina and Tatiana Tolkunova built a four-goal margin because Netherlands only counted at that moment the goals scored by Lieke Rogge (2) and Marit Van Der Weijden.

In the third quarter, the Dutch team improved its defense but Russia had a response for every goal received (5-9).

At the end, Russia won 5-11 and became world champion again.

Quotes

Sergey Markoch (RUS) - Head Coach

We are the world champions. I am really satisfied. My girls played very good during the tournament. It was a great tournament for the Russian team.

Evangelos Doudesis (NED) - Head Coach

We are more than proud for what we achieved in short term goals. And we are more than proud for the long term goals of this team. The future is bright. Their road to Paris has just started. Unfortunately we won the silver medal, but Russia was by far the best team in the tournament.

Margarita Pystina (RUS) - Top scorer of the tournament

We competed perfectly during the tournament. I am really happy of being part of the team's victory.

Simone van de Kraats (NED) - MVP of the tournament

I was very shocked because we lost, but now I am happy so we are going to celebrate it. Netherlands won this tournament in 1995. Of course we wanted to win but being in the final is very nice.

Russia won Netherlands 11-5 for its second straight FINA World Women's Junior Water Polo Championship crown at the Olympic Swimming Complex in Funchal (POR).

Six victories out of six matches, from group stage to the final, gave gold to Russian junior team, which is now a triple champion, having won in 2009, 2017 and 2019.

In this edition, Russian players where the strongest and took back-to-back gold. Russia had won the previous edition of the tournament, held in Volos (GRE) in 2017.

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15Sep2019

Day 6, World Women's Junior Water Polo Championship: Netherlands-Russia gold-medal final

World Women’s Junior Water Polo Championships 2019
Match 39, 10:00, BRAZIL 13 SOUTH AFRICA 12 in penalty shootout (FT: 9-9. Pens: 4-3)
Results & Teams

Quarters: 1-2, 3-3, 1-1, 4-3

Referees: Damir Temyrkhanov (KAZ) and Fiona Sharyn Haigh (AUS)

Teams

BRAZIL: Thatiana Pregolini, Ana Quesada, Alissa Pinciroli (1), Giovana Silva (1), Ana Amaral, Ana Dias (2+1), Kemily Leao (1+1), Luana Quinn, Leticia Belorio (2+1), Ana Alice Amaral (1), Mylla Pereira (2), Jennifer Cavalcante, Isabela Souza. Head Coach: Ricardo Crivella.

SOUTH AFRICA: Daniella Passoni, Paige Tancrel (1+1), Jennifer Everett (2), Boati Motau (1+1), Astrid Faustmann, Hanna Muller, Shakira January, Kate Hinrichs (1), Hanna Weppelman (1), Jordan Wedderburn (1), Chloe Meecham (1+1), Lucy Miszewski (1), Zanne Smit. Head Coach: Delaine Mentoor

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Brazil defeated South Africa 13-12 in penalty shootout for 11th position after drawing 9-9 at the final buzzer. Brazil's Ana Dias tied the game with only 23 seconds to play. In penalty shootout, Brazil missed one attempt and South Africa two so the South American squad finished in the eleventh place in Funchal.

Match 40, 11:20, CANADA 5 AUSTRALIA 14
Results & Teams

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

Referees: Liang Zhang (CHN) and Asumi Nishihara (JPN)

Teams

CANADA: Hana Truchla, Blaire McDowell (2), Ava Morrant, Briana Utas, Adrien Van Dyke, Verica Bakoc (3), Valeria Rojas, Daphne Guevremont, Apryl Gonzalez, Florranne Carroll, Myriam Lizotte, Paige Donald, Marianne Bouchard Cote. Head Coach: Cyril Dorgigne.

AUSTRALIA: Claire Durston, Jamie Oberman (1), Glenda Morgan, Ruby Swadling, Sophie Milliken (3), Abby Andrews (2), Carla Traplin (1), Nioka Thomas (2), Kasey Dalziel (2), Tenealle Fasala (2), Jessica Emerson, Charlize Andrews (1), Isobelle Pamp. Head Coach: Georgina Kovacs

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"Going into the game against Canada we want to keep up our intensity and I think we can really give them a run for their money. The girls are feeling good, upbeat and ready for our last game," Nioka Thomas said after the big win over South Africa on Friday. Her prediction was good. Australia beat Canada 14-5 to finish nineth in this tournament. Eight players scored in Australia this morning; in Canada only two players netted the ball, Blaire MacDowell (2) and Verica Bakoc (3).

Match 41, 12:40, UNITED STATES 16 CHINA 10
Results & Teams

Quarters: 7-3, 3-1, 4-2, 2-4

Referees: Eurico Moreira da Silva (POR) and Daniel Federico Daners Chao (URG)

Teams

UNITED STATES: Georgia Phillips, Noelle Wijnbelt (1), Sarah Klass, Abrielle Hill (1), Honnie Vandeweghe, Bayley Weber (6), Jewel Roemer (2), Roxanne Wheaton (1), Jenna Flynn, Ryann Neushul (5), Valeria Ayala, Ava Johnson, Isabel Williams. Head Coach: Natalie Benson.

CHINA: Wenxin Dong, Shiyun Wang (1), Yizhen Zhu, Xiao Chen (4), Bozhou Lu (1), Qingwei Wang, Wen Su (1), Rui Xu (3), Xinyan Meng, Yujia Bai, Ziyan Xiao, Siya Yan, Yuting Xie. Head Coach: Jun Lin.

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United States defeated China 16-10 to advance to the fifth place match at the FINA World Women's Junior Water Polo Championship. United States built an early lead taking a 7-3 advantage in the first quarter with goals from Ryann Neushul (3), Bayley Weber, Roxane Wheaton, Jewel Roemer and Abrielle Hill. Team USA leaded also second and third periods to take an eight-goal margin. China discounted two goals in the fourth quarter for a final 16-10.

Match 42, 17:20, HUNGARY 8 SPAIN 13
Results & Teams

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

Referees: Sergey Krizhanovskiy (RUS) and Sander Paul Gransjean (NED)

Teams

HUNGARY: Alda Magnon Magyari, Zita Armai, Vanda Valyi (1), Luca Petovari (1), Natasa Rybanska (2), Janka Utassy (2), Fanni Muzsnay, Kamilla Farago (2), Eszter Lara Kiss, Berta Farago, Panna Kudella, Panna Petik, Lila Maczko. Head Coach: Tamas Farago.

SPAIN: Sandra Domene, Paula Camus, Paula Leiton (3), Ruth Ariño, Silvia Morell (2), Alba Bonamusa (1), Berta Seto (1), Elia Montoya (2), Lucia Gomez de la Puente (1), Helena Dalmases (2), Sofia Diaz, Alejandra Aznar (1), Paula Nieto. Head Coach: Javier Aznar

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Spain started today a new fight for the fifth place. After its defeat against Greece in the quarters, the Spanish team is trying to get the best result possible in Funchal, in the same swimming pool where many players of the squad became u19 European champions in 2018. Spain defeated Hungary 13-8 and will battle against United States for the fifth place.

Match 43, 18:40, ITALY 8 NETHERLANDS 11
Results & Teams

Quarters: 3-1, 1-3, 3-4, 1-3

Referees: Darren Brown Spiritosanto (USA) and Marjay Zsolt (HUN)

Teams

ITALY: Caterina Banchelli, Nicole Zanetta (2), Anna Repetto (2), Giorgia Amedeo, Elena Borg, Lucrezia Cergol (2), Sofia Giustini, Isabella Riccioli (1), Francesca Colletta, Carlotta Meggiato, Agnese Cocchiere (1), Dafne Bettini, Marzia Imperatrice. Head Coach: Paolo Zizza

NETHERLANDS: Sarah Buis, Lieke Rogge (3), Rozanne Voorvelt (3), Marit van der Weijden (1), Isis Keijzer, Simone van de Kraats, Nina Ten Broek (1), Maxine Schaap (1), Lot Stertefeld, Laura Schinkel (2), Sam Jutte, Storm Willemsen, Janieke Oosting. Head Coach: Evangelos Doudesis.

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In the first semifinal, Netherlands came back from two down in the first quarter (3-1) to take the match in the final period for a 8-11 margin against Italy. The Dutch players competed brilliantly against Italy, imposed its deffense and showed its powerful offense too. Lieke Rogge and Rozanne Voorvelt guided the team into the final so Netherlands will be able to improve the result of the previous World Championship, in Greece. In 2017, the Dutch team took bronze. In Funchal will fight for gold.

Quotes

Lieke Rogge (NED) - Player

Of course you dream for it, but it is amazing. I am so happy. I hope we win tomorrow, that is what we came for. We will try our best and see what happens. It is amazing already. It is insane. After the first quarter, we talked we would do it better. We did amazing as a team. We did it together. And if you play together as a team you find your way to win the match so that what we did.

Rozanne Voorvelt (NED) - Player

It is amazing. I am so very happy. And I am so proud of all my teammates. We did it! It is a dream! It was our dream and it came true. It was a hard game, very tough. Italy played very well but we won. I don't know how, I forgot it but we won and it is the most important thing. Tonight we can be happy and tomorrow we have to refocus again on the final.

Isabella Riccioli (ITA) - Player

I think today we had more chances to score a goal. We were a little bit stressed about the type of play. Tomorrow we have to win a bronze medal. We accept what happened today and we think about tomorrow. It is important to win tomorrow. We spent a lot of hours training hard for this event. A bronze medal would be a good medal.

Match 44, 20:00, RUSSIA 16 GREECE 9
Results & Teams

Quarters: 5-3, 4-1, 3-2, 4-3

Referees: Ernesto Inesta Peralta (ESP) and Josko Prancic (CRO)

Teams

RUSSIA: Evgeniia Golovina, Polina Kempf (6), Elizaveta Zaplatina (1), Margarita Pystina (3), Anastassia Diachenko (1), Polina Popova (1), Daria Chagochkina (1), Anastasia Leonova, Regina Galimzianova (1), Tatiana Tolkunova (2), Anastasiia Shapkina, Nadezhda Lipskaia, Svetlana Stepakhina. Head Coach: Sergey Markoch.

GREECE: Marina Kotsioni, Effrosyni Katsimpri, Anastasia Loudi (1), Eleni Elliniadi (1), Elisavet Protopapas, Maria Anna Mastrokalou, Eirini Ninou (1), Maria Myriokefalitaki (1), Iliana Kokkinaki, Vasiliki Douli (2), Ioulia Anna Kontoni (1), Eleni Kanetidou (2), Emmanouela Archontaki. Head Coach: Stefanos Leandros.

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In the second semifinal, Russia beat Greece 16-9 and will defend its crown against Netherlands in Sunday's FINA World Women's Junior Water Polo Championship at the Olympic Swimming Complex in Funchal (POR). Early in the game, Russia demonstrated its determination to play for gold again. In fact, every quarter was won by the Russian team (5-3, 4-1, 3-2, 4-3). Polina Kempf contributed with six goals to the victory of a squad that has a big opportunity to defend the title.

Quotes

Polina Kempf (RUS) - Player

It was a very difficult game but we could win. Tomorrow we want to win. I trust my teammates.

Eleni Kanetidou (GRE) - Player

We played the worst we could. We were bad at defense and in the offense we didn't play as we know. We have one more game and no time to cry.

Russia will defend its crown against Netherlands in Sunday's FINA World Women's Junior Water Polo Championship at the Olympic Swimming Complex in Funchal (POR).

The champion of the previous edition of the tournament, held in Greece in 2017, will play the final game of the event againts Netherlands. The Dutch team captured bronze two years ago in Volos and wants to earn gold medal in the capital city of Portugal's island of Madeira.

In the first semifinal, Netherlands beat Italy 11-8.

In the second semifinal, Russia gave no option to Greece (16-9).

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14Sep2019

Day 5, World Women's Junior Water Polo Championship: Italy, Netherlands, Russia and Greece into semifinals

World Women’s Junior Water Polo Championships 2019
Match 31, 09:00, KAZAKHSTAN 13 PORTUGAL 6
Results & Teams

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

Referees: Asumi Nishihara (JPN) and Ernesto Inesta Peralta (ESP)

Teams

KAZAKHSTAN: Azhar Alibayeva, Yelizaveta Rudneva, Dana Kydyrbekova, Viktoriya Khritankova (3), Anastassiya Yeremina (1), Anastassiya Kolomatskaya, Anna Novikova (3), Madina Rakhmanova (1), Shakhzoda Mansurova, Nadezhda Shapovalova (1), Anastassiya Murataliyeva (4). Head Coach: Marat Naurazbekov

PORTUGAL: Maria Sampaio, Alice Rodrigues, Carolina Fernandes, Fabiana Duarte, Jessica Teixeira (2), Ana Jardim (1), Joana Monteiro, Madalena Lousa (3), Ana Sousa, Beatriz Pereira, Ines Tavares, Maria Machado, Manuela Freitas. Head Coach: Miguel Pires.

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Portugal leaves this World Championship with no victory to celebrate. The host team lost against Kazakhstan in its last game of the tournament and could not get the 15th position in the ranking. Portugal competed really well during the first quarter (2-3), but Kazakhstan tied before half time. "We lost the control of the game in the third period and our physical capacity wasn't enough to resist until the end", Portugal coach Miguel Pires said after the match.

Match 32, 10:20, JAPAN 13 NEW ZEALAND 10
Results & Teams

Quarters: 3-2, 5-3, 2-3, 3-2

Referees: Lee-Anne Keet (RSA) and Eurico Moreira da Silva (POR)

Teams

JAPAN: Yuka Kawatashiro, Asuka Watada (2), Fuka Nishiyama (4), Eruna Ura (2), Kako Kawaguchi, Akari Danno, Maiko Hashida (1), Kaho Iwano (1), Kyoko Kudo, Hikaru Shitara (1), Chiaki Terakata (2), Manami Noda. Head Coach: Yoshinori Shiota.

NEW ZEALAND: Ella Harford, Elizabeth Gault, Gabrielle Milicich (1), Georgia Milne, Elizabeth Alsemgeest (3), Ella Pollock, Emmerson Houghton (4), Shinae Carrington (1), Lucia Doak, Gabriella Macdonald, Clodagh Weir, Sophie Shorter-Robinson (1), Charlotte Hooke. Head Coach: Megan Thomson.

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Japan ended up its participation in this FINA World Women's Junior Water Polo Championship as the 13th best team after its win 13-10 against New Zeland. Japan competed in Group A and could not go into the second round of the tournament. Finally, Japan occupied the 13th place. Nishiyama Fuka was with four goals the top scorer of the final game against New Zealand.

Match 33, 11:40, BRAZIL 7 CANADA 9
Results & Teams

Quarters: 1-2, 2-2, 2-1, 2-4

Referees: Daniel Federico Daners Chao (URG) and Josko Prancic (CRO)

Teams

BRAZIL: Thatiana Pregolini, Ana Quesada, Alissa Pinciroli, Giovana Silva, Ana Amaral, Ana Dias (1), Kemily Leao (2), Luana Quinn, Leticia Belorio, Ana Alice Amaral (3), Mylla Pereira (1), Jennifer Cavalcante, Isabela Souza. Head Coach: Ricardo Crivella.

CANADA: Hana Truchla, Blaire McDowell, Ava Morrant, Briana Utas (1), Adrien Van Dyke (1), Verica Bakoc (2), Valeria Rojas, Daphne Guevremont (3), Apryl Gonzalez (1), Florranne Carroll (1), Myriam Lizotte, Paige Donald, Marianne Bouchard Cote. Head Coach: Cyril Dorgigne.

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Out of the fight for 1st to 8th position, Canada is still fighting for the ninth place in Funchal, the capital city of Portugal's island Madeira. Canada beat Brazil by a margin of two goals (7-9) and will compete against Australia in its last game in this FINA World Women's Junior Water Polo Championship.

Match 34, 13:00, AUSTRALIA 16 SOUTH AFRICA 5
Results & Teams

Quarters: 4-1, 5-2, 1-1, 6-1

Referees: Giovanni Ungaretti Gallotti (BRA) and Damir Temyrkhanov (KAZ)

Teams

AUSTRALIA: Claire Durston, Jamie Oberman (2), Glenda Morgan, Ruby Swadling (6), Sophie Milliken, Abby Andrews (3), Carla Traplin, Nioka Thomas (1), Kasey Dalziel (2), Tenealle Fasala, Jessica Emerson (2), Charlize Andrews, Isobelle Pamp. Head Coach: Georgina Kovacs

SOUTH AFRICA: Daniella Passoni, Paige Tancrel (1), Jennifer Everett, Boati Motau, Astrid Faustmann, Hanna Muller, Shakira January, Kate Hinrichs (1), Hanna Weppelman, Jordan Wedderburn (2), Chloe Meecham, Lucy Miszewski (1), Zanne Smit. Head Coach: Delaine Mentoor

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When Australia lost against Spain in their cross over finals, Tenealle Fasala said it was important that they battled all of the frustrations they had that they weren't in the top eight, and put that into their next games. The Australian national team appeared back at the swimming pool this Friday morning prepared to face South Africa in the semifinals for ninth to 12th place. Australia won this game 16-5.

Match 35, 16:00, UNITED STATES 8 ITALY 9
Results & Teams

Quarters: 3-4, 2-1, 3-2, 0-2

Referees: Spyridon Achladiotis (GRE) and Ursulla Wengenroth (SUI)

Teams

UNITED STATES: Georgia Phillips, Noelle Wijnbelt, Sarah Klass, Abrielle Hill (1), Honnie Vandeweghe, Bayley Weber, Jewel Roemer (4), Rozanne Wheaton, Jenna Flynn (1), Ryann Neushul (2), Valeria Ayala, Ava Johnson, Isabel Williams. Head Coach: Natalie Benson.

ITALY: Caterina Banchelli, Nicole Zanetta (1), Anna Repetto, Giorgia Amedeo (1), Elena Borg, Lucrezia Cergol (1), Sofia Giustini, Isabella Riccioli (1), Francesca Colletta, Carlotta Meggiato, Agnese Cocchiere (3), Dafne Bettini (2), Marzia Imperatrice. Head Coach: Paolo Zizza

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Italy earned a place into semifinals following a 8-9 win over United States during the opening game of the evening session in the Olympic Swimming Complex in Funchal. Dafne Bettini scored a heroic goal with 1:33 to play in the fourth quarter. She delivered the game-winner with time winding down and Italy secured the win. USA will now play for 5th-8th place.

Quotes

Natalie Benson (USA) - Head Coach

I think that both teams played very hard and had many chances to be successful both in offense and defense. We left some goals on the table, missed some shots and allowed some shots to go in. We should have stopped some of them. Both teams were hard. You are playing this tournament and you are playing this game to see your team in the semifinals and in the finals. My team is hungry to do well. We are disappointed with this result but we still have two more matches and hopefully we will finish as high as we can.

Paolo Zizza (ITA) - Heac Coach

We are working really hard in this tournament and it is a special moment for us. The game was very difficult for us. We played against USA, the country where the best school of water polo in the world is. My team played in a very strong defense, all the players were together, fighting for every ball and stopping their shots agressively.

Dafne Bettini (ITA) - Player of the match

I am very happy and in this moment I am very proud of being an Italian player because my team-mates are very good and I love them. Reaching the final is our dream. We want to win against Netherlands and to win the title, but saying this it is too simple because the other teams are good. We were sixth last year in the European u19 Championship, and it is very important for us to win the title or at least one medal this time in Funchal.

Match 36, 17:20, NETHERLANDS 8 CHINA 6
Results & Teams

Quarters: 3-1, 1-0, 1-1, 3-4

Referees: Sergey Krizhanovskiy (RUS) and Marjay Zsolt (HUN)

Teams

NETHERLANDS: Sarah Buis, Lieke Rogge, Rozanne Voorvelt (2), Marit van der Weijden, Isis Keijzer, Simone van de Kraats (2), Nina Ten Broek, Maxine Schaap (4), Lot Stertefeld, Laura Schinkel, Sam Jutte, Storm Willemsen, Janieke Oosting. Head Coach: Evangelos Doudesis.

CHINA: Wenxin Dong, Shiyun Wang, Yizhen Zhu, Xiao Chen (2), Bozhou Lu (1), Qingwei Wang, Wen Su, Rui Xu (2), Xinyan Meng (1), Yujia Bai, Ziyan Xiao, Siya Yan, Yuting Xie. Head Coach: Jun Lin.

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Netherlands claimed bronze in 2017 and two years later will have the chance to compete for medals again after beating China 8-6. It wasn't its most brilliant win, but Netherlands is in the semifinals of the FINA World Women's Junior Water Polo Championship. In fact, head coach Evangelos Doudesis showed his disappointment after the game. "We need to refocus if we want to achieve something better in the tournament", he said. Netherlands will face Italy. The winner will achieve the final round of the event.

Quotes

Evangelos Doudesis (NED) - Head Coach

We achieved the semifinals and we are very happy but our performance today was awful. Our performance was awful and we need to refocus if we want to achieve something better in the tournament. We are happy to qualify but our performance was awful. China did a very good game.

Zhiyu Wu (CHN) - Assistant Coach

The girls played very good. Netherlands is a good team, but today my team was solid in defense. We only scored six goals. We scored no goals in the second quarter. It was a pity.

Maxine Schaap (NED) - Player of the match

We did a really good job with the girls as a team. We played really well. Now into the next game I hope we will make a big game too. It is going to be tough but I think we have a pretty good chance. If we play well and if the trust each other it will be fine.

Match 37, 18:40, RUSSIA 18 HUNGARY 11
Results & Teams

Quarters: 6-2, 6-3, 4-2, 2-4

Referees: Darren Brown Spirito Santo (USA) and Alessia Ferrari (ITA)

Teams

RUSSIA: Evgeniia Golovina, Polina Kempf (2), Elizaveta Zaplatina (3), Margarita Pystina (2), Anastassia Diachenko (3), Polina Popova (1), Daria Chagochkina (4), Anastasia Leonova, Regina Galimzianova, Tatiana Tolkunova (2), Anastasiia Shapkina (1), Nadezhda Lipskaia, Svetlana Stepakhina. Head Coach: Sergey Markoch.

HUNGARY: Alda Magnon Magyari, Zita Armai (1), Vanda Valyi (4), Luca Petovari, Natasa Rybanska, Janka Utassy, Fanni Muzsnay (2), Kamilla Farago (1), Eszter Lara Kiss (3), Berta Farago, Panna Kudella, Panna Petik, Lila Maczko. Head Coach: Tamas Farago.

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The Russian junior team won the previous edition of the World Women’s Junior Water Polo Championships in Volos (GRE) in 2017. Two years later, in Funchal (POR), Russia is still on the fight for gold medal. This Friday the Russian team achieved the semifinals thanks to the greatest victory of the day. Russia beat Hungary 18-11. The difference between both squads was big in every period (6-2, 6-3, 4-2, 2-4).

Quotes

Sergey Markoch (RUS) - Head Coach

It was a good game, with maximum concentration. Against Italy we played at 70 per cent of our maximum. Against Hungary, at 90 per cent. It was perfect. Every game we are playing better and it is what I want.

Margarita Pystina (RUS) - Player

We are happy, of course. It was a very difficult game but we won. We want to win again tomorrow.

Natasa Rybanska (HUN) - Player

I believe we could win and we didn't do what we could. We could play much more better. I think we should win. I am very disappointed in our game.

Match 38, 20:00, GREECE 10 SPAIN 8
Results & Teams

Quarters: 6-1, 3-4, 0-3, 1-0

Referees: Sander Paul Gransjean (NED) and Anna Goncharenko (UKR)

Teams

GREECE: Marina Kotsioni, Effrosyni Katsimpri, Anastasia Loudi, Eleni Elliniadi (4), Elisavet Protopapas, Maria Anna Mastrokalou, Eirini Ninou, Maria Myriokefalitaki (3), Iliana Kokkinaki, Vasiliki Douli (1), Ioulia Anna Kontoni (1), Eleni Kanetidou (1), Emmanouela Archontaki. Head Coach: Stefanos Leandros.

SPAIN: Sandra Domene, Paula Camus (1), Paula Leiton (3), Ruth Ariño, Silvia Morell (1), Alba Bonamusa, Berta Seto, Elia Montoya (1), Lucia Gomez de la Puente, Helena Dalmases (1), Sofia Diaz (1), Alejandra Aznar, Paula Nieto. Head Coach: Javier Aznar

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The screen showed a final margin of two goals, 10-8. But the game was amazing. Greece had the match in its hands from the first quarter, when leading 6-1 against an apathetic Spanish team. However, as the great squad that it is, the Spanish national team reacted in the second (3-4) and in the third period (0-3) giving the fans some reasons to believe in its comeback. With 9-8, a 5m shot failed by Alejandra Aznar and a counterattack missed by Helena Dalmases helped Greece to resist and to win the game.

Quotes

Marina Kotsioni (GRE) - Player of the match

I am gonna cry... You cannot imagine what this victory means for us. This is the first time for myself that I go into the final 4 of a World Championship. The girls did it very well; very good defense, very good offense. We were waiting for this moment a long time.

Paula Leiton (ESP) - Player

It was a very big difference, 6-1 in the first quarter. Maybe we lacked attention and we lacked tension, I don't know ... Then in the third quarter it is true that we were able to overcome. You see the possibility to win, but you see it far. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. In life it is only a quarterfinal match.

Greece will face world champion Russia and Italy will front against Netherlands in the semifinals of the FINA World Women's Junior Water Polo Championship on Saturday at the Olympic Swimming Complex in Funchal.

Italy will take on Netherlands in the first semifinal. Italy beat United States and Netherlands won China in the fifth day of competition in the capital city of Portugal's island Madeira.

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13Sep2019

Day 4: World Women's Junior Water Polo Championship: Hungary, Spain, Italy and China into quarters

World Women’s Junior Water Polo Championships 2019
Match 25, 10:00, JAPAN 19 KAZAKHSTAN 5
Results & Teams

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

Referees: Liang Zhang (CHN) and Alessia Ferrari (ITA)

Teams

JAPAN: Yuka Kawatashiro, Asuka Watada (1), Fuka Nishiyama (2), Eruna Ura (1), Kako Kawaguchi (4), Akari Danno, Maiko Hashida (4), Kaho Iwano (1), Kyoko Kudo (3), Hikaru Shitara (1), Chiaki Terakata (2), Manami Noda. Head Coach: Yoshinori Shiota.

KAZAKHSTAN: Azhar Alibayeva, Yelizaveta Rudneva, Dana Kydyrbekova, Viktoriya Khritankova, Anastassiya Yeremina, Anastassiya Kolomatskaya, Anna Novikova (2), Madina Rakhmanova (2), Shakhzoda Mansurova (1), Nadezhda Shapovalova, Anastassiya Murataliyeva. Head Coach: Marat Naurazbekov

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Japan had the bad luck to be drawn in the same group as United States, Hungary and Australia. Japan could only add a point, with its draw against the United States. Today, however, the Japanese team had a chance to change its sensations. Japan beat Kazakhstan 19-5 in the round of 13-16 semifinal. Maiko Hashida and Kako Kawaguchi both scored four goals. Japan will play New Zealand for 13th.

Match 26, 11:20, PORTUGAL 3 NEW ZEALAND 18
Results & Teams

Quarters: 0-8, 0-2, 1-4, 2-4

Referees: Daniel Federico Daners Chao (URG) and Fiona Sharyn Haigh (AUS)

Teams

PORTUGAL: Maria Sampaio, Alice Rodrigues (1), Carolina Fernandes, Fabiana Duarte, Jessica Teixeira, Ana Jardim, Joana Monteiro, Madalena Lousa, Ana Sousa, Beatriz Pereira (1), Ines Tavares, Maria Machado (1), Manuela Freitas. Head Coach: Miguel Pires.

NEW ZEALAND: Ella Harford, Elizabeth Gault (3), Gabrielle Milicich, Georgia Milne (2), Elizabeth Alsemgeest (3), Ella Pollock (1), Emmerson Houghton (4), Shinae Carrington, Lucia Doak (1), Gabriella Macdonald (1), Clodagh Weir (2), Sophie Shorter-Robinson (1), Charlotte Hooke. Head Coach: Megan Thomson.

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Two quarters without scoring and ten goals received in the first 16 minutes of the game were a hard punishment for Portugal. The host team lost 3-18 against New Zealand in the round of 13-16 semifinal. Alise Rodrigues, Beatriz Pereira and Maria Machado netted three goals for Portugal in the second half of the match, but the host team could not achieve a good result against New Zealand, who made the classification play-off for 13th place and will be challenging with Japan on Friday.

Match 27, 12:40, HUNGARY 14 BRAZIL 10
Results & Teams

Quarters: 3-2, 4-3, 4-3, 3-2

Referees: Ernesto Inesta Peralta (ESP) and Sander Paul Gransjean (NED)

Teams

HUNGARY: Alda Magnon Magyari, Zita Armai (1), Vanda Valyi (2), Luca Petovari (1), Natasa Rybanska, Janka Utassy (3), Fanni Muzsnay (1), Kamilla Farago (2), Eszter Lara Kiss (2), Berta Farago (1), Panna Kudella (1), Panna Petik, Lila Maczko. Head Coach: Tamas Farago.

BRAZIL: Thatiana Pregolini, Ana Quesada (1), Alissa Pinciroli, Giovana Silva (1), Ana Amaral, Ana Dias (2), Kemily Leao (1), Luana Quinn, Leticia Belorio (5), Ana Alice Amaral, Mylla Pereira, Jennifer Cavalcante, Isabela Souza. Head Coach: Ricardo Crivella.

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Hungary booked one place in the quarterfinals after beating Brazil 14-10. The Hungarian team dominated each quarter (3-2, 4-3, 4-3, 3-2) and became one of the best eight squads in the Olympic Swimming Complex of Funchal (POR). Brazilian goalkeeper Thathiana Pregolini, despite her big saves, could not deny to that four-goal final margin that puts Hungary in the quarters. The current champion Russia awaits Hungary in the next round.

Quotes

Janka Utassy (HUN) - Player of the match

I am very happy. We had a really tough time with the group matches, but I am glad we made it. I hope that we can keep the good work. We definitely talked about Russia and we will try to be the best against them. We had some matches during the summer, so we have a little bit advantage as we know them a litte bit better. I hope that be can win.

Thatiana Pregolini (BRA) - Goalkeeper

Unfortunately, we could not win. We knew that today we were goint to play against a hard team. But from now on we can only expect the best for Brazil. The team has improved a lot, we arrived further than we expected. We cannot be in the top-8 but we will try to finish in the best position possible, from 9 to 12.

Match 28, 17:20, AUSTRALIA 9 SPAIN 11
Results & Teams

Quarters: 1-3, 1-3, 3-2, 4-3

Referees: Ursulla Wengenroth (SUI) and Anna Goncharenko (UKR)

Teams

AUSTRALIA: Claire Durston, Jamie Oberman, Glenda Morgan (1), Ruby Swadling, Sophie Milliken, Abby Andrews (2), Carla Traplin (1), Nioka Thomas, Kasey Dalziel, Tenealle Fasala (1), Jessica Emerson (2), Charlize Andrews (3), Isobelle Pamp. Head Coach: Georgina Kovacs

SPAIN: Sandra Domene, Paula Camus (2), Paula Leiton (1), Ruth Ariño, Silvia Morell (1), Alba Bonamusa (1), Berta Seto, Elia Montoya, Lucia Gomez de la Puente, Helena Dalmases (2), Sofia Diaz (1), Alejandra Aznar (3), Paula Nieto. Head Coach: Javier Aznar

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Spain is seen by its opponents as a solid candidate to claim gold in Funchal. At the moment, the Spanish players have ensure a place in the last eight with a consistant win over Australia (9-11). Its good start, its solid defense and its inspiration when attacking at the first half of the game guided Spain into quarters. Consequently, Spain mantains plenty options to win in Portugal. Spain will face Greece.

Quotes

Alejandra Aznar (ESP) - Player of the match

We are alive, we have only taken one more step. The most complicated part of the World Championship is ahead and we have to play with five senses. The quarterfinal matches are always the toughest, so we will fight to move on. We want to approach the medals.

Match 29, 18:40, ITALY 18 CANADA 6
Results & Teams

Quarters: 3-2, 7-3, 6-1, 2-0

Referees: Damir Temyrkhanov (KAZ) and Josko Prancic (CRO)

Teams

ITALY: Caterina Banchelli, Nicole Zanetta (3), Anna Repetto, Giorgia Amedeo (2), Elena Borg (1), Lucrezia Cergol (2), Sofia Giustini, Isabella Riccioli (1), Francesca Colletta (2), Carlotta Meggiato (1), Agnese Cocchiere (5), Dafne Bettini (1), Marzia Imperatrice. Head Coach: Paolo Zizza

CANADA: Hana Truchla, Blaire McDowell, Ava Morrant, Briana Utas, Adrien Van Dyke, Verica Bakoc (1), Valeria Rojas, Daphne Guevremont (1), Apryl Gonzalez, Florranne Carroll (3), Myriam Lizotte, Paige Donald, Marianne Bouchard Cote (1). Head Coach: Cyril Dorgigne.

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Italy earned a convincing win over Canada (18-6) to face United States in the quarterfinals of the FINA World Women's Junior Water Polo Championship. Agnese Cocchiere leaded its team, scoring five goals, although the whole Italian squad competed brilliantly this Thursday in Funchal (POR). Quarters of 3-2, 7-3, 6-1 and 2-0 summarize the superiority of the european team.

Quotes

Caterina Banchelli (ITA) - Player of the match

It is a big win but we have to stay concentrated for tomorrow. The team is following its way so I don't know what to expect for the game against United States. We want to win and we will battle to win.

Match 30, 20:00, SOUTH AFRICA 5 CHINA 13
Results & Teams

Quarters: 2-1, 0-2, 1-8, 2-2

Referees: Asumi Nishihara (JPN) and Eurico Moreira da Silva (POR)

Teams

SOUTH AFRICA: Daniella Passoni, Paige Tancrel, Jennifer Everett (1), Boati Motau, Astrid Faustmann, Hanna Muller, Shakira January, Kate Hinrichs, Hanna Weppelman, Jordan Wedderburn (3), Chloe Meecham, Lucy Miszewski (1), Zanne Smit. Head Coach: Delaine Mentoor

CHINA: Wenxin Dong, Shiyun Wang (2), Yizhen Zhu (2), Xiao Chen, Bozhou Lu (3), Qingwei Wang (1), Wen Su (1), Rui Xu (1), Xinyan Meng (2), Yujia Bai, Ziyan Xiao, Siya Yan (1), Yuting Xie. Head Coach: Jun Lin.

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South Africa dreamed for at least 10 minutes about the possibility of going into the quarterfinals of the World Championship. Jordan Wedderburn scored twice at the start of the first quarter so she gave South Africa a valious advantage, but China reacted in the second period. Lu Buzhou and Xu Rui started the comeback of the Chinese team, which ended up winning 5-13.

Hungary, Spain, Italy and China have won through to the quarterfinals during fourth-day play of the FINA World Women's Junior Water Polo Championship at the Olympic Swimming Complex in Funchal (POR) and join Russia, Greece, United States and Netherlands.

Hungary was the first second-round team to make Friday's quarterfinals with a victory (14-10)over Brazil, which is consigned to the round 9-12.

Hungary will grasp a clash with world champion Russia.

Spain shaked Australia (9-11) and will face Greece for a spot in the semifinals.

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12Sep2019

Day 3, World Women's Junior Water Polo Championship: United States, Netherlands, Russia and Greece advance to quaterfinals

World Women’s Junior Water Polo Championships 2019
Match 19, 9.00, Group D, GREECE 8 CHINA 6
Results & Teams

Quarters: 4-3, 1-1, 2-2, 1-0

Referees: Fiona Sharyn Haigh (AUS) and Ursulla Wengenroth (SUI)

Teams

GREECE: Marina Kotsioni, Effrosyni Katsimpri, Anastasia Loudi, Eleni Elliniadi (1), Elisavet Protopapas (3), Maria Anna Mastrokalou, Eirini Ninou (2), Iliana Kokkinaki, Vasiliki Douli (1), Ioulia Anna Kontoni, Eleni Kanetidou (1), Emmanouela Archontaki. Head Coach: Stefanos Leandros.

CHINA: Wenxin Dong, Shiyun Wang (2), Yizhen Zhu, Xiao Chen (1), Bozhou Lu (3), Qingwei Wang, Wen Su, Rui Xu, Xinyan Meng, Yujia Bai, Ziyan Xiao, Siya Yan, Yuting Xie. Head Coach: Jun Lin.

Report

Greece confirmed itself as the strongest team in Group D, with its victory over China. The team led by Stefanos Leandros added 9 points out of 9 in the group stage, after beating Canada, New Zealand and China.

In its third match of the group stage, Greece won China by 8-6, with partials of 4-3, 1-1, 2-2 and 1-0. It was a good game of the whole Greek team, although Elisavet Protopapas (GRE) was the best player of the game. With three goals, she helped Greece to become the first team to qualify for the quarterfinals in Funchal.

Quotes

Elisavet Protopapas (GRE) - Player of the match

We are very excited. It is only the first step. We expect much more from our team. We will do whatever we can. We always go game by game, each game, each day. Winning a medal is every team's dream. We hope we can achieve it but we go day by day, match by match. Whoever the next opponent is, we are going into the next game strong like we could do in the other two games and do it the best we can.

Zhiyu Wu (CHN) - Assistant Coach

Greece played really, really well. My players were a bit tired. We got the second position of our group. So we have to be ready to win next game. I hope my team will win tomorrow.

Match 20, 10.20, Group D, CANADA 8 NEW ZEALAND 4
Results & Teams

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

Referees: Asumi Nishihara (JPN) and Darren Brown Spirito Santo (USA)

Teams:

CANADA: Hana Truchla, Blaire McDowell (1), Ava Morrant, Briana Utas, Adrien Van Dyke (1), Verica Bakoc (1), Valeria Rojas, Daphne Guevremont, Apryl Gonzalez (2), Florranne Carroll (3), Myriam Lizotte, Paige Donald, Marianne Bouchard Cote. Head Coach: Cyril Dorgigne.

NEW ZEALAND: Ella Harford, Elizabeth Gault (1), Gabrielle Milicich (1), Georgia Milne, Elizabeth Alsemgeest, Ella Pollock, Emmerson Houghton (2), Shinae Carrington, Lucia Doak, Gabriella Macdonald, Clodagh Weir, Sophie Shorter-Robinson, Charlotte Hooke. Head Coach: Megan Thomson.

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Canada won its first game in this World Championship by defeating New Zealand (8-4). The North American team had to wait until the last game of the group stage in Funchal to finally smile. The four goals scored in the third quarter (4-0) gave the victory to the team led by Cyril Dorgigne. Adding its first 2 points, Canada is in the third position of Group D so will play the playoff on Thursday.

Quotes

Verica Bakoc (CAN) - Player of the match

I am really excited. I think the team did it really well. We played our game of water polo, we followed the plan and our first win arrived. We knew that the winner of this match would move on. We are on a fighting position with the result we wanted. I honestly have no idea about what to expect for the rest of the tournament. We have to clear our minds to prepare the next game so that is the plan.

Megan Thomson (NZL) - Head Coach

Obviously we are disappointed with the result. We played hard from the beginning, but we made mistakes we cannot make at this level. Now we will prepare for Portugal tomorrow. I just expect to keep fighting. We have two more games in this tournament. We have a chance here to fight and to play some good water polo.

Match 17, 11.40, Group C, SOUTH AFRICA 1 RUSSIA 21
Results & Teams

Quarters: 0-7, 0-3, 1-7, 0-4

Referees: Giovanni Ungaretti Gallotti (BRA) and Daniel Federico Daners Chao (URG)

Teams:

SOUTH AFRICA: Daniella Passoni, Paige Tancrel, Jennifer Everett, Boati Motau, Astrid Faustmann, Hanna Muller (1), Shakira January, Kate Hinrichs, Hanna Weppelman, Jordan Wedderburn, Chloe Meecham, Lucy Miszewski, Zanne Smit. Head Coach: Delaine Mentoor

RUSSIA: Evgeniia Golovina, Polina Kempf (1), Elizaveta Zaplatina (4), Margarita Pystina (5), Anastassia Diachenko (1), Polina Popova (3), Daria Chagochkina (1), Anastasia Leonova (1), Regina Galimzianova (2), Tatiana Tolkunova (1), Anastasiia Shapkina (2), Nadezhda Lipskaia, Svetlana Stepakhina. Head Coach: Sergey Markoch.

Report

The result is conclusive. It evidences, on the one hand, that Russia - the current champion - wants to win this World Championship too. And, on the other hade, it evidences that South Africa must continue its learning process against the great rivals of the international scene. The defender of the title won by 1-21, with ten different players scoring in the game. Russia closed an impeccable group stage, with 6 points out of 6.

Quotes

Delaine Mentoor (RSA) - Head Coach

I think that half players of my team were afraid of Russia and the other half were ready to compete. It is really tough as a coach to help my team in this situation. The players felt that it was a big game. And it was a big game because Russia is the world champion. How can we do this? It is amazing to play against Russia! They are awesome and it was a good opportunity to learn.

Svetlana Stepakhina (RUS) - Player

Our group was easy. We had only a tough game, against Italy. This match against South Africa was easy for our team. The next game will be harder but I believe in my team. I hope we arrive in the final game of the World Championship again.

Match 21, 13.00, Group A, HUNGARY 12 JAPAN 10
Results & Teams

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

Referees: Jean-François Morisseau (CAN) and John William Waldow (NZL)

Teams:

HUNGARY: Alda Magnon Magyari, Zita Armai, Vanda Valyi (3), Luca Petovari (2), Natasa Rybanska (3), Janka Utassy (2), Fanni Muzsnay (1), Kamilla Farago, Eszter Lara Kiss (1), Berta Farago, Panna Kudella, Panna Petik, Lila Maczko. Head Coach: Tamas Farago.

JAPAN: Yuka Kawatashiro, Asuka Watada, Fuka Nishiyama (2), Eruna Ura (2), Kako Kawaguchi, Akari Danno (1), Maiko Hashida (1), Kaho Iwano (2), Kyoko Kudo (2), Hikaru Shitara, Chiaki Terakata, Manami Noda. Head Coach: Yoshinori Shiota.

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Japan surprised Hungary in the first quarter (2-5). The game was in that moment where the japanese head coach, Yoshinori Shiota, wanted. But Hungary reacted to ensure its victory (12-10, with partials of 2-5, 4-0, 4-4 and 2-1). The good defense in the second quarter (4-0) facilitated the comeback of the Hungarian team, which finished the group stage as second classified in Group A after United States.

Quotes

Yoshinori Shiota (JPN) - Head Coach

The first quarter was very sucessful for us. We scored five goals. But in the second quarter we couldn't score. Then we tried to win but the Hungarian team is better than us. Our group was really difficult. Japan players are brave. We are small but our strong point is counterattack. We tried to win but it wasn't possible for us.

Match 22, 16.00, Group A, UNITED STATES 9 AUSTRALIA 8
Results & Teams

Quarters: 1-3, 1-1, 4-2, 3-2

Referees: Spyridon Achladiotis (GRE) and Alessia Ferrari (ITA)

Teams:

UNITED STATES: Georgia Phillips, Noelle Wijnbelt, Sarah Klass (1), Abrielle Hill (1), Honnie Vandeweghe, Bayley Weber, Jewel Roemer (1), Jenna Flynn (2), Ryann Neushul (3), Valeria Ayala (1), Ava Johnson, Isabel Williams. Head Coach: Natalie Benson.

AUSTRALIA: Claire Durston, Jamie Oberman (3), Glenda Morgan, Ruby Swadling, Sophie Milliken, Abby Andrews (3), Carla Traplin (1), Nioka Thomas, Kasey Dalziel, Tenealle Fasala, Jessica Emerson, Charlize Andrews (1), Isobelle Pamp. Head Coach: Georgina Kovacs

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United States grew from the tie on the opening day of the World Championship. The team got two more victories, so USA became the best team in Group A, perhaps the most difficult of the entire tournament. The win (9-8) against Australia was not easy. In fact, the United States started at a disadvantage (1-3). Ryann Neushul (3), Jenna Flynn (2), Sarah Klass (1), Abrielle Hill (1), Jewel Roemer (1) and Charlize Andrews (1) allowed the United States to complete the comeback and to beat Australia (9-8).

Quotes

Natalie Benson (USA) - Head Coach

This game is very big for us. We finish first in the bracket after our first day and with some of the challenges we had. I think it is wonderful to see our athletes come and play two very difficult games and come up when they needed in the end today. I think we came out a little bit flapt. Australia came out very strong. Then our defense was better, our shots were more aggresive and we were able to win.

Match 23, 17.20, Group B, BRAZIL 3 SPAIN 14
Results & Teams

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

Referees: Lee-Anne Keet (RSA) and Eurico Moreira da Silva (POR)

Teams:

BRAZIL: Thatiana Pregolini, Ana Quesada, Alissa Pinciroli, Giovana Silva, Ana Amaral, Ana Dias (1), Kemily Leao (1), Luana Quinn, Leticia Belorio (1), Ana Alice Amaral, Mylla Pereira, Jennifer Cavalcante, Isabela Souza. Head Coach: Ricardo Crivella.

SPAIN: Sandra Domene, Paula Leiton, Paula Camus (2), Ruth Ariño (1), Silvia Morell, Alba Bonamusa (2), Berta Seto, Elia Montoya (1), Lucia Gomez de la Puente, Helena Dalmases (4), Sofia Diaz, Alejandra Aznar (4), Paula Nieto. Head Coach: Javier Aznar

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Spain won against Brazil, but could not deserve the first position of Group B. Spain needed to win by 13 goals. The difference was 'only' of eleven goals, so Spain must play the round of 16. Brazil will also be in that phase despite the defeat (3-14).

Quotes

Helena Dalmases (ESP) - Player

We have to continue working as we are doing, even more, to win in the round of 16. We knew we had a difficult game against Brazil, because we had to win by a number of goals. We couldn't do it, but we have no time to be disappointed. Australia will be a difficult opponent.

Match 24, 18.40, Group B, NETHERLANDS 16 KAZAKHSTAN 4
Results & Teams

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

Referees: Anna Goncharenko (UKR) and Josko Prancic (CRO)

Teams

NETHERLANDS: Sarah Buis, Lieke Rogge (3), Rozanne Voorvelt (1), Marit van der Weijden (1), Isis Keijzer, Simone van de Kraats (4), Nina Ten Broek, Maxine Schaap (2), Lot Stertefeld (1), Laura Schinkel (1), Sam Jutte (1), Storm Willemsen (2), Janieke Oosting. Head Coach: Evangelos Doudesis.

KAZAKHSTAN: Azhar Alibayeva, Yelizaveta Rudneva, Dana Kydyrbekova, Viktoriya Khritankova, Anastassiya Yeremina (1), Anastassiya Kolomatskaya, Anna Novikova, Madina Rakhmanova, Shakhzoda Mansurova (1), Nadezhda Shapovalova (1), Anastassiya Murataliyeva (1). Head Coach: Marat Naurazbekov

Report

Netherlands celebrated its pass to the quarterfinals with a great victory (16-4) against Kazakhstan. With the same points as Spain -5-, Netherlands leaded Group B. The difference of goals in their victories against Brazil was important in this case. Knowing already that they were the leaders of the group, the Dutch players rounded off a very good first stage at the Olympic Swimming Complex in Funchal.

Quotes

Lieke Rogge (NED) - Player

We are really excited. We knew that there was a tie with Spain. We didn't know what to expect, so we did our best against Kazakhstan and Brazil. The win against Brazil was good enough so we are really happy. The next round will be really hard. We are playing a World Championship. There are a lot of good players and good teams. It is going to be hard, but we will give our best and we will see.

Match 18, 20.00, Group C, PORTUGAL 4 ITALY 18
Results & Teams

Quarters: 0-1, 3-7, 1-4, 0-6

Referees: Damir Temyrkhanov (KAZ) and Marjay Zsolt (HUN)

Teams:

PORTUGAL: Maria Sampaio, Alice Rodrigues, Carolina Fernandes, Fabiana Duarte, Jessica Teixeira (1), Ana Jardim (1), Joana Monteiro, Madalena Lousa, Ana Sousa, Beatriz Pereira (2), Ines Tavares, Maria Machado, Manuela Freitas. Head Coach: Miguel Pires.

ITALY: Caterina Banchelli, Nicole Zanetta, Anna Repetto (3), Giorgia Amedeo, Elena Borg (1), Lucrezia Cergol (5), Sofia Giustini (1), Isabella Riccioli (1), Francesca Colletta, Carlotta Meggiato, Agnese Cocchiere (2), Dafne Bettini (5), Marzia Imperatrice. Head Coach: Paolo Zizza

Report

Portugal is still waiting for its first win in this World Championship. The host team had no points in the group stage. Portugal lost against Russia, South Africa and Italy, its opponent this Wednesday (4-18).

Quotes

Miguel Pires (POR) - Head Coach

"We knew that the result was unimportant in the group's outcome and so we were also able to play more consistently. The first quarter was very good, altough we are not as constant as we would like to be, due to poor sports maturity"

United States, Netherlands, Russia and Greece, as leaders of their groups, advanced this Wednesday to the round of quaterfinals in the FINA World Women's Junior Water Polo Championship.

The Madeira Island is giving luck to these four national teams. United States was the best team in Group A. Netherlands surpassed Spain in Group B. Russia is following successfully the title defense, with three victories out of three in Group C; while Greece imposed its power in Group D.

Leading the group means for all of them being in the round of quaterfinals.

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11Sep2019

Day 2: World Women's Junior Water Polo Championship gains emotion

World Women’s Junior Water Polo Championships 2019
Match 9, 9.00, Group B, SPAIN 22 KAZAKHSTAN 5
Results & Teams

Quarters: 7-1, 3-1, 4-2, 8-1

Referees: Liang Zhang (CHN) and Spyridon Achladiot (GER)

Teams:

SPAIN: Sandra Domene, Paula Leiton (1), Paula Camus, Ruth Ariño (2), Silvia Morell (1), Alba Bonamusa (2), Berta Seto (1), Elia Montoya (4), Lucia Gomez de la Puente (2), Helena Dalmases (5), Sofia Diaz (1), Alejandra Aznar (3), Paula Nieto. Head Coach: Javier Aznar

KAZAKHSTAN: Azhar Alibayeva, Yelizaveta Rudneva, Dana Kydyrbekova (1), Viktoriya Khritankova (1), Anastassiya Yeremina (3), Anastassiya Kolomatskaya, Anna Novikova, Madina Rakhmanova, Shakhzoda Mansurova, Nadezhda Shapovalova, Anastassiya Murataliyeva. Head Coach: Marat Naurazbekov

Report

The first goal, scored by Paula Leiton at 19 seconds, showed that Spain wanted to recover after the draw achieved on the first day against the Netherlands. Kazakhstan paid the consequences of that draw with a defeat - the second for Kazakhstan in the event - on the first turn of the day at the Funchal Olympic Swimming Complex.

Spain won 22-5, being the great dominator of the match.

In the first quarter, Spain already won by 7-1. At halftime, its advantage was bigger (10-2). In the second half, more goals from the Spanish team continued to arrive. Spain ended up winning 22-5. Helena Dalmases (5), Elia Montoya (4), Alejandra Aznar (3), from Spain, and Anastassiya Yeremina (3), from Kazakhstan, were the top scorers of the match.

Quotes

Angel Andreo (ESP) - Assistant Coach

In the second competition game, we had to see how we were after the game against The Netherlands. Now we are thinking about tomorrow's game against Brazil, which is very important for the qualification in the group stage. We are lucky that The Netherlands played against Brazil before, so we know which result will allow us to be first in Group B.

Rafa Pascual (ESP) - Technical Director

Kazakhstan has a very young team, with players of 16 and 17 years old. I am sure that in two or three years they will have a great team.

Marat Naurazbekov (KAZ) - Head Coach

Our team is young and we are giving our best in Funchal. This World Championship is a good opportunity for us to learn.

Match 10, 10.20, Group B BRAZIL 7 NETHERLANDS 19
Results & Teams

Quarters: 2-3, 2-7, 1-3, 2-6

Referees: Jean-François Morisseau (CAN) and Lee-Anne Keet

Teams:

BRAZIL: Thatiana Pregolini, Ana Quesada (1), Alissa Pinciroli, Giovana Silva, Ana Amaral, Ana Dias (2), Kemily Leao (2), Luana Quinn, Leticia Belorio (1), Ana Alice Amaral (1), Mylla Pereira, Jennifer Cavalcante, Isabela Souza. Head Coach: Ricardo Crivella.

NETHERLANDS: Sarah Buis, Lieke Rogge (1), Rozanne Voorvelt (2), Marit van der Weijden, Isis Keijzer, Simone van de Kraats (6), Nina Ten Broek (1), Maxine Schaap (5), Lot Stertefeld (3), Laura Schinkel, Sam Jutte, Storm Willemsen (1), Janieke Oosting. Head Coach: Evangelos Doudesis.

Report

Each goal scored by the Netherlands in the victory against Brazil (7-19) can be important in a hypothetical point draw against Spain. The performance against the third classified can determine the leadership of Group B so, knowing that, the Dutch players sought the highest possible income against the Brazilian team.

Brazil was tired because its players barely had a few hours of recovery. They played on the last turn of the day on Monday and on the second turn of the morning on Tuesday. That factor, Ricardo Crivella explained, affected the young Brazilian players in their second commitment in Funchal.

Simone van de Kraats, with six goals, and Maxine Schaap, with 5, were the main protagonists of the first victory of the Netherlands. The Dutch team already has 4 points. Brazil keeps 3 before the decisive day.

Quotes

Ricardo Crivella (BRA) - Head Coach

Overall, the game was good. My team is young and we played against a very experienced team. The Dutch players are strong and at this age that makes the difference. We were also tired because we played yesterday late at night and today we played early in the morning. We did not have time to recover. We are going to rest now and then we are going to train; tomorrow we will be ready to face Spain, one of the best in this competition.

Evangelos Doudesis

We played well. We missed concentration during the game, but we played well. It is our first win in the tournament and we look forward the next game. Every goal scored today was important but tomorrow, at the end of the day, if we become first or second ir doesn't change things so much. We focus on every game because every game is part of our process.

Match 11, 11.40, Group C, RUSSIA 14 ITALY 11
Results & Teams

Quarters: 5-3, 3-3, 4-2, 2-3

Referees: Sander Paul Gransjean (NED) and Marjay Zsolt (HUN)

Teams

RUSSIA: Evgeniia Golovina, Polina Kempf, Elizaveta Zaplatina (3), Margarita Pystina (5), Anastassia Diachenko (2), Polina Popova (1), Daria Chagochkina (2), Anastasia Leonova, Regina Galimzianova, Tatiana Tolkunova (1), Anastasiia Shapkina, Nadezhda Lipskaia, Svetlana Stepakhina. Head Coach: Sergey Markoch.

ITALY: Caterina Banchelli, Nicole Zanetta, Anna Repetto (2), Giorgia Amedeo, Elena Borg (1), Lucrezia Cergol (1), Sofia Giustini (2), Isabella Riccioli, Francesca Colletta, Carlotta Meggiato, Agnese Cocchiere (2), Dafne Bettini (3), Marzia Imperatrice. Head Coach: Paolo Zizza

Report

The defender of the title follows unperturbed its path. After winning Portugal in its debut, on Tuesday Russia defeated Italy 14-11 and established itself as a solid leader of Group C, with two victories in two games. Russia had the game under control, except in the first minutes. Italy came forward twice (0-1 and 1-2), with goals from Agnese Cocchiere and Anna Repetto, but from that moment the current champion recovered the initiative.

Two momentary draws (5-5 and 6-6) gave way to a more dominant Russian team.

Russia increased its advantage before the break, with goals from Margarita Pystina and Daria Chagochkina, and competed until the end with determination to win 14-11.

Quotes

Sergey Markoch (RUS) - Head Coach

It was a very important match to get the first place of this group. My players gave today 70 per cent of their potential. It was enough to get the victory. I believe we will play better during the tournament.

Paolo Zizza (ITA) - Head Coach

We played against a strong team. Russia is a very good team. We made a lot of mistakes in defense. If we defend like this, it is really difficult to win. But I am happy because for our future at the tournament it is important to know what we have to improve and the problems that we have.

Match 12, 13.00, Group D, CHINA 13 NEW ZEALAND 7
Results & Teams

Quarters: 4-2, 5-1, 3-1, 1-3

Referees: Eurico Moreira Da Silva (POR) and Daniel Federico Daners Chao (URG)

Teams:

CHINA: Wenxin Dong, Shiyun Wang (1), Yizhen Zhu, Xiao Chen (2), Bozhou Lu (1), Qingwei Wang (3), Wen Su (1), Rui Xu (1), Xinyan Meng (4), Yujia Bai, Ziyan Xiao, Siya Yan, Yuting Xie. Head Coach: Jun Lin.

NEW ZEALAND: Ella Harford, Elizabeth Gault, Gabrielle Milicich (3), Georgia Milne, Elizabeth Alsemgeest (1), Ella Pollock, Emmerson Houghton (3), Shinae Carrington, Lucia Doak, Gabriella Macdonald, Clodagh Weir, Sophie Shorter-Robinson, Charlotte Hooke. Head Coach: Megan Thomson.

Report

China made a big difference against New Zealand in its second match and maintained its outstanding performance on Madeira Island. Shiyun Wang (1), Xiao Chen (2), Bozhou Lu (1), Qingwei Wang (3), Wen Su (1), Rui Xu (1) and Xinyan Meng (4) scored the winning goals, by 13-7, in front of New Zealand.

The oceanic team could only score the partial victory in the last quarter (1-3), in another game that will serve as growth and learning for the players summoned by Megan Thomson to participate in this World Championship.

Quotes

Zhiyu Wu (CHN) - Assistant Coach

The result was very good for my team. Tomorrow we play the last game of the group stage against Greece. The team which wins will be the number one so we want to play a good game tomorrow.

Match 13, 16.00, Group D, GREECE 16 CANADA 9
Results & Teams

Quarters: 6-2, 5-1, 4-2, 1-4

Referees: Ursulla Wengenroth (SUI) and Josko Prancic (CRO)

Teams:

GREECE: Marina Kotsioni, Effrosyni Katsimpri, Anastasia Loudi, Eleni Elliniadi (6), Elisavet Protopapas, Maria Anna Mastrokalou (1), Eirini Ninou (1), Maria Myriokefalitaki (4), Iliana Kokkinaki, Vasiliki Douli, Ioulia Anna Kontoni (2), Eleni Kanetidou (2), Emmanouela Archontaki. Head Coach: Stefanos Leandros.

CANADA: Hana Truchla, Blaire McDowell (1), Ava Morrant (1), Briana Utas, Adrien Van Dyke, Verica Bakoc (3), Valeria Rojas, Daphne Guevremont (1), Apryl Gonzalez (1), Florranne Carroll (1), Myriam Lizotte, Paige Donald (1), Marianne Bouchard Cote. Head Coach: Cyril Dorgigne.

Report

Greece, that already has 6 points in the group stage, signed a convincing victory against Canada. Greece will face the game against China, decisive for the leadership of Group D, with optimal sensations. Especially, Eleni Elliniadi and Maria Myriokefalitaki, who scored 10 of the 16 goals of their team, showed that they are in a good moment.

The Greek defense conceded 9 goals, but four of them arrived in the last quarter, with the game already resolved in favor of Greece.

Quotes

Eleni Elliniadi (GRE) - Player of the match

We haven't played against Canada any time before. We accepted the game should be a fight. We began really excited. We want to win all the games and today we got the result we wanted.

Michel Roy (CAN) - Assistant Coach

We have a long way to go. We have to revail our national system in Canada so we can train more, compete more, so we can have more professional coaches and we can be competitive. We are very disappointed. It is easy to be on the side of a coach, I mean, we are not playing the game, but we can see the level, that we are not reacting fast enough or that we are no fighting hard enough. Girls are scare, meaning afraid of shooting and have a lack of experience of fighting. I saw it at the most girls in the NCAA. They should be ready to compete, they should be ready to face the world. We have a long way to go.

Match 14, 17.20, Group A, JAPAN 10 AUSTRALIA 11
Results & Teams

Quarters: 1-2, 3-1, 3-4, 3-4

Referees: Sergey Krizhanovskiy (RUS) and Ernesto Inesta Peralta (ESP)

Teams:

JAPAN: Yuka Kawatashiro, Asuka Watada, Fuka Nishiyama (1), Eruna Ura (1), Kako Kawaguchi (3), Akari Danno (1), Maiko Hashida (1), Kaho Iwano (3), Kyoko Kudo, Hikaru Shitara, Chiaki Terakata, Manami Noda. Head Coach: Yoshinori Shiota.

AUSTRALIA: Claire Durston, Jamie Oberman, Glenda Morgan, Ruby Swadling (4), Sophie Milliken, Abby Andrews, Carla Traplin, Nioka Thomas (2), Kasey Dalziel, Tenealle Fasala (1), Jessica Emerson, Charlize Andrews (4), Isobelle Pamp. Head Coach: Georgina Kovacs

Report

Part of the attention on this day was on Japan-Australia. The game did not disappoint. It was a fast and intense fight, with many goals. Australia scored one more than its rival (10-11) and could score its first 3 points in Funchal.

Georgina Kovacs' players, in fact, only lost the second quarter so their victory was well deserved. In the final minutes, in addition, they could counteract the reaction of Japan and they took advantage of their opportunities in attack too. Charlize Andrews was chosen the player of the match. She scored four goals.

Quotes

Charlize Andrews (AUS) - Player of the match

I think it was a very fast game, goal for goal. As a team, we try to capitalice their defense. We are very happy with the result. Tomorrow, against USA, it will be a tough game, different style, but it will be fast and intense again.

Match 15, 18.40, Group A, HUNGARY 7 UNITED STATES 8
Results & Teams

Quarters: 2-2, 2-2, 2-3, 1-1

Referees: Alessia Ferrari (ITA) and Anna Goncharenko (UKR)

Teams:

HUNGARY: Alda Magnon Magyari, Zita Armai (2), Vanda Valyi (2), Luca Petovari, Natasa Rybanska (1), Janka Utassy, Fanni Muzsnay (1), Kamilla Farago (1), Eszter Lara Kiss, Berta Farago, Panna Kudella, Panna Petik, Lila Maczko. Head Coach: Tamas Farago.

UNITED STATES: Georgia Phillips, Noelle Wijnbelt, Sarah Klass, Abrielle Hill, Honnie Vandeweghe, Bayley Weber, Jewel Roemer (3), Jenna Flynn (1), Ryann Neushul (3), Valeria Ayala, Ava Johnson (1), Isabel Williams. Head Coach: Natalie Benson.

Report

The United States won Hungary 7-8 in a thrilling match, full of emotion and equality. Jewel Roemer (3), Jenna Flynn (1), Ryann Neushul (3) and Ava Johnson (1) scored the eight goals that gave the United States a victory that can be decisive for Group A leadership.

A good defense and the hability of scoring goals in decisive moments decanted the game in favor of the United States, which now leads Group A with 4 points, after a draw and a victory.

Quotes

Natalie Benson (USA) - Head Coach

The girls competed very well for four quarters. The Hungarian team is very strong, but we did a good defense. Our girls played really well; our goalkeeper as well, with very big saves. I am very proud on how our girls played defensively today.
This win is so important, specially after our tie against Japan. It puts us in a good position in order to advance.

Ryann Neushul (USA) - Player of the match

This result is very important. Yesterday we had a tie against Japan. We knew that in order to advance we needed to win these two games. We knew Hungary would be a really tough opponent, with a different style. We addapted well, for sure. One more game left. I think that Australia is a great opponent as well.

Match 16, 20.00, Group C, SOUTH AFRICA 13 PORTUGAL 5
Results & Teams

Quarters: 3-0, 3-2, 4-1, 3-2

Referees: Giovanni Ungaretti Gallotti (BRA) and Darren Brown Spirito Santo (USA)

Teams:

SOUTH AFRICA: Daniella Passoni, Paige Tancrel (5), Jennifer Everett, Boati Motau (1), Astrid Faustmann (1), Hanna Muller (3), Shakira January, Kate Hinrichs, Hanna Weppelman, Jordan Wedderburn (3), Chloe Meecham, Lucy Miszewski, Zanne Smit. Head Coach: Delaine Mentoor

PORTUGAL: Maria Sampaio, Alice Rodrigues, Carolina Fernandes, Fabiana Duarte, Jessica Teixeira, Ana Jardim, Joana Monteiro, Madalena Lousa (4), Ana Sousa, Beatriz Pereira, Ines Tavares, Maria Machado (1), Manuela Freitas. Head Coach: Miguel Pires.

Report

The last game of the day left the win of South Africa against Portugal (13-5). Paige Tancrel punished the weak defense of the host team, which does not have any point yet.

Quotes

Madalena Lousa (POR) - Player

“We wanted a different result. But we were not constant. We failed passes and shots. Their counterattack was better than our defense. At the individual level, it is a pride to represent the country here in Funchal”

Miguel Pires (POR) - Head Coach

"We had three attacks before conceding the first goal. And at this level you have to score. We were losing 0-3 in the first quarter. We cannot give three goals of advantage to our opponents. Then we could have shortened the marker and missed two penalties. After yesterday's game we realized that we would have difficulties. We would like to improve the result of the last world championship"

World Women's Junior Water Polo Championship gained more excitement this Tuesday, with the celebration of the second day of the group stage in Funchal (POR). With the exception of Group C, where Russia's superiority is evident, in the remaining groups the fight for the first place and the direct pass to the quarterfinals remains open. Only group leaders will avoid the playoff.

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10Sep2019

Day 1: Goals against nerves in the opening of the World Women's Junior Championship in Funchal

World Women’s Junior Water Polo Championships 2019
Match 1, 9:00, Group A, HUNGARY 10 AUSTRALIA 9
Results & Teams

Match 1, 9:00, Group A, HUNGARY 10 AUSTRALIA 9
Quarters: 4-2, 3-2, 2-1, 1-4
Referees: Ernesto Inesta Peralta (ESP) and Spyridor Achladiotis (GRE)
Teams:
HUNGARY: Alda Magnon Magyari, Zita Armai, Vanda Valyi (4), Luca Petovari, Natasa Rybanska, Janka Utassy, Fanni Muzsnay, Kamilla Farago (3), Eszter Lara Kiss (1), Berta Farago (2), Panna Kudella, Panna Petik, Lila Maczko. Head Coach: Tamas Farago
AUSTRALIA: Claire Durston, Jamie Oberman (2), Glenda Morgan, Ruby Swadling, Sophie Milliken, Abby Andrews (1), Carla Traplin, Nioka Thomas, Kasey Dalziel, Tenealle Fasala (1), Jessica Emerson (1), Charlize Andrews (4), Isobelle Pamp. Head Coach: Georgina Kovacs

Report

The first match of the World Championship was a demonstration of what will be experienced in Funchal throughout the week. There was emotion. There was nerve. There was a great fight between two teams that fought from beginning to end to score their first points in the tournament. In the end, Hungary was the winner although the team led by Tamas Farago suffered to close the match. Australia reacted in the last quarter (1-4), but Hungary was able to safeguard its victory (10-9).

Quotes

Tamas Farago (HUN) - Head Coach

"Women's water polo is really interesting as a sport because matches are exciting. Until the last moment nobody knows what is going to happen and today we could see it. Hopefully, Hungary won this first match"

Georgina Kovacs (AUS) - Head Coach

"I think that we entered a little bit shy into the game and it was not going the way we waited. I am happy with the way we came back to the game. During a large part of the third quarter and during the last one we did well, and I am happy with that. We are thinking now about our next game, against Japan. It will be a very hard game. I am expecting a very fast Japan and an intense game"

Vanda Valyi (HUN) - Player of the match

"We maybe felt some pressure at the final quarter. Everybody gave the maximum into the game. I am really proud of my team. I am really happy because we could start this World Championship winning. It was the first game of the tournament, first match for us too. I think we opened good this World Championship"

Match 2, 10:20, Group A, UNITED STATES 11 JAPAN 11
Results & Teams

Match 2, 10:20, Group A, UNITED STATES 11 JAPAN 11

Quarters: 3-1, 4-2, 1-5, 3-3

Referees: Liang Zhang (CHN) and Damir Temyrkhanov (KAZ)

Teams:
UNITED STATES: Georgia Phillips, Noelle Wijnbelt, Sarah Klass (2), Abrielle Hill, Honnie Vandeweghe (1), Bayley Weber (1), Jewel Roemer (2), Roxanne Wheaton (1), Jenna Flynn, Ryann Neushul (3), Valeria Ayala, Ava Johnson (1), Isabel Williams. Head Coach: Natalie Benson.

JAPAN: Yuka Kawatashiro, Asuka Watada, Fuka Nishiyama, Eruna Ura (3), Kako Kawaguchi (4), Akari Danno, Maiko Hashida, Kaho Iwano (2), Kyoko Kudo (2), Hikaru Shitara, Chiaki Terakata, Manami Noda. Head Coach: Yoshinori Shiota.

Report

The United States tried to play its cards in the second game of the day, but Japan's reaction was powerful in the third period. The American team seemed to have the game in their hand, with a favorable 7-3, but Japanese players believed in their comeback. They imposed their counterattack in the third period and got a valuable partial of 1-5. In the end, both teams tied to 11 goals in another fast-paced duel in Group A.

Quotes

Natalie Benson (USA) - Head Coach

"It was a very well played game for both teams. Japan is a very strong team. It was the first game of the tournament, the girls maybe showed they were nervous but we are excited to move on for the next game tomorrow. In the third quarter we allowed them to play their style and we let them to run to counterattack so we failed in our game a little bit. It is a good reminder to stay on task. We are in a strong group so we have to play our strongest habilities to win. Every game in this tournament will be difficult"

Match 3, 21:15, Group B, BRAZIL 15 KAZAKHSTAN 10
Results & Teams

Quarters: 2-4, 4-2, 4-3, 5-1

Referees: Sergey Krizhanovskiy (RUS) and Josko Prancic (CRO)

Teams:

BRAZIL: Thatiana Pregolini, Ana Quesada, Alissa Pinciroli (1), Giovana Silva, Ana Amaral (1), Ana Dias (4), Kemily Leao (3), Luana Quinn, Leticia Belorio (4), Ana Alice Amaral (2), Mylla Pereira, Jennifer Cavalcante, Isabela Souza. Head Coach: Ricardo Crivella.

KAZAKHSTAN: Azhar Alibayeva, Yelizaveta Rudneva (2), Dana Kydyrbekova, Viktoriya Khritankova (3), Anastassiya Kolomatskaya, Anna Novikova (2), Madina Rakhmanova, Shakhzoda Mansurova, Nadezhda Shapovalova (1), Anastassiya Murataliyeva (2). Head Coach: Marat Naurazbekov.

Report

The last game of the day, initially scheduled for the third morning shift but delayed by the late arrival of Kazakhstan to Madeira, left the triumph of Brazil, the first leader of Group B. The Brazilian team took advantage of the draw between Spain and the Netherlands. The good game of Brazil had that reward and three points.

Match 4, 11:40, Group B, THE NETHERLANDS 12 SPAIN 12
Results & Teams

Match 3, 11:40, Group B, THE NETHERLANDS 12 SPAIN 12

Quarters: 2-4, 4-3, 3-3, 3-2

Referees: Alessia Ferrari (ITA) and Ursulla Wendenroth (SUI)

Teams:

THE NETHERLANDS: Sarah Buis, Lieke Rogge (2), Rozanne Voorvelt (2), Marit van der Weijden, Isis Keijzer, Simone van de Kraats (5), Nina Ten Broek (1), Maxine Schaap, Lot Stertefeld, Laura Schinkel, Sam Jutte, Storm Willemsen (2), Janieke Oosting. Head Coach: Evangelos Doudesis.

SPAIN: Sandra Perez, Paula Amoros, Paula Arrones, Ruth Ruiz (1), Silvia Espinagosa, Alba Boix (2), Berta Rosell, Elia Velayos (2), Lucia de la Puente, Helena Zurita (4), Sofia Alvarez, Alejandra Diez (3), Paula Jazny. Head Coach: Javier Aznar

Report

Two European teams, candidates to win the tournament, were challenged in the third morning shift at the Funchal Aquatic Complex. The Netherlands and Spain presented their credentials in a match with alternatives, with Simone van de Kraats (5) and Helena Zurita (4) as great scorers on each side. In the end, a 12-goal draw that rewards the good staging of the Spanish team and the Dutch reaction. None gave up, but their competitiveness was not enough to break the tie in their debut in this World Championship.

Quotes

Evangelos Doudesis (NED) - Head Coach

"Spain, in my opinion, is the favourite to win the gold medal in this tournament. We managed to come back because we started the game quite nervous. Both teams played well and I think this 12-12 is a deserved result. We play to win all games, but Spain is the best team in the tournament. We follow our process. This is a talented group. These girls have a great future ahead"

Angel Andreu (ESP) - Assistant Coach

"You always prefer to start a tournament with a win, but the beginnings are always complicated. Today we played against a good team and it has been shown on the scoreboard with a draw. What we did wasn't enough to beat The Netherland. We need to avoid those silly mistakes that have cost us the tie today. There are many very powerful teams here and anyone can win"

Match 5, 16:00, Group C, SOUTH AFRICA 10 ITALY 16
Results & Teams

Quarters: 3-2, 1-6, 2-3, 4-5

Referees: Asumi Nishihara (JPN) and Fiona Sharyn Haigh (AUS)

Teams:

SOUTH AFRICA: Daniella Passoni, Paige Tancrel (2), Jennifer Everett (1), Boati Motau (1), Astrid Faustmann, Hanna Muller (1), Shakira January, Kate Hinrichs, Hanna Weppelman, Jordan Wedderburn (3), Chloe Meecham (1), Lucy Miszewski (1), Zanne Smit. Head Coach: Delaine Mentoor

ITALY: Nicole Zanetta (2), Anna Repetto (1), Giorgia Amedeo (1), Elena Borg, Lucrezia Cergol (4), Isabella Riccioli (2), Francesca Colletta (1), Carlotta Meggiato (3), Agnese Cocchiere (2), Marzia Imperatrice. Head Coach: Paolo Zizza

Report

After a start with startles, with South Africa winning 3-2 at the end of the first quarter, the Italian team reacted and put a more logical result on the score: 10-16. The feeling, however, in Italy was of some dissatisfaction with its game. South Africa put Italy in trouble. Beyond the second quarter, that Italy leaded 1-6, in fact, the partial markers were fairly even (3-2, 2-3 and 4-5). In any case, Italy started the World Championship with a victory and looks ahead.

Quotes

Delaine Mentoor (RSA) - Head Coach

"We are very happy with the result, I mean, we expected to lose but I think that the girls played really well. Their behaviour was brilliant against a experienced Italian team. I think that we can be proud of our result. We actually came with no expectations. We want to improve our results from two years ago and hopefully we can get a win on the bag. There are no expectitions because the team needs to grow and get better game by game. Being here is brilliant because it is the highest level for us. Being here is massive for us"

Paolo Zizza (ITA) - Head Coach

"It wasn't a good match. We didn't play with the necessary intensity. People think that South Africa is not a good team, but the match demonstrated a different thing. We have to improve our game and our mentality. The beginning of the match was really difficult. We are waiting the arrival of some players and maybe this situation wasn't good for the game. I expect that on Tuesday we play better than we did today"

Match 6, 20:00, Group C, PORTUGAL 3 RUSSIA 24
Results & Teams

Quarters: 0-8, 1-4, 1-6, 1-6

Referees: John William Waldow (NZL) and Daniel Federico Daners Chao (URU)

Teams:

PORTUGAL: Maria Sampaio, Alice Rodrigues, Carolina Fernandes (1), Fabiana Duarte, Jessica Teixeira, Ana Jardim, Joana Monteiro, Madalena Lousa (1), Ana Sousa, Beatriz Pereira, Ines Tavares, Maria Machado (1), Manuela Freitas. Head Coach: Miguel Pires.

RUSSIA: Evgeniia Golovina, Polina Kempf (4), Elizaveta Zaplatina (1), Margarita Pystina (5), Anastassia Diachenko (4), Polina Popova (1), Daria Chagochkina (1), Anastasia Leonova (1), Regina Galimzianova, Tatiana Tolkunova (4), Anastasiia Shapkina (1), Nadezhda Lipskaia (2), Svetlana Stepakhina. Head Coach: Sergey Markoch.

Report

The last champion against the host team. That was the attraction of the most anticipated match of the day by the Portuguese public, although the result was not the best for their interests. Russia did not give the Portuguese team an option. Russia won 3-24, with an outstanding performance by Margarita Pystina, Polina Kempf and Tatiana Tolkunova. Russia soon declined the match. In the first quarter, Russia was already leading the score 0-8 and from there the current champion continued the flood of goals. Russia signed the most convincing start against the Portuguese national team, which continues its growth in major international events. In Funchal, Portugal is the host team and competes with the affection of the public.

Quotes

Quotes

Miguel Pires (POR) - Head Coach

It was a very hard match. We knew that Russia was going to win at the start of this competition. They defend the title. This moment is difficult for us. We could practise, we did our best, maybe tomorrow it will be a better day. We battled for the match but all we can say is: 'congratulations to Russia'.

Sergey Markoch (RUS) - Head Coach

It was a hard day for Portugal; also for Russia, because it isn't easy to play this kind of matches, but we are professionals. It is a special day, the first day of the tournament, against the host team. We knew that we were better. We tried to win and at the same time we trained some tactical things. It was a good game and I am satisfy because we are well prepared for the next match, against Italy. We are ready so we expect to win. Then, let's see if any team is better than us. We want to win tomorrow and we also want to win the World Championship, knowing that the level is high: Netherlands, Spain... There are many teams with possibilities to become the champion.

Match 7, 17:20, Group D, GREECE 15 NEW ZEALAND 9
Results & Teams

Quarters: 3-3, 6-2, 2-2, 4-2

Referees: Sander Paul Gransjean (NED) and Marjay Zsolt (HUN)

Teams:

GREECE: Marina Kotsioni, Effrosyni Katsimpri, Anastasia Loudi, Eleni Elliniadi (2), Elisavet Protopapas (1), Maria Anna Mastrokalou, Eirini Ninou, Maria Myriokefalitaki (2), Iliana Kokkinaki, Vasiliki Douli (3), Ioulia Anna Kontoni (3), Eleni Kanetidou (4), Emmanouela Archontaki. Head Coach: Stefanos Leandros.

NEW ZEALAND: Ella Harford, Elizabeth Gault, Gabrielle Milicich (2), Georgia Milne, Elizabeth Alsemgeest, Ella Pollock, Emmerson Houghton (3), Shinae Carrington, Lucia Doak (1), Gabriella Macdonald, Clodagh Weir, Sophie Shorter-Robinson (3), Charlotte Hooke. Head Coach: Megan Thomson.

Report

With highs and lows, drawing two quarters and winning the remaining two by 6-2 and 4-2, Greece added its first three points in Funchal. Greece defeated New Zealand 15-9, with 6 goals of advantage, in a match where nerves and some indecisions appeared, both in attack and defense. Greece, however, certified its superiority and passed its first test with the desire to continue improving throughout the tournament. Eleni Kanetidou, with four goals, was the top scorer of the match.

Quotes

Stefanos Leandros (GRE) - Head Coach

It was kind a nervous beginning for us. We started really nervously. We wanted to score in a bad way. On the other hand, on our defense we were leaving some advantage to the other team, there were many empty spaces for the other players. But ok, it is the start and we were nervous. Hopefully, we will improve during the event. Let's see where we are at the end. We believe in our team, in our girls. I strongly believe in our team.

Megan Thomson (NZL) - Head Coach

It was a good start for us, a solid start. Now we want to keep fighting, taking more pace in every game, getting better, fixing mistakes so we are just thinking about improving in the next game.

Match 8, 18:40, Group D, CANADA 9 CHINA 12
Results & Teams

Quarters: 1-1, 1-5, 3-2, 4-4

Referees: Darren Brown Spirito Santo (USA) and Anna Goncharenko (UKR)

Teams:

CANADA: Hana Truchla, Blaire McDowell, Ava Morrant, Briana Utas (1), Adrien Van Dyke, Verica Bakoc (2), Valeria Rojas (1), Daphne Guevremont (2), Apryl Gonzalez, Florranne Carroll (1), Myriam Lizotte (1), Paige Donald (1), Marianne Bouchard Cote. Head Coach: Cyril Dorgigne.

CHINA: Wenxin Dong, Shiyun Wang (2), Yizhen Zhu, Xiao Chen (1), Bozhou Lu (2), Qingwei Wang, Wen Su (2), Rui Xu (4), Xinyan Meng, Yujia Bai, Ziyan Xiao, Siya Yan (1), Yuting Xie. Head Coach: Jun Lin.

Report

The good offensive performance of Rui Xu and the contribution of Shiyun Wang, Bozhou Lu and Wen Su allowed China to begin its participation in Funchal with a very valuable victory against Canada. China felt so much respect for the American team. "They are a very strong team," said assistant coach Zhiyu Wu. But China completed a great game. China opened the gap in the second quarter and was leading 2-6 at halftime. In the second half of the game China managed its income and added three points.

Quotes

Quotes

Cyril Dorgigne (CAN) - Head Coach

We expected to do better and to win, but as we know every game will be very hard. We are a bit disappointed because we didn't shoot very well today, but we will fix it for tomorrow.

Zhiyu Wu (CHN) - Assistant Coach

Canada is very strong, but my team played very well this game. The first match is very important and my team today played very well.

"They are the stars of the future", Julio Cesar Maglione said during the opening ceremony of the World Women's Junior Championship. And the players responded to the prediction of FINA president with goals and games full of emotions.

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09Sep2019

PR 78 - Italy wins two golds and two silvers in Capri / Napoli final UltraMarathon race

After six legs in South America, North America and Europe, the 2019 edition of the FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series concluded in Capri / Napoli (ITA) this weekend (Saturday September 7) as Italy established itself as the dominating nation of both the men and women's races.

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Capri - Napoli, Italy
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09Sep2019

Madeira gives a warm welcome to the contenders of the FINA World Women's Junior Water Polo Championships

This Sunday was for the 16 teams participating in the FINA World Women's Junior Water Polo Championships their last day of preparation. The competition will start tomorrow and throughout the week, from September 9 to 15, sixteen national teams will define their luck in the event. There will be only a winner and the candidates are 16.

Hungary, the United States, Australia and Japan are on Group A. Brazil, the Netherlands, Kazakhstan and Spain are on Group B. Greece, Canada, New Zealand and China are on Group D.

World Women’s Junior Water Polo Championships 2019
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08Sep2019

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