FINA Women’s Water Polo World League Intercontinental Tournament was held on May 2-7 in California, USA. Australia, USA, Canada and Japan advanced to the World League Super Final which will take place on June 6-11 in Shanghai. Together with hosting country’s team, China, they will compete with Hungary, Russia, and the Netherlands.
Aussie Stingers were as successful as their male counterparts a week before and defeated the USA squad in the gold medal match. Canada water polo team finished 3rd after beating Japan, while Kazakhstan triumphed over China to take 5th place.
Stinger Rowie Webster was the Tournament’s top scorer with 18 goals. Jessica Gaudreault from Canada was named the best goalkeeper, while Melissa Seidemann from the USA was proclaimed MVP of the Tournament.
AUSTRALIA OVERPOWERED USA TO TAKE GOLD MEDAL
Aussie Stingers won gold after recording an impressive 10:7 victory over the USA who were undefeated since May 2016. Elle Armit’s two goals gave an advantage to Australia in the first quarter which the USA finished scoreless. Armit netted another one at the beginning of the second period, but the USA woke up. Melissa Seidemann and Jewel Roemer scored a goal each to bring down the deficit to one at halftime (2:3). The third quarter was crucial for the Stingers’ triumph. Although Aria Fisher equalized the result, Australia stroke back with three goals increasing their advantage to three (3:6). The final period ended in a draw after a pretty balanced game. The hosting water polo team managed to tie the score once more, but Australia proved too strong.
Australia water polo team recorded four wins in the preliminary play. They easily defeated China (13:6), Canada (10:7), Kazakhstan (9:5), and Japan (8:3). The USA women were the only ones to whom Australia lost in the preliminary play (9:7). They also defeated Kazakhstan (12:7), China (10:5), Japan (10:6), and Canada (6:5).
In the Day Five clash of previously unbeaten teams, Australia achieved a two-goal lead after their domination in the second quarter, which made the USA women trail the score until the final period when they managed to equalize and lead to penalties. Alexis Liebowitz, Paige Hauschild, Jewel Roemer, and Ryann Neushul were successful and led their team to the triumph. Stingers Rowie Webster and Keesja Gofers scored for Australia, while Walsh prevented Isobel Bishop and Hannah Buckling to net a goal.
CANADA BEATS JAPAN TO WIN BRONZE
Japan water polo players defeated Canada on the Day One (13:8) and were favorites for the bronze with three victories recorded in the preliminary play. Besides Canada, they also triumphed over Kazakhstan (15:4) and China (11:6). Canada, on the other side, won two matches – against China (12:9) and Kazakhstan (8:3). However, Canada left Japan scoreless in the second half to take the bronze medal.
In a low-scoring game, Elyse Lemay led Canada to victory with three goals. Japan did take the first lead after Misaki Noro’s goal, but Lemay took over the lead for Canada. Yumi Arima equalized the score by the halftime (2:2). Japan was unable to score any more until the end.
KAZAKHSTAN FINISHES 5TH, CHINA 6TH
Kazakhstan women’s water polo team triumphed only against winless China (9:7) in the preliminary play. The two teams also competed for the consoling 5th place on the last day of the Tournament. China was unable to make a surprise and Kazakhstan recorded a convincing 14:7 win. China will, either way, be one of the Super Final participants as the hosting country.
FINA Women’s Water Polo World League Intercontinental Tournament
Australia vs. China 13:6 (3:1, 3:2, 3:1, 4:2)
Japan vs. Canada 13:8 (2:2, 3:1, 2:3, 6:2)
Kazakhstan vs. USA 7:12 (1:3, 2:3, 2:2, 2:4)
Canada vs. Australia 7:10 (2:4, 1:3, 2:0, 2:3)
Kazakhstan vs. Japan 4:15 (0:0, 1:6, 2:3, 1:6)
China vs. USA 5:10 (0:3, 1:3, 1:2, 3:2)
China vs. Canada 9:12 (2:5, 2:4, 3:1, 2:2)
Australia vs. Kazakhstan 9:5 (3:1, 1:1, 3:2, 2:1)
Japan vs. USA 6:10 (0:2, 3:2, 1:4, 2:2)
Kazakhstan vs. China 9:7 (3:1, 1:4, 3:1, 2:1)
Japan vs. Australia 3:8 (0:2, 2:1, 0:3, 1:2)
Canada vs. USA 5:6 (1:1, 2:0, 0:2, 2:3)
China vs. Japan 6:11 (1:2, 1:4, 3:3, 1:2)
Kazakhstan vs. Canada 3:8 (1:4, 2:1, 0:1, 0:2)
Australia vs. USA 7:9 (1:1, 2:0, 1:1, 1:3 – 2:4)
Kazakhstan vs. China 14:7 (2:2, 3:1, 5:2, 4:2)
Japan vs. Canada 2:5 (1:2, 1:0, 0:1, 0:2)
USA vs. Australia 7:10 (0:2, 2:1, 1:3, 4:4)