FINA World League

Double crown for USA at Inter-Continental Cup

FINA Inter-continental cup,medal winners at female tournament Photo: Water Polo Australia/Facebook

The national teams of the USA won two gold medals at the FINA Inter-Continental Cup, which was ended in Auckland (New Zealand) today. The tournament was intercontinental qualifications for the World League Super Final.

In the men’s final the USA beat Australia (9:6). The final game for ladies also saw an encounter between USA and Australia. The Americans won 10:7.

USA, Australia, Japan and Kazakhstan qualified for the FINA Water Polo World League Super Final for men. USA, Australia, Canada and China will be the non-European quartet at the WPWL Final Eight for women. Hosts of the Super Final tournaments hasn’t been confirmed yet.

FINA INTER-CONTINENTAL CUP, MEN, DAY 6

USA, Australia, Japan Photo: Australia Water Polo/Facebook (click to enlarge)

In men’s final, the USA quickly earned a 2:0 lead, but Australia levelled soon. Before the first break, the Americans went ahead again (3:2). The second and the third period were pretty balanced.In the finish of the third quarter, the USA earned a two-goal lead once more (7:5) and controlled the match until the end (9:6).

Japan defeated Kazakhstan in the match for the bronze medal. Led by Seiya Adachi, the top scorer of the 2017 World Championships, who netted 5 goals today, the Japanese rushed to a 7:2 lead by halftime. Kazakhstan couldn’t come back in the second half of the game. Japan maintained the margin for a 12:7 win.

Japan is the only team among Top 4 sides which hasn’t a head coach who has come from ex-Yugoslavia. A successful former head coach of Serbia Dejan Udovicic has led the USA team since 2013. Elvis Fatovic (Croatia) is a coach of Australia, while Nemanja Knezevic (Serbia) has been coaching Kazakhstan for a long time. Japanese Yoji Omoto is a head trainer of his country’s national team.

Another Balkanian, an experienced Petar Porobic (Montenegro), debuted as a head coach of China in the FINA World League

FINAL

Australia 6:9 USA
(2:3, 1:1, 2:3, 1:2)

Australia: Kayes 2, Power, Roach, Younger, Brooks.
USA: Irving 3, Vavic 2, Bowen 2, Hooper, Daube.

For bronze

Kazakhstan 7:12 Japan
(1:4, 1:3, 2:3, 3:2)

Kazakhstan: Ruday 3, Manafov 2, Shmider, Aubakirov.
Japan: Adachi 5, Inaba 3, Shiga 2, Koppu, Takata, Okawa

For 5th place

Canada 12:6 New Zealand
(1:1, 4:0, 2:2, 5:3)

For 7th place

Argentina 6:5 China
(1:1, 0:2, 0:1, 5:1)

For 9th place

Saudi Arabia 11:10 New Zealand (2)
(4:2, 2:3, 2:2, 3:3)

Ranking

1. USA
2. Australia
3. Japan
4. Kazakhstan
5. Canada
6. New Zealand
7. Argentina
8. China
9. Saudi Arabia

Team New Zealand 2 competed in the tournament, but its ranking didn’t count for qualification for the FINA Water Polo World League Super Final 2018.

FINA INTER-CONTINENTAL CUP, WOMEN, DAY 6

At halftime of the women’s final, it seemed that Australia would defeat the USA for the second time in Auckland (after a win on Day 1 of group phase). The Aussie Stingers were 5:3 up after the second period. The USA team took a flying start in the third quarter. It scored four goals in a row and jumped to 7:5 lead. Before the last period, Australia reduced the gap to one (7:6)The USA ruled the field in the fourth quarter to record a 10:7 victory.

Canada took the 3rd place, by beating China. The Asians opened the match with a 5:3 first quarter. Canada produced a 5:1 rush for an 8:6 advantage before the last quarter. China played better in the last eight minutes, but Canada achieved a 9:8 win.

Final

Australia 7:10 USA
(3:2, 2:1, 1:4, 1:3)

Australia: Bishop 4, Armit, Buckling, Knox.
USA: Haralabidis 3, Gilchirst 3, Seidemann 2, Neushul.

For bronze

China 8:9 Canada
(5:3, 0:2, 1:3, 2:1)

China: Y. Zhai 2, J. Zhang 2, N. Wang, N. Guo, S. Nong, D. Zhang.
Canada: Alogbo 3, McKee 2, Fournier 2, Crevier, Tielman.

For 5th place

Kazakhstan 9:11 Japan
(2:1, 3:4, 3:2, 1:4)

For 7th place

New Zealand 12:1 New Zealand (2)
(3:1, 3:0, 1:0, 5:0)

Ranking

1. USA
2. Australia
3. Canada
4. China
5. Japan
6. Kazakhstan
7. New Zealand

Team New Zealand 2 competed in the tournament, but its ranking didn’t count for qualification for the FINA Water Polo World League Super Final 2018.

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