Australia Water Polo

First win for Hungary, another game resolved by penalties

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Four more games were played on the second day of the FINA Women’s World League Super Final in China. Russia collected its first win in Shanghai, while the USA, Canada, and Russia recorded their second victory in a row. Australia, Japan, and Netherlands are still winless, whereas the hosting water polo team suffered the first loss.

USA AND HUNGARY MAKE NO MISTAKES

Team USA easily rolled past Japan and collected the second consecutive win in Shanghai (17:4). The domination was obvious in the first quarter when they scored four goals before Japan managed to find the net (4:1). USA ladies did not allow their rival to score more than one goal in each of the following quarters as well. They went on a break with a five-goal lead (7:2), and netted six in the third period proving their supremacy. The winner was already known, but four goals in the final quarter sealed the win for the USA water polo team. The game’s top scorer was Alys Williams who found the net five times. Sisters Neushul scored two goals each, as well the Fischer sisters.

After a tense battle with Canada yesterday and a defeat in a penalty shootout, Hungary water polo team overpowered China, 16:6. The hosting squad was full of confidence after their triumph over Australia, but they were quickly broken down in front of their home crowd. Hungary built up a two-goal advantage in the first quarter. They left China scoreless in the second period and scored eight goals in total before halftime (8:2). Next two quarters saw the same result as in the first period. Excellent Dorottya Szilagyi netted six goals leading Hungary to its first win in the Super Final.

The USA water polo team will tomorrow face Russia, while Hungary will play against Australia.

AUSSIE STINGERS DEFEATED AGAIN

Canada survived the penalties drama on Day One but collected a nice victory over Australia yesterday. They opened the match with two unanswered goals in the first quarter. Australia water polo players had a hard time and did not manage to score until the half of the second period when they woke up and managed to score three goals. They still went on a break with their hopes high falling behind by one (3:4). However, Aussie Stingers went scoreless again in the third period while Elyse Lemay and Joelle Bekhazi increased Canada’s advantage to three eight minutes before the end (3:6). Australia was not able to overcome this deficit, especially after Kyra Christmas improved the lead to four. Rowie Webster was the only Stinger who scored in the second half. Monika Eggens closed the game setting the final score, 4:8.

Canada’s next rival is China.

RUSSIA WINS PENALTY SHOOTOUT AGAINST NETHERLANDS

Shanghai saw another penalty shootout. Russia faced Netherlands water polo team which was hoping to achieve the first win at Women’s World League Super Final. And they blew the chance for that despite leading by five on two occasions. Netherlands had +5 in the second quarter, but Timofeeva brought down the deficit to four at halftime (5:9). They were up by five again in the third quarter and it seemed like they were in control of the game. Russia refused to give up and stroke back in the second half which they won with 5:1 leaving it up to penalties to determine the winner. Russia was better and won with 4:2 collecting the second victory, while Netherlands remained winless.

Netherlands will tomorrow meet Japan water polo squad.

The USA is currently the only team with 6 points, while Russia in Group A and Canada in Group B both have 5 points. Netherlands is third in Group A with 1 point, while China in Group B has 3. Japan and Australia still have no points so far.

2017 FINA Women’s World League Super Final
Day 2 Results (June 6)

Hungary vs. China 16:6 (4:2, 4:0, 4:2, 4:2)
Hungary scorers: Dora Antal (2), Dorottya Szilagyi (6), Anna Illes (2), Rita Keszthelyi (1), Barbara Bujka (4), Noemi Somhegyi (1)
China scorers: GuanNan Niu (1), Ning Guo (3), YiWen Lu (1), Cong Zhang (1), Xiao Chen (1)

USA vs. Japan 17:4 (4:1, 3:1, 6:1, 4:1)
USA scorers: Maddie Musselman (1), Melissa Seidemann (1), Mary Brooks (2), Maggie Steffens (2), Kiley Neushul (2), Aria Fischer (2), Jamie Neushul (2), Makenzie Fischer (2), Alys Williams (3)
Japan scorers: Yumi Arima (1), Shino Magariyama (1), Akari Inaba (1), Yuki Niizawa (1)

Russia vs. Netherlands 14:12 (3:4, 2:5, 2:1, 3:0 – 4:2)
Russia scorers: Daria Gerzanich (2), Ekaterina Prokofyeva (3), Elvina Karimova (1), Olga Gorbunova (1), Alena Serzhantova (1), Anastasia Simanovich (1), Anna Timofeeva (1), Tatiana Tolkunova (3), Daria Ryzhkova (1),
Netherlands scorers: Miloushka Smit (3), Catharina van der Sloot (3), Maud Megens (2), Laura van der Graaf (1), Lieke Klaassen (3)

Australia vs. Canada 4:8 (0:2, 3:2, 0:2, 1:2)
Australia scorers: Amy Ridge (1), Bronte Halligan (1), Rowie Webster (2)
Canada scorers: Monika Eggens (2), Kyra Christmas (1), Joelle Bekhazi (2), Elyse Lemay (1), Christine Robinson (1), Shae Fournier (1)

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