On Day 6 of the Women’s European Junior Water Polo Championship, places 9 to 16 were confirmed. The semifinals and 5-8 classification matches will be played tomorrow.
Slovakia finished 9th after defeating Israel, 11:6. In spite of Israeli squad’s excellent performance and lead in the first half (4:2), Slovakia did not surrender and responded properly in the second. The teams entered the final period tied (5:5), and then Slovakia stepped up their game and gradually increased the lead eventually reaching a nice 11:6 win. The winning team was led by Miroslava Stankovianska.
The first period of the clash between Bulgaria and France was scoreless for almost six minutes, and Melanie Hristova finally netted an opener for Bulgaria’s first lead (1:0). It was an equal duel until the very end, none of the teams managed to achieve an advantage bigger than that of two goals. Bulgaria was leading on eight occasions, whereas France took over the lead in the final period twice. The crucial goal was netted by Teodora Dimitrova, and Hristova ended up being the top scorer with three goals.
Turkey took the 13th place after beating the Czech Republic, 13:5. Turkey proved too strong for their rival and controlled the match from the very beginning. Already at halftime, they had a 5:1 lead, which turned out to be insurmountable for the Czech ladies. Turkey gradually enlarged the difference and easily triumphed at the end. Dilara Burali excelled again with five goals.
Romania recorded a 12:6 victory over Portugal and ended up being 15th. Both teams were struggling at the beginning and it was not until the 5th minute of the game that Claudia Costa netted an opener for Portugal. It was her team’s first and only lead during this game. Bulgaria equalized after two minutes and quickly took over the lead. Portugal was able to keep parity until the last quarter, and it was down by one before the final eight minutes (3:4). Then Bulgaria’s impressive shooting series followed, and Portugal’s net was filled with eight goals. Led by Mihaila Briana who scored four goals, Romania avoided the last place at the Championship.
Women’s European Junior Water Polo Championship (Novi Sad, Serbia)
Day 6 – August 25, 2017
Slovakia 11:6 Israel
(0:2, 2:2, 3:1, 6:1)
Bulgaria 10:9 France
(1:0, 3:3, 2:2, 4:4)
Czech Republic 5:13 Turkey
(0:3, 1:2, 2:3, 2:5)