Three convincing victories were recorded on the third day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Intercontinental Tournament at Gold Coast in Australia. On April 27, the USA and Australia won their third consecutive matches, while Japan collected the first win in the Tournament. China and Kazakhstan also won only one match by now, while New Zealand suffered three defeats.
The USA men’s national water polo team is at the top of the table with 9 points, while Australia has 8 because one of their three triumphs came after the penalty shootout. Japan is third with 4 points, whereas China and Kazakhstan have 3. New Zealand has won no points and is the lowest-ranked team right now.
EASY JOB FOR USA
Day Three of the Tournament saw the USA squad excel in the clash with China water polo team. Dejan Udovicic’s team completely overpowered their opponent, 18-6. Jonathan Hooper gave another outstanding performance scoring six goals. Obert and Vavic followed him with three.
The USA water polo players scored five goals already in the first period leaving China scoreless. It was only after the USA increased the advantage to eight when China recorded the first goal three minutes before the halftime. In the first halftime, Hooper and Obert netted three goals each leading the USA to an eight-goal lead at halftime (9-1). Already at this point, there was no doubt about who will win this match.
Magnificent Hooper added one more to increase the advantage to nine. China’s second goal came in the third period when they were eleven goals behind. Zhong Xian Chen brought the deficit down to ten (12-2). The USA water polo players kept increasing the lead scoring six goals in the third. Hooper’s goal set the difference of twelve goals (15-3) which will be saved until the end.
On April 28, the USA will play against Australia, and this match is considered to be a preview of the final, gold medal clash.
JAPAN FINALLY WINS
After suffering two defeats, Japan water polo players were very decisive in their intention to finally record a victory in Australia. Their offense was on point in their third match in the Tournament and led them to the triumph over New Zealand, 18-6. During the first quarter, Japan scored four unanswered goals and increased the advantage to five at the beginning of the second. New Zealand netted two to bring down the deficit to three, but that was the closest they could get. Japan proved too strong and kept increasing the lead. Seiya Adachi was the game’s top scorer with four goals.
Japan’s next rival is China.
ANOTHER WIN FOR AUSTRALIA
The game against Kazakhstan was a lot easier for Aussie Sharks than the one they played yesterday. The Sharks opened the match with three consecutive goals netted in the first four minutes. In the last minute of the first period, Shakenov scored the first one for Kazakhstan, and the only one in this quarter, but Kayes then increased the Australia’s lead (4-1). The Sharks had some trouble scoring in the second quarter, but they still went on a break with a two-goal lead (4-2) because Kazakhstan only recorded one goal netted by Pilipenko.
No team managed to score in the third quarter for almost five minutes. Eventually, Gilchrist scored two and Ford one to increase Australia’s lead to five eight minutes before the end (7-2). Kazakhstan had no solution for Australia’s game and managed to net only one more in the final quarter. The hosts scored three more to hold off their rival, 10-3.
Kazakhstan will tomorrow face winless New Zealand.
FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Intercontinental Tournament
Day 3 Results (April 27)
USA vs. China 18-6 (5-0, 4-1, 6-2, 3-3)
USA scorers: Nolan McConnell (1), Hannes Daube (2), Alexander Obert (3), Johnathan Hooper (6), Maxwell Irving (1), Nicholas Carniglia (1), Alex Roelse (1), Marko Vavic (3)
China scorers: Xian Chen (2), Ze Kai Xie (1), Wen Hui Lu (1), Yi Min Chen (1), Xiang Fu (1)
New Zealand vs. Japan 6-18 (0-4, 4-5, 1-4, 1-5)
New Zealand scorers: Matthew Lewis (1), Matthew Small (3), Jerome McGuinness (2)
Japan scorers: Seiya Adachi (4), Shuma Kawamoto (1), Mitsuaki Shiga (2), Takuma Yoshida (1), Atsuto Iida (2), Mitsura Takata (1), Atsushi Arai (2), Kohei Inaba (3), Keigo Okawa (1), Kenta Araki (1)
Australia vs. Kazakhstan 10-3 (4-1, 0-1, 3-0, 3-1)
Australia scorers: Luke Pavillard (2), Joe Kayes (2), Andrew Ford (2), Jarrod Gilchrist (3), Lachlan Hollis (1)
Kazakhstan scorers: Yevgeniy Medvedev (1), Roman Pilipenko (1), Murat Shakenov (1)