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Group A Group B Group C Group D
Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Russia Russia  New Zealand Australia Germany Germany
China China USA USA Canada Canada Brazil Brazil
Italy Italy Greece Greece South Africa South Africa Spain Spain
HUN Hungary Kazakhstan Kazakhstan New Zealand New Zealand Netherlands Netherlands

Sunday, July 19

Australia and Canada draw on opening day Rome, Italy (July 19).— Most games went to plan in the women’s water polo competition at the FINA World Championships at the Fora Italico today.

Canada and Australia battled out a 6-6 draw in Group C and now need big wins against New Zealand and South Africa to decide who progresses as the group winner to the quarter-finals. New Zealand leads the group after eclipsing competition newcomer South Africa 12-5.

Group A saw Hungary head off China 10-7 while Italy hammered Uzbekistan 20-3.  China should be one of the favourites here after winning gold at the just-completed World Student Games.

United States of America and Russia looked smart in Group B with Russia defeating Greece 14-9 and FINA World League champion USA recovering from a poor start at three goals down to win 19-6 over Kazakhstan.

Group D gave Olympic champion the Netherlands a scare when non-Olympic team Brazil played without respect to its world ranking. The Dutch came through to win 11-7. Spain also had to work hard for a high-scoring 17-12 margin over Germany.

The men’s competition starts tomorrow with the main match-ups being Serbia-Spain at 18:20 and USA-Italy at 21:00. - Russ McKinnon

Game #1 China CHN 7 vs Hungary HUN 10

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Goals by Quarter:  2:2, 2:5, 1:3, 2:0

6 on 5: Extra man: CHN 2/10 HUN 3/6

Scoring:

CHN : YANG Jun, TENG Fei, LIU Ping, SUN Yujun (2), HE Jin, SUN Yating (1), ZHANG Lei, GAO Ao, WANG Yi (2), MA Huanhuan (2), SUN Hui Zi, QIAO Lei Ying, WANG Ying. Head Coach: PAN Shenghua.

HUN: Patricia HORVATH, Eszter TOMASKOVICS (1), Ildiko TOTH, Dora KISTELEKI (1), Gabrilla SZUCS (2), Orsolya TAKACS (1), Rita DRAVUCZ (3), Rita KESZTHELYI, Fruzsina BRAVIK, Aniko PELLE (1), Agnes VALKAI (1), Rita POSZKOLI, Aniko GYONGYOSSY. Head Coach: Matyas PETROVICS.

Referees: Reemnet (NED), Stavropoulos (GRE)
Delegate: Amini, Whitehouse

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: A three-goal spurt by Rita Dravucz late in the second quarter took Hungary from 5-4 to 8-4 and the game was won. The fact that Hungary’s dominance stretched to 10-5 against a team that had just won the World Student Games gold medal was immense. Hungary stepped off the gas and China tried valiantly but unsuccessfully to get back into the game.

Commentary - Ryan Castle: China started off the game really well and were very competitive against Hungary throughout this contest. The only uncontested period being the 2nd quarter when the Hungarians pushed the counter-attack constantly and were able to feed off small errors made by the Chinese on offense.

Game #2 Russia RUS 14 vs Greece GRE 9

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Goals by Quarter: 3:1, 4:1, 4:5, 3:2

6 on 5: RUS 3/9, GRE 4/11

Scoring:

RUS: Evgeniya PROTSENKO, Nadezda GLYZINA, Ekaterina PROKOFYEVA (2), Sofya KONOUKH (1), Alena VYLEGZHANINA, Natalia RYZHOVA-ALENICHEVA (2), Ekaterina PANTYULINA (4), Evgenia SOBOLEVA (1), Anna TIMOFEEVA (2), Olga BELYAEVA (1), Eugenia IVANOVA, Yulia GAUFLER (1), Maria KOUTUNOVSKAYA. Head Coach: Alexander KABANOV.

GRE: Marina TSOURI, Christina TSOUKALA, Konstantina KOUTELI, Ilektra PSOUNI, Kyriaki LIOSI (4), Alkisti AVRAMIDOU, Alexandra ASIMAKI (1), Antigoni ROUMPESI (2), Angeliki GEROLYMOU, (2) Triantafilla MANOLIOUDAKI, Stavroula ANTONAKOU, Georgia LARA, Eleni KOUNDOU. Head Coach: George MORFESIS.

Referees: Gomez (ITA), Wengenroth (SUI)
Delegate: El Allam, Firoiu

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Greece may have scored the first goal but Russia had four shots denied early. The shots soon came on target and just before halftime Russia was 7-1 ahead. Greece rallied with an excellent third period but Russia was equal to the task. Greece’s efforts included drawing three penalty fouls, which were all converted, but the last came two minutes from time when the game was over as a spectacle. Greek coach George Morfesis said: “We had a bad beginning, especially in the first period. We thought that our best weapon was our defence but today it didn’t work.”

Commentary - Ryan Castle: Russia completely dominated this game from the start, with a brief hiccup in the 3rd quarter when the Greeks tried to stage a comeback but ended up trading goals with the relentless Russians.

Game #3 USAUSA 19 vs Kazakstan KAZ 6

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Goals by Quarter: 3:4, 6:1, 6:0, 4:1

6 on 5: USA 1/9; KAZ 2/10
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Scoring:

USA: Elizabeth ARMSTRONG, Heather PETRI, Brittany HAYES (3), Brenda VILLA (2), Lauren WENGER (2), Tanya GANDY (1), Kelly RULON (2), Jessica STEFFENS (1), Elsie WINDES, Alison GREGORKA (1), Moriah VAN NORMAN (3), Kameryn CRAIG (4), Jaime KOMER. Head Coach: Adam KRIKORIAN.

KAZ: Galina RYTOVA, Natalya KUTUZOVA, Aizhan AKILBAYEVA, Anna TUROVA, Natalya RYBACHEK, Anna ZUBKOVA, Zamira MYRZABEKOVA, Yekaterina GARIYEVA, Agata TNHSEVA, Marina GRITSENKO, Alexandra ROZHENTSEVA, Assem MUSSAROVA, Alexandra TUROVA. Head Coach: Larissa OLKHINA.

Referees: Flahive (AUS) Shiwei (CHN)
Delegate: Diatthessopoulos

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: No one would have bet that Kazakhstan could have made an impression on FINA World League champion USA but the stars of America were shocked to be three down in less than three minutes. USA came back but Kazakhstan led by a goal at the break. Five straight goals by the USA, including doubles to RULON and WENGER, assisted the USA to a bold 9-5 turn. From then on the USA rode a wave of goals to victory.

Commentary - Ryan Castle: Team USA were a little shell shocked in the first quarter and caught napping when the Kazakstan team grabbed a surprising 3-0 lead on the USA. The Americans managed to claw their way back to 3-3, but the Kazaks got the last word in the quarter by scoring a 4th goals to take a 4-3 lead into the 2nd quarter. Unfortunately after that the game was completely dominated by the US, especially at the center position.

Game #4 NZL 12 vs South Africa RSA 5

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Goals by Quarter: 1:2, 5:0, 3:0, 3:3

6 on 5:NZL 2/5; RSA 2/8

Scoring:

NZL: NEW ZEALAND: Carina HARACHE, Emily COX (1), Kelly MASON (3), Rebecca McGUINNESS, Amy LOGAN (2), Lynlee SMITH (1), Ashley SMALLFIELD (1), Lauren SIEPRATH, Anna SIEPRATH (1), Casie BOWRY (1), Kirsten HUDSON, Alexandra MYLES (2), Dana HARVEY. HEAD COACH: Todd CLAPPER.

RSA: Hayley DUNCAN, Delaine CHRISTIAN, Megan SCHOOLING, Laura BARRETT, Tammy HEYDENRYCH (1), Sarah HARRIS (3), Christine BARRETTO, Lee-Anne KEET, Samantha KEET (1), Nicolette POULOS, Naydene SMITH, Mbali MPOFU. Head Coach: Bradly ROWE.

Referees: Patelli (ITA) Rotsart (USA)
Delegate: Bestit

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: It would be fair to say that New Zealand had a poor start and South Africa had a dream debut at this level. It wasn’t until the last three minutes of the second quarter that New Zealand struck form with COX netting and then MASON putting away three in a row for 6-2 at halftime. South Africa’s drought continued in the third but consecutive goals from KEET and HARRIS gave them some respite. New Zealand looked the far more accomplished team as it swam to victory.

Commentary - Ryan Castle: New Zealand won this commonwealth affair rather easily, although the gritty South Africans were able to grab first blood and led for 2 occasions in the first quarter. Thereafter the kiwis were able to pressure the ball easily on defense and control the flow of the game on their own offense.

Game #5 Canada CAN 6 vs Australia AUS 6

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Goals by Quarter: 0:1, 2:3, 3:1, 1:1

6 on 5: CAN 1/7; AUS 2/6:

Scoring:

CAN: Rachel RIDDELL, Krystina ALOGBO (1), Katrina MONTON, Emily CSIKOS (1), Joelle BEKHAZI, Whitney GENOWAY, Rosanna TOMIUK, Dominique PERREAULT (2), Carmen EGGENS, Christine ROBINSON (1), Tara CAMPBELL (1), Marina RADU, Marissa JANSSENS. Head Coach: Pat OATEN.

AUS: AUSTRALIA: Alicia McCORMACK, Holly LINCOLN-SMITH (1), Sophie SMITH, Rebecca RIPPON, Jane MORAN (1), Bronwen KNOX, Rowena WEBSTER (2), Kate GYNTHER (1), Glencora RALPH, Jemma DESSAUVAGIE, Melissa RIPPON (1), Nicola ZAGAME, Victoria BROWN. Head Coach: Greg McFadden.

Referees: Borrell (ESP), Sadekov (RUS)
Delegate: Frady, Martinez

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Both teams were playing for superiority in the group and provided a fascinating game. Australia blew an excellent opportunity to swim away from Canada when 5-2 up early in the third period but allowed Canada back into the game and to go one goal ahead in the final quarter. The Aussie Stingers struck back through WEBSTER from the top to secure the draw at 4:20 remaining. Canada’s excellent defence appeared to send Australia into a panic in the second half.

Commentary - Ryan Castle: So far this has been the game of the day with both teams trading the lead many times. The 2nd half was a very fiesty & competitive affair with both teams competing for everything. The Canadians thought they had it won at 6-5, but the Australians managed to tie the game at 6-6 off an exclusion goal with 1 minute left in the 4th.


Game #6 Germany GER 12 vs ESP ESP 17

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Goals by Quarter: 3:4, 3:1, 3:6, 3:6

Extra man: GER 2/4; ESP 7/14

Scoring:

GER: Simone BUDDE, Sandra SCHILLING, Linda GERRITSEN (1), Claudia KERN, Katrin DIEROLF (6), Claudia BLOMENKAMP (2), Alexandra SCHILLING, Mariam SALLOUM (1), Theresa KLEIN, Nina WENGST, Carmen GELSE (1), Mandy ZOLLNER (1), Hanna HANHOLZ. Head Coach: Rene REIMANN.

ESP: Patricia DEL SOTO, Blanca GIL (7), Olga DOMENECH, Irene HAGEN, Miriam LOPEZ-ESCRIBANO, Jennifer PAREJA (3), Pilar PENA, Clara ALLER, Ona MESEGUER (2), Maica GARCIA (3), Laura LOPEZ (2), Laura ESTHER. Head Coach: Joan JANE.

Referees: Tulga (TUR), Pinker (RSA)
Delegate: Bock, Sharanov

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Germany nearly upset Spain’s hopes of a top finish in Group D. The Germans held sway at halftime after Spain had the quarter-time edge. With GIL on fire with a tournament-high seven, though, it appeared a waiting game as Spain slowly built momentum. Both teams were like runaway trains, especially in the final two quarters with nine goals each. Spain went to 9-6 and 11-7 to make the break in the third period before winning the game. German captain Dierolf tried single-handedly to keep her team in the match.-Russ McKinnon

Commentary - Ryan Castle: This was a very high scoring game from which the Germans will take lots of confidence and grow from. Although both teams were able to generate lots of offense, but unfortunately the Germans weren't able to keep up in the gun fight. -Ryan Castle

Game #7 Brazil BRA 7 vs Ned NED 11

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Goals by Quarter: 3:3, 1:3, 2:5, 1:0

Extra man: BRA 2/6; NED 5/8

Scoring:

BRA: Tess OLIVIERA, Cecilia CANETTI, Flavia FERNANDES (1), Marina CANETTI (1), Marina ZABLITH, Gabriela MANTELLATO, Cristina BEER, Luisa CARVALHO, Fernanda LISONI, Camila PEDROSA (5), Flavia VIGNA, Melina TENO, Manuela CANETTI. Head Coach: Pablo CUESTA.

NED: Ilse VAN DER MEIJDEN, Milousha SMIT, Mieke CABOUT (3), Biurakn HAKHVERDIAN, Sabrina VAN DER SLOOT, Nomi STOMPHORST, Iefke VAN BELKUM (4), Noeki KLEIN, Jantien CABOUT, Nienke VERMEER (1), Rianne GUICHELAAR (2), Mieke VAN DER SLOOT (1), Anne HEINIS. Head Coach: Mauro MAUGERI.

Referees:Turcotte (CAN), Matache (ROU)
Delegate: Brochero

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Brazil defied the odds to put incredible pressure on the Olympic champion Dutch, drawing the first period and winning the last. The all-important third quarter was where the damage was done when the Dutch stepped up a gear and took the halftime margin of 6-4 to 10-4 with VAN BELKUM scoring two of her four in this segment. PEDROSA led the charge for Brazil against a Dutch team with a new coach in former Italian mentor MAUGERI and with a small handful of Olympic gold medallists missing.- Russ McKinnon

Commentary - Ryan Castle: Current Olympic champions Netherlands easily controlled the game throughout despite a relentless & feisty Brazillian team. The Brazilians were able to generate a fair amount of offense and look capable of troubling the Spanish &/or Germans.-Ryan Castle

Game #8 Uzebekistan UZB 3 vs Italy ITA 20

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Quarters: 1:2, 0:6, 0:8, 2:4

Extra man: UZB  0/2; ITA 6/6

Scoring:

UZB: Natalya MURASHKINA, Diana DADABAEVA, Anna PLYUSOVA, Viktoriya GORODCHANINA (1), Evgeniya IVANOVA, Eseniya PIFTOR, Natalya PLYUSOVA (2), Anna SHEGLOVA, Ramilyn HALIKOVA, Viktoriya SALIKHOVA, Olga MAYOROVA, Lyutsia GIBAZOVA, Elena DUKHANOVA. Head Coach: Boris RUSTAMOV.

ITA: Elena GIGLI, Simona ABBATE (1), Elisa CASANOVA (2), Silvia BOSURGI (2), Daniela LAVORINI (1), Arianna GARIBOTTI (2), Tania DI MARIO (4), Roberta BIANCONI (1), Giulia EMMOLO (3), Federica ROCCO (1), Annalisa BOSELLO (2), Teresa FRASSINETTI (1), Eleonora GAY. Head Coach: Roberto FIORI.

Referees: Mihajlo CIRIC (SRB), Ulrich SPIEGEL (GER).

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Italy treated a large and passionate Italian crowd to a goal-fest at the expense of Uzbekistan, who last played at the 2005 Montreal championships and finished 15th. The first quarter was a dour affair with Italy hitting the wood, shooting wide and having shots channelled to the goalkeeper. The steamroller cranked up in the second quarter and rolled roughshod over the Uzbeks with a huge third period. FIORI had the luxury to use his full bench in the encounter.-Russ McKinnon

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Tuesday, July 21

Olympic champion battles to last-gasp draw with Spain

Rome, Italy (July 21).— A minute is a long time in water polo. Careers can be made or broken in this time.

No one wanted to break their careers in the clash between Spain and the Netherlands in women’s day-two water polo competition.

The teams couldn’t be separated at full time as the game finished 15-15 but at the three breaks Spain had the Olympic champion Dutch on the ropes.

But the Netherlands showed courage and determination forged in the Olympic cauldron to level at 2:39 and again at 0:36 only to see Spain gain a decisive goal through centre forward Maica GARCIA 14 seconds from full time.

Like in Beijing last year, the best Dutch player scored her seventh goal at the death to make a difference, only this time it was a draw and no gold medal was at stake.
Iefke VAN BELKUM took a foul at five metres and converted the free throw uncontested for 15-15.

The lightning-fast game was a delight on a day of excellent matches and the other Group D encounter, between Germany and Brazil, was a thriller.

The Dutch gained their first lead early in the third quarter but had to fight to gain a two-goal margin in the final quarter. Sadly for Germany, the gutsy Brazil fired in two goals, with Flavia FERNANDES scoring the equalising lob at 2:05.

Group B saw a nail-biter with Russia upsetting FINA World League champion United States of America 11-10 with a 2-0 final quarter. Greece claimed the other match 12-6 over Kazakhstan.

Group C leader Australia romped home over South Africa 23-2 and Canada headed off a valiant New Zealand 12-6 with a 6-1 final quarter.

Group A rounded out the day with China swamping Uzbekistan 28-6 and Hungary and Italy went neck to neck until Hungary secured the match with a 3-0 final quarter and 8-5 margin.
Wednesday’s men’s match feature European champion Montenegro against world champion Croatia at 11:50; Spain versus Australia at 13:10; Hungary-Germany at 19:20 and Romania-Italy at 21:00. - Russ McKinnon

Goals by Quarter: 4:4, 0:3, 1:2, 1:3

6 on 5: KAZ  2/8; GRE 3/4

Scoring:

KAZ: Galina RYTOVA, Natalya KUTUZOVA, Aizhan AKILBAYEVA, Anna TUROVA (1), Natalya RYBACHEK, Anna ZUBKOVA (1), Zamira MYRZABEKOVA (1), Yekaterina GARIYEVA (1), Agata TNASHEVA, Marina GRITSENKO (2), Alexandra ROZHENTSEVA, Assem MUSSAROVA, Alexandra TUROVA. Head Coach: Larissa OLKHINA.

GRE: Marina TSOURI, Christina TSOUKALA, Konstantina KOUTELI, Ilektra PSOUNI (1), Kyriaki LIOSI (1), Alkisti AVRAMIDOU (2), Alexandra ASIMAKI (1), Antigoni ROUMPESI (3), Angeliki GEROLYMOU (3), Triantafilla MANOLIOUDAKI, Stavroula ANTONAKOU (1), Georgia LARA, Eleni KOUNDOU. Head Coach: George MORFESIS.

Referees: Reemnet (NED), Ghafouri (IRI)
Delegate: Whitehouse.

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Both teams promised much in a busy first quarter that saw Greece go 3-0 ahead with two penalty goals in the first three minutes. Kazakhstan scored four of the next five goals. It was nearly two quarters later before Kazakhstan scored again and by then Greece had a comfortable 9-5 lead. The veteran Roumpesi led the way for Greece.

Game #10 RUSRUS 11 vs USA USA 10

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Goals by Quarter: 4:4, 1:3, 4:3, 2:0

6 on 5: RUS 2/8; USA 7/12

Scoring:

RUS: Evgeniya PROTSENKO, Nadezda GLYZINA, Ekaterina PROKOFYEVA, Sofya KONOUKH, Alena VYLEGZHANINA (3), Natalia RYZHOVA-ALENICHEVA (2), Ekaterina PANTYULINA (3), Evgenia SOBOLEVA, Anna TIMOFEEVA (1), Olga BELYAEVA (2), Eugenia IVANOVA, Yulia GAUFLER, Maria KOUTUNOVSKAYA. Head Coach: Alexander KABANOV.

USA: Elizabeth ARMSTRONG, Heather PETRI (1), Brittany HAYES (1), Brenda VILLA, Lauren WENGER (1), Tanya GANDY (1), Kelly RULON (1), Jessica STEFFENS, Elsie WINDES, Alison GREGORKA (1), Moriah VAN NORMAN (2), Kameryn CRAIG (2), Jaime KOMER. Head Coach: Adam KRIKORIAN.

Referees: Margeta (SLO), Patelli (BRA)
Delegate: Amini, Martinez

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Russia dug deep to defeat FINA World League champion USA with a 2-0 final quarter. The USA tried everything in the last period but came up short with few shots that had any venom. Russia had a 4-3 advantage but the USA went two up by halftime and quite capable of going further ahead. However, Russia, under new coach KABANOV, levelled at seven, eight, nine and 10 before Belyaeva converted the second extra-man goal in 48 seconds. The USA used both its timeouts to no avail, as did Russia. The USA had the final opportunity of the game when Russian goalkeeper PROTSENKO was ejected. VAN NORMAN¹s shot to an empty goal was low and blocked by the defence.

Game #11 AustraliaAUS 23 vs South Africa RSA 2

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Goals by Quarters: 4:1, 8:1, 6:0, 5:0

6 on 5: AUS 4/10; RSA 1/4

Scoring:

AUS : Alicia McCORMACK, Holly LINCOLN-SMITH (3), Sophie SMITH, Rebecca RIPPON (1), Jane MORAN (3), Bronwen KNOX (5), Rowena WEBSTER (4), Kate GYNTHER (1), Glencora RALPH (1), Jemma DESSAUVAGIE, Melissa RIPPON, Nicola ZAGAME (5), Victoria BROWN. Head Coach: Greg McFadden.

RSA: Hayley DUNCAN, Delaine CHRISTIAN, Megan SCHOOLING, Laura BARRETT, Tammy HEYDENRYCH, Sarah HARRIS (2), Christine BARRETTO, Lee-Anne KEET, Samantha KEET, Nicolette POULOS, Naydene SMITH, Mbali MPOFU. Head Coach: Bradly ROWE.

Referees: Koganov (AZE), Mernenko (UZB)
Delegate: Sharanov.

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Australia needed a big score just in case the result becomes important in the group-winning decision. The second period was the best after a lack of concentration in finishing in the first and a general lapse in the third, before a timeout steadied the ship. South Africa gained its two Sarah HARRIS goals from the penalty line in the first half but never gave up the fight against a superior team working hard on counter-attack. Australia¹s youngest player, ZAGAME, along with world seven player from the Beijing Olympics, KNOX, were on fire with five goals each. GYNTHER was rolled for the game in the second quarter when she interfered with play when ejected.

Game #12 New Zealand NZL 6 vs  CanadaCAN 12

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Goals by Quarter: 1:2, 1:1, 3:4, 1:5

6 on 5: NZL 4/5; CAN 6/10

Scoring:

NZL: Carina HARACHE, Emily COX, Kelly MASON (3), Rebecca McGUINNESS, Amy LOGAN (1), Lynlee SMITH (1), Ashley SMALLFIELD, Lauren SIEPRATH, Anna SIEPRATH (1), Casie BOWRY, Kirsten HUDSON, Alexandra MYLES, Dana HARVEY. HEAD COACH: Todd CLAPPER.

CAN: Rachel RIDDELL, Krystina ALOGBO (1), Katrina MONTON, Emily CSIKOS (2), Joelle BEKHAZI (2), Whitney GENOWAY, Rosanna TOMIUK (3), Dominique PERREAULT (3), Carmen EGGENS, Christine ROBINSON (1), Tara CAMPBELL, Marina RADU, Marissa JANSSENS. Head Coach: Pat OATEN.

Referees: Spiegel (GER) Shiwei (CHN)
Delegate: Frady.

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: New Zealand applied the pressure to Canada for three quarters but could not maintain the momentum in the final eight minutes, allowing the game to slip away and Canada to build what will be a critical six-goal margin. This set a target for Australia to better in day-three women¹s action to see who will top Group C. New Zealand had the defence against a potent Canadian attack that relied on extra-man goals for the victory. New Zealand made the most of its extra-man chances , one from long range and the other from the deep
left.

Game #13 Netherlands NED 15 vs   Spain ESP 15

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Goals by Quarter: 4:6, 3:2, 3:4, 5:3

6 on 5: NED 2/7; ESP 2/9

Scoring:

NED: Ilse VAN DER MEIJDEN, Milousha SMIT (1), Mieke CABOUT, Biurakn H KHVERDIAN (1), Sabrina VAN DER SLOOT, Nomi STOMPHORST (1), Iefke VAN BELKUM (7), Noeki KLEIN, Jantien CABOUT, Nienke VERMEER (1), Rianne GUICHELAAR (3), Mieke VAN DER SLOOT (1), Anne HEINIS. Head Coach: Mauro MAUGERI.

ESP: Patricia DEL SOTO, Blanca GIL (2), Olga DOMENECH, Irene HAGEN, Miriam LOPEZ-ESCRIBANO (1), Jennifer PAREJA (4), Cristina LOPEZ (1), Pilar PENA, Clara ALLER, Ona MESEGUER (3), Maica GARCIA (2), Laura LOPEZ (2), Laura ESTHER. Head Coach: Joan JANE.

Referees: Wengenroth (SUI) Rotsart (USA)
Delegate:

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Four goals in the final 90 seconds were indicative of the game. Spain controlled most of the game at 3-0 up within three minutes. Spain went 7-4 ahead but by the start of the second half the Olympic champions levelled for the first time at 8-8. And then went 9-8 ahead before a PAREJA triple gave Spain the impetus. GIL had Spain 13-11 up early in the fourth but VAN BELKUM twice and STOMPHORST levelled at 2:39. Spanish captain LOPEZ-ESCRIBANO scored from the top at 1:28 and the writing was on the wall for the Dutch. However, SMIT converted extra after a timeout and GARCIA scored the goal of her life when she steered an air ball into centre forward past VAN DER MEIJDEN for a 15-14 lead with 14 seconds remaining. Then Spain made a stupid mistake in fouling VAN BELKUM at 5m, gifting her a free-throw shot and goal with four seconds left for the draw. It was VAN BELKUM¹s seventh goal - a tournament high. It was a fantastic game but it must be said the goalkeepers were lacking.

Game #14 Germany GER 12 vs  Brazil BRA 12

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Goals by Quarter: 5:2, 2:4, 2:4, 3:2

6 on 5: GER ; BRA

Scoring:

GER:  Simone BUDDE, Sandra SCHILLING (2), Linda GERRITSEN, Claudia KERN, Katrin DIEROLF, Claudia BLOMENKAMP (3), Alexandra SCHILLING, Mariam SALLOUM, Theresa KLEIN (1), Nina WENGST (1), Carmen GELSE (1), Mandy ZOLLNER (3), Hanna HANHOLZ. Head Coach: Rene REIMANN.

BRA: Tess OLIVIERA, Cecilia CANETTI, Flavia FERNANDES (2), Marina CANETTI, Marina ZABLITH (1), Gabriela MANTELLATO, Cristina BEER, Luisa CARVALHO (2), Fernanda LISONI, Camila PEDROSA (4), Flavia VIGNA, Melina TENO (3), Manuela CANETTI. Head Coach: Pablo CUESTA.

Referees: Balfanbayev (KAZ) Flahive (AUS)
Delegate: Bestit, Brochero

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Brazil thoroughly deserved the draw but many would state that the game should have gone to the South Americans. Such was their drive, determination and sheer guts, that the Brazilians found the Germans wanting. Brazil lost the lead soon after halftime but came back to 9-9 before Germany went to 11-9. WENGST took Germany to 12-10 early in the fourth but CARVALHO on extra and FERNANDES with a lob at 2:05 had the game locked at 12-12, where it stayed until the final whistle.

Game #15 Hungary HUN 8 vs  Italy ITA 5

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Goals by Quarter:

6 on 5: HUN 3/4; ITA 2/10

Scoring:

HUN:  Patricia HORVATH, Eszter TOMASKOVICS (1), Ildiko TOTH, Dora KISTELEKI (2), Gabrilla SZUCS (1), Orsolya TAKACS, Rita DRAVUCZ (1), Rita KESZTHELYI, Fruzsina BRAVIK, Aniko PELLE (2), Agnes VALKAI (1), Rita POSZKOLI, Aniko GYONGYOSSY. Head Coach: Matyas PETROVICS.

ITA:  Elena GIGLI, Simona ABBATE, Elisa CASANOVA (1), Silvia BOSURGI, Daniela LAVORINI, Arianna GARIBOTTI, Tania DI MARIO (1), Roberta BIANCONI (2), Giulia EMMOLO, Federica ROCCO, Annalisa BOSELLO, Teresa FRASSINETTI (1), Eleonora GAY. Head Coach: Roberto FIORI.

Referees: Turcotte (CAN), Matache (ROU)
Delegate: El Allam, Frady

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Hungary’s 3-0 final quarter and superior extra-man statistics carried the day against Italy. The crowd of several thousand cheered as Italy went two up and then put off SZUCS as she shot and missed her penalty attempt. CASANOVA lifted the crowd further but Hungary regrouped and levelled at 3-3 but Bianconi fired in an eight-metre shot with five seconds left to lead at halftime. Captain DI MARIO edged Italy out by two early in the third but VALKAI and PELLE pulled the game back to level pegging. KISTELEKI gave Hungary the lead early in the fourth period and a timeout ploy saw captain PELLE convert for 7-5 at 3:14. A powerful CASANOVA backhand at two minutes was blocked by HORVATH and two Italian exclusions led to KISTELEKI’S deciding goal and the 8-5 scoreline.

Game #16 Uzebekistan UZB 6 vs China CHN 28

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Goals by Quarter: 1:7, 4:7, 0:10, 1: 4

6 on 5: UZB 3/8; CHN 1/5

Scoring:

UZB: UZBEKISTAN: Natalya MURASHKINA, Diana DADABAEVA, Anna PLYUSOVA, Viktoriya GORODCHANINA (2), Evgeniya IVANOVA, Eseniya PIFTOR, Natalya PLYUSOVA (3), Anna SHEGLOVA, Ramilyn HALIKOVA, Viktoriya SALIKHOVA, Olga MAYOROVA (1), Lyutsia GIBAZOVA, Elena DUKHANOVA. Head Coach: Boris RUSTAMOV.

CHN: YANG Jun, TENG Fei (2), LIU Ping, SUN Yujun (5), HE Jin (1), SUN Yating (5), ZHANG Lei (2), GAO Ao (3), WANG Yi (3), MA Huanhuan (3), SUN Hui Zi (1), QIAO Lei Ying (3), WANG Ying. Head Coach: PAN Shenghua.

Referees: Sadekov (RUS) Moner (EGY)
Delegate: Diatthessopoulos

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: China romped home against an inexperienced Uzbekistan. The Chinese wanted to make amends for the first-day loss to Hungary and showed that with a counter-attacking game with superior firepower. Uzbekistan showed resolve in limiting China to 4-1 in the final quarter.

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Wednesday, July 23

Top four decided in women’s water polo

Rome, Italy (July 23).— Hungary, Russia, Australia and Spain have qualified top of their groups and will contest the quarter-finals of the women’s water polo competition at the FINA World Championships next week.

In the meantime, the second and third-ranked teams in each group will play the second round on Saturday to decide who will join the top four in the hunt for medals.

It was a day where the leading teams had little trouble in getting through as the draw displayed the better match-ups earlier in the week.

Group A was mastered by 2005 champion Hungary with an 18-5 victory over Uzbekistan. The real action came in the evening’s last match when 2004 Olympic champion Italy needed a 1-0 final quarter to beat China 11-10 and finish second in the group.

Group B saw Russia win with a 23-4 demolition of Kazakhstan while the World League champion United States of America downed Greece 12-8.

Group C was claimed by World Cup champion Australia on the tiebreak, defeating neighbour New Zealand 14-4. Canada came second with a 20-5 scuttling of South Africa.

Group D went to Spain on countback from Olympic champion Netherlands. Spain beat Brazil 12-6 while the Dutch will have to fight through the second round despite defeating Germany 8-6.

 
Friday’s men’s action will see Serbia and Australia clashing at 10:50; the USA taking on Romania at 12;10 and Italy looking for a first victory over Macedonia at

Game #17 New Zealand NZL 4 vs Australia AUS 14

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Goals by Quarter: 2:3, 2:4, 0:2, 0:5

6 on 5: NZL 0/12; AUS 1/6

Scoring:

NZL: Carina HARACHE, Emily COX, Kelly MASON (1), Rebecca McGUINNESS, Amy LOGAN, Lynlee SMITH, Ashley SMALLFIELD, Lauren SIEPRATH, Anna SIEPRATH, Casie BOWRY, Kirsten HUDSON (3), Alexandra MYLES, Dana HARVEY. HEAD COACH: Todd CLAPPER.

AUS: Alicia McCORMACK, Holly LINCOLN-SMITH, Sophie SMITH, Rebecca RIPPON (3), Jane MORAN (1), Bronwen KNOX (4), Rowena WEBSTER (3), Kate GYNTHER (2), Glencora RALPH, Jemma DESSAUVAGIE, Melissa RIPPON (2), Nicola ZAGAME, Victoria BROWN. Head Coach: Greg McFadden.

Referees: Ciric (SRB), Patelli (BRA)
Delegate: Amini

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Australia needed a seven-goal difference to advance to the quarter-finals as the Group C winner. It took a long time coming with the margin achieved five minutes from tim . The game was evenly poised at the midway point of the second quarter with New Zealand rebounding from three down to claw back to 4-4, thanks to two long-range shots from HUDSON. New Zealand was never going to win but made life hard for the Aussie Stingers. Like in the game against Canada, New Zealand wilted under the superior fitness and counter-attack of the opposition in the final quarter. Neither side could convert extra with ease. In fact, the Kiwis missed all 12 chances. Only one from 18 shows terrific defence.

Game #18 Canada CAN 20 vs South Africa RSA 5

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Goals by Quarter: 3:3, 6:1, 6:0, 5:1

6 on 5: CAN 5/8; RSA 0/7

Scoring:

CAN: Rachel RIDDELL, Krystina ALOGBO (3), Katrina MONTON (2), Emily CSIKOS (2), Joelle BEKHAZI (1), Whitney GENOWAY (6), Rosanna TOMIUK, Dominique PERREAULT, Carmen EGGENS (2), Christine ROBINSON (3), Tara CAMPBELL, Marina RADU (1), Marissa JANSSENS. Head Coach: Pat OATEN.

RSA: Hayley DUNCAN, Delaine CHRISTIAN, Megan SCHOOLING, Laura BARRETT (1), Tammy HEYDENRYCH (2), Sarah HARRIS (1), Christine BARRETTO, Lee-Anne KEET (1), Samantha KEET, Nicolette POULOS, Naydene SMITH, Mbali MPOFU. Head Coach: Bradly ROWE.

Referees:Reemnet (NED) Spiegel (GER)
Delegate: Whitehouse

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Canada and South Africa were playing for pride as the group winner had already been decided and Canada was expected to win easily. This gave coach OATEN a chance to play his team, work on tactics and combinations for the important second round and possible medal hunt. South Africa did well to score five times against Canada but will look to the 13th-16th play-offs on Saturday and Monday.

Game #19 Germany GER 6 vs The Netherlands NED 8

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Goals by Quarter: 4-0, 0-1, 3-3, 1-2

6 on 5: GER 2/4; NED 2/15

Scoring:

GER: Simone BUDDE, Sandra SCHILLING, Linda GERRITSEN, Claudia KERN (2), Katrin DIEROLF (1), Claudia BLOMENKAMP, Alexandra SCHILLING, Mariam SALLOUM, Theresa KLEIN, Nina WENGST (1), Carmen GELSE, Mandy ZOLLNER (2), Hanna HANHOLZ. Head Coach: Rene REIMANN.

NED: Ilse VAN DER MEIJDEN, Milousha SMIT (1), Mieke CABOUT, Biurakn HAKHVERDIAN (1), Sabrina VAN DER SLOOT, Nomi STOMPHORST, Iefke VAN BELKUM (4), Noeki KLEIN, Jantien CABOUT (1), Nienke VERMEER, Rianne GUICHELAAR, Mieke VAN DER SLOOT (1), Anne HEINIS. Head Coach: Mauro MAUGERI.

Referees: Sadekov (RUS), Peris (CRO)
Delegate: Brochero, Diatthessopoulos

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: The Netherlands looked to be a runaway winner of this game following a strong opening quarter but the Germans worked tirelessly to get back into the game aq7 4-2 only to see the Dutch go 7-4 ahead at the end of the third period. Two Dutch goals from the VAN DER SLOOT sisters had their team in a commanding position two minutes into the final quarter. Germany¹s consolation goals came within the final two minutes when the winner had
already been decided.

Game #20 Brazil BRA 6 vs Spain ESP 12

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Goals by Quarter: 2:5, 1:2, 1:3, 2:2

6 on 5: BRA 3/4; ESP 1/5

Scoring:

BRA:Tess OLIVIERA, Cecilia CANETTI, Flavia FERNANDES, Marina CANETTI (1), Marina ZABLITH, Gabriela MANTELLATO, Cristina BEER, Luisa CARVALHO (1), Fernanda LISONI, Camila PEDROSA (1), Flavia VIGNA, Melina TENO (2), Manuela CANETTI. Head Coach: Pablo CUESTA.

ESP: Patricia DEL SOTO, Blanca GIL (3), Olga DOMENECH, Irene HAGEN, Miriam LOPEZ-ESCRIBANO (1), Jennifer PAREJA (3), Cristina LOPEZ , Pilar PENA (1), Clara ALLER, Ona MESEGUER (1), Maica GARCIA (2), Laura LOPEZ (1), Laura ESTHER. Head Coach: Joan JANE.

Referees: Shiwei (CHN), Pinker (RSA)
Delegate: Bock, Martinez

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Spain won Group D by virtue of breaking the tie with the Netherlands. Spain needed a two-goal margin to advance to the quarter-finals and leave Olympic champion Netherlands to battle through the second round. Spain started well at 5-2 by the first break and stretched to 7-3 by halftime. Brazil always pressured the Spaniards, who now must be a regarded as a real medal threat under the control of Olympic and world champion coach Joan Jane. Brazil missed by two goals slipping into third and will now have to play in the 13-16 group.

Game #21 Uzebekistan UZB 5 vs  Hungary HUN 17

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Goals by Quarter: 2:4, 0:3, 0:4, 3:7

6 on 5: UZB 2/8; HUN 4/8

Scoring:

UZB: Natalya MURASHKINA, Diana DADABAEVA, Anna PLYUSOVA, Viktoriya GORODCHANINA (2), Evgeniya IVANOVA, Eseniya PIFTOR, Natalya PLYUSOVA (2), Anna SHEGLOVA, Ramilyn HALIKOVA, Viktoriya SALIKHOVA, Olga MAYOROVA, Lyutsia GIBAZOVA (1), Elena DUKHANOVA. Head Coach: Boris RUSTAMOV.

HUN: Patricia HORVATH, Eszter TOMASKOVICS, Ildiko TOTH (1), Dora KISTELEKI (2), Gabrilla SZUCS (2), Orsolya TAKACS (3), Rita DRAVUCZ (1), Rita KESZTHELYI (4), Fruzsina BRAVIK (3), Aniko PELLE (3), Agnes VALKAI (1), Rita POSZKOLI, Aniko GYONGYOSSY (1). Head Coach: Matyas PETROVICS.

Referees: Knights (NZL) Moner (EGY)
Delegate: Firoiu

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Hungary moved one step closer to the glory days of 2005 when it last won the world crown. The clash with Uzbekistan was no more than a training session as Hungary claimed Group A with three victories. The game was virtually over by halftime as Hungary commanded the game and then pushed he score out to 11-2 at the final break and 15-3 midway through the final quarter to coast to victory.

Game #22 China CHN 10 vs  Italy ITA 11

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Goals by Quarter: 3-4, 3-3, 4-3, 0-1

6 on 5:

Scoring:

CHN: YANG Jun, TENG Fei (1), LIU Ping, SUN Yujun (3), HE Jin, SUN Yating (3), ZHANG Lei, GAO Ao (1), WANG Yi, MA Huanhuan (2), SUN Hui Zi, QIAO Lei Ying, WANG Ying. Head Coach: PAN Shenghua.

ITA: ITALY: Elena GIGLI, Simona ABBATE (1), Elisa CASANOVA (3), Silvia BOSURGI, Daniela LAVORINI, Arianna GARIBOTTI (1), Tania DI MARIO (2), Roberta BIANCONI, Giulia EMMOLO (2), Federica ROCCO (2), Annalisa BOSELLO, Teresa FRASSINETTI, Eleonora GAY. Head Coach: Roberto FIORI.

Referees: Margeta (SLO), Wengenroth (SUI)
Delegate: El Allam, Bestit

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Italy managed to hold off China, the recent winner of the World Student Games. Italy always held sway following a lightning start when CASANOVA twice converted from the two-metre line in the opening minute. She added another in the second quarter for 5-4 and sent kisses to the air. China came back twice to level in the third but Italy went to the turn at 7-6. Three times Italy went two up but the sun shone on China as SUN Yating scored three goals for 10-10 in a quarter where both teams missed a penalty shot. Italy pounced on a missed corner decision, called a timeout and ABBATE scored off the near post to open scoring in the fourth quarter. China went to a timeout at 3:38 but the resulting shot went over the top. China had another attempt on extra inside the last minute but Teng had her shot stopped by GIGLI. China took another timeout at 15 seconds but GAO Ao’s shot was stopped by Gigli, delighting the huge crowd.

Game #23RussiaRUS 23 vs  Kazakstan KAZ 4

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Goals by Quarter: 4:1, 6:1, 6:1, 7:1

6 on 5: RUS 2/3; KAZ 0/3

Scoring:

RUS: RUSSIA: Evgeniya PROTSENKO, Nadezda GLYZINA (1), Ekaterina PROKOFYEVA (2), Sofya KONOUKH (4), Alena VYLEGZHANINA, Natalia RYZHOVA-ALENICHEVA (2), Ekaterina PANTYULINA (1), Evgenia SOBOLEVA (3), Anna TIMOFEEVA (2), Olga BELYAEVA (4), Eugenia IVANOVA (1), Yulia GAUFLER (3), Maria KOUTUNOVSKAYA. Head Coach: Alexander KABANOV.

KAZ:Galina RYTOVA, Natalya KUTUZOVA, Aizhan AKILBAYEVA, Anna TUROVA, Natalya RYBACHEK, Anna ZUBKOVA, Zamira MYRZABEKOVA, Yekaterina GARIYEVA (1), Agata TNASHEVA (1), Marina GRITSENKO (2), Alexandra ROZHENTSEVA, Assem MUSSAROVA, Alexandra TUROVA. Head Coach: Larissa OLKHINA.

Referees: Stavropoulos (GRE) Ghafouri (IRI)
Delegate: Frady

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Russia made no mistake at pushing home a superior advantage and gaining valuable experience for later rounds, which won¹t start until the quarter-finals. By winning Group B, Russia sent its intention to be a serious contender for the medal round. Strong counter-attacks and sharp drives proved the telling point for the Russians and sent Kazakhstan to the round of 13-16.

Game #24USAUSA 12 vs Greece  GRE 8

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Goals by Quarter: 1:1, 3:0, 4:3, 4:4

6 on 5: USA 4/12; GRE 3/16

Scoring:

USA: Elizabeth ARMSTRONG, Heather PETRI, Brittany HAYES (2), Brenda VILLA, Lauren WENGER (2), Tanya GANDY, Kelly RULON (3), Jessica STEFFENS, Elsie WINDES, Alison GREGORKA (3), Moriah VAN NORMAN (1), Kameryn CRAIG (1), Jaime KOMER. Head Coach: Adam KRIKORIAN.

GRE: Marina TSOURI, Christina TSOUKALA, Konstantina KOUTELI (1), Ilektra PSOUNI, Kyriaki LIOSI, Alkisti AVRAMIDOU, Alexandra ASIMAKI (2), Antigoni ROUMPESI (1), Angeliki GEROLYMOU (2), Triantafilla MANOLIOUDAKI, Stavroula ANTONAKOU (1), Georgia LARA (1), Eleni KOUNDOU. Head Coach: George MORFESIS.

Referees: Gomez (ITA), Matache (ROU)
Delegate: Sharanov

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: The USA eased into second place in Group B. The halftime score showed USA¹s prowess and even at 8-4 heading into the last it was unthinkable the win could go any other way. The final quarter was a goal-fest but the see-saw nature of the scoring meant there was no real change to the final outcome. While goals came from all parts of the field the scoring on the extra-man play was not so comfortable with Greece suffering badly

GROUP A:

TEAM Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff Points
HUNGARY 3 3     36 17 +19 6
ITALY 3 2   1 36 21 +15 4
CHINA 3 1   2 45 27 +18 2
UZBEKISTAN 3     3 14 66 -52 0

GROUP B:

TEAM Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff Points
RUSSIA 3 3     48 23 +25 6
USA 3 2   1 41 25 +16 4
GREECE 3 1   2 29 32 -3 2
KAZAKHSTAN 3     3 16 54 -38 0

GROUP C:

TEAM Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff Points
AUSTRALIA* 3 2 1   43 12 +31 5
CANADA 3 2 1   38 17 +21 5
NEW ZEALAND 3 1   2 22 31 -9 2
SOUTH AFRICA 3     3 12 55 -43 0

* Australia wins group on second tiebreak (goal difference against third-placed NZL (+10/+6)

GROUP D:

TEAM Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff Points
SPAIN * 3 2 1   44 33 +11 5
NETHERLANDS 3 2 1   34 28 +6 5
GERMANY 3   1 2 30 37 -7 1
BRAZIL 3   1 2 25 35 -10 1

* Spain wins the group on total goal difference because of the tie. Germany places third, having had the better goal difference against Spain (-5/-6)

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Saturday, July 25

Second-round winners head to women’s quarter-finals

Rome, Italy (July 25).— World League champion United States of America, Canada, Olympic champion Netherlands and Italy advanced to the quarter-finals of the women’s water polo competition.

The four moved through second-round play with USA defeating China 12-9, Canada downed Germany 13-7; the Netherlands struggled to beat New Zealand 9-7 and Greece upset Italy 10-9 in front of 3500 people.

While three games looked settled early, the Dutch had to come back from two down late in the final quarter to avoid the biggest upset of the tournament.

Kiwis are normally flightless birds but they were flying, having to equalise three times and go ahead just before the final break.

The margin became two and could have been three except for a missed opportunity. A Dutch triple in two minutes put paid to New Zealand’s valiant assault.

Dutch star Noeki Klein said: “We started badly. We were not aggressive enough, as usual. New Zealand didn’t have anything to lose, so they risked more than us. We were a bit unlucky but we could not be defeated by New Zealand. In the end we succeeded in reversing the result.”

It makes for some interesting match-ups to see who will progress to Wednesday’s semifinals with USA taking on Group D winner Spain, Greece earning a shot against Group C winner and World Cup champion Australia; the Netherlands against Group B winner Russia and Canada to play Group A winner Hungary.

In the 13-15 semifinals, Kazakhstan beat Uzbekistan 16-4 and Brazil bettered South Africa 16-2.

Game #25 UZB UZB 4 vs KAZ KAZ 16

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Goals by Quarter: 0:5, 1:4, 1:3, 2:4

6 on 5: UZB 1/8; KAZ 3/7

Scoring:

UZB: Natalya MURASHKINA, Diana DADABAEVA, Anna PLYUSOVA, Viktoriya GORODCHANINA (2), Evgeniya IVANOVA, Eseniya PIFTOR, Natalya PLYUSOVA (1), Anna SHEGLOVA, Ramilyn HALIKOVA (1), Viktoriya SALIKHOVA, Olga MAYOROVA, Lyutsia GIBAZOVA, Elena DUKHANOVA. Head Coach: Boris RUSTAMOV.

KAZ: Galina RYTOVA, Natalya KUTUZOVA, Aizhan AKILBAYEVA (5), Anna TUROVA, Natalya RYBACHEK (2), Anna ZUBKOVA (2), Zamira MYRZABEKOVA (2), Yekaterina GARIYEVA, Agata TNASHEVA (1), Marina GRITSENKO (3), Alexandra ROZHENTSEVA (1), Assem MUSSAROVA, Alexandra TUROVA. Head Coach: Larissa OLKHINA.

Referees: Moner (EGY), Damcevski (MKD)
Delegate: Amini

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Kazakhstan had too much in reserve for Uzbekistan in the clash of the Asian teams. Kazakhstan was more controlled while Uzbekistan struggled on attack, even getting within striking distance, especially in the first half. As the game continued, Uzbekistan started to make an impression but too late to miss Monday¹s play-off for 15th and 16th places.

Game #26 RSA RSA 2 vs Brazil BRA 16

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Goals by Quarter: 1:7, 0:2, 1:3, 0:4

6 on 5: RSA 0/5; BRA 5/13

Scoring:

RSA: Hayley DUNCAN, Delaine CHRISTIAN, Megan SCHOOLING, Laura BARRETT, Tammy HEYDENRYCH, Sarah HARRIS (2), Christine BARRETTO, Lee-Anne KEET, Samantha KEET, Nicolette POULOS, Naydene SMITH, Mbali MPOFU. Head Coach: Bradly ROWE.

BRA: Tess OLIVIERA, Cecilia CANETTI, Flavia FERNANDES, Marina CANETTI (4), Marina ZABLITH (1), Gabriela MANTELLATO (1), Cristina BEER, Luisa CARVALHO, Fernanda LISONI, Camila PEDROSA (6), Flavia VIGNA (1), Melina TENO (2), Manuela CANETTI. Head Coach: Pablo CUESTA.

Referees: Ghafouri (IRI), Knights (NZL)
Delegate: Martinez

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Brazil moved into the play-off for 13th-14th with a sturdy showing against an inexperienced team. The opening period set the tone for the match leaving PEDROSA to score at will. South Africa struggled in the extra-man plays but would have been happy to defend eight of Brazil¹s chances.

Game #27 CHN CHN 9 vs USA USA 12

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Goals by Quarter: 2:4, 3:3, 2:3, 2:2

6 on 5: CHN 1/11; USA 3/11

Scoring:

CHN: YANG Jun, TENG Fei, LIU Ping, SUN Yujun, HE Jin (1), SUN Yating, ZHANG Lei, GAO Ao (5), WANG Yi (1), MA Huanhuan, SUN Hui Zi (2), QIAO Lei Ying, WANG Ying. Head Coach: PAN Shenghua.

USA: Elizabeth ARMSTRONG, Heather PETRI (3), Brittany HAYES, Brenda VILLA, Lauren WENGER (1), Tanya GANDY (1), Kelly RULON (3), Jessica STEFFENS (2), Elsie WINDES, Alison GREGORKA (1), Moriah VAN NORMAN, Kameryn CRAIG (1), Jaime KOMER. Head Coach: Adam KRIKORIAN.
 
Referees: Gomez (ITA) Kiszelli (HUN)
Delegate: Bestir, Whitehouse

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: The USA eased into the quarter-finals with what was really a comfortable margin. China always had to come back but could never capture the draw, even trailing by five goals at one stage in the third quarter. A four-goal burst either side of the final break brought China back to 10-9 behind but STEFFENS and GREGORKA put the game beyond doubt. Both teams closed shop in the final four minutes despite each taking a timeout. China could be called unlucky in that it was given a penalty shot when the ball had already passed into the back of the net when 4-2 down. MA had the shot blocked and the USA immediately responded for a 5-2 lead. GAO revelled in the game with five goals, three from the penalty line.

Commentary - Greg Mescall: In perhaps their most consistent game of the 2009 FINA World Championships the USA Women's Senior National Team never trailed in a 12-9 win over China. Behind three goals from Heather Petri and Kelly Rulon and 10 saves from Betsey Armstrong the squad improves to 3-1 thus far. The victory advances Team USA to a match with Spain in the quarterfinals on Monday.

In this match the United States came out firing as Rulon (Point Loma, CA/UCLA) struck first on a player advantage just 90 seconds into the match to give Team USA a 1-0 lead. Moments later the red, white, and blue were in transition and Lauren Wenger (Long Beach, CA/USC) took a dish from Heather Petri (Orinda, CA/California) for the score and a 2-0 lead. The defense got off to a great start as well as on a following possession Betsey Armstrong (Ann Arbor, MI/Michigan) halted China's chance on a double exclusion and the lead remained at two.

China would break through with a score at the 3:15 mark but this was answered by Tanya Gandy (San Diego, CA/UCLA) taking advantage of a 6x5 to find the net and a 3-1 lead. The Chinese followed with goal to draw within 3-2 but then with :36 remaining in the period Jessica Steffens (Danville, CA/Stanford) took advantage of a double kickout on China and tallied a score for a 4-2 USA lead.

The second frame opened with more United States defense as Armstrong knocked away a five meter penalty shot by the Chinese. From there Petri came through with the first of her three goals on the day skipping home a goal for a 5-2 lead in favor of Team USA. Another five meter penalty was called on the USA, the second of five for the match and again China faltered taking two long to deliver the shot and their deficit remained at three.

A few possessions later and China tallied a power play goal from Ao Gao who scored five total and it was 5-3 in favor of the United States. As play moved the other way Moriah van Norman (San Diego, CA/USC) worked inside to draw a penalty which was converted by Rulon and the lead was back to three at 6-3 USA. China made a mini rally scoring back to back goals to come within 6-5, the last on their first successful attempt at a penalty shot and it was a one goal game with 2:03 left in the half. Petri came calling again with less than a minute to play scoring from the near side and it was 7-5 Team USA going into halftime.

The United States picked up where they left off to open the third quarter as a beautiful fast break was executed with Petri finding Rulon who found Kami Craig (Santa Barbara, CA/USC) right on the doorstep for the score and an 8-5 lead. A China exclusion minutes later led to another score as Petri found the cage for a 9-5 lead, and then Rulon was the beneficiary of a well executed counter attack and it was 10-5 USA, their largest lead of the match.

Defense remained a staple as another six on four possession for China was foiled by the Americans and it remained 10-5. China, however, was able to close out the period with consecutive goals to keep things close at 10-7 going to fourth. The Chinese made their strongest rally early in the fourth. Yet another five meter was called on the United States and China took advantage scoring to get within two at 10-8. Then another five meter call followed less than a minute later and China was back to within one at 10-9 with 6:18 to go.

No panic from the United States as they worked their offense on an ensuing possession to draw an exclusion. This resulted in Steffens scoring from out in front for a two goal lead at 11-9. The gamebreaker would come after as Alison Gregorka (Ann Arbor, MI/Stanford) bounced one in from the nearside at the 4:20 mark giving the United States the three goal advantage at 12-9, a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

Team USA was superb on player advantages going 8-11, while China was 4-11. In addition the USA converted their lone penalty attempt with China going 3/5. Armstrong finished the match with 10 saves including the block on an early five meter try. The game time for Spain is to be determined, Spain is coming off a 12-6 defeat of Brazil and earned a bye into the quarterfinals.



Game #28 CanadaCAN 13 vs GER GER 7

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Goals by Quarter:  4:1, 4:2, 3:2, 2:2

6 on 5: CAN 3/9; GER 2/12

Scoring:

CAN: Rachel RIDDELL, Krystina ALOGBO (1), Katrina MONTON (2), Emily CSIKOS (1), Joelle BEKHAZI (1), Whitney GENOWAY (2), Rosanna TOMIUK, Dominique PERREAULT (4), Carmen EGGENS, Christine ROBINSON, Tara CAMPBELL (1), Marina RADU (1), Marissa JANSSENS. Head Coach: Pat OATEN.

GER: Rachel RIDDELL, Krystina ALOGBO (1), Katrina MONTON (2), Emily CSIKOS (1), Joelle BEKHAZI (1), Whitney GENOWAY (2), Rosanna TOMIUK, Dominique PERREAULT (4), Carmen EGGENS, Christine ROBINSON, Tara CAMPBELL (1), Marina RADU (1), Marissa JANSSENS. Head Coach: Pat OATEN. GERMANY: Simone BUDDE, Sandra SCHILLING, Linda GERRITSEN (1), Claudia KERN, Katrin DIEROLF (2), Claudia BLOMENKAMP, Alexandra SCHILLING, Mariam SALLOUM (1), Theresa KLEIN (1), Nina WENGST (2), Carmen GELSE, Mandy ZOLLNER, Hanna HANHOLZ. Head Coach: Rene REIMANN.

Referees: Flahive (AUS), Balfanbayev (KAZ)
Delegate: Brochero, Sharanov

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Canada earned a shot at Hungary in the quarter-finals following a consistent and encouraging victory over Germany. The extra-man statistic might not be what coach OATEN wants but the manner in which Canada ground out the victory bodes well for future matches.  PERRAULT had a spectacular match with four goals, including one from the penalty line and one on counter-attack. German captain DIEROLF tried to drive on her team to no avail and it always appeared that Canada was worthy of a top-eight berth.

Game #29 NZL NZL 7 vs The Neatherlands NED 9

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Goals by Quarter: 2:1, 0:2, 4:2, 1:4

6 on 5: NZL 2/11; NED 3/12

Scoring:

NZL: Carina HARACHE, Emily COX, Kelly MASON (2), Rebecca McGUINNESS, Amy LOGAN (1), Lynlee SMITH (2), Ashley SMALLFIELD, Lauren SIEPRATH, Anna SIEPRATH, Casie BOWRY (1), Kirsten HUDSON (1), Alexandra MYLES, Dana HARVEY. HEAD COACH: Todd CLAPPER.

NED: Ilse VAN DER MEIJDEN, Milousha SMIT (2), Mieke CABOUT (3), Biurakn HAKHVERDIAN, Sabrina VAN DER SLOOT, Nomi STOMPHORST, Iefke VAN BELKUM (2), Noeki KLEIN (1), Jantien CABOUT, Nienke VERMEER, Rianne GUICHELAAR, Mieke VAN DER SLOOT (1), Anne HEINIS. Head Coach: Mauro MAUGERI.

Referees: Brguljan (MNE), Pinker (RSA)
Delegate: Firoiu

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: The Olympic champion Dutch may be a vastly different team from Beijing but the champion nature of the group came through in the clash with a feisty New Zealand team warming up for the hosting of next year¹s FINA World Cup in Wellington. New Zealand struck hard in the first half and deserved the lead, until the Dutch struck back to lead 3-2 at halftime. The Kiwis levelled at three, four and five and when SMITH scored her second consecutive goal at 1:14, New Zealand led 6-5. A frustrated Dutch coach, MAUGERI, gained a yellow card at the break. MASON rifled in a goal from 10m for a two-goal margin and tight six-on-five defence all game proved telling. MASON erred at 3:29 when interfering with a free throw and the Dutch were one goal short at 3:29. Another New Zealand error and Mieke CABOUT scored on counter just 14 seconds later for 7-7. Noeki KLEIN scored at 1:36, also on a big counter, after a forced pass was intercepted. Mieke CABOUT claimed the winner from centre forward 34 seconds from time to gain a clash with Russia in the quarter-finals. As with the matches against Canada and Australia, New
Zealand failed to finish out the game but in this match it came within a whisker of a huge upset.

Game #30 ITA ITA 9 vs Greece GRE 10

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Goals by Quarter: 4:4, 2:1, 3:4, 0:1

6 on 5:

Scoring:

ITA: Elena GIGLI, Simona ABBATE, Elisa CASANOVA (2), Silvia BOSURGI (2), Daniela LAVORINI, Arianna GARIBOTTI (2), Tania DI MARIO Roberta BIANCONI (1), Giulia EMMOLO (2), Federica ROCCO, Annalisa BOSELLO, Teresa FRASSINETTI, Eleonora GAY. Head Coach: Roberto FIORI.

GRE: Marina TSOURI, Christina TSOUKALA (1), Konstantina KOUTELI, Ilektra PSOUNI, Kyriaki LIOSI (2), Alkisti AVRAMIDOU, Alexandra ASIMAKI (1), Antigoni ROUMPESI (1), Angeliki GEROLYMOU (2), Triantafilla MANOLIOUDAKI, Stavroula ANTONAKOU (3), Georgia LARA, Eleni KOUNDOU. Head Coach: George MORFESIS.

Referees: Koganov (AZE), Borrell (ESP)
Delegate: Bock, Frady

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Greece stunned the 3500-strong largely Italian crowd with the opening two goals but then the Italian hero CASANOVA knocked one in from two metres and then outswum the field on counter for her second less than a minute later. The scene was set and two ANTONAKOU goals had Greece one ahead before BOSURGI spun one in on extra four seconds from the first break. Italy’s youngest player, EMMOLO, drilled one from seven metres while ROUMPESI did the same for Greece. BOSURGI  scored on extra for 6-5 and an opportunity for Italy to go two up went begging when captain DI MARIO had her penalty attempt swatted away by TSOURI. Italy went two ahead after the turn but Greece came back to lead 8-7 and Italy rebounded for a 9-8 edge. GEROLYMOU replied with a penalty goal to end the third quarter at 9-9. TSOUKALA sent Greece ahead from a seven-metre shot at 4:55. Neither side could score and Greece took two timeouts late with Italy having a final shot after going to a timeout at eight seconds but an incorrect shot by DI MARIO sent Italy out of the championship.

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Monday, July 27

Gerolymou pushes Greece into women’s water polo medal contention.

Rome, Italy (July 27).— Angeliki GEROLYMOU was the toast of Greece as her mighty collection of four goals was enough to sink one of the best teams in the world in the women’s water polo competition at Foro Italico.

GEROLYMOU (27) scored twice from the penalty line and once on extra as Greece led World Cup champion Australia 3-1 early in the second quarter of their quarter-final clash.

Australia struggled to gain three goals — two to Kate GYNTHER and one to Bronwen KNOX — as it shut down Greece for 20 minutes of actual play.

But the superb defence — not matched by a class attack — came unstuck 90 seconds from time when GEROLYMOU chanced her arm with a lob from deep to gift her team the semifinal berth.

For Australia to miss the top four in a major competition is rare but world championships have not been easy despite winning one gold, one silver and two bronzes. The worst result for the team was seventh in Barcelona in 2003.

For Greece it was a triumph and now the next hurdle as its chases a medal is to take on defending World champion and World League champion United States of America, who beat Spain 9-6.

Game #31 UZB UZB 16 vs RSA RSA 9 15 th Place

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Goals by Quarter: 4:4, 5:1, 2:2, 5:2

6 on 5: UZB 7/11; 5/12

Scoring:

UZB: Natalya MURASHKINA, Diana DADABAEVA, Anna PLYUSOVA (1), Viktoriya GORODCHANINA (2), Evgeniya IVANOVA, Eseniya PIFTOR, Natalya PLYUSOVA (1), Anna SHEGLOVA (4), Ramilyn HALIKOVA (5), Viktoriya SALIKHOVA, Olga MAYOROVA (1), Lyutsia GIBAZOVA (2), Elena DUKHANOVA. Head Coach: Boris RUSTAMOV.

RSA: Hayley DUNCAN, Delaine CHRISTIAN, Megan SCHOOLING, Laura BARRETT (1), Tammy HEYDENRYCH (1), Sarah HARRIS, Christine BARRETTO, Lee-Anne KEET (2), Samantha KEET (2), Marcelle KEET (1), Nicolette POULOS (2), Naydene SMITH, Mbali MPOFU. Head Coach: Bradly ROWE.

Referees: Reemnet (NDL) Knights (NZL)
Delegate: Amini

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: In the battle for last place, neither team wanted the accolade. Both teams fought vigorously and none more so than the inexperienced South Africans. They still managed to score what many coaches would regard as a winning score but Uzbekistan was smarter on the extra-man plays and appeared more balanced around the pool. For Uzbekistan the result was a repeat of 2005 in Montreal, Canada. For South Africa it was a valuable debut at this level.

Game #32 KAZ KAZ 8vs Brazil BRA 11 (Penalty Shootout) 13th Place Game

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Goals by Quarter: 2:1, 0:2, 3:2, 1:1, 0:0, 1:1. Pens 1:4

6 on 5: KAZ 2/10; BRA 2/9

Scoring:

KAZ: Galina RYTOVA, Natalya KUTUZOVA (1), Aizhan AKILBAYEVA, Anna TUROVA, Natalya RYBACHEK (2), Anna ZUBKOVA (1), Zamira MYRZABEKOVA (1), Yekaterina GARIYEVA (1), Agata TNASHEVA, Marina GRITSENKO (1), Alexandra ROZHENTSEVA (1), Assem MUSSAROVA, Alexandra TUROVA. Head Coach: Larissa OLKHINA.

BRA: Tess OLIVIERA, Cecilia CANETTI (1), Flavia FERNANDES (3), Marina CANETTI (3), Marina ZABLITH, Gabriela MANTELLATO, Cristina BEER (1), Luisa CARVALHO, Fernanda LISONI, Camila PEDROSA (1), Flavia VIGNA (1), Melina TENO (1), Manuela CANETTI. Head Coach: Pablo CUESTA.

Referee: Damcevski (MKD) Shiwei (CHN)
Delegate: Whitehouse

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Brazil outlasted Kazakhstan with a penalty-shootout victory to finish 13th, well down on 10th in 2007 and a tournament best of ninth, also here in Rome, in 1994. For Kazakhstan, 14th w as its worst finish in six appearances with a best eighth in 2001. Brazil controlled the middle half of the game but needed to score on extra at 1:12 to level the game at 6-6 in the final quarter. There was no score in the first period of extra but RYBACHEK with a lob on extra and Marina CANETTI with a backhand from the post sent the game to the penalty shootout. Brazil shot first and sent in all four attempts but Kazakhstan¹s MYRZABEKOVA had the first attempt blocked. ZUBKOVA converted the second Kazakh attempt but KUTUSOVA missed and she had to watch as VIGNA scored to win the game for Brazil.

Game #33 ItalyITA 9 vs CHN CHN 5(9th-12th)

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Goals by Quarter: 1:2, 4:1, 0:0, 4:2

6 on 5: ITA 3/5; CHN 2/12

Scoring:

ITA: Elena GIGLI, Simona ABBATE, Elisa CASANOVA, Silvia BOSURGI, Daniela LAVORINI, Arianna GARIBOTTI, Tania DI MARIO Roberta BIANCONI, Giulia EMMOLO, Federica ROCCO, Annalisa BOSELLO, Teresa FRASSINETTI, Eleonora GAY. Head Coach: Roberto FIORI.

CHN: YANG Jun, TENG Fei, LIU Ping, SUN Yujun, HE Jin, SUN Yating, ZHANG Lei, GAO Ao, WANG Yi, MA Huanhuan, SUN Hui Zi, QIAO Lei Ying, WANG Ying. Head Coach: PAN Shenghua.

Referees: Gaetan TURCOTTE (CAN), Steven ROTSART (USA).
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Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Italy came through in the last quarter to make sure of its strong showing heading into the play-off for ninth against Germany. China was 3-2 ahead until two minutes before halftime. Then Italian captain DI MARIO struck twice to take Italy through to what was an unassailable lead. She opened the fourth-quarter scoring and finished with four goals. China scored through MA and SUN Yating and then missed a chance when GIGLI smacked down a power shot. It proved to be the final nail in the coffin for China as BOSURGI scored on the counter with CASANOVA lobbing the final goal from centre forward. The extra-man statistics for China proved telling and the team has not performed to expectations.

Game #34 GermanyGER 8 vs NZL NZL 7 (9th-12th)

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Goals by Quarter: 2:3, 1:2, 1:0, 4:2

6 on 5: GER 1/3; NZL 3/7

Scoring:

GER: Simone BUDDE, Sandra SCHILLING, Linda GERRITSEN (1), Claudia KERN, Katrin DIEROLF (1), Claudia BLOMENKAMP (2), Alexandra SCHILLING, Mariam SALLOUM, Theresa KLEIN, Nina WENGST (2), Carmen GELSE, Mandy ZOLLNER (3), Hanna HANHOLZ. Head Coach: Rene REIMANN.

NZL: Carina HARACHE, Emily COX, Kelly MASON, Rebecca McGUINNESS, Amy LOGAN (1), Lynlee SMITH (2), Ashley SMALLFIELD, Lauren SIEPRATH (1), Anna SIEPRATH, Casie BOWRY, Kirsten HUDSON (3), Alexandra MYLES, Dana HARVEY. HEAD COACH: Todd CLAPPER.

Referees: Sadekov (RUS), Ghafouri (IRI)
Delegate: Frady

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Germany needed a sliding five-metre shot inside the last minute to advance to the play-off for ninth. In a game where New Zealand dominated, Germany only took the lead for the first time just over five minutes from full time. The Kiwis came back through a third goal to HUDSON on extra but ZOLLNER scored her third goal of the final period with the unguarded shot off the free throw, just rolling across the line for victory.

Game #35 HUN HUN 7 vs Canada CAN 9 QuarterFinal

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Goals by Quarter: 2:2, 2:2, 1:3, 2:2

6 on 5: HUN 3/8, CAN 3/9

Scoring:

HUN: Patricia HORVATH, Eszter TOMASKOVICS, Ildiko TOTH (1), Dora KISTELEKI, Gabrilla SZUCS (2), Orsolya TAKACS (1), Rita DRAVUCZ (2), Rita KESZTHELYI, Fruzsina BRAVIK, Aniko PELLE (1), Agnes VALKAI, Rita POSZKOLI, Aniko GYONGYOSSY. Head Coach: Matyas PETROVICS.

CAN: Rachel RIDDELL, Krystina ALOGBO (1), Katrina MONTON, Emily CSIKOS (2), Joelle BEKHAZI, Whitney GENOWAY, Rosanna TOMIUK, Dominique PERREAULT (3), Carmen EGGENS, Christine ROBINSON (2), Tara CAMPBELL, Marina RADU (1), Marissa JANSSENS. Head Coach: Pat OATEN.

Referees: Margeta (SLO), Patelli (BRA)
Delegate: Brochero, Bestit

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Canada became the first team to go to the semifinals with an emphatic victory over Russia. Hungary was in the hunt in the second quarter when after 2-0 down went 4-3 ahead but Canada regrouped, went to 5-4 only to see DRAVUCZ pulled Russia back to even. With ROBINSON on fire from outside, Canada went 8-5 ahead soon after the final break. Canada went to a timeout at 2:34 and converted the extra-man chance for 9-6 and the game was dead. TOTH scored a consolation goal from centre forward but the Canadians were already dancing poolside.

Game #36 RussiaRUS 9 vs NED NED 7 Quarter Final

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Goals by Quarter: 2:1, 2:2, 3:1, 2:3

6 on 5: RUS2/5; NED 0/8

Scoring:

RUS: Evgeniya PROTSENKO, Nadezda GLYZINA, Ekaterina PROKOFYEVA (1), Sofya KONOUKH, Alena VYLEGZHANINA (1), Natalia RYZHOVA-ALENICHEVA (2), Ekaterina PANTYULINA, Evgenia SOBOLEVA (2), Anna TIMOFEEVA, Olga BELYAEVA, Eugenia IVANOVA (2), Yulia GAUFLER (1), Maria KOUTUNOVSKAYA. Head Coach: Alexander KABANOV.

NED: Ilse VAN DER MEIJDEN, Milousha SMIT (1), Mieke CABOUT (1), Biurakn HAKHVERDIAN, Sabrina VAN DER SLOOT, Nomi STOMPHORST, Iefke VAN BELKUM (3), Noeki KLEIN, Jantien CABOUT, Nienke VERMEER (2), Rianne GUICHELAAR, Mieke VAN DER SLOOT, Anne HEINIS. Head Coach: Mauro MAUGERI.

Referees: Koganov (AZE) Wengenroth (SUI)
Delegate: Firoiu, Frady

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Russia will go head to head with Canada in the semifinals following a disciplined match against the Olympic champion Dutch. Russia was fast on the counter, made a multitude of int rcepts, forced the Dutch into errors and exploited the weak goalkeeper. The Netherlands showed glimpses of Beijing but the new-look team with the new coach is building for a defence of its Olympic title in three years¹ time. VAN BELKUM scored two of her three goals when the game was lost. Russia scored from all round the pool. This year is not to be for the Netherlands. The Russians are looking sharp and must be considered a top chance for a gold-medal-final berth.

Game #37 AUS AUS 3 vs Greece GRE 4 Quarter Final

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Goals by Quarter: 1:2, 0:1, 1:0, 1:1

6 on 5: AUS 0/4; GRE 1/8

Scoring:

AUS: Alicia McCORMACK, Holly LINCOLN-SMITH, Sophie SMITH, Rebecca RIPPON, Jane MORAN, Bronwen KNOX (1), Rowena WEBSTER, Kate GYNTHER (2), Glencora RALPH, Jemma DESSAUVAGIE, Melissa RIPPON, Nicola ZAGAME, Victoria BROWN. Head Coach: Greg McFadden.

GRE: Marina TSOURI, Christina TSOUKALA, Konstantina KOUTELI, Ilektra PSOUNI, Kyriaki LIOSI, Alkisti AVRAMIDOU, Alexandra ASIMAKI, Antigoni ROUMPESI, Angeliki GEROLYMOU (4), Triantafilla MANOLIOUDAKI, Stavroula ANTONAKOU, Georgia LARA, Eleni KOUNDOU. Head Coach: George MORFESIS.

Referees: Peris (CRO) Matache (ROU)
Delegate: Brochero, Bestit

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Greece pulled off a big upset in taking the quarter-final against World Cup champion Australia. In the words of Australian captain Mel RIPPON: ³You can¹t score three goals and hope to win a game.² Australia was made to look ordinary by Greece went ahead 2-0 and then 3-1 with two penalty goals and one on extra. Australia kept Greece goal-less for the next 20 minutes but only scored two in that period. GEROLYMOU scored her fourth goal with a lob
90 seconds from full time and Australia, as with much of the game, had no answer. Neither side performed on extra-man plays.

Game #38 ESP ESP 6 vs USAUSA 9 Quarter Final

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Goals by Quarter: 3:2, 0:3, 1:2, 2:2

6 on 5: USA 4/6 – ESP 2/8

Scoring:

ESP: Patricia DEL SOTO, Blanca GIL (2), Olga DOMENECH, Irene HAGEN, Miriam LOPEZ-ESCRIBANO (1), Jennifer PAREJA (1), Cristina LOPEZ , Pilar PENA, Clara ALLER, Ona MESEGUER (1), Maica GARCIA (1), Laura LOPEZ, Laura ESTHER. Head Coach: Juan JANE.

USA: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Elizabeth ARMSTRONG, Heather PETRI (2), Brittany HAYES (3), Brenda VILLA (1), Lauren WENGER (1), Tanya GANDY, Kelly RULON, Jessica STEFFENS (1), Elsie WINDES, Alison GREGORKA (1), Moriah VAN NORMAN, Kameryn CRAIG, Jaime KOMER. Head Coach: Adam KRIKORIAN.

Referees: Balfanbayev (KAZ) Brguljan (MNE)
Delegate: Bock, SHaranov

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: World and World League champion United States of America withstood a late charge by Spain to win the fourth quarter-final. Spain started strongly with a 3-1 lead after six minutes, thanks to two GIL goals (her 13th and 14th for the tournament). HAYES proved instrumental in the USA’s resurgence after scoring the game’s opening goal, netting either side of the first break to level the game. Triple Olympian PETRI fired in the next two and USA was 5-3 ahead at halftime. Fellow triple Olympic medallist VILLA and 2007 Melbourne World Championship most valuable player WENGER rammed the advantage home in the third to 7-3 before Spain’s PAREJA bounced a penalty attempt into the crossbar. GARCIA muscled in a centre-forward goal to trail 7-4 after three periods. USA’s RULON bounced her penalty attempt left at the start of the fourth period before STEFFENS lobbed goal on the next attack for 8-4. MESEGUER and GARCIA narrowed the margin to 8-6 inside three minutes but GREGORKA made it a three-goal margin at 2:15 and despite a Spanish timeout, no further score eventuated.

Commentary - Greg Mescall: The USA Women’s Senior National Team assured themselves of a chance to play for a medal for the 10th consecutive time at a major FINA event with a 9-6 defeat of Spain earlier tonight at the FINA World Championships. With the victory the team advances to play Greece on Wednesday, the two teams met in group play with the United States claiming a 12-8 victory.

A slow first quarter plagued Team USA in this match as Spain opened up an early advantage. Brittany Hayes (Santa Ana, CA/USC) scored the first goal of the match for the United States on a tally at the 6:10 mark for a 1-0 USA lead. However, it was Spain answering with three consecutive goals to take a 3-1 advantage with 1:46 left in the opening frame. Hayes found the cage again putting the breaks on a counter attack and lobbing one home with 43 seconds left for a 3-2 deficit headed to the second.

In the second quarter it was all Team USA as they shutdown the Spain offense. From there the USA offense took over as Hayes scored again on a power play, her third of the night, with 3:36 left in the period for a tie game at 3-3. A few moments later Heather Petri (Orinda, CA/California) painted the left corner for a USA lead at 4-3 with 1:51 left. Then with just 36 seconds remaining in the half it was Petri again this time skipping one home on the near side for a 5-3 lead going into halftime.

The offense-defense combo kept it up in the third quarter as Brenda Villa (Commerce, CA/Stanford) tossed one in from downtown for a 6-3 lead just 25 seconds into the period. On the next Spain possession the United States was whistled for a penalty only to see goalie Betsey Armstrong (Ann Arbor, MI/Michigan) swat the attempt away.

With the lead preserved at three, the United States looked to add when Lauren Wenger (Long Beach, CA/USC) used a player advantage and a patient fake to beat the goalkeeper and raise the lead to 7-3. At the 6:01 mark the Spanish squad got another opportunity at a five meter penalty only to watch Armstrong stretch out and tip away the attempt. The two squads would go scoreless over the next several moments until Spain closed out the period with a man-up goal at the 1:58 mark for a 7-4 game to end the third.

In the fourth the USA offense kept up the momentum when Jessica Steffens (Danville, CA/Stanford) lobbed a shot to the left side for an 8-4 lead. Over the next four minutes Spain would look to rally with consecutive goals to close within two at 8-6 with 2:51 remaining. That was short-lived as Alison Gregorka (Ann Arbor, MI/Stanford) delivered the game-breaker on a player advantage with just 2:15 remaining in the contest. With the Gregorka goal the USA went up 9-6. Spain had one last gasp on a power play with 1:38 remaining but their attempt was foiled by the USA who came away winners at 9-6.

Hayes led the team with three goals on the night while Armstrong was superb in net impounding six Spanish shots. Both teams struggled on penalty shots with Spain shooting 0/2 and the United States going 0/1. On the power play the United States turned in a 4/6 performance while Spain was 2/8.

With the win the USA women have now made every medal round since the 2000 Olympic Games. This includes 10 major FINA Championships including Olympic Games, World Championships, and World Cups. Greece, their opponent on Wednesday, is making their first medal round appearance.

At the conclusion of Monday’s action the final four of the World Championships were set. Joining the United States and Greece are Canada and Russia. Only the United States remains from the final four a year ago in Beijing, China

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Wednesday, July 29

Champion USA to play Russia in women’s water polo final

Rome, Italy (July 29).— Thanks to Elsie WINDES, the United States of America will defend its women’s water polo title at the FINA World Championships at the Foro Italico in Rome on Friday. It will be an all-North American final with Canada repulsing the Russian challenge 8-7. The USA beat Greece ??? but it was the 24-year-old WINDES who the USA can thank for pushing the team to a sixth FINA World Championship medal. With two gold, one silver and two bronze already in the cabinet, the USA is expected to make it three gold, without the support of people north of the border. WINDES set the pool alight with the opening two goals inside two minutes and then followed up with another two goals in just over a minute late in the second quarter as the USA shot to a 5-3 lead at the long break. To the Greeks’ credit, the 3-0 deficit was not insurmountable and by halfway through the second quarter it had been wiped out but then WINDES struck.

Canada shot to a 4-1 lead over Russia only to see it dissipate in the Roman heat by three-quarter time. At 5-5, Canada was stung back into action and won the final quarter 3-2. Russia had the final chance to level the game when it came tantalisingly close with a last-gasp shot finding the left post twice but failing to fall into the net. Canadian head coach Pat OATEN, who has led the team for much of this decade, said he did not dream of making the final “but we knew we could do it”. He believed hours before the second semifinal that the USA would beat Greece. “Today we suffered Russian pressing. The US team also plays good pressing. The final will be a game like the others — same ball, same pool but different referees.”

In the group of 5th-8th semifinals, the Olympic champion Netherlands played the miracle hand and came back from a mid-game slump to beat 2005 champion Hungary  10-9. The Dutch led 6-2 but had to watch as Hungary raced to an 8-6 lead before the Netherlands reshaped its game, led 9-8 and then broke the 9-9 impasse with a pressure-relieving goal in the final minute. Dutch head coach Mauro MAUGERI said his team had a “moment of absolute craziness”. “Then we came back and we managed to win. I’m glad for the result even if I’m still disappointed for our loss to Russia.”

Australia led 5-0 against Spain in their 5th-8th semifinal before winning 7-6. The lead was nearly nullified by Spain as it slowly groped its way back into the game to be 5-2 down at halftime and 6-4 at the final break. This became 6-5 before Australia went two ahead in the final quarter and allowed a consolation goal in the dying seconds. Italy closed with one of its best games of the tournament, thumping Germany 12-3 for ninth place and China, the fifth-ranked team from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, beat New Zealand 16-9 in the 11th-12th play-off.

In Thursday’s men’s matches, the big four contest their semifinals. Serbia and reigning world champion Croatia play 16:50 while Spain and the USA play at 21:00. - Russ McKinnon

Game 39 China CHN 16 vs NZL NZL 9 12th Place Game

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Goals by Quarter: 4-2, 5-2, 2-2, 5-3

6 on 5: CHN 1/5; NZL 2/8

Scoring:

CHN:
YANG Jun, TENG Fei, LIU Ping, SUN Yujun (2), HE Jin (1), SUN Yating (5), ZHANG Lei (1), GAO Ao (1), WANG Yi (2), MA Huanhuan (3), SUN Hui Zi (1), QIAO Lei Ying, WANG Ying. Head Coach: PAN Shenghua.

NZL: Carina HARACHE, Emily COX, Kelly MASON (1), Rebecca McGUINNESS, Amy LOGAN (1), Lynlee SMITH (1), Ashley SMALLFIELD, Lauren SIEPRATH, Anna SIEPRATH (2), Casie BOWRY (1), Kirsten HUDSON (3), Alexandra MYLES, Dana HARVEY. HEAD COACH: Todd CLAPPER.

Referees: Pinker (RSA), Mernenko (UZE)
Delegate: Amini

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: China muscled its way to 11th position, which was a far cry from fifth at the Beijing Olympic Games. China has not performed here and New Zealand put plenty of pressure on the top-line team. The relative closeness of the game was blown apart in the final quarter but New Zealand managed to level at two was 7-4 down and 9-4 at halftime. The margin narrowed to 10-6 in the third and 11-7 early in the fourth before the powerful centre forward SUN Yating snared two more goals for five before Kiwi captain Anna SIEPRATH lobbed to close the scoring and a good effort from the New Zealand team, which will host next year¹s FINA World Cup in Wellington.

Game 40 Italy ITA 12 vs Germany GER 3 9th Place

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Goals by Quarter: 3-1, 2-1, 3-1, 4-0

6 on 5: ITA 3/11; GER 1/7

Scoring:

ITA: Elena GIGLI, Simona ABBATE, Elisa CASANOVA, Silvia BOSURGI (1), Daniela LAVORINI, Arianna GARIBOTTI (1), Tania DI MARIO (2), Roberta BIANCONI (4), Giulia EMMOLO (2), Federica ROCCO, Annalisa BOSELLO (1), Teresa FRASSINETTI (1), Eleonora GAY. Head Coach: Roberto FIORI.

GER: Simone BUDDE, Sandra SCHILLING, Linda GERRITSEN, Claudia KERN, Katrin DIEROLF, Claudia BLOMENKAMP (1), Alexandra SCHILLING, Mariam SALLOUM, Theresa KLEIN (1), Nina WENGST (1), Carmen GELSE, Mandy ZOLLNER, HannaHANHOLZ. Head Coach: Rene REIMANN.

Referees: Reemnet (NDL), Damcevski (MKD)
Delegate: Whitehouse

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Italy blew away Germany with a faster pace, counter-attacks and a willingness to take chances in claiming ninth place. Captain DI MARIO was compelling and dangerous and for once Italy did not have to rely on the superior centre-forward skills of CASANOVA. Germany looked sluggish for much of the game and, except for a goal at the top of the third quarter, could not breach Italy¹s defence for the rest of the game. Italy can be proud of the efforts of BIANCONI and EMMOLO, newcomers to the team who scored 1 and nine goals respectively. DI MARIO topped her team¹s scoring with 13 goals. Ninth was well down on fifth in Melbourne two years ago and equalled the Montreal finish in 2005. Memories of bronze in Rome in 1994 are just that, as are the titles of 1998 and 2001. Germany was 11th in Melbourne and eighth
in Montreal.

Game 41 Hungary HUN 9 vs The Netherlands NED 10 Semifinal 5th Place

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Goals by Quarter: 1-3, 1-2, 5-1, 2-4

6 on 5: HUN 2/8; NED 4/9

Scoring:

HUN: Patricia HORVATH, Eszter TOMASKOVICS (1), Ildiko TOTH, Dora KISTELEKI (2), Gabrilla SZUCS (1), Orsolya TAKACS, Rita DRAVUCZ (2), Rita KESZTHELYI (2), Fruzsina BRAVIK, Aniko PELLE, Agnes VALKAI (1), Rita POSZKOLI, Aniko GYONGYOSSY. Head Coach: Matyas PETROVICS.

NED: Ilse VAN DER MEIJDEN, Milousha SMIT (1), Mieke CABOUT (3), Biurakn HAKHVERDIAN, Sabrina VAN DER SLOOT, Nomi STOMPHORST, Iefke VAN BELKUM (2), Noeki KLEIN, Jantien CABOUT (1), Nienke VERMEER, Rianne GUICHELAAR (1), Mieke VAN DER SLOOT (2), Anne HEINIS. Head Coach: Mauro MAUGERI.

Referees: Rotsart (USA), Stavroupolos (GRE)
Delegate: Brochero, Firoiu

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: The Netherlands survived one of the most intriguing matches of the tournament to win through to the play-off for fifth. At 6-2 ahead in the third quarter, the Dutch looked comfortable and en route to an easy victory. Then the wheels fell off, or perhaps the Dutch sunk into the mud. Hungary grabbed five successive goals to lead 7-6 at the final break. This became 8-6 on its first attack in the fourth period, seemingly a miraculous recovery. But the Dutch aren¹t Olympic champions for nothing and the next three goals fell the way of the Orange brigade. But there was still more than three minutes remaining. With just over a minute left on the clock, SZUCZ took a chancy shot from eight metres at the end of possession and Mieke CABOUT deflected it, sending it too high for goalkeeper VAN DEER MEIJDEN to stop, levelling the game at 9-9. The Dutch went to a timeout and the tactic was simple ‹ two passes and then into VAN BELKUM¹S hand. She did the rest from well outside, scoring for 10-9 with 40 seconds left. Hungary
took a timeout but no one wanted to hoot and the 30 seconds ran out, leaving the Dutch to swim the ball up he pool and win the match.

Game 42 AUSAUS 7 vs ESP ESP 6 Semifinal 5th Place

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Goals by Quarter: 0-0, 5-2, 1-2, 1-2

6 on 5: AUS 2/10; ESP 1/8

Scoring:

AUS: Alicia McCORMACK, Holly LINCOLN-SMITH, Sophie SMITH (1), Rebecca RIPPON (1), Jane MORAN (2), Bronwen KNOX (1), Rowena WEBSTER (1), Kate GYNTHER, Glencora RALPH, Jemma DESSAUVAGIE, Melissa RIPPON (1), Nicola ZAGAME, Victoria BROWN. Head Coach: Greg McFadden.

ESP: Patricia DEL SOTO, Blanca GIL (1), Olga DOMENECH, Irene HAGEN, Miriam LOPEZ-ESCRIBANO (2), Jennifer PAREJA, Cristina LOPEZ , Pilar PENA, Clara ALLER, Ona MESEGUER, Maica GARCIA (1), Laura LOPEZ (2), Laura ESTHER. Head Coach: Juan JANE.

Referees: Spiegel (GER), Balfanbayev (KAZ)
Delegate: Bock, Frady

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Australia nearly lost the unloseable game when it watched a 5-0 lead evaporate as Spain bounced back to nearly clinch extra time. Australia shot out of the blocks and had a 2-0 lead in the first two minutes, stretching that to 3-0 after four and a half minutes. By early in the second quarter it was 5-0 but Spain stopped the onslaught and GIL with a penalty goal and GARCIA from centre forward had the score at a more respectable 5-2. Five minutes passed until halftime with no further score. Laura LOPEZ struck twice in the third and the score was 5-4 before Rebecca RIPPON stopped the rot on extra, ending nearly 14 minutes without a goal. LOPEZ-ESCRIBANO converted extra man for 6-5 and it took Australia a further five minutes to
respond on extra to Sophie Smith off a sweet play after a timeout. LOPEZ-ESCRIBANO countered but at 12 seconds remaining in the game, Australia had earned the shot at fifth place.

Game 43CanadaCAN 8 vs Russia RUS 7 10:50 am Eastern

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Goals by Quarter: 3-1, 1-1, 1-3, 3-2

6 on 5: CAN 2/6; RUS 3/9

Scoring:

CAN: Rachel RIDDELL, Krystina ALOGBO (2), Katrina MONTON, Emily CSIKOS (3), Joelle BEKHAZI, Whitney GENOWAY, Rosanna TOMIUK, Dominique PERREAULT (1), Carmen EGGENS, Christine ROBINSON (1), Tara CAMPBELL, Marina RADU (1), Marissa JANSSENS. Head Coach: Pat OATEN.

RUS: Evgeniya PROTSENKO, Nadezda GLYZINA (1), Ekaterina PROKOFYEVA, Sofya KONOUKH (1), Alena VYLEGZHANINA, Natalia RYZHOVA-ALENICHEVA (1), Ekaterina PANTYULINA (1), Evgenia SOBOLEVA, Anna TIMOFEEVA, Olga BELYAEVA, Eugenia IVANOVA (2), Yulia GAUFLER (1), Maria KOUTUNOVSKAYA. Head Coach: Alexander KABANOV

Referees: Kiszally (HUN), Tulga (TUR)
Delegate: Brochero, Bestit

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Canada became the first team to make the gold-medal final, a realm it has only conquered once before ‹ in 1991 when it lost to the Netherlands in Perth, Australia. The victory was built on a 4-1 lead early in the second quarter and much like the game before, the leading team watched as the underdog relentlessly came back. IVANOVA scored two in a row for 5-4 and PANTYULINA nearly ruined Canada¹s dreams when she levelled the game four
seconds from three-quarter time. But Canada scored twice on extra at the top of the fourth with Russian captain KONOUKH pulling one back on a drive soon after. The game was there for the taking. At 2:48 the game-changing goal was scored and possibly the goal of the tournament when ROBINSON sent in a high long ball to ALOGBO at centre forward. The Canadian captain rose high and swatted the ball backwards behind her head over the head of PROTSENKO into the goal. At 8-6 the lead look unassailable. However, Russia went to a timeout at 1:02 and drew a penalty, which RYZHOVA-ALENICHEVA converted at 0:38. The game wasn¹t over. Canada took a timeout at 0:20 and played out time until seven seconds from time when Russia took its second timeout. The
ball moved to PANTYULINA who shaped, shot, hit the left upright, hit goalkeeper RIDDELL and rebounded into the left upright again and not into the goal. Canada had forced its way on to the podium where it has been twice before this century, claiming bronze medals at Fukuoka in 2001 and Montreal in 2005.

Game 44 Greece GRE 7 vs USA USA 8 Semifinal 3:00 pm Eastern

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Goals by Quarter: 2-3, 1-2, 2-1, 2-2

6 on 5: USA 1/3 – GRE 3/8

Scoring:

GRE: Marina TSOURI, Christina TSOUKALA, Konstantina KOUTELI (1), Ilektra PSOUNI, Kyriaki LIOSI, Alkisti AVRAMIDOU, Alexandra ASIMAKI (2), Antigoni ROUMPESI (1), Angeliki GEROLYMOU, Triantafilla MANOLIOUDAKI, Stavroula ANTONAKOU (2), Georgia LARA, Eleni KOUNDOU. Head Coach: George MORFESIS.

USA:  Elizabeth ARMSTRONG, Heather PETRI, Brittany HAYES, Brenda VILLA (1), Lauren WENGER, Tanya GANDY, Kelly RULON (1), Jessica STEFFENS, Elsie WINDES (5), Alison GREGORKA (1), Moriah VAN NORMAN, Kameryn CRAIG, Jaime KOMER. Head Coach: Adam KRIKORIAN.

Referees: Patelli (BRA), Borrell (ESP)
Delegate: Bock, Sharanov

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: It could have been like any other game except this was a semifinal and the USA was expected to win heavily. Greece had upset World Cup champion en route to the semifinal and would not be denied a shot at history. Greece has an Olympic silver from 2004 but no medal at FINA World Championship level. Here was a chance to secure a medal two days before the final women’s competition day. The USA went three up thanks to two WINDES shots and a VILLA penalty. That lead was snuffed out by midway through the second quarter as ANTONAKOU twice and ASIMAKI once had the Greeks back on track. WINDES did her best to dent Greek pride with two more goals before halftime. ASIMAKI struck again early in the third period while RULON scored on extra. ROUMPESI closed to 6-5 by the final break. The game lit up further when KOUTELI opened the final-quarter scoring and brought the game to 6-6. WINDES scored her fifth goal of the semifinal and only her fifth goal of the tournament, surprisingly enough, when she found the top corner from outside for 7-6. GREGORKA scored her eighth of the championship from point for 8-6 at 2:20 and the game headed in favour of the USA. A Greek timeout yielded no goal but the next Greek attack saw TSOUKALA drill a long shot into the bottom right for 8-7 at 0:48.

Commentary - Greg Mescall: The USA Women’s Senior National Team is headed back to the Gold Medal game at the FINA World Championships after an 8-7 defeat of Greece earlier tonight. Behind five goals from Elsie Windes (Portland, OR/California) the squad advanced to the finals and will look to claim their third World Championship this decade as they battle Canada on Friday evening at 9pm local Italy time.

Team USA jumped out to a tremendous start winning the opening sprint and immediately got down to business on the offensive end. Windes connected from deep for the first goal of the game just 25 seconds into the match for a 1-0 USA lead. Just 90 seconds later and it was Windes again cutting to the goal on a player advantage, receiving a pass from Brittany Hayes (Santa Ana, CA/USC) and burying the shot for a 2-0 lead.

At the 5:23 mark center Kami Craig (Santa Barbara, CA/USC) worked inside drawing a five meter penalty which was converted by Brenda Villa (Commerce, CA/Stanford) and the United States was rolling up 3-0 with 5:23 to play. Yet the Greeks would make a run to close out the period scoring two goals in the last 1:30 of play to end the frame trailing just one at 3-2.

After a scoreless four minutes and change to start the second quarter it was Greece breaking through to even the game with a goal at the 3:29 mark. Facing a 3-3 tie the United States turned back to Windes who found the corner of the cage at the 2:06 mark for a 4-3 lead. Then with just 1:10 left in the period Windes cut to the cage yet again and delivered a goal off the pass for a 5-3 lead going into halftime.

The third quarter belonged to the Greeks as they charged back in this contest. A player advantage goal at the 6:45 mark in the period drew the Greeks to within one at 5-4. Kelly Rulon (Point Loma, CA/UCLA) quieted the rally momentarily with a shot that ricocheted into the cage for a score just as a Greek exclusion was ending for a 6-4 lead. Greece would answer again with another power play goal at the 3:11 mark and it was back to a one goal margin at 6-5.

This was the score going into the fourth and Greece completed their comeback less than two minutes into the stanza with a counter attack score for a 6-6 match. When in doubt the United States found Windes again who walked in on the near side and lit the proverbial lamp for her fifth goal of the game, and the tournament for that matter, and a 7-6 lead. Two minutes passed and the United States would score again, this time it was Alison Gregorka (Ann Arbor, MI/Stanford) tossing one in from distance for a two goal lead at 8-6.

Greece would stage a furious rally drawing to within one at 8-7 with :43 remaining in the game. From there they were back on offense following a timeout with :16 left. Their final attempt was snuffed out by USA goalie Betsey Armstrong (Ann Arbor, MI/Michigan) as the clock ran out. With the win the United States heads to their fourth World Championship final, a feat only equaled by the Netherlands.

The Greeks turned in a 3/8 performance on power plays while attempting no penalty shots while the United States was 1/3 on power plays and 1/1 on penalty shots. Armstrong finished the day with 14 saves.

Along with appearing in their fourth final the United States are tied with Italy and Hungary at two Gold Medals apiece in World Championship play and will be looking to stand alone come Friday evening. Out of the 10 consecutive major FINA Championships where the United States has advanced to the medal round, seven of those have seen them play for the Gold Medal. The upcoming match will be Canada’s first final since 1991.

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Friday, July 30

USA wins gold medal but Canada protests result of water polo final

Rome, Italy (July 31).— Canada has protested the result of the FINA World Championships women’s water polo gold-medal final, which was won by the United States of America at the Foro Italico tonight.

The protest centres around an alleged brutality by the USA’s Elsie WINDES on Canadian captain Krystina ALOGBO late in the second quarter and the expulsion of ALOGBO midway through the fourth quarter.

ALOGBO moved quickly on a penalty shot to cover any rebound and was excluded. Kelly RULON’s shot was blocked by the tournament’s sharpest goalkeeper, Rachel RIDDELL. The referees ruled that ALOGBO had interfered and was rolled, giving RULON a second shot, which went in  and gave the USA what was the winning goal.

Canada was naked without ALOGBO.

In the second quarter WINDES scored and in the process was fouled by ALOGBO. WINDES reared up and appeared to hit ALOGBO in the face and was sent for violence and not the more aggressive brutality call that could have given Canada four minutes with an extra player.
The USA was expected to retain the title and be the first country to gain three gold medals and this it did with  an accomplished tournament.

Head coach Adam KRIKORIAN was elated with a gold medal at his first major event as a head coach.

On the WINDES incident he said: “She’s one of the nicest girls in the world. I guess she was celebrating her goal and just caught the girl while coming up.”

Canadian coach Pat OATEN was livid and moved to make the protest, saying: “It was  clear brutality and the whole world could see it on the screen. The game would have changed considerably if we had a man up for four minutes. It changed the whole game.

“What was that call on the penalty?” he said of ALOGBO’s exclusion late in the game. “It handed them the game.”

“She didn’t touch the girl or interfere with the shot. She just went to cover the rebound.”
For now Canada accepted the silver medals but will await what happens with the protest.
Russia put together a strong team performance to clinch the bronze medal with a 10-9 victory over a gallant Greece.

Russia was impressive with six goals on extra but with a handful of field goals that excited the crowd.

Greece led twice in the match — in the third and fourth periods as the game reach an exciting climax.

Russia levelled the game at 3:35 remaining and took the game in spectacular circumstances, taking a timeout with 16 seconds remaining and scoring through Evgenia IVANOVA with just two seconds left on the clock when on extra.

It was a magnificent game played in excellent spirit with superb team play from both sides and strong centr-forward work by the Greeks and especially Alexandra ASIMAKI.

Russia captain Sofya KONUKH said it was a tough match. “We did expect it.  Greece did absolutely all it could in these world championships. The exclusions were too many on both parts. I think the referees wanted this match to be more exciting. In the last two seconds we perfectly followed the suggestions of our coach.”

Greek coach George MORFESIS said he did not agree with some of the decisions. “”When we were leading by one goal, there were two penalties for us and they whistled two exclusions instead.Apart from our defeat I am glad we were at the same level with the other teams.”

In the minor play-offs, Olympic champion Netherlands outshot Olympic bronze medallist Australia 12-11 for fifth place and Hungary went to town on Spain, winning 13-8. - Russ McKinnon

Game 45 Hungary HUN 11 vs Spain ESP 6 Finals 7th Place

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Goals by Quarter: 4-3, 3-1, 3-1, 1-1

6 on 5: HUN 1/35; ESP2/10

Scoring:

HUN: Patricia HORVATH, Eszter TOMASKOVICS (2), Ildiko TOTH, Dora KISTELEKI (1), Gabrilla SZUCS (2), Orsolya TAKACS, Rita DRAVUCZ (4), Rita KESZTHELYI, Fruzsina BRAVIK, Aniko PELLE (2), Agnes VALKAI, Rita POSZKOLI, Aniko GYONGYOSSY. Head Coach: Matyas PETROVICS.

ESP: Patricia DEL SOTO, Blanca GIL (1), Olga DOMENECH, Irene HAGEN, Miriam LOPEZ-ESCRIBANO, Jennifer PAREJA (2), Cristina LOPEZ (1) , Pilar PENA (1), Clara ALLER, Ona MESEGUER, Maica GARCIA, Laura LOPEZ (1), Laura ESTHER. Head Coach: Juan JANE.

Referees: Flahive (AUS), Shiwei (CHN)
Delegate: Amini

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Hungary applied all its power and shooting prowess to bow out with seventh place, well down on the victory in Montreal four years ago and fourth in Melbourne. Spain dropped a position from Melbourne. Spain opened the scoring to lead 2-0 but Hungary scored nine of the next 11 goals, leading 4-3 and 7-4 at the breaks. The game advanced to 9-4 before GIL arrested the slide. However, PELLE and DRAVUCZ scored either side of the last break and PENA closed the scoring at 4:35 with both teams playing pressure defence. Hungary promised much in this tournament but could not produce at the right time.

Game 46 The NetherlandsNED 12 vs Australia AUS 11 5th Place Game

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Goals by Quarter: 3-3, 3-3, 2-3, 4-2

6 on 5: NED4/10; AUS 2/8

Scoring:

NED: Ilse VAN DER MEIJDEN, Milousha SMIT (2), Mieke CABOUT (4), Biurakn HAKHVERDIAN, Sabrina VAN DER SLOOT, Nomi STOMPHORST, Iefke VAN BELKUM (3), Noeki KLEIN, Jantien CABOUT, Nienke VERMEER (1), Rianne GUICHELAAR (1), Mieke VAN DER SLOOT (1), Anne HEINIS. Head Coach: Mauro MAUGERI.

AUS: Alicia McCORMACK, Holly LINCOLN-SMITH (2), Sophie SMITH, Rebecca RIPPON, Jane MORAN, Bronwen KNOX (4), Rowena WEBSTER, Kate GYNTHER (2), Glencora RALPH (1), Jemma DESSAUVAGIE (1), Melissa RIPPON (1), Nicola ZAGAME, Victoria BROWN. Head Coach: Greg McFadden.

Referees: Spiegel (GER) Ciric (SRB)
Delegate: Sharanov

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: It was billed as the clash between the No 1 and No 3 teams in the world from 2008 and it proved to be a cracker of a match. The Olympic champion Dutch team came through for fifth place to finish four places better than Melbourne two years ago. Australia slipped from second to sixth. Both teams had vast changes from Beijing last year but the quality of play was still there, despite some small handling errors by Australia. The game turned in the final quarter when WEBSTER had her penalty shot blocked and CABOUT scored on the counter for 10-9. GYNTHER lobbed for 10-10 but CABOUT and VERMEER had the game at 12-10 by 2:18. DESSAUVAGIE scored on extra to narrow the margin and VERMEER had the game sewn up on counter but had her one-on-one with BROWn saved. Australia took a timeout with six seconds left
but dropped the ball on the set move and the Dutch were fifth.The game was levelled nine times.

Game 47 Russia RUS 10 vs Greece GRE 9 WOMENS BRONZE MEDAL GAME

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Goals by Quarter:  3-2, 2-2, 2-4, 3-1

6 on 5: RUS 6/11; GRE 5/14 

Scoring:

RUS: Evgeniya PROTSENKO, Nadezda GLYZINA (1), Ekaterina PROKOFYEVA (3), Sofya KONOUKH, Alena VYLEGZHANINA, Natalia RYZHOVA-ALENICHEVA (2), Ekaterina PANTYULINA, Evgenia SOBOLEVA, Anna TIMOFEEVA, Olga BELYAEVA (1), Eugenia IVANOVA (2), Yulia GAUFLER (1), Maria KOUTUNOVSKAYA. Head Coach: Alexander KABANOV.

GRE: Marina TSOURI, Christina TSOUKALA, Konstantina KOUTELI, Ilektra PSOUNI, Kyriaki LIOSI (1), Alkisti AVRAMIDOU, Alexandra ASIMAKI (3), Antigoni ROUMPESI (1), Angeliki GEROLYMOU (3), Triantafilla MANOLIOUDAKI, Stavroula ANTONAKOU (1), Georgia LARA, Eleni KOUNDOU. Head Coach: George MORFESIS.

Referees: Wengenroth (SUI), Rotsart (USA)
Delegate: Bock, Bestit

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: Russia won the bronze through the ability to score on action while Greece needed to gain kickouts to score most of its goals on extra or at the penalty line. The difference was miniscule but telling. Russia¹s extra-man statistics are probably one of the best of the tournament, as well. Russia had the fast start at 2-0 but when ASIMAKI scored off the post on extra at 1:43, the game was 3-3 in Russia¹s favour. The second quarter was even with three of the four goals coming on extra. The only action shot came from Russia¹s GAUFLER with a rocket fired from Siberia. Greece finished the third period ahead thanks to ASIMAKI and GEROLYMOU, who were having spectacular games. So tight was the game that that GEROLYMOU¹S goals came from a penalty and extra and ASIMAKI were both off extra-man. BELYAEVA drew the game level after the restart with an excellent backhand shot from centre forward. Greek captain LIOSI gave her team the lead at 6:12 on extra, Both teams could not capitalise on extra-man plays until Russia called time at 0:16. The resulting play saw IVANOVA shoot from the deep right to convert extra man with just two seconds on the clock for the bronze medal.

Game 48 Canada CAN vs USAUSA WOMENS GOLD MEDAL GAME 3:00 pm EST

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Goals by Quarter: 2-1, 2-4, 1-0, 1-2

6 on 5:  USA - 3/10 - CAN 2/9

Scoring:

CAN: Rachel RIDDELL, Krystina ALOGBO (1), Katrina MONTON, Emily CSIKOS (4), Joelle BEKHAZI, Whitney GENOWAY, Rosanna TOMIUK, Dominique PERREAULT (1), Carmen EGGENS, Christine ROBINSON, Tara CAMPBELL, Marina RADU, Marissa JANSSENS. Head Coach: Pat OATEN.

USA: Elizabeth ARMSTRONG, Heather PETRI (1), Brittany HAYES, Brenda VILLA (1), Lauren WENGER (1), Tanya GANDY, Kelly RULON (2), Jessica STEFFENS, Elsie WINDES (1), Alison GREGORKA, Moriah VAN NORMAN, Kameryn CRAIG (1), Jaime KOMER. Head Coach: Adam KRIKORIAN.

Referees: Balfanbayev (KAZ), Tulga (TUR)
Delegate:
Brochero, Firoiu

Commentary - Russ McKinnon: The USA won a controversial gold-medal final 7-6 over Canada who had to play the last 3:43 without star captain ALOGBO for an apparent misconduct in a game where she sustained a injury after being struck in the face just before halftime. The first controversy occurred late in the second quarter when WINDES scored and was heavily guarded by ALOGBO, After she scored the goal, she sat up and allegedly struck ALOGBO with her right fist into the face. She was lucky to escape a brutality foul but instead was sent for misconduct. She was booed from the pool after the action replay on the big screen confirmed the indiscretion. The referees missed the fact that the USA needed to play one down for 20 seconds. Canada led at the first break after ALOGBO performed a magical trick at centre forward to score at will and prove she was one of the most decisive players at the tournament But the USA struck back with a vengeance in the second quarter with WENGER and VILLA taking the lead, the latter with a magnificent lob. The advantage swiftly returned Canada¹s way with PERREAULT on extra and CSIKOS from the penalty line. CRAIG confirmed her growing reputation as a two-metre player of note to level while WINDES etched her name into the game to see the USA at 5-4 ahead as she was sent to the stands. CSIKOS opened the second-half scoring on extra after a timeout ploy, It was the only score of the period. Controversy hit fever pitch in the final quarter after Rulon took the USA ahead and CSIKOS converted a second penalty goal after a great draw by ALOGBO. The USA gained a penalty at 3:43 and RULON had the shot blocked by RIDDELL. In the process ALOGBO charged across to block RULON from gaining any rebound and was excluded for misconduct and a penalty re-awarded. The game¹s best player was out of the water. RULON netted the second time for 7-6. Canada called a timeout but had the resulting shot blocked and the USA was champion again.

Commentary Greg Mescall: The wind has temporarily been taken out of the USA Women's Senior National Team's sails. Moments after their Gold Medal winning victory over Canada, 7-6, in the finals of the 2009 FINA World Championships a protest was lodged by the Canadians, with a ruling expected Saturday morning in Rome. The protest comes from Canada in regards to a game misconduct called against the United States’ Elsie Windes (Portland, OR/California) with 27 seconds remaining in the second quarter.

Canada has protested that they should have been awarded a player advantage following the game misconduct, which they were not. According to USA Water Polo officials an addendum was recently made to the rule book referring to this type of situation where sides in fact remain even after the game misconduct, which is how the officials ruled during the match. An update on the matter will be posted on usawaterpolo.org tomorrow morning in Rome once a decision is rendered.

If the outcome stands it marks the third World Championship for the United States women, a record among all nations with women's water polo. It is also three titles for USA veterans Brenda Villa (Commerce, CA/Stanford) and Heather Petri (Orinda, CA/California). In addition it is the first major FINA Championship for Head Coach Adam Krikorian, who joined the staff this spring.

Protests aside this match was a defensive battle throughout with goals coming at a premium. Canada would strike first with a goal at the 5:13 mark after a five meter penalty was called against the United States. Canada converted the player advantage and led 1-0. This was short lived as less than a minute later it was the United States striking on a power play courtesy of Petri for a tie game at 1-1. Canada would answer last as they went inside to center Krystina Alogbo for a spinning goal and the lead 2-1 going to the second period.

In the second quarter the USA offense started to get into a groove. Lauren Wenger (Long Beach, CA/USC), the Most Outstanding Player of the 2007 World Championships connected for a goal from distance for a tie game at 2-2 just 25 seconds into the period. A minute and change later and it was Villa answering the call on a quick catch and shoot for the first lead of the match at 3-2. Canada rallied with consecutive goals and built a 4-3 lead with 4:19 left in the period. Team USA then went inside and found results as Kami Craig (Santa Barbara, CA/USC) powered her way towards the net for a score and a 4-4 game. Some three minutes later came a goal from Windes off a rebound for a 5-4 lead. This was followed by the game misconduct, ruled as Windes came up in celebration but inadvertently made contact with her defender.

The USA held the one goal lead going into the third but the offensive well ran dry in the early second half. Both teams were scoreless until the 2:57 mark when Canada came through with a player advantage goal to tie the match at 5-5. That was the score going to the fourth and final frame. The red, white, and blue got the lead back in a hurry, as after a Canada exclusion it was Kelly Rulon (Point Loma, CA/UCLA) hitting the back of the net for the 6-5 advantage. Canada drew another five meter penalty and was able to convert at the 3:58 mark to once again knot the game, this time at 6-6.

If there hadn't been enough oddities thus far things got a little stranger at the 3:43 mark. Craig worked inside to draw a five meter penalty which was to be shot by Rulon. On Rulon's first attempt she missed to the right but was knocked into by Alogbo on the release. This led to a second five meter being call and Alogbo sent from the match. This time Rulon converted and the lead was 7-6. From there the defense made stop after stop thanks in part to 11 saves from Betsey Armstrong (Ann Arbor, MI/Michigan) and the United States was able to come away the winners and recipients of the Gold Medal.

The USA went 3/10 on power plays and 1/2 on five meter penalties while Canada was 2/9 on power plays and 1/1 on penalty shots. Canada goalie Rachel Riddell has 12 saves on the day and was named the tourneys top goalkeeper. In earlier action Russia defeated Greece to claim the Bronze Medal.

Commentary - Joan Gould: From my perspective watching the game from the first row, AND later, from a game tape lent to me by another Federation:

It is clear that  Alogbo struck Windes with a closed fist to the face first.  Windes retaliated with a closed fist punch and got caught by both of the officials as well as Loren and a European coach (who were sitting next to me) but her punch looked like it may have missed Alogbo.  In any case,  Windes was properly excluded for misconduct.   Alogbo continued to play, there was no blood, no tears, nothing other than a brief hand to the face to indicate that a blow may have occurred.  In my opinion, a brutality call was not warranted. Shortly afterward,  Alogpo got tangled up with Brenda Villa exchanging a few kicks and shoves in transition.

The Canadian protest was filed based on the Canadian assertion that following Windes exclusion, the US should have played man down.

The FINA handbook from 2005-2009 is consistent with Canada's protest.  However, FINA issued a supplementary handbook in 2006 that corrected this error.  It states that the team with the player excluded for misconduct can substitute and should not play a man down. 

This morning, FINA denied the Canadian protest and upheld the USA gold medal.

 

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