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Sunday, August 8

Game #1 RUSRUS 13 vs NSWISNSWIS 12 (substituting for China)

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

Teams:

RUSSIA: Evgeniya PROTSENKO, Nadezda GLYZINA, Ekaterina PROKOFYEVA, Sofya KONUKH (C, 3), Evgeniya PUSTYINNIKOVA, Natalia RYZHOVA-ALENICHEVA, Ekaterina TANKEEVA (5), Evgenia SOBOLEVA, Anna TIMOFEEVA (1), Olga BELYAEVA (2), Evgeniya IVANOVA, Yulia GAUFLER (2), Maria KOVTUNOVSKAYA. Head Coach: Alexandr KABANOV.                                                               

NEW SOUTH WALES INSTITUTE OF SPORT: Danielle BOWER, Jemma DESSAUVAGIE (3), Alicia BRIGHTWELL (1), Keesja GOFERS (2), Maddison SCHMID, Patrice O'NEILL (1), Devon BOYLE (1), Georgia CLARKE, Emily SCOTT, Hannah BUCKLING, Melissa RIPPON (3), Shannon JONES, Kelsey WAKEFIELD. Head Coach: Ryan MOAR.

Extra Man: RUS: 9/17 NSWIS: 5/21

With China still in Beijing awaiting a flight to Sydney because of a visa problem with the second part of its tour (to New Zealand), the NSWIS was called upon to field a team to play until China arrives. Australian head coach Greg McFadden, playing with 18 players this week, supplied four to NSWIS. With the referees instructed to go heavy on fouling, there were 14 in the opening half and players were precariously placed. There were 14 extra-man goals and another from penalty as the speedy game kept the teams close throughout. Russia did the better with the conversion despite the slight difference but with TANKEEVA scoring four goals in the second half after captain Sofya KONUKH, a bronze medallists at Sydney 10 years ago, Russia had the goods to win.

FLASH QUOTES:

Alexandr KABANOV (RUS) - Head Coach

On the major-foul count (21-17)

"Is this an experiment? 22 against and only 15 for (sic). They are a very strong team. How can this be?"

Jemma DESSAUVAGIE (AUS) - NSWIS Captain

On the foul count:

"It was a heavy fouling game and very technical. It took both teams a long time to adjust. The (second) Russian goalie had to play. It came down to extra man."

On being a fill-in team for the Chinese, who have yet to arrive:

"We did really well for an NSWIS team to only lose by two to a very classy team. We only came together as a team an hour before the game but we quickly bonded with only two inter-state team members. One was Mel Rippon who is very professional and can meld with any team very quickly."

On the expected score before the game:

"We were joking in the changing rooms before the game that we were going to get spanked but it was a good fun game. It was hard fought."

Game #2 AUS AUS 15 vs Greece GRE 7

Quarters: 7-3, 3-0, 4-3, 1-1

Referees: Alexei KRAPIVIN (RUS), Stéphane ROY (CAN).

Teams:

GREECE: Maria TSOURI, Christina TSOUKALA, Konstantina KOUTELI, Ilektra PSOUNI, Kyriaki LIOSI (C), Alkisti AVRAMIDOU (2), Alexandra ASIMAKI (2), Antigoni ROUMPESI (1), Angeliki GEROLYMOU (1), Triantafylia MANOLIOUDAKI, Stavroula ANTONAKOU, ANTONIA SOLANAKI (1), Eleni KOUVDOU. Head Coach: Georgios MORFESIS.

AUSTRALIA: Victoria BROWN, Gemma BEADSWORTH, Sophie SMITH (1), Glencora RALPH (2), Jane MORAN (2), Bronwen KNOX (C, 1), Rowena WEBSTER (1), Kate GYNTHER, Zoe ARANCINI, Ashleigh SOUTHERN (2), Isobel BISHOP, Nicola ZAGAME (4), Holly LINCOLN-SMITH (2), Lea BARTA. Head Coach: Greg McFADDEN.

Extra Man: GRE: 3/9. AUS: 5/15 plus 1 penalty goal

A hat-trick in 61 seconds to Sydneysider Nicola Zagame set the Aussie Stingers rolling to a spectacular 15-7 victory over Greece on the opening day of the 10th Anniversary women's water polo tournament at Sydney Olympic Park today.

Zagame, the 20-year-old shooting star of the National Water Polo League, had the Stingers 3-1 up en route to a unusually high 7-3 first-quarter lead over the world's No 3 nation.

The win was put at the feet of the younger members, according to head coach Greg McFadden. "The young girls really stepped up and it gives us lots of options for the future.

Captain Bronwen Knox said Australia "came out of the box". "We have been training quite hard lately, especially against the (world champion) USA in a camp so we were really looking forward to playing games."

Last month Australia beat Greece 7-5 at the FINA Word League Suer Finals so the 7-3 first quarter was amazing. McFadden said: "We're normally lucky to score seven goals in a whole game against Greece."

The margin eased to 10-3 at halftime and 14-6 by the final break as Greece started to come back.

Greek coach Georgios Morfesis said his team was never in the game as the Stingers counter-attacked time and again in the first quarter. "We were very bad in extra play - defence and offence. We know Greece can be better than that."

While Zagame rained in goals from the top, 18-year-old Queenslander Ashleigh Southern scored twice and impressed McFadden.

Sophie Smith (QLD), Zoe Arancini (WA) and Jane Moran also stood up when required as the Stingers controlled the pool while Lea Barta, playing just her 12th international, made a multitude of saves in three quarters of play.

Australia plays the NSW Institute of Sport - infilling for the still-to-arrive China - tomorrow morning and then the USA in the evening.

Game #3 Canada CAN 9 vsUSAUSA 10

Quarters: 2-3, 3-3, 3-1, 2-2

Referees: Andrew CARNEY (AUS), Nikolaos VASILEIOU (GRE).

Teams:

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Elizabeth ARMSTRONG, Emily FEHER, Anne BELDEN (1), Kiley NEUSHUL, Brenda VILLA (C, 3), Margaret STEFFENS (1), Juliet MOSS, Courtney MATHEWSON (3), Lauren SILVER (2), Elsie WINDES, Kelly RULON, Annika DRIES, Kameryn CRAIG, Melissa SEIDEMANN. Head Coach: Adam KRIKORIAN.

CANADA: Rachel RIDDELL, Krystina ALOGBO (C), Katrina MONTON (1), Emily CSIKOS (3), Sophie BARON-LASALLE (1), Whitney GENOWAY, Rosanna TOMIUK, Dominique PERRAULT (1), Monika EGGENS, Christine ROBINSON (2), Tara CAMPBELL, Marina RADU (1), Marissa JANSSENS,. Head Coach: Pat OATEN.

Drummoyne Devil Lauren Silver shot what must have been a golden goal when she gave the USA a 10-9 victory with just seven seconds remaining. Silver was the standout shooter of Australia's premier competition, playing for Drummoyne earlier this year and her two goals were important but not as much as the final shot from deep right when needed most. The shot was deflected into goal by the defence, dribbling to the far side and just crossing the line. It was enough in a game where both teams played top-class water polo. Brenda Villa, who played at this complex in the 2000 Olympic Games, scored three goals in the third period as the USA went from one goal behind to one ahead. Twice Canada levelled in the last but it was Silver who had the final say.

FLASH QUOTES:

Adam KRIKORIAN (USA) - Head Coach

On the closeness of the match:

"It's typical of matches between us. I thought we were a bit sloppy and didn't shoot very well. However, offence was not too much of a problem, especially when Canada runs a zone, which means you are going to miss a lot. Our five-man defence was not good in the first half as they shot 5/6 by halftime. We were better in the second - it was the difference of the halves."

Pat OATEN (CAN) - Head Coach

On the quality of the game:

"Our goal was to keep everyone to under 18 minutes a game and the goalies split the halves. I was happy with the game but there were some mistakes that cost us goals on offence. It was a good first game."

Katrina MONTON (CAN) - Player

On how Canada played:

"We were disciplined and stuck to the game plan, We stayed calm and played our game. We need to work on some things for the rest of the tournament but it was great for our first game. I hope we improve with every game."

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Monday, August 9

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Quarters: 3-1, 3-2, 3-6, 4-6

Referees: Mark MARETZKI (USA), Alexi KRAPIVIN (RUS)

Extra Man: GRE: 4/11 and 0/1 on penalty. CAN: 6/12 and 1/1 on penalty

Teams:

GREECE: Maria TSOURI, Christina TSOUKALA (3), Konstantina KOUTELI, Ilektra PSOUNI, Kyriaki LIOSI (C), Alkisti AVRAMIDOU (2), Alexandra ASIMAKI (3), Antigoni ROUMPESI (4), Angeliki GEROLYMOU, Triantafylia MANOLIOUDAKI, Stavroula ANTONAKOU (1), ANTONIA SOLANAKI, Eleni KOUVDOU. Head Coach: Georgios MORFESIS.

CANADA: Rachel RIDDELL, Krystina ALOGBO (C, 4), Katrina MONTON, Emily CSIKOS (4), Sophie BARON-LASALLE. Whitney GENOWAY, Rosanna TOMIUK, Dominique PERRAULT (1), Monika EGGENS (3), Christine ROBINSON (1), Tara CAMPBELL (1), Marina RADU (1), Marissa JANSSENS. Head Coach: Pat OATEN.

FLASH QUOTES:

Pat OATEN (CAN) — Head Coach

On the first half, which saw Greece leading 6-3:

“It was practically a warm up for us, since we could not get into the game.”

On Canada's second-half comeback, and eventual 15-13 victory:

“We did not make big changes [during the first half], only a few tactical changes in defence. We started to play our game, instead of playing Greece’s. We changed the pace of the game.”

On who was the key player for Canada:

“Definitely number 9, [Monika] Eggens.”

Georgios MORFESIS (GRE) — Head Coach

On the final quarter of the match:

"When the scores were high, we were not playing well enough or competing"

On Canada's comeback in the last quarter:

"The last quarter was shocking. We only had offence, and terrible defence."

Christina TSOUKALA (GRE) — Goal shooter

On Greece's capitulation in the final quarter:

"We were on a high when leading the scores, but after we went two or three goals down it was difficult to bounce back."

On improvements needed for the next match:

"To improve, we will play our own game, stay with our plan and don't attack too fast."

Antigoni ROUMPESI (GRE) — Top goal scorer (4 goals)

On improvements needed for the next match:

"We could have played better than what was on the scoreboard."

Game #6 USAUSA 13 vs Russia RUS 12

Quarters: 4-4, 3-4, 4-3, 2-1

Referees: Stephane ROY (CAN), Nikolaos VASILEIOU (GRE)

Extra Man: USA: 1/6 and 3 from 4 on penalty; RUS: 5/9

Teams:

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Elizabeth ARMSTRONG, Emily FEHER, Anne BELDEN, Kiley NEUSHUL (1), Brenda VILLA (C), Margaret STEFFENS, Juliet MOSS (1), Courtney MATHEWSON (1), Lauren SILVER (1), Elsie WINDES (1), Kelly RULON (1), Annika DRIES (2), Kameryn CRAIG (4), Melissa SEIDEMANN (1). Head Coach: Adam KRIKORIAN

RUSSIA: Evgeniya PROTSENKO, Nadezda GLYZINA, Ekaterina PROKOFYEVA (1), Sofya KONUKH (C, 6), Evgeniya PUSTYINNIKOVA (3), Natalia RYZHOVA-ALENICHEVA, Ekaterina TANKEEVA, Evgenia SOBOLEVA, Anna TIMOFEEVA, Olga BELYAEVA (1), Evgeniya IVANOVA, Yulia GAUFLER (1), Maria KOVTUNOVSKAYA. Head Coach: Alexandr KABANOV.                 

MATCH REPORT:
By Marcus Megalokonomos, Infostrada Sports

Team USA tested Russia in a one-point thriller in the Auspole-Longmont 10th Anniversary six-nation women's water polo tournament at Sydney Aquatic Centre today, beating the European champion 13-12.

The USA scored three penalty goals out of four, but only managed to convert one chance out of six when it had the extra-player advantage.

Russia, however, found the back of the net on five out of nine occasions when it had an extra player. But the USA's centre forwards were too strong, with Kameryn Craig bagging four goals.
USA captain Brenda Villa, who has been a key player for the team since the dramatic gold-medal match at the 2000 Olympics, said that next week's World Cup opener against Russia will be even more of a spectacle compared to this morning's match.

“Today we tried some different things with a different style, with the aim of experimenting and winning. But next week’s opener will be a thriller,” she said.

In the opening quarter the scores were tied at 4-4, followed by a similarly close second quarter, which ended 8-7 in Russia's favour.

The third quarter was also tightly fought, before star forward Craig netted the winner in the fourth with just over two minutes to play.

After her team's loss, Russian captain Sofya Konukh, who went to college in the USA, said there is always room for improvement in her team's play. 

“Studying in America for a few years and seeing their style of water polo really complemented me as a player, so it’s exciting to play them and know a bit about their style," she said. 
Russian coach Alexandr Kabanov was disappointed his team didn't manage a victory — notably the amount of ejections in the match.

“It was a game of ups and downs but it was very close,” he said.
USA coach Adam Krikorian was relieved with the win, but not overly thrilled.
“Last night’s match against Canada was another one-point game, so both games we have won but not comfortably.”

He said that next week’s World Cup will be a tough one, with the USA drawn against both the European champion Russia and current FINA World Cup champion Australia. 
“Our group has both these teams, which makes it a very tough group to qualify to the finals.”

FLASH QUOTES:


Brenda VILLA (USA) — Captain

On Russia's performance:

"We should have stopped Sofya [Konukh]. She scored six goals. These games against Russia always have high scores, but we worked well defensively."

On USA's performance in the tournament serving as preparation for the FINA World Cup in New Zealand next week, where both Russia and USA are in group B:

"It will be different [in New Zealand], because here they were trying different things. It will be a whole different game in New Zealand."


Adam KRIKORIAN (USA) — Head Coach

On USA's performance:

"It was similar to yesterday [USA beat Canada 10-9]. We were definitely not good in the first half, but we adjusted. Our centre Kameryn Craig [four goals] was great."

On the World Cup in New Zealand next week, where both Russia and USA are in group B:

"It will be more difficult than the (recent FINA Worls League) Super Finals. [Group B] will be a tough group with Australia and Russia."

Alexandr KABANOV (RUS) — Head Coach 

On the key moments in the match:

“The game was a very slow-motion game. There were no key moments.”
On where Russia went wrong tactically:

“The team played great. What went wrong is that we lost.”
On what Russia hopes to do differently in the next game:

“We will play tactically the same way, but we will win next time.”

Sofya KONUKH (RUS) — Captain

On Russia's performance in the match:

“We were disappointed with the loss but it was a good introduction to our opening rematch in [next week's] World Cup.”

Game #7 Canada CAN 5 vs  RUS RUS 9

Quarters: 1-4, 2-1, 1-2, 1-2

Referees: Andrew CARNEY (AUS), Nikolaos VASILEIOU (GRE)

Extra Man: CAN: 1/8 and 3 from 3 penalty attempts; RUS: 2/10

Teams:

CANADA: Rachel RIDDELL, Krystina ALOGBO (C), Katrina MONTON, Emily CSIKOS (2), Sophie BARON-LASALLE. Whitney GENOWAY, Rosanna TOMIUK, Dominique PERRAULT (1), Monika EGGENS, Christine ROBINSON (1), Tara CAMPBELL, Marina RADU (1), Marissa JANSSENS. Head Coach: Pat OATEN.

RUSSIA: Evgeniya PROTSENKO, Nadezda GLYZINA, Ekaterina PROKOFYEVA (1), Sofya KONUKH (C, 3), Evgeniya PUSTYINNIKOVA, Natalia RYZHOVA-ALENICHEVA, Ekaterina TANKEEVA, Evgenia SOBOLEVA (1), Anna TIMOFEEVA, Olga BELYAEVA (2), Evgeniya IVANOVA (2), Yulia GAUFLER, Maria KOVTUNOVSKAYA. Head Coach: Alexandr KABANOV.                 

MATCH REPORT:

By Keiron Costello, Infostrada Sports
European champion Russia has won a low-scoring encounter over Canada, prevailing 9-5 in a game dominated by tight defence at the Auspole-Longmont 10th Anniversary women's water polo tournament at Sydney Olympic Park.

The Russians set the pace in the first quarter with three goals from captain Sofya Konukh to give them a 4-1 lead at the first change.

Led by Konukh, Russia's counter-attack was impressive throughout the match and frequently created problems for Canada's defence.

The Canadians, ranked number two in the world, tightened their defence after the first quarter but struggled to create scoring opportunities throughout the match.

The Russian defence proved impenetrable at times, with Canadian captain Krystina Alogbo held goalless after receiving heavy attention whenever she went near the ball.

The Canadians only managed to score two goals from the field throughout the match, with their other three a result of penalty shots.

own 5-3 at halftime, the Canadian team rallied to score five minutes into the third quarter and get within a goal of the Russian team.

However, the European champion soon reasserted its dominance, going into the final change with a 7-4 lead. The lead could've been greater if it wasn't for several quality saves from Canadiangoalkeeper Rachel Riddell.

The final quarter saw the Russian defence continue to frustrate Canada's attack, which managed its only goal of the quarter after the Russian captain was excluded for a foul.

Converting the advantage of an extra player in attack was something both teams struggled with throughout the match, with Russia converting twice from 10 and Canada scoring just once from eight.

Russia's Olga Belyaeva scored late in the match to seal her team's four-goal victory.

Canadian coach Pat Oaten said his players were suffering from fatigue after a tough morning match against Greece, but he took nothing away from Russia's impressive defence.

"We just stopped shooting from the outside towards the end," he said.

Oaten was happy with his team's performance, however, particularly as preparation for the World Cup in New Zealand next week.

"Our objective is the World Cup and I'm happy with our preparation," he said. "The teams are so closely matched that if you're not mentally prepared then you could be in big trouble. Anyone can win."

Russian captain Konukh was happy with her side's performance throughout the day.
"Having won two games today, we're feeling more optimistic," she said.

According to team doctor Maxim Shavtaylov, the Russian team could be without Evgeniya Pustyinnikova for tomorrow's matches, after she suffered a poke in her left eye late in the match.

FLASH QUOTES:

Rachel RIDDELL (CAN) - Goalkeeper
On Russia's domination in the early stages of the match:

"We should have come out stronger in the opening period. That's where we really began to slip in the match. We need to come out harder and stronger."

On how this match will affect Canada's preparation for future matches:

"We're not going to change the training regime that we have at the moment. But now at least we know what we are up against."

Sofya KONUKH (RUS) - Captain
On her team's winning performance against Canada:

"It was important that we maintain a lead throughout the game to ensure we win in the end".

On Russia's preparation at the tournament for the World Cup in New Zealand:

"This is a great tournament to get experience for the World Cup. It is essential for our players to be prepared and to be confident in their skills."

Krystina ALOGBO (CAN) - Captain

On her team's loss against Russia:

"We came out fighting today but we were a little tired. We should have put away the opportunities that we got and they have more speed in their game.

On her team's fighting spirit:

"We are a team that always fights back a lot, we never stop no matter what the score is. For us it's about keeping our heads up.''

On why the game slipped away from Canada:

"Obviously, coming back into the game boosted our confidence a lot but it was kind of hard how one referee was refereeing the game and the other one wasn't. We had to adapt as they weren't on the same page. it was hard how the referees switched in the third quarter, that messed us up a lot.''

On their next match against Australia:

"We will be well rested as it's going to be our last game so it's nice to have a rest. We are looking forward to it.

Game #8NSWISNSWIS 11 vs  GREGRE 17

Quarters: 2-4, 4-4, 3-6, 2-3

Referees: Nick HODGERS (AUS), Mark MARETZKI (USA)

Extra Man: NSWIS: 2/8 1/1 penalty goal; GRE: 4/7 and 4/4 penalty goals

Teams:

NEW SOUTH WALES INSTITUTE OF SPORT: Danielle BOWER, Lea BARTA Holly LINCOLN-SMITH (2), Isobel BISHOP (1), Patrice O'NEILL (2), Maddison SCHMID, Keesja GOFERS (2), Sarah GRUNBERGER (1), Kayle LEATHEM, Danielle WHITE, Hannah BUCKLING (3), Devon BOYLE, Emily SCOTT, Georgia CLARKE. Head Coach: Ryan MOAR.

GREECE: Maria TSOURI, Christina TSOUKALA, Konstantina KOUTELI, Ilektra PSOUNI, Kyriaki LIOSI (C, 1), Alkisti AVRAMIDOU (2), Alexandra ASIMAKI (4), Antigoni ROUMPESI (1), Angeliki GEROLYMOU (4), Triantafylia MANOLIOUDAKI (2), Stavroula ANTONAKOU (1), ANTONIA SOLANAKI (2), Eleni KOUVDOU. Head Coach: Georgios MORFESIS.

MATCH REPORT:

Stephen Merlino, Infostrada Sports
Due to China's late arrival at the Auspole-Longmont 10th Anniversary women's water polo tournament, the New South Wales Institute of Sport [NSWIS] team gained the opportunity to play against experienced international veterans when it took on Greece this evening.  

The young NSWIS team can hold its head high despite going down 17-11 to the Greeks in a tense, fast-paced match.

NSWIS claimed first possession and right from the beginning, lightning-quick passes and sudden changes in possession set the tempo of an exciting game.

Greece's Antigoni Roumpesi scored the opener with a strong shot that overwhelmed NSWIS keeper Danielle Bower. Just over a minute later Alexandera Asimaki doubled Greece's lead.
NSWIS's goal drought was soon broken by Hannah Buckling, who took advantage of a Greek exclusion to find the back of the net.

Greece scored a third goal through Antonia Solanaki before Isobel Bishop pulled one back for NSWIS, only to see Alkisti Avramidou net another to close the opening period at 4-2 in Greece's favour.

Both teams netted four goals apiece in the second period, before the young NSWIS charges began to tire in the face of their more experienced opponents.

Indeed, NSWIS captain Danielle Bower pointed out that her team's oldest player is the same age as Greece's youngest, so it came as little surprise to see the Institute players end the third period 14-9 down.

Despite the tired legs of the young NSWIS charges, the fourth period was just as fast as the first with both teams scoring two points before Angeliki Gerolymou sealed a 17-11 victory for theGreeks.

NSWIS centre forward Holly Lincoln-Smith, who scored a brace in the match, marvelled at how well the girls performed in front of such experienced opposition.

"I'm so proud of them, they played so well," she said.

"This is the first time some of these girls have faced international competitors. The team was thrown together just two days ago, and look how much we have achieved."

FLASH QUOTES:

Georgios MORFESIS (GRE) - Head Coach

On his team's victory over NSWIS:

"This was a difficult game, this Australian institute team is very strong, they want to prove and have a place in the national team. They have a lot of energy and speed, it was difficult for us to understand the way they play."

On the final score of 17-11:

"For us the [final] result is not important, our goal is to improve game by game."

On his team's participation at the tournament and preparation for next week's World Cup:

"We are here for a practice [tournament], to play some good teams and see what level we are at and what we have to improve."

Game #10 USA USA 9 vs AUS AUS 10

Quarters: 3-1, 2-2, 2-4, 2-3

Referees: Stephane ROY (CAN), Alexi KRAPIVIN (RUS)

Extra Man: USA: 2/11. AUS: 2/10

Teams:

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Elizabeth ARMSTRONG, Emily FEHER, Anne BELDEN (2), Kiley NEUSHUL (1), Brenda VILLA (C), Margaret STEFFENS (1), Juliet MOSS, Courtney MATHEWSON (1), Lauren SILVER (3), Elsie WINDES, Kelly RULON, Annika DRIES, Kameryn CRAIG (1), Melissa SEIDEMANN. Head Coach: Adam KRIKORIAN.

AUSTRALIA: Victoria BROWN, Gemma BEADSWORTH (1), Sophie SMITH, Alicia BRIGHTWELL, Jane MORAN, Bronwen KNOX (C, 3), Rowena WEBSTER (2), Glencora RALPH (1), Zoe ARANCINI, Jemma DESSAUVAGIE, Melissa RIPPON, Nicola ZAGAME, Ashleigh SOUTHERN (3), Kelsey WAKEFIELD. Head Coach: Greg McFADDEN

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Tuesday, August 10

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Game #11 USA USA 10 vs China CHN 10

Quarters: 3-4, 4-2, 2-3, 1-1

Referees: Nick HODGERS (AUS), Nikolaos VASILEIOU (GRE)

Extra Man: USA:  ¾ plus 1/1 on penalty; CHN: 0/11 plus 1/1 on penalty

TEAMS:

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Elizabeth ARMSTRONG, Emily FEHER, Anne BELDEN (3), Kiley NEUSHUL, Brenda VILLA (C), Margaret STEFFENS (1), Juliet MOSS, Courtney MATHEWSON, Lauren SILVER, Elsie WINDES, Kelly RULON (2), Annika DRIES (1), Kameryn CRAIG (2), Melissa SEIDEMANN (1). Head Coach: Adam KRIKORIAN.

CHINA: YANG Jun, TENG Fei (2), LIU Ping (1), SUN Yujun, HE Jin, SUN Yating, SONG Donglun (1), GAO Ao (1), WANG Yi (1), MA Huanhuan (2), SUN Huizi, ZHANG Lei (2), CHEN Yuan. Head Coach: Juan JANE GIRALT.

MATCH REPORT:


By Keiron Costello and Christina Zhou, Infostrada Sports
China and the USA played out an exciting 10-10 draw in a seesawing match on day three of the Auspole-Longmont 10th Anniversary six-nation women's water polo tournament.

Despite conceding the first goal, the newly arrived Chinese team showed few signs of jet-lag to dominate the Americans for most of the first quarter.

The enterprising attack and smart shooting of the Chinese saw them score four early goals, while their well-drilled defence frustrated the USA attack.

A late goal to American Margaret Steffens meant China only had a slim 4-3 lead to show for its early dominance.

The USA came out a changed team in the second quarter - a much-improved attacking effort saw it score the first four goals of the quarter and take a commanding 7-4 lead.

However, the Chinese rallied late in the half with two goals inside a minute to Zhang Lei, who did an excellent lob under heavy pressure.

Despite going into halftime down 7-6, China dominated the early exchanges of the second half, scoring the first three goals, including a double to Teng Fei.
The American defence found itself under serious pressure throughout the quarter as it suffered five exclusions.

Yet its defence held strong and China was left ruing its inability to convert its extra-player advantages as the Americans scored two late goals to even the score line heading into the final quarter.

The fourth quarter began with Ma Huanhuan putting China in the lead from a penalty shot.
China had opportunities to increase the lead from four USA exclusions throughout the quarter, but again the USA defence was impressive as it shut down several Chinese opportunities.

With a little more than a minute left in the game, American Anne Belden found the back of the net for the third time in the match to level the scores.

Despite a late Chinese shot rebounding off the crossbar, neither team was able to break the stalemate in the last minute as the match ended in a draw.

USA head coach Adam Krikorian was unhappy with his team's performance in the lead up to the World Cup in New Zealand next week.

"Mentally, I don't think we were as ready as we could be. I take responsibility for this, but we'll be much better next week," he said.

"We'll have to play a lot better to be successful in Christchurch."
Krikorian singled out hat-trick scorer Anne Belden as the star performer for the USA team.
"She's had a great tour and played well tonight," he said. "She was probably the one bright star for us."

Chinese coach Juan Jane Giralt was happy with the effort of his players considering they arrived in Australia just six hours before the game today.

"It's not an easy situation for them," he said. "Sometimes the players were sleeping in the water."
Sun Huizi, the Chinese captain, was left ruing missed chances as China failed to convert any of its 11 extra-player advantages.

"After the jet lag, we were all a bit tired," she said. "As a result, we didn't get all our tactics right." 

Game #12 Greece GRE 4 vs RUS RUS 6

Quarters: 0-1, 0-1, 1-1, 3-3

Referees: Stephane ROY (CAN), Andrew CARNEY (CAN)

Extra Man:  RUS:  1/9 GRE: 2/10 plus 0/1 on penalty

TEAMS:

RUSSIA: Evgeniya PROTSENKO, Nadezda GLYZINA, Ekaterina PROKOFYEVA (2), Sofya KONUKH (C, 1), Evgeniya PUSTYINNIKOVA, Natalia RYZHOVA-ALENICHEVA, Ekaterina TANKEEVA (2), Evgenia SOBOLEVA, Anna TIMOFEEVA, Olga BELYAEVA, Evgeniya IVANOVA (1), Yulia GAUFLER, Maria KOVTUNOVSKAYA. Head Coach: Alexandr KABANOV.

GREECE: Maria TSOURI, Christina TSOUKALA, Konstantina KOUTELI, Ilektra PSOUNI, Kyriaki LIOSI (C, 1), Alkisti AVRAMIDOU, Alexandra ASIMAKI (2), Antigoni ROUMPESI, Angeliki GEROLYMOU), Triantafylia MANOLIOUDAKI, Stavroula ANTONAKOU, ANTONIA SOLANAKI, Eleni KOUVDOU. Head Coach: Georgios MORFESIS.

MATCH REPORT:

Alex Glumac and Bella Papadopoulou Dobrowlska, Infostrada Sports
In a match that started off as a low-scoring battle of attrition, Russia eventually defeated Greece 6-4 on the second day of the Auspole Longmont 10th Anniversary women's water polo tournament at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre in Homebush today.

The encounter was dominated by defence from either side, as both Russia and Greece failed to capitalise on a number of opportunities, particularly with the six-on-five plays.

Greece, which was trailing 3-1 at halftime, fought to the end and managed to net three extra goals. This might have posed a danger to the Russians, but not according to coach Alexandr Kabanov.

‘'I didn't notice much of a difference between the first and the second half", he said.

‘'Our only motive is to win and we do not measure a win by how many goals we score. Quite simply, a win is a win and Greece is a tough opponent. So in the end, we are glad that we emerged victorious."

The initial slow pace of the game sped up in the second half, as Greece took more of an advantage within the five-metre range, managing to score some powerful goals through forward Alexandra Asimaki, who netted in both the third and fourth periods.

Greece persisted into the final quarter, scoring much-needed goals thanks to Angeliki Gerolymou and Kyriaki Liosi. But Russia's captain, Sofya Konukh, who failed to convert five of her earlier attempts, redeemed herself through a successful play that gave her side a narrow 5-4 lead.

In the end, Ekaterina Tankeeva put the icing on the cake for Russia as she nudged the scored to its final standing of 6-4. The win earned a little revenge for Russia, who lost to Greece in the FINA World League Super Finals bronze-medal match last month.

FLASH QUOTES:

Georgios MORFESIS (GRE) — Head Coach

On his team's performance:

"I'm happy with it, but we allowed a lot of easy goals. We'll tackle that in 10 days in New Zealand."

On his team's defence:

"Well this is our fourth game, and in our three others we've had very bad defence. In this game it was very good, especially when we were a woman down."
On the rest of the tournament:

"I hope we can recover from jet lag, it's noon in Greece at the moment. I'm looking forward to the next game."

Sofya KONUKH (RUS) — Captain

On the match:

"We're still recovering from yesterday. I think our defence was pretty good today."

Alexandr KABANOV (RUS) — Head Coach

On the result:

"A win is a win."  

Alexandra ASIMAKI (GRE) — Centre Forward

On Greece's performance and where it needs to improve:

"Given the circumstances (long trip and jetlag) the game was good. We were not as focused as we should have been and we need to improve our defence for the upcoming games."

Georgios MORFESIS (GRE) — Head Coach
On the World Cup in New Zealand next week:
"I think that we will be in between second and fourth place in the FINA World Cup in Christchurch."

Game #13 AUS AUS 10 vsCanada CAN 10

Quarters: 2-3, 3-3, 2-1, 3-3

Referees: Alexei KRAPIVIN (RUS), Mark MARETZKI (USA)

Extra Man: CAN: 1/12 plus 1/1 on penalty; AUS: 5/10 plus ½ on penalty

TEAMS:

CANADA:Rachel RIDDELL, Krystina ALOGBO (C, 4), Katrina MONTON (1), Emily CSIKOS (1), Sophie BARON-LASALLE. Whitney GENOWAY (1), Rosanna TOMIUK, Dominique PERRAULT, Monika EGGENS, Christine ROBINSON (1), Tara CAMPBELL (2), Marina RADU, Marissa JANSSENS. Head Coach: Pat OATEN.

AUSTRALIA: Victoria BROWN, Gemma BEADSWORTH, Sophie SMITH (2), Alicia BRIGHTWELL, Isobel BISHOP (1), Bronwen KNOX (C, 1), Rowena WEBSTER, Glencora RALPH (1), Zoe ARANCINI (2), Holly LINCOLN-SMITH, Melissa RIPPON, Nicola ZAGAME, Ashleigh SOUTHERN (3), Lea BARTA. Head Coach: Greg McFADDEN

Commentary

A tight match between world number two Canada and host nation Australia ended in a 10-10 draw at the Auspole-Longmont 10th Anniversary women's water polo tournament.

Despite leading by two goals with two minutes remaining in the final quarter, Australia allowed the Canadians to escape with a draw after two enterprising goals from their captain Krystina Alogbo.

Australian assistant coach, Ryan Moar, was disappointed with his side's defence.

"We allowed soft goals from centre forward which is inexcusable," he said.

"We gave away lots of silly exclusions on the perimeter."

The Canadian coach, Pat Oaten, was happy with his team's performance overall but felt there were plenty of areas that both teams could improve on.

"Both teams played well but both had mistakes that cost goals," he said. "Mistakes that shouldn't be made at this level."

Australia's speed in the water during the first quarter caused problems for the Canadian defence as the home team took a 3-2 lead at quarter time. The highlight of the quarter was a length of the field effort from Australian Ashleigh Southern, who took an intercept deep in defence and streaked away to score.

After the first break the Canadian defence tightened up and was able to repel the Australian counter attack. Canada took the lead after Alogbo drew a penalty shot which was converted by Emily Csikos. This lead was short lived however, as a late goal from Ashleigh Southern tied the scores at five-all at halftime.

The tussle between Alogbo and Australian centre back Sophie Smith was a highlight of the match, with Alogbo only able to assert her authority after Smith was excluded from the game in the fourth quarter.

Oaten credited Alogbo's performance in the fourth quarter as the turning point. "Players on the outside opened up for the centre forward and she's a great finisher."
The second half was a see-sawing affair with Australia gaining ascendancy after taking advantage of several Canadian exclusions.

After Glencora Ralph scored on the counter-attack with under three minutes remaining, the Australian team looked like they were home.

However they had not counted on Alogbo's late effort.

Oaten credited some new defensive tactics with giving his team an edge over the Australians.
"We tried different things on defence, things that we haven't tried before and that went well."
Despite his disappointment in the result, Moar was happy with several aspects of his team'sperformance.

"Our counter attack worked early on, and one or two youngsters stepped up, Zoe Arancini and Ashleigh Southern in particular," he said. "But both players still made silly defensive errors."
Moar admitted that the high rotation of players used by the Australian team was made with an eye on the World Cup in New Zealand next week.

"We wanted to give all our players the opportunity to prove themselves. There are still players to cut before the World Cup."

FLASH QUOTES:

Krystina ALOGBO (CAN) — Captain

On the four goals she scored:
"It was a good feeling to net four goals, but it would have been an even better feeling to win."
On Canada's upcoming games at the FINA World Cup in New Zealand next week:
"In order to win the games in New Zealand, we need to improve our offence when we have the six-on-five-man advantage."

Bronwen KNOX (AUS) — Captain

On playing against Canada:

"They're pretty tough competitors and they lost to the USA by one goal in the [2009 FINA World Championship] final. They are very creative, always willing to out-do their opponents."
On Australia's performance in the match:

"Our extra-man defence was phenomenal, and we held on throughout the match. But all in all, it was disappointing to draw."

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Thursday, August 11

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Game #14CHNCHN 11 vs Canada CAN 10

Quarters: 3-4, 2-2, 3-1, 3-3

Referees: Andrew CARNEY (AUS), Alexei KRAPIVIN (RUS)

Extra Man: CHN: 3/8 and 0/1 on penalty; CAN: 2/6 and 2/2 on penalty
TEAMS:

CHINA: YANG Jun, TENG Fei (2), LIU Ping (2), SUN Yujun (1), HE Jin (2), SUN Yating, SONG Donglun (1), GAO Ao, WANG Yi, MA Huanhuan (3), SUN Huizi (C), ZHANG Lei, CHEN Yuan. Head Coach: Juan JANE GIRALT.

CANADA: Rachel RIDDELL, Krystina ALOGBO (C), Katrina MONTON (1), Emily CSIKOS, Sophie BARON-LASALLE. Whitney GENOWAY, Rosanna TOMIUK, Dominique PERRAULT (2), Monika EGGENS (4), Christine ROBINSON (2), Tara CAMPBELL (1), Marina RADU, Marissa JANSSENS. Head Coach: Pat OATEN

MATCH REPORT: By Mohamed Hafidz and Emily Roberts, Infostrada Sports

China continued its recent dominance against world No 2 Canada, winning 11-10 in their final group game at the Auspole Longmont 10th Anniversary, six-nation women's water polo tournament at Sydney Olympic Park today.

China had beaten Canada 7-4 at the FINA World League Super Finals last month, but despite taking the points again in Sydney, today's match was considerably tighter.

China took control of the game in the early stages but Canada overcame a two-goal deficit to lead 4-3 at the end of the first quarter.

China stepped up the pace with a display of quick and accurate passing and managed to draw level with its first attack of the second quarter.

At the break the teams were tied at 6-6 after two back-to-back goals from either side.

Both teams failed to convert their chances in the beginning of the third quarter, as both maintained a stronger, more defensive formation.

He Jin's goal 36 seconds from the end of the period was enough to give China an 8-7 lead going into the final quarter.

The hero of the game, Ma Huanhuan, scored three goals in the last quarter to secure a narrow but well-deserved victory and put China ahead of Canada on goal difference. Canada's standout performer was Monika Eggens, who bagged four goals, including two on penalty.

Canadian coach Pat Oaten feels that his charges played a close and positive game, but was not overly impressed with his team's performance.

"The team did not fulfill the strategies for this game, however, I feel confident going up against

China next week," he said.

Today's win will give China an extra confidence boost when the two teams meet again at next week's FINA World Cup in Christchurch, New Zealand.

FLASH QUOTES:

Monika EGGENS (CAN) - Star shooter

On the result of the match:

"I thought it was a good match. I thought we could have won. We'll have to switch a few things up next game, but we'll come back even stronger. It was a close game, we'll improve."

On China's performance and on Canada set to play China in the same group at the FINA World Cup next week:

"They [China] are a good team too. We can win against them [in the World Cup] and we'll take whatever we can. [At the World Cup] I hope that we can do as well as we did last summer and hopefully we can win a medal."

Juan JANE GIRALT (CHN) — Head Coach

On what his team will have to improve based on today's performance for the World Cup in NewZealand:

"We have to go over our strategy and also be more attentive."

On what he thinks is the key to victory:
"Teamwork is the most important thing, we must work together."

Game #15 USA USA 12 vs Greece GRE 10

Quarters: 2-2, 5-4, 4-3, 1-1

Referees: Nick HODGERS (AUS), Stephane ROY (CAN)

Extra Man: USA: 4/8. GRE 2/4 plus 1/1 on penalty

TEAMS:

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Elizabeth ARMSTRONG, Emily FEHER, Anne BELDEN (2), Kiley NEUSHUL, Brenda VILLA (C, 2), Margaret STEFFENS (2), Juliet MOSS (1), Courtney MATHEWSON (1), Lauren SILVER (1), Elsie WINDES (1), Kelly RULON, Annika DRIES (1), Kameryn CRAIG (1), Melissa SEIDEMANN. Head Coach: Adam KRIKORIAN.

GREECE: Maria TSOURI, Christina TSOUKALA (1), Konstantina KOUTELI (1), Ilektra PSOUNI, Kyriaki LIOSI (C, 2), Alkisti AVRAMIDOU (1), Alexandra ASIMAKI, Antigoni ROUMPESI (1), Angeliki GEROLYMOU (3), Triantafylia MANOLIOUDAKI, Stavroula ANTONAKOU (1), ANTONIA SOLANAKI, Eleni KOUVDOU. Head Coach: Georgios MORFESIS.

By Marcus Megalokonomos, Bella Papadopolou Dobrowolska, Infostrada Sports
USA has qualified for the final of the Auspole-Longmont 10th Anniversary six-nation women's water polo tournament today, thanks to a 12 - 10 victory over Greece.

The Americans are heading the tournament on seven points, but may be relegated to second spot on the ladder pending the result of the final preliminary match between second and third-placed Russia and Australia.

USA head coach, Adam Krikorian, was relieved with the close win, but highlighted several flaws in his team's performance.

"We gave up seven goals from outside the goal, our field blockers didn't give it their all and we lost momentum with a three-goal lead" he said.

Down 7-6 at half-time, Greece conceded three goals as the USA looked like running away with the match, before a fight-back clawed things back to 11-9 going into the final quarter.
A tight fourth quarter saw Greece pull one goal back through Christina Tsoukala to bring them within a point of the Americans, before Tsoukala racked up her third personal fault and was ejected from the match.

Margaret Steffens put things out of reach to secure the win for USA just over four minutes from time.

Bronze medallist with USA at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, Kelly Rulon, said the team experimented with different strategies here in Australia in preparation for the World Cup in New Zealand next week.

"We were happy with our passing game during the six-on-five moments, and being immediately resilient and scoring tired the opposition, which made them weaker when they needed energy the most" she said.  

Greece's physiotherapist, Efthymia Voulgari, said her team was suffering from exhaustion.

"The long trip and the time difference has been hard on the girls, but hopefully we will be in better condition next week in New Zealand".

She said the Greek team has sustained no injuries so far.

Greek head coach, Georgios Morfesis, will need to extract a stronger performance from his team in order to avoid defeat in their final match tomorrow night.

"We nearly scored enough goals to equalize but wasted too many opportunities and gave away possession" he said.

Game #16 AUSAUS 13 vs Russia RUS 6

Quarters: 2-2, 5-4, 4-3, 1-1

Referees: Mark MARETZKI (USA), Nikolaos VASILEIOU (GRE)

Extra Man: RUS: 2/12. AUS: 2/9

TEAMS:

RUSSIA: Evgeniya PROTSENKO, Nadezda GLYZINA (1), Ekaterina PROKOFYEVA, Sofya KONUKH (C, 1), Evgeniya PUSTYINNIKOVA (1), Natalia RYZHOVA-ALENICHEVA, Ekaterina TANKEEVA (1), Evgenia SOBOLEVA, Anna TIMOFEEVA (1), Olga BELYAEVA, Evgeniya IVANOVA, Yulia GAUFLER (1), Maria KOVTUNOVSKAYA. Head Coach: Alexandr KABANOV.                 

AUSTRALIA: Victoria BROWN, Holly LINCOLN-SMITH (2), Sophie SMITH (2), Alicia BRIGHTWELL, Jane MORAN (2), Bronwen KNOX (C, 3), Rowena WEBSTER (2), Kate Isobel BISHOP, Zoe ARANCINI (1), Jemma DESSAUVAGIE, Melissa RIPPON (1), Nicola ZAGAME, Ashleigh SOUTHERN, Kelsey WAKEFIELD. Head Coach: Greg McFADDEN.

MATCH REPORT:

By Vanja Vukojevic and Emily Roberts, Infostrada Sports

Australia will take on their old rivals, USA, in the final of the Auspole-Longmont 10th Anniversary six-nation women's water polo tournament, after a convincing 13-6 win over Russia tonight.

Tomorrow's final will be a fitting end to the tournament as it will be a repeat of the famous gold-medal match at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, where Australia pipped the USA to the post by a single goal with just 1.3 seconds to spare.

Indeed, the tournament itself is a commemoration of that fateful inaugural women's water polo Olympic gold medal match.

In the match against Russia tonight, the Aussies were forced into a defensive first quarter with Russia struggling to get past Australia's in-form goal keeper Victoria Brown.

Starting the second quarter at 2-2, Australian captain Bronwen Knox's early goal from the half way line broke the deadlock, before Russia went ahead 4-3 thanks to a goal from Yulia Gaufler.

From then on, however, it was all Australia. With a 7-4 half-time lead, the Aussies went on to dominate a visibly tired Russian team, netting four unanswered goals before streaking to an ultimate 13-6 victory.

Aussie captain Knox top scored with three goals, while Holly Lincoln-Smith, Sophie Smith, Jane Moran and Rowena Webster all bagged a brace.   

Russia's coach, Alexandr Kabanov, said there was not much comment to be made about the result.

"It was a long trip for us to get here, and the team is very tired," he said.

Knox said it was a "do or die game," and is looking forward to a rematch with old rivals USA.

"Tomorrow will be good going up against them, as we know a lot about them. The rivalry brings excitement to the game," she said.

Australia and the USA will fight for the gold medal tomorrow night at 7.30pm.


FLASH QUOTES:

Greg McFADDEN (AUS) - Head Coach

On the team's strategy:

"We knew it would be a hard game and the winner will go through to the final. The girls were disappointed to give away a two-goal lead in their last match and they responded well to the challenge that was presented to them."

On the key moment of the game:

"In the second quarter we did really well. We had the extra man in defence and pushed hard with our counter attacks. We had a good lead at halftime and that was pretty crucial in our win today."
On the advantage they will have against Russia in the World Cup:

"The girls will be pretty confident when they play Russia. We are not showing everything and Russia will know they have to turn around the results if they want to win in the World Cup."

Ryan MOAR (AUS) -  Assistant Coach

On the team's overall performance:

"We challenged the girls to come out firing to secure a place in the final and to have the opportunity to beat USA."

On the standout player for Australia:

"I reckon Casey Wakfield played oustandingly in defence, and our captain Bronwen Knox did what she does best by being extremely prepared."

On tomorrow's final against USA:

"If we play and prepare the same way we did in tonight's bashing, we will be hard to beat."
Ekaterina TANKEEVA (RUS) -

On why she did not perform as well in this game as she did in the preceding matches:

"I was very tired today. I don't know why in particular but I think that it is because I have done so much swimming these last couple of days."

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Friday, August 12

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Game #17 CAN CAN 7 vs GRE GRE 10 (5th Place Game)

Quarters: 2-2, 2-4, 1-3, 2-1

Referees: Andrew CARNEY (AUS), Mark MARETZKI (USA)

Extra Man: CAN: 3/8. GRE: 2/9 plus ½ on penalty

TEAMS:

CANADA: Rachel RIDDELL, Krystina ALOGBO (C, 1), Katrina MONTON, Emily CSIKOS, Sophie BARON-LASALLE. Whitney GENOWAY, Rosanna TOMIUK, Dominique PERRAULT, Monika EGGENS (4), Christine ROBINSON (1), Joelle BEKHAZI (1), Marina RADU, Marissa JANSSENS. Head Coach: Pat OATEN.

GREECE: Maria TSOURI, Christina TSOUKALA (2), Konstantina KOUTELI (1), Ilektra PSOUNI, Kyriaki LIOSI (C, 1), Alkisti AVRAMIDOU (1), Alexandra ASIMAKI (4), Antigoni ROUMPESI, Angeliki GEROLYMOU, Triantafylia MANOLIOUDAKI, Stavroula ANTONAKOU (1), ANTONIA SOLANAKI, Eleni KOUVDOU. Head Coach: Georgios MORFESIS.

MATCH REPORT:

By Mohamed Hafidz and Marcus Megalokonomos, Infostrada Sports

Canada finished the Auspole-Longmont 10th Anniversary six-nation women's water polo tournament with the wooden spoon after their 10-6 loss to Greece at the Sydney Olympic Park.

Canada had the upper hand coming into this game after its 15-13 win over Greece in the preliminary rounds. However, its finishing in front of goal cost it the game today.
Greek Head Coach Giorgios Morfesis was proud of his team's last-game surge. He says Greece will head into its competitive group for the World Cup with confidence from the win.

"We improved defensively and will take it one game at a time with a positive attitude."

At the end of the first quarter, Canada and Greece was level at 2-2. Both teams had a good start to the match, converting two out of two chances but they were not able to find the net to extend the lead.

Greece was unfortunate not to extend the lead when Canada's goalkeeper, Marissa Janssens, flexed her superiority with two impressive saves, one off a penalty and the other from a close-range effort.

Greece went into halftime with a comfortable 6-4 lead.

Having led Canada 6-3 at halftime in the preliminary round on Monday, Greece came out firing in the second half not wanting to repeat the same mistakes it made when losing that match. Greece streaked ahead in the third quarter 9-5 with a reduced number of exclusions.

Alexandra Asimaki's two goals in the second half brought her tally to four in the game, and put her on top of Greece's goal-scorer list with 15 goals at the tournament, while Canada continued to be wasteful with its chances.

Giorgos said Asimaki was the standout player in the match, but solo performances are not what matters most. "We will improve our passing game offensively so Asimaki is not so predictable," he said.

With four minutes to go, Canadian captain Krystina Alogbo scored off a quick counter-attack to spark a chance of a comeback.

However, Greece kept up its strong defensive performance, recording a second and most crucial win in the competition, preventing Canada's top scorer, Emily Csikos, from adding to her tally of 10 goals.

Canadian coach Pat Oaten was not too impressed with his charges but managed to draw a few positives from the game.

"We did well in our power play and Monika Eggens had a really good game in front of goal."
Greece and Canada are in the same group at the World Cup that will be held in Christchurch, New Zealand, next week

FLASH QUOTES:

Monika EGGENS (CAN) - Centre Forward

On her team's performance against Greece:

"We did well against them, we obviously have things to improve on but I think we are matched up perfectly against them. It's now just a case of going back to the drawing board and working out what things we need to change."

On her own form leading into the World Cup:
"I am really happy with it. Things are going well, I just think I need to come up with a few more ideas to put into the game."

On playing Greece again in the group stage of the World Cup:
"We need to pick up the intensity, and come up with some more solutions. Once we do that, we will be set to go."

Krystina ALOGBO (CAN) - Captain

On the match against Greece:

'It wasn't a fair match, [water polo] is a game of aggression, we kept losing position as the referees kept calling fouls. We also had a weight disadvantage."

On the coach's advice at halftime:
"Shoot more and more movement, and hold positions."

Georgios MORFESIS (GRE) - Head Coach

On Greece's overall performance at the tournament:

"We aren't happy conceding around 30 goals in two games, we'll take it game by game to improve."

On Greece's top goal-scorer at the tournament, Alexandra ASIMAKI:

"Asimaki was outstanding, but it's not about a solo performance."

Alexandra ASIMAKI (GRE) - Top scorer (15 goals)

"We're proud with our final effort, but a lot of improvement is needed before next week."

Maria TSOURI (GRE) - Goalkeeper

On winning the fifth-place game against Canada:

"We are very happy with the win but not with fifth place. We are better than fifth place but the first game we did not start very good so we had to settle for playing for fifth place."

On the upcoming World Cup in New Zealand:

"I think we started to play better and now we are ready for New Zealand and I am sure we won't lose as easily as we did here. The games are always very difficult but we can win them."

Game #18 RUSRUS 16 vs CHN CHN 11 (Bronze Medal Game)

Quarters: 3-2, 4-4, 6-4, 3-1

Referees: Stephane ROY (CAN), Nick HODGERS (AUS)

Extra Man: RUS: 3/5 plus 1/1 on penalty; CHN: 3/12

TEAMS:

RUSSIA: Evgeniya PROTSENKO, Nadezda GLYZINA (3), Ekaterina PROKOFYEVA (2), Sofya KONUKH (C, 2), Evgeniya PUSTYINNIKOVA, Natalia RYZHOVA-ALENICHEVA (1), Ekaterina TANKEEVA (1), Evgenia SOBOLEVA (2), Anna TIMOFEEVA, Olga BELYAEVA (1), Evgeniya IVANOVA (3), Yulia GAUFLER (1), Maria KOVTUNOVSKAYA. Head Coach: Alexandr KABANOV.                 

CHINA: YANG Jun, TENG Fei, LIU Ping (1), SUN Yujun (3), HE Jin, SUN Yating (1), SONG Donglun, GAO Ao (3), WANG Yi, MA Huanhuan (2), SUN Huizi (C, 1), ZHANG Lei, CHEN Yuan. Head Coach: Juan JANE GIRALT.

MATCH REPORT:

By Jeffrey Fang and Mohamed Hafidz, Infostrada Sports

Russia secured the bronze medal at the Auspole Longmont 10th Anniversary six-nation women's water polo tournament after a comfortable 16-11 victory over China at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre tonight.

China pushed Russia through the first three quarters, but ultimately had difficulty coping with Russia's aggressive style of play, especially down the flank, as the European champion ran away with the game in the final quarter.

Russian head coach  Alexandr Kabanov was happy to end the tournament on a winning note but said his team must improve for next week's World Cup.
"After a good night's sleep we came out, scored many goals, and denied their goal scorers," he said.

In the first quarter China came out aggressively with the opening goal scored by Gao, before an immediate reply from Russia's Ivanova. This goal-for-goal contest would continue until the final quarter of the game.

Russia drew first blood in the second half with a quick goal to give it a two-goal 8-6 buffer.

Then, with the scores at 10-8, China coach Jane surprised the crowd as he switched outfield player Sun Huizi with regular goalkeeper Yang, who was not having a good match.

"I am normally very happy with the goalkeeper but today she did not play well," Jane said afterwards.

The goalkeeper switch was a move that paid off as China netted twice to tie the score at 10-10.
Konukh scored Russia's 11th goal to give it the lead, while her second and Russia's 12th - off a penalty - was enough to put her back on top of the goal scorer list with 16 goals in the tournament.

"I did not set a target before the tournament, but this pool brings back memories of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and that probably helped me score the goals," Konukh said.

From then on, both China's offence and defence appeared to be misfiring as Russia scored three straight goals for its biggest lead of the game at the end of the third quarter.

China had opportunities to score, but by the fourth quarter, Russia's many offensive turnovers had exhausted the Chinese momentum, which failed to find the net at all in the final period.

Russia will take on USA and Australia in the group stage of next week's World Cup, while China is drawn with Greece and Canada.

FLASH QUOTES:

Sofya KONOUKH (RUS) - Captain

On what went right in today's game:
"We were pretty good in defence. Our coach explained to us the mistakes we made in yesterday's match (against Australia) and we did not make the same mistakes again today."

On her achievement of scoring 16 goals in the competition:

"I did not set a target before the tournamant but this pool brings back memories of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and that probably helped me score the goals."

Alexandr KABANOV (RUS) - Head Coach

On the overall performance of the match:

"After a good night's sleep we came out, scored many goals, and denied their goal scorers"
On the overall performance of Russia in the tournament:

"We are happy to end on a winning note but must improve third place to show we are good competition."

Pan Shenguan (CHI)- Assistant Coach

On the loss in the final match:

"We are disappointed with our position in the tournament, but we will slowly improve one game at a time."

Juan JANE GIRALT (CHI) - Head Coach

On why he swapped goalkeeper Yang Jun with outfield player Sun Huizi:

"I am normally very happy with the goalkeeper but today she did not play well. It's a big problem when the goalkeeper does not play well."

Game #19 USA USA 8 vs AUS AUS 10 (Gold Medal Game)

Quarters: 3-2, 3-2, 2-4, 0-2

Referees: Alexei KRAPIVIN (RUS), Nikolaos VAILEIOU (GRE)

Extra Man: USA 1/8 plus 1/1 on penalty; AUS 2/9 plus 1/1 on penalty

TEAMS:

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Elizabeth ARMSTRONG, Emily FEHER, Anne BELDEN (1), Kiley NEUSHUL, Brenda VILLA (C, 2), Margaret STEFFENS (1), Juliet MOSS, Courtney MATHEWSON, Lauren SILVER (3), Elsie WINDES, Kelly RULON (1), Annika DRIES, Kameryn CRAIG, Melissa SEIDEMANN. Head Coach: Adam KRIKORIAN.

AUSTRALIA: Victoria BROWN, Holly LINCOLN-SMITH, Sophie SMITH, Alicia BRIGHTWELL (1), Jane MORAN (1), Bronwen KNOX (C 2), Rowena WEBSTER (1), Isobel BISHOP, Zoe ARANCINI (1), Jemma DESSAUVAGIE, Melissa RIPPON (1), Nicola ZAGAME (3), Ashleigh SOUTHERN, Lea BARTA. Head Coach: Greg McFADDEN.

MATCH REPORT:

 By Karol Foyle and Tom Parsons, Infostrada Sports

Australia has won the gold medal at the Auspole Longmont 10th Anniversary six-nation women’s water polo tournament, defeating USA 10-8 in a rematch of the 2000 Olympic Games gold medal match.  

In a game similar to Monday night’s preliminary round clash, the USA took an early lead only for Australia to fight back and emerge victorious in a tightly contested affair.

“It was an extremely tough game, it always is against the USA,” said Australian coach Greg McFadden.

“We had a much better start [compared to Monday] and we let it slip in the second quarter. But we were good and strong after that, and this win took a lot of heart.”

Both teams employed a tight defensive structure early on, forcing several turnovers of possession as either side struggled to gain the upper hand.

USA took an early lead in the match after Alicia Brightwell was excluded within 30 seconds, allowing USA captain Brenda Villa to capitalise from the extra-man advantage and score from the centre.

Australia countered with three attacking plays in a row, with the first two drawing blocks from American keeper Betsy Armstrong, while the final play saw Nicola Zagame score with a backwards attempt from directly in front.

Jane Moran scored with a powerful swim up the middle to level the scores at 2-2, but another exclusion against Australia, this time to captain Bronwen Knox, saw the USA regain the lead with Anne Belden making it 3-2 at quarter time.

Some sweeping passing movement from the Americans saw Villa batter the woodwork with a deep shot, but the captain soon found her second goal with a classy lob to bring the scores level at 4-4 as the second quarter winded down.

Kelly Rulon and Lauren Silver were given too much space in attack and punished the Stingers with some strong outside shooting to see the USA into half time with a 6-4 lead.

The USA tried to slow the pace of the game down in the second half, but the Australians began to add some variety to their passing which resulted in a brace of opportunistic strikes from forward Zagame, putting her team back into the contest.

Kelly Rulon continued to throw everything she had at the Australian defence, only to find keeper Victoria Brown in sparkling form.

“[Brown] let an easy one in early, but then she made sure that there were no more like that in the match. She made about four or five saves that really kept us in the match,” McFadden said of his keeper’s performance.

Both sides wasted numerous opportunities in the fourth quarter and it took an experienced veteran in Melissa Rippon to bust the game open, scoring off the post to give Australia a 9-8 lead with three minutes to play, before Zoe Arancini put the final nail in the USA coffin with a hard drive into the top corner two minutes from time.  

The gold medal win is ideal preparation for Australia, with both teams heading to New Zealand next week to compete in the World Cup in Group B.

Despite the loss, USA coach Adam Krikorian was optimistic heading into the World Cup.

“There is no reason why we should not be confident heading into New Zealand. The main thing for us, whether we medal or not at the World Cup, is how we play and how we perform, that is what we are going to focus on,” he said.

Lauren Silver from the USA and Bronwen Knox from Australia finished the tournament as top scorers for their respective teams, with ten goals apiece.

FLASH QUOTES:

Greg McFADDEN (AUS) — Head Coach

On breaking down a physical USA defence:

"We just had to keep our movement going; we're a very mobile team with a lot of big mobile players. It was important to not get bogged down, play our own style, and not play to their game."

On what he said to his team at the end of the third quarter, with the scores tied at 8-8:

"I told them to keep working the extra man attack and offer something different into the game."

On what won the game for Australia:

"Our movement was fantastic, but this game is all about ticker. You need to have ticker to win games like this and I think we had plenty of that."

On preparations for the World Cup:

"We're happy I guess, but you have to realise that at an event like this none of the sides are showing their best form. We know we will be up to the challenge for the World Cup."

Nicola ZAGAME (AUS) — Star Shooter (3 goals)

On how she feels about the game:

"Although we were down at half time, it was good to come back and win the game, especially in front of the home crowd."

On what was said at half time being 6-4 down:

"The coach told us to stay focused and we will catch up with them. He also wanted us to keep the confidence."

On the added motivation they had:

"This is the exact pool where the gold medal was won in 2000. We wanted to repeat the same performance that was displayed by that team."

Victoria BROWN (AUS) — Goalkeeper (three crucial saves in last minutes of game)

On her three saves at the end of the game:

"Last quarter is always the most exciting. I was just thinking 'get that ball out of my goal!'"

On playing against USA in Group B at the World Cup next week in New Zealand:

"It's a fantastic group to play in."

Brenda VILLA (USA) — Captain

On the overall performance

"It's always a competitive match against the Aussies especially with all the history but we fell short tonight"

"It was tight but we wore ourselves out in the end with quick offensive play after they lost possession"

Lauren SILVER (USA) — Scorer

On the speculations for the World Cup against AUS

"It's always fun playing for first place and we had an idea of what we were up against with Australia but they are tough to beat"

"We will work more on our communicating and team defense with the aim of number one spot next week."

TOURNAMENT ALL-STAR TEAM AND AWARDS

GRE - Alexandra Asimaki
CAN - Rachel Riddell (Liz Weekes Award)
       - Monika Eggens
RUS - Sofya Konukh (Leading goalscorer)
USA - Anne Belden
       - Brenda Villa (Gail Miller Award)
       - Kameryn Craig (Tournament MVP and Debbie Watson Award)
       - Lauren Silver
AUS - Victoria Brown (Danielle Woodhouse Award)
       - Holly Lincoln-Smith
       - Sophie Smith
       - Zoe Arancini (Yvette Higgins Award)
       - Bronwen Knox (Bridgette Gusterson Award)

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