Sunday, April 6, 2014

Commonwealth Water Polo Championships: DAY ONE

Scotland’s Mens and Womens teams got off to a great start in the Commonwealth Water Polo Championships with both teams recording wins in their first matches in the competition.

Both teams faced Wales on the first day of the Championship, which ends with the finals next Saturday (12th April).

There were wins also for Malta Men and England Men in the earlier games.

This year’s competition held at Aberdeen’s impressive new Sports Village, kicked off with one of the tournament favourites Malta up against New Zealand.

The Maltese are a strong outfit and showed their dominance in the middle of the game going on to win it comfortably, 17-9.

Centre forward Matthew Zammit was man very impressive display to lead his team to a convincing 14-10.

England played South Africa in the next Mens game and it was a similar story as England forward Ciaran James put on a dominant display as he lead his team to a 14-10 victory.

After trading blows in the opening exchanges, England raced ahead into a 11-5 half-time lead.

In the second half South Africa were always playing catch up and despite having momentum going into the final quarter, England did just enough to keep their lead unattainable.

The third match of the day saw the hosts, Scotland’s men take on Wales in the first of two fixtures between the two countries.

In a day of dominant displays, the Scots really turned on the style in front of their home crowd as they beat their Welsh counterparts 20-11.

Centre forward like James and Zammit earlier James Scobie lead the front line well for his team and became the tournament’s top goalscorer by some margin, scoring seven of his team’s goals.

It was clear from the start the Welsh never had a chance in this game, as Scobie and his team raced into a 6-1 lead after the first quarter, before strengthening their superiority by leading 11-3 at halftime.

The Welsh stopped the score from becoming really embarrassing in the second half but couldn’t stop the hosts from scoring their 20th as Keith Anderson scored a simple one-on-one.

The final game of the day saw Scotland and Wales face each other again, in the first Womens game of the tournament.

Hoping to avenge their male teammates, the Welsh ladies also started poorly as they found themselves 4-1 down midway through the second quarter. Goals from Laura Fox, Louise Fox and Gael Logan for the Scots.

But a late rally in the half for the Welsh made sure they went into the break within touching distance at 4-3.

Now with momentum the Welsh completed the turnaround early in the second half, and then took the lead after some fine goals from Jenny Myo and Claire Wyatt giving them a 7-5 lead.

Going into the final quarter, the game was evenly poised with the home crowd hoping to inspire their team to their own comeback.

Goals from Nicola Tate and a fine effort from Laura Fox brought them level with just three minutes left on the clock.

Not much time in most sports but in Water Polo that is a lot of time for goals.

The game suddenly became very open as both teams searched for the winner but with the game fizzling out to a draw at 8-8, a cheeky lob from Laura Fox gave Scotland the lead.

Panic stations for Wales who had done so well to lead, they launched a counter attack and once again drew the two sides level. Nicola Edwards finding the net to surely finish the game a draw with 15 seconds left…

A draw it would be, but for a bit of brilliance yet again from Laura Fox who scored her fourth goal and Scotland’s all important tenth.


Malta 17 - New Zealand  9
England 14 - South Africa 10
Scotland 20 - Wales 11

Scotland 10 - Wales 9

All results can be found at here for fixtures, the table can be found here

The pictures from Day one can be found here

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