Monday, April 7, 2014

Commonwealth Water Polo Championships: DAY TWO

Another fantastic day of Water Polo action at the Aberdeen Sports Village brought thrashings, drama and a couple of entertaining draws as the competition gathered momentum.

England’s Women team are one of the favourites for gold at this tournament and showed exactly why with a demolition of Wales in the first match of the day.

With a host Team GB players on the team, the English cruelly dispatched the Welsh conceding just once in a comfortable 35-1 win.

Kathryn Fowler and Rosie Huck scored five goals each and Chloe Wilcox grabbed six as their team’s counter attacking play was too much for the Welsh.

The second match of the day saw Canada kick off their Commonwealth campaign with a similarly convincing win over Scotland.

The Scots who had beaten the Welsh in the first round of games found festively named pair Kyra Christmas and Amy Yule in fine form as they jingled their way to a 23-3 win.

It was then time for the Men to play their second round of games, with the crowd hoping for some closer contests.

First up were the hosts Scotland against Malta, both teams were high on confidence having beaten their first opponents yesterday but it was Malta who made it two wins in two.

The Scots in front of another capacity crowd started strongly but after yesterday’s goalscoring hero James Scobie was majored out midway through the second quarter, Malta took full advantage of Scotland’s lack of attacking threat winning the game 17-8.

Malta forward Nikki Lanzon continued his excellent goal scoring form, scoring six of Malta’s goals as well as many assists for his team mates.

The fourth game of the day saw Singapore play their first game of the tournament against Wales who were convincingly beaten by Scobie and his team yesterday.

Before the match there was not much on paper in terms of excitement for this game but finally the crowd were treated to a close game as this turned out to be arguably the best game of the tournament so far.

It was a battle of the two centre forwards as Wales’ Dan Lanxton was up against Singapore’s Lin Diyang. It was Laxton in the end that won it scoring seven of his team’s goals but the game ended as a 12-12 draw.

The game was neck and neck throughout the first three quarters and either team could have won it in the closing moments. Singapore’s Paul Tan, agonisingly seeing his long shot from his own half beat the keeper but hit the post on the final buzzer.

The final game of the day saw well known rivals in most sports, New Zealand and South Africa face each other. Both teams looking for a win after disappointing losses on the first day.

This was an even closer affair than the Wales-Singapore match as both teams struggled to find their rhythm early on.

Matt Bryant for New Zealand was running things up front with his opposite number Chris Baker scoring goals for fun for South Africa.

The game ended 6-6, which in the end also was probably a fair result as both teams deserved to win and it would have been harsh for a team to lose.



England   35 - Wales     1

Scotland    3 -  Canada 35


Scotland 7 - Malta 18

Singapore 12 - Wales 12

South Africa 6  - New Zealand 6

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

The pictures from day two can be found here

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