Monday, April 7, 2014

Commonwealth Water Polo Championships: DAY THREE Malta and England extend unbeaten run as Scotland suffer narrow defeat

Malta and England extend unbeaten run as Scotland suffer narrow defeat

The first game of the day featured goal-crazy England Womens against South Africa. England having thrashed Wales 35-1 yesterday were looking for another win whereas the South Africans were playing in their first game of the tournament.

England won the game convincingly 9-3, thanks to inspiring performances from Angie Winstanley-Smith and Jade Smith.

Angie Winstanley-Smith caused the South African defence all sorts of problems throughout the afternoon and she started the scoring early in the first quarter.

Jade Smith in the England goal kept a clean sheet right through until the fourth quarter when she was finally beaten from the penalty spot.

The win gives England two wins in two and an impressive goal difference of 40.

With only the one womens game on the schedule it was time for the Mens competition with league leaders Malta up against Singapore.

Top goalscorer in the competition Matthew Zammit once again impressed scoring four of his side’s goals as they triumphed 18-8 over their opponents.

The win keeps the Maltese favourites at the top of the table with three wins in three.

The third game saw one of the other tournament favourites, England face New Zealand.

The English also kept their 100% record as they ran out with a comfortable 10-5 win.

New Zealand started well as England struggled to find their rhythm early on, goals from Adam Pye and Matt Lewis giving them a 2-0 lead after the first three minutes.

But goals from Tom Curwen and Jake Vincent brought them level before the end of the first quarter.

An early injury to keeper Ed Scott threatened to ruin England’s chances, but his replacement Matt Holland saved two penalties in a very impressive performance.

It was in the second and third quarters where England won the game as they scored five goals with New Zealand only scoring one.

Despite coach, Andrei Iosep feeling that his team were on the receiving end of some bad decisions England held on for the win that keeps them on Malta’s tail.

In the last game of the day, the hosts Scotland faced a strong South African team.

Once again in front of a full capacity crowd at the Aberdeen Sports Village, the Scots put on an excellent display, battling with their opponents in the early stages.

Goals from Ed Grundy and James Scobie kept them in the game after the first quarter as they trailed 3-2.

The second quarter was even tighter with just a goal apiece, keeping South Africa just one goal ahead at the break. 4-3

Despite a huge amount of pressure on the South African goal, it was the visitors who won the third quarter, extending their lead to two. 7-5 with one quarter left.

Scotland needed a big eight minutes but their chances of a comeback suffered a blow when two early goals from Chris Baker and Nic Mollyneux extended the visitors lead. And although the Scots replied with three late goals it was too little too late as they lost 9-8.

The competition is really hotting up now with Malta leading the Men's and England leading the Women's league tables.



England 9 -  South Africa 3


Malta       18  -  Singapore       8

England   10  -  New Zealand   5

Scotland    8    -  South Africa  9


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

The pictures from all days can be found here

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