Tuesday, April 8, 2014

COMMONWEALTH WATER POLO CHAMPIONSHIPS: DAY FOUR- England, Malta and Canada keep 100% record as Scotland are thrashed

With competition hotting up, it was most teams' second or third matches at the Aberdeen Sports Village, with game of the day coming in the South Africa and Malta match.

In the first game of the day New Zealand faced Singapore as both teams looked for their first wins of the competition.

It was the Black Tide who started the better scoring three early goals, the first from Owen Chambers bouncing in from the left. Singapore did reply before the 1st quarter break, as Jonathan Clarke deflected into his own net.

New Zealand cemented their lead early in the 2nd quarter, Chambers and Matt Lewis grabbing their second goals before Tyler Vao scored from pit for 6-1.

Winning both quarters 3-1, at half time it looked like the Kiwi’s were well on their way to their first points of the week as they lead 6-2.

New Zealand kept to the trend in the second half, extending their lead once again winning the third quarter 3-1.

Singapore were struggling to get possession but did manage to score the goal of the game, Sean Ang scoring from almost 10 metres.

New Zealand continued to dominate in the fourth quarter and won the game 13-5, after Owen Chambers completed his hat-trick late on.

The second game of the day saw England take on Wales. The English looking to join Malta at the top of the table faced a Welsh side without a win after two games.

England starting with arguably a weak team opened the scoring through Sean King which was quickly cancelled out by Dan Laxton.

O’regan, Vincent and James were then introduced and England started to play with fluidity and power. O’regan giving his side the lead before goals from Scholefield and two from Vincent giving England a 5-1 lead at the end of the first quarter.

England continued to dominate in the second quarter, increasing their lead to 9-1 before half time as they snuffed out all of Wales’ half chances. Sending them well on their way to a third successive win.

Wales improved defensively in the second half, reducing England to just two goals in the third quarter but failed to muster anything themselves.

With England happy to see the game out and Wales not creating much, the fourth quarter slowly ticked by with the crowd going through the motions.

Wales finally managed a second and third thanks to goals from Carl Wyatt and Dan Laxton late on in the fourth, but England claimed their third win and went joint top of the league with Malta.

Malta then had the chance to regain top spot when they faced South Africa in third match of the day.

The South Africans had had a mixed start to the Championship, with one win, one draw and one loss and were hoping to cause an upset in front of a big support.

And it was them who started the better, taking an early two goal lead. They were playing really well, with high tempo, matching the Maltese for strength across the pool.

The Maltese finally found their rhythm and clawed themselves back into the claim thanks to powerful shots from Michele Stellini and Mark Meli.

The game was evenly poised at 5-5 at half-time, setting it up for a tense second half.

Stellini continued to impress seeming to score with every one of his efforts.

Bardenhorst and Wingate-Pearce kept the South Africans in touch but Stellini and his side lead 9-7 with four minutes left in the final quarter.

The South Africans pushed as hard as they can keeping the Maltese in their own half, and finally reduced the deficit to one thanks to a great goal from Lood Rabie.

They then had one minute to find an equaliser and they nearly did, with 20 seconds to go the ball fell to Nic Mollyneux whose shot was wonderfully saved by Borg Cole.

So after four games, Malta still have a 100% record and look certain to be in contention at the end of the week.

Next it was onto the Womens competition, with Canada playing their second game against a Wales team yet to score any points this week.

The Canadians got off to strong start, winning the first quarter 4-1 as they looked to build on their impressive win over Scotland in their first game.

Amy Yule who was on top form in that game showed her class again scoring two goals in the second quarter as the Canadians extended their lead to 10-3 at the half-time break.

Canada’s Emma Wright put on a fantastic display scoring six of her team’s goals as they kept a clean sheet in the second half, winning the match 26-3.

The only outfield player not to score for the Canadians was Molly Demers who missed a penalty in the final quarter.

The final game of day four featured Scotland and South Africa in a repeat of the Men’s match last night. The South Africans won that 9-8 in front of packed crowd.

Once again local people turned out in their numbers to see if the women could better the South Africans who were looking for their first win of the competition.

South Africa were looking for a good performance after a disappointing result against England yesterday and they started as if they meant business.

Two goals each for Tay Schooling, Kelsey White and Kim Kay and one for Tammy Heydenrych gave them a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

With her team scoring goals for fun up the other end goalkeeper was in fine form herself, keeping a clean sheet in the first half, her side lead 10-0 at halftime.

Like Canada earlier, the South Africans showed no remorse for poor Scotland as they extended they almost doubled their lead in third quarter, scoring nine goals.

Also like Canada, South Africa also had only the one player not to score in the match. Samantha Shead as she was majored out early on.

The crowd were desperate to see their team score at least one goal, encouraging them to shoot on many occasions but Bentley continued to deny them. The final score 23-0.



13:00- New Zealand  13 -  Singapore      5

14:30- England         11 -  Wales           3

16:00- Malta             9   -  South Africa  8


17:30- Canada        26  -  Wales         3

19:00- South Africa  23  -  Scotland      0


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The pictures from all days can be found here

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