Wednesday, April 9, 2014

COMMONWEALTH WATER POLO CHAMPIONSHIPS: DAY FIVE England and Canada book place in Womens final, as Scotland lose Old Enemy double header

Many expected the first game of the day to be the most competitive. Both Canada and South Africa were in good form after scoring over 20 goals each yesterday in convincing wins.

It was far from it as Canada’s forwards Emma Wright and Kyra Christmas continued their good form as they ran out 12-3 winners.

Kelsey Jensen in the Canada goal put in a sterling performance saving a penalty amongst other great saves to keep out the South Africans.

Canada now sit top of the table alongside England separated by goal difference with the two teams meeting tomorrow evening.

Then it was onto the Men’s competition as South Africa men’s team faced Singapore in the day’s second match.

After drawing with Wales on the opening day, Singapore had impressed but lost their other two games. South Africa were looking for their second win of the week after narrowly being beaten by Malta yesterday.

In a tight first quarter Nardus Bardenhorst opened the scoring before a Paul Tan penalty cancelled it out.

Both teams’ defence were strong but South Africa started to make the breakthrough in the second quarter, goals from Lood Rabie and Wingate gave them on their way to a 5-2  lead at half time.

With Paul Tan wrapped fro Singapore, South Africa started to find their rhythm and extended their lead in the second half.

Jared Wingate-Pearce completed his hat trick with two more fine goals, giving his side a 9-2 lead in the third. A late rally from Singapore saw Zhi Zhi get his hat trick but it was South Africa who won comfortably 9-4.

The third game of the day was ‘on paper’ the most one sided match in the men’s competition and it showed as Malta romped to a     over Wales.

The Maltese started strongly scoring with the first attack, Littschwager finding the net from 8 metres.

It looked like it would be a long after for Wales as Malta raced to a 4-0 lead but two goals just before the break from Dan Laxton and Chris Taylor gave them hope.

In the second quarter they gave as much as they got, and as Dan Laxton completed his hat-trick Jerome Gabbaretta was wrapped and Wales mounted a mini comeback.

Two goals from Jordan Camilleri just before half-time kept Malta’s lead safe at 11-5 at half-time.

After the half time break, Malta started to play some really good polo and had it not been for Dan Laxton the score would have been a lot harsher.

Top goalscorer in the competition, Matt Zammitt scored his eighth goal of the game as the Maltese ran out 25-12 winners sending them top.

Then it was time for the highly anticipated double header between England and Scotland. First up was the Men’s match with the Scots looking to ruin England’s 100% record.

Both teams had chances in the first quarter but it was England who took them with Matt Holland in the England goal keeping a clean sheet.

Joe O’regan opened the scoring and added a second as England took a 4-0 lead into the second quarter.

Scotland finally beat Holland early in the second quarter, James Scobie finding space in the pit to convert home. But a goal from Sean King in that quarter meant England kept their lead at half time. 5-1 at the break.

The Scots needed momentum but a Jake Vincent goal from range gave England a five goal lead before Joe O’regan completed his hat trick to make it 7-1.

England added five more before the end of the third quarter with only two replies for Scotland through James Scobie and Fraser Rutherford.

The English had succeeded in keeping the Scottish home support quite and built on their lead in the closing stages with five goals in the fourth, winning the match 17-3.

Then it was time for the Women to have a go at ruining an England winning streak in the final game of the day.  

After a disappointing performance against South Africa last night, the Scots were looking for better up against an England side full of confidence after two straight wins.

Like the Men, England started strongly, Angie Winstanley-Smith scoring after just 14 seconds of the start. She added her second as England took a 5-1 lead into the second quarter.

Winstanley-Smith and Ciara Gibson-Byrne completed their hat-tricks before the end of the second quarter as England extended their lead to 9-1 at half time.

A second goal for Nicola Tate didn’t stop England from increasing their lead in the third quarter, Rosie Huck scoring a hat-trick as they extended their lead to 18-2.

England captain, Rosie Morris continued her impressive form in net, shutting out Scotland for the whole of the fourth quarter as her team ran out  24-2 winners.

The win means England book their place in Saturday’s final against Canada, with both teams having a 100% record so far.



13:30- Canada 12  -  South Africa   3


15:00- South Africa 9 - Singapore 4

16:30- Malta          25 - Wales      12

18:00- Scotland      4  - England   17


19:30- Scotland      2  -  England   24


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