Friday, April 11, 2014

COMMONWEALTH WATER POLO CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY SEVEN: Scotland teams win to set up Bronze medal matches against South Africa and Malta self-destruct ahead of final

With the womens final decided, the remaining teams now play in a small round robin to decide who wins the bronze. Scotland, Wales and South Africa are the teams with the South Africans overwhelming favourites.

Scotland met Wales in the first match of the day, and after narrowly beating the Welsh earlier in the week the Scots were looking for a similar result.

A Holly Campbell hat-trick for the hosts made sure that if Scotland can cause an upset against South Africa tomorrow they will pick up the bronze.

Like their first meeting this game was very close with both teams finding flaws in their opposition defence but it was Scotland who held on for victory, winning 6-5.

Then it was onto the final round of mens group stage matches with the finalists, Malta and England facing each other in a dress rehearsal of tomorrow’s final.

Many expected this game to be the closest of the week with both teams having a 100% record so far, but it was nowhere near close as England romped to a 10-3 win.

England started well against the Maltese side who welcomed back their coaching staff to the sidelines.

Two goals from Ciaran James and one Jake Vincent gave England a deserved 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Three more goals for England in the second quarter and an easy Ed Scott clean sheet meant they lead 6-0 at half time.

In the third quarter Malta went into self-destruct mode as Michele Stellini and Jordan Camilleri were sent off for separate offences and top goalscorer Matt Zammitt was majored out after scoring Malta’s first.

Malta played a lot better in the fourth as England eased off, and despite goals from Alex Littschwager and Dino Zammit the English comfortably won 10-3, sending them top of the table.

After the loss to Scotland last night, New Zealand went into their final group needing a win to put the pressure on the hosts who played Singapore afterwards.

Both teams were vying for the all important fourth place in the table as Wales continued to look for their first win of the tournament.

Despite improving over the week, Wales suffered their fifth straight defeat as they lost 9-1 to the Kiwis.

New Zealand got off to a great start as they scored five and kept a clean sheet in the first half, Adam Pye, Tyler Vao and Matt Small were amongst the scorers.

Dan Laxton has been brilliant for the Welsh this week and he scored his 19th goal of the campaign early in the third quarter as his side contained their opponents to draw the third quarter 1-1.

But despite Laxton’s best efforts, goalkeeper Dylan Smith was in good form as his side added three more to win 9-1.

The pressure was then on Scotland who faced bottom of the table Singapore in their final group stage match.

As long as the Scots didn’t lose then they would be through to the bronze medal match.

They got off to a great start, winning the first quarter 4-1, goals from Keith Anderson, Ali and Chris Campbell as well as fine finish from James Scobie.

Scotland were well on their way to securing their place in the Bronze medal match thanks to goals from Ed Grundy, Ali Campbell and Fraser Rutherford in the second quarter giving them a 7-2 lead at half time.

And their bronze medal match was all but secured in the third quarter as Ali Campbell scored his third and fourth goals of the game as Scotland extended their lead further.

Rutherford grabbed his second of the game just before the end of the third to give Scotland a 10-4 lead with one quarter left.

Despite knowing they were going out of the competition, Singapore rallied in the last quarter but goals from James Scobie and Mark Speed meant Scotland won 12-6.

The final match of the day was the second match in the womens round robin as Wales played their second game this time against South Africa.

South Africa were favourites having already beaten Wales 15-1 earlier in the week and they looked like they meant business again as they took a 5-0 lead into the first quarter break.

Wales looked tired having already played today but got two goals back in the second quarter through Nicola Edwards and Elinor Weatherill, but Megan Parkes and Kieren Paley strengthened South Africa’s lead to 10-2 at the break.

The Welsh girls supported by the mens team came into the game in the second half, Weatherill completing her hat-trick as they contained the South Africans to just four second half goals.

But it will be a South Africa-Scotland double header tomorrow in the Bronze medal matches as they won 14-4


13:30-  Scotland 6 - Wales 5

15:00- England 10  - Malta  3

16:30- New Zealand 9 - Wales 1

18:00- Scotland 12 - Singapore 6

19:30- South Africa 14  -  Wales  4


Mens 5th/6th Match

11:00- New Zealand v Wales  

Bronze Medal Match

12:30- South Africa Men  v Scotland Men  

14:00- South Africa Women v Scotland Women

Gold/Silver Matches

15:30- England v Canada

17:00- England v Malta


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