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Day 4 woman’s junior WP Worlds: Russia downs China, Hungary ousts Australia, Canada, USA also advance

by ZwemZa on September 7th, 2017

Russia reached the best eight with a fine win over China in the first of the four eight-final matches and in the afternoon Hungary and Canada joined them, both after hard-fought victories. Japan and Slovakia earned easy wins and will play for the 13th place.

China showed a different face after their bad defeat against Greece last evening. Had they managed to make most of their scoring chances they could have played a rather tight game with the Russians. But missing crucial man-ups and penalties presented the Russian team with fine counter opportunities and they stroke back mercilessly. They led 5-1 at half-time and after scoring three goals in 100 seconds in the third they earned themselves a calm last period. They won 9-5 and will face Italy in the quarters.

Russians were a constant threat in front of the Chinese goal – Credit: Apostolos Zacharakis

The afternoon session was launched by a fine Hungarian win over Australia. A truly outstanding individual effort from Vanda Valyi – she scored 5 goals while her team won 8-5 – helped the Magyars to reach the best eight. Besides their man-down diffence also worked superbly as they killed 11 of 14 Aussie man-up. Soon Canada joined the party of the best eight, though they found it hard to overcome New Zealand as their 9-6 win was secured only in the fourth period.

The Hungarian blocks worked really well in the whole game

The US team was the last one to advance, beating Serbia 10-1 in the evening. It was a professional job from the Americans, even though their offence started working really effectively late in the match but their defence did an awfully great job: after conceding a goal in the first period after 1:37sec, they shut out the Serbs for the rest of the match (for 30:23 minutes!).

In the early encounters played for the 13/16th places Japan outplayed South Africa while Slovakia beat Croatia with surprising ease.

Schedule for Thursday

9.00 For places 15/16: South Africa v Croatia

10.20 For places 13/14: Japan v Slovakia

11.40 For places 9/12: China v New Zealand

13.00 For places 9/12: Australia v Serbia

 16.00 Quarter-final: Netherlands v Canada

17.20 Quarter-final: Italy v Russia

18.40 Quarter-final: Spain v Hungary

20.00 Quarter-final: Greece v United States

Game 25, 10.00 – Places 13/16: Japan v South Africa 13-4

Quarters: 3-0, 2-1, 5-1, 3-2

Referees: Boon Tan Hong (SGP), Yang Pang (CHN)


SHIOYA Minami , ARIMA Yumi 2, INOUE Ann Janet 1, WATADA Asuka, TERAKATA Chiaki, YAMAMOTO Minori 3, INABA Akari 1, NIIZAWA Yuki 1, YOSHIZATO Miyu, IWANO Kaho 1, HASHIDA Maiko 2, NONOMURA Haruna 2, KAWATASHIRO Yuka (GK). Head coach: OI Keiji


NIXON Lauren, PENNEY Amber 3, MEECHAM Chloe, VAUGHAN Ashleigh, MULLER Hanna, ABRAHAMSE Christine, CALVERT Hannah, MCLEAVY Casey, SMIT Zandre 1, MACLEOD Nicola, MOIR Gerogia, THOMPSON Megan, MAARTENS Meghan. Head coach: MANSON Bevan

Extramen: 5/7 and 0/6

Penalties: 2/3 and 0/1

Japan should have reached at least the qualification round to have a try on making the quarter-finals. The team’s quality stands beyond the level of these games, however, the draw didn’t favour them, the not at all pleasant company of Hungary, Russia and the Netherlands would be a tough challenge to any team present here.

In this match the Asians proved their quality once more, didn’t let the South Africans enter the game at any moment. They quickly built a three-goal difference and never looked back.

Gergely Csurka | FINA Media Committee

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