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FINA World Championships: Greeks outlast the Canadian women’s team

Barcelona, July 31, 2013
(Sportcom) – Team Canada struggled out of the gate, Wednesday, in their battle for 5th-8th place with Greece, who eventually went on to win by a score of 12-8. The loss relegates Canada to a match for 7th place, in the water polo tournament at the FINA World Championships presented in Barcelona.

The Greeks, world champions in 2011, got out to a comfortable 5-1 lead in the first eight minutes of the contest.

The Canadians upped their game from that point on, bringing the score back to respectability at 6-4 before the end of the first half, and even got to within one goal at the beginning of third quarter.

The Greeks responded with a flurry of their own, however, scoring five unanswered goals to retake control of the match.

With the score 11-5, Team Canada made a last ditch effort at a comeback in the 4th quarter by scoring two quick goals, but it would be too little, too late.

Monika Eggens and Emma Wright each beat the Greek goaltender on two occasions. Joelle Bekhazi, Marina Radu, Christine Robinson and Stéphanie Valin also scored for the Canadian contingent.

The women’s side also featured Krystina Alogbo, Sophie Baron La Salle, Nicola Colterjohn, Carmen Eggens, Katrina Monton, Dominique Perreault and Michele Relton.

“It was the second time we faced off against them in the tournament. We knew it was going to be a difficult battle, but I think we were all still shook up after our loss in the quarterfinals,” Robinson explained.

The Canadians had played the Greeks to an 8-8 stalemate in the preliminary round, before succumbing to defeat at the hands of the Russians on Monday, losing 17-9.

“We got off to a rough start today and just couldn’t find a way back into the match. We tried to stage a comeback, but we ran out of time,” the Montrealer concluded.

8th place finishers at the last World Championships, Canada will look to improve their classification by one place when they take on the Netherlands, Friday.

“We are really close to each other and we’re going to find a way through it, Robinson assured. We’re going to work extra hard to finish things off with a win.”

The Greeks, meanwhile, will face off against the Americans in the 5th place match.



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