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FINA World Championships: Canadian women finish in 8th

Barcelona, August 2, 2013
(Sportcom) –
The Canadian women’s water polo team concluded its FINA World Championships with an 8th place finish, Friday in Barcelona. In their final contest to determine the 7th and 8th place classifications, Canada fell to the Netherlands by a score of 12-9.

“The entire squad is pretty disappointed, because it’s not at all the result we were looking for. It certainly doesn’t reflect the way we’ve played throughout the tournament. We know we could have done much better. Still, we need to be satisfied by the effort we put in. Everyone on this team gave their 100%, so at least we can hang our hats on that,” Montreal water polo player Marina Radu explained.

The Dutch quickly took control of the match, taking a commanding 5-1 lead by the end of the first quarter. Joelle Bekhazi was the only Canadian to find the back of the net in the first 8 minutes of play.

“We definitely started the match off on the wrong foot. Our plan was to come out and really impose our offensive style of play,” Radu elaborated.

Their opponents scored three more goals in the second quarter, while limiting Team Canada to just two goals, put home by Dominique Perreault and Stephanie Valin. By the end of the first half, the Dutch were comfortably ahead by a score of 8-3.

The Canadians were more prolific in the 3rd stanza, getting goals from Perreault, Valin, Bekhazi and Christine Robinson, but the Dutch held their own, getting on the board three more times to conserve their lead.

Stéphanie Valin scored a pair in the fourth quarter while the Dutch managed just one, but it was not enough to unhinge their European opponents, who went on to win by a final score of 12-9.

“We did a lot of good things in the second half. We cut into the lead and put everything we had on the line. If there had been a 5th quarter, I think the final score would have been a lot different. We just ran out of time,” Radu said.

“Our defence in six versus six situations was very good today, and we executed our game plan, the 28-year-old went on to say. There definitely was some improvement today in comparison to our play over the last two games.”

Leading up to today’s final match, Guy Baker’s squad was stopped in the quarterfinals by Russia on Monday, and then went on to lose to Greece on Wednesday in the battle for 5th-6th in the overall classification.

The Canadian water polo players will now take a month off before returning to training in preparation for the Canada Cup, which will be presented in Montreal this December.

Krystina Alogbo, Sophie Baron La Salle, Nicola Colterjohn, Carmen Eggens, Monika Eggens, Katrina Monton, Michele Relton, and Emma Wright were the other Canadians included on the roster.



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