It’s crunch time at the U20 World Championships in Coimbra as the tournament narrows down to its eight quarter-finalists.
New Zealand stands alone as the only team from Division 2 to reach the quarterfinals with a splendid 13-10 victory over Brazil. The same cannot be said for their Tasman neighbors, Australia, who fell by the same scoreline, 13-10, to a vastly more experienced Israeli side.
In other crucial cross-over matches, Italy and the Netherlands had an easy path to secure their spots in the final eight. Despite a respectable last quarter from Croatia, they were thumped 24-6 by the Setterosa. The game just before that saw the Netherlands pick up their second victory of the tournament, cruising past Canada 17-9, with Lola Moolhuijzen (pictured) converting seven scores.
As a result, the quarterfinals are now set, with reigning champions Spain set to face Israel, and Hungary to meet New Zealand. Two mouth-watering clashes will feature Greece and Italy, and the United States and the Netherlands.
In the lower echelons of the competition, Japan took down Portugal in an action-packed 36-goal bonanza against the hosts (19-17). Junior water polo goal machine Ema Vernoux’s eight goals led France to a smooth ride against Kazakhstan (14-6), while Chile defeated India 14-2 – a significant victory as the first triumph the South Americans have ever achieved at this level of competition.
15:30 – Spain vs Israel
17:00 – Hungary vs New Zealand
18:30 – Greece vs Italy
20:00 – United States vs Netherlands
10:30 – Japan vs Chile
12:00 – South Africa vs Kazakhstan
13:30 – Portugal vs India
Day 5, U20 World Championships Coimbra Portugal
Canada 9 – 17 Netherlands (3-4, 1-5, 4-4, 1-4)
Canada: S. Lapierre, E. Cowan 1, E. Lawson 1, A. Ferguson, A. Burlock 5, L. Levin, M. Hack, L. Ahmad, G. Patenaude, S. Browne 2, R. Peiravani, K. Featherstone, C. Monteil
Netherlands: S. Keijzer, N. De Vries 2, R. De Kleer, A. Roekevisch 2, N. Van de Geijn, E. Roijen, S. Slot 1, L. Den Ouden 3, F. Voordouw 1, L. Moolhuijzen 7, R. Jutte, D. Logtens, P. Gorter.
Croatia 6 – 24 Italy (0-5, 1-6, 0-7, 5-6)
Croatia: L. Medvesek, A. Stipanov, N. Eterovic 1, J. Butic 1, M. Butic, R. Glas, N. Medic 2, N. Alamat, A. Desnica, I. Rozic 2, D. Kangler, L. Korac, A. Goreta
Italy: H. Santapaola, M. Leone 5, P. Di Maria 5, A. Longo 2, R. Bianchi 1, E. De March 1, S. Giustini 4, V. Sbruzzi, D. Bettini, M. Giuffrida 3, D. Spampinato 1, O. Sesena, L. Papi 1.
New Zealand 13 – 10 Brazil (5-3, 3-2, 2-2, 3-2)
New Zealand: T. Ahovelo, I. Jackson, E. Weston 1, L. Batchelor, D. Spark 1, G. Daly, S. Bentley 3, H. Roberts 1, S. Goldworthy, A. Weston 4, S. Gardinier, G. Doyle, H. Dunn
Brazil: S. Freitas, A. De Barros Silva, G. Postigo, A. Neves, M. Cadengue 1, S. Azevedo 2, L. Lorieto 2, M. Nascimento, J. Cavalante 1, R. Moreira 2, L. Bonetti 1, K. Da Silva 1, S. Bedani
Australia 10 – 13 Israel (3-5, 1-3, 4-1, 2-4)
Australia: E. Gath, A. Pamp 1, K. Blew, E. Putt, T. Dawkins 1, T. Taoso, M. Nasser 1, T. Logan, M. Ogg, N. Thomas 4, J. Higgs, S. Green 2, L. Smith 1.
Israel: M. Katz, T. Levi 2, N. Levinshtein 1, A. Yaacobi 5, M. Vashdi, D. Menakerman 3, D. Namakshtansky, N. Sasover 1, R. Gazit, N. Kurtsev, C. Rahum 1, C. Arbiv.
India 2 – 4 Chile (1-5, 0-4, 1-2, 0-3)
India: S. Manohar, S. Adak, S. Sakeer, P. Shynuka Prahladan, V. Suresh 1, V. Akhila Shibu, S. Sajini, Y. Agrawal, P. Rao 1, N. Shukla, R. Saravanan, D. Doddaballapur Karthikeya, A. Gopi Sujitha.
Chile: A. De Andres, M. Dufflocq, A. Hernandez, I. Del Villar 2, D. Zavala, B. Gutierrez 6, A. Antillanca 1, A. Guerrero, A. Puelma 2, P. Torres, C. Beltran 1, V. Diaz 2, V. Roa
Kazakhstan 6 – 14 France (2-4, 2-4, 1-4, 1-2)
Kazakhstan: V. Kolesnichenko, D. Pochinok 1, A. Glukhova, V. Kaplun 4, V. ANossova, M. Rakhmanova 1, K. Nauryzbayeva, O. Vorontosva, M. Nabiyeva, A. Lemachko, Y. Druzinia, A. Altybassarova, M. Martynenko.
France: P. Martineaud Pere, J. D’Halluin 3, J. Bouchara, C. Bouloukbachi 1, L. Jean-Michel, L. Di Fraja, L. Andres 1, V. Heurtaux, E. Vernoux 8, J. Mekki, T. Raspo 1, T. Bacle, E. Lefebvre.
Japan 19 – 17 Portugal (6-3, 3-8, 4-3, 6-3)
Japan: S. Ajikawa, M. Inoue 3, S. Kobayashi 2, S. Fukuda 1, K. Sugimoto 1, M. Nishiyama 5, S. Katada, H. Yamamoto, K. Hanai 2, M. Kobayashi 3, S. Sekine 2, R. Otsubo, H. Miyagawa.
Portugal: M. Riberio, A. Rodrgues 3, C. Fernandes 3, I. Dos Santos, C. Quinhentas, C. Periera, A. Monteiro, M. Lousa 5, J. Arromba 1, M. Machado 5, M. Tejo, M. Mendes, M. De Carvalho.
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