Five games were played in the Women’s Division de Honor in Spain today, with wins for Sabadell, Mataro, Terrassa, Rubi and Zaragoza.
Astralpool Sabadell 19-5 CN Sant Feliu (6-1, 6-0, 2-2, 5-2)
Sabadell: L. Ester, M. Ortiz 1, B. Games 2, S. Van der Sloot 3, M. Serrano 1, M. Steffens 3, I. Casado 3, M. Bonet, J. Forca 4, A. Prados 1, N. Perez, I Gonzalez, P. Carilla
Sant Feliu: I. Costa, J. Soler, M. Bargallo, M. Bernabe, B. Goset 2, L. Roca 1, R. Maldonado 1, C. Moreno 1, D. Moreno, U. Del Sol Agusti, L. Hidalgo, M. Gomez, I. Turegano
Sabadell made no mistakes today as they bossed Sant Feliu at Can Llong. Judith Forca was, unsurprisingly, leading the way with regards to the scoring, with her four contributions, while three Sabadell players; Irene Casado, Sabrina Van der Sloot and Maggie Steffens, all bagged three. With a game in hand a two points on Mataro, David Palma’s side look well-placed to retain their title.
CE Mediterrani 6-8 CN Mataro (2-3, 1-2, 0-2, 3-1)
Mediterrani: N. Trojan, A. Munoz 1, J. Cereijo, I. Wolves, C. Vilanova, C. Rodriguez, C. Espar 2, A. Marcos, A. Grossman, H. Dalmases 2, P. Crespi, S. Lizotte 1, D. Willemsz
Mataro: M. Sanchez, S. Morell, S. Van de Kraats 1, A. Gual 3, V. Sevenich 2, A. Timofeeva, C. Cambray, C. Nogue, M. Bach, Q. Bertran, A. Espar 2, B. Markoch, B. Colominas
Mataro did the business in an early start today at the beautiful Josep Valles pool against Mediterrani. The scoreline was close, but it does perhaps flatter Mediterrani a bit. It was as comfortable as a two goal victory can be, with a brace in the first quarter for Anna Gual, and a 7-3 lead by the end of the 3rd (Sevenich, Espar, Gual & Van de Kraats). Clara Espar put two away in the last period, but her sister, Annie (who looks to be leaving for Australia at the end of the season), also converted, giving the points to the Red and Blues.
Mataro still have an outside chance to win the league, but they’ll have to ensure at the very least, that they defeat Sabadell on the 19th March, if they stand any hope in adding a fourth domestic title to their names this year. Maria Angeles Diaz’s Mediterrani are more than safe in their Euro League spot.
CN Atletic-Barceloneta 7-19 CN Terrassa (0-4, 5-6, 2-4, 0-5)
Barceloneta: A. Farre, A. Garcia, N. Martin 1, C. Martins 3, N. Josifovic 1, X. Cortes, A. Pastor, N. Mandic, B. Seto 1, S. Garcia, M. Madre 1, P. Rutgers
Terrassa: S. Domene, B. Pastor, J. Panicello 4, B. Ortiz 3, C. Cantero 1, M. Cardona 1, N. Ten Broek 1, P. Pena 2, N. Cuenda, P. Camus 1, O. Domenech 1, P. Leiton 4, E. Arcas
Terrassa showed their quality today with a relentless siege at Barceloneta. Three of Xavi Perez’s most clinical attackers; Judith Panicello, Paula Leiton (on the reported radar of Mataro) and Bea Ortiz (who has been tipped to return to Sabadell this summer), all converted quads in the match at San Sebastian. Barcelona started poorly, and despite a bit of fight at the midway point, were torn apart for large parts of the game.
Like Mediterrani, Terrassa are now seeing the season out without any real jeopardy – they’re level with Mataro on points, with two more games played, and seven points above Mediterrani, also with a game more played. Barca will probably be ok to consolidate their place in the Division de Honor next year, but they will need to continue to invest in their squad if they want to avoid a relegation battle next season.
Natacion Boadilla 11-12 CN Rubi (1-2, 4-2, 2-4, 4-3)
Boadilla: M. Gutierrez, E. De la Cruz, E. Portillo 4, L. Campos, S. Gonzalez 1, C. Hagen, A. Gonzalez 1, M. De Quinta 3, E. Ruano, E. Alcon 1, M. Ramos, G. Gallinato 1, P. Moreno
Rubi: E. Jimenez, A. Roldan, I. Abril, L. Rion 1, M. Manchego, C. Abellan 1, E. Ruiz 4, A. Rodriguez, E. Vesperinas 1, J. Prados 1, L. Soriano, A. Trivino 4
Three goals in the final quarter for Rubi from Elena Ruiz, Judith Prados and Elena Vesperinas swung the result for Rubi away in the East of Madrid. The scores were level at 9-9 midway through period 4, but those three goals on the trot saw Manel Llobregat’s Rubi claim all three points at the M86. Ruiz and Trivino both scored four, while Elisa Portillo also netted a quad for Boadilla.
The points put Rubi comfortably in 6th, 6 points ahead of CN Catalunya. Given their turbulent start to the season, they would do well to finish any higher than this. Meanwhile, Boadilla continue to be the best of the non-Catalan sides, with 8th place beckoning for them.
ESC Zaragoza 15-11 AR Concepcion (5-2, 1-1, 4-2, 5-6)
Zaragoza: I. Bello, A. Moya, M. Ciudad 4, I. Rosales 2, S. Lorente, A. Sarinena, N. Manero 1, A. Chicote 1, R. Corao, S. Perez, L. Gomez 2, J. Tazueco 5, S. Ballesta
Concepcion: L. Cruz, C. Garcia, I. San Pedro, R. Clemente 1, A. Morales, C. Rivera 1, E. Garcia 5, P. Suarez 2, C. Puente, A. Mira, R. Sofia 1, M. Peragon, L. Garcia
In the last game of the day, Zaragoza worked hard and got their reward as they handed Concepcion their 18th defeat of the season. Julia Tazueco hit 5, taking her season tally to 30, while her team mate Miriam Ciudad, formerly of La Latina, netted 4 times. This was not Concepcion’s worst performance this season, far from it. It was a decent effort from the side from Ciudad Lineal, and like the two aforementioned players, Elena Garcia also netted 5
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