WPWL Women's Super Final, Day 6 (last): Team USA wins the World League

World League

In a most breath-taking final, defending champion, the United States, enjoyed an early lead by edging Australia 8-7 to lift the title at the FINA Women's Water Polo World League Super Final 2015 at the Oriental Sports Centre, Shanghai, on Sunday June 14.

The USA have won the FINA Water Polo World League Super Final for the second consecutive time and have placed on the podium since the 2006 edition of the tournament.

Final: USA 8 - AUSTRALIA 7 / Quarters: 6-2, 1-3, 0-0, 1-2

USA: Hill Samantha, Musselman Madeline, Seidermann Melissa, Fattal Rachel, Clark Caroline (1), Steffens Margaret (Captain, 1), Mathewson Courtney (2), Neushul Kiley, Grossman Ashley, Gilchrist Kaleigh (2), Fischer Makenzie (1), Craig Kameryn (1), Johnson Ashleigh. Head Coach: Adam Krikorian.

AUSTRALIA: Yanitsas Lea, Barr Chloe, Buckling Hannah, Lincoln-Smith Holly, Bishop Isobel, Knox Bronwen (Captain), Gofers Keesja, McGhie Glencora, Arancini Zoe, Southern Ashleigh (3), Halligan Bronte (2), Zagame Nicola (2), Wakefield Kelsey. Head Coach: Greg McFadden.

Game report:

USA found the gates very fast by scoring three goals 3-0 within four minutes and finishing 6-2 in the first quarter. Australia fought back in the second quarter, earning 3 points while the USA 1. Both teams became more defensive in the third quarter which saw a 0-0 blank. Nicola Zagame 's last minute shot gave Australia a narrow loss (8-7). Ashleigh Southern of Australia was the only player who scored 3 goals in the final. 

Team USA on the podium. Photo credit: Gao Yuchen

Flash quotes:

Adam Krikorian US Head Coach:

“I am not satisfied with the final. It is a dissatisfied win. I give big credit to Australia because they played hard, much harder than us. It is always difficult to play with Australia. We have a great rivalry and great respect of everyone.”

Greg McFadden - AUS Head Coach:

“USA deserves the win as they had a 6-2 start. It was good that our girls came back and played harder. The first four minutes were terrible. USA is a very strong team that you can't get start like that and trace down all the way.”

Game bronze-medal: NETHERLANDS 10 -CHINA 5 / Quarters: 1-1, 3-3, 3-0, 3-1

NETHERLANDS: Aarts Laura, Smit Miloushka (Captain, 2), Genee Dagmar (1), Van der sloot Catharina (1), Genee Amarens (1), Stomphorst Nomi, Nijhuis Marloes (1), Sevenich Vivian (2), Megens Maud (1), Van toorn Isabella, Klaassen Lieke (1), Van der molen Leonie, Willemsz Debby.  Head Coach: Arno Havenga 

CHINA: Yang Jun, Tian Jianing, Mei Xiaohan, Xiong Dunhan, Niu Guannan (1), Sun Yating (Captain), Song Donglun, Zhang Cong, Zhao Zihan (2), Zhang Weiwei, Wang Xinyan (2), Zhang Jing, Peng Lin. Head Coach: Recardo Azevedo       

NED vs CHN. Photo credit: Gao Yuchen

Game report:

The Netherlands opened the score first but China soon made it 1-1 in the first quarter. China found the gates for three times before the Dutch took control of the game by earning 3 goals each in the next three quarters.  

Arno Havenga - NED Head Coach:

“I am really satisfied with my team today and the for the last two weeks we played two tournament. We played in a very professional way today. Hopefully it will give us more confidence in the future.”

Recardo Azevedo - CHN Head Coach:

“We were freshmen into the Super Final and now we are seniors by learning from each games. Our girls did very well today but they are too tired and two key players were injured. I had no more experienced benches available for this decisive match. When we were 4-6 behind, I thought my girls were upset and felt they would never come back. The Netherlands are very good physically and mentally. They had two superb outside goals that were incredibly good."

Game 5th-6th: RUSSIA 16 -CANADA 8 / Quarters: 2-1, 4-4, 7-1, 3-2.

RUSSIA: Verkhoglyadova Anastasia, Borisova Maria, Prokofyeva Ekaterina (Captain, 3), Karimova Elvina (1), Krimer Kseniia, Ivanchishina Kseniil (2), Tankeeva Ekaterina, Zubacheva Ekaterina (2), Timofeeva Anna (1), Bogdanova Anna (2), Ivanova Evgeniya (2), Iarondaykina Nadezhda (3), Karnaukh Anna. Coach: Ogorodnikov Aleksandr   

CANADA: Gaudreault Jessica, Alogbo Krystina (Captain, 1), Monton Katrina, Wright Emma, Eggens Monika (2), Mckee Kelly, Bekhazi Joelle, Fournier Shae, Eggens Carmen, Robinson Christine (1), Valin Stephanie (2), Perreault Dominique (2), Colterjohn Nicola. Head Coach: Begin Johanne   

RUS vs CAN. Photo credit: Gao Yuchen

Game report:

Russia dominated the game from start to end, earning 7 goals in the third quarter while Canada only had 1 shot.

Flash quotes:

Ogorodnikov Aleksandr- RUS coach:

“We were good today and had 7 goals in the third quarter.”

Begin Johanne - CAN Head Coach:

“We did not play together today. Everybody tries to resolve the game. Eight months we were working together but this game looked like they were back to their old habits. I hope we will do better in Kazan for the FINA World Championships.” 

Game 7th-8th : ITALY 11- BRAZIL 2 / Quarters: 0-0, 3-0, 2-1, 6-1.

ITALY: Gorlero Giulia, Tabani Chiara (2), Garibotti Arianna (3), Radicchi Federica (2), Queirolo Elisa (2), Aiello Rosaria, Di Mario Tania (Captain), Bianconi Roberta , Emmolo Giulia, Pomeri Francesca (1), Cotti Aleksandra, Frassinetti Teresa, Teani Laura. Head Coach: Fabio Conti.

BRAZIL: Oliveira Tess, Bahia Viviane, Zablith Marina (Captain), Canetti Marina, Barroncas Lucianne, Chiappini Izabella, Oliveira Amanda, Carvalho Luiza, Dias Melani (2), Fernandes Flavia, Coutinho Mirella, Mantellato Gabriela, Chamorro Victoria. Head Coach: Patrick Oaten     

ITA vs BRA. Photo credit: Gao Yuchen

Game report:

Both teams started cautious and defensive tactics with no point in the first quarter. Italy entered their shooting mode from the second quarter and never looked back, leading 3-0, 2-1, 6-1 to seal the victory.

Flash quotes:

Fabio Conti - ITA Head Coach:

“Finally we played our first game that is not very close. We are working for the World Championships in Kazan. Today we started from the second quarter very fast, so we need to get right form in Kazan.”

Patrick Oaten - BRA Head Coach:

“No offense today. Our girls were scared to shoot. We need to solve this problem and therefore we can play the international level events. We will re-watch all the games which took place today and learn from the US and other teams.”