Hungary, Spain, Australia and Greece have easily fought their way through to the Platinum semifinals of the FINA World Women’s Cadet Water Polo Championships in Larissa, Greece. Hungary had the better of Netherlands 10-7, Spain outplayed Japan 14-7, Australia defeated Italy 10-5 and Greece surpassed Croatia 12-7 in Thursday’s quarter-finals.
All four semifinals seemed to win their matches easily after such a tough week and host Greece will face Australia in the first semifinal and Hungary will play Spain in the second on Friday night.
Hungary turns final-quarter deficit into 10-7 victory over Netherlands
Zoe Lendvay punched in her third and the final winning goal as Hungary turned the match from a goal down at halftime and 7-6 behind in the fourth quarter with a four-goal tidal wave that stunned the Dutch.
Spain shocks Japan with 6-1 opening quarter and cruises to 14-7 margin
Martina Claveria headlined Spain’s success with four goals as six players had Spain 6-0 up, forcing Japan to level two of the next three quarters, but losing the third 4-2 as Spain proved far too smart and agile.
Australia repulses Italian challenge in a match levelled twice, but had the Aussies almost always in control
Australia started 2-0, led 6-4 at halftime and 7-5 at the final break and rattled in three goals in 87 seconds in the shutout fourth period with Olivia Muir topping all scorers with three.
Relentless Greece untroubled in solid 12-7 win over Croatia
Despoina Drakotou grabbed four goals as Greece pleased the packed stands, leading 3-1, 6-2 and an unassailable 10-5 at the final break to cruise into the quarter-finals.
In the Silver round robin for placings 8-13, Turkey claimed the match against South 7-6 with an action goal five seconds from the final buzzer; Israel thumped Switzerland 15-0, United States of America was far too good for South Africa 18-4 and Turkey inflicted a second big loss on Switzerland — 20-1. They have another four matches on Friday before finding the top four to close the group on Saturday.
Day 5 Results:
Hungary 10 Netherlands 7 (2-2, 1-2, 3-2, 4-1), Japan 7 Spain 14 (1-6, 1-1, 2-4, 3-3), Australia 10 Italy 5 (3-3, 3-1, 1-1, 3-0), Greece 12 Croatia 7 (3-1, 3-1, 4-3, 2-2).
Silver Round Robin:
Turkey 7 South Africa 6 (2-0, 2-1, 1-3, 2-2), Israel 15 Switzerland 0 (4-0, 2-0, 4-0, 5-0), South Africa 4 USA 18 (1-5, 1-4, 1-6, 1-3), Switzerland 1 Turkey 20 (1-4, 0-3, 0-5, 0-8).
Platinum 1-4 Semifinals
19:30 Greece v Australia
21:00 Hungary v Spain
Gold 1-4 Semifinals
11:30 Netherlands v Japan
13:00 Croatia v Italy
Silver Round Robin (Classification 9-13)
09:00 United States of America v Switzerland
10:15 Turkey v Israel
15:00 Switzerland v South Africa
18:15 Israel v United States of America