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Waterpolo - 10. December 2007.

Italy Wins 9th Holiday Cup With Defeat Of Netherlands; USA Takes Third

photos Jeff Shewmon – nevermindthehorses.com


Game #16 - AUSTRALIA 8 CANADA 6 5TH PLACE GAME SCORESHEET


Australia finished the Holiday Cup with a victory over Canada 8-6 to claim fifth place. While it was less than expected for the second ranked Aussies they did enough to take out Canada who played it close through the third quarter. It was all tied after the first quarter at 1-1, the second at 3-3 and the fourth at 6-6. In the fourth Australia was able to extend a lead thanks to scores by Nikita Cuffe and they then put the game away with a score from Bronwen Knox on a five meter call. That tally made it 8-6 with a minute remaining and that was the game. Next up for Australia will be their Olympic Qualification matchup with New Zealand on December 17 in Brisbane, Australia. As for Canada it won't be long before they are back on US soil as they have common training with the United States in late January.

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Betsey Armstrong – team defense




Flash Quotes:

"I think progress was made, the ball movement was better in this game. We need to grow from this, it's been a tough week for us, but I'm ok with it." Patrick Oaten, Head Coach - Canada

"A disappointing result overall, a very inconsistent tournament and towards the end of the tourney our six on five attack let us down severely." Greg McFadden, Head Coach - Australia

On upcoming qualification tournament

"We're pretty confident we'll do well. We experimented with players in this tournament but our main focus was the Olympic qualification." Greg McFadden, Head Coach - Australia

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Patty Cardenas



Box Score

AUSTRALIA

1

2

3

2

--

8

CANADA

1

2

3

0

--

6


Individual Scoring

AUSTRALIA

N. Cuffe 3, B. Knox 2, R. Rippon 1, J. Santoromito 1, S. Smith 1

CANADA

S. Lize 2, J. Begin 1, D. Perreault 1, A. Braden 1, M. Radu 1

Goal Saves

AUSTRALIA

V. Brown 6

CANADA

R. Riddell 11


Game # 18 - USA 17 RUSSIA 7 3RD PLACE GAME

USA easily took third place at the 9th Holiday Cup as they ran past Russia 17-7. While it signals the end of six straight titles at the Holiday Cup for the USA it was still a positive ending to the tourney. USA moved out to a 4-2 lead at the end of the first and then went up 8-3 at halftime as their lead grew exponentially. In the third quarter they really turned things on and blew the game open as they ballooned their lead to 14-5 as played move to the fourth. In the fourth not much changed as they won going away at 17-7.

Jessica Steffens led a parade of scorers with three goals while Jamie Hipp and Betsey Armstrong split time in net with Hipp picking up 8 saves and Armstrong taking 6 saves. USA now has some downtime before they resume action after the New Year with some common training with Canada in late January.

Flash Quotes:

"Russia didn't seem to be playing as hard and maybe we were playing a little better. I thought we had a real good game offensively. 17 goals is about 10 more than we usually get and we ended the tourney on a good note. We got a good idea of what we need to start working on." Guy Baker, Head Coach - USA

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Lauren Wenger


Box Score

USA

4

3

6

3

--

17

RUSSIA

2

1

2

2

--

7




Individual Scoring

USA

J. Steffens 3, E. Figge 2, L. Wenger 2, P. Cardenas 2, M. van Norman 2, B. Villa 2, A. Gregorka 1, K Craig 1, N. Golda 1, B. Hayes 1

RUSSIA

A. Vylegzhanina 2, Y. Gaufler 2, E. Pantyulina 2, O. Belyaeva 1

Goal Saves

USA

J. Hipp 8, B. Armstrong 6

RUSSIA

E. Protsenko 1, V. Vorontsova 4


Game # 19 - NETHERLANDS 9 ITALY 10 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Italy became the first European team to win the title at the Holiday Cup as they defeated the Netherlands 10-9 in the title game. Italy jumped out to a 5-1 lead only to see the Netherlands storm back and cut it to 5-4 at halftime after staging a 3-0 second quarter. In the third quarter the two teams jostled back and forth as the scored was tied at five, six, and seven before Italy pulled ahead 8-7 with just two seconds remaining in the period. In the fourth Italy moved ahead 9-7 but again the Dutch fought back to tie the score at 9-9 with a little over two minutes remaining. At the 1:57 mark the gamebreaker would come as Italy used an exclusion to score and go up 10-9. Netherlands had a shot with less than 20 seconds left but could not convert and the Italians were victorious.

Flash Quotes:

"It is good for my team and it is important to be playing against Australia and Russia and winning these matches sets a high standard." Mauro Maugeri, Head Coach - Italy

On losing the lead

"No I was not nervous, it's not normal to have that kind of lead, it's better for the spectators anyway to be even (sic)." Mauro Maugeri, Head Coach - Italy

"When you start like this down 5-1 in the first quarter it is difficult to come back, but in the second and third and fourth quarter we did comeback. We played six very good games, we played all the best teams in the world. If you win three times, draw two times, and lose one you must be satisfied." Robin Van Galen, Head Coach - the Netherlands

Box Score

NETHERLANDS

1

3

3

2

--

9

ITALY

5

0

3

2

--

10


Individual Scoring

ITALY

C. Ragusa 2, T. DiMario 2, M. Miceli 1, E. Casanova 1, S. Bosurgi 1, E. Valkai 1, M. Zanchi 1, A. Bosello 1

NETHERLANDS

Y. Smit 2, M. Cabout 2, D. De Bruijn 2, A. Sijbring 2, M. Van Den Ham 1

Goal Saves

NETHERLANDS

M. De Nooy 2, Van Den Meijden 4

ITALY

E. Gigli 9

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