Tough for South Africa Water Polo Jnr Men

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SA U18 Water Polo Team Score board

SA U18 Water Polo Team Score board
1 Andrew During (Bishops –WP); 2 Wyatt Edwards (Clifton -KZN); 3 Dayne Jagga (Clifton -KZN); 4 Michael Brakspear (Clifton -KZN); 5 Paul du Plessis (Paul Roos-WP); 6 Nicholas Downes (Clifton -KZN); 7 Jason Everzard (Grey -EP); 8 Jordan Rumbelow (SACS –WP); 9 Kimon Haralambous (Bishops –WP); 10 Luke Schooling (SACS –WP); 11 Liam Neill (Bishops –WP); 12 David Rom (Reddam–WP); 13 Zubair Cassiem (Jeppe Boys-CG)

South Africa is one of 19 nations who have sent an u18 men’s water polo team to the 2nd World Youth Water Polo Championships, which got underway on Saturday in Istanbul .  So which team, if any, will manage to win the title from Italy, who claimed the gold medal at the successful inaugural 2012 World Youth (age 18 & under) championships in Perth, Australia? The preliminary rounds kicked off with special attention placed on group A as Spain and Hungary and USA were drawn in the same group. Serbia and Croatia also ended up together in group D with Peru, Canada and New Zealand as opponents. Meanwhile defending champions, Italy are facing hosts Turkey, Brazil, Russia and South Africa in group C. The five-team group B is led by last year’s U17 European championship gold medallists Montenegro who take on Australia, Iran, Argentina and Japan in the group stage. The respective group winners will advance to the quarter-finals, the second and third-ranked teams play a FINA World Mens Youth Water Polo Championships_2014qualification round to join them. It will be tough for South Africa Water Polo Jnr Men:  South Africa’s first face off with Turkey ended with them going down 4-14 to the hosts.

FINA World’s Mens Youth Water Polo Championships 2014 Groups

Group A: Kazakhstan; Spain; Hungary; USA; Egypt

Group B: Australia; Iran; Argentina; Montenegro; Japan

Group C: Brazil; Italy; South Africa; Turkey; Russia

Group D: New Zealand; Serbia; Croatia; Canada; Peru

SA vs Russia Team huddlePreliminary Round 1 #ywcistanbul2014 (2 August)

Hungary               13           –              8              USA

Spain                     22           –              6              Egypt

Argentina            3              –              17           Montenegro

Iran                        3              –              12           Japan

Italy                       7              –              9              Russia

Croatia                  12           –              7             Canada

SA vs Russia World Mens Youth Water Polo hampionships 2014Serbia                   32           –              1              Peru

South Africa  6              –              14

Turkey The second day of action brought no surprises with the favourites all adding some expected points to their total. Only defending champions Italy bounced back from their opening day loss to Russia by this time holding off Brazil in a close game 8-9. South Africa was also not lucky in their game against Russia. Some of the South African spectators have rated the SA players performance and their  comeback  in the 4th chukka of the game, which they managed to steal away from Russia.

SA Youth Mens Waterpolo team after Brasil game Preliminary Round 2 #ywcistanbul2014 ( 3 August)

Japan                    16           –              8              Argentina
Australia              13           –              1              Iran

Russia                   11           –              4              South Africa

Brazil                     8              –              9              Italy

Peru                      2              –              21           Croatia

New Zealand     8              –              18           Serbia

Egypt                     5              –              21           Hungary

Kazakhstan         3              –              20           Spain
Day 4 before facing Italy at the World Mens Youth Water Polo ChampsDay 3 of the world men’s youth championships saw the Brazilians dominating the South African team. The game was beleaguered by lots of kick outs of SA players allowing the opposition to take advantage and score.  When captain Nick Downes was asked for a comment he said: “Tough Waterpolo but we have learnt so much!” Goalkeeper Andy During backed this up by adding : “Their faking  is unbelievably convincing, their defence excellent and they are very quick in their movements in the pool” Other big victories were Canada who beat Peru 18-6, Hungary who crushed Kazakhstan 24-2 and Australia took Argentina for a 3-17 win.

SA Youth Water Polo team Leisure timePreliminary Round 3 #ywcistanbul2014 (4 August)

South Africa  4              –              15           Brazil

Canada                 18           –              6              Peru

Croatia                  11           –              8              New Zealand

USA                       12           –              8              Egypt

Hungary               24           –              2              Kazakhstan

Montenegro      14           –              10           Japan

Argentina            3              –              17           Australia
Turkey                  8              –              8              Russia

Line up for SA vs Russia World_Mens_Youth Water Polo_Champs 2014South Africa will face defending champions Italy today at 18h40. Today’s results so far:

Preliminary Round 3 #ywcistanbul2014 (5 August)

New Zealand     6              –              9              Canada

Serbia                  11           –              9              Croatia

Kazakhstan         3              –              18           USA

Spain                    6              –              6              Hungary

FINA World womens Youth Water Polo Championships 2014

Photo courtesy of Kelsey White @POLOKW12

We will keep you posted with a further epsiode on the FINA World’s Mens Youth Water Polo Championships 2014 in the next few days. 2nd FINA World Women’s Youth Water Polo Championships 2014: AUGUST 25 – 31, 2014 – MADRID (ESP)-  Coming soon Team SA Headed to the FINA Womens Water Polo Youth Champs: Nicole Schuman (WP); Nicole James (WP); Caitlyn Shreuder; Asanda Lajla (KZN); Nina Cressey(BDR); Ruby Versveld (WP); Tayla Louw (BDR); Amber Penney (CG); Emma Hardham (CG); Erin Sims (BDR); Alex van der Walt (WP); Cara Stubbs (WP); Megan Thompson (WP) reporter@amanzimag.co.za

Author: AmanziMag

Promoting and celebrating Aquatic sports, safety and efficiency. Spreading advice, inspiration and news relating to the healthiest sport that has the most potential to educate the many South Africans who still fear water.

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