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FINA WC Day 9 - Women's Water Polo Match 31 & 32

Jul 21, 2003

Match 31, Women 09:30, 21.07.03
Play-off for 15th & 16th
Quarters: 1-2, 1-2, 1-2, 3-3

Referees: Kazuhito Wakabayashi (JPN), Wang Yaqi (CHN).

GREAT BRITAIN: Ruth Hawney, Kate Lewis (2), Bernice Cowton, Tara Smith, Helen Dacre (1), Frances Leighton (1), Angela Winstanley, Hannah Wild, Carol Mohan (1), Karine Hales (1), Laura Evans, Larissa Davies, Siobhan Winter
Coach: Nick Hume.

FRANCE: Caroline Ruder, Cecile Busteau, Jenny Ritz (3), Vanessa Hernandez (2), Louise Guillet, Gaelle De Rycke, Aurelia Picot, Myriam Argaud, Virginie Mozdzierz, Laure Gauthreau (2), Perrine Metay, Alice Goulut (1), Isabelle Fack (1)
Coach: Jean-Luc Doucereux.

France secured 15th place with a 9-6 victory over Great Britain. It was achieved with a 2-1 opening quarter, going to 3-1 and 4-2 by halftime. Vanessa Hernandez scored twice for France. Laure Gauthreau collected her second goal on extra at the start of the third period. Karine Hales pulled one back for GB but Isabelle Fack tipped in at centre forward for 6-3 by the break. Jenny Ritz scored three goals in the final quarter with Kate Lewis netting twice for GB. Carol Mohan brought GB to 7-5 down at 3:55 but France always had its Channel rival's measure.

Match 32, Women 10:45, 21.07.03
Play-off for 13th & 14th
Quarters: 0-4, 2-5, 2-1, 1-5

Referees: Brian Littlejohn (GBR) Jan Bohat (SVK).

VENEZUELA: Xomar Vilar, Andreina Diaz (1), Selene Rego, Stephany Rivero (1), Yessenia Bastardo, Thais Suarez, Rocio Galue, Almedia Aldana, Carol Caliz, Fabiola Godoy (1), Yesvia Alvarado (2), Gregory Aguilar, Serginel Maza
Coach: Carlos Fernandez.

KAZAKHSTAN: Galina Rytova, Irina Tolkunova (3), Tatyana Gubina (2), Anna Zubkova, Svetlana Koroleva, Natalya Galkina (1), Alexandra Zarkova, Natalya Krassilinikova, Assel Jakayeva (1), Marina Gritsenko (4), Alyona Klimenko (1), Natalya Ignatyeva (2), Natalya Kutuzova (1)
Coach: Andrey Sazykin.

Kazakhstan proved it wasn't meant to be in this group with such a convincing win over Venezuela. After coming through such a heavyweight group in Italy, Spain and Hungary, Kazakhstan deserved this victory but possibly not the low placing. The Asian qualifier was always on top, going from 4-0 at the quarter to 9-2 at halftime. Venezuela had an excellent third period, winning 2-1 but Kazakhstan struck out in the final period, ramming in five goals to one. Marina Gritsenko was the top scorer with four goals, all coming in a four-minute trot in the second stanza.