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Taipei 2017: Canada’s men’s and women’s team each record win

Men’s Water Polo – CAN 7 – 6 RSA

Canada's men's water polo team gutted out a 7-6 win over South Africa on Friday morning to advance to the 9-12 bracket. It was the second victory over South Africa.

Sean Spooner led the way with a hat trick. Mike Chapman on the counterattack, Eric Graham from outside and Colin Colterjohn in a scramble added singles.

"The players responded well mentally from our tough loss in the crossover" said Head Coach Brian Parillo. “We didn't play our best water polo but we got the win."

Sean Spooner pointed to the preparation as a key factor. "With this being an early morning game, our 7am practices during training camp in Toronto really helped. The guys played really hard. Now we have to focus on Korea so that we can advance to the game for 9th place."

Canada will face Korea on Sunday, August 27 at 12:00 pm local/ 12:00 am ET in its penultimate match of the FISU Games.

Women’s Water Polo – CAN 24 – 5 GBR

The Canadian women earned a convincing 24-5 win over Great-Britain bouncing back from their heart-breaking lost to Japan the day before. The depth of this Canadian squad is definitely a positive takeout as nine different players scored for the red and white. Canada is now moving on to the quarterfinals where they will face the United States.

Canada had a strong start scoring five unanswered goals in the first quarter. Great Britain’s response came with only 30 seconds left in the first. The Brits had a good second quarter to come within five goals (4 –9) at the half. The Canadian squad dominated the second half outscoring their opponents 15-1 to record a 24-5 victory.

Elyse Lemay-Lavoie and Shae Fournier continued on their great performances at the FISU Games scoring 5 and 4 times respectively. Wright, Crevier, Sohi and Matthews each recorded a hat trick in the victory. Paul, Christmas and McKelvey all netted singles to complete the score.

“It's important to take every game experience as a learning one and bring it into the next one, especially in an 8 game tournament.” said Clara Vulpisi. “This game was a good way to start preparing for the elimination stage. We started off slow but by sticking to the game plan and working together, we were able to achieve the result that we wanted.”

“We played according to plan today. We came out strong but slowed down the pace in the first half. The team was asked to pick up the pace which they did.” Commented Canada’s Head Coach, David Paradelo. “Our focus is now on quarterfinals tomorrow”.

Canada will face the United States in the quarterfinals, Saturday August 26 at 6:00 pm local time/6:00 am ET.

Photo credit : Mathieu Bélanger, U Sports International 


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