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Day 08 of the 18th FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea

Day 08 of the 18th FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea
Gwangju, Saturday, 20th July 2019 - The South African women’s water polo team won their first match of the 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju with a resounding 26-3 victory over hosts Korea on Saturday morning.

The women were in a dominant form recording a host of national scoring records in their classification match against the home side.

Yanah Grobler, Amica Hallendorff and Lucy Szewski each contributed richly scoring four goals apiece.  South Africa created a litany of scoring chances landing 26 of their 36 shots in the back of the net for a 70 percent success rate.

The South Africans made a stunning start to the match scoring seven goals in the first quarter and conceding one to the Koreans. Nicola Macleod, who scored a hat-trick of goals, set the pace for South Africa scoring the first goal just 14 seconds into the encounter.

The SA women extended their lead with four goals in the second quarter, adding four more points to the scoresheet going into the break with an 11-1 advantage.  They ran away with the match in the third quarter scoring seven more goals before sealing the game by adding eight more in the final point for an impressive victory.

It was an impressive display by the South African women who only managed to score five goals during the group matches.

They will next face Japan to determine who will finish in 13th or 14th-place, which will be an improvement on their previous showing at the championships.

At the 2017 World Championships in Hungary, the South African women’s team finished the tournament in 16th place.


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