Canada picks up its second lopsided win ahead of a crucial women’s water polo match at the Worlds
It’s safe to say that the Canadian women’s water polo team is no longer flying under the radar in Doha, Qatar.
The Group of 15 warmed up for Thursday’s decisive match against Italy at the World Aquatics Championships with a 20-5 win over Great Britain on Tuesday.
“Some people think that as Canadians we’re not the most strong-willed,” team captain Emma Wright told CBC Sports before this tournament, the third and final qualifier for this summer’s Paris Olympics.
“People underestimate us as a team because we are Canadian and we hope to use that to our advantage.”
Canada also beat South Africa 24-2 to open the tournament on Sunday.
Elise Lemay-Lavoie was among a trio of Canadians who scored five goals and added four on Tuesday to earn player of the match honors.
Canada leads Group D over Italy, also 2-0, on goal difference (37-34). In their last meeting, the Italians won 13-12 in a friendly match last April.
The Italians are one of the teams, along with Hungary, that are expected to present the Canadians’ toughest test in their bid for an Olympic berth. Thursday’s game is scheduled for 4 a.m. ET and will be streamed live on CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports app and CBC Gem.
The top team in each of the four groups advances to the quarter-finals on February 12, while the runner-up must win a playoff to advance.
watched Canada vs. Great Britain at the World Aquatics Championships:
For the second straight game in Doha, Canada scored six goals in the first quarter on Tuesday.
It led 5-2 in the second half to lead 11-3 at halftime.
“Everyone played together”
Great Britain was able to hold their opponent scoreless for more than five minutes in the third quarter, but Canada scored three goals in quick fashion and sealed the win.
“Everyone played together and everyone touched the ball, so it was really good,” said Blair McDowell, who scored twice along with Axel Crevier, Kindred Ball, Marilia Mimedes and Wright.
Shay LaRoche scored a hat-trick while Daphne Guivermont, Verica Bacock and Serena Brown also scored.
“Great Britain were doing a really good job of diving and… we had to be disciplined in our defense and take advantage of our opportunities.”
Canada hit 20 out of 32 shots for a success rate of 62.5 per cent compared to 25 per cent (5 to 25) for the British.
The Canadiens also outscored their opponent 6-3 and had five fewer turnovers.
British Tula Falvey, who led her team with two goals, said: “It was definitely a difficult match for us.” “We set some goals and wanted to get there, and definitely some things we can take from this game into the next game.
“We have to learn from our mistakes and move forward.”
Great Britain faces South Africa on Thursday in a battle of winless teams.
(Tags for translation) Water Games