Aquatic Worlds | Water polo: Canadian women remain in the race for the Olympics

(Montreal) The World Aquatic Sports Championships are coming to an end, but everything is still to play for for Canadian polo players. Despite their 10-8 defeat against Australia in the classification match for places 5 to 8 on Wednesday, they are still in the race to fly to the Paris Olympic Games.


After its setback, Canada’s fate depended on the meeting between Italy and the Netherlands. The Dutch somehow saved the skin of David Paradelo’s troop by winning 10-5 to provoke a last chance duel between Canada and Italy.

“I didn’t watch the game, because I was too impatient to see the result. Depending on one game for an Olympic qualification is not optimal or pleasant,” mentioned Quebecer Axelle Crevier, referring to the Italy against the Netherlands match.

Without hiding, the next match is far from being in the bag for the Canadians who lost 12-8 against this same Italian team last Thursday.

” It’s our game the most important, I think. If we use the same intensity and refine a few things, we will have a victory,” continued Crevier, still confident at the end of the game against Australia.

In other words, the Canadian team knows exactly what it must do to defeat the Italians who were decorated with bronze last summer at the world aquatics in Fukuoka, Japan.

“We now have the opportunity to go to the last game and to play against the team which is also in Olympic qualification. I think that’s what’s most fair in this whole (story),” said head coach David Paradelo, full of hope for this meeting which will take place on Friday.

A match full of intensity

From the start on Wednesday, it was the Australians who took possession of the ball, scoring the first goal after a little over a minute of play. The two teams then exchanged the lead on a few occasions to find themselves at tied 3-3 at half.

Then, the Canadians managed to take a 6-5 lead, but a more difficult fourth quarter ended their hopes of slipping away with the match and putting pressure on Italy.

“We had a good game today (Wednesday). We worked very intensely and we were very disciplined. We had a little moment at the start of the fourth where we lost a little discipline and we suffered because of that,” analyzed Paradelo, emphasizing in passing the tenacity of his protégés.

“The girls gave their all and worked until the last possession to come back and try to tie the game! »

Serena Browne (1), Verica Bakoc (2) Emma Wright (3), Kindred Paul (1) and Élyse Lemay-Lavoie (1) scored for the maple leaf, which also counts on the services of Shea La Roche and Clara Vulpisi in the capital of Qatar.

With this match now in the past, the Canadians are fully focused on their next and final game which will determine their fate in view of the Paris Olympic Games.

“Finally, we have our last chance against an opponent in the same position as us. It will be a very emotional game. We will be ready and no matter what happens, the team will give everything it has,” concluded Axelle Crevier.


reference: www.lapresse.ca

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