December 6, 2013, Gatineau (ISN) – The Canadian senior women’s water polo team reaped a 7-5 victory from Australia on December 6, at the 2013 Canada Cup invitational tournament. This was a first win for Canada in the event held until Sunday in Gatineau, QC
“We had fun in the water tonight,” said Katrina Monton, from Dorval, QC, who had two goals in the game. “We started the day with a really good, intense training session and I think that carried over through tonight. We came out strong and we had a lot of good energy,” she said.
The low scoring first quarter, and similar beginning of the second, reflected the team’s even performances early in the game. Canada however took a 3-2 lead with two minutes left in the second period. Despite Australia staying close behind, the Canadians managed to keep a 5-4 advantage going into the fourth quarter. Canada then added another two points by mid-quarter and settled into a strong defensive game, in order to limit the opponent’s response to a 1 point increase, and thus create the game’s final score of 7-5.
“We played good defense tonight,” said Canadian head coach Guy Baker. “Our powerplay defense was improved. We did make some mistakes in the game but not quite as many as in our previous appearances. It was another close match with the Australians,” he concluded.
Canada’s side of the score sheet included the two goals from Katrina Monton and singles from Krystina Alogbo, Christine Robinson, Carmen and Monika Eggens and from newcomer Hayley KcKelvey, of Delta, B.C. who registered her first international game goal with the senior team tonight.
On the Australian side, Ashleigh Southern recorded two goals, while Hannah Buckling, Jessica Martin and Bronwen Knox each notched one.
The Australians, silver medalists at the 2013 World Championship, are the current Canada Cup tournament leaders and were undefeated in their first three games at the event. Their performance has already secured them a place in the final on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 12:45 p.m. EST. The last game of the round robin phase is scheduled for 6:45 pm on Saturday, Dec. 7 and will feature Canada and the United States of America. The winner will join Australia in the gold medal game on Sunday.