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Water polo men edged by Malta but women whip Scotland


There were mixed fortunes for South Africa’s men’s and women’s water polo teams at the Commonwealth Championships in Aberdeen, Scotland on Tuesday, writes Mark Etheridge.

The SA men have started with a loss a draw and then a win but narrowly went down to Malta in their fourth Pool encounter.

They were always going to be up against it in the Malta match with the latter having a big support base. But they held the Maltese men to 5-5 at half-time

Nardus Bardenhorst and Jarred Wingate-Pearce kept the South Africans in touch but Malta were still leading 9-7 with four minutes left in the final quarter. Lood Rabie then pulled them back to within a goal of levelling matters and Nic Molyneux almost did exactly that but was denied by a great save from the Malta keeper.

Malta are now still unbeaten after four games and the SA side have two losses, a draw and a win.

Meanwhile the SA women (in action yesterday, right) bounced back from defeat against England with a thumping 23-0 win against host nation Scotland.

The Scottish Swimming website reports that two goals each for Tay Schooling, Kelsey White and Kim Kay and one for Tammy Heydenrych gave them a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Scotland in front of the home crowd couldn’t handle South Africans counter-attacking play and found goalkeeper Anke Jacobs in good form. It got worse for Scotland as captain Gael Logan was majored out just before half time, meaning she would play no further part, with her team losing 10-0 at half time.

The second half saw much more of the same for the visitors, three penalties in the third quarter, all scored by Megan Parkes, Kelsey White and Claire Gorrie.

As well as the penalties, South Africa scored another six, giving them an impressive 19-0 lead at the end of third quarter.

The home crowd were urging Scotland forward wanting to see them score at least one goal but despite a number of attempts they were denied by ‘keeper Jessica Bentley again.

Picture: Scottish Swimming