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Ruby nets again as SA waterpolo side are downed by Australia

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By Mark Etheridge

Ruby Versfeld was again South Africa’s lone goalscorer as they went down 19-1 to Australia in water polo action at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia on Tuesday.
After shipping 22 goals to the Netherlands in their opening fixture at the weekend, the SA girls will in all likelihood be happy not to have conceded quite that many against another top-ranked water polo nation.
Australia raced out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter and it was with around two minutes to go before halftime that centre-forward Kim Kay found fellow attacker Versfeld with a pin-point pass to at least get SA on the board. Versfeld also scored for SA in the 22-1 defeat to the Netherlands.
Halftime came and went with the score 9-1 to the Aussies. The third quarter proved the most successful for Australia as they scored seven times without reply.
But South Africa refused to lie down and held the Aussies to just three goals in the final quarter.
South Africa had 14 shots but only managed to score on that one occasion while Australia converted more than half of their 35 chances.
South Africa now bring up the rear in Group B with a goal difference of 2-41. They still have Greece to play in their final pool fixture on Thursday.
Whatever the score though, South Africa will continue to do their best considering that they are the only amateur team at the world championships, having had to endure freezing training conditions back home and very rarely getting to spend time together as a team.


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