Ireland to Play Austria for Bronze at 8 Nations Championship in Limerick

March 15th 2014:  Malta continued their dominance of the EU 8 Nations Water Polo Tournament in Limerick today with a resounding 17-7 win over Ireland in tonight’s semi-final encounter.

Having finished second in group A Ireland was pitted against Group B winners Malta in the first semi-final of the evening. Already this weekend the very physical Malta team have had massive wins over Wales, Denmark and Czech Republic and the game against Ireland was no different.

Ireland started well with the score at 3-2 after six minutes following goals from Eoin Nolan and Ben Matthews but Malta’s Michele Stellini and Gert Lanzon hit the back of the Irish net  in the last minute to take a 5-2 lead into the second quarter.

Malta extended their lead to 9-4 in the second quarter adding another four goals to their tally with the only Irish scores coming from Russell Simkins and Josef Kresak. A tired Irish side could not get past Maltese goal keeper Alan Borg Cole in the third quarter as they were kept scoreless while Malta added another 4 goals from Stellini (2), Matthew Zammit and Jordan Camilleri to strengthen their score to 13.

A much better performance from Ireland in the final quarter saw a second goal from Kresak and two more from Nolan to end the game 17-7. Ireland will now play for Bronze tomorrow against Austria in a re-match of today’s earlier pool game where the Austrians came out on top with a 15-7 win.

 Austria tonight lost the second semi-final of the championship to Denmark by a score line of 13-8. Following their win, Denmark move on to play Malta in the Gold Medal Game.

In this evening’s other games Scotland beat a tired Wales side 15-4 while Switzerland were victors over Czech Republic 11-8.

 Today’s Results

Game 13: Switzerland 11 (K Muller 3, A cAssina 2, R Pleyer 1, H Caleta 1, M Herzog 1, A El Mahrek 1, P Bjelajac 1, O Frohli 1) Czech Republic 8 (S Rezek 1, R Brusak 2, P Holes 2, K Holibka 2, O Lundak 1)

Game 14: Scotland 15 (A Campbell 4, J Scobie 3, F Rutherford 3, C Campbell 2, K Anderson 1, M Speed 1, E Grundy 1) Wales 4 (C Taylor 2, L Jones 1, S Williams 1)

Game 15: Ireland 7 (E Nolan 3, B Matthews 1, R Simkins 1, J Kresak 2) Malta 17 (M Zammit 3, C Lanzon 6, J Gabarretta 3, M Mali 1, J Camilleri 2, M Stellini 2)

Game 16: Austria (F Makray 1, B Henge 4, S Donis 1, J Gratzl 1, P Kovac 1) Denmark ( B Sigurdsson 1, E Morgen Hansen 5, M Bagenkop 3, A Lyster 4)

Previous Results:

Group A                                                                      Group B

Game 1: Ireland 9 Switzerland 7                                Game 3 Denmark 11 Czech Republic 9

Game 2: Austria 11 Scotland 8                                   Game 4 Wales 8 Malta 23

Game 5: Austria 11 Switzerland 11                            Game 7: Denmark 21 Wales 8

Game 6: Scotland 9 Ireland 12                                   Game 8: Czech Republic 6 Malta 18

Game 9: Scotland 11 Switzerland 9                Game 11: Denmark 9 Malta 18

Game 10: Austria 15 Ireland 7                         Game 12: Wales 6 Czech Republic 13

2014 EU Nations Water Polo Tournament, UL Sport, University of Limerick 14-16 March 2014

Sunday 16th March

17           0900       Czech Republic v Wales 7th/8th Place

18           1015       Switzerland v Scotland 5th/6th Place

19           1130       Ireland v Austria Bronze Medal Game

20         1300     Malta v Denmark Gold Medal Game


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