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Riddell holds off British challenge

17th September 2011

Canadian goalkeeper Rachel Riddell put paid to the British Gas GBR Women’s Water Polo team’s gold medal hopes with a virtuoso performance at the Four Nation Invitational In Manchester.

Riddell has been one of the stars of the competition and was the catalyst for a second-half shutout as Canada defeated the Brits 11-4.

It was just a few missed opportunities in the second half which would have kept us right in the match.

Great Britain won the second quarter and were within touching distance at half-time, trailing 7-4 thanks to efforts from Frankie Snell (2), Ciara Gibson-Byrne and Angie Winstanley-Smith as well as the heroics of Rosie Morris in the British goal.

But while they continued to create chances and earn man-ups, the Brits couldn’t find a way past Riddell in the third and fourth quarters as Canada edged slowly clear to secure their third win in three and book their place in tomorrow’s gold-medal match against China.

British player Chloe Wilcox admitted Riddell had been the star of the show but insisted the team would not dwell on the result.

“We had a good first half but I think the weekend began to catch up with us by the second half,” said Wilcox.

“We did well to come back into the game after the first quarter and it was just a few missed opportunities in the second half which would’ve kept us right in the match.

“Their keeper had a great game as well but we’ll bounce back tomorrow and hopefully finish with a win.”

Great Britain will take on Germany in Sunday's bronze-medal playoff.

Great Britain 4 - 11 Canada (1-5, 3-1, 0-3, 0-2)

Great Britain: Frankie Snell (2), Ciara Gibson-Byrne, Angie Winstanley Smith

Canada: Emily Csikos (4), Joëlle Békhazi (2), Dominique Perrault (2), Krystina Alogbo, Katrina Monton, Marina Radu

China book final place

China sealed their place in tomorrow’s gold medal match with a 24-8 victory over Germany.

The match was closer than the scoreline suggests as both teams scored freely in the opening two quarters.

But, feeling the loss of the experienced Monika Kruszona for three early exclusions, the German goals eventually dried up and China pulled clear, conceding just one goal in the second half.

The Chinese showed their depth as nine of their 10 outfield players found the net and Ma Huanhuan top-scored with seven.

China 24 – 8 Germany (8-3, 6-4, 5-1, 5-0)

China: Ma Huanhuan (7), Liu Ping (4), Sun Yujun (3), Wang Yi (3), Chen Yuan (2), Sun Huizi (2), He Jin, Sun Yating, Zhang Lei

Germany: Mandy Zöllner (3), Claudia Blomenkamp, Monika Kruszona, Claudia Kern, Carolin Seifert, Nina Wengst

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