The South African Water Polo Women’s team were crowned champions of the 2021 EU Nations Women’s Water Polo competition in Czech Republic on Sunday, 14 November 2021.
Top nations from across the globe took part in the competition which ran from 12-14 November.
The South Africans got off to a shaky start, losing to Switzerland in the Pool game, however, they redeemed themselves with a 17-4 win over Wales, where the youngest players, Iman Akomolafe, scored a hat-trick.
On Saturday, the girls from Mzansi played their third game against hosts Czech Republic, winning 25-3.
In the final, South Africa beat Switzerland to claim gold. Ashleigh Vaughan was named Player of the Tournament and Top Goal Scorer of the Tournament, while captain Meghan Maartens was named Goalkeeper of the Tournament.
“I’m honestly very proud of the ladies.” – Coach Delaine Mentoor, speaking on the South African Water Polo Women’s team victory at the 2021 EU Nations Women’s Water Polo competition in Czech Republic
“We lost to Switzerland in the pool game and our first game and obviously, to go and beat them in the finals is a big achievement for us,” said Mentoor, “So I’m proud of them.
“But I’m generally happy with our performance as we grew with every single game. We got better and better for each game, after each game, which is good and that is the main point for all of this.”
Mentoor also mentioned her biggest highlight of this year’s tournament, “An even bigger highlight for me is that the last time SA won this tournament, I played.
“It was 2016 and we won it in Prague and that was the last time we won. And this time, my first time coaching the SA Ladies senior team at this tournament, we now won it again.
“So, for me that’s a big accomplishment and I’m very proud of this team, and they very much deserve this win!” Mentoor concluded.
1 – South Africa
2 – Switzerland
3 – Germany
4 – Belgium
5 – Czech Republic
6 – Wales
7 – Austria
Photo 1 Caption: The South African Water Polo Women’s team were crowned champions of the 2021 EU Nations Women’s Water Polo competition in Czech Republic on Sunday, 14 November 2021. Photo: SA Water Polo (Instagram)