Losing start for water polo youths

The Trinidad and Tobago 18 and Under men's water polo team suffered two defeats in their first two games as they prepare to take on Romania today as the inaugural FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships continue in Perth, Australia.

On Saturday, the T&T team went under 7-9 to Iran in their first match on the opening day of the tournament at the Challenge Stadium in Mt Claremont.

In that Group C encounter, Iran finished the first period 4-3 up before they went up 5-4 at the half. T&T's effort suffered when Keiron Emmanuel got called for a brutality foul and was ejected for four mnutes after kicking a player in the face. Iran's Hamed Khanbanan converted the ensuing penalty for a 7-4 lead but captain Russell Ferreira and Adrian Hinds scored one a piece while Iran scored one more to end the third period 8-6.

In the final quarter, T&T scored first before Khanbanan scored his fourth and final item for a 9-7 Iran win

On Sunday, Uzbhekistan's Kirill Rustamov netted 15 goals as he led his team to a 19-16 victory over the boys in red , white and black.

Captain Ferreira again led the T&T side with eight goals and was ably backed up by Marc Stauble (four). while Christian Chee Foon, Jonathan Gillette, Justin Bodden and Johan Callender added one each in a brave effort.

Today, T&T's USA-born head coach Adam Foley and his charges will be looking for their first win when they take on Romania, who beat Uzbhekistan 9-8 yesterday.

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