Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Trinidad and Tobago get first World Champs win


AMONG THE SCORERS: Trinidad and Tobago's Jonathan Gillette dribbles the ball during his team's FINA World Youth Water Polo Championship playoff match against Peru yesterday at the Challenge Stadium in Perth, Australia. T&T won 13-8.

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Trinidad and Tobago Men's 18 and under team registered their first win of the campaign on day seven of the FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships in Perth, Australia yesterday.

T&T secured their first victory with a well-deserved 13-8 victory over Peru.

Captain Russell Ferreira and Jonathan Gillette were the heroes for T&T as they netted eight goals between them to help set up a 17th v 18th playoff against South Africa today.

T&T opened the scoring through Marc Stauble, before Gillette and Ferreira found the back of the net to make it 3-1 at the first break.

It was a tight opening period with T&T able to expose the Peruvian defence on a more regular basis. Ferreira extended his dominance in the second, scoring three of his team's four goals to give the Caribbean nation a comfortable 7-3 lead at half time. Peru got three goals through Sebastian Morales and Gerson Rolawdo, and the pair continued their team's revival with another three in the third period.

Diego Villar then got in on the act scoring two of his own to give Peru a sniff of victory, but their resistance was short-lived.

Gillette slotted home three in the second half to give T&T their very first win at a water polo world championship. Gillette said it was exciting to win the first match and praised his teammates for a fantastic effort.

"It feels really good to get our first win. We played very good as a team and it was good to have a healthy fan base. We made some mistakes but I'm very happy," Gillette said. "I feel pretty good with how I played and I had every shot on target, but I couldn't have done it without my team."

Peru finished 19th, and after a week of valuable international experience, coach Jose Luque said his team will take many great lessons away from Australia.

"I have gained a lot of information from different nations around the world, so in the future we can have better results. I have learnt many pros and cons about coaching so in future we can work on that and be more successful. In general, it has been a good championship and we have learned a lot so hopefully one day we can make it into the top 10."