In the first game of Group A at Women’s European U-19 Water Polo Championship, Team Netherlands tested their French opponents. Nowadays Dutch water polo players don’t look so invincible as in the late 1990’s, still even having some complications, representatives of the “country of tulips” are able to fight down their French competitors. Five Dutch goals in a row during the first period surely testify the difference of prowess of 2 teams.
The French girls were trying hard to adjust to the tough game of their rivals but were losing both one-on-one and in positioning. The Dutch athletes managed quite effectively to neutralize central attacks of the French as well as wing attacks that seemed to be not that hard for the Dutch goalkeeper.
Though it would be unfair to say that France surrendered without fighting. In the third period the Dutch team had to really pull all the efforts to get advantage. The French girls allowed only 2 goals in their net while scoring in a nice attack. However, this enthusiastic mini match could not change the overall vector of the game that ended in a convincing victory of Team Netherlands by the score 16:4.