It was an interesting match to watch. In particular, it was very useful for our juniors and their parents who are just learning about water polo and did not have many chances to watch the game at a senior level previously.

The Japanese men’s team has improved its performance in recent years. Their latest serious achievement was against an experienced team of Romania at the World Championships in Shanghai last July. The current Australian tour is a significant part of Japan’s preparation for the Asian Qualification tournament to be held Tokyo next month. The winner of this event will be playing at the Olympic games in London. Their traditional rivals are the teams of Kazakhstan and China. The former is currently the title holder of the Asian Championships. I am aware that both teams are also working extremely hard preparing for the Tokyo tournament. It will be interesting to see who qualifies for London-2012 from Asia.

It was an exhibition match and its highlights were:
• Some spectacular goals scored by both teams
• Trent Franklin scored 6 goals (from 7 shots) out of SU’s 9 goals
• Thomas Whalan played overall a very solid match often cementing the Lion’s defense by his centre-back actions
• The quickness of the attacking actions by Japan

Thank you all who took part in organizing the match.

About Erkin Эркин Shagaev Шагаев
European, world, Olympic champion, two times World Cup winner Чемпион Европы, мира, Олимпийских игр, двукратный обладатель Кубка мира

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