Olympiacos Greek women’s water polo team have won the Euroleague for the second year in a row, (and the third overall in its history) after beating Spanish side Sabadell for the crown 11 – 7 in Piraeus, reports Total Waterpolo magazine.
The Spanish side led by coach David Palma gave it everything, but were outworked and out-thought by the Greeks.
‘The Spanish side are still ahead of Olympiacos with 5 Euro Leagues, but that won’t provide any of the Sabadell players any solace tonight. Sabadell can’t let this result knock them, and I doubt it will. As soon they will have to fight Mataro for the Spanish title.
‘Young Maria Myriokefalitaki will get the plaudits for her hat-trick in the pit tonight, but so much of what this Olympiacos side is about stems from the three Plevritou sisters, who were all immense today. Nikoleta Eleftheriadou also deserves a big mention from today, while both of Olympiacos’s keepers, Chrysoula Diamantopoulou and Ioanna Stamatopoulou, were in fine form – supporting their team in a big way.
‘Sabadell’s bigger players weren’t at their best tonight, but that is more down to how Olympiacos defended. Maggie Steffens played well from centre (2), but Judith Forca was untypically misfiring on the right, and Maica Garcia and Gurpreet Sohi were quiet for large parts of the game.’
Olympiacos Piraeus 11-7 Astralpool Sabadell (4-1, 1-1, 3-3, 3-2)
Olympiacos: C. Diamantopoulou, E. Plevritou 2, B. Sleeking, N. Eleftheriadou 2, L. Kanetidou, E. Xenaki, C. Siouti, M. Plevritou 1, J. Raney, V. Plevritou 1, K. Christmas, M. Myriokefalitaki 3, I. Stamatopoulou
Sabadell: L. Ester, M. Ortiz, B. Games 1, S. Van der Sloot 1, M. Serrano, M. Steffens 2, G. Sohi, M. Garcia Godoy, J. Forca Ariza 1, M. Eggens, N. Perez 1, I. Gonzalez 1, M. Carrasco
Officials: Ursula Wengenroth (SUI), Ivan Rakovic (SRB)