Loss against Hungary in final OCT does not hurt water polo women

The Dutch water polo women lost the final of the Olympic qualifying tournament (OCT) in Trieste to Hungary (13-11). Qualification for the Olympic Games was already achieved on Saturday, thus achieving the goal for this tournament.

Against Hungary, which had defeated Italy in the semi-final host country and thus secured a ticket to Tokyo, the Netherlands failed to get ahead at once.

Federal coach Arno Havenga already announced before the final that the duel had little meaning anymore, but the Netherlands tried to pull out a result until the last moment. After a delay of 10-6 Oranje thus found a final sprint, but it was not enough to beat the Hungarian team. Simone van de Kraats was top scorer with five hits.

Hungary feared

Hungary was also most feared for the tournament by coach Havenga and his staff. It was hoped that Greece would be the opponent in the semifinals and that wish was answered. On Saturday the Greeks were defeated, forcing the first Olympic qualification since 2008.

After the missed Games of 2012 and 2016, the qualification brings tremendous relief in the Orange camp: