In the third session of Spain’s women’s first division goalball league that got underway earlier today in Madrid, Tetuán took on Canarias Cludeon whom Tetuán lost to 7 – 3.
Early on in the first half, there was a penalty the Canaries with number 3 for Tetuán shooting. Number 3 for the Canaries defended, but the ball went out, just skimming the outside of the goal. The Canarias scored first, with the ball going being number 2 for Tetuán. There was then a goggles issue for number 2 where they were fixed.
The referee actually had to go and tell the other court to be silent as they were rather loud. The Tetuán side appeared to at times show real position play, but then got a penalty, with number 3 shooting for the Canaries and number 2 defending. They converted as number 2 was just a half second to slow in getting down in front of the ball to block it.
Number 5 for the Canaries managed to score after the ball knocked its way past the two defending Tetuán players. The game was then 3 – 0 in their favor. Number 3 for the Canaries had some really out-of-bounds shots, but did an excellent job at defending and keeping the ball in play when it was sent to the center of the court. Midway through the first half, she went from a crouched position to a sometimes standing one in her defensive play. Number 2 needed to get here goggles adjusted for Tetuán again. The Canaries were good at talking during this game to communicate.
The Canaries exploited a gap between 5 and 3 to score their fourth goal. Tetuán made a sub, bringing in number 4 for number 2. 4 went to the center and 3 moved over to the side 2 was playing in. The coach talked to them and criticized their location on the floor. The Canaries almost scored but the ball bounced off the post. Number 5 for the Canaries scored during a penalty with number 4 the sole defender. The half ended 5 – 0 in favor of the Canary Islands team.
The Tetuán team scored one early in the second half, exploiting a whole left open by number 5. The Canaries side made a change, bringing in number 1 with number 4 leaving. The Tetuán team then scored again to bring the score to 5 – 2.
Number 3 for Tetuán appeared to be throwing for power, hoping she could get the ball over the other side. Number 5 then scored for Tetuán by exploiting a whole to bring the score to 5 – 3. Communication on the Tetuán was much louder and more vocal when they went on their scoring run. During the third session, a few more fans trickled in to watch. After a time out for the Canaries, their substitute number 1 scored to bring the game to 6 – 3.
Number 5 for the Canaries almost scored on a Tetuán team that looked half asleep. Two shots later, she did to bring the game to 7 – 3 after putting the ball between two players who were slow to react. A few volleys later, the Canaries tried to take a timeout but with no outs and block outs, it took a while and then they decided that on second thought they did not it. Number 1 for the Canaries almost almost again on a shot that saw Tetuán number 3 slow off the mark to block. The Tetuán side though did appear to be fast to take their shot after they got the ball. The game ended 7 – 3.
The competition is an important one as it gave additional high level domestic experience to Spain’s women national team players. The team currently has ten players, all of whom were competing today. The national squad is still looking to qualify for the 2016 Summer Paralympics, and those ten will eventually be cut down to five ahead of the 2015 IBSA World Games in Seoul. The team plans to use as their qualifying path as going through the European Championships is much more difficult as there is much greater depth in Europe than there is in the Americas where there are only really three teams, and Africa which is still looking for a women’s team to be created.