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Valencia beats Madrid 5 – 1 in the Spanish women’s first division goalball league

Goalball pictogram. Goalball pictogram.

The third game Sunday was between Valencia and Madrid.  Neither team had any substitutes.  The Valencia side appeared very relaxed coming into this game.  The start was delayed for a bit because people elsewhere in the gym were being very loud.

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Number 2 scored at 9:22 for the Valencia side.  Playing on the left, she slid the ball straight down the court and past Madrid’s number 1.  The best players for Valencia appeared to be on the wings, with number 2 able to deliver a nice power shot for side.  The Valencia center number 4 rarely ever took a shot for her side.

Number 1 for Madrid got a shot to the nose, which she had to shake off as it misaligned her goggles.  There was then a penalty against Valencia for goggles, with 2 for Valencia scoring as number 1 for Madrid could not get across the court fast enough to block. It brought the score to 2 – 0. Number 2 for Valencia powered the ball down the court, with it bouncing into and over the bodies of Madrid’s number 1 and 3.

Valencia number 4 not touching the ball except to block with the strength players on the side was unique because no other team in the league has played using this strategy.  She basically stayed in a sitting or nearing sitting position glued to the center of the front touch line. The sound of the ball crashing into the Madrid players after Valencian shots could be hear on the other side of the gym.  The Madrid side failed to capitalize on another  Valencia penalty.

Valencia scored a goal to bring the score to 4 – 0 of a ball the bounced off a Madrid player.  Shortly after this, there was a timeout.  When Madrid took their shots, the strategy appeared to be more keep the ball in and on goal, rather than aiming for certain parts of the goal or relying on power or slowness to score. The half ended at that score.  The game would go on to end 5 – 1.
Unlike in some countries where sighted and non-sighted players play in the national league, the Spanish league does not permit sighted players to compete.  All players need to have a vision impairment to be eligible for a team.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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