Spain started the FINA Water Polo World League Women’s Tenerife 2022 Superfinal with force and force. A final score of 21–4 gave the Spanish women’s national team their first win against Group B, led by Pili Pea from the Navy. The New Zealand team (21–4), who were overwhelmed in the excellent second half of the game by the team led by Mickey Oka at Real Club Nautico de Tenerife.
The hosts were determined to go for the game with two consecutive goals from Irene Gonzalez, one with beautiful vaseline, and Maika Garcia with a powerful backhand. It was Spain’s business card which expects more challenges against Hungary and Australia. The opening 4-1 overcame this first quarter with a note to avoid a scare, proofing it at halftime (6-2).
The second half was a goal-scoring celebration for Spain, shrouded under the scorching sun and Canarian heat, a wonderful feeling in these first days of November. Thanks to Nona, Bea, Elena, Pili, Paula and newcomer Maria Palacio, goals were falling twice for our team. Thus, more games were saved than a 7–1 penalty in the third quarter, with practically the last 8 minutes of the match left.
At the end of the meeting, Pili Pea said of the premiere that «We really wanted to start over and also want to clarify what we came for. Now physique and rhythm have similar matches (Hungary and Australia), so the fight begins. Regarding the sunny Tenerife venue, he explained that “we feel at home in Tenerife and we are very grateful to have played the Superfinals here.”
The coach, Miki Oka, commented after the first win of the tournament that “In the end we had a very good second half of the match. It was difficult for us at the beginning as they managed to back with their arms. Already in the third part. With more momentum and more launches, we’ve made a good difference”.