Neville Smith - SuperSport
Shanghai - Team South Africa members competing at the 14th Fina World Championships were all smiles on Thursday after the women's Water Polo national team registered their first point of the tournament.
This was after South Africa played to a 9-9 draw in a closely contested match with Cuba in their third fixture of the tournament following two successive defeats by powerhouses China and Italy on Sunday and Tuesday, respectively.
Lee Harris was the toast of the South African team after scoring five goals.
The rest of the goals came from Joan Barretto (two), Lee-Anne Keet (one) and Jemma Dendy (one).
The Cubans got their goals through Hirovis Hernandez (three), Caridad Bravo (three), Danay Gutierrez (one), Mayelin Bernal (one) and Yanet Lopez (one).
Swimming South Africa Chief Executive Officer Shaun Adriaanse congratulated the team for the getting their first point at this event and their spirited performance.
"It is good to see the Water Polo contingent bagging their first point at this event, after the draw with Cuba and we are encouraged by the teams' incremental performance improvement from game to game.
"Our Water Polo national teams are up against tough competition in this tournament and considering that we are in the early phase of our revamped long term development program, the teams are exceeding our expectations.
"There is a lot the coaching staff and athletes can take away from their participation at this prestigious event. They now know what their strength and weaknesses are and will hopefully improve their performances in upcoming international matches based on their experience at the world championships,"said Adriaanse.
China are topping the log with four points from two matches, followed by Italy whom are also unbeaten with the same number of points.
The Cubans are lying third with one point from three games. South African are languishing at the bottom of the table with one point, also from three games.
Meanwhile, the swimming programme - where Team South Africa iare expected to win medals - will start on Sunday.