Regional League

Croatian giants share points in great battle

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The highlights of the 11th round of the Regional League were matches played in the capital cities of Serbia and Croatia.

The match of the day was an encounter in Zagreb where Mladost, the league-leader, hosted its Croatian arch-rival Jug. This was their 5th clash this season. Before today’s duel, Mladost celebrated a win only in the match that was played in Dubrovnik in the Regional League, while Jug was better in three games. Mladost water polo players found themselves 0:3 down early in the second quarter. But, they were able to come back. The home side responded with a 4:1 rush for a 5:4 advantage early in the third quarter.

The third period offered a flood of goals. Jug again took a lead (6:5 and 7:6), but then came the hosts’ three consecutive goals and Mladost was in front (9:7) 2:30 minutes from the end of the 3rd quarter. The Zagreb-based side entered with a slim 9:8 advantage into the last eight minutes.

Ten goals were scored in the third period, while a Russian Danil Merkulov (Jug) was the only one who found the net in the fourth quarter. He scored an equalizer for the final score 9:9, with 105 seconds remaining on the clock. Mladost has remained unbeaten in the Regional League this season. With a point from the big derby, Mladost water polo players are very close to secure the 1st position. If they stay atop until the end, they will be the hosts of the Final Four.

The Serbian derby was played in Belgrade. Partizan and Serbian Cup winner Sabac have met for the third time this season. Sabac posted a win as well as in the previous two clashes (in the 1st part of the Regional League and in the semifinals of the Serbian Cup). Partizan opened the match very well. The hosts led for most of the time. Three minutes before the last break, Partizan was a step ahead of Sabac (5:4). The visitors netted two goals in the last 64 seconds of the quarter. They added one more in the 27th minute for 7:5. Until the end, Partizan managed to score only one goal and Sabac collected points with a 7:6 victory.

Montenegrin champion Jadran Herceg Novi faced Crvena Zvezda (Red Star). The Montenegrins, the hosts in this match, grabbed an early 3:0 lead. Crvena Zvezda came to 2:3 by the end of the first quarter. The second quarter proved vital in Jadran’s win. The hosts were 6:3 up at halftime. Jadran maintained the gap until the end for a 10:7 win.

There weren’t a lot of excitements in two matches played in Split. Jadran cruised to a win over Primorac – 19:8. Mornar beat POSK in the local Split derby (13:8).

2018/19 Regional League, 11th round

A1 League

Mladost 9:9 Jug
(0:2, 3:2, 6:4, 0:1)

HAVK Mladost: Mi. Cuk 2, Milos 2, Radu, Cagalj, A. Petkovic, Bajic, Kharkov.
Jug: Merkulov 2, Papanastasiou 2, Loncar, Jokovic, Garcia, Lozina, Benic.

Jadran HN 10:7 Crvena Zvezda
(3:2, 3:1, 2:2, 2:2)

Jadran Carine Herceg Novi: Averka 4, M. Petkovic 2, Dj. Radovic, Spajic.
Crvena Zvezda: Vasic 3, M. Radovic 2, Bitadze, Sulc.

Partizan 6:7 Sabac
(2:1, 2:2, 1:3, 1:1)

Partizan: Kasum 3, Smiljevic, Korolija, Radulovic.
Sabac: Velkic 2, Rogac 2, Lukic, M. Jankovic, Vucinic.

Jadran S 19:8 Primorac
(6:1, 4:4, 2:1, 7:2)

Jadran Split: Kunac 3, Krapic 3, Butic 2, Pejkovic 2, Power, Viskovic, Milradovic.
Primorac: Ivankovic 2, Grgurevic 2, Krijestorac 2, A. Petrovic, Gopcevic.

Mornar 13:8 POSK
(4:1, 3:2, 3:2, 3:3)

Mornar BS: R. Buric 4, Elez 3, Akrap, M. Vrdoljak, Salic, Solje, Krolo, I. Zivkovic.
POSK: Vuleta 3, Vukic 2, Bezic, Divkovic, Penava

1 Mladost (CRO) 11 – 31
2 Jadran HN (MNE) 11 – 27
3 Jadran S (CRO) 11 – 25
4 Jug (CRO) 11 – 23
5 Mornar (CRO) 11 – 16
6 Sabac (SRB) 11 – 12
7 Crvena Zvezda (SRB) 11 – 11
8 Primorac (MNE) 11 – 7
9 Partizan (SRB) 11 – 5
10 POSK (CRO) 11 – 3

A2 League

Solaris – Koper Primorska 17:8
Cattaro – Nais 5:13
Valjevo Gorenje- Medvescak 15:11
Zadar 1952 – Vojvodina 12:15
Galeb MR – Primorje EP 6:11
KVK Radnicki – Budva BR 8:8

1 Solaris (CRO) 11 – 30
2 Budva (MNE) 11 – 28
3 Radnicki (SRB) 11 – 28
4 Nais (SRB) 11 – 22
5 Primorje (CRO) 11 – 21
6 Vojvodina (SRB) 11 – 21
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7 Valjevo (SRB) 11 – 14
8 Zadar 1952 (CRO) 11 – 10
9 Medvescak (CRO) 11 – 9
10 Koper (SVN) 11 – 7
11 Cattaro (MNE) 11 – 4
12 Galeb (CRO) 11 – 0

(The first part of the season is ended. Budva, Solaris, Radnicki, Nais, Primorje and Vojvodina will play in the playoffs)

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