Europe Water Polo

Eight teams secure tickets to Malta

water polo players in the pool
Photo: LEN facebook/Kulumbegashvili Tamuna

More than 20 teams took part in the qualification tournaments for the 2017 Men’s European Junior Water polo Championships (under 17 years), which were held from Thursday to Sunday. 21 teams have been divided into four groups. The 1st and 2nd placed in each group qualified for the championships which will be played in Malta from 10-17 September. Their spots at the European junior championships clinched Montenegro, Turkey, Slovakia, Germany, Romania, Ukraine, Georgia, and France.

The first seven classified teams from the previous Championships held in 2015 (Serbia, Spain, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Russia, Hungary) and Malta, as host, are automatically qualified.

Montenegro with no mercy, Slovakia in an easy cruise

Montenegro demolished all rivals in Group A in Graz (Austria): Turkey, The Netherlands, Moldova, and Austria. The Montenegrins finished the tournament with an impressive goal difference +57 (71-14). The crucial clash in the battle for the 2nd place was the encounter between Turkey and the Netherlands. The Dutch earned a 4-goals lead in the 2nd quarter (5-1 and 8-4). After 4-8 Turkey scored seven unanswered goals and jumped to an 11-8 lead (3:38 before the end). The Dutch scored two goals in the last two minutes, but Turkey didn’t let the rivals go further and celebrated the 11-10 win.

The only group in which six teams took part was played in Ljubljana (Slovenia), where Slovakia won all 15 points. In the first round, Slovakia beat Germany (11-9). After this win the Slovaks had an easy cruise, they convincingly beat Belarus, Slovenia, Poland and Bulgaria. They scored 95 goals, but they played a match more than Montenegro. Beside Slovakia, Germany booked the ticket for Malta. Before the last round chances to reach the 2nd place had had the Germans and the Slovenians, who played against each other in the last game of the tournament. The game ended in a 13-13 draw, which was enough for the Germany because before the last round they were a point ahead of Slovenia.

Romania edges Ukraine in Manchester, Georgia with no mistake

Romania finished the 1st in Group C in Manchester (Great Britain). The Romanians defeated Ukraine, Great Britain, Israel, and Lithuania. In the most interesting game of the tournament, Romania beat Ukraine in a close battle, by scoring the winner in the last minute (8-7). Ukraine took the 2nd place ahead of Great Britain, Israel and Lithuania.

Georgia’s water polo players were the hosts of Group D in Tbilisi, where they took the 1st place. The Georgians beat all rivals with ease. The highlight was the win in the derby of the tournament, against France (7-1). The French their first and a single goal scored in the fourth period. France finished second, thanks to victories against Cyprus, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland. The hardest job France had in the game with Switzerland (8-7).
The Georgians are the only hosts who managed to qualify for the championship in Malta.

Serbia reigning champion

Previous European Junior Championships was held during the 2015 European games in Baku. The first seven classified teams from the Games in Baku, and Malta, as host, are automatically qualified for the European junior championships 2017. The gold medal at European games in Baku won Serbia.

Final standings at the 2015 EG in Baku: 1. Serbia, 2. Spain, 3. Greece, 4. Croatia, 5. Italy, 6. Russia, 7. Hungary, 8. Germany, 9. Montenegro, 10. France, 11. Romania, 12. Slovakia, 13. Turkey, 14. Azerbaijan, 15. Ukraine, 16. Malta.

Only 17 teams entered the Women’s European Junior Water Polo Championships 2017, and because of that, all teams are directly qualified to the Championships (Novi Sad, Serbia, 19 – 27 August 2017).

Qualifications Tournament to the Men’s European Junior Water Polo Championships, results and standings

Group A (Graz, Austria) 

Day 1: Moldova – Montenegro 4-15 (0-5, 1-2, 2-3, 1-5), Austria – Turkey 3-22 (0-7, 0-4, 2-8, 1-3)

Day 2: Moldova – Netherlands 4-9 (2-1, 0-3, 0-2, 2-3), Montenegro – Austria 31-1 (8-0, 5-0, 7-0, 11-1), Turkey – Netherlands 11-10 (1-4, 4-4, 2-0, 4-2).

Day 3: Moldova – Turkey 5-13 (1-4, 1-2, 2-6, 1-1), Netherlands – Montenegro 7-14 (3-6, 1-2, 3-2, 0-4) Moldova – Austria 17-7 (5-0, 1-3, 6-4, 5-0)

Day 4: Turkey – Montenegro 2-11 (1-4, 1-3, 0-2, 0-2) , Austria – Netherlands 4-26 (1-7, 1-7, 1-5, 1-7).

Final standings:

1. Montenegro* 4- 12
2. Turkey* 4 – 9,
3. Netherlands 4- 6
4. Moldova 4 – 3
5. Austria 4- 0

Group B (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Day 1: Slovenia – Bulgaria 9-5 (3-1, 2-1, 2-2, 2-1), Belarus – Poland 14-5 (3-0, 4-0, 0-3, 7-2) , Slovakia – Germany 11-9 (3-3, 2-2, 5-1, 1-3)

Day 2: Slovenia – Belarus 9-9 (3-1, 1-4, 3-2, 2-2), Poland – Slovakia 3-27 (1-7, 0-6, 0-5, 2-9), Bulgaria – Germany 4-18 ( 0-6, 1-6, 2-2, 1-4)

Day 3: Slovenia – Poland 11-7 (2-2, 4-1, 3-3, 2-1), Belarus – Germany 8-10 (2-2, 1-3, 2-0, 3-5), Bulgaria – Slovakia 4-21 (2-6, 1-7, 0-3, 1-5), Poland – Germany 5-22 (1-6, 1-5, 3-8, 0-3), Bulgaria – Belarus 4-12 (2-3, 1-2, 0-4, 1-3), Slovenia – Slovakia 5-16 (1-5, 1-4, 3-2, 0-5)

Day 4: Bulgaria – Poland 13-8 (2-1, 3-1, 5-0, 3-6), Belarus – Slovakia 6-20 (2-6, 0-5, 0-4, 4-5), Slovenia – Germany 13-13 (4-3, 4-6, 2-2, 3-2)

Final standings:

1. Slovakia* 5 – 15
2. Germany* 5 – 10
3. Slovenia 5 – 8
4. Belarus 5 – 7
5. Bulgaria 5 – 3
6. Poland 5 – 0.

Group C (Manchester, Great Britain)

Day 1: Lithuania – Great Britain 2-11 (0-3, 1-1, 0-4, 1-3), Ukraine – Israel 11-5 (0-1, 5-1, 3-2, 3-1).

Day 2: Romania – Lithuania 22-1 (5-0, 4-0, 6-0, 7-1), Great Britain – Israel 5-4 (1-0, 0-0, 2-2, 2-2)

Day 3: Israel – Lithuania 13-6 (4-0, 2-3, 3-1, 4-2), Ukraine – Romania 7-8 (2-2, 0-3, 5-1, 0-2), Great Britain – Ukraine 6-11 (0-2, 2-4, 1-5, 3-0), Israel – Romania 3-16 (1-4, 0-3, 1-3, 1-6)

Day 4: Lithuania – Ukraine 7-19 (1-5, 1-3, 3-6, 2-5), Romania – Great Britain 13-9 (4-2, 2-1, 3-3, 4-3)

Final standings:

1. Romania* 4 – 12
2. Ukraine* 4 – 9
3. Great Britain 4 – 6
4. Israel 4 – 3
5. Lithuania 4 – 0

Group D (Tbilisi, Georgia)

Day 1: France – Czech Republic 16-3 (4-0, 4-0, 3-1, 5-2), Georgia – Switzerland 10-3 (3-1, 3-1,3-0, 1-1).

Day 2:Cyprus – France 3-23 (1-2, 2-7, 0-5, 0-9), Czech Republic – Switzerland 4-10 (1-1, 3-4, 0-2, 0-3),
Georgia – Cyprus 26-4 (4-2, 6-0, 7-1, 9-1), France – Switzerland 8-7 (0-1, 4-3, 1-1, 3-2).

Day 3: Cyprus – Czech Republic 1-10 (0-2, 0-4, 1-2, 0-2), Georgia – France 7-1 (3-0, 4-0, 0-0, 0-1).

Day 4: Switzerland – Cyprus 12-5 (5-2, 3-0, 2-0, 2-3), Georgia – Czech Republic 10-3 (2-1, 1-0, 3-1, 4-1).

Final standings:

1. Georgia* 4 – 12
2. France* 4- 9
3. Switzerland 4 – 6
4. The Czech Republic 4 – 3
5. Cyprus 4 – 0

* qualified for U17 European Junior Championships 2017

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