Hungary Water Polo

Favourites unstoppable at the Hungarian season opening

Andrija Prlainovic (Szolnok) Photo: Szolnok Vizilabda/facebook

As usual, water polo season in Hungary has been opened by the 1st round of the National Cup.As usual, the season in Hungary has been opened by the 1st round of the National Cup.

Seventeen teams took part in the competition. They were split into four groups.  Eight teams advanced to the second round.

Top Hungarian clubs didn’t let surprises. Szolnok, Eger, OSC and Ferencvaros beat all their respective rivals. Along with them, Miskolci VK, Vasas, Honved and Kaposvari VK found their places in the quarterfinals.

European title-holder Szolnok was a host of Group B. Szolnok, that won titles in all competitions in the 2016/17 season, rolled past Vasas (19:7), UVSE (20:5) and KSI (18:6). Vasas took the second place and qualified for the quarterfinals too.

Miskolc was a host of the only group in which played five teams. The home team took the second place, while Eger, the finalist of the last year’s national championship and the cup was the first. Eger water polo players, like Szolnok, achieved very convincing victories. They even beat Miskolc with ease – 7:3.

OSC was dominant in the group in Budapest, played in the pool of Honved. OSC didn’t have any mercy in the derby of the group and beat Honved 10:4.

Ferencvaros, the 2016/17 Euro cup winner, was too strong for its opponents in the group in Kaposvar. The team which welcomed seven reinforcements this summer, beat Kaposvari VK (14:2), Szombathely (22:3) and Szeged (17:4).

Prlainovic top scorer

Top scorer of the first round of Hungarian cup was Andrija Prlainovic (Szolnok), who scored 13 goals in three matches (68 percentage of shot). Nikola Jaksic, who is Prlainovic’s teammate from the national team of Serbia, is on the second place of the scorers’ list. Jaksic netted 10 goals (67%) in his debut for Ferencvaros. Angelos Vlachopoulos, one of the this summer’s additions of Eger, also scored 10 goals (56%), but he played one game more than Prlainovic and Jaksic. Ten goals, with 50% efficiency was scored by Gergo Marincz (Vasas) too.

Scores and rankings

Group A (played in Miskolc)

Szentes – Tatabanya 8:8
PVSK Pecs – Miskolci VLC 6:9
Eger – Szentes 18:9
Miskolci VLC – Tatabanya 12:6
Eger – PVSK Pecs 17:3
Tatabanya – PVSK Pecs 8:11
Miskolci VLC – Szentes 14:3
Eger – Tatabanya 18:1
PVSK Pecs – Szentes 8:4
Miskolci VLC – Eger 3:7

Ranking
1.Eger 4 games – 12 points
2.Miskolci VLC 4 – 9
3.PVSK Pecs 4 – 6
4.Szentes 4 – 1
5.Tatabanya 4 – 1.

Group B (played in Szolnok)

Szolnok – UVSE 20:5
KSI – Vasas 8:17
KSI – Szolnok 6:18
UVSE – Vasas 4:11
UVSE – KSI 13:14
Szolnok – Vasas 19:7

Ranking
1.Szolnok 3 – 9
2.Vasas 3 – 6
3.KSI 3 – 3
4.UVSE 3 – 0

Group C (played in Budapest, Honved was a host)

OSC – Honved 10:4
Debrecen – BVSC 8:8
Debrecen – OSC 8:12
Honved – BVSC 11:9
Honved – Debrecen 6:6
OSC – BVSC 9:7

Ranking
1.OSC 3 – 9
2.Honved 3 – 4
3.Debrecen 3 – 2
4.BVSC 3 – 1

Group D (played in Kaposvar)

Ferencvaros – Kaposvari VK 14:2
Szombathely – Szeged 9:9
Szombathely – Ferencvaros 3:22
Kaposvari VK – Szeged 13:5
Ferencvaros – Szeged 17:4
Kaposvari VK – Szombathely 9:6

Ranking
1.Ferencvaros 3 – 9
2.Kaposvari VK 3 – 6
3.Szeged 3 – 1
4.Szombathely 3 – 1

Teams that qualified for the quarterfinals (November 25th and 26th): Eger, Miskolci VLC, Szolnok, Vasas, OSC, Honved, Ferencvaros, Kaposvari VK.

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