The curtain has fallen on the FINA World masters in Budapest. We saw some great water polo for the veterans in all categories and also, Hungarian teams dominated once again.
So, let’s start from the youngest category – 30 years and more in men’s competition. American team The Olympic Club won in the finals against Hungarian Neptun – 10:9 in the match which saw Sample, Sharf and Murphy score two goals each for the winners, and Garadi netted a hat-trick for Neptun.
Hungarians had more luck in the match for the bronze medal in this category as MAFC beat Russia WPC Kazany easily – 15:7, with Major scoring four and Varga three goals.
In the five years older category for men, we saw a Hungarian derby for the gold medal. Bull’s blood team won against ESE 80. The absolute hero of the winning water polo squad was Barany who scored five goals. Olympic Club from the USA took the bronze medal by beating Montenegrin team Jadran 7:5.
One more gold medal for Hungarian water polo was won by team Millenium in 40+ men’s category. In the final match, Millenium trashed Saint Petersburg from Russia 16:3.
It was all well over already after the first half in which Hungarian team had an 9:1 lead and legendary water polo players Kasas, Molnar, Benedek, Varga, Steinmetz could start to celebrate. Also, Peter Biros scored five times for the Millenium. Romanian Brenntag won the bronze after a 12:8 win against Oazis SC, also from Hungary.
Hungarians dominated again in the 45+ category because YBL Octopus won the gold medal by beating Croatian club Veteran 8:7. Octopus had the lead just twice during this game and four seconds before the end of the game Robert Csanyi scored the winning goal. The bronze medal goes to Brazilian AMPA ECP as they were victorious against CSN Imperial from Moldova – 10:8.
Russia won its gold medal in the 50+ category thanks to Dynamo Masters which beat Happy Hippos from Hungary – 8:7. Olympic champion from Moscow 1980, Georgy Mshvenieradze scored the winning goal two minutes and 20 seconds before the end of the game.
American team St. Barbara won a gold medal in men’s 55+ category. In the final match, they beat German SV Cannstatt 8:6 after the penalties. Neushul and Judge scored twice a piece for the winning team. And one more medal came to Hungary because in this category Walrus scored a victory against Italian Europa Sporting 10:8.
Penalties decided the winner also in the 60+ category and German team of Dusseldorf defended the world title beating the American Santa Barbara Masters in a very exciting final on penalties – 10:9. Goalkeeper Ferenc Pinter saved two penalty shots for Dusseldorf.
Estonian team Kalevi Ujumiskol dominated in the 65+ category and they showed it again in the final winning against Italian Bogliasco 4:2. Skatskov was the only player who scored two goals in this game. Americans from the Old Mission Bay claimed the bronze medal by beating German Poseidon from Hamburg 8:4.
Australian Perth Cockatoos won the gold in the oldest category – 70+. Aussies beat US Team of Blue Thunder Masters 6:5. They already played a very tough match (Aussies won by 8-7) at the opening round. Hoad and Neesham both scored twice for Perth.
And now we go to the ladies. In the 30+ category, Budakalasz SC from Hungary won the world champion title and a gold medal. In the last, decisive game, Hungarian team beat Olympic Club (USA) 13:10. Dravucz and Pelle both scored four goals for Budakalasz. Another team from the USA, Bay Area Masters won the silver and Russian Kirishi claimed the bronze medal.
In the older women category, 35, 40 and 45+, the gold medal goes to Italy. Team Sist. Integrati claimed the title on better goal-difference than another Italian team, ASD Argentario. In the last round, Integrati won against Columbian team Oggun de PA – 11:2. Czech squad Stepp Praha won the bronze.
Olympic club – Neptun VSC 10:9
WPC Kazan – MAFC Masters 7:15
ESE 80 – Bull’s blood 6:14
The Olympic Club – Jadran Veterani 7:5
SC Brenntag – SV Rheinhausen 11:7
East Bay Masters – Mst WP Aquatiko 0:5
Real Canoe NC – WPC Uzhgorod 11:14
CUSGEAS – MST Old Fellows 6:10
Millenium – S. Petersburg Mst 16:3
SC Brenntag – Oazis Sport Club 12:8
Darkside – Galatasaray 11:4
Triangle WP – Pin. Milano 10:14
YBL Octopus – Club Veteran 8:7
AMPA ECP – CSN Imperial 10:8
Europa Sporting – PA Medellin 5:8
S. Petersburg Mst – Baltic Masters 8:10
Dynamo Masters – Happy Hippos 8:7
The Olympic Club – Sunday Boys 10:4
WPC Kyiv – Masters Rio 9:12
Mst Old Fellows – Polytechnic Club 6:5
SC Cannstatt – St. Barbara Mst 6:8
MC Walrus – Europa Sporting 10:8
Helsingfors – Old Boys Prague 8:6
Masters Rio – Sunday Boys 4:7
St. Barbara Mst – Duesseldorfer 9:10
Blue Thunder Mst. – HZC Robben 6:11
Calgary Mst WPC – Europa Sporting 10:4
Pampas – Veterans of WP 7:11
Kalevi Ujumiskol – ASD Bogliasco 4:2
Poseidon Hamburg – Old Mission Bay 4:8
St. Barbara Mst – KVP H2O Piestany 5:7
Perth Cockatoos – Blue Thunder Mst 6:5
Poseidon Hamburg – SV Cannstatt 1:10
Banki VSE – Bay Area 4:9
Kinef Ms Kirishi – English Roses 14:2
Budakalaszi SC – The Olympic Club 13:10
Women 35+, 40+, 45+
Sist. Integrati – Oggun de PA 11:2
Stepp Praha – Donegall 12:3
English Roses – PA Medellin 11:1
Women 50+, 55+, 60+
Pink Pointers – Calgary PS 0:5
Peninsula WP – Menlo Park WP 2:16