The seventh round of the French championship was very important for the ranking. Indeed, every game was an encounter between clubs which are very close in the standings.
Pays Aix Natation hosted Nice, and Marseille played against Montpellier in a battle for the top of the table. Encounters Noisy-Lille and Sète-Douai were important for a runaway from the bottom of the ranking.
Marseille made an incredible comeback after it trailed 2-6 at half-time and gained a draw (7:7) against Montpellier in the game between teams which have been clinching national titles in the past 10 years.
The new powerhouse, Pays d’Aix en Provence, continue its progress defeating the well-known team of Nice (11:9) two round after beating Montpellier. Thanks to the draw between Marseille and Montpellier, Aix jumped to the second place.
If best teams make no mistakes next weekend, the 9th round will see a clash for the “autumn title” . Strasbourg, leader and the team with the best defence (24 goals against), and Aix, the second-placed and the squad with the best attack (87 goals scored) will face in a match for the first place after the first half of the league
Noisy achieved its first victory for 18 months. It beat Lille, by a one-goal margin. With this loss Lille missed the opportunity to fight for top 5.
Sète and Douai, that had not won in any game since the beginning of season, before the 7th round met in a match for avoiding the last place. Unfortunately for Douai, Sète won the game with a goal netted four seconds before the end.
French championship, 7th round
Pays d’Aix-Nice 11:9
1.TEAM STRASBOURG 6 – 18
2.PAYS D’AIX NATATION 6 – 15
3.CN MARSEILLE 6 – 13
4.OLYMPIC NICE NATATION 6 -12
5.MONTPELLIER WATER-POLO 7 -10
6.EN TOURCOING LILLE METROPOLE 6- 6
7.CN NOISY-LE-SEC 6 – 4
8.SETE NATATION E.D.D 7-4
9.FNC DOUAI 6 – 0