The third round of the Women’s European Junior Water Polo Championship group stage ended on Tuesday, August 22. Italy, Spain, Hungary, and Netherlands emerged as the group winners and thus advanced straight to the quarterfinals, where they will be waiting for their rivals. The eighth finals will see Serbia, France, Slovakia, Israel, Russia, Bulgaria, Greece, and Great Britain battle to join them. The Czech Republic, Turkey, Portugal, and Romania will play classification matches for places 13-16.
Hungary’s team was the first quarterfinalist as it crushed Bulgaria, 31:3, which took 3rd place in Group C. They dominated especially in the second half during which they netted 17 goals leaving Bulgaria scoreless. Russia proved too strong for Portugal, 29:2, and finished 2nd in Group C. After 13:0 at halftime, Russian girls accomplished a 20:0 lead in the third quarter. Then Joana Monteiro finally netted the first goal for Portuguese squad which was powerless and able to score only once more in the final minutes of the game. Ten Russian players managed to score, one of whom was the game’s top scorer Regina Galimzianova with eight goals.
Italy won Group A after recording another convincing triumph in the game against the Czech Republic, 22:2. The Czechs were able to keep parity in the first quarter which ended in a draw (2:2). However, the rest of the match saw Italian ladies score 20 unanswered goals and completely crush its opponent.
Serbia won the 2nd place in Group A after easily rolling past France, 19:1, which thus took 3rd spot. In spite of struggling at the beginning of the match when it had three extra player situations, but didn’t score, the hosts woke up in the middle of the first quarter. They reached a 4:0 lead in two minutes, and kept France scoreless until the final period when Lyna Ben Khadda scored the only goal for the losing team. Ten Serbia’s players managed to score, led by Lara Luka with five goals.
In the afternoon session, Spain joined the quarterfinalist after another emphatic victory it accomplished over Turkey, 26:3. Turkey almost went on a break scoreless, but Kardelen Dedeoglu found the net, so the halftime result was 12:1. Spanish ladies continued to dominate later on and Turkey was too weak to resist. The encounter between Slovakia and Israel was the direct face-off for the 2nd place in Group C. Led by Miroslava Stankovianska who netted four goals, Slovakia prevailed over Israel, 11:7. During the second period, Israel was down by one on two occasions, but unable to make a comeback. One minute before the final period, Slovakia went ahead 10:5 announcing that it would not allow suffering another loss.
The Netherlands won its third game in group stage beating Great Britain, 20:8. It preserved the advantage created in the first period with no trouble, increasing it continuously. Greece placed 2nd in Group D after defeating Romania, 18:1. It controlled the game from the very beginning leaving no doubt about who would win. Briana Mihaila was the only Romania’s scorer.
Women’s European Junior Water Polo Championship (Novi Sad, Serbia)
Day 3 – August 22, 2017