Regional League

Jadran Split reaches Regional League Final Four

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The battle for the last spot at the Final Four of the Regional League was decided one round before the end of the preliminary competition. Jadran Split clinched the fourth place to join the Final Four.  Jug, Jadran Herceg Novi, and Mladost secured their Final Four tickets much earlier.

Jadran Split water polo players did a clean job in Budva this evening, in the 17th round. They demolished Budva, beating the hosts by a 9 – goal margin (14:5). The visiting team was 9:1 up at halftime. Only the margin of its win was in question in the remaining time. After the big break, the visitors added two goals for a 10-goal lead (11:1) and then slowed down.

With this win, Jadran water polo players locked-up the 4th place. Their competitors in the hunt for the 4th place Mornar and Partizan were defeated in the 17th round. Both teams are 4 points behind Jadran, which will host Partizan in the last round, next weekend.

Partizan wasn’t so far from a big surprise. The young Belgrade side hosted title-holder Jug. The home team led in the first half (2:1, 3:2, 4:3). In the third quarter, both teams scored a goal apiece, while Jug took a control in the last period.It netted three goals in a row for an 8:5 lead. Partizan tried to catch the big opponent, but the hosts reduced the gap to one when it was too late- 31 seconds before the end(8:9). In the next action, Benic scored for the fourth time this evening to set the final score – 8:10.

Mornar was, like Partizan, defeated at home, but the match was decided before the last period. Mornar faced 2nd-placed Jadran Herceg Novi, which led 8:2 in the 23rd minute.Jadran, led by Aleksa Ukropina (4 goals), recorded a 10:5 win.

Mladost, that holds the 3rd place, was merciless too. The Zagreb-based team blew away Primorje in Rijeka (18:5).

The only home team which managed to win in this round was POSK, that hosted Primorac. POSK was 11:4 up in the finish of the third period and after that, it didn’t have a hard task to keep all three points (13:10).

Before the last round, only one question is still open – who will be relegated to Group A2 and who will get a chance in the Play-out. In the last place is Primorje with two points less than ninth-placed Budva. The last round probably won’t change anything, because Primorje is going to face Jadran in Herceg Novi, while Budva will play against Primorac.

2017/18 Regional League, 17th round

Group A1

Mornar 5:10 Jadran HN
(1:1, 1:4, 0:3, 3:2)

Mornar: Calic 2, Cagalj, Buha, Vrdoljak.
Jadran Herceg Novi: Ukropina: 4, Popadic 2, Merkulov, Gardasevic, Dj. Radovic, Draskovic.

Budva 5:14 Jadran S
(1:3, 0:6, 1:3, 3:2)

Budva: s. Vuksanovic 2, Franeta, Korac.
Jadran Split: Marinic Kragic 4, Goreta 3, Milradovic 2, Setka 2, Srhoj, Butic, Viskovic.

Partizan 8:10 Jug
(1:1, 3:3, 1:1, 3:5)

Partizan: Radonjic 3, Aksentijevic 2, F. Jankovic 1, Lukic, Lazic.
Jug: Benic 4, Fatovic 2, Culina, Zuvela, V. Rasovic, Renzuto.

Primorje 5:18 Mladost
(1:4, 0:5, 3:4, 1:5)

Primorje: Brubnjak, Peros, Tkac, Petric, Radulovic.
Mladost: Radu 4, Bukic 3, Lazic 3, Paskvalin 3, Basic 2,Zovic, Biljaka, Valecic.

POSK 13:10 Primorac
(4:1, 2:1, 5:3, 2:5)

POSK:Elez 3, Delic 3, Kunac 3, Butic 2, Bego, Vuleta,
Primorac: Gopcevic 3, A. Petrovic 2, Crepulja, Latinovic, Grgurevic, Vukasovic, Paunovic.

1. Jug (Croatia) 17 – 51
2. Jadran HN (Montenegro) 17 – 41
3. Mladost (Croatia) 17 – 40
4. Jadran Split (Croatia) 17 – 24
5. Mornar (Croatia) 17 – 20
6. Partizan (Serbia) 17 – 20
7. POSK (Croatia) 17 – 18
8. Primorac (Montenegro) 17 – 18
9. Budva (Montenegro) 17 – 9
10.Primorje (Croatia) 17 – 7

Group A2

Vojvodina – Medvescak 6:6 (2:1, 1:1, 2:3, 1:1)
Zadar 1952- Solaris 5:12 (0:3, 0:5, 3:2, 2:2)
Nais – Valjevo 12:7 (5:0, 2:0, 4:3, 1:4)
Cattaro – Sabac 7:10 (2:3, 0:3, 2:1, 3:3)

1. Crvena Zvezda (Serbia) 15 – 45
2. Vojvodina (Serbia) 15 – 32
3. Sabac (Serbia) 15 – 32
4. Nais (Serbia) 15 – 28
5. Medvescak (Croatia)) 15 – 17
6. Solaris (Croatia) 15 – 16
7. Valjevo (Serbia) 15 – 15
8. Cattaro (Montenegro) 16 – 11
9. Zadar 1952 (Croatia) 15 – 3

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