Regional League

Nearly 100 goals in 18th Regional League round (VIDEO)

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There were no crucial matches in the 18th, last round of the 2017/18 Regional League. All questions about rankings in the top of the table had been answered before the last round. Jug, Jadran Herceg Novi, Mladost and Jadran Split had secured their spots at the Final Four earlier. Almost all clubs (except the ones that were in the race to avoid relegation) played without imperative. All favourites achieved wins. The round offered a lot of goals.  99 goals were scored in five matches.

Title-holder Jug maintained its clean sheet in the Regional League. The side from Dubrovnik achieved the 18th win by beating Mornar, which controlled the game in the opening minutes. Mornar, the visiting team in this match, led 2:1 and 3:2. Then Jug produced an 8:2 rush for a 10:5 lead early in the second half. Until the end of the encounter, the hosts built an 8-goal advantage (16:8). Jug will be the host of the Final Four (13 and 14 April) and it will try to clinch its third Regional League title in a row.

In the semifinals, Jug will face Jadran Split which defeated Partizan Belgrade with ease (18:6) in the 18th round. But it must be mentioned that some of the key players of Partizan missed the match. The game wasn’t important for rankings, so Partizan coaching staff let some players rest, before a very hard finish of the season. Partizan will play 18 games (14 in the national championships and 4 in the Champions League) in next two and a half months. The players that didn’t go to Split were replaced by members of the Partizan B team. One of them, young Georgian player David Kikaleishvili scored an amazing goal. Watch it!

The second semifinal match at F4 will be an encounter between Jadran Herceg Novi and Mladost Zagreb. Both teams recorded convincing wins in the last round.

Jadran played very well in defence against Primorje. Before the last break, the Montenegrins were 12:2 up. In the end, they beat Primorje by an 11-goal margin (15:4). With this loss, Primorje lost its last, slim chance to avoid relegation. It stayed in the last place and it moved in A2 Group.
Mladost also didn’t have a hard task. The Zagreb-based team, led by Andrija Basic (4 goals) defeated POSK (15:7).

The last match of the day was a Montenegrin derby, Primorac – Budva. Both teams had their ups and downs. Budva led 6:4. Primorac secured a draw in the 31st minute (6:6).

Budva water polo players stay in the 9th place, thanks to Jadran’s win against Primorje. They will play against a 2nd-placed team in Group A2 (it will be Sabac or Vojvodina) to try to save the place in the A1 Group

Red Star (Crvena Zvezda) is promoted to A1 Group. The former European champion dominated in A2 group, it took the first place with a perfect record (16 wins in 16 games).

2017/18 Regional League, 18th round

Group A1

Jug 16:8 Mornar
(5:4, 3:1, 4:1, 4:2)

Jug: Lozina 4, Macan 2, Fatovic 2, Jokovic 2, Garcia 2, Culina 2, Loncar, Krzic.
Mornar: Calic 3, Cagalj 2, Solje, Vrdoljak, Tomasovic.

Jadran S 18:6 Partizan
(4:2, 5:1, 6:2, 3:1)

Jadran Split: Setka 4, Marinic Kragic 4, Butic 2, Viskovic 2, Milradovic 2, Buselic 2, Goreta, Power.
Partizan: Kikaleishvili, Manojlovic, Radanovic, Radonjic.

Jadran HN 13:4 Primorje
(3:1, 3:1, 6:0, 1:2)

Jadran Herceg Novi: Gardasevic 4, Merkulov 3, Mijuskovic 2, Spajic, Draskovic, Vucurovic, Popadic, Vucurovic.
Primorje: Peros 3, Rakovac.

Mladost 15:7 POSK
(3:1, 5:3, 5:1, 2:1)

Mladost: Basic 4, Herceg 3, Lazic 2, Zovic, Biljaka, Bukic, Paskvalin, Milos.
POSK: Delic , Kunac 2, Elez.

Primorac 6:6 Budva
(2:1, 2:1, 0:2, 2:2)

Primorac: Gopcevic 2, Crepulja 2, Gluhaic, Paunovic.
Budva: S. Vuksanovic, M. Mitrovic, Raskovic, Adzic, M. maksimovic, P. Cetkovic

1.Jug (Croatia) 18 – 54
2. Jadran Herceg Novi (Montenegro) 18 – 44
3. Mladost (Croatia) 18 – 41
4. Jadran Split (Croatia) 18 – 27
5. Mornar (Croatia) 18 – 20
6. Partizan (Serbia) 18 – 20
7. POSK (Croatia) 16 – 18
8. Primorac (Montenegro) 18 – 17
9. Budva (Montenegro) 18 – 10
10. Primorje (Croatia) 18 – 7

Final Four schedule (Dubrovnik, 13 – 14 April)

Semifinals (13 April)
Jadran HN – Mladost (18.30)
Jug – Jadran S (20 h)

Final (14 April)
Winner A – Winner B (20 h)

Group A2

Sabac – Crvena Zvezda 5:11 (1:1, 1:4, 1:3, 2:3)
Medvescak – Nais 13:12 (5:5, 3:3, 2:2, 3:2)
Sabac – Zadar 1952 18:4 (2:1, 4:0, 6:2, 6:1)
Solaris – Vojvodina on Sunday

1. Crvena Zvezda (Serbia) 16 – 48
2. Sabac (Serbia) 16 – 35
3. Vojvodina (Serbia) 15 – 32
4. Nais (Serbia) 16 – 28
5. Medvescak (Croatia) 16 – 20
6. Solaris (Croatia) 15 – 16
7. Valjevo (Serbia) 16 – 15
8. Cattaro (Montenegro) 16 – 11
9. Zadar 1952 (Croatia) 16 – 3

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