Italy Water Polo

Ortigia holds off Florentia, Sport Management unstoppable

Roman Blary (Sport Management) Photo: sportmanagement.it

Top six teams of the 99th Italian Serie A collected three points in the 12th round and continued their way toward the Final Six tournament.

Most of the favourites (Pro Recco,  Sport Management, Brescia, Savona, Canottieri) achieved convincing victories, while a thriller was seen in an encounter between Ortigia and Florentia in Syracuse. Ortigia rushed to a 2:0 lead in the first 4 minutes. After that, the hosts were scoreless till the end of the first half and Bogliasco entered the third period with a minimal advantage (3:2). Ortigia water polo players managed to level the score in the third quarter (4:4) and they took a new lead (5:4) early in the fourth. Florentia returned to equal terms with 2:15 on the clock (5:5). The hosts netted two goals in the last 110 seconds and secured a 7:5 win. Top scorer, with 3 goals, was Serb Boris Vapenski, who netted the last goal of the match

Sport Management taught a lesson to Bogliasco. The semifinalist of the Euro Cup had a two-goal lead after the 2nd period (4:2). Bogliasco water polo players resisted till the 19th minute when they trailed 3:4. Then Sport Management, led by Valentino Gallo (4 goals), produced an 11:0 rush and rolled to a 17:4 victory.

The first half decided an outcome in a clash Torino – Savona. After the 16th minute, the visiting team led 6:2. Savona added one goal early in the 3rd quarter for 7:2. Torino couldn’t recover and Savona won 8:5.

Something similar happened in Catania, where visitors earned a big advantage in the first 16 minutes. Canottieri Naples was 9:4 up at halftime. The visiting team maintained an advantage and achieved a 12:8 win.

Title-holder and 2017 runner-up had played their matches before the others, due they took part in the 6th round of the Champions League yesterday.

Pro Recco didn’t show its big power, the champion played in an easy rhythm for a 9:2 victory against Trieste.

Video source: Pro Recco Youtube channel

Brescia water polo players achieved a win after two straight losses (against Sport Management and Pro Recco). They visited Rome where they convincingly beat Lazio (10:5).

Video source: Lazio Youtube channel

Posillipo didn’t have any problems to defeat the last-placed Aquachiara in the Naples derby. Aquachiara its first goal scored in the 19th minute (1:7). Posillipo won by an 8-goal margin (13:5) and climbed to the 9th place of the table.

Italian championship, 12th round

Ortigia 7:5 Florentia
(2:2, 0:1, 2:1, 3:1)

Ortigia: Vapenski 3, Di Luciano, Giacoppo, Casasola, Napolitano.
Florentia: Razzi, Bini, Tomasic, Astiarta, A. Di Fulvio.

Catania 8:12 Canottieri Naples
(2:4, 2:5, 2:2, 2:1)

Catania: Privitavera 4, Torrisi, Kacar, Divkovic, La Rosa.
Canottieri Naples: Campopiano 3, Velloto 3, Giorgetti 2, Dolce 2, Conuorto, F. Lapenna.

Acquachiara 5:13 Posillipo
(0:1, 0:3, 2:6, 3:3)

Acquachiara: Ciardi, M. Stellet, De Gregorio, Tozzi, Barberisi.
Posillipo: Foglio 4, Marziali 4, Rossi 2, Cuccovillo, G. Mattiello, Briganti.

Sport Management 17:4 Bogliasco
(1:0, 3:1, 7:1, 6:2)

Sport Management: Gallo 4, S. Luongo 2, Figlioli 2, A. Petkovic 2, Mirarchi 2, Fondelli 2, Blary, Drasovic, Valentino.
Bogliasco: Gambacorta 2, Sadovyy 2.

Torino 81 5:8 Savona
(1:3, 1:3, 2:1, 1:1)

Torino 81: D’Souza 2, Gafurri, G. Novara, Gandini.
Savona: Steardo 3, Damonte 2, Ravina, Piombo, Teleki.

Played on Wednesday

Pro Recco 9:2 Trieste
(2:0, 2:0, 3:1, 2:1)

Pro Recco: F. Filipovic 2, Figari 2, Mandic 2, Bodegas 2, Calogna.
Trieste: Podgornik, Mladosic.

Lazio 5:10 Brescia
(0:3, 1:1, 1:3, 3:3)

Lazio: D. Giorgi 2, Spione, Leporale, Vitale.
Brescia: Guidi 2, J. Presciutti, Paskovic, Muslim, Nora, N. Presciutti, Bertoli.

1.Pro Recco 12 – 36
2. Sport Management 12 – 33
3. Brescia 12 – 30
4. Savona 12 – 25
5. Canottieri 12 – 22
6. Ortigia 12 – 21
7. Lazio 12 – 16
8. Florentia 12 – 14
9. Posillipo 12 – 12
10. Catania 12 – 12
11. Bogliasco 12 – 10
12. Trieste 12 – 8
13. Torino 81 12 – 4
14. Acquachiara 12 – 0

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