Italy Water Polo

Ortigia returns into Top 4 on the eve of Final Six

Enrico Caruso (Ortigia) Photo: Circolo Canottieri Ortigia/Facebook.com

The last (26th) round of the Italian Championship determined the standings for places 2 – 6 before the Final Six, which will be held in Syracuse, Sycily (25 – 27 May). The round saw no surprises, so there were no many ups and downs in the standings.

Ortigia, the host of the Final Six tournament climbed back in the 4th place, beating Canottieri Naples in home water. The visitors took an early lead (1:0). Ortigia responded with five goals in a row and jumped to 5:1 in the 20th minute. The home side entered the last period with a solid 6:2 lead. Canottieri recovered from the shock and reduced the gap (6:4) after three and a half minutes of play in the last period. Abela converted a man-up in the middle of the quarter for 7:4. It proved enough for Ortigia’s victory. The visiting team scored twice in the last two minutes, but it was too late (7:6).

Brescia demolished last-placed Acquachiara (19:3) and cemented the 2nd place. All of Brescia’s field players found the net, the top scorer was Stefano Guerrato (6 goals).  Pro Recco water polo players offered a flood of goals for their fans. They defeated Bogliasco (16:2).

Pro Recco and Brescia earned a quarterfinals bye in the Final Six.

Sport Management, which finished the league in the 3rd place, will play against 6th-placed Canottieri, while Savona will face Ortigia.

Sport Management hosted Savona in the 26th round. Savona stunned the favorites with a 3:0 rush in the first 10 minutes.Sport Management took control soon, but at halftime, Savona still had an advantage (6:5). Before the second half, Montenegrin Lazovic replaced Nicosia in front of the goal od Sport Management which gave “fresh blood” to the Verona-based team. Sport Management dominated the second half and by the middle of the fourth quarter, it built a safe 10:7 lead. The runner-up in the 2018 Euro Cup posted a 10:8 win.

Posillipo finished the season in the 8th place thanks to a 9:7 win over Catania. Posillipo, the visiting team in this match, started strongly and it was 4:0 up in the middle of the 2nd quarter. Catania its first goal scored 3 minutes before the halftime. The visitors controlled everything until the middle of the last period. They had a 9:3 lead in the 28th minute. In the remaining time, Catania netted four goals in a row, but Posillipo managed to keep all three points (9:7).

There were a lot of thrills in high-scoring games played in Torino and Rome, despite encounters weren’t important for the standings. Both matches ended with no winners. Lazio had a 4-goal lead (12:8) four minutes before the end of the match against Trieste. The visitors secured a point with four consecutive goals, the 12th was scored in the last second (12:12). The clash Torino ’81 – Florentia also was a big battle (14:14).

2017/18 Italian Championship, 26th round

Ortigia 7:6 Canottieri
(2:1, 1:0, 3:1, 1:4)

Ortigia: Jelaca, Vapenski, Abela, Di Luciano, Lidnhout, Giacoppo, Rotondo.
Canottieri: Gorgetti 2, Buonocore, Del Basso, Campopiano, Velotto.

Acquachiara 3:19 Brescia
(1:8, 1:2, 0:3, 1:6)

Acquachiara: Blanchard, Tozzi, Centanni.
Brescia: Guerrato 6, Paskovic 3, Muslim 2, M. Janovic, N. Presciutti, C. Presciutti, M. Guidi, Manzi, Nora, Bertoli, Vukcevic.

Sport Management 10:8 Savona
(0:2, 5:4, 3:1, 2:1)

Sport Management: A. Petkovic 3, Mirarchi 2, S. Luongo, Drasovic, Figlioli, Gallo, Baraldi.
Savna: E. Novara, Damonte, Steardo, Ravina, K. Milakovic, G. Bianco, J. Colombo, Guimaraes.

Pro Recco 16:2 Bogliasco
(1:0, 6:1, 5:1, 4:0)

Pro Recco: Figari 4, A. Ivovic 3, F. Di Fulvio 3, N. Gitto 2, Caliogna 2, Aicardi, Alesiani.
Bogliasco: Monari, Fracas.

Torino ’81 14:14 Florentia
(4:4, 3:1, 3:6, 4:3)

Torino ’81: Gaffuri 3, Azzi 2, Maffe 2, G. Novara 2, Pavlovic, D. Presciutti, Gandini, D’Souza, I. Vuksanovic.
Florentia: Astiarta 6, Eskert 3, Razzi 3, Coppoli, T. Turchini.

Catania 7:9 Posillipo 7:9
(0:2, 2:3, 1:3, 4:1)

Catania: La Rosa 2, G. Torrisi 2, Danilovic, Sparacino, Privitera.
Posillipo: Marziali 4, G. Mattiello 2, Rossi, Briganti, Irving.

Lazio 12:12 Trieste
(3:3, 5:2, 2:2, 2:5)

Lazio: Cannella 3, D. Giorgi 2, Leporale, Vitale, Maddaluno, Sebastiani, Colosimo, Spione, Gianni.
Trieste: Vico 4, Gogov 3, Petronio 2, Podgornik, Ferreccio, Blazevic.

Standings

1. Pro Recco 26– 78
2. Brescia 26 – 69
3. Sport Management 26 – 67
4. Ortigia 26 – 47
5. Savona 26 – 45
6. Canottieri 26 – 44
———————– (1-6 will play in the Final Six)
7. Florentia 26 – 37
8. Posillipo 26 – 34
9. Catania 26 – 33

———————–
10. Lazio 26 – 27
11. Bogliaso 26 – 23
12. Trieste 26 – 18
13. Torino 81 26 – 8
———————- (10 – 13 will play in the Relegation Play-out)
14. Acquachiara 26 – 0
———————- (14 relegated to the A2 league)

Final Six (Syracuse, 25 – 27 May)

25 May
Quarterfinals

Sport Management – Canottieri
Ortigia – Savona

26 May
Semifinals

Pro Recco – Ortigia or Savona
Brescia – Sport Management/Canottieri

For 5th place: Ortigia/Savona – Sport Management/Canottieri

27 May

For the 3rd place
Final

Relegation Play Out (Syracuse, 26 – 27 May)

26 May
Lazio – Torino
Bogliasco – Trieste

27 may

For the 12th place: losers Lazio-Torino and Bogliasco- Trieste.

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