Regional League

Overheated battles in Belgrade and Split

Aleksandar Radanovic (Partizan) Photo:waterpoloserbia.org

Top three clubs of the A1 Regional League Jug, Mladost and Jadran Herceg Novi easily beat their respective rivals  in the 14th round. Two matches, that were very important in the hunt for the 4th place, were very thrilling clashes.

An encounter in Belgrade offered a flood of goals and a lot of excitements. Partizan faced Budva. The hosts dominated the first half while going 5:3 up. In the third period, Budva scored three goals in a row for a 6:5 advantage. Partizan managed to level the score seven seconds before the last break (6:6). The fourth period saw 13 goals! In the 27th minute, the Montenegrin side went in front for the last time this evening (7:6). 30 seconds later Radanovic, former Budva player, equalised for 7:7. From that point on till the end of the game, Partizan netted in every attack. The hosts produced a 6:2 rush, which decided everything. They jumped to a 12:9 lead (2:24 before the end) and secured a win (14:11).

Partizan kept the 4th place. The Belgrade side now has three points more than the 5th-placed Mornar, that earned only one point in this round. Mornar and POSK shared the points in the Split derby. Mornar had to be more happy with the outcome of the low-scoring game, because POSK was 5:3 up in the middle of the third period. Mornar scored twice in the last period to save a draw (5:5). Only four players made a scoresheet. The scorers in the team of Mornar were Marino Cagalj (4 goals) and Rino Buric, while Begovic (3) and Elez (2) netted all goals for POSK.

Montenegrin champion Jadran dominated the derby of the Bay of Kotor. The Herceg Novi-based team demolished its archrival Primorac, which has been far from the top of the Regional League in the past few seasons. Jadran, led by Russian Danil Merkulov (7 goals), beat Primorac with ease (15:5).

Jug water polo players didn’t play on a high level in the match against Primorje, but their win was never in danger. The title-holder earned a 7:2 lead early in the third period. Primorje didn’t surrend easily. The team from Rijeka reduced the gap on two (8:6) six minutes before the end. Jug scored four unanswered goals in the remaining time for a solid 12:6 win.

There was no surprises in an encounter between Jadran Split and Mladost Zagreb, but the spectators in Split saw a few turns. Jadran led 3:2 in the second period. Mladost responded with a 3:0 series and gained a 5:3 advantage in the middle of the third period. By the end of the quarter, Jadran came close to the visitors for the last time (4:5). Mladost was far better rival in the fourth period and collected all three points (9:5).

Crvena Zvezda (Red Star) continued its winning streak in the A2 Group. The Serbs achieved their 13th win (they beat Cattaro) and secured the 1st place. They will play in the A1 group next season.

Regional League, 14th round

Group A1

Partizan 14:11 Budva
(3:3, 2:0, 1:3, 8:5)

Partizan: Lukic 3, Lazic 2, Manojlovic 2, Aksentijevic 2, Andrejevic, Radonjic, Vucinic.
Budva: M. Maksimovic 5, S. Vuksanovic 3, B. Popovic 2, Adzic.

Jadran S 5:9 Mladost
(1:1, 2:3, 1:2, 1:3)

Jadran Split: Setka 2, Goreta 2, Butic.
Mladost: Bukic 4, Basic 3, Radu.

Jadran HN 15:5 Primorac
(6:2, 3:1, 2:1, 4:1)

Jadran Herceg Novi: Merkulov 7, Gardasevic 2, Spajic ,2, Draskovic 2, M. Petkovic,Ukropina.
Primorac: A. Petrovic 3, Latinovic, Crepulja.

Jug 12:6 Primorje
(2:1, 4:1, 2:2, 4:2)

Jug: Ivankovic 3, Renzuto 3, Jokovic 2, Macan, Pejic, Lozina.
Primorje: Tkac 2, Blazic, Augusti, Brubnjak.

Mornar 5:5 POSK
(1:1, 1:1, 1:3, 2:0)

Mornar: Cagalj 4, Buric.
POSK: Begovic 3, Elez 2.

1. Jug (Croatia) 14 – 42
2. Mladost (Croatia) 14 – 34
3. Jadran HN (Montenegro) 14 – 32
4. Partizan (Serbia) 14 – 19
5. Mornar (Croatia) 14 – 16
6. Jadran S (Croatia) 14 – 15
7. POSK (Croatia) 14 – 15
8. Primorac (Montenegro) 14 – 13
9. Budva (Montenegro) 14 – 9
10. Primorje (Croatia) 14 – 7

A2 Group

Cattaro – Crvena Zvezda 7:11 (0:2, 2:1, 2:5, 3:3)
Sabac – Vojvodina 9:9 (0:3, 3:0, 4:3, 2:3)
Zadar 1952 – Nais 10:11 (1:4, 4:2, 2:2, 3:3)
Solaris – Valjevo Gorenje (4 March)

1. Crvena Zvezda (Serbia) 13 – 39
2. Vojvodina (Serbia) 13 – 28
3. Sabac (Serbia) 12 – 26
4. Nais (Serbia) 13 – 25
5. Valjevo (Serbia) 11 – 15
6. Medvescak (Croatia) 12 – 13
7. Cattaro (Montenegro) 13 – 11
8. Solaris (Croatia) 11 – 4
9. Zadar (Croatia) 12 – 0

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