Regional League

Partizan returns into Top 4 teams

Marko Jankovic (Partizan) Photo: Sportyfoto/Facebook

All matches of the Regional League 12th round have been ended with no surprises. Favourites beat their respective rivals. The winner of the day was Partizan, that climbed back into the fourth place of the table.

Partizan beat last-placed Primorje 11:8. Primorje scored the first goal of the match, but Partizan responded with four goals in a row (all four in extra-man attacks) and jumped to a 4:1 lead. Primorje reduced the gap to 2 several times, but the hosts’ win was never in danger. Partizan’s biggest rivals in a race for the Final Four, two clubs from Split (Jadran and Mornar) suffered losses in this round, so Partizan climbed from the 6th into the 4th place. But the young time from Belgrade has to pass a few very hard exams in the following matches, among them will be games against Jadran and Mornar in Split. But, the Split-based teams also will have difficult tasks. So, it is hard to predict who will take the last spot at the Final Four and join Jug, Mladost and Jadran Herceg Novi, that almost secured their places at the final tournament.

The spectators in Herceg Novi saw an encounter between namesakes. Jadran Herceg Novi defeated Jadran Split. The match was decided in the last ten minutes. In the middle of the third period, the home team had a narrow lead (8:7). After that, the Montenegrins produced a 6:0 run, which decided the outcome (14:8).

Jug didn’t play with full force, but it had no problems in the game against Primorac Kotor. The title-holder earned a 6:1 lead early in the second period. In the remaining time, Jug water polo players maintained the difference (14:9).

Budva stunned POSK in the first quarter. The Montenegrins, the hosts in this match, led 4:0 in the 6th minute. The visitors could never recover from that. Budva, led by Branko Franeta (4 goals) achieved a 15:9 win.

Mladost didn’t let surprise in Split in a match against Mornar. The Zagreb-based team jumped to a 4:1 lead four seconds before the end of the first period. This advantage proved vital in the visitors’ win. Mornar water polo players were constantly reducing the gap to one (3:4; 4:5; 5:6; 6:7, 7:8). Mladost, boosted by Romanian Cosmin Radu (4 goals), secured a win in the fourth period. The visitors built a three-goal lead again (10:7) in the 27th minute and there was no way back for Mornar (12:9).

Regional League 2017/18, 12th round

Group A1

Partizan 11:8 Primorje
(4:2, 2:2, 4:2, 1:2)

Partizan: Andrejevic 3, Radonjic 3, Vucinic 2, M. Jankovic, Manojlovic, Radanovic.
Primorje: Tkac 2, Radulovic 2, Ford Wallace, Peros, Cunko.

Jug 14:9 Primorac
(4:1, 4:3, 4:1, 2:4)

Jug: Macan 2, Fatovic 2, V. Rasovic 2, Lozina 2, Culina 2, Loncar, Jokovic, Garcia, Krzic.
Primorac: Crepulja 5, A. Petrovic, Gluhaic, Grgurevic, Paunovic.

Jadran HN 14:8 Jadran S
(4:4, 4:2, 2:1, 4:1)

Jadran Carine Herceg Novi: Merkulov 3, Gardasevic 2, Dj. Radovic 2, Spajic 2, Draskovic 2, Petkovic, Ukropina, Krijestorac.
Jadran Split: Marinic Kragic 2, Milradovic 2, Setka 2, Z. Butic, Viskovic.

Mornar 9:12 Mladost
(1:4, 3:1, 2:3, 3:4)

Mornar: Calic 3, Buha 2, R. Buric 2,Cagalj 2.
Mladost: Radu 4, Bukic 3, Paskvalin 2, Basic 2, Biljaka.

Budva 15:9 POSK
(4:1, 3:3, 6:4, 2:1)

Budva: Franeta 4, M. Maksimovic 3, S. Vuksanovic 2, S. Cetkovic 2, Ma. Mitrovic, Vujasevic, B. Popovic, P. Cetkovic

POSK: Penava 2, K. Butic 2, Situm, Divkovic, Vuleta, Vukic, Elez.

Standings

1. Jug (Croatia) 12 – 36
2. Mladost (Croatia) 12 – 31
3. Jadran HN (Montenegro) 12 – 26
4. Partizan (Serbia) 12 – 16
5. Jadran S (Croatia) 12 – 14
6. Mornar (Croatia) 12 – 14
7. Primorac (Montenegro) 12 – 12
8. POSK (Croatia) 12- 11
9. Budva (Montenegro) 12 – 9
10. Primorje (Croatia) 12 – 6

A2 Group

Crvena Zvezda – Nais 14:4 (3:0, 3:2, 4:0, 4:2)
Cattaro – Vojvodina 8:13 (0:4, 2:3, 4:3, 2:3)
Sabac – Valjevo 17:10 (4:3, 4:3, 3:3, 6:1)
Zadar 1952 – Medvescak (Sunday)

1. Crvena Zvezda (Serbia) 11 – 33
2. Vojvodina (Serbia) 11 – 24
3. Sabac (Serbia) 10 – 22
4. Nais (Serbia) 11 – 19
5. Valjevo (Serbia) 11 – 15
6. Cattaro (Montenegro) 11 – 11
7. Medvescak (Croatia) 10 – 10
8. Solaris (Croatia) 10 – 4
9. Zadar 1952 (Croatia) 9 – 0

(The League Comite has punished Vojvodina with a forfeit with a 5:0 loss in the match against Crvena Zvezda in the 11th round, that is interrupted because a spectator pushed a referee into the water two seconds before the end. In that moment the score was 7:7)

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