Pro Recco continued domination in the national competitions. It clinched the 6th trophy of the Italian Cup in a row, beating Brescia in the final game of the Final Four, that was played in Bari. Sport Management took the 3rd place, while Canottieri Naples finished the tournament as 4th.
Pro Recco led throughout the final match, played in front of 1.000 spectators. After the first quarter, the Genova-based team was 2:1 up. Filipovic and Aicardi hit the back of the net early in the second period for a 3-goal lead (4:1). Brescia managed to reduce the gap in the middle of the quarter (4:3). In the following 7:13 minutes, Recco netted three goals in a row for a 7:3 lead and almost secured a victory. Brescia water polo players tightened their defence in the remaining time, but they weren’t able to equalize. Montenegrins Paskovic and Vukcevic netted in the last quarter to set the final score (7:5).
This was the fifth consecutive encounter between Pro Recco and Brescia in the Italian Cup finals. The most thrilling game of the five final matches was played last season, when Recco defeated Brescia after penalty shootout. Brescia its last trophy has won in 2012,defeating Recco in the final (5:4).
Sport Management water polo players convincingly defeated Canottieri in the game for the bronze medal, despite a lot of ups and downs. They led 9:2 after the 2nd quarter. Canottieri dominated the third period and came close (9:6). But, Sport Management didn’t let surprise, it produced a 6:1 rush in the final period for a 15:7 win.
The most interesting game of the tournament was the encounter between Sport Management and Brescia in the semifinal.Sport Management had a 4:3 lead early in the second period. Brescia water polo players responded with three goals in a row and went 6:4 up at halftime. The only goal in the third period was scored by Serb Radomir Drasovic (6:5). Brescia avoided a thrilling finish by scoring three goals in a span of 3:50 minutes for a 9:5 advantage (3:30 before the end). Sport Management couldn’t come back (10:8).
Pro Recco blew away Canottieri in the first semifinal clash – 20:3. Every player of the winning team, except goalkeepers Tempesti and Volarevic, netted at least a goal. Canottieri, the former European champion, was the team which won the first Italian Cup (in 1970)
The top scorer of the tournament was Filip Filipovic, with six goals.
Italian Cup, Final Four (Bari, 3 – 4 March)
Pro Recco 7:5 Brescia
(2:1, 3:2, 2:0, 0:2)
Pro Recco: F. Filipovic 2, Di Fulvio 2, Bruni, Bodegas, Aicardi.
Brescia: Guidi, Paskovic, Rizzo, Janovic, Vukcevic.
For 3rd place
Canottieri Naples 7:15 Sport Management
(2:3, 0:6, 4:0, 1:6)
Canottieri: Dolce 2, Confuorto, Di Martire, Campopiano, Velotto, Borelli.
Sport Management: Petkovic 5, Di Somma 4, Blary 2,Drasovic, Mirarchi, S. Luongo, Baraldi
Pro Recco 20:3 Canottieri Naples
(7:0, 5:2, 5:0, 3:1)
Pro Recco: F. Filipovic 4, Figari 3, Molina 3, F. Di Fulvio 2, Bruni 2, Alesiani, Bodegas, Ivovic, Echenique, Aicardi, N. Gitto.
Canottieri Naples: Dolce, Del Basso, Campopiano.
Brescia 10:8 Sport Management
(2:2, 4:2, 0:1, 4:3)
Brescia: M. Janovic 2, Rizzo 2, Nora 2. N. Presciutti 2, Muslim, Bertoli.
Sport Management: Drasovic 3, Gallo, Mirarchi, Figlioli, A. Fondelli, Baraldi.
ALL WINNERS’ LIST
1970 CC Naples
1971 – 73 not held
1974 Pro Recco
1975 not held
1976 RN Florentia
1977 – 84 not held
1985- 1986 Pescara
1987 CN Posillipo
1988 RN Arenzano
1990 – 1991 RN Savona
1993 RN Savona
1994 – 97 not held
1999 – 2004 not held
2005 Bissolati Cremona
2006 – 2011 Pro Recco
2012 AN Brescia
2013-2018 Pro Recco