Italy Water Polo

Pro Recco continues to dominate in Italy and clinches 32nd title

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Pro Recco didn’t let surprise in the national championship. The mighty team from Genoa won its 32nd title of the champion of Italy. In the final game of the Final Six, which was played in Syracuse (Sicily), Pro Recco defeated Brescia 8:5 and clinched the 13th national title in a row.

Quarterfinals

On Day 1, favorites recorded convincing wins in the quarterfinals. Sport Management (3rd-placed in the regular season) blew away Canottieri (6th in regular season) – 13:4. Ortigia (4th place), which was the host of the F6 tournament, played against Savona (5th). In the middle of the third quarter, Ortigia was 6:2 up. By the end of the game, the Syracuse-based team extended the margin of their win to 5 goals (9:4).

Sport Management 13:4 Canottieri Naples
(3:0, 4:1, 4:2, 2:1)

Sport Management: Figlioli 3, Mirarchi 3, Luongo 2, Fondelli, A. Petkovic, Drasovic, Gallo, E. Di Somma.
Canottieri: Borelli 2, Campopiano, Velotto.

Ortigia 9:4 Savona
(2:2, 2:0, 4:1, 1:1)

Ortigia: Di Luciano 2, Lindhout 2, Vapenski 2,Napolitano, Giacoppo, Jelaca.
Savona: Damonte, Steardo, K. Milakovic, Guimaraes.

Semifinals

Ortigia reached the semifinals of the national championships for the first time since 1986. But the hosts couldn’t go further. They faced Pro Recco, which completed the regular season collecting all 78 points. The title-holder had no mercy. Led by Filip Filipovic (4 goals), Pro Recco sailed to a 16:3 win.

The second semifinal was a great battle with a lot of twists and turns. Brescia water polo players had a strong start and rushed to a 3:0 lead by the middle of the second quarter. At halftime, they led 4:1. Then came Sport Management, which dominated the third quarter and turned a 3-goal deficit to a 5:4 lead until the end of the period. The final quarter saw 7 goals. Sport Management was close to a victory, because it had a slim advantage in the finish of the game (8:7). Brescia’s Petar Muslim hit the back of the net 28 seconds from the end of the match for 8:8 and the outcome of the thriller was determined in the penalty shoot-out. Brescia was successful in a battle of nerves and celebrated a 12:10 win.

Pro Recco 16:3 Ortigia
(5:0, 5:0, 3:1, 3:1)

Pro Recco: F. Filipovic 4, Bodegas 3, A. Ivovic 3, F. Di Fulvio 2,Echenique, Figari, Aicardi, N. Gitto.
Ortigia: Vapenski, Casasola, Abela.

Brescia 12:10 Sport Management
(2:0, 2:1, 0:4, 4:3, pso 4:2)

Brescia: Nora 3, Paskovic, Rizzo, Muslim , Bertoli, Vukcevic.
Sport Management: S. Luongo 2, Figlioli, Fondelli, Gallo, Mirarchi, Baraldi.
Penalty shootout
Brescia: M. Janovic, N. Prescuitti, Rizzo, Paskovic.
Sport Management: Drasovic, A. Petkovic.

Games for the final standings

Sport Management won the bronze medal, by beating Ortigia after a penalty shoot-out in an encounter for places 3 – 4. The match was very similar to the 2nd semifinal game, but Sport Management was happy after an exciting match. Sport Management water polo players led for most of the time. Their advantage grew to 3 goals (7:4) deep into the third quarter. Ortigia managed to come back. Early in the last quarter, Giacoppo converted a man-up for the home side to level the score (8:8). Both teams scored a goal each in the remaining time and the match ended in a 9:9 draw. Sport Management achieved a 14:13 victory after the penalty shoot-out and secured a spot in the Champions League 1st qualification round. Ortigia will compete in the Euro Cup, along with Savona, which beat Canottieri in the game for the 5th place.

Photo: Pro Recco Waterpolo 1913/Facebook (click to enlarge)

Pro Recco took a flying start in the final and jumped to a 4:0 lead in the 14th minute. In the next attack, Brescia water polo players found the net for the first time. They trailed 1:4 at halftime, but Pro Recco needed two minutes of play in the third period to earn a new 4-goal advantage (5:1).

Before the final 8 minutes, Pro Recco was 5:2 up.

The fourth quarter was pretty balanced. Recco played excellent in extra-man attacks ( Recco converted 5 of 7 chances, while Brescia netted just 3 of 12) and didn’t let its big rival come back. The Genova-based side controlled everything in the pool and posted an 8:5 win.

Recco and Brescia ended the national league. Tomorrow, both teams will start preparations for their new and the last encounter in the season. Pro Recco and Brescia will face in the quarterfinals of the Champions League Final Eight, which will be held in Genoa (8 – 10 June).

Final

Pro Recco 8:5 Brescia
(2:0, 2:1, 1:1, 3:3)

Pro Recco: Tempesti, F. Di Fulvio 2, Alesiani, Bruni, Molina 1, Bodegas 1, A. Ivovic, Echenique, Figari, F. Filipovic 1, Aicardi 1, N. Gitto, Volarevic.
Brescia: Del Lungo, Guerrato 1, C. Presciutti, M. Guidi, Paskovic, Rizzo 3, Muslim, Nora 1, N. Presciutti, Bertoli, M. Janovic, Vukcevic, Morretti.

For places 3 – 4

Ortigia 13:14 Sport Management
(3:4, 2:3, 2:1, 2:1, pso 4:5)

Ortigia: Jelaca 3, Vapenski 2, Casasola 2, Di Luciano, Giacoppo.
Sport Management: A. Petkovic 4, Drasovic, Gallo, Mirarchi, S. Luongo
Penalty shootout
Sport Management: Blary, Baraldi, Drasovic, A. Petkovic, Gallo.
Ortigia: Vapenski, Giacoppo, Lindhout, Napolitano.

For places 5 – 6

Canottieri 4:9 Savona
(2:3, 2:2, 0:2, 0:2)

Canottieri: Giorgetti 2, Di Martire, Campopiano
Savona: K. Milakovic 3, Steardo 2, Guimaraes 2,Damonte 2.

 

Final Six (Syracuse, 25 – 27 May)

Quarterfinals
Sport Management (seed No.3) – Canottieri Naples (No. 6) 13:4
Ortigia (No. 4) – Savona (No. 5) 9:4

Semifinals
Pro Recco (No. 1) – Ortigia 16:3
Brescia (No. 2) – Sport Management 12:10 (pso)

For places 5 – 6
Canottieri – Savona 4:9

For places 3 – 4
Ortigia – Sport Management 13:14 (pso)

Final
Pro Recco – Brescia 8:5

Pro Recco is directly qualified for the Preliminary Round of the Champions League. Brescia will compete in the 2nd CHL Qualification Round. Sport Management will start from the 1st CHL Qualification Round. Ortigia and Savona will play in Euro Cup.

Play-out

Semifinals
Lazio (seed No. 10) – Torino ’81 (13) 14:5
Bogliasco (11) – Trieste (12) 8:9

For 12th place

Torino ‘81 – Bogliasco 5:10

Torino ‘81 is relegated to the A2 league.

(standings in the regular season)

ALL CHAMPIONS OF ITALY

1912-14(3 titles): Genoa
1915–18: not held due to World War 1
1919: Genoa
1920: Milano
1921-22 (2 titles): Andrea Doria
1923: Sturla
1924: Not played
1925 – 28 (4): Andrea Doria
1929: Triestina
1930 – 31 (2): Andrea Doria
1932: Milano
1933 – 34 (2): Florentia
1935: Camogli
1936 – 38 (3): Florentia
1939: Napoli
1940: Florentia
1941 – 42 (2): Napoli
1943–45: Not held due to World War 2
1946: Camogli
1947: Canottieri Olona
1948: Florentia
1949 – 50 (2): Napoli
1951: Canottieri Naples
1952 – 53 (2): Camogl
1954: Roma
1955: Camogli
1956: Lazio
1957: Camogli
1958: Canottieri Naples
1959 – 1962 (4): Pro Recco
1963: Canottieri Naples
1964 – 1972 (9): Pro Recco
1973: Canottieri Naples
1974: Pro Recco
1975: Canottieri Naples
1976: Florentia
1977: Canottieri Naples
1978: Pro Recco
1979: Canottieri Naples
1980: Florentia
1981: Bogliasco
1982 – 1984 (3): Pro Recco
1984/85 – 1985/86 (2): Posillipo
1986/87: Pescara
1987/88 – 1988/89 (2): Posillipo
1989/90: Canottieri Naples
1990/91 – 1991/92 (2): Savona
1992/93 – 1995/96 (4): Posillipo
1996/97 – 1997/98 (2): Pescara
1998/99: Roma Nuoto
1999/2000 – 2000/01 (2): Posillipo
2001/02: Pro Recco
2002/03: AN Brescia
2003/04: Posillipo
2004/05: Savona
2005/06 – 2017/18 (13): Pro Recco

(number of titles in a row)

Total

Pro Recco 32, Posillipo 11, Florentia 9, Andrea Doria 8, Canottieri Naples 8, Camogli 6, Napoli 5, Genoa 4, Pescara 3, Savona 3, Milano 2, Roma 2, Sturla 1, Triestina 1, Canottieri Olona 1, Lazio 1, Bogliaco 1, Brescia 1.

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