Pro Recco won the trophy of the first “Memorial Mattia Aversa”. The first edition of Memorial in honor of the founder of Water polo club Torino 81 Mattia Aversa, who passed away last year, was only one match, but it was the clash of giants, Pro Recco and Serbia. The Genoese defeated the best national team of the world 8-5 (2-1, 4-1, 1-3, 1-0)
Recco was a favorite, because only the three members of the team that won the Olympic gold in Rio, played for Serbia in Turin: the stars of Pro Recco Filip Filipovic and Dusko Pijetlovic, and Sava Randjelovic. Dusan Mandic was in the team of Recco. Other members of the golden team played for their clubs in national championships this weekend or missed the match because of injuries.
Vladimir Vujasinovic, Recco’s coach, had all key-players in his team, except, of course, Pijetlovic and Filipovic, the best European water polo player of the previous year (by LEN magazine) and the best in the world for 2016 (by The Swimming world magazine)
The young team of Serbia, led by Pijetlovic and Filipovic played pretty well but Pro Recco, with more experienced players, was obviously better in this game.
Recco led 2-0 in the middle of the opening quarter. By the end of the first half, the Italian champion jumped to a 6-2 lead. In the third period, the Serbs reduced the gap (7-5). But, they couldn’t come closer. The only goal in the fourth quarter was scored by Ivovic.
First “Memorial Mattia Aversa”, Turin
Pro Recco – Serbia 8-5 (2-1, 4-1, 1-3, 1-0)
Pro Recco scorers: Bodegas 2, Mandic 2, Di Fulvio , Sukno, Echenique, Ivovic
Serbia scorers: Pijetlovic 2, Stojanovic, S. Rasovic, Subotic.
Water polo stars guests of Juventus
Before the game in Turin players and coaches of both teams visited the stadium and the museum of Juventus football club.
The captains Filip Filipovic and Stefano Tempesti, and the coaches Dejan Savic and Vladimir Vujasinovic received nice gifts. Paolo Garimberti, the president of the museum, gave them the personalized jerseys of Juventus.
Football stars in the stands
Among the spectators of the first “Memorial Mattia Aversa were two famous former Serbian football players. In the stands were Sinisa Mihajlovic, the head coach of Torino, and Dejan Stankovic, who was Mihajlovic’s team-mate in Lazio (Rome) and Inter (Milan).