Croatia Water Polo

Pure domination! Jug defended the title, now it’s time for Final six

Jug water polo players celebrating Croatian title, May 2017
PHOTO: FB/VKJug

Jug water polo club defended the championship title in Croatia! The mighty team from Dubrovnik beat visiting Mladost from Zagreb – 11:4 in the third match of final series and swept their biggest domestic rival once again.

This is their 13th championship title in Croatia and 35. when counting those titles won in Yugoslavia. The best proof how much Jug is dominant this season in Croatia is the fact that, including tonight’s game, they won all seven clashes against Mladost.

But the season is not over for Jug. On the contrary. The best is still to come because Croatian water polo giant will also defend the title in LEN Champions league on Final six tournament which will be held in Budapest from 25th to 27th of May.

Jug was clearly a big favorite in this final series of Croatian championship and Mladost couldn’t do much against them. In the decisive third game played on Monday, Jug opened it with a goal from Felipe Perrone.

Marko Pavicic quickly answered with an equalizing goal for Mladost, but Maro Jokovic scored the second for Jug in the final moments of the first quarter.

Ivan Domagoj Zovic put Mladost back into the game from a penalty at the start of the second quarter and Jug had to come up with a real answer. And it came first from Xavi Garcia and then from the hands od Paulo Obradovic.

SECOND HALF WAS TIME FOR JUG TO STEP UP

The visiting team had the first attack in the second half, but it didn’t use this opportunity. At the midway, through the third period Perrone once again scored for Jug and when Marko Macan found the net for 6:2, Jug fans could already begin preparations for championship party.

In the last quarter, Jug water polo players showed some attractive moves, Pavo Markovic, Obradovic and Jokovic scored to make the win even bigger.

This game was played at Gruz swimming pool in front of more than 2.000 spectators. Also, this is a third trophy in the season for Jug, because it already won European Supercup and Croatian cup.

“Tonight, we were not so good in the first three quarters, but then the quality of our players decided the game. I am satisfied with winning the trophy, we swept Mladost in the finals. I think we were always in control in this final. But some parts of our team are in crisis and that’s not a good sign before the Final six in Budapest. We have to play better there”, said Jug’s coach Vjekoslav Kobescak after the game in Dubrovnik.

Finals
Game 1
Jug – Mladost 7-1 (1-0, 3-0, 2-0, 1-1)
Jug: Markovic 2, Perrone 2, Benic, Obradovic, Vrlic
Mladost: Lazic

Game 2
Mladost – Jug 6-13 (1-2, 1-3, 2-4, 2-4)
Mladost: Bukic 2, Zovic, Vlahovic, Paskvalin, Basic,
Jug: Markovic 3, Obradovic 3, Perrone 2, Macan 2, Gadea, Pavlicevic, Vrlic

Game 3
Jug – Mladost 11-4 (2-1, 2-1, 2-0, 5-2)
Jug: Obradovic 3, Jokovic 2, Perrone 2, Loncar, Macan, Markovic, Gadea
Mladost: Zovic 2, Biljaka, Pavicic

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