Juniors

Serbia, Hungary and Croatia 100 percent successful in Belgrade

Serbia - Australia Photo: Ivica Veselinov

All favourites achieved the wins in the last round of the preliminary phase of the competition at the 19th Men’s World Junior Waterpolo Championships at the“Milan Gale Muskatirovic” pool in Belgrade. In the derby of Group C Serbia defeated Australia 11:2 and secured 1st place. Hungary beat Canada 17:6 and confirmed the 1st place in Group D. Serbia and Hungary are, as group winners, qualified for the quarterfinals. They joined the teams of Greece and Croatia, which secured first places in their groups before the 5th round.

Hungary, Serbia and Croatia ended the competition with 4 wins each. Greece took the 1st place with 7 points.

Group A

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USA – Iran (click to enlarge) Photo Ivica Veselinov

The 5th round in Group A saw the favourites collecting all three points in convincing victories. Russia, led by Shaikutdinov (6 goals) and  Zakirov (5) beat Puerto Rico, one of the teams which ended preliminary competition without a single point. The USA did a fine job in the encounter with Iran – 15:3. The top scorer of the game was Hannes Daunbe, who scored two goals more than whole Iran team – 5. The USA took the 2nd place in the group, Russia ended in 3rd position. The Americans will play against neighbours from Canada in the eight-finals. Russia will clash Italy.

Montenegro avoided surprise

Group B

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Montenegro – Japan (click to enlarge)

The Montenegrins caught the “last train” for the eight-finals. They beat Japan today 18:17, thanks to a good play in the last quarter (5:1). Montenegro led from the 1st minute, but Japan turned (7:6) two seconds before the end of the 1st period).The team from Asia controlled the game and wasn’t far from a surprise. They needed a five-goal victory for the 3rd place in the group and for a “ticket” to quarterfinals. They were four goals ahead already in the 2nd quarter (11:7, 12:8, 13:9). In the third period, they led 14:10 and 15:11 up. But, they ran out of gas for the last 10 minutes. Montenegro managed to turn in the finish of the game when Spaic netted for 18:17 with an extra player (2:29 on the clock). In the remaining time, there were a few chances on both sides, but goalkeepers finally woke up.

Japan scored 50 goals at the championship. Despite that fact, the team from Asia didn’t win a single point.

Croatia water polo players, who secured the 1st  in Group A place two days before, didn’t show all they can in the 5th round, but nevertheless, they beat The Netherlands with ease (11:3).

Serbia scored 22 goals per match

C group

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Radoslav Filipovic, Serbia goalkeeper (click to enlarge) Photo Ivica Veselinov

Serbia demonstrated a perfect defence in the in a derby of Group C, against Australia. The hosts beat „Aussies“ 11:2, and won 1st place in the group. Australia will play in the eight-finals.

In the first half, both teams were very good in defence. Only 6 goals were scored (4:2 for Serbia). There were many misses on the both sides. After 5-minute rest, Serbia played excellent, scoring 5 goals in the third quarter, while the Australians managed to shot on the goal of Serbia just four times, but they didn’t score even once. Before the last period, Serbia had a 9:2 lead. In the following 8 minutes, the titleholder added two more goals for an 11:2 win.

Serbia is the most effective team in the preliminary competition. The Serbs hit the target 88 times (of 141 shots  62,4%)  in Group C (25 against Argentina, 27 against China, 25 against New Zealand and 11 against Australia). Serbia team is followed by Hungary 72 goals (55,0%), Greece 61 (50,8%), Russia 60 (50,8 %), Italy 56 (41,2 %)Spain 55 (46,6%), USA 51 (47,7%), Japan 50 (39,1 %), Montenegro 50 (41,3 %), Australia 43 (38,1%), Croatia 40 (38,1%)…

In the other match in this group, China beat New Zealand (11:7) and joined Australia in the eight-finals, as the 3rd-placed team. In the third quarter, China scored three goals in a row in a span of two minutes and jumped to a 8:5 lead. New Zealand couldn’t return in the race for points after that.

Group D

As expected, Hungary and Italy achieved convincing wins in the 5th round of Group D. The Hungarians demonstrated their power in defence, as Serbia, but they did it in the first half of the match against Canada. After 16 minutes of the game, Hungary led 10:0. Till the middle of the 3rd quarter, they jumped to a 13:0 lead. Afterward, the Hungarians slowed down, but at the end, they were 11 goals ahead (17:6).

Italy beat South Africa 21:3.

Scores, standing, schedule

Group A

USA 15:3 Iran
(4:1, 4:2, 5:0, 2:0)

USA: Daube 5, Abramson 2, Ehrardt 2, Cavano 2, Molthen 2, Hooper 1.

Iran: Yadankhah 1, Khaledtabar 1, Peirvani 1.

Puerto Rico 6:22 Russia
(1:6, 2:6, 1:5, 2:5)

Puerto Rico: Andino 2, Robles 2, Martir 1, Lourbiel 1.

Russia: Shaikutdinov 6, Zakirov 5, Merkulov 4, Shein 2, Kgarkov 2, Usov 1, Krug 1, Andreev 1.

1. Greece 4 games-7 points
2. USA 4-6
3. Russia 4-5
4. Iran 4-2
5. Puerto Rico 4-0

Group B

Netherlands 3:11 Croatia
(1:4, 0:1, 1:4, 1:2)

Netherlands: Mima Radji 1,  Van der Burg 1, Hofmeijer 1.

Croatia: Mercep 3, Lazic 2, Zovic 1, Butic 1, Dasic 1, Pejkovic 1, Pavlicevic 1, Biljaka 1.

Japan 17:18 Montenegro
(7:6, 6:3, 3:4, 1:5)

Japan: Date 5, Suzuki 3, Inaba 3, Ogava 2, Kobayashi 1, Ichimuta 1, Koppu 1, Maita 1.

Montenegro: Spaić 5, Moskov 4, Saveljic 2, Vujasevic 2, Franeta 1, Mitrovic 1, Gardasevic 1.

1. Croatia 4-8
2. Spain 4-6
3. Montenegro 4-4
4. Netherlands 4-2
5. Japan 4-0

Group C

Serbia 11: 2 Australia
(2:2, 2:0, 5:0, 2:0)

Serbia: Tankosic 2, Radojevic 2, Lukic 2,Radojevic 2, Gvozdanovic 1, Drasovic 1,  Velkic 1,

Australia: Nangle 1, Ephick 1.

New Zealand 7:11 China
(2:3, 1:2, 2:4, 2:2)

New Zealand: Milne 3, Simpson 2, Morris 2.

China: Beiyi 3, Dingsong 3, Yuntian 2, L. Yi 1, Yingyi 1, Xuliang 1

1. Serbia 4-8
2. Australia 4-6
3. China 4-4
4. Argentina 4-2
5. New Zealand 4-0

Group D

Canada 6:17 Hungary
(0:5, 0:5, 3:3, 3:4)

Canada: Poliseno 2, Lemay-Lavioe 1, Blanchard 1, Cote 1, D’Souza 1.

Hungary: Manhercz 3, Szatmari 3, Nagy 2, Csacsovsky 2, Burian 2, Teleki 2, Zernivary 1, Vadovics 1, Selley-Rauser 1.

Italy 21:3 South Africa
(5:1, 5:0, 7:1)

Italy: Guerrato 5, Mezzarobba 4, Del Basso 3, Manzi 3, Canella 2, Maccioni 2, Guidi 1, Piombo 1.

South Africa: Breakspear 2, Moraislia 1

1. Hungary 4-8
2. Italy 4-6
3. Canada 4-4
4. Egypt 4-2
5. South Africa 4-0

Thursday, August 10th

Classification 13-20:
09:00, Iran – South Africa
10:20, Netherlands – New Zelanad
11:40, Puerto Rico – Egypt
13.00 Japan – Argentina

Classification 1-12
16:40 USA – Canada
18:00 Spain – China
19.20 Russia – Italy
20.40 Montenegro – Australia

 

Pairings for the quarterfinals (Friday, August 11th)

Greece – Spain/China
Serbia – Russia/Italy
Croatia – USA/Canada
Hungary – Montenegro/Australia

 

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