No surprises in Germany this season – Spandau 04 water polo club is the champion again and it is their 36th title in club history. Berliners once again proved their superior position in German water polo as they bear Waspo Hannover 3:1 in the final series.
Just to show how dominant Spandau is in this game – it was their fourth consecutive title in Germany and 22nd in last 24 years. No team in Europe has that kind of winning streak at the moment, that’s for sure.
However, Hannover showed in this series to be a worthy opponent for the defending champion as they pushed Spandau to its limits in the second and third game of the finals.
But in the fourth game, visiting team from Berlin managed to win 12:8, close the series and take once more silverware to their trophy case.
This game was played in a great atmosphere in front of 1.000 spectators in Volksbad Limmer in Hannover.
MARZOUKI, DEDOVIC AND CUK OPENED THE DOOR FOR THE WIN
After an early three-goal lead, the title defender even increased to 8:4 by the half-time whistle, leaving Hannover nothing to hang on. Frenchmen Mehdi Marzouki was the best scorer of the game with four goals for Spandau. Serbian Nikola Dedovic and Croat Mateo Cuk added two a piece to open the door for a big and important win for the visitors.
Spandau team manager Peter Rohle was delighted after the match in Hannover.
“This team absolutely deserved to win this title. We were very concentrated in the last match and this is a big victory for Spandau. And especially because we managed to get a victory in Hannover”, said Rohle.
As for Hannover, all in all, this was a good season because the team won a national cup and competed in the LEN Champions League group stage. It was their first trophy since 2003 when they also triumphed in the German Cup competition.
Game 1, June 3
Hannover – Spandau 5:11 (0:2, 2:2, 2:5, 1:2)
Game 2, June 10
Spandau – Hannover 12:11 on penalties (3:4, 2:1, 2:1, 1:2, 4:3)
Game 3, June 11
Spandau – Hannover 12:14 (3:1, 4:4, 3:4, 2:5)
Game 4, June 14
Hannover – Spandau 8:12 (1:4, 3:4, 3:2, 1:2)