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Start of Women’s Euro League preliminary round

Women's Euro League

Sixteen women’s water polo teams will participate in the preliminary round of LEN Women’s Euro League which takes place on January 19-21. Last year’s Final Four participants were joined by twelve squads which survived qualifications.

Preliminary stage will see three teams from Hungary, Italy, Russia and Spain respectively. In addition, there will be two teams from Greece and one from France and the Netherlands apiece. Consequently, within three groups there will be face-offs between teams coming from the same country.

Many of the upcoming matches will be equal duels, so an exciting weekend is ahead of us.

Draw for preliminaries – December 6, 2017 (Photo: facebook.com/www.len.eu)

Group G derby will be the battle between the 2017 Euro League winner Kinef Kirishi and the 2017 LEN Trophy winner UVSE. Vouliagmeni and BVSC could be objective threats, which is why this group is considered to be the “group of death.”

In Group , Opponents of Olympiacos ladies who finished 2nd last year will be Padova squad, the 2017 LEN Trophy finalist, as well as Messina from Italy and Russian Uralochka.

The 2016 title holder and 2017 bronze medalist Sabadell will be a strong rival for the Group members – Spanish Sant Andreu, Dunaujvaros, which is ranked 2nd in Hungary, and Utrecht from the Netherlands.

Mataro ladies were one of the Final Four participants in 2017 and won the LEN Trophy in 2016. According to the draw, they are part of Group and will this weekend play against Orizzonte from Italy, Russian Ugra and Lille.

QUALIFICATIONS

All twelve teams which advanced to the preliminaries were determined after qualification matches which were played on December 1-3, 2017.

Due to their excellent performances, Ugra, Dunaujvaros, UVSE, and Padova each recorded three victories and emerged as the group winners. Ugra’s won the battle with Sant Andreu with a narrow 9:8 win, while UVSE edged out Uralochka, 10:9.

Giving that those were the only losses suffered by Ugra and Sant Andreu, they proceeded to the next stage as ranked 2nd in their group respectively. Vouliagmeni was defeated only by Dunaujvaros, 14:10, and Orizzonte was unable to jeopardize Padova’s triumph, 10:7.

Messina, Lille, Utrecht, and BVSC each won only one match during the qualifications. On Day One, Messina beat Heidelberg, 17:11, while Utrecht crushed Widex GCZ Donk from the Netherlands, 21:3. Day Three saw Lille overpower ANC Glyfada, 12:7, and BVSC edge out Dutch Leiden, 10:9.

 

Qualifications Results

Group A
MESSINA 17:11 SV HEIDELBERG
SANT ANDREU 7:8 UGRA
MESSINA 10:13 SANT ANDREU
UGRA 15:10 HEIDELBERG
SANT ANDREU 17:9 HEIDELBERG
UGRA 10:7 MESSINA

Group B
VOULIAGMENI 21:3 GLYFADA
DUNAUJVAROS12:5 LILLE
VOULIAGMENI 20:2 LILLE
DUNAUJVAROS 18:4 GLYFADA
GLYFADA 7:12 LILLE
DUNAUJVAROS 14:10 VOULIAGMENI

Group C
UTRECHT 12:4 GCZ DONK
UVSE 9:8 URALOCHKA
UVSE 16:4 GCZ DONK
UTRECHT 6:12 URALOCHKA
GZC DONK 8:17 URALOCHKA
UTRECHT 7:14 UVSE

Group D
ORIZZONTE 17:13 BVSC
LEIDEN 5:14 PADOVA
ORIZZONTE 16:8 LEIDEN
PADOVA 10:9 BVSC
BVSC 10:9 LEIDEN
PADOVA 10:7 ORIZZONTE

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