The 16th round of the Italian Championship offered a few very interesting games, which were very important in a race for the Final Six berths.
Ortigia won all three points to return to the 5th place in the table. The Sicilians faced Florentia in Florence. The visitors had an excellent start. Florentia water polo players found themselves 2:6 down in the 10th minute. They managed to comeback step-by-step. Florentia equalized in the middle of the third period (7:7), but Ortigia entered the last period with a slim advantage (8:7). Early in the fourth quarter, the hosts back the terms on equal once more (8:8). Ortigia responded with three goals in a row. The visitors went 11:8 up three minutes before the end. Ortigia, led by Albert Espanol (5 goals), celebrated an 11:9 victory. The visitors took revenge for a defeat in the match against Florentia, played in Siracuse (5:6) in the third round.
Florentia fell into the 7th place, behind Lazio, which had to fight hard to win points in the match against last-placed Bogliasco. After three minutes of play in the third period, Lazio went 4:1 up, while it had a 6:2 lead with less than three minutes before the final buzzer. In the remaining time, Bogliasco scored three goals, but there was no time for them to earn at least a point. Lazio won 6:5.
The Romans came to the 6th place. They have 25 points. Fifth-placed Ortigia has collected 26 points so far. Florentia, which holds the 7th place, has 24 points.
Two Naples-based clubs Posillipo and Canottieri gained important triumphs.
Posillipo traveled to the north of Italy where it faced Trieste. The first two quarters were balanced. It stood 6:6 at halftime. Di Martire found Trieste’s net twice to pull Posillipo to 8;6 early in the third period. The visitors maintained a 2-goal difference by the end of the period (9:7). By the middle of the last quarter, Posillipo doubled its lead (11:7). Trieste couldn’t come back. Posillipo defeated the hosts 12:9 and kept the 4th place (29 points).
The outcome of the encounter in Trieste was good news for Canottieri, which climbed into the 9th place, with a point ahead of Trieste. Canottieri hosted Iren Quinto. The rivals were in the neck-and-neck race until the end of the third quarter. They were tied at the last break (5:5). The visitors from Genoa took a lead after 23 seconds of play in the last period. But, they weren’t able to score until the end of the game. On the other side, Canottieri players netted three goals for an 8:6 win.
As expected, the clubs, which compete in the Champions League, had no troubles. Pro Recco hosted Roma. The title-holder defeated the rival 14:4. Sport Management also beat its rival by 10 goals. The Busto d’Arizio-based team trashed Catania (13:3). Brescia recorded the most convincing win of the day, by beating Savona 17:5. The home team played without an experienced goalkeeper Slobodan Soro, who played for Brazil at the UANA Cup in Sao Paolo, where the Brazilians took gold.
100th Italian Championship, 16th round
Florentia 9:11 Ortigia
(2:5, 3:2, 2:1, 2:3)
Florentia: Tomasic 3, Generini, Coppoli, Bini, Razzi, Astiarta, A. Di Fulvio.
Ortigia: Epanol 5, Giacoppo 3, Farmer 2, Cassia.
Trieste 9:12 Posillipo
(3:3, 3:3, 1:3, 2:3)
Trieste: Gogov 4, Podgornik, Panerai, Turkovic, Vico, Mezzarobba.
Posillipo: Manzi 4, G. Di Martire 2, Rossi 2, Kopeliadis, Marziali, Papakos, Saccoia.
Lazio 6:5 Bogliasco
(1:1, 1:0 2:1, 2:3)
Lazio: Cannella 2, Ferrante, Colosimo, Vitale, D. Giorgi.
Bogliasco Bene: Lanzoni 4, Ravina.
Sport Management 13:3 Catania
(1:0, 5:2, 4:0, 3:1)
Bpm Sport Management: Alesiani 3, E. Di Somma 2, Drasovic 2, C. Mirarchi 2, S. Luongo 2, Damonte, Bruni.
Catania: Buzdovancic, Scebba, Kacar.
Pro Recco 14:4 Roma
(4:0, 4:2, 3:1, 3:1)
Pro Recco: Echenique 4, Ivovic 3, Renzuto Iodice 3, Bukic 2, Gitto, F. Di Fulvio.
Roma: Spione, S. Camilleri, Innocenzi.
Savona 5:17 Brescia
(1:5, 2:3, 1:3, 1:6)
Savona: K. Milakovic 3, Bertino, Corio.
Brescia: Figlioli 5, Gallo 2, Rizzo 2, Guerrato 2, C. Presciutti, Muslim, Nora, N. Presciutti, Bertoli, Vukcevic.
Canottieri 8:6 Quinto
(0:1, 3:2, 2:2, 3:1)
Canotieri Naples: Tanaskovic 2, Campopiano 2, Del Basso 2, Tartaro, Borrelli.
Iren Quinto: Lindhout 3, Paunovic, Vavic, M. Gitto.
1 Pro Recco 16 – 45
2 Brescia 16 – 45
3 Sport Management 16 – 42
4 Posillipo 11 – 29
5 Ortigia 16 – 26
6 Lazio 16 – 25
7 Florentia 16 – 24
8 Iren Quinto 16 – 21
9 Canotieri Naples 16 – 16
10 Roma Nuoto 16 – 15
11 Trieste 16 – 15
12 Savona 16 – 11
13 Catania 16 – 10
14 Bogliasco 16 – 7