The Serbian City of Novi Sad is hosting the Women’s European Junior Water Polo Championship, which takes place on August 20-27 in the indoor pool at “SPENS” venue and will see sixteen national teams compete for the title.
Two rounds of the group stage are over, and Day 3 will determine the group winners which will advance straight to the quarterfinals, while those ranked 2nd and 3rd in their group will compete to proceed to the next phase of the competition.
The morning session saw no suspense, as all four matches ended with convincing victories.
In the first match of the Championship, Slovakian ladies easily rolled past Turkey, 18:9. They accomplished a 4:1 lead in the first period, but then Turkey managed to reduce the difference and was down by one before the third period started (9:8). Tamara Kolarova’s four goals gave Slovakia a six-goal advantage (14:8) and it continued to increase until the end.
This was followed by the encounter between Spain and Israel which ended with a forceful triumph of the Spanish squad, 19:3. Already at the start of the second period, Spain had netted seven unanswered goals. After the break, when the result was 11:2, there was no doubt about who would be the winner.
Russian squad was the most superior, defeating Bulgaria with 37:3. Russia left its opponent scoreless in the first half (19:0), and left no uncertainty regarding the winner. All winning team’s girls managed to find the net, two of whom were the top scorers with six goals – Anna Kochetova and Yulia Lapteva.
In the other Group C clash, Hungary also crushed its opponent, 22:3. Excellent Fanni Muzsnay scored five goals, whereas Zita Armai and Berta Farago each netted three.
The afternoon session started with an emphatic win of the Netherlands over Romania, 29:0. All players of the winning team managed to score during this game, led by brilliant Simone Van De Kraats who netted six goals.
The hosting team also crushed its opponent. The Czech Republic lost to Serbia, 19:1, which was led by Lara Luka who netted five goals. On the other side, Denisa Chlatkova scored the only goal for the Czech Republic.
The most exciting match of the afternoon session was the one where Greece prevailed over Great Britain, 13:11. Greek ladies went ahead 6:3 in the second period, but Great Britain didn’t surrender and went on a break with the deficit brought down to one (6:5). In the second half, Great Britain again managed to overcome Greece’s lead and the result was 10:9 in the last quarter. However, Greek squad stepped up its offense and kept the lead until the end of the game.
Italy’s squad left its rival scoreless as well, putting in 28 goals into France’s net. This game also saw all winning team’s players score.
Eight teams which suffered a loss on Day 1 faced each other in the morning session of Day 2.
Bulgaria recorded a narrow victory over Portugal, 8:7. Even though Portugal had a 3:1 and a 4:1 lead, Bulgaria took over the lead in the second half. The result was tied (6:6) before the last quarter, but then Bulgaria’s quick two goals followed and the lead was preserved until the end.
France beat the Czech Republic, 6:2, while Israel overpowered Turkey, 11:5.
The most emphatic win was the one accomplished by Great Britain against Romania, 14:6. was able to resist in the first half and even tied the result at one point, but British squad went on a break with a two-goal lead (7:5) which only continued to increase in the second half.
The most suspenseful encounter was the one between Russia and Hungary, and it eventually ended with Hungary’s celebration, 11:10. Even though Russia was leading (3:1) in the first quarter, Hungary gradually cut the deficit and managed to equalize by halftime (5:5). Hungarian ladies stepped up their offense in the second half and achieved a five-goal advantage which made it seem like the winner is determined. Russia did not surrender and responded properly but failed to tie the result.
Spain triumphed easily again, as it defeated Slovakia, 21:4. Spanish girls were in control from the very beginning and left no doubt about who would win.
The Netherlands prevailed over Greece, 12:8. Greece scored the opener, but quickly lost the lead and was not able to make a comeback. The Netherlands had its defense on point and also kept on increasing the advantage on the other side of the pool.
The hosting team suffered a loss to Italy, 11:6, in spite of an optimistic start. Italy finished every of their three attacks with an extra player with a goal and had a 3:1 lead in the first quarter, which was then increased to 7:1 in the second period. On the other hand, Serbia had an extra player on eight occasions in the second and the third quarter, but only scored one goal. The hosts still had their hopes high when they managed to reduce the difference to three (9:6), but Italy added two more and sealed the victory.
Women’s European Junior Water Polo Championship (Novi Sad, Serbia)
Slovakia 18:9 Turkey
(5:2, 4:5, 5:1, 4:1)
Spain 19:3 Israel
(5:0, 6:2, 3:1, 5:0)
Russia 37:3 Bulgaria
(11:0, 8:0, 9:1, 9:2)
Hungary 22:3 Portugal
(6:2, 5:0, 3:0, 8:1)
Netherlands 29:0 Romania
(4:0, 7:0, 10:0, 8:0)
Greece 13:11 Great Britain
(2:2, 4:3, 4:3, 3:3)
Italy 28:0 France
(8:0, 7:0, 5:0, 8:0)
Serbia 22:1 Czech Republic
(6:1: 6:0, 7:0, 3:0)
Portugal 7:8 Bulgaria
(3:1, 1:2, 2:3, 1:2)
Czech Republic 2:6 France
(0:1, 1:1, 0:1, 1:3)
Turkey 5:11 Israel
(1:2, 1:3, 2:4, 1:2)
Romania 6:14 Great Britain
(3:4, 2:3, 0:2, 1:5)
Spain 21:4 Slovakia
(5:1, 5:1, 5:1, 6:1)
Greece 8:12 Netherlands
(1:2, 2:4, 2:5, 3:1)
Russia 10:11 Hungary
(3:2, 2:3, 0:4, 5:2)
Italy 11:6 Serbia
(3:1, 4:0, 1:2, 3:3)
Group A: Italy – 6 points, Serbia – 3, France – 3, Czech Republic – 0
Group B: Spain – 6, Slovakia – 3, Israel – 3, Turkey – 0
Group C: Hungary – 6, Russia – 3, Bulgaria – 3, Portugal – 0
Group D: Netherlands – 6, Greece – 3, Great Britain – 3, Romania – 0