WPWL 2010 (Men): Montenegro’s winning shots against the USA, Serbia wins over Australia

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The sensation on day 3 of the 2010 FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final was definitely Montenegro’s victory over the American squad. After a hard-fought game tied to 7-7, Montenegro confirmed their ambition in a series of penalties, defeating the USA with a final score of 11-9.

Serbia continues to look strong, winning over Australia by 8-6, to the delight of the home crowd. China struggled with the likes of the Spanish squad, eventually losing by 5-11. The Croatia-South Africa game generated little surprise since the Croatians dominated the operations throughout the period, conceding only one goal to South Africa and winning by 22-1. The player to score the most goals was Croatia’s Paulo Obradovic, with four winning shots.

In the Montenegro-American fight, it was a game on from the get go, with the Americans having the edge until the end of the fourth period, until Montenegro’s Predrag Jokic and Damjan Danilovic scored a goal each, equalising the game 7-7, two minutes before the end. Montenegro then scored four penalties against two for the Americans.  

Quarters: 1:2, 3:1, 1:1, 2:3 - 4:2 penalty
MONTENEGRO: Zdravko  RADIC, Drasko BRGULJUAN, Vjekoslav PASKOVIC, Damjan DANILOVIC 1, Nikola VUKCEVIC, Milan TICIC, Mladjan JANOVIC 1, Nikola  JANOVIC, Aleksandar IVOVIC 2, Boris ZLOKOVIC 2, Vladimir GOJKOVIC, Predrag JOKIC 1, Milos SCEPANOVIC.
Coach: Petar POROBIC

USA: Merrill MOSES, Peter VARELLAS, Michael SHARF, Jeff POWERS 1, Adam WRIGHT, Brian ALEXANDER 1, Shea BUKNER, Tony AZAVEDO 1, Ryan BAILEY 2, Tim HUTTEN 1, Jesse SMITH 1, James KRUMPHOLZ, Andy STEVENS.
Coach: Terry SCHROEDER

USA
credit: Stevan Lazarevic

After a difficult start where Australia was first to score two goals, Serbia straightened things out by scoring six goals in-a-row in the second and third periods. The Serbian team once again secured victory, finishing atop the group ranking.

Quarters: 0:1, 5:1, 1:1, 2:3
SERBIA: Slobodan SORO, Marko AVRAMOVIC, Zivko GOCIC, Vanja UDOVICIC, Boris VAPENSKI, Dusko PIJETLOVIC 2, Slobodan NIKIC, Milan ALEKSIC, Nikola RADJEN 1, Filip FILIPOVIC 2, Andrija PRLAINOVIC 3, Stefan MITROVIC, Gojko PJETLOVIC.
Coach: Dejan UDOVICIC

AUSTRALIA: James STANTON, Rob MAITLAND, Billy MILLER, Joel SWIFT, Aaron YOUNGER 2, Johnny COTTERILL 1, Nick O’HALLORAN. Sam MCGREGOR 2, Anthony MARTIN 1, Richie CAMPBELL, Mitch BAIRD, Rhys HOWDEN, Joel DENNERLEY.
Coach: John FOX



The Spaniards enjoyed their first victory of the competition, triumphing over China by 11-5. They played well in the first two periods but had to contend more in the second half of the game with the Chinese attacks. Spain takes third place in the group and will play against B2 in the next round, while China closes the ranking and will play her next game against B1.

Quarters: 2:3, 0:4, 2:3, 1:1
CHINA:  Weiqing GE, Feihu TAN 1, Zhongxing LIANG 1, Lijun YU 2, Junliang GUO, Ning PAN 1, Yang WANG, Junmin XIE, Bin LI, Beming  WANG, Zhidang HAN, Nianxiung LIAND, Honghui WU.
Coach: Tianxiong CAI

SPAIN: Inaki AGULIAR, Mario GARCIA, David MARTIN, Gonazalo LOPEZ, Guillermo MOLINA 1, Marc MINGUELL, Ivan GALLEGO, Albert  ESPANOL 2, Xavi VALLES 3, Filipe PERRONE 2, Blai MALLARACH 1, Xavi GARCIA 2, Dani LOPEZ.
Coach: Rafel AGUILAR

The Croatian team registered a clean win over South Africa, scoring 22-1. South Africa’s only “shining moment” was a goal at the 28th minute.

Quarters: 0:5, 0:4, 0:6, 1:7
SOUTH AFRICA: Grant BELCHER, Devon CARD, Donn STEWART, Patrick MCCARTHY, Bevan MANSON, Gavin KYTE, Gareth SAMUEL, Ryan BELL, Richard DOWNES, William NAIDOO, Nicholas MOLYNEUX 1, Mark SPENCER, Matt KEMP.
Coach: Brad ROWE

CROATIA: Marko NIZIC, Damir BURIC 1, Miho BOSKOVIC 3, Niksa DOBUD 3, Maro JOKOVIC 2, Frano KARAC, Pavo MARKOVIC 3, Andro BUSLJE 2, Sandro SUKNO 2, Petar MUSLIM 2, Fran PASKVALIN, Paulo OBRADOVIC 4, Josip PAVIC.
Coach: Ratko RUDIC

Next round (Friday, July 16):

USA-CRO
ESP-AUS
MNE-RSA
CHN-SRB

AUS

credit: Stevan Lazarevic