WPWL 2010 (Men): Croatia, Australia, Montenegro and Serbia win quarterfinals

World League

As competition draws closer to the final stage, battle was fierce on day 4 of the FINA Water Polo World League Super Final, in Nis (SRB). The Croatians defeated the American squad 13-11. Spain and Australia played a tight game till the end, with the Australians eventually winning 6-5 over the Spaniards. Montenegro took a resounding victory over the South African team, which lost 2-21. China did a little better against Serbia, which triumphed 17-4.

It was a deserved triumph for the Croatians, who now enter the semi-final stage to play against the Serbians. The Croatian team dominated the first three periods of the game, until the American squad scored two consecutive goals in the last period. But this was not enough for the Americans to beat the Europeans. The performances of Croatia's Sandro Sukno, Maro Jokovic, and Tony Azavedo, who each scored three goals, were particularly outstanding throughout the game.

Quarters: 2:5, 3:3, 4:5, 2:0
USA: Merrill MOSES, Peter VARELLAS, Michael SHARF, Jeff POWERS, Adam WRIGHT, Brian ALEXANDER 2, Shea BUKNER, Tony AZAVEDO 3, Ryan BAILEY 2, Tim HUTTEN, Jesse SMITH 2, James KRUMPHOLZ 2, Andy STEVENS.
Coach: Terry SCHROEDER

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

The Serbian victory over the Chinese team was expected. The home favourite team showed great skills, especially in the second part of the game, where it did not concede a single goal to China. Serbia will confront Croatia in the semi-finals tomorrow.

Quarters: 3:4, 1:3, 0:5, 0:5
SERBIA: Slobodan SORO, Marko AVRAMOVIC 1, Zivko GOCIC, Vanja UDOVICIC 1, Boris VAPENSKI, Dusko PIJETLOVIC 1, Slobodan NIKIC 3, Milan ALEKSIC 2, Nikola RADJEN, Filip FILIPOVIC 5, Andrija PRLAINOVIC 3, Stefan MITROVIC 1, Gojko PJETLOVIC.
Coach: Dejan UDOVICIC

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

South Africa had a hard time contending with the likes of Montenegro, shaken by no less than ten consecutive goals in the second period. Montenegro will meet Australian in the next round.

Quarters: 4:1, 10:0, 3:1, 4:0
MONTENEGRO: Zdravko  RADIC, Drasko BRGULJUAN 2, Vjekoslav PASKOVIC 3, Damjan DANILOVIC 4, Nikola VUKCEVIC 2, Milan TICIC 1, Mladjan JANOVIC 2, Nikola  JANOVIC 3, Aleksandar IVOVIC, Boris ZLOKOVIC 3, Vladimir GOJKOVIC 1, Predrag JOKIC, Milos SCEPANOVIC.
Coach: Petar POROBIC

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

The Spanish-Australian battle proved to have quite the same playing level, with both squads having an equal chance to qualify for the next competition stage. The Spaniards played better in the first two periods, while the remaining of the game belonged to the Australians. The decisive goal was scored by Nick O'Halloran in the middle of the last period, offering victory to his team.

Quarters:1:2, 2:0, 2:3, 0:1
SPAIN: Inaki AGULIAR, Mario GARCIA, David MARTIN, Gonazalo LOPEZ, Guillermo MOLINA 2, Marc MINGUELL, Ivan GALLEGO, Albert  ESPANOL 1, Xavi VALLES 1, Filipe PERRONE 1, Blai MALLARACH, Xavi GARCIA, Dani LOPEZ
Coach: Rafel AGUILAR

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

Next round (Saturday, July 17):

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