WPWL 2010 (Men): Serbia will confront Montenegro at tonight's Super Final
Day 5 of the Men's Water Polo World League Super Final in Nis (SRB) concluded with the victories of Serbia over Croatia 14-11, Montenegro over Australia 8-6, the USA over China 13-6 and Spain over South Africa 12-1.
The Serbian-Croatian game was without a doubt one of the most exciting of the tournament. Serbia triumphed over Croatia for the second time in four days, and now enters the final stage of competition. Croatia had a very good start, until Serbia took back the lead in the third period and kept it till the end of the match. Despite a large number of exclusions, the game unfolded within a fantastic atmosphere around the pool.
Quarters: 5:4, 3:4, 2:4, 1:2
CROATIA: Marko NIZIC, Damir BURIC, Miho BOSKOVIC 5, Niksa DOBUD 1, Maro JOKOVIC 1, Frano KARAC, Pavo MARKOVIC 1, Andro BUSLJE, Sandro SUKNO 2, Petar MUSLIM 1, Fran PASKVALIN, Paulo OBRADOVIC, Josip PAVIC.
Coach: Ratko RUDIC
SERBIA: Slobodan SORO, Marko AVRAMOVIC, Zivko GOCIC, Vanja UDOVICIC 2, Boris VAPENSKI, Dusko PIJETLOVIC 2, Slobodan NIKIC, Milan ALEKSIC 1, Nikola RADJEN 1, Filip FILIPOVIC 4, Andrija PRLAINOVIC 3, Stefan MITROVIC 1, Gojko PJETLOVIC.
Coach: Dejan UDOVICIC
The game between Australia and Montenegro featured identical playing levels between the two squads. Australia dominated the operations in the first period, but lost control in the second period. Montenegro managed to have the advantage in the last period, until the decisive goal was scored by powerful Aleksandar Ivovic, offering Montenegro a first-position spot at the finals.
Quarters: 3:1, 0:3, 2:2, 1:2
AUSTRALIA: James STANTON, Rob MAITLAND, Billy MILLER 1, Joel SWIFT, Aaron YOUNGER, Johnny COTTERILL 1, Nick O’HALLORAN. Sam MCGREGOR 1, Anthony MARTIN 2, Richie CAMPBELL 1, Mitch BAIRD, Rhys HOWDEN, Joel DENNERLEY.
Coach: John FOX
MONTENEGRO: Zdravko RADIC, Drasko BRGULJUAN, Vjekoslav PASKOVIC, Damjan DANILOVIC, Nikola VUKCEVIC, Milan TICIC, Mladjan JANOVIC 2, Nikola JANOVIC, Aleksandar IVOVIC 3, Boris ZLOKOVIC 3, Vladimir GOJKOVIC, Predrag JOKIC, Milos SCEPANOVIC.
Coach: Petar POROBIC
The American team had the edge during the entire game, eventually triumphing by 13-6 over China.
Quarters: 1:1, 4:2, 4:0, 4:3
USA: Merrill MOSES, Peter VARELLAS 3, Michael SHARF 1, Jeff POWERS 1, Adam WRIGHT, Brian ALEXANDER, Shea BUKNER, Tony AZAVEDO 4, Rayan BAILEY 3, Tim HUTTEN, Jesse SMITH, James KRUMPHOLZ 1, Andy STEVENS.
Coach: Terry SCHROEDER
CHINA: Weiqing GE, Feihu TAN, Zhongxing LIANG, Lijun YU, Junliang GUO, Ning PAN 1, Yang WANG, Junmin XIE, Bin LI 2, Beming WANG 2, Zhidang HAN, Nianxiung LIAND 1, Honghui WU.
Coach: Tianxiong CAI
Spain's victory over South Africa was expected.
Quarters: 2:0, 4:0, 4:0, 2:1
SPAIN: Inaki AGULIAR, Mario GARCIA, David MARTIN 1, Gonazalo LOPEZ 1, Guillermo MOLINA 2, Marc MINGUELL 1, Ivan GALLEGO 1, Albert ESPANOL, Xavi VALLES 3, Filipe PERRONE 1, Blai MALLARACH 1, Xavi GARCIA 1, Dani LOPEZ
Coach: Rafel AGUILAR
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
The final will take place tonight Sunday July 18, at 8pm, between Serbia and Montenegro. Croatia and Australia will battle for third spot. China and South Africa will play for 7th place, while Spain and USA will fight for 5th place.
Final round (Sunday, 18 July):