Super Final 2010 (Men): Serbia obtains third FINA World League crown
The FINA Men's Water Polo World League concluded with an exclusively-European podium, with Serbia renovating with their 2007 and 2008 successes, by conquering the crown at home after defeating Montenegro 14-12. Montenegro, winner of the 2009 edition, picked up silver, while Croatia, which defeated Australia 9-7, settled for the bronze.
Fourth and fifth places were reserved for Australia and the USA, respectively. The USA defeated Spain 7-6, which had to settle for sixth place. China won over South Africa 11-5, finishing seventh and South Africa closing the rankings.
The final between Serbia and Montenegro took place in front of an ecstatic crowd, 3,000 spectators. Both teams played a brilliant game, which ended in penalty shoot-outs, after a tied 10-10. Filip Filipovic, Vanja Udovicic, Andrija Prlainovic and Dusko Pijetlovic scored the winning shots for Serbia, despite the efforts made by Montenegro's Nikola Janovic, Vjekoslav Paskovic (successful shoot-outs) and Boris Zlokovic and Damjan Danilovic (failed attempts).
Quarters: 1:1, 3:4, 2:2, 4:3 - 4:2
SERBIA: Slobodan SORO, Marko AVRAMOVIc, Zivko GOCIC 1, Vanja UDOVICIC 3, Boris VAPENSKI, Dusko PIJETLOVIC 2, Slobodan NIKIC, Milan ALEKSIC, Nikola RADJEN, Filip FILIPOVIC 3, Andrija PRLAINOVIC 3, Stefan MITROVIC 2, Gojko PJETLOVIC.
Coach: Dejan UDOVICIC.
MONTENEGRO: Zdravko RADIC, Drasko BRGULJUAN, Vjekoslav PASKOVIC 1, Damjan DANILOVIC 2, Nikola VUKCEVIC, Milan TICIC 2, Mladjan JANOVIC, Nikola JANOVIC 1, Aleksandar IVOVIC 2, Boris ZLOKOVIC 2, Vladimir GOJKOVIC 2, Predrag JOKIC, Milos SCEPANOVIC.
Coach: Petar POROBIC.
Serbia - credit: Stevan Lazarevic
Croatia did not encounter too many difficulties in its game against Australia. The Croatian squad maintained the lead thanks to Miho Boskovic, who scored four goals.Only in the last period did Croatia lose its hold, conceding two goals to the Australians. Croatia's coach, Ratko Rudic, said it was a success for his team to be in third place.
Quarters: 4:1, 2:1, 3:3, 0:2
CROATIA: Marko NIzIc, Damir BURIC 1, Miho BOSKOVIC 4, Niksa DOBUD, Maro JOKOVIC, Frano KARAC, Pavo MARKOVIC 1, Andro BUSLJE, Sandro SUKNO 1, Petar MUSLIM 2, Fran PACKVALIN, Paulo OBRADOVIC, Josip PAVIC.
Coach: Ratko RUDIC.
AUSTRALIA: James STANTON, Rob MAITLAND, Billy MILLER 3, Joel SWIFT, Aaron YOUNGER 2, Johnny COTTERILL, Nick O’HALLORAN. Sam MCGREGOR 1, Anthony MARTIN, Richie CAMPBELL, Mitch BAIRD, Rhys HOWDEN 1, Joel DENNERLEY.
Coach: John FOX.
The Spanish squad started the match well, having the edge 3-1 in the first period. In the second period, USA's Ryan Bailey and Michael Sharf's winning shots tied the two teams 3–3. In the third period, USA dominated the game by 6-4. In the last period, Jesse Smith scored USA's seventh goal, and Spain's two scored goals were not enough to secure victory.
Quarters: 1:3, 2:0, 3:1, 1:2
USA: Merrill MOSES, Peter VARELLAS, Michael SHARF 1, Jeff POWERS, Adam WRIGHT, Brian ALEXANDER, Shea BUKNER, Tony AZAVEDO 1, Ryan BAILEY 1, Tim HUTTEN 2, Jesse SMITH 2, James KRUMPHOLZ, Andy STEVENS.
Coach: Terry SCHROEDER.
SPAIN: Inaki AGULIAR, Mario GARCIA, David MARTIN, Gonazalo LOPEZ, Guillermo MOLINA 1, Marc MINGUELL 2, Ivan GALLEGO, Albert ESPANOL, Xavi VALLES, Filipe PERRONE, Blai MALLARACH 1, Xavi GARCIA 2, Dani LOPEZ.
Coach: Rafel AGUILAR.
The game between China and South Africa concluded with a victory for the Chinese 11-5.
Quarters:6:3, 1:1, 0:0, 4:1
CHINA: Weiqing GE, Feihu TAN 2, Zhongxing LIANG 2, Lijun YU, Junliang GUO 1, Ning PAN, Yang WANG 1, Junmin XIE, Bin LI, Beming WANG 1, Zhidang HAN 2, Nianxiung LIAND 1, Honghui WU.
Coach: Tianxiong CAI.
SOUTH AFRICA: Grant BELCHER, Devon CARD, Donn STEWART, Patrick MCCARTHY, Bevan MANSON 1, Gavin KYTE, Gareth SAMUEL 1, Ryan BELL 1, Richard DOWNES, William NAIDOO 1, Nicholas MOLYNEUX 1, Mark SPENCER, Matt KEMP.
Coach: Brad ROWE.