Super Final 2011 (Men): Serbia and Croatia on top of groups

World League

FLORENCE, Italy (June 23) - Without some of its big guns (Zlokovic, Ivovic, Paskovic and Nikola Janovic, injured during his first match here), Montenegro could resolve a tight match - which ended in a low score tie after the regular time (4-4) - only after the penalty shootouts. Radovic, Mladan Janovic, Danilovic and Petrovic converted for Montenegro; for Australia only Howden managed to convert his penalty while Miller and Maitland missed their own. The most notable individual prowess was the goal scored at 2:20 in the 3rd quarter by Australia’s centre-forward Baird.


GAME 9: MONTENEGRO 8 – AUSTRALIA 5 after penalty shootouts
Quarters: (2-1, 1-1; 0-1, 1-1)

REFEREES: GOLDENBERG Michael (USA), NI SHI Wei (CHN).
FINA DELEGATE: FIROIU Nicola (GER).

Teams:
MONTENEGRO: RADIC Zdravko, BRGULJAN Drasko, RADOVIC Aleksandar 3 (1P), DANILOVIC Damjan 1 (P), VUKCEVIC Nikola, TICIC Milan, JANOVIC Mladan 3 (2P), DRASKOVIC Dragan, KLIKOVAC Filip, BRGULJAN Darko, PETROVIC Antonio 1(P), JOKIC Predrag, SEFIK Denis. Coach: POROBIC Petar.

AUSTRALIA: QUINLIVAN Luke, CAMPBELL Richard, CLELAND Tim, BAIRD Mitchell 1, MAITLAND Robbie, MARTIN Anthony, COTTERILL Johnno, MC GREGOR Sam, YOUNGER Aaron 1, WOODS Gavin, HOWDEN Rhys 2 (1P), MILLER Billy, ROACH Aidan 1. Coach: FOX John.

GAME 10: SERBIA 11 - UNITED STATES 5
Quarters: (3-1, 4-1; 3-1, 1-2)

REFEREES: PERIS Nenad (CRO), NAUMOV Sergey (RUS).
FINA DELEGATE: AMINI Khosrow (IRI).

Teams:
SERBIA: SORO Slobodan, AVRAMOVIC Marko, GOCIC Zivko, UDOVICIC Vanja 2, CUK Milos, PIJETLOVIC Dusko 3, NIKIC Slobodan 2, ALEKSIC Milan 1, RADJEN Nikola, FILIPOVIC Filip 3 (1P), PRLAINOVIC Andrija, MITROVIC Stefan, PIJETLOVIC Gojko, Coach: UDOVICIC Dejan.

UNITED STATES: MOSES Merrill, VARELLAS Peter, HUDNUT Peter, POWERS Jeff 1 (P), WRIGHT Adam, BUCKNER Shea, BEAUBIEN Layne, AZEVEDO Tony 1, BAILEY Ryan 1, HUTTEN Tim, SMITH Jesse 2, KRUMPHOLZ JW, MANN John. Coach: SCHROEDER Terry.

Serbia comfortably won its third match in a row, ending the preliminary phase on top of Group A, with 9 points. Against the United States the team coached by Dejan Udovicic – in the previous match he was red carded, therefore in this match he was substituted by Dejan Stanojevic - appeared tonic and its players mastered the game as they pleased. On the contrary the side coached by Terry Schroeder - one win (China) and two losses (Italy and USA) definitely confirmed to be still distant from its best shape. In the last quarter Aleksic was excluded for brutality; consequently the USA were allowed a penalty, converted by Powers, and Serbia had to play with one man down for four minutes. Vanja Udovicic was allowed a penalty too but he badly missed it.

GAME 11: CANADA 8 - CROATIA 13 
Quarters: (3-3, 2-3; 3-4, 0-3)

REFEREES: MARGETA Boris (SLO), MOLINER Angel (ESP).
FINA DELEGATE: FOSTER Richard (USA).

Teams:
CANADA: RANDALL Robin, KUDABA Constantin, TOUNI Omar 1, CONSTANTIN Nicolas 3, BOYD Justin, ROBINSON Scott 1, CONWAY John, GRAHAM Kevin 3 (1P), GASIC Luka, DAKIC Dusko, VIKALO Oliver, MC ELROY Jared, ALEKSIC Dusan. Coach: JOVANOVIC Dragan.

CROATIA: PAVIC Josip, BURIC Damir 1, BOSKOVIC Miho 1, BULJUBASIC Ivan 2, MARKOVIC Pavo, MUSLIM Petar, KARAC Frano 1, BUSLJE Andro 1, SUKNO Sandro 4, BARAC Samir 2, PASKVALIN Fran, OBRADOVIC Paulo 1, NIZIC Mirko. Coach: RUDIC Ratko.

Two early, swift, goals from Canada, with Graham and Constantin (both scored three goals overall in the game), were soon countered by Croatia. Rudic’s side gradually took control of the match and their increasing pressure made up for a comfortable win at the end. With three wins (out of three games) Croatia topped Group B. Canada’s third loss relegated the North American side in the last place of the same group. Sukno was the game top scorer with four goals. Canada managed to tie the first quarter and to lose the second and third period by just one goal. However in the last quarter they were unable to stage any serious threat to their opponents.

GAME 12: CHINA 9 - ITALY 12
Quarters: (2-4, 3-3; 2-3, 2-2)

REFEREES: TERPENKA Doriel (CAN), BRGULJAN Mario (MNE).
FINA DELEGATE: FIROIU Nicola (GER).

Teams:
CHINA: GE Weiqing, TAN Feihu 2, LIANG Zhongxing 1, YU Lijun 2, GUO Junliang 1, PAN Ning, LI Bin, WANG,Yang, XIE Junmin, LI Li 1, ZHANG Zhufeng 1, DONG Tianyi, WU Honghui. Coach: CAI Tianxiong.

ITALY: PASTORINO Giacomo, LUONGO Stefano, GITTO Niccolo 1, FIGLIOLI Pietro, PEREZ Amaurys 1, FELUGO Maurizio 1 (P), GIACOPPO Massimo, GALLO Valentino 1, PRESCIUTTI Christian 3, FIORENTINI Deni, LAPENNA Federico 2, DESERTI Arnaldo, GIORGETTI Alex 3. Coach: CAMPAGNA Alessandro.

If this match represented a good training opportunity in a competitive context for the Italians, it was also the best match played by the Chinese here so far. The well balanced Asian side even managed to tie both the second and the fourth quarter (3-3 and 2-2), and to lose by just three goals. At 1:47 inside the 3rd period China’s #4, centre-forward Yu, scored a fantastic goal, followed up by another prowess from Zhang, on a counter attack. China just one goal under 7-8. Soon after Presciutti scored his third goal (7-9) and Giorgetti his second. Li answered for China (8-10). In the last period La Penna scored his second goal too, on a break away action (8-11). The last goal for Italy came from Giorgetti; the last of the game from Xie, both in superiority.

QUARTER FINAL ROUND

FIXTURES - DAY 4, 24 June, 2011


GAME 13 – ITALY vs AUSTRALIA*
GAME 14 – USA vs MONTENEGRO
GAME 15 – SERBIA vs CANADA
GAME 16 – CHINA vs CROATIA
* Italy vs Australia will start 20.30 (after the other three games)