WP Juniors 2011 (M), Day 1: world's best junior teams gather in sunny Volos (GRE)

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

KAZ vs IRI - credit: Alexandros MichailidisVOLOS, Greece (August 27) - The modern city of Volos, Greece has a rich local history and mythological tradition. Volos may be best known for Jason and the Argonauts, as well as the legendary Centaurs who lived on Mt. Pelion. At the foot of this equally historic and famous mountain is the swimming pool that will be at the center stage for 20 nations competing in the 16th FINA World Men's Junior Water Polo Championships.
 
"The two swimming pools of the city, the indoor swimming pool 'Vasilis Polymeros' of New Ionia and the open air swimming pool 'Iason Zirganos' of Volos, are host to the best young athletes of water polo" said Panos Tr. Skotiniotis the Mayor of Volos. "These young men will offer a spectacular show to the sportsmanship spectators from Volos and from the whole region of Thessaly. It’s indisputable, that both of the sports centers will be full of spectators on the occasion of the distinction of the Greek national team." 

A splendid opening ceremony in the heart of the dining district on the waterfront of Volos was held just at sundown on Friday, 26 August. Recalling 3500 years of history of the Greek nation and the rich stories of this region, the flags of the 20 nations were delivered by a modern day "Argo" to the dockside assembly of 260 athletes. In Greek mythology, the Argo was the ship on which Jason and the Argonauts sailed from Iolcos to retrieve the Golden Fleece.
 
A proud mayor standing in front of the Bank of Greece building offered his remarks: "The city of Volos, the city with the athletic and cultural tradition, with the breathtaking beauty, the city of Jason and Argonauts, of the Kentavros Heiron, the city under the magical mountain which is called Pelion, the city in the center of Pagasiticos Golf with the clean water, is the ideal region to host the water polo athletes from all over the world, to guide them in the long history of the city and to persuade them to be ambassadors of our culture and traditions." The mayor then released white doves just before a fireworks display over the Aegean sea.
 
Nine days of competition will run from 27 August through 4 September.


Opening Ceremony - credit: Alexandros Michailidis
Opening Ceremony - credit: Alexandros Michailidis


Match reports

GAMES 2, 3, 4 & 8 held at indoor pool of “Vasilis Polymeros” of New Ionia
GAMES 1, 5, 6 & 7 held at outdoor pool “Iason Zirganos” of Volos
 

GAME 1: 20:00, Group A, AUSTRALIA 6 - GREECE 6

Quarters: (2-2, 0-1, 1-2, 3-1)

A raucous home team crowd filled the spectator stands of the Outdoor National Swimming Pool of Volos for the last and most thrilling game of the 1st day of competition. No one was disappointed with the fantastic play of the athletes, but everyone was disappointed with the final result - a tie at 6 for each team. The group A match played out like this: both teams scored twice in the first quarter. A goal from Greek team captain Angelos VLACHOPOULOS in the second period would put the home team ahead at the break. Australia's Paul SINDONE would hit the goal for a second time in the third period but VLACHOPOULOS and Antonios XENAKIS would nail two goals for Greece to advance their margin to two goals at the end of the 3rd quarter. Dimitrios LAPPAS was on target for the Greek's 6th goal. Australian James HOWDEN found his way to the net in the 4th and teammate Aaron YOUNGER would drill two more in the net during the 4th quarter, his final goal at 1:54 would even the score.
 
EXTRA PLAYER GOALS: 
AUS: 2 for 3 (67%)
ESP: 1 for 8 (13%)
 
AUSTRALIA: 6 GOALS - CLARK James; DAVIE, Jeremy; *EDWARDS, Blake, FANNON, James; GILES, Matthew; HOWDEN, James - 1; POLIVKA, Adam - 1; QUINN, Sam; REDBOND, Nick; SINDONE, Paul - 2; SLADE, Edward; YOUNGER, Aaron - 2; FORD, George. *Team Captain
COACH: RICHARDSON, Adam
 
GREECE: 6 GOALS - GALANOPOULOS, Stefanos; SOLANAKIS, Emmanouil; LAPPAS, Dimitrios; GOUVIS, Konstantinos; DERVISIS, Georgios; PAPADOGIANNIS, Georgios; VITELLAS, Konstantinos - 1; *VLACHOPOULOS, Angelos - 2; XENAKIS, Antoniios; KAPOTSIS, Marios - 1; GENIDOUNIAS, Konstantinos; DERMITZAKIS, Dimosthenis - 1; PONTIKEAS, Kyriakos - 1. *Team Captain
COACH: PERIKLIS, Damaskos

REFEREES: Mark LEVIN (ISR), Cem FILIKSAC (TUR)


GRE - credit: Alexandros Michailidis
GRE - credit: Alexandros Michailidis


GAME 2: 09:30, Group A, PUERTO RICO 8 - CANADA 15

Quarters: (1-5, 1-2, 1-2, 5-6)

In the first game of the tournament Luca GASIC led Canada scoring 4 of the 15 goals against Puerto Rico. Seven players from Canada posted a total of 15 goals. Luis MOJICA of Puerto Rico was one of 4 players to reach the net, scoring 3 goals, the most from his team in Group A play.
 
EXTRA PLAYER GOALS:
PUR: 3 of 11 (27%)
CAN: 2 of 5 (40%)
 
PENALTY SHOT GOALS:
PUR: Luis MOJICA - 1
 
PUERTO RICO: 8 GOALS Bryan RICHIEZ; Francisco VARGAS AYMAT - 2; Alan BAYO* - 2; Luis MOJICA - 3; Rafael CASTILLO; Gabriel RODRIGUEZ; Fernando ZAYAS - 1; Elerick CURET; Jesus SANTA JESUS; Gerardo POMALES; Kalai ROBLEDO; Joab PEREZ; *Team Captain
COACH: MUNIZ, Angel
 
CANADA: 15 GOALS Michael BLAIR, Robbie FISHER - 1; Luka GASIC - 4; Nicholas GOW-LEACH; Ogi GUTOVIC - 2; Colin JAMIESON; Aner KLINO; Nikola MITROVIC - 1; Dusan RADOJCIC* - 2; Milan RADENOVIC; Ryan SIMONYIK - 3; Lambert TANGUAY-RIOUX; Alec TASCHEREAU - 2; Taylor VENNER. *Team Captain 
COACH: PARILLO, Brian. 

REFEREES: Aleksandar ADZIC (MNE), Monier FARID (EGY)


GAME 3: 11:00, Group B, KUWAIT 0 - HUNGARY 26

Quarters: (0-7, 0-5, 0-7, 0-7)

In the first game of Group B competition, the onslaught by European Water Polo powerhouse Hungary was devastating for Kuwait. The assault was led by team captain Batori BENCE who scored 6 of the teams 26 goals. A total of 9 different Hungarian players scored including 5 goals from Tibor FAZEKAS.
 
EXTRA PLAYER GOALS: 
HUN:  2 of 4 (50%)
 
PENALTY SHOT GOALS:
HUN: *BATORI, Bence - 1, FULOP, Bence - 1
 
KUWAIT: BOSAKHER, Huseen; *BOSSAKHAR, Yousef; BOSAKHAR Younis; ALFOUDARI, Mahmoud; ALMKEEMI, Athbi; BOLOUSHI, Mohammad; BOSAKHER, Abdulhameed; ALRUMAIDHIN, Mohammad; ALASKARI Mohammad; ALMAZIAD, Homoud; ALFERAIJ, Mubarak;  ALDOUSARI, Abdulwahab; ALSHATI, Hasan. *Team Captain
COACH: HORVATH, Viktor
 
HUNGARY: 26 GOALS LEVAI, Marton; KORENYI, Balazs - 1; ANGYAL Daniel - 2; VAMOS, Marton Gyorgy; CSAPO Miklos - 3;  *BATORI, Bence - 6; JANSIK, David - 3; SZENTESI, Adam; KERESZTES, Istvan - 2 HUN; FULOP, Bence - 2; KOVACS, Peter - 2; FAZEKAS, Tibor Zsolt - 5; MEIXNER, Marcell; VERECZKEY, Zoltan; ILLES Sandor. *Team Captain
COACH: SZEKELY, Bulcsu.  
 
REFEREES: Reynel CASTILLO (PUR), Stephane ROY (CAN)


GAME 4: 12:30, Group B, KAZAKHSTAN 11 - IRAN 11

Quarters: (3-2, 1-3, 4-2, 3-4)

Alexandr FENOCHKO was one of three Kazakhstan players to score in the first period allowing a slim one goal margin at the end of the first quarter. Iran rallied with three goals of their own in the second period, including one from team captain Mahdi DAEETAGHI. DAEETAGHI scored in the first quarter as well and led 5 to 4 at the end of the first half. DAEETAGHI would be shut out in the third quarter, but found the net 4 times in the final quarter, to tie the game at 11. DAEETAGHI's goal tally was 6 for the game, three of which were penalty shots. FENOCHKO (KAZ) led his team in scoring with 5 goals in this Group B match.


KAZ vs IRI - credit: Alexandros Michailidis
KAZ vs IRI - credit: Alexandros Michailidis

EXTRA PLAYER GOALS: 
KAZ: 3 of 6 (50%)
IRAN: 2 of 8 (25%)
 
PENALTY SHOT GOALS: 
IRI - DAEETAGHI, Mahdi - 3
 
KAZAKHSTAN: 11 GOALS - MAKHMETOV Madikhan; GODOVANYUK Alexandr; ASSYLKHAN Alibek; NAURYZBAYEV, Nurzhan - 2;  *ZHAMANKULOV, Diyas; FENOCHKO, Alexandr - 5; SHAKENOV, Anvar - 2; YERSAINOV, Makhambet; BAKLITSKIY, Vassiliy;  TURLYKHANOV, Bolat; KURGANSKIY Pavel - 1; GARAYEV, Rustem - 1; KUPRIN, Dmitriy. *Team Captain
COACH: MASLYUK, Sergey
 
IRAN: 11 GOALS - CHAHABDARSHIRAZI, Saeed; HOSSEINMOHAM, Mohammad - 1; DEHDARI, Amir - 1; *DAEETAGHI, Mahdi - 6;  JAMALIFARD, Aslan; TIRAFKANKHOTBEH SAR, Amir; TIRAFKANKHOTBEH SAR, Amin; HOSSEIN-BARAEI, Amir; REZA SOLTANI, Ali - 1; BARKHORDY ROZB, Ataollah - 1; ZIAEI, Malek; MALEK KHANBANAN, Hamed - 1; OSATI, Ramtian. *Team Captain

REFEREES: Alex STANKOVITCH (USA), Michail KOURETAS (GRE)
 
 
GAME 5: 16:00, Group C, CROATIA 17 - BRAZIL 4

Quarters: (4-0, 3-1, 5-2, 5-1)

The team from Croatia went out to an early lead 4-0 in the first quarter of today's first outdoor game held at the National Pool. Toni SANTINI (CRO) scored his second goal in the second period and his teammates added two more to tally 7 at the half. Brazil scored one goal by Bernardo ALMEIDA to get on the scoreboard under the afternoon sun. The Croatian players would overpower the Brazilians by scoring 5 goals in each of the following two periods. Marko IVANKOVIC and Franko GERATOVIC would each tally 3 goals for Croatia. Ten different Croatian players scored at least one goal. Four different players each tallied a single goal for the team from South America.
 
EXTRA PLAYER GOALS: 
CRO: 5 of 8 (63%)
BRA: 2 of 11 (18%)
 
CROATIA: 17 GOALS - GERATOVIC, Franko - 3; *MILAKOVIC Kristijan - 1; PAVICIC, Marko - 1; IVANKOVIC, Marko - 3; BIJAC, Marko; MACAN, Marko; VLAHOVIC, Andrija - 2; SANTINI, Toni - 2; BENIC, Hrvoje - 1; VISKOVIC, Ante - 1;  MARINIC-KRAGIC, Jerko - 1; LUSIC, Duje - 2; SELEM, Petar Juraj. *Team Captain
COACH: DAMJANIC, Milorad
 
BRAZIL: 4 GOALS - *SOUZA, Anderson; JUNIOR, Marcos; MAGALHAES, Douglas; COUTINHO, Gustavo - 1; ALMEIDA Bernardo - 1; GUIMARAES, Ricardo; CRIVELLA, Matheus; GUIMARAES, Gustavo - 1; SANTOS, Yuri; LIMA, Caio; GOMES, Bernardo;  CRUZ, Anderson - 1; BRAGA, Lucas. *Team Captain
COACH: SABLIC, Goran.

REFEREES: Dion WILLIS (RSA), Jean-Michel DELON (FRA)
 

BRA vs CRO - credit: Alexandros Michailidis
BRA vs CRO - credit: Alexandros Michailidis

GAME 6: 17:20, Group C, UZBEKISTAN 7 - EGYPT 10

Quarters: (1-4, 1-2, 3-4, 2-0)

Egypt had easily the control over Uzbekistan with no difficulties at the National Pool of Volos in Group C of the 16th FINA World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships. Egypt had a lead over Uzbekistan 9-3 and 10-5. Uzbekistan reduce the difference with score 10-7 which was the final score. Kirill RUSTAMOV (UZB), Mhhanad GAMAL (EGY) and Omar IBRAHIM each scored three goals for their teams.
 
EXTRA PLAYER GOALS: 
UZB: 3 of 7 (43%)
EGY: 2 of 11 (18%)
 
PENALTY SHOT GOALS:
UZB: GAYSIN, Rinat - 1
 
UZBEKISTAN - 7 GOALS: GAYSIN, Rinat - 2; RUSTAMOV, Kirill - 3; ZAYSEV, Aleksey; QOSIMOV, Mirazis; MASSEL, Aleksandr; SKRIPACHEV, Vitaliy; SAYLIEV, Abbas; SUKHAREV, Oleg; KRAHOTIN, Maksim; SELIPHONTOV, Semen; PASHKANOV, Stanislav; CHUMACHENKO, Egor; *VALISHEV, Ramil - 2. *Team Captain
COACH: SOKOLOV, Aleksandr
 
EGYPT - 10 GOALS: MAGED, Mostafa; MAGDY, Mohamed; ASHRAF, Omar; AMR, Karim; GAMAL, Mohanad - 3; IBRAHIM, Omar - 3; GAMAL, Karim; MAHER, Khaled - 1; WALID, Ahmed - 1; KHALED, Ahmed; *AREF - 1, Ahmed; AMIRY, Ahmed - 1; ADEL, Ramy. *Team Captain
COACH: HASSAN, Mahmoud

REFEREES: Nenad GOLIJANIN (SRB), Noel HARROD (AUS)
 
 
GAME 7: 18:40, Group 4, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 4 - SPAIN 7

Quarters: (1-2, 1-2, 2-1, 0-2)

Spain's Gemar CARRILIO missed a key penalty shot at 2:15 in the second quarter giving the American team some hope of a positive outcome in a game that that found the USA team trailing their European rivals til the clock ran out. USA's Spencer HAMBY scored one goal in each of the first three quarters but he and his teammates could not earn a goal in the 4th period. CARRILIO, the Spanish captain would also score three goals, all in the first half to lead his team 4-2 at the midpoint. Ruber DE LERA CALERO was the closer for the Spanish team scoring twice in the second half to put the Group 4 game out of reach for the Americans.
 
EXTRA PLAYER GOALS: 
USA: 1 for 6 (17%)
ESP: 3 for 5 (60%)
 
USA: 4 GOALS - SIBLEY, Jon; BONANNI, Bret; RASCON, Nicholas; SMITH, Collin; RUDOLPH, Paul; WALTERS, Jon; WENDT Christopher - 1; HAMBY, Spencer - 3; *SAMUELS, Josh; WHERRY, Alex; HOVERSTEN, Nick; BOWEN, Alex; PARSONS Justin.  *Team Captain
COACH: LYNN, Robert
 
SPAIN: 7 GOALS - TEBAR CRIADO, Diego; CABANAS PEGADO, Victor; DE LERA CALERO, Ruben - 2; *CARRILIO GEMAR - 3,  Oscar; CARABI GASOL, Adria; SANCHEZ, Carlos - 1; GUTIERREZ SANTIAGO, Victor - 1; FERNANDEZ CERDA, Victor;  REIXACH BOIX, GERARD; BUSTOS SANCHEZ, Jose Javier; LARUMBE GONFAUS, Marc; MONPEAT PORTANA, JOSHUA; ESTELA XUCLA, Marti. *Team Captain
COACH: COLET, Joaquin

REFEREES: Mladen RAK (CRO), Denis DANELON (BRA)


SRB vs RSA - credit: Alexandros Michailidis
SRB vs RSA - credit: Alexandros Michailidis

GAME 8: 14:00 - Group D, SERBIA 20 - SOUTH AFRICA 3

Quarters: (5-0, 7-0, 3-2, 5-1)

Three players from the formidable Serbian team scored 4 goals each and two others scored 3 apiece to lead their squad in a rout of South Africa. Seven different Serbian players connected with the goal while only three South Africans were able to muster one goal each in this Group D match.
 
EXTRA PLAYER GOALS: 
SRB: 4 of 7 (57%)
RSA: 0 of 6 (0%)
 
PENALTY SHOT GOALS: 
SRB - SAPONDIC, Aleska - 1
RSA - WALKER, Nicholas - 1
 
SERBIA: 20 GOALS - MATKOVIC, Nemanda; MATOVIC, Marko; *UBOVIC, Nemanda; MILICIC, Milos - 1; DEDOVIC, Nikola - 3;  RASOVIC, Strahihja - 4; SAPONDIC, Aleska - 3; YUKSANOVIC, Srdan - 4; ESKERT, Nikola - 1; MILICEVIC Mihajlo;  MANDIC, Dujan - 4; RISTICEVIC, Dimitride; MITROVIC, Vodislan. *Team Captain
COACH: STAHOJEVIC, Dejan
 
SOUTH AFRICA: 3 GOALS - MONTGOMERY, Gareth; CARD, DEVON; BOHATA, Wesley - 1; MALAN Matthew; RODDA, Nicholas;  CAMPBELL, Shaun; WALKER, Nicholas - 1; *MOSTERT, Jason; NAIDOO, William; SPENCER, Mark - 1; BAKER, Christopher;  DU PLESSIS, David DAVID; BROWN, Wesley. *Team Captain
COACH: WOODS, Duncan

REFEREES: Paulo RAMOS (POR), Victor SALNICHENKO (KAZ)