WP Juniors 2011 (M), Day 2: Australia, Iran, Serbia and Croatia lead their groups after two days of play

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

VOLOS, Greece (August 28) - Australia and Iran are at the top of the Group A and Group B standings respectively, each team having posted a victory in today's competition and each team having tied their first game yesterday. France sits comfortably in second position in Group A standings having soundly defeated Puerto Rico by a wide margin in their first game today. Canada is in third position in Group A due to their victory over Puerto Rico yesterday but they lost by a 11 goal margin to Australia today. Hungary rests confidently in second place with 2 points in the Group B standings having played and won their only game, a 26-0 beating of Kuwait on the first day of competition. Italy, also with 2 points in Group B completion defeated Kazakhstan by a 20-2 margin in their only game, and will challenge for the leadership of the bracket. 

Tomorrow's big games will be a match up between Australia and France in Group A play and a Hungary versus Iran match up that will surely churn the waters at the outdoor pool.

The teams from Serbia and Croatia have emerged at the top of the Group C and Group D standings each with 4 points representing two consecutive victories over the first two days of competition. Immediately below these teams are Montenegro in Group C and Spain in Group D with two points each representing one victory against no losses. Egypt cannot be overlooked in Group C play as they have 2 points reflecting one win and one loss. The USA finds themselves in a similar situation in Group D also with 2 points from today's victory but with a loss against Spain yesterday.

ITA vs KAZ - credit: Alexandros Michailidis
ITA vs KAZ - credit: Alexandros Michailidis


Match reports

GAME 9: 09:30, Group B, IRAN 14 - KUWAIT 3

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

Iran took an early lead powered by four different players who scored in the first quarter. The Iranian squad added 4 more in the second quarter while Kuwait managed only one goal in each of the first two periods. Kuwait scored again in the third period but it would be their final post to the scoreboard. Aslan JAMALIFARD drove in the only two goals during the third period for Iran. Three Iranian athletes scored 4 more goals during the 4th period in this lopsided result. Hamed MALEK KHANBANAN (IRI) tallied 4 goals in the game to lead IRAN to the top of the Group B standings with 3 points.

IRAN: 14 GOALS - CHAHABDARSHIRAZI, Saeed; HOSSEINMOHAM, Mohammad; DEHDARI, Amir -1; *DAEETAGHI, Mahdi - 3; JAMALIFARD, Aslan - 2; TIRAFKANKHOTBEH SAR, Amir; TIRAFKANKHOTBEH SAR, Amin - 1; HOSSEIN-BARAEI, Amir - 1; REZA SOLTANI, Ali; BARKHORDY ROZB, Ataollah - 2; ZIAEI, Malek; MALEK KHANBANAN, Hamed - 4; OSATI, Ramtian. *Team Captain
COACH: MALARA, Paolo

KUWAIT: 3 GOALS - BOSAKHER, Huseen; *BOSSAKHAR, Yousef - 2; BOSAKHAR Younis - 1; 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

EXTRA PLAYER GOALS:
IRAN: BARAEI, Amir - 1
KUW: BOSAKHAR, Younis - 1

PENALTY SHOT GOALS:
IRAN: 3 for 10 (30%)
KUW: 0 for 8 (0%)

REFEREES: Toshio FUKIMOTO (JPN), Michail KOURETAS (GRE)


GAME 10: 11:00, Group B, ITALY 20 - KAZAKHSTAN 2

Quarters: (5-1, 4-1, 5-0, 6-0)

The Italian team did not play on the first day of the tournament but their skills were sharp as they held the team from Kazakhstan to only two first period goals. Luca DAMONTE, one of two Italian players with 4 goals in today's games, scored 3 in the final period. Cristiano MIRARCHI also scored 4 goals for his Italian teammates. The Italians are tied with Hungary for 2nd position in Group B, each team has two points earned for victories in Group B play. Iran leads the Group B standings on the strength of today's defeat of Kuwait and their tie with Kazakhstan yesterday.

ITALY: 20 GOALS MUGELLI, Luca; BARABINO, Aimone - 1; DAMONTE, Luca - 4; BIANCO, Giovanni; GIANNI, Giacomo; GITTO, Matteo - 2; *MIRARCHI, Cristiano - 4; MARZIALI, Luca - 1; ROTONDO, Raffaele - 1;  FONDELLI, Andrea - 2; PRESCIUTTI, Nicholas; DI FULVIO, Francesco - 3; VESPA, Lorenzo - 2. * Team Captain
COACH: AMEDEO, Pomilio

KAZAKHSTAN: 2 GOALS MAKHMETOV Madikhan; GODOVANYUK Alexandr; ASSYLKHAN Alibek;  NAURYZBAYEV, Nurzhan; *ZHAMANKULOV, Diyas; FENOCHKO, Alexandr; SHAKENOV, Anvar; YERSAINOV, Makhambet; BAKLITSKIY, Vassiliy - 1; TURLYKHANOV, Bolat; KURGANSKIY Pavel; GARAYEV, Rustem - 1; KUPRIN, Dmitriy. *Team Captain
COACH: MASLYUK, Sergey

EXTRA PLAYER GOALS:  
ITA: *MIRARCHI. Cristiano - 1

PENALTY SHOT GOALS:
ITA: 5 of 5 (100%)
KAZ: 1 of 8 (13%)

REFEREES: Stephane ROY (CAN), Santiago RODRIGUEZ (ESP)


Croatian team - credit: Alexandros Michailidis
Croatian team - credit: Alexandros Michailidis


GAME 11: 12:30, Group C, EGYPT 4 - CROATIA 11

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

Croatia's spot at the top of the Group C standings is secure following today's easy defeat of the the team from Egypt. The Egyptians were unable to score during the first two periods and were never able to overcome Croatia's 6 goal lead at halftime. Seven Croatian players scored in today's victory;  4 of them with 2 goals each. Egypt's Omar IBRAHIM scored one goal in each of the 3rd and 4th quarters. Egypt will be tied for 2nd place in Group C standings with the winner of the game between Uzbekistan and Montenegro.

EGYPT:  4 GOALS - MAGED, Mostafa; MAGDY, Mohamed; ASHRAF, Omar; AMR, Karim; GAMAL, Mohanad - 1; IBRAHIM, Omar - 2; GAMAL, Karim; MAHER, Khaled; WALID, Ahmed; KHALED, Ahmed; *AREF, Ahmed - 1;  AMIRY, Ahmed; ADEL, Ramy. *Team Captain
COACH: HASSAN, Mahmoud

CROATIA: 11 GOALS - GERATOVIC, Franko - 2; *MILAKOVIC Kristijan - 2; PAVICIC, Marko; IVANKOVIC - 2, Marko; BIJAC, Marko; MACAN, Marko - 1; VLAHOVIC, Andrija - 1; SANTINI, Toni; BENIC, Hrvoje; VISKOVIC, Ante; MARINIC-KRAGIC, Jerko - 2; LUSIC, Duje - 1; SELEM, Petar Juraj. *Team Captain
COACH: DAMJANIC, Milorad

EXTRA PLAYER GOALS: 
EGY: 1 of 7 (14%)
CRO: 2 of 4 (50%)

REFEREES: Cem FILIKSAC (TUR), Jean-Michael DELON (FRA)


GAME 12:  14:00, Group C, MONTENEGRO 22 - UZBEKISTAN 8

Quarters: (4-2, 4-1, 8-1, 6-4)

The team from Montenegro was off on day one, but struck hard in their first game in Group C competition overwhelming the juniors from Uzbekistan by a margin of 14 goals. Gavril SUBOTIC (MNE) found the net 7 times in the second half, with 4 of his goals in the final quarter. His teammate Nikola MURISIC slipped the ball past the Uzbekistan goalie 4 times. Kiril RUSTAMOV (UZB) was the leading scorer on his team with 4 goals, half of his team's total. Nine different players from Montenegro scored to advance their team to second position in the Group C standings.

MONTENEGRO: 22 GOALS KANDIC, Slaven; SUBOTIC, Gavril - 7; Markovic, Nikola - 1; POROBIC, Igor - 2;  NIKCEVIS, Miljan; BANICEVIC, Bojan; FANFANI, Bozo - 1; SARIC, Jovan - 3; LATINOVIC, Radovan - 2; MURISIC, Nikola - 4; POPOVIC, Mikjan - 1; VICO, Nemanjal - 1; LUCIC, Branko. *Team Captain
COACH: VICO, Petar

UZBEKISTAN: 8 GOALS GAYSIN, Rinat - 1; RUSTAMOV, Kirill - 4; ZAYSEV, Aleksey; QOSIMOV, Mirazis; MASSEL, Aleksandr; KRIPACHEV, Vitaliy; SAYLIEV, Abbas; SUKHAREV, Oleg - 2; KRAHOTIN, Maksim; SELIPHONTOV, Semen; PASHKANOV, Stanislav; CHUMACHENKO, Egor; VALISHEV, Ramil - 1. *Team Captain
COACH:  SOKOLOV, Aleksandr

EXTRA PLAYER GOALS: 
MNE: 6 of 11 (55%)
UZB: 3 of 9 (33%) 

PENALTY SHOT GOALS:
MNE: SARIC, Jovan - 1
UZB: GAYSIN, Rinat - 1

REFEREES: Alex STANKOVITCH (USA), Dion WILLIS (RSA)


USA vs RSA - credit: Alexandros Michailidis
USA vs RSA - credit: Alexandros Michailidis


GAME 13:  16:00, Group D, SOUTH AFRICA 2 - UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 20

Quarters: (1-4, 0-5, 1-6, 0-5)

The USA rebounded from their loss to Spain on the first day by drubbing South Africa by a wide margin. Ten different American players found a way to slip the ball past the South African goalie. The USA converted half of their extra man opportunities into goals. Bret BONNANI and team captain Josh SAMUELS scored their penalty shots. The USA finds themselves behind Serbia and Spain in Group D standings.

SOUTH AFRICA: 2 GOALS - MONTGOMERY, Gareth; MALAN Matthew; WALTERS, Jon - 2; HOVERSTEN, Nick; YUKSANOVIC, Srdan - 2; CARD, DEVON; BOHATA, Wesley; RODDA, Nicholas; CAMPBELL, Shaun; WALKER, Nicholas;  *MOSTERT, Jason - 1; NAIDOO, William; SPENCER, Mark; BAKER, Christopher; DU PLESSIS, David - 1; BROWN, Wesley - 1. *Team Captain
COACH: WOODS, Duncan

USA: 20 GOALS - SIBLEY, Jon; BONANNI, Bret - 3; RASCON, Nicholas - 1; SMITH, Collin - 2; RUDOLPH, Paul - 2; WENDT Christopher - 1; HAMBY, Spencer - 3; *SAMUELS, Josh - 2; WHERRY, Alex - 1; BOWEN, Alex - 3; PARSONS Justin. *Team Captain
COACH: LYNN, Robert

EXTRA PLAYER GOALS: 
RSA: 0 of 1 (0%)
USA: 7 of 14 (50%) 

PENALTY SHOT GOALS:
USA: BONANNI, Bret - 1
USA: SAMUELS, Josh - 1

REFEREES: Mario BIANCHI (ITA), Mansour SANEI (IRI)


GAME 14:  17:20, Group D, MEXICO 5 - SERBIA 12

Quarters: (1-1, 1-6, 0-3, 3-2)

Exactly five Serbian and five Mexican players scored goals in this important Group D match. Mexico in their first day of competition played to a 1-1 tie at the end of the first quarter but while the Mexican players could only find the net once more in the next two quarters, Serbian players struck 6 times in the second and 3 more times in the third period of play. 

MEXICO:  BECERRIL, Francisco; ORTIZ, Cedar; *ALAVOS, Antonio - 1; CERRANO, Jesus; BISCAINO, Juan - 1; JUAREZ, Eric; IBARRA, Anvar; CALVA, Himbler; CARBALLO, Pablo - 1; MORALES, Ivan; GILBERT, Armando - 1; ORTIZ, Ivan - 1; ALILA, Isac. *Team Captain
COACH: BIART, Pedro

SERBIA: MATKOVIC, Nemanda - 3; MATOVIC, Marko;  *UBOVIC, Nemanda - 2; MILICIC, Milos; DEDOVIC, Nikola; RASOVIC, Strahihja - 2; SAPONDIC, Aleska - 3; ESKERT, Nikola; MILICEVIC Mihajlo; MANDIC, Dujan; RISTICEVIC, Dimitride; MITROVIC, Vodislan. *Team Captain
COACH: STAHOJEVIC, Dejan

EXTRA PLAYER GOALS: 
MEX: 2 of 4 (50%)
SRB: 2 of 7 (29%)

REFEREES: Mark LEVIN (ISR), Andar ANBAR (KUW)


MEX vs SRB - Croatian team - credit: Alexandros Michailidis
MEX vs SRB - Croatian team - credit: Alexandros Michailidis


GAME 15:  18:40, Group A, CANADA 1 - AUSTRALIA 12

Quarters: (0-6, 0-4, 1-2, 0-0)

James HOWDEN and Paul SINDONE stuck in the first quarter and would each reap 3 goals for Australia in Group A match play as they easily dispensed with the team from Canada. The team from North America collected only one net ball from Nicola MITROVIC who scored at 2:18 in the 3rd period for Canada. The Australia men led 10-0 at the end of the first half.  Australia now stands alone at the top of the Group A standings with 3 points.

CANADA: 1 GOAL - Michael BLAIR; Robbie FISHER; Luka GASIC; Nicholas GOW-LEACH; Ogi GUTOVIC;  Colin JAMIESON; Aner KLINO; Nikola MITROVIC - 1; Dusan RADOJCIC*; Milan RADENOVIC; Ryan SIMONYIK; Lambert TANGUAY-RIOUX; Alec TASCHEREAU; Taylor VENNER. *Team Captain
COACH: PARILLO, Brian  

AUSTRALIA: 12 GOALS - CLARK James; DAVIE, Jeremy - 2; *EDWARDS, Blake - 1; FANNON, James; GILES, Matthew; HOWDEN, James - 3; POLIVKA, Adam - 1; QUINN, Sam; REDBOND, Nick; SINDONE, Paul - 3; SLADE, Edward; YOUNGER, Aaron - 2; FORD, George. *Team Captain
COACH: RICHARDSON, Adam

EXTRA PLAYER GOALS: 
CAN: 1 of 7 (14%)
AUS: 2 of 7 (29%)

PENALTY SHOT GOALS:
AUS: YOUNGER, Aaron - 2

REFEREES: Mladen RAK (CRO), Gyorgy KUN (HUN)


GAME 16: 20:00, Group A, FRANCE 18 - PUERTO RICO 4

Quarters: (6-2, 5-2, 5-0, 2-0)

France took to the waters like sharks in search of a minnow to devour, allowing 2 goals from Puerto Rico in each of the first two quarters, but shutting down all scoring opportunities in the second half. The French juniors tallied 6 goals in the first quarter and added another 5 in the second quarter to rest at 11-4 at halftime. Another 5 strikes in the 3rd period and two more for good measure in the 4th period ended their performance. Puerto Rico team captain Alan BAYO and teammate Luis MOJICA collected two goals apiece for their side. Nice players scored for Gaul including a triple strike by Sebastian MONNERET, Enzo KHASZ and Remy-Pierre LADOUCE. France sits in second position in Group A standings trailing Australia.

FRANCE: 18 GOALS - STAJIC, Konstantin; VERON, Lucas; KHASZ, Enzo - 3; MENNUCCI, Alexandre - 2;  MONNERET, Sebastian - 3; BRESSOLIER, Thomas - 1; IZOINSKY, Michal - 2; ARDISSON, Emrick - 2; LADOUCE, Remy-Pierre - 3; MISSY, Nicolas - 1; *JELEFF, Loris; ESTEBE, Nicolas - 1; CHEVALIER, Alexandre.  *Team Captain
COACH: NARDON, Samuel

PUERTO RICO: 4 GOALS - Bryan RICHIEZ; Francisco VARGAS AYMAT; Alan BAYO*; Luis MOJICA -  2; Rafael CASTILLO; Gabriel RODRIGUEZ; Fernando ZAYAS - 2; Elerick CURET; Jesus SANTA, JESUS; Gerardo POMALES; Kalai ROBLEDO; Joab PEREZ. *Team Captain
COACH: MUNIZ, Angel

EXTRA PLAYER GOALS:
FRA: 3 of 6 (50%)
PUR: 1 of 10 (10%)

REFEREES: Aleksandar ADZIC (MNE), Akbar SADIKOV (UZB)