WP Juniors 2011 (M), Day 5: Greece, Italy, Croatia and Spain top teams earn spots in semi finals

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

VOLOS, Greece (August 31) - In the fifth day of the preliminary rounds the teams from Greece, Italy and Spain were confirmed as the top teams from Groups A, B and D. Croatia completed a sweep of their rivals in Group C yesterday; all four teams will advance to semi final, each earning a day off and a bye from the qualification round which begins on 1 September.
 
The Greek team defeated Puerto Rico by a score of 16 to 4 in a match that began during a thunderstorm.  Despite the inclement weather, fans of the home team were not deterred in their support for the Greek juniors. The televised game confirmed Greece as the top team in Group A. Australia, the second place team in the group was idle today and will meet the team from the USA. The winner of tomorrow's game will advance to the semi finals.


HUN vs KAZ - credit: Ilias Karatsalos
HUN vs KAZ - credit: Ilias Karatsalos

Italy scored 17 goals against Iran to complete a clean sweep of their rivals in the Group B preliminary round. Luca DAMONTE scored 4 goals in the Italian victory, his 4 game tally of 16 goals is the highest among all players in the first round. Two other Italian players Cristiano MIRARCHI. Cristiano and Francesco DI FULVIO collected 12 goals each in the four game preliminary rounds. Hungary tallied 29 goals in their match against Kazakhstan, the highest score in the tournament, to claim the second ranking in Group B. Hungary's Bence BATORI scored four goals in today's game, his total for the four game first round stands at 14, the number two scorer in the preliminary rounds. Hungary will face Brazil in tomorrow's qualification game.
 
The match up between the undefeated teams of Group D, Spain and Serbia did not disappoint fans of great water polo. The winner of the match would earn an automatic spot in the semi finals round and the loser will play in the qualification games tomorrow. The score was tied four different times, twice in the first quarter, again in the second and the again in the final quarter. Spain's team captain Oscar CARRILIO GEMAR scored his third goal of the game, and the winning goal of the game with 15 seconds remaining in the game. CARRILIO GEMAR's total for the four game series stands at 12 goals. Serbia will match up against France in the qualification round.


MNE vs EGY - credit: Ilias Karatsalos
MNE vs EGY - credit: Ilias Karatsalos


Montenegro defeated Egypt, 16-6 to notch the Group C second place ranking and will face Brazil in the next round. Gavrill SUBOTIC of Montenegro earned two goals in today's victory, his four game total stands at 12 and he is tied with five other juniors with the same number of goals. Montenegro will play Iran tomorrow with the winner earning an opportunity to play for a medal.


Game reports


GAME 33: 20:00, Group A, GREECE 16 - PUERTO RICO 4
 
Quarters: (2-3, 4-0, 7-1, 3-0)
 
Although the home team would score first, the next three goals would be scored by players from Puerto Rico including two goals from Fernando ZAYAS. Puerto Rico failed to score again in the second quarter while the Greek team would score four times to end the half, 6-3 in favor of Greece. A single goal by Luis MOJICA, his second for the game, was all that Puerto Rico could manage in the third quarter while the Greek team found the next seven times. The Greeks scored three more goals in the final period to end the game.
 
GREECE: GALANOPOULOS, Stefanos; GENIDOUNIAS, Konstantinos - 4; DERVISIS, Georgios - 1; XENAKIS, Antoniios - 1; KAPOTSIS, Marios; GOUVIS, Konstantinos - 2; PONTIKEAS, Kyriakos; VITELLAS, Konstantinos;  *VLACHOPOULOS, Angelos - 1; DERMITZAKIS, Dimosthenis - 3; LAPPAS, Dimitrios; SOLANAKIS, Emmanouil - 4;  PAPADOGIANNIS, Georgios. *Team Captain
COACH: DAMASKOS, Periklis.
 
PUERTO RICO: 4 GOALS - RICHIEZ, Bryan; VARGAS-AYMAT, Francisco; BAYO*, Alan; MOJICA, Luis - 2; CASTILLO, Rafael; RODRIGUEZ, Gabriel; ZAYAS, Fernando - 2; CURET, Elerick; SANTA, Jesus; POMALES, Gerardo; ROBLEDO, Kalai; PEREZ, Joab. *Team Captain
COACH: MUNIZ, Angel.
 
PENALTY SHOT GOALS:
GRE: GENIDOUNIAS, Konstantinos - 1, DERMITZAKIS, Dimosthenis - 2
 
EXTRA PLAYER GOALS:
GRE: 2 of 5 (40%)
PUR: 0 of 5 (0%)
 
REFEREES: Andar ANBAR (KUW), Paulo RAMOS (POR)
 

GAME 34: 09:30, Group A, FRANCE 15 - CANADA 6
 
Quarters: (4-2, 3-2, 3-1,5-1)
 
Alec TASCHEREAU put his Canadian team on the scoreboard first at 6:08 in the first quarter and teammate Luca GASIC added another goal exactly one minute later. The Canadian offensive started fast but was quickly derailed as the next four consecutive bullets were fired and hit their targets by French players including two goals from Alexandre MENNUCCI. MENNUCCI would add two more goals in the second quarter for France before Canadian team captain Dusan RADOJCIC could make his single goal contribution. GASIC would land his second goal of the game for Canada at :35 in the second period. Sebastian MONNERET would deposit his second goal of the game at :22 in the quarter to put the French team up 7-3 at halftime. France would score three times in the third period and finish with five goals in the final period, three of them by the hand of MENNUCCI. Ogi GUTOVIC was the only Canadian to score in the second half contributing one goal in each quarter. MENNUCCI had scored only three goals in his three previous games, so today's eight goals places him in the top five scorers of the tournament.
 
FRANCE: 15 GOALS - STAJIC, Konstantin; VERON, Lucas; KHASZ, Enzo - 3; MENNUCCI, Alexandre - 8; MONNERET, Sebastian - 3; BRESSOLIER, Thomas; IZDINSKY, Michael; ARDISSON, Emrick; LADOUCE, Remy-Pierre; MISSY, Nicolas; *JELEFF, Loris; ESTEBE, Nicolas - 1; CHEVALIER, Alexandre. *Team Captain
COACH: NARDON, Samuel.
 
CANADA: 6 GOALS - RADENOVIC, Milan; JAMIESON, Colin; FISHER, Robbie; GOW-LEACH, Nicholas; TANGUAY-RIOUX, Lambert; BLAIR, Michael; TASCHEREAU, Alec - 1; SIMONYIK, Ryan; *RADOJCIC, Dusan - 1; GASIC, Luca - 2; GUTOVIC, Ogi - 2; MITROVIC, Nikola; KLINO, Aner. *Team Captain
COACH: PARILLO, Brian.  
 
PENALTY SHOT GOALS:
FRA: MENNUCCI, Alexandre - 1
 
EXTRA PLAYER GOALS: 
FRA: 1 of 4 (25%)
CAN: 4 of 8 (50%)
 
REFEREES: Mladen RAK (CRO), Victor SALNICHENKO (KAZ)
 
 
GAME 35: 11:00, Group B, HUNGARY 29 - KAZAKHSTAN 2
 
Quarters: (9-1, 7-1, 6-0, 7-0)
 
A total of 11 members of the Hungarian team scored at least one goal in today's shootout. Eight of the Hungarian team members scored two or more goals in this one sided Group B contest. The total of 29 goals is the highest number scored in the tournament and the 27 goal margin of victory is also a record for the preliminary rounds. Seven different Hungarian players scored a single goal each in the fourth quarter. Hungarian team captain Bence BATORI, and teammates Daniel ANGYAL, Marton VAMOS and Tibor FAZEKAS would each score four goals in today's game. BATORI has a total of 14 goals in the tournament, the most of any player at this point over four games. Alibek ASSYLKHAN and Alexandr FENOCHKO each scored one goal in the first half, the only two goals for Kazakhstan in today's game. FENOCHKO has scored ten goals in the tournament over four games, putting him in the top 10 scorers for the tournament.
 
HUNGARY: 29 GOALS - LEVAI, Marton; KORENYI, Balazs - 2; ANGYAL Daniel - 4; VAMOS, Marton Gyorgy - 4; CSAPO Miklos - 1; *BATORI, Bence - 4; JANSIK, David - 3; SZENTESI, Adam - 3; KERESZTES, Istvan - 1; FULOP, Bence - 2;  KOVACS, Peter - 1; FAZEKAS, Tibor Zsolt - 4; MEIXNER, Marcell. *Team Captain
COACH: SZEKELY, Bulcsu.
 
KAZAKHSTAN: 2 GOALS - MAKHMETOV Madikhan; GODOVANYUK Alexandr; ASSYLKHAN Alibek - 1; NAURYZBAYEV, Nurzhan; *ZHAMANKULOV, Diyas; FENOCHKO, Alexandr - 1; SHAKENOV, Anvar; YERSAINOV, Makhambet; BAKLITSKIY, Vassiliy; TURLYKHANOV, Bolat; KURGANSKIY Pavel; GARAYEV, Rustem; KUPRIN, Dmitriy. *Team Captain
COACH: MASLYUK, Sergey.
 
PENALTY SHOT GOALS:
HUN: ANGYAL Daniel - 1
HUN: CSAPO Miklos - 1

EXTRA PLAYER GOALS: 
HUN: 5 of 5 (100%)
KAZ: 2 of 8 (25%)
 
REFEREES: Michail KOURETAS (GRE), Nenad GOLIJANIN (SRB)
 
 
GAME 36: 12:30, Group B, ITALY 17 - IRAN 8
 

Quarters: (4-3, 4-1, 5-4, 4-2)
 
Iran's three goals in the first quarter were all go-ahead goals, but the final two of the quarter would be where the Italian team took control. From that point the Italians never released their grip over their Iranian rivals. Luca DAMONTE of Italy would register two goals in the second quarter, his teammates would add two more while Iran could only find the net once in that period. Luca MARZIALI would collect two goals in the third period, and nail his fourth in the last quarter to tie him with his Italian teammates DAMONTE and Francesco DI FULVIO who each also recorded four goals in the game. Iran's team captain Mahdi DAEETAGHI would score one goal in each of the final two quarters for a total of three in the game, but Iran's second half scoring of four goals was no match for the Italian players who slipped nine balls into the net in the bottom half of the game. Italy completed a perfect sweep of their Group B rivals. DAMONTE's four game total goals is 16, the top scorer across all players in the tournament at this stage. Iran's DAEETAGHI's total after four games now stands at 12 goals putting him among the top five players in the competition.
 
ITALY: 17 GOALS - MUGELLI, Luca; BARABINO, Aimone; DAMONTE, Luca - 4; BIANCO, Giovanni; GIANNI, Giacomo; GITTO, Matteo - 1; *MIRARCHI, Cristiano - 2; MARZIALI, Luca - 4; ROTONDO, Raffaele; FONDELLI, Andrea;  PRESCIUTTI, Nicholas - 2; DI FULVIO, Francesco - 4; VESPA, Lorenzo. *Team Captain
COACH: AMEDEO, Pomilio.
 
IRAN: 8 GOALS - CHAHABDARSHIRAZI, Saeed; HOSSEIN-BARAEI, Amir; SOLTANI, Ali; BARKHORDY ROZB, Ataollah - 2; MALEK KHANBANAN, Hamed - 1; DEHDARI, Amir; *DAEETAGHI, Mahdi - 3; TIRAFKANKHOTBEH SAR, Amir;  TIRAFKANKHOTBEH SAR, Amin; ZIAEI, Malek; JAMALIFARD, Aslan - 1; HOSSIAN-MOHAMADI, Mohammad - 1; OSATI, Ramtian. *Team Captain
 
PENALTY SHOT GOALS:
ITA: DI FULVIO, Francesco - 1
IRAN: JAMALIFARD, Aslan - 1
IRAN: HOSSIAN-MOHAMADI, Mohammad - 1;
 
EXTRA PLAYER GOALS: 
ITA: 5 of 5 (100%)
IRAN: 0 of 4 (0%)
 
REFEREES: Mark LEVIN (ISR), Reynel CASTILLO (PUR)
 

GAME 37: 16:00, Group C, BRAZIL 27 - UZBEKISTAN 6
 
Quarters: (5-2, 4-1, 8-1, 10-2)
 
Ten different Brazilian athletes would score in an impressive scoring display at the expense of a winless team from Uzbekistan. Anderson CRUZ would score six goals for Brazil and Gustavo GUIMARAES would tally five goals in the winning effort. Uzbekistan's Kirill RUSTAMOV would add two goals to the nine he scored in his three previous games, he is tied with five other athletes who scored 11 points in four games.
 
BRAZIL: 27 - *SOUZA, Anderson; JUNIOR, Marcos; MAGALHAES, Douglas - 1; COUTINHO, Gustavo - 4; ALMEIDA Bernardo; GUIMARAES, Ricardo - 2; CRIVELLA, Matheus - 1; GUIMARAES, Gustavo - 5; SANTOS, Yuri - 3; LIMA, Caio - 3; GOMES, Bernardo - 1; CRUZ, Anderson - 6; BRAGA, Lucas. *Team Captain
COACH: SABLIC, Goran. 
 
UZBEKISTAN: 6 GOALS - PASHKANOV, Stanislav; MASSEL, Aleksandr; QOSIMOV, Mirazis; *VALISHEV, Ramil; ZAYSEV, Aleksey; SUKHAREV, Oleg; RUSTAMOV, Kirill; GAYSIN Rinat; SAYLIEV, Abbas; CHUMACHENKO, Egor; SKRIPACHEV, Vitaliy; SELIPHONTOV, Semen; KRAHOTIN, Maksim. *Team Captain
COACH: SOKOLOV, Aleksandr.
 
EXTRA PLAYER GOALS: 
BRA: 4 of 12 (33%)
UZB: 0 of 9 (0%)
 
REFEREES: Stephane ROY (CAN), Toshio FUKIMOTO (JPN)
 
 
GAME 38: 17:20, Group C, MONTENEGRO 16 - EGYPT 6
 
Quarters: (4-1, 4-2, 4-2, 4-1)
 
Radon LATINOVIC would put the Montenegro team on the board early and three of his teammates would also nail first period goals to give the team a 3-1 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Egypt's Mohanad GAMAL who scored in the first quarter would connect for his second goal at 2:40 before the halftime horn. Even with a goal from Egyptian team captain Ahmed AREF late in the first half, the Egyptians found themselves five points behind at halftime. Montenegro's team skipper Jovan SARIC would land three goals in the third period. With only goals from Egyptian players in the third period the margin between the teams was growing uncomfortable for the Egyptians. Four different Montenegro players would slip their balls into the net in the fourth period including Nikola MARKOVIC who would claim three goals in today's contest. SARIC's tally for four games would stand at 11 goals, the most for his team and surely to be among the top 10 scorers in the first round. Montenegro's record is three wins against a single loss to Croatia and they finish second in the Group C bracket. Croatia earned a bye into the semi-final round by virtue of it's undefeated record.
 
MONTENEGRO: 16 GOALS - KANDIC, Slaven; SUBOTIC, Gavril - 2; MARKOVIC, Nikola - 3; POROBIC, Igor - 1; NIKCEVIS, Miljan -1; BANICEVIC, Bojan - 1; FANFANI, Bozo - 1; *SARIC, Jovan - 3; LATINOVIC, Radovan - 2; MURISIC, Nikola - 1; POPOVIC, Mikjan; VICO, Nemanjal -1; LUCIC, Branko. *Team Captain
COACH: VICO, Petar.
 
EGYPT: 6 GOALS - MAGED, Mostafa; MAGDY, Mohamed; ASHRAF, Omar; AMR, Karim; GAMAL, Mohanad - 3; IBRAHIM, Omar - 1; GAMAL, Karim - 1; MAHER, Khaled; WALID, Ahmed; KHALED, Ahmed; *AREF, Ahmed - 1; AMIRY, Ahmed;  ADEL, Ramy. *Team Captain
COACH: HASSAN, Mahmoud.
 
PENALTY SHOT GOALS:
EGY: GAMAL, Mohanad - 1
 
EXTRA PLAYER GOALS: 
MNE: 5 of 5 (100%)
EGY: 0 of 6 (0%)
 
REFEREES: Noel HARROD (AUS), Santiago RODRIGUEZ (ESP)
 
 
GAME 39: 18:40, Group D, SPAIN 6 - SERBIA 5
 
Quarters: (2-2, 1-2, 0-1, 2-0)
 
The match between Group D rivals Spain and Serbia was surely the one with the most on the line. The winner would capture the Group D title and earn a spot in the semi-finals. Both teams had won their first three games and each hoped to keep their record perfect. Victor GUTIERREZ SANTIAGO scored the first goal of the game giving Spain its first advantage. Nikola DEDOVIC and Srdan YUKSANOVIC would make the case for a Serbian victory with their two goals in the first period. GUTIERREZ SANTIAGO would add his second goal of the game at :07 to tie the game at 2's ending the first quarter. In the second quarter YUKSANOVIC would score his second goal to give Serbia the lead. Oscar CARRILIO GEMAR, the Spanish team captain tied the game at 3's, with the only goal for Spain in the second quarter. Serbia's Dujan MANDIC would land the go ahead goal at 1:37, the score at halftime, 3-4 in favor of Serbia. The Spanish and Serbian teams battled in a defensive stalemate for most of the third period. Serbia's YUKSANOVIC would score the only goal for either team at 1:37, advancing their margin to 3-5. The final quarter was dominated by Spain's three unanswered goals: Ruben DE LERA CALERO would bring the team's defecit to within one. CARRILIO GEMAR's goal at 4:50 would the game for the fourth time at 5's. With 15 seconds left in the game CARRILIO GEMAR would break the tie and seal a Spanish victory.
 
SPAIN: 6 GOALS - TEBAR CRIADO, Diego; BUSTOS SANCHEZ; Jose Javier; *CARRILIO GEMAR, Oscar - 3; MONPEAT PORTANA, Joshua; CARABI GASOL, Adria; REIXACH BOIX, Gerard; SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, Carlos; LARUMBE GONFAUS, Marc; GUTIERREZ SANTIAGO, Victor - 2; FERNANDEZ CERDA, Victor; DE LERA CALERO, Ruben - 1; CABANAS PEGADO, Victor; ESTELA XUCLA, Marti. *Team Captain
COACH: COLET, Joaquin.
 
SERBIA: 5 GOALS - RISTICEVIC, Dimitride; RASOVIC, Strahihja; MANDIC, Dujan - 1; YUKSANOVIC, Srdan - 3; MILICIC, Milos; ESKERT, Nikola; MATOVIC, Marko; DEDOVIC, Nikola - 1; MATKOVIC, Nemanda; *UBOVIC, Nemanda; SAPONDIC, Aleska; MILICEVIC Mihajlo; MITROVIC, Vodislan. *Team Captain
COACH: STAHOJEVIC, Dejan.
 
EXTRA PLAYER GOALS:
ESP: 2 of 8 (25%)
SRB: 3 of 9 (33%)
 
REFEREES: Mario BIANCHI (ITA), Cem FILIKSAC (TUR)
 
 
GAME 40: 14:00, Group D, MEXICO 9 - REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA 9
 
Quarters: (2-2, 2-2, 1-3, 4-2)
 
Cesar ORTIZ and Anvar IBARRA would put Mexico up 2-0 in the first quarter before South African's David DU PLESSIS would fire back two of his own in the last minutes of the period to even the score at two each. Devon CARD of South African would deliver his own one-two punch early in the second quarter, but Mexico retaliated with two goals to send the teams off tied at four for the halftime break. Mexico's Armando GILBERT would score his team's only goal in the third quarter while three different South African players would find the net successfully to end the quarter with a two goal advantage. At 6:28 in the final quarter GILBERT would bring his Mexican team within a goal. Less than a minute later his teammate Juan BISCAINO would tie the game at 7's. South Africa's CARD would be called upon to put his team ahead by one with the delivery of his third goal of the game. Anvar IBARRA of Mexico was confident that his two goals in the final period would bring his team it's first victory. With 11 seconds remaining in the game CARD would land his third goal of the game to tie the match at 9's. South Africa was also without a win in the preliminary rounds. The evenly matched teams ended with identical records, 0 wins, three losses and a tie.
 
MEXICO: 9 GOALS - BECERRIL, Francisco; ORTIZ, Cesar; *ALAVOS, Antonio - 1; CERRANO, Jesus - 1; BISCAINO, Juan 2; JUAREZ, Eric; IBARRA, Anvar - 3; CALVA, Himbler; CARBALLO, Pablo; MORALES, Ivan; GILBERT, Armando - 2; ORTIZ, Ivan; ALILA, Isac. *Team Captain
COACH: BIART, Pedro.
 
SOUTH AFRICA: 9 GOALS - MONTGOMERY, Gareth; CARD, Devon - 3; BOHATA, Wesley; MALAN Matthew; RODDA, Nicholas; CAMPBELL, Shaun; WALKER, Nicholas - 1; *MOSTERT, Jason - 1; NAIDOO, William; SPENCER, Mark 1; BAKER, Christopher; DU PLESSIS, David - 1; BROWN, Wesley - 2. *Team Captain
COACH: WOODS, Duncan.
 
PENALTY SHOT GOALS:
RSA: CARD, Devon - 1
 
EXTRA PLAYER GOALS: 
MEX: 4 of 10 (40%)
RSA: 2 of 8 (25%)
 
REFEREES: Denis DANELON (BRA), Monier FARID (EGY)


Top Scorers in Preliminary Round
16 - DAMONTE, Luca - ITALY
14 - BATORI, Bence - HUNGARY
12 - GERATOVIC, Franko - CROATIA
12 - SUBOTIC, Gavril - MONTENEGRO
12 - CARRILIO GEMAR,  Oscar - SPAIN
12 - MIRARCHI. Cristiano - ITALY
12 - DI FULVIO, Francesco - ITALY
12 - DAEETAGHI, Mahdi - IRAN