WP Juniors 2011 (M), Day 7: Greece, Spain, Serbia and Australia vying for chance to play for the gold medal

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

VOLOS, Greece (September 2) - More than 1500 fans of Greek water polo overwhelmed the spectator seating areas to watch their champions in action against the team from Hungary. Kostantinos GENIDOUNIAS would drill the first goal for Greece to the roaring approval of the crowd.  Less than a minute later Hungary's Daniel ANGYAL would retaliate to even the score. GENIDOUNIAS would find the inside of the net three times in the first quarter giving his team a 7-3 lead at the end of the first period. GENIDOUNIAS would score again in the third quarter for four goals in the game. Marios KAPOTIS and team captain Angelos VLLACHOPOULOS would also net four goals in the evening's game for the Greek team. The score at the half would favor Greece, 11 to 5. The home team would tally 14 goals with eight for Hungary. The winners will advance to play Serbia in the marquee event on Saturday evening. Hungary will meet Croatia tomorrow to settle places 5 through 8.
 
Spain defeated Montenegro by a margin of four goals, the score: 9-5 advancing the team into the final bracket of four teams challenging for the championship. Victor CABANAS PEGADO collected three goals in the evening's match for his Spanish team. Spain led 4-2 at the end of the half and 7-3 at the conclusion of the third quarter. Spain will meet Australia in the semi final round for places 1 through 4.


Serbia would deny Croatia, the 2009 Junior Champions an opportunity to reclaim their title. In a game that featured exceptional defense and extraordinary goaltending by Dimitride RISTICEVIC, Serbia would defeat Croatia by a score of seven goals to three goals. Marko IVANKOVIC of Croatia was the only player to score in the first quarter but it was the only time that his team would lead the game. Aleska SAPONDIC would deliver one goal for Serbia in each of the final three periods, a total of three goals for the game, his team's highest. Serbia will meet Greece in the semi finals tomorrow to determine which team will play for the gold medal.
 
The match between Australia and Italy was a triumph for the team from down under. Paul SINDONE of Australia was the only player for either team to score in the first quarter. His teammates would notch three goals in the second quarter while Italy earned only two goals, creating a deficit of two for the Italian team at the midpoint of the game. Australia's three goals in the third period against Italy's two widened the margin. SINDONE would score his second goal in the fourth quarter to prevent the Italians from advancing into the medal rounds. The final score was Australia 8, Italy 6. Australia will stand against Spain to determine the top four places in the tournament. Italy will meet Montenegro for places 5 to 8.

Game reports

GAME 49: 09:00, SEMI FINAL ROUND, SOUTH AFRICA 18 - KAZAKHSTAN 7
 
Quarters: (4-3, 4-3, 5-1, 5-0)
 
South Africa's Devon CARD scored the first goal of the game and 6 goals total. Kazakhstan was extremely capable in the first half scoring three goals in each quarter, only two behind South Africa at he midpoint of the game. Kazakhstan failed to mount an offense in the second half scoring only a single goal in the third period and none in the final quarter. South Africa would score five goals in each period, the final outcome in favor of South Africa, 18 to 7 for Kazakhstan. Alexandr FENOCHKO's two goals would bring his total to 16 this week, tied for the second leading scorer of the competition.
 
SOUTH AFRICA: 18 GOALS - MONTGOMERY, Gareth; CARD, Devon - 6; BOHATA, Wesley - 1; MALAN Matthew - 2; RODDA, Nicholas - 1;  CAMPBELL, Shaun; WALKER, Nicholas; *MOSTERT, Jason - 1; NAIDOO, William - 1; SPENCER, Mark - 3; BAKER, Christopher; DU PLESSIS, David - 2; BROWN, Wesley - 1. *Team Captain
COACH: WOODS, Duncan.
 
KAZAKHSTAN: 7 GOALS - MAKHMETOV Madikhan; GODOVANYUK Alexandr; ASSYLKHAN Alibek; NAURYZBAYEV, Nurzhan; *ZHAMANKULOV, Diyas; FENOCHKO, Alexandr - 2; SHAKENOV, Anvar - 4; YERSAINOV, Makhambet; BAKLITSKIY, Vassiliy - 1; TURLYKHANOV, Bolat; KURGANSKIY Pavel; GARAYEV, Rustem; KUPRIN, Dmitriy. *Team Captain
COACH: MASLYUK, Sergey.
 
PENALTY SHOT GOALS:
RSA: MALAN Matthew - 1
KAZ: FENOCHKO, Alexandr
  
EXTRA PLAYER GOALS:
RSA: 3 of 7 (43%)
KAZ; 3 of 10 (30%)
 
REFEREES: Reynel CASTILLO (PUR), Mansour SANEI (IRI)


GAME 50: 10:30, SEMI FINAL ROUND, CANADA 12 - UZBEKISTAN 7
 
Quarters: (3-3, 1-1, 5-1, 3-2)
 
Canada and Uzbekistan would each score three goals in the first period and their stalemate would continue with each team scoring a single goal in the second period. Uzbekistan had failed to win a single game in the preliminary rounds, defeated Kazakhstan yesterday for their first victory in Volos and was now tied at 4's with Canada at the end of the first half. Alex TASCHEREAU would deliver four goals for his Canadian team during the game including two in the first quarter. In the second half a motivated Canadian team would rack up eight goals to close out the Uzbekistan team's chances of advancing in the winner's bracket for a second time. Kiril RUSTAMOV would score only one goal in the game but his 15 total goals this week in Volos would rank him in the top 10 leading scorers in the tournament.
 
CANADA: 12 GOALS - RADENOVIC, Milan; JAMIESON, Colin - 2; FISHER, Robbie; GOW-LEACH, Nicholas; TANGUAY-RIOUX, Lambert - 1; BLAIR, Michael; TASCHEREAU, Alec - 4; SIMONYIK, Ryan; *RADOJCIC, Dusan - 1; GASIC, Luca; GUTOVIC, Ogi - 2; MITROVIC, Nikola - 2; KLINO, Aner. *Team Captain
COACH: PARILLO, Brian.  
 
UZBEKISTAN: 7 GOALS - PASHKANOV, Stanislav; MASSEL, Aleksandr; QOSIMOV, Mirazis - 3; *VALISHEV, Ramil - 2; ZAYSEV, Aleksey; SUKHAREV, Oleg; RUSTAMOV, Kirill - 1; GAYSIN Rinat - 1; SAYLIEV, Abbas; CHUMACHENKO, Egor; SKRIPACHEV, Vitaliy; SELIPHONTOV, Semen; KRAHOTIN, Maksim. *Team Captain
COACH: SOKOLOV, Aleksandr

EXTRA PLAYER GOALS:
CAN: 3 of 7 (43%)
UZB: 3 of 10 (30%) 
 
REFEREES: Toshio FUKIMOTO (JPN), Andar ANBAR (KUW) 


GAME 51: 12:00, SEMI FINAL ROUND, MEXICO 20 - KUWAIT 5
 
Quarters: (5-1, 6-2, 4-1, 5-1)
 
Mexico would rack up an early lead scoring five goals from five different players in the first quarter, Kuwait managing only one goal. Mexico would add six more goals in the second quarter compared to two from the Kuwait team. Cesar ORTIZ would be the Mexican team's high scorer landing three goals in the game. Only three players from Kuwait would score, two of them would two goals each. Kuwait has not won a game in the tournament.
 
MEXICO: 20 GOALS - BECERRIL, Francisco - 1; ORTIZ, Cesar - 3; *ALAVOS, Antonio - 2; CERRANO, Jesus - 3; BISCAINO, Juan - 1; JUAREZ, Eric - 1; IBARRA, Anvar - 1; CALVA, Himbler - 3; CARVALLO, Pablo - 2; MORALES, Ivan - 2; GILBERT, Armando; ORTIZ, Ivan - 1; ALILA, Isac. *Team Captain
COACH: BIART, Pedro.
 
KUWAIT: 5 GOALS - 2 BOSAKHAR, Huseen; *BOSAKHAR, Yousef - 2; ALFOUDARI, Mahmoud; ALASKARI Mohammad; ALSHATI, Hasan; ALMAZIAD, Homoud; ALRUMAIDHIN, Mohammad - 1; BOSAKHAR, Abdulhameed; ALDOUSARI, Abdulwahab; ALMKEEMI, Athbi; BOLOUSHI, Mohammad; BOSAKHAR Younis - 2; ALFERAIJ, Mubarak. *Team Captain
COACH: HORVATH, Viktor.
  
EXTRA PLAYER GOALS:
MEX: 8 of 11 (73%)
KUW: 3 of 8 (38%)
 
REFEREES: Dion WILLIS (RSA), Jean-Michel DELON (FRA) 


GAME 52: 13:30, SEMI FINAL ROUND, PUERTO RICO 11 - EGYPT 10
 
Quarters: (2-2, 2-3, 3-1, 4-4)
 
Luis MOJICA of Puerto Rico would be the man responsible for his team's second victory upsetting a stronger rival. The team that went 0-4 in the preliminary rounds had won two consecutive games. Yesterday the team from Puerto Rico would beat Mexico by a score of 10-8. Both Puerto Rico and Egypt scored two goals in the first quarter, three goals in the second quarter and coincidentally the teams would finish strong with four goals each in the final quarter. It would be the third period that made the difference with three goals from Puerto Rico but only one from the Egypt. MOJICA's six game total is 15 goals, and he is one of the top 10 scorers of the tournament.
 
PUERTO RICO: 11 GOALS - RICHIEZ, Bryan; VARGAS-AYMAT, Francisco - 2; *BAYO, Alan - 1; MOJICA, Luis - 6; CASTILLO, Rafael; RODRIGUEZ, Gabriel; ZAYAS, Fernando; CURET, Elerick; SANTA, Jesus - 2; POMALES, Gerardo; ROBLEDO, Kalai - 1; PEREZ, Joab. *Team Captain
COACH: MUNIZ, Angel.
 
EGYPT: 10 GOALS - MAGED, Mostafa; MAGDY, Mohamed; ASHRAF, Omar; AMR, Karim - 1; GAMAL, Mohanad - 3; IBRAHIM, Omar - 1; GAMAL, Karim - 3; MAHER, Khaled; WALID, Ahmed - 2; KHALED, Ahmed; *AREF, Ahmed; AMIRY, Ahmed; ADEL, Ramy. *Team Captain
COACH: HASSAN, Mahmoud.
  
EXTRA PLAYER GOALS: 
PUR: 5 of 8 (63%)
EGY: 3 of 4 (75%)
 
REFEREES: Alex STANKOVITCH (USA), Mladen RAK (CRO)


GAME 53: 15:00, SEMI FINAL ROUND, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 14 - BRAZIL 6
 
Quarters: (5-1, 2-0, 3-3, 4-2)
 
Smarting from yesterday's loss to Australia, the American squad led a five goal scoring assault in the first quarter including two goals from Alex BOWEN. Brazil managed only one goal in the first quarter and could not find the net in the second period while the USA managed to score twice. Colin SMITH would be responsible for two of the USA's three goals in the third period but Brazil would score the same number in an effort to get back into the game. Bret BONANNI and team captain Josh SAMUELS would deliver two goals each for the American team to close out the Brazilian team, 14-6. Gustavo GUIMARES scored one goal in today's game and is Brazil's top scorer with 14 goals over the six game tournament. USA's top scorer after six games is BONANNI with 11 goals. 
 
USA: 14 GOALS - SIBLEY, Jon; SMITH, Collin - 4; RUDOLPH, Paul ; WHERRY, Alex; BONANNI, Bret - 3; HOVERSTEN, Nick; *SAMUELS, Josh; RASCON, Nicholas - 4; BOWEN, Alex - 3; HAMBY, Spencer; WENDT Christopher; WALTERS, Jon; PARSONS Justin. *Team Captain
COACH: LYNN, Robert.
 
BRAZIL: 6 GOALS - *SOUZA, Anderson; JUNIOR, Marcos; MAGALHAES, Douglas; COUTINHO, Gustavo - 2; ALMEIDA Bernardo; GUIMARAES, Ricardo; CRIVELLA, Matheus; GUIMARAES, Gustavo - 1; SANTOS, Yuri; LIMA, Caio - 1; GOMES, Bernardo - 1; CRUZ, Anderson - 1; 
BRAGA, Lucas. *Team Captain 
COACH: SABLIC, Goran.
 
PENALTY SHOT GOALS:
BRA: GUIMARAES, Gustavo - 1
 
EXTRA PLAYER GOALS:
USA: 5 of 10 (50%)
BRA: 3 of 9 (33%)
 
REFEREES: Nenad GOLIJANIN (SRB), Noel HARROD (AUS)


GAME 54: 15:00, SEMI FINAL ROUND, FRANCE 9 - IRAN 10
 
Quarters: (2-4, 3-1,1-3, 3-2)
 
Mahdi DAEETAGHI of Iran would score two of his teams four first quarter goals to take a 4-2 lead in the first quarter. France would rebound with three goals in the second period against only one from Iran, tying the game at 5's at the halftime break. Three more goals from the Iranian players against only one from the French team would advance Iran, 8-6 at the end of three quarters. Alexandre MENNUCCI of France would score at 5:29 in the fourth period to bring the match within one, but Amir HOSSEIN-BARAEI's two goals of the period would confirm Iran's victory. Top scorer for France, MENNUCCI and DAEETAGHI of Iran are tied with 15 goals over the six games tournament.
 
FRANCE: 9 GOALS - STAJIC, Konstantin; VERON, Lucas; KHASZ, Enzo; MENNUCCI, Alexandre - 3; MONNERET, Sebastian; BRESSOLIER, Thomas; IZDINSKY, Michael - 1; ARDISSON, Emrick; LADOUCE, Remy-Pierre; MISSY, Nicolas - 2; *JELEFF, Loris - 2; ESTEBE, Nicolas - 1; CHEVALIER, Alexandre. *Team Captain
COACH: NARDON, Samuel.
 
IRAN: 10 GOALS - CHAHABDARSHIRAZI, Saeed; HOSSEIN-BARAEI, Amir - 2; SOLTANI, Ali; BARKHORDY ROZB, Ataollah; MALEK KHANBANAN, Hamed - 3; DEHDARI, Amir; *DAEETAGHI, Mahdi - 3; TIRAFKANKHOTBEH SAR, Amir; TIRAFKANKHOTBEH SAR, Amin; ZIAEI, Malek; JAMALIFARD, Aslan; HOSSIAN-MOHAMADI, Mohammad - 1; OSATI, Ramtian - 1. *Team Captain

EXTRA PLAYER GOALS:
FRA: 2 of 6 (33%)
IRAN: 3 of 6 (50%)
 
REFEREES: Monier FARID (EGY), Stephane ROY (CAN)


GAME 55: 20:20, QUARTER FINAL ROUND, GREECE 14 - HUNGARY 8
 
Quarters: (7-2, 4-3, 2-0, 1-3)
 
More than 1500 fans of Greek water polo overwhelmed the spectator seating areas to watch their champions in action against the team from Hungary. Kostantinos GENIDOUNIAS would drill the first goal for Greece to the roaring approval of the crowd. Less than a minute later Hungary's Daniel ANGYAL would retaliate to even the score. GENIDOUNIAS would find the inside of the net three times in the first quarter giving his team a 7-3 lead at the end of the first period. GENIDOUNIAS would score again in the third quarter for four goals in the game. Marios KAPOTIS and team captain Angelos VLLACHOPOULOS would also net four goals in the evening's game for the Greek team. The score at the half would favor Greece, 11 to 5. Bence BATORI of Hungary would score two goals in today's game, a total of 19 as the highest scorer of the tournament. Hungarian teammate ANGYAL is tied with six other players at 15 goals. GENIDOUNIAS has scored a total of 13 goals for Greece. The Greek team would tally 14 goals with 8 for Hungary and will advance to play Serbia in the marquee event on Saturday evening. Hungary will meet Croatia tomorrow to settle places 5 through 8.
 
GREECE: 14 GOALS - GALANOPOULOS, Stefanos; GENIDOUNIAS, Konstantinos - 4; DERVISIS, Georgios; XENAKIS, Antoniios; KAPOTSIS, Marios - 4; GOUVIS, Konstantinos; PONTIKEAS, Kyriakos; VITELLAS, Konstantinos; *VLACHOPOULOS, Angelos - 4; DERMITZAKIS, Dimosthenis - 1; LAPPAS, Dimitrios; SOLANAKIS, Emmanouil - 1; PAPADOGIANNIS, Georgios. *Team Captain   
COACH: DAMASKOS, Periklis.   
 
HUNGARY: 8 GOALS - LEVAI, Marton; KORENYI, Balazs; ANGYAL Daniel - 1; VAMOS, Marton Gyorgy - 3; CSAPO Miklos - 1; *BATORI, Bence - 2; JANSIK, David; SZENTESI, Adam; KERESZTES, Istvan; FULOP, Bence - 1; KOVACS, Peter; FAZEKAS, Tibor Zsolt; MEIXNER, Marcell. *Team Captain
COACH: SZEKELY, Bulcsu. 
 
PENALTY SHOT GOALS:
GRE: GENIDOUNIAS, Konstantinos - 1
 
EXTRA PLAYER GOALS:
GRE: 5 of 7 (71%)
HUN: 3 of 10 (30%)
 
REFEREES: Mark LEVIN (ISR), Cem FILIKSAC (TUR)


GAME 56: 16:20, QUARTER FINAL ROUND, ITALY 6- AUSTRALIA 8
 
Quarters: (0-1, 2-3, 2-3, 2-1)
 
Paul SINDONE of Australia was the only player for either team to score in the first quarter. His teammates would notch three goals in the second quarter while Italy earned only two goals. The score at the midpoint of the game was 2-4 favoring the team from Oceania. Australia scored three goals in the third period while Italy's managed only two, 4-7 favoring Australia at the end of the third period. SINDONE would score his second goal in the fourth quarter to prevent the Italians from advancing into the medal rounds. The final score was Australia 8, Italy 6. SINDONE is Australia's top scorer with 10 goals. Australia advances to the medal rounds and will meet Spain to determine the top four places in the tournament. Italy will meet Montenegro for places 5 to 8.
 
ITALY: 6 GOALS - MUGELLI, Luca; BARABINO, Aimone - 1; DAMONTE, Luca; BIANCO, Giovanni - 1; GIANNI, Giacomo - 1; GITTO, Matteo; *MIRARCHI, Cristiano; MARZIALI, Luca - 1; ROTONDO, Raffaele; FONDELLI, Andrea - 1; PRESCIUTTI, Nicholas; DI FULVO, Francesco - 1; VESPA, Lorenzo. *Team Captain
COACH: AMEDEO, Pomilio.
 
AUSTRALIA: 8 GOALS - CLARK James; DAVIE, Jeremy; POLIVKA, Adam - 1; REDBOND, Nick; FORD, George - 1; FANNON, James; INDONE, Paul - 2; YOUNGER, Aaron - 1; QUINN, Sam - 1; HOWDEN, James - 1; GILES, Matthew; *EDWARDS, Blake - 1; SLADE, Edward. *Team Captain   
COACH: RICHARDSON, Adam.
 
PENALTY SHOT GOALS:
ITA: BIANCO, Giovanni - 1
AUS: YOUNGER, Aaron - 1;
 
EXTRA PLAYER GOALS: 
ITA: 3 of 7 (43%)
AUS: 3 of 5 (60%)
 
REFEREES: Paulo RAMOS (POR), Gyorgy KUN (HUN)


GAME 57: 17:40, QUARTER FINAL ROUND, CROATIA 3 - SERBIA 7
 
Quarters: (1-0, 1-3, 0-1, 1-3)
 
Serbia would deny Croatia, the 2009 Junior Champions an opportunity to reclaim their title. In a game that featured exceptional defense and extraordinary goaltending by Dimitride RISTICEVIC, Serbia would defeat Croatia by a score of seven goals to three goals. Marko IVANKOVIC of Croatia was the only player to score in the first quarter but it was the only time that his team would lead the game. Aleska SAPONDIC would deliver one goal for Serbia in each of the final three periods, a total of three goals for the game, his team's highest. Serbia will meet Greece in the semi finals tomorrow to determine which team will play for the gold medal.
 
CROATIA: BIJAC, Marko; BENIC, Hrvoje; MARINIC-KRAGIC, Jerko; IVANKOVIC, Marko; GERATOVIC, Franko; SANTINI, Toni; VLAHOVIC, Andrija; *MILAKOVIC Kristijan; VISKOVIC, Ante; PAVICIC, Marko; MACAN, Marko; LUSIC, Duje; SELEM, Petar Juraj. *Team Captain
COACH: DAMJANIC, Milorad.
 
SERBIA: RISTICEVIC, Dimitride; RASOVIC, Strahihja; MANDIC, Dujan; YUKSANOVIC, Srdan; MILICIC, Milos; ESKERT, Nikola; MATOVIC, Marko; DEDOVIC, Nikola; MATKOVIC, Nemanda; *UBOVIC, Nemanda; SAPONDIC, Aleska; MILICEVIC Mihajlo; MITROVIC, Vodislan. *Team Captain
COACH: STAHOJEVIC, Dejan.
  
EXTRA PLAYER GOALS:
CRO: 1 of 6 (17%)
SRB: 0 of 5 (0%)
 
REFEREES: Mario BIANCHI (ITA), Santiago RODRIGUEZ (ESP)
 
 
GAME 58: 19:00, QUARTER FINAL ROUND, SPAIN 9 - MONTENEGRO 5
 
Quarters: (1-0, 3-2, 3-1, 2-2)
 
Spain defeated Montenegro by a margin of four goals, the score: 9-5 advancing the team into the final bracket of four teams challenging for the championship. Victor CABANAS PEGADO collected three goals in the evening's match for his Spanish team.  Spain led 4-2 at the end of the half and 7-3 at the conclusion of the third quarter. Spain will meet Australia in the semi final round for places 1 through 4.
 
SPAIN: 9 GOALS - TEBAR CRIADO, Diego; BUSTOS SANCHEZ, Jose Javier; *CARRILIO GEMAR, Oscar; MONPEAT PORTANA, Joshua; CARABI GASOL, Adria - 1; REIXACH BOIX, Gerard - 2; SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, Carlos; LARUMBE GONFAUS, Marc; GUTIERREZ SANTIAGO, Victor - 2; FERNANDEZ CERDA, Victor; DE LERA CALERO, Ruben - 1; CABANAS PEGADO, Victor - 3; ESTELA XUCLA, Marti. *Team Captain
COACH: COLET, Joaquin.
 
MONTENEGRO: 5 GOALS - KANDIC, Slaven; SUBOTIC, Gavril - 1; Markovic, Nikola; POROBIC, Igor; NIKCEVIS, Miljan; BANICEVIC, Bojan; FANFANI, Bozo; *SARIC, Jovan - 2; LATINOVIC, Radovan; MURISIC, Nikola - 2; POPOVIC, Mikjan; VICO, Nemanjal; LUCIC, Branko. *Team Captain
COACH: VICO, Petar.
 
PENALTY SHOT GOALS:
ESP: DE LERA CALERO, Ruben - 1
MNE: SUBOTIC, Gavril - 1
 
EXTRA PLAYER GOALS: 
ESP: 3 of 6 (50%)
MNE: 3 of 11 (27%)
 
REFEREES: Michail KOURETAS (GRE), Denis DANELON (BRA)