WP Juniors 2011 (M), Day 9: Serbia defeats Spain to capture FINA Men's Junior Water Polo

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

VOLOS, Greece (September 4) - Serbia defeated Spain to claim the 16th FINA World Junior Men's Water Polo Championships powered by three goals from Nikola DEDOVIC and Aleska SAPONDIC. Srdan YUKSANOVIC scored with just seconds left in the game to claim Serbia's first title in the nine day tournament held in Volos, Greece. In 2009 Serbia defeated Montenegro 7-6 to capture the bronze medal. The nation of Serbia Montenegro claimed two consecutive championships in 2003 and 2005.
 
Serbian goalkeeper Dimitride RISTICEVIC, voted the most valuable goalie of the tournament said: "We were beaten by Spain in the preliminary rounds and we were better prepared to face them today. This victory today is special for my team and I think we are the best team in this tournament." The Spanish team was awarded silver medals.

Greece would capture the bronze medal, two years after collecting a silver medal in the 2009 championships having lost to Croatia, 8-9, in extra time. Greece would lead 3-2 at the half but would start the fourth quarter tied at 5's. Konstantinos GOUVIS and Emmanouil SOLANAKIS would dash the hopes of the team from down under when the scored the sixth and seventh goals for the hometown nation.
 
The Greeks were the 2001 champions, but tonight they expressed their enthusiasm for a bronze medal. Team captain Angelos VLACHOPOULOS explained: "I cried tonight because this is the last time this team will be together. I have been with these players for a lot of years and we have achieved great successes. This team is the future of Greek water polo and soon you will see these players at the top of this sport in Greece. I want to thank all of the spectators for coming to see us play.  This is the first time that I have played in front of so many people and I am sure that they helped us to be successful today."
 
Greek coach Periklis DAMASKOS expressed his great pride in his team: "The proves that in the last four years our Greek teams are in the first ranking of great teams and these players have worked hard to continue the progression of Greek success in the medals. Yesterday with a lot of stress on us, we lost the opportunity to play for the gold medal. Tonight's result is OK for Greece. In just a few weeks our players born in 1994 will be competing and I think 'why not gold?'."
 

Winning team of Serbia - credit: Ilias Karatsalos
Winning team of Serbia - credit: Ilias Karatsalos


Italy would defeat Croatia in extra time to earn fifth place. The teams would be tied at 7's at the end of regulation play. Two three minutes of extra time were void of any scoring by either team and the result of the match would be decided by a penalty shoot out. The score remained tied at the end of the five player shoot out, four each. A second round started, Italian player Luca DAMONTE landed his missile but the ball fired by Croatian player Jerko MARINIC-KRAGIC was caught by Italian goalkeeper Marko BIJAC. Croatia would be sixth in the tournament.
 
Three Montenegro players would score two goals each to defeat Hungary in the battle for seventh place. Montenegro was up by four goals at the half and would lead by two goals at the end of the third period. Montenegro dashed the Hungarian dreams of a comeback with three goals in the final period to secure the victory. Hungary would earn the eigth place ranking.
 
The coaches of the 20 teams voted to recognize the following athletes:
Most Valuable Player:  VAMOS,  Marton Gyorgy, HUNGARY
Most Valuable Goalkeeper:  RISTICEVIC, Dimitride,  SERBIA
A presentation was made to recognize the leading scorer of the tournament:  BATORI, Bence - HUNGARY


GAME 69: 15:30, FINAL FOR PLACES 7-8, HUNGARY 8 - MONTENEGRO 11
 
Quarters: (2-3, 1-4, 3-1, 2-3)
 
Three Montenegro players would score two goals each to defeat Hungary in the battle for seventh place. Hungarian players would land the first two goals of the game but Montenegro players would score the next three goals to take a one goal lead at the end of the first quarter. Four different Montenegro players would score in the second quarter resulting in a 3-7 halftime score favoring Montenegro. Hungary's Bence BATORI scored his third goal of the game in the fourth quarter closing the gap to only two goals. Montenegro dashed the Hungarian dreams of a comeback with three goals in the final period to secure seventh place for their nation.
 
HUNGARY: 8 GOALS - LEVAI, Marton; KORENYI, Balazs; ANGYAL Daniel - 1; VAMOS, Marton Gyorgy - 1; CSAPO Miklos; *BATORI, Bence - 3; JANSIK, David - 1; SZENTESI, Adam; KERESZTES, Istvan - 1; FULOP, Bence - 1; KOVACS, Peter; FAZEKAS, Tibor Zsolt; MEIXNER, Marcell. *Team Captain
COACH: SZEKELY, Bulcsu.
 
MONTENEGRO: 11 GOALS - KANDIC, Slaven; SUBOTIC, Gavril - 2; MARKOVIC, Nikola - 1; POROBIC, Igor; NIKCEVIS, Miljan - 1; BANICEVIC, Bojan; FANFANI, Bozo; *SARIC, Jovan - 1; LATINOVIC, Radovan - 1; MURISIC, Nikola - 2; POPOVIC, Mikjan - 1; VICO, Nemanjal - 2;'LUCIC, Branko. *Team Captain
COACH: VICO, Petar.
 
PENALTY SHOT GOALS:
HUN: *BATORI, Bence - 1
MNE: POPOVIC, Mikjan - 1
 
EXTRA PLAYER GOALS:
HUN: 3 of 9 (33%)
MNE: 7 of 10 (70%)
 
REFEREES: Santiago RODRIGUEZ (ESP), Noel HARROD (AUS)


GAME 70: 17:00, FINAL FOR PLACES 5-6, CROATIA 11 - ITALY 12
 
Quarters: (2-2, 2-1, 1-2, 2-2 - OT: 0-0, 0-0 - PS: 4 - 5)
 
Croatia scored the first two goals of the game before Italy would respond to tie the game at 2's at the end of the first quarter. Croatia would find the net two more times in the second quarter, Italy only once. In a game that would be tied 5 times in 4 quarters, Croatia would lead 4-3 at the half. Italian players would tie the game at 4's and again at 5's in the third period. Croatia's captain Kristijan MILAKOVIC would score on a penalty shot following a personal foul by an Italian player to go ahead at 5:54 in the fourth. Andrea FONDELLI tied the game for Italy at 6's when he landed his second goal of the game. Marko MACAN of Croatia scored at 2:46. A Croatian player was excluded providing an opportunity at 1:39 for Italy's Francesco DI FULVIO to tie the game at 7's.
 
Two three minutes of extra time were void of any scoring by either team and the result of the match would be decided by a penalty shoot out. The score remained tied at the end of the five player shoot out, four each. A second round started, Italian player Luca DAMONTE landed his missile but the ball fired by Croatian player Jerko MARINIC-KRAGIC was caught by Italian goalkeeper Marko BIJAC. Italy would be ranked the fifth best team in the tournament. Italy was the Junior Men's champion in 1999 and they earned a bronze medal in 2003.

CROATIA: 11 GOALS - BIJAC, Marko; BENIC, Hrvoje - 3; MARINIC-KRAGIC, Jerko; IVANKOVIC, Marko - 2; GERATOVIC, Franko;  SANTINI, Toni; VLAHOVIC, Andrija; *MILAKOVIC, Kristijan - 3; VISKOVIC, Ante - 1; PAVICIC, Marko; MACAN, Marko - 1; LUSIC, Duje - 1; SELEM, Petar Juraj. *Team Captain
COACH: DAMJANIC, Milorad.
 
ITALY: 12 GOALS - MUGELLI, Luca; BARABINO, Aimone - 1; DAMONTE, Luca - 3; BIANCO, Giovanni; GIANNI, Giacomo; GITTO, Matteo - 1; *MIRARCHI, Cristiano - 1; MARZIALI, Luca - 1; ROTONDO, Raffaele; FONDELLI, Andrea - 3; PRESCIUTTI, Nicholas; DI FULVIO, Francesco - 2; VESPA, Lorenzo. *Team Captain
COACH: AMEDEO, Pomilio.
 
PENALTY SHOT GOALS:
CRO: BENIC, Hrvoje - 1, IVANKOVIC, Marko - 1, *MILAKOVIC, Kristijan - 3, LUSIC, Duje - 1
ITA: DAMONTE, Luca - 2, GITTO, Matteo - 1, *MIRARCHI. Cristiano - 1, DI FULVIO, Francesco - 1
 
EXTRA PLAYER GOALS:
CRO: 2 of 7 (29%)
ITA: 1 of 8 (13%)
 
REFEREES: Michail KOURETAS (GRE), Denis DANELON (BRA)


GAME 71: 18:30, FINAL FOR PLACES 3-4, AUSTRALIA 5 - GREECE 7
 
Quarters: (1-0, 1-3, 3-2, 0-2)
 
Jeremy DAVIE of Australia would be the only player to score in the first quarter. Greek team captain Angelos VLACHOPOULOS put his team on the scoreboard twice in the second quarter, Greece scoring three to only one for the Australian team.  Australia would battle back to tie the game at :50 in the third period. Konstantinos GOUVIS and Emmanouil SOLANAKIS would dash the hopes of the team from down under when the scored the sixth and seventh goals for the hometown nation. Greece would capture the bronze medal, two years after collecting a silver medal in the 2009 championships losing to Croatia, 8-9, in extra time. The Greeks were the 2001 champions, but tonight they expressed their enthusiasm for a bronze medal.
 
AUSTRALIA: 5 GOALS - CLARK James; DAVIE, Jeremy - 1; POLIVKA, Adam - 1; REDBOND, Nick; FORD, George; FANNON, James; SINDONE, Paul - 1; YOUNGER, Aaron - 1; QUINN, Sam; HOWDEN, James - 1; GILES, Matthew; *EDWARDS, Blake; SLADE, Edward. *Team Captain
COACH: RICHARDSON, Adam.
 
GREECE: 7 GOALS - GALANOPOULOS, Stefanos; GENIDOUNIAS, Konstantinos; DERVISIS, Georgios; XENAKIS, Antoniios; KAPOTSIS, Marios - 1; GOUVIS, Konstantinos - 1; PONTIKEAS, Kyriakos; VITELLAS, Konstantinos; *VLACHOPOULOS, Angelos - 2; DERMITZAKIS, Dimosthenis - 1; LAPPAS, Dimitrios; SOLANAKIS, Emmanouil - 2; PAPADOGIANNIS, Georgios. *Team Captain
COACH: DAMASKOS, Periklis.
 
EXTRA PLAYER GOALS:
AUS: 0 of 5 (0%)
GRE: 5 of 9 (56%)
 
REFEREES: Mark LEVIN (ISR), Mladen RAK (CRO)
 

GAME 72: 20:00, FINAL FOR PLACES 1-2, SPAIN 6 - SERBIA 9
 
Quarters: (2-0. 2-2, 3-3, 2-1)
 
DEDOVIC would score the first two goals for Serbia in the first and SAPONDIC would score two in the second quarter. Two different Spanish athletes would net goals in the second quarter, the team two goals behind Serbia at the halftime horn.  Oscar CARRILIO GEMAR would score two goals in the third quarter including one with 12 seconds before the eight minute buzzer. Spain's Gerard REIXACH BOIX found the inside of the net at 7:05 to bring his team within a goal. Serbia's Aleska SAPONDIC worked to put the game out of reach when he landed a goal at 2:09. Srdan YUKSANOVIC scored with just seconds left in the game to claim Serbia's first title. In 2009 Serbia defeated Montenegro 7-6 to capture the bronze medal. In 2003 and 2005 the nation of Serbia Montenegro claimed two consecutive championships.
 
The Spanish goalkeeper Diego TEBAR CRIADO said "my teammates and I were pleased to be in the final. We played with heart.  Serbia played well and they are a just winner today." Spain's captain Nemanda UBOVIC said "this game was difficult for us, but we are OK with the result. I played well today and I am happy that our team earned this medal. Our last medal was 18 years ago."
 
Serbian coach Dejan STAHOJEVIC insisted "our team was not the favorite, we expected Greece to be in the final, but for now we are the best at this moment. I believe that our players had more desire than the others." Asked about the future of these athletes he replied: "This is the generation of players that we are developing for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, this is our plan."
 
Serbian goalkeeper Dimitride RISTICEVIC, voted the most valuable goalie of the tournament said: "We were beaten by Spain this week and we were prepared to face them today. This victory today is special for my team and I think we are the best team in this tournament."
 
SERBIA: 9 GOALS - RISTICEVIC, Dimitride; RASOVIC, Strahihja; MANDIC, Dujan; YUKSANOVIC, Srdan - 2; MILICIC, Milos ESKERT, Nikola; MATOVIC, Marko - 1; DEDOVIC, Nikola - 3; MATKOVIC, Nemanda; *UBOVIC, Nemanda; SAPONDIC, Aleska - 3; MILICEVIC Mihajlo; MITROVIC, Vodislan. *Team Captain
COACH: STAHOJEVIC, Dejan.
 
SPAIN: 6 GOALS - TEBAR CRIADO, Diego; BUSTOS SANCHEZ, Jose Javier; *CARRILIO GEMAR, Oscar - 3; MONPEAT PORTANA, Joshua; CARABI GASOL, Adria; REIXACH BOIX, Gerard - 1; SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, Carlos; LARUMBE GONFAUS, Marc; GUTIERREZ SANTIAGO, Victor - 1; FERNANDEZ CERDA, Victor; DE LERA CALERO, Ruben - 1; CABANAS PEGADO, Victor; ESTELA XUCLA, Marti. *Team Captain
COACH: COLET, Joaquin.
 
EXTRA PLAYER GOALS:
SRB: 6 of 13 (46%)
ESP: 5 of 11 (45%)
 
REFEREES: Mario BIANCHI (ITA), Cem FILIKSAC (TUR)


LEADING SCORERS AFTER DAY 9
23 GOALS: *BATORI, Bence (HUN)
20 GOALS: IBRAHIM, Omar (EGY), RUSTAMOV, Kiril (UZB)
19 GOALS: FENOCHKO, Alexandr (KAZ)
18 GOALS: MENNUCCI, Alexandre (FRA), SUBOTIC, Gavril (MNE), DAMONTE, Luca (ITA)
17 GOALS: GUIMARES, Gustavo (BRA), ANGYAL, Daniel (HUN)
16 GOALS: CARD, Devon (RSA), MURISIC, Nicola (MNE)
15 GOALS: *CARRILIO GEMAR, Oscar (ESP), MOJICA, Luis (PUR), *DAEETAGHI, Mahdi (IRI), *MIRARCHI, Cristiano (ITA), FONDELLI, Andrea (ITA), DI FULVIO, Francesco (ITA)
14 GOALS: *VALISHEV, Ramil (UZB), *ALAVOS, Antonio (MEX), GAMAL, Mohanad (EGY), *VLACHOPOULOS, Angelos (GRE), SOLANAKIS, Emmanouil (GRE), *SARIC, Jovan (MNE)
 
LEADING SCORERS OF EACH TEAM AFTER DAY 9
AUS - YOUNGER, Aaron (12)
BRA - GUIMARAES, Gustavo (17)
CAN - TASCHEREAU, Alex (9)
CRO - MARINIC-KRAGIC, Jerko & IVANKOVIC, Marko (13)
EGY - IBRAHIM, Omar (20)
FRA - MENNUCCI, Alexandre (18)
GRE - *VLACHOPOULOS, Angelos (14)
HUN - *BATORI, Bence (23)
IRI - *DAEETAGHI, Mahdi (15)
ITA - DAMONTE, Luca (18)
KAZ - FONOCHKO, Alexandr (19)
KUW - *BOSAKHAR Yousef (13)
MEX - *ALAVOS, Antonio (14)
MNE - SUBOTIC, Gavril (18)
PUR - MOJICA, Luis (15)
SBR - MANDIC, Dujan & *UBOVIC, Nemanda (12)
RSA - CARD, Devon (16)
ESP - *CARRILIO GEMAR, Oscar (15)
USA - BONANNI, Bret (13)
UZB - RUSTAMOV, Kirill (20)
 
*Team Captain