Perth 2012, Day 6 (Men): USA, Serbia, Romania and Australia win through to quarterfinals

World Youth Water Polo Championships

USA vs BRA - credit: Anthony PearseDecember 6, 2012 PERTH - United States of America, Serbia, Romania and Australia have won through to the quarterfinals of the men’s FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships in Perth, to be played on Friday. The USA takes on title favourite Croatia, Australia plays Hungary, Serbia will face Greece and Romania tackles Italy. USA earned the shot, beating Brazil 19-11; Serbia demolished Canada 17-6; Romania needed a late goal to repulse New Zealand 5-4 and Australia had the better of Iran 21-2.

In the round 13-19 quarterfinals, Egypt defeated Peru 12-2, Trinidad & Tobago was too strong for Colombia 19-10 and Uzbekistan pipped South Africa 10-8.

Day 6 Match Reports


Game 41: 9:00, EGYPT 12 PERU 2
Round 13-19
Quarters: 2-2, 2-0, 4-0, 4-0
Referees: Jose Cardenas (COL), Michael Hernandez (TRI)
Extra Man: EGY 0/6, PER 0/7
Pens: Nil
EGYPT: Mostafa Mohamed, Omar Atlia, Mohamed El Shishtawy (1), Moataz Ahmed (1), Amr Hassan, Mostafa Akl (2), Yehia Mohamed (1), Mahmoud Abdelgawed (1), Abdelrahman Abbas (2), Thakeb Mahmoud (2), Khaled Sobhi (1), Basel Abdellatif (1), Mohamed Mohamed. Head Coach: Mahmoud Eid.
PERU: Luis Vidal, Nick Pizarro, Aldo Rodriguez, Rodrigo Recabarrew, Eduardo Grandes, Victor Giordano Castillo, Gerson Rolawdo (1), Piero Padno, Nicolas Rodruquez, Diego Villar, Agusto Otero, Sebastian Morales (1), Jesus Angulo. Head Coach: Jose Antonio Luque.

EGY vs PER - credit: Anthony Pearse

Egypt defeated Peru 12-2 in their second round elimination match for its first victory of the week. The first quarter saw two goals from each team, including a great goal from Peru’s Sebastian Morales from seven metres.

The second term saw Egypt edge ahead courtesy of two more clinical strikes, leaving a margin of 4-2 going into the second half. After a slow start, Egypt began to break away in the third, slotting four goals, including two from Amr Hassan.

Egypt extended its dominance in the final period with Mostafa Mohamed and Khaled Sobhi each scoring their first and Moataz Ahmed and Basel Abdellatif scoring their second for the match. Despite desperate attempts, Peru was unable to score after the first term, with Egyptian goalkeeper Mostafa Akl deflecting everything that came his way.

Egyptian head coach Mahmoud Eld, who named Akl as his best player, said he was very proud of his boys’ performance and was glad they could gain their first win.

“Our team is good. We have shown we are strong competitors. It is the first chance for the team to play international games and it had taken a while for the boys to adjust, but we are on the right track,” Eld said. “We have played a lot of competitive games, and they will only get a lot harder.”

Game 42: 10:20, COLOMBIA 10 TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 9
Round 13-19 quarterfinal
Quarters: 1-2, 3-2, 4-1, 2-3
Referees: Anastasiya Skovpina (UZB), John Waldow (NZL)
Extra Man: COL 1/4  TRI 3/12
Pens: TRI 1/1
COLOMBIA: Diego Mateus, Simon Suarez, Andres Rua (1), Joyman Camacho (1), Juan Pablo Padilla (2), Omar Correa (1), William Jaramillo (1), Bryan Avila (2), Steven Medina, Pablo Velasquez (1), Brian Gutierrez (1), Sebastian Vargas, Juan Rua. Head Coach: Bladimir Molina.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: Sebastian Van Reeken, Christian Chee Foon, Daniel Tardieu (1), Johann Callender, Kieron Emmanuel (2), Russell Ferreira (2), Jonathan Gillette, Andrew Chin Lee, Shaquille Mitchell (1), Marc Stauble (2), Justin Bodden (1), Adrian Hinds. Head Coach: Adam Foly.

COL vs TRI - credit: Anthony Pearse

Colombia held off Trinidad & Tobago 10-9 in the 13-19 classification quarterfinal. It was a highly entertaining encounter that was up for grabs right down to the last minute. The teams traded goals in the first term with first Trinidad, then Colombia and again Trinidad troubling the scorer for a 2-1 quarter-time score. For Trinidad the goals came via Shaquille Mitchell and a backhander from Russell Ferreira, while Colombia’s Andres Rua fired one in from the right-hand-catch position.

Colombia won the second quarter 3-2 for a 4-all halftime score with both teams netting spectacular goals. Colombia’s came with 1:23 to go in the half after Juan Pablo Padilla distributed a perfect pass for Omar Correa to deliver and give his side its first lead of the match. Trinidad’s was a lob goal by Marc Stauble to tie the match.

The third quarter began with four straight goals to Colombia, the fourth of which was scored by Pablo Velasquez — the eighth different Colombian to score its opening eight goals. But Velasquez turned from hero to villain a minute later when he was excluded, failed to leave the pool and interfered with the play to leave the referees with no alternative than to award Trinidad & Tobago a penalty that Ferreira converted for a three-quarter time score of 8-5 to the South Americans.

Colombia’s Juan Rua was great in goals, making some difficult saves and directing his team around the pool well. Trinidad & Tobago would not lie down though and after taking control of the quarter with three goals to Colombia’s one, Daniel Tardieu drove a well-aimed shot past Rua with 44 seconds remaining to make it a one goal-game and ensure the vocal crowd remained on the edge of their seats.

That was the end of the scoring though and Colombia won a close one, 10-9. Despite the win, Colombian captain Padilla was not overly happy with his team, but said they would now focus on finishing the championships as well as they could.

“It is good to get our first win of the tournament, but we just don’t want this, we want a better position,” Padilla said. “We won but we are unhappy, we should have won by more. We now want 13th position and in order to beat Egypt (their next opponent) we need to improve our attack by a lot.”

In its next game, Trinidad & Tobago will strive for its first win of the tournament against Peru.

Game 44: 11:40, SOUTH AFRICA 8 UZBEKISTAN 10
Round 13-19 quarterfinals
Quarters: 1-4, 2-3, 2-1, 3-2
Referees: Keiichi Onkasa (JPN), Ahmad Farman (KUW)
Extra Man: RSA 2/15, UZB 2/9
Pens:  UZB 1/1
SOUTH AFRICA: Franco Conversano, Michael Watt-Pringle, Dayne Jagga, Murray Howard (3), Chad Roman, Nicholas Downes, Kyle Gibson (3), Campbell Gregory, Yasien Meth, Joshua Stubbs, Michael Young (1), Kyle Westman (1), Julian Lewis. Head Coach: Ryan Weideman.
UZBEKISTAN: Stanislav Pashkanov, Timur Razzakov, Miraziz Qosimov, Amir Kurbanbaev, Mirsodik Yodgorov, Aleksey Zaytsev (1), Kirill Rustamov (3), Egor Chumachenko, Abbas Sayliev (2), Semyon Selifontov, Artur Kim, Maksim Krakhotin (4), Radion Khabibullaev. Head Coach: Aleksandr Sokolov.

RSA vs UZB - credit: Anthony Pearse

Uzbekistan beat South Africa 10-8 in an intense clash to book a round 13-16 semifinal against neighbour Kazakhstan. The first term saw Uzbekistan dominate, netting four of the five goals scored, including two from star driver Kirill Rustamov. Rustamov added another late in the match to give him a tournament tally of 28 goals.

The second term was much the same with South Africa unable to penetrate Uzbekistan’s defensive wall. Uzbekistan keeper Stanislav Pashkanov was inspirational, making numerous saves to give his team a 7-3 lead at halftime. South Africa upped the intensity in the second half and closed the margin to two courtesy of a three-goal haul from Kyle Gibson (RSA).

A goal from Uzbekistan’s Maksim Krakhotin in the final seconds of the quarter then put the margin out to 8-5 going into the final term. The South Africans once again started strongly and were able to maintain constant pressure on the Uzbeks through goals to Murray Howard and Michael Young (RSA).

Young scored another with 33 seconds left on the clock, but the task was too high as a fourth to Krakhotin sealed the contest. Star scorer Rustamov (UZB) said the South Africans had played a hard match and that his team was now eyeing its key game against rival Kazakhstan.

“It was a hard game. We know South Africa is strong. We knew it would be tough. There were many exclusions [which] made it hard,” Rustamov said. “We will now win against Kazakhstan tomorrow. It will be a good game and we will win.”

South Africa now faces a play-off for 17th and 18th on Saturday against Peru or Trinidad & Tobago, who clash on Friday.

Second Round
Quarters: 3-1, 6-2, 6-5, 4-3
Referees: Adrian Alexandrescu (ROU), Nenad Golijanin (SRB)
Extra Man: USA 5/8, BRA 4/9
Pens: USA 1/1, BRA 1/1 
USA: Garrett Danner, Adam Abdilhamid (4), Reid Chase, Matthew Farmer (3), Patrick (Jack) Fellner, Kent Inoue, Max Irving, Chandler Jarrels Stickney (6), Chancellor Ramirez (2), Ryder Roberts (2), Connor Stapleton, Alec Zwaneveld (2), Kevin Levine. Head Coach: Jason Lynch.
BRAZIL: Bernardo Campos, Pedro Stellet (4), Leon Psanquevich, Felipe Martins, Guilherme Campos, Pedro Real Vergara (1), Andrey Lopes, Henrique Vasconcelo (2), Guilherme Gomes, Gabriel Salgado (2), Caio Marques, Lucas Franca, Matheus Sorilha. Head Coach: Angelo Coelho.

USA vs BRA - credit: Anthony Pearse

United States comfortably accounted for Brazil 19-11 in the first of the second round, or quarterfinal qualifying, matches. USA will now play unbeaten Croatia in the quarterfinals on Friday, while Brazil has been consigned to the 9-12 classification and will play either Australia or more likely Iran.

Hulking centre forward Alec Zwaneveld scored two of the USA’s three first-quarter goals while Pedro Real Vergara got the Brazilians’ sole strike in the term, a well-taken shot on extra-man attack that pierced its way between two defenders and past the diving USA goalkeeper, Garrett Danner.

USA asserted its domination in the second quarter, winning the period 6-2 with Adam Abdilhamid and Ryder Roberts both grabbing doubles. Left-hander Roberts’ first was a brilliant individual steal and drive towards goal to shoot and score. The third quarter was a goal fest with the USA scoring six to Brazil’s five in a period where the South Americans held the ascendency for long chunks of time.

The impressive Guilherme Gomes scored a pair for Brazil and showed that he has one of the most impressive shots in the tournament, while Chandler Jarrels-Stickney scored a treble in the term for the USA.

Jarrels-Stickney, who grabbed another hat-trick in the last quarter that the USA won 4-3 to cement a comprehensive win, said his side contained Brazil for much of the match.

“I think we started really well, then we lost control a little bit, but we managed to come out on top so it was all good,” Jarrels-Stickney said. “I think we played well, we showed a lot of dominance and we played with all our heart.”

The sharpshooter said he was looking forward to the challenge against Croatia. “It will be a good game, it will be competitive but a lot of fun.”

Game 46: 14:20, CANADA 6 SERBIA 17

Second Round
Quarters: 1-3, 1-4, 2-4, 2-6
Referees: Balasz Fekete (HUN), Daniel Bartels (AUS)
Extra Man: CAN
CANADA: Drake Greschner, Ethan Davis, Maxime Gallant, Martin Pelland, Harrison Watt, Oscar Henning, Elias Issa, David Lapins, Eric Graham, Connor Perry, Devon Thumwood, Nikola Curcija, Virgile Chabot. Head Coach: Robert Couillard.
SERBIA: Milan Vitorovic, Mateja Asanovic, Milos Maksimovic, Drasko Gogov, Nikola Radulovic, Stefan Ilic, Dusan Mandic, Marko Manojlovic, Dimitrije Obradovic, Dorde Tanaskovic, Ognjen Stojanovic, Nikola Jaksic, Lazar Dobozanov. Head Coach: Dejan Savic.

CAN vs SRB - credit: Anthony Pearse

Serbia clinched a quarterfinal berth against Greece courtesy of a 17-6 victory over Canada. The game started slowly with few scoring chances for both teams. Halfway through the first quarter, Serbia scored its first goal before slotting two more to end the term 3-1 up.

Canada got on the board through a Maxime Gallant extra-man goal 30 seconds from quarter time. The game picked up pace in the second term after Canada scored its second to make it 4-2, before Serbia’s leading scoring Drasco Gogov netted three to make it 7-2 at the main break.

Serbia continued its dominance in the third, scoring another four goals, but it could have been more had it not been for Canadian goalkeeper Drake Greschner who managed to deflect a series of Serbian strikes.

In the last quarter, Mateja Asanovic scored his first two for the game to join Milos Maksimovic, Dusan Mandic and Ognjen Stojanovic as multiple scorers — but it was Gogov who was the star of the show.

He found the back of the net twice in the last term take his tally to eight for the game. Gogov said he was really happy with the game and was extremely excited for the quarterfinal showdown against Greece.

“It was a good preparing for the quarterfinal. The most important game for us is tomorrow. We have to win if we want to win a medal. I think that Greece is a good team and it will be a very hard game as they also want to win the medal,” Gogov said.

“Today I scored eight goals, tomorrow it’s someone else. The most important thing is to win. It’s for the team, not for me.”

Game 47: 18:30, NEW ZEALAND 4 ROMANIA 5
Second Round
Quarters: 2-2, 0-2, 1-0, 1-1
Referees: Joseph Peila (USA), Masoud Rezvani (IRI)
Extra Man: NZL 4/11, ROU 1/8
Pens:  NZL 0/2, ROU 0/1
NEW ZEALAND: Thomas Kingsmill, Matthew Lewis, Mathew Hansen, Daniel John Kayes (1), Cameron Hayes, Tyler Levi, Mitchell Goff (1), Braeden Drennan, Rory McJorrow, John (Jack) McGuiness, Owen Chambers (1), Anton Sunde (1), Sid Terence Dymond. Head Coach: Jonathon Ware.
ROMANIA: Marius Tic, Mihnea Gheorghe (3), Andrei Prioteasa, Robert Gergelyfi (1), Catalin Alexa, Alexandru Sfarle (1), Vlad Dragomirescu, Cristian Calin, Bogdan Paleacu, Andrei Laza, Levente Vancsik, Tudor Neagu, David Sacui. Head Coach: Viorel Rus.

NZL vs ROU - credit: Anthony Pearse

In a nail-biting men’s second-round match, Romania triumphed over New Zealand 5-4. New Zealand shot the first goal 30 seconds into the first quarter thanks to Anton Sunde and its second came from Mitchell Goff with an aerial sweep shot. Romania also shot two goals but had a red card handed to Catalin Alexa for interfering with a penalty shot, which was missed.

Defence for both teams was impenetrable. With nearly two minutes remaining in the second quarter, another two shots were scored for Romania by Alexandru Sfarle and Mihnea Gheorghe, taking the score to 4-2. Intensity was high as New Zealand had only one goal to score to catch up to Romania. Romania had a chance to extend the gap on an extra-man shot, but New Zealand dropped two defenders into goal, making the defence really tight, causing Romania to miss the shot. The third period ended 4-3.

Romania could feel New Zealand was hot on their heels after Daniel Kayes levelled at 4-4. Robert Gergelyfi (ROU) made sure there was a goal difference again three minutes later securing the win.
Both teams had problems with penalty attempts, New Zealand missing twice and Romania once.

Romania got further into foul trouble when two players gained three major fouls, reducing its roster to 10. The Romanian team leapt out of the water onto the walkway, huddled as a team and begun jumping, cheering and singing for their triumph.

An ecstatic Romanian goalkeeper Marius Tic said it was a “real hard game”. “We wanted to win as our objective was to be first eight.”

When asked if Romania expected such a close game against New Zealand, he said: “Yes, we expected them to hold on to the very end but we were a team, which was needed to win.”

On his feelings after winning, he said: “I’m feeling excited and honoured to be in the first eight teams of the world and the next game we hope to play better. We will try to win every game.”

New Zealand Head coach Jonathon Ware said his team had its chances — “You can’t say we didn’t”. “They just ran out of steam in the last quarter. There were a few things at centre forward that didn’t happen for us but that works both ways.

“If we had put away those two six-on-fives late in the game it could have been different. “I’m proud of my boys who focused on the top eight. We have to refocus now and make sure we got to the 9th-10thmatch. If so, it would be the best finish of any Kiwi team at a world championship,” Ware said.

Romania moves into the quarterfinals to face Italy on Friday. New Zealand plays Canada on Friday in the classification round 9-12 semifinals.

Game 48: 20:00, AUSTRALIA 21 IRAN 2
Second Round
Quarters: 2-1, 8-0, 4-1, 7-0
Referees: Andrej Franulovic (CRO), Alessandro Severo (ITA)
Extra Man: AUS 3/5, IRI 2/5
Pens: AUS 1/1
AUSTRALIA: Anthony Hrysanthos, Blake Buckley (1), Davis Verboon (1), William Mackay (1), Luke Pavillard (1), Matthew Perrott (6), Matthew Skinner (2), Lachlan Edwards, Gordon Marshall (1), Justin Trabinger (3), Reed Cotterill (3), Ciaran Wolohan (1), Sam Cocokios. Head Coach: Chris Wybrow.
IRAN: Mehran Seyed Bagheri, Masoud Ahmadi, Mahmoud Gholamnejad (1), Malek Khanbanan Hamed (1), Ali Mohammadi Gahroei, Ali Khaledi Tabar, Alireza Moghaddam, Nima Jamshidi Orak, Sheikhighalehsardi Reza , Nima Shahbazi , Heydari Mohammadmehdi, Ramtin Osati, Mohammad Salemi. Head Coach: Davood Rezasoltari.

AUS vs IRI - credit: Anthony Pearse

Australia has readied itself for a blockbuster quarterfinal against Hungary with an ultra-impressive 21-2 demolition of Iran in their second-round clash at Challenge Stadium. The Aussies controlled the game from the outside as they rehearsed their extra-man attack and defensive patterns in readiness for their foray into the final eight.

Blake Buckley opened the scoring with a neat conversion from 7m, before captain Matt Perrot made it 2-0 with a clinical strike from the left-hand catch position. Iran employed a methodical approach in attack during the early stages and that eventually paid off with Mahmoud Gholamnejad converting from just outside the two metres to make it 2-1 at the end of the first term.

Perrott posed a constant threat down the right-hand side and he extended Australia’s lead soon after with another thunderbolt. That opened the floodgates for the Australians with Matthew Skinner, Will Mackay and Reed Cotterill all posting their first goals.

Cotterill’s strike was particularly impressive coming off a well-developed set move at the top of the five metres. He and Perrott both found the back of the net for a second and third time, before Justin Trabinger and Ciaran Wolohan added two more to give the Australians a 10-1 lead at the main break.

Down the other end of the pool Anthony Hrysanthos continued his fine form blocking anything that came his way, while also turning provider for a handful of counter-attacks. Iran returned with a more positive attitude in the second half and it paid immediate dividends with Hamed Khanbanan opening the scoring.

Australia changed keeper in the second half and despite the early conversion from Khanbanan, Sam Cocokios was equally up to the task, posing a formidable figure in the cage. That allowed Perrot to continue his scoring spree, netting two in the space of 60 seconds, before Skinner added his second and Cotterill his third to give Australia a 12-goal lead at three-quarter time.

More impressive shooting followed with Luke Pavillard (2), Davis Verboon and Gordon Marshall all getting on the scorer’s sheet – to add to a further flurry from Perrot and Trabinger. Lachlan Edwards toiled hard at centre forward all game, while Wolohan was an equally lethal option on the opposite side to Perrott. The final 22-2 scoreline was Australia’s most comprehensive of the tournament and head coach Chris Wybrow said it was good to dust off the cobwebs.

“It’s a good warm-up and it’s great for the confidence,” Wybrow said. “But we know tomorrow’s clash against Hungary will be a lot tougher.”

Cocokios, who along with Hrysanthos will form a central part of Australia’s defence against the Hungarians, said it was a privilege to come in behind such great play from his teammates.

“Anthony tends to start first and when the guys play like they did, it definitely makes my job easier,” Cocokios said. “We’ll try and focus on the positives ahead of Hungary and I’m looking forward to playing in front of another amazing crowd. Their support has been fantastic.”