Water Polo Men: Day 1: SRB 10 AUS 7

BCN2013 - Water Polo

SRB vs AUSWorld No 3 Serbia gained the two points as expected, although Australia played encouragingly enough to deserve a better result. Serbia would have remembered being three goals behind at the London Olympic Games before winning going away. It was the third encounter between the two nations at this level with Serbia now having two wins and a draw.

When it comes to man-up situations, Serbia is king and seven goals from nine attempts proved fatal for Australia. Serbia had Dusko Pijetlovic and captain Vanja Udovicic in fine form, as was the team all over the pool.

Australia levelled the match at one, two and three in the opening quarter, but Filip Filipovic netted two of the next three Serbian goals as Serbian went 6-3 up by halftime. Filipovic took a medical break for a face injury, but returned after a few minutes.

Australia went more than 11 minutes without a score before converting twice, Campbell from the deep left and an excellent score off five hands with the last a drag back by Tyler Martin. At 6-5 and 4:04 the Aussie Sharks were looking good.

Udovicic, with his third goal, scored on extra to take the margin to two heading into the final period. The margin shot to 9-5 before Australia pulled two back with heavily guarded shots from the top by 1:36. Pijetlovic put the result beyond doubt at 1:18. Three Serbian goals as Serbian went 6-3 up by halftime. Filipovic took a medical break for a face injury, but returned after a few minutes.

Australia went more than 11 minutes without a score before converting twice, Campbell from the deep left and an excellent score off five hands with the last a drag back by Tyler Martin. At 6-5 and 4:04 the Aussie Sharks were looking good.

Udovicic, with his third goal, scored on extra to take the margin to two heading into the final period. The margin shot to 9-5 before Australia pulled two back with heavily guarded shots from the top by 1:36. Pijetlovic put the result beyond doubt at 1:18.


Match 5: 13:30, Group C, SERBIA 10 AUSTRALIA 7
Quarters: 4-3, 2-0, 1-2, 3-2
Referees: Sergio Borrell (ESP), Georgios Stavridis (GRE).
Extra Man: SRB: 7/9. AUS: 2/5.
Pens: Nil

Teams:
SERBIA: Branislav Mitrovic, Dusan Mandic, Zivko Gocic (1), Vanja Udovicic (3), Milos Cuk, Dusko Pijetlovic (3), Slobodan Nikic (1), Milan Aleksic, Nikola Radjen, Filip Filipovic (2), Andrea Prlainovic, Stefan Mitrovic, Gojko Pijetlovic. Head Coach: Dejan Savic.
AUSTRALIA: Joel Dennerley, Richard Campbell (1), Matthew Martin, John Cotterill, Nathan Power, Jarrod Gilchrist, Aidan Roach (1), Aaron Younger (1), Joel Swift (1), Tyler Martin (1), Rhys Howden (1), William Miller (1), James Clark. Head Coach: Elvis Fatovic.

FLASH QUOTES:

Filip Filipovic (SRB):
“The quality of individuals in the one-to-one battles decided the winner. It has been tough, we suffered. Our good defence made the difference in the fourth quarter. The quality between our two teams was made evident today, but Hungary will be a different story.”

Vanja Udovicic (SRB):
“The opening game is always the most difficult, but we have been training and were able to put all irrelevant external factors aside for this game. I think we deserved this win and it was a good way to open the tournament and I hope we keep up with rhythm when we play against Hungary in the next game.”

Dusko Pijetlovic (SRB):
“It was a good match, they exhausted us. We always have a bad start in big competitions such as this one, but this time we changed that around. We were very concentrated on the game. I am satisfied and I think our games will get even better in the following days.”

Richard Campbell (AUS):
“We played well for this first game despite the defeat. We are a young team and I hope we will improve through the tournament. At the end, we believed we could come back in the game, it was quite tight. Next game against Hungary will be tough, we will do our best.”

Jarrod Gilchrist (AUS):
“The game was difficult because it was so hot and sunny today. We were really feeling the heat, but we will not give up.”

Rhys Howden (AUS):
“It was a very hard game physically. Serbia is a very good team and played well at the end. In the third quarter we came back into the game, but made some silly errors which we need to work on.”