WP Juniors 2013 (M), Day 1: Wearing the white caps, win guaranteed

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

SZOMBATHELY, Hungary (August 12) – The opening day didn’t bring too much excitement. Interestingly, all eight matches saw the teams in the white caps winning – in facts these eight sides are the favourites for the top two places in their respective groups at this FINA World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships.

Group A: ITALY 17 CANADA 3
Quarters: 3-0, 9-0, 3-1, 2-2

Teams:

Italy: VESPA Lorenzo, DI FULVIO Francesco 4, PRESCIUTTI Nicholas 2, VERGANO Tommaso, FONDELLI Andrea 2, ALESIANI Jacopo 1, RENZUTO IODICE Vincenzo 2, BRUNI Lorenzo 1, VELOTTO Alessandro 1, BUSILACCHI Tommaso, CUPIDO Luca 4, DOLCE Vincenzo, VASSALLO Gabriele.
Canada: RADENOVIC Milan, BOSKOVIC Dusan, RADOJCIC Dusan, PELLANO Martin, GRAHAM Eric, DABIC Matija, TASCHEREAN Alec 1, LAPINS David, MITROVIC Nikola, PERRY Connor, THUMWOOD Devon 2, HENNING Oscar, SULLIVAN Daniel.

Extramen:
ITA: 2 for 5
CAN: 1 for 5

Penalties:
ITA: 2 for 2
CAN: 1 for 1

Referees: Vlasic (CRO), Hodgers (AUS)

Italy enjoyed an easy cruise in the opening match of the event. They shut out the Canadians in the first half: the Europeans’ defence worked pretty well, killed two man-downs in the first period and after a series of steals they could launch fast counters in the second. They broke their rivals in the middle of the second, in a span of 1:42 minutes they scored four goals in a row, three from easy counters. Being 12-0 up at half-time the Italians could pull back a gear or two in the second half, their bench players spent more time in the water.


Group A: HUNGARY 21 COLOMBIA 3
Quarters: 7-1, 4-0, 4-1, 6-1

Teams: Hungary: BENDES Viktor, TELEGDY Andras, JANSIK Szilard 3, BEDO Krisztian 1, BERTA Jozsef 2, SEDLMAYER Tamas 2, GYARFAS Tamas 3, CSAPO Miklos, LORINCZ Balint 1, SZABO Bendeguz, MANHERCZ Krisztian 5, NEMET Toni 4, GYORGY David.
Colombia: SANDOVAL Daniel Ricardo, ALDANA Brayan Alejandro, PEREZ Juan Carlos, HINESTROZA Andres David, HERNANDEZ Juan Pablo 3, MONTOYA Steven, MONCADA William, AREVALO Santiago, ORTIZ Omar Andres, VERGARA Glicerio, GONIMA David, PEREZ Guillermo, TALASA Jayman

Extramen:
HUN: 5 for 6
COL: 1 for 9

Penalties:
HUN: 2 for 3
COL: none

Referees: Zurek (SVK), Salnichenko (KAZ)

The host team produced a scoring festival: the Colombians couldn’t match the Magyars’ skills, strength and speed. It was a rather one-sided match: Hernandez scored from a man-up for 2-1, but the next eight Colombian 6 on 5s were all killed easily be the home defence. In attack the Hungarians offered a wide variety of goals, much to the delight of the home crowd. Though everyone knew: this did for the beginning but on Tuesday it would be a different story against Italy.


Group B: SERBIA 21 SOUTH AFRICA 3
Quarters: 6-0, 4-0, 5-2, 6-1

Teams:
Serbia: VITOROVIC Milan, TANASKOVIC Djordje 2, MAKSIMOVIC Milos 3, VASIC Dusan, SUBOTIC Gavril 1, STOJANOVIC Ognjen 1, MANDIC Dusan 5, RASOVIC Viktor, RANDJELOVIC Sava 2, MANOJLOVIC Marko 1, MATKOVIC Nemanja 2, OBRADOVIC Dimitrije 2, JAKSIC Nikola 1.
South Africa: CONVERSANO Franco, OLVER Roarke 1, JAGGA Dayne, TRNINIC Dan, DU PLESSIS Paul, SCHOOLING Nicholas 1, HAYES Dylan, GREGORY Campbell, WRIGHT Cameron, MASON Dylan, BAKER Christopher 1, FRAMES Michael, MADI Lwazi

Extramen:
SRB: 5 for 9
RSA: 1 for 5

Penalties:none
Referees: Stankevich (USA), Garibaldi (ARG)

Just as in the opening match – where Italy smashed the Canadians – the first half saw a shutout as the Serbs came up with a flawless display. Left-handed Dusan Mandic, who played in Barcelona and was member of the World League winner Serbian senior team, opened the scoring and nine more goals followed until the middle break. The South Africans netted their first at 13-0, while Mandic added four more goals to his tally later on.


Group B: BRAZIL 19 UZBEKISTAN 8
Quarters: 6-2, 4-1, 4-2, 5-3

Teams:

Brazil: MANFRINI Marcelo, JUNIOR Marcos, MARTINS Felipe, REAL Pedro 2, TAYER Pedro 1, GOMES Bernardo 4, BORGES Pedro, VASCONSCELOS Henrique 3, GOMES Guilherme 1, SALGADO Gabriel 1, GUIMARSES Gustavo 3, STELLET Pedro 4, CAMPOS Bernardo.
Uzbekistan: KHABIBULLAEV Radion, RAZZAKOV Timur, QOSIMOV Miraziz 1, MASSEL Aleksandr, DONSKOV Vladimir, ZAITSEV Aleksey, RUSTAMOV Kirill 4, CHUMACHENKO Egor 1, SAVLIEV Abbas 1, SELIFONTOV Semvon, KURBANBAEV Amir, KRAHOTIN Maksim 1, MIRSAITOV Marlen

Extramen:
BRA: 5 for 8
UZB: 2 for 7

Penalties:
BRA: none
UZB: 1 for 1

Referees: Farman (KUW), Orikasa (JPN)

The Uzbeks gained the lead twice in the first period, but the Brazilians took control in the middle of the first period, scoring four goals in three minutes. That did the damage, the Uzbeks could never recover, the Brazilians rolled on in the second, jumping to a 10-2 lead with 2:57min to go. The remaining two periods saw the same scheme, the Brazilians scored a handful of goals with Bernando Gomes (4 goals from 4 shots) and Pedro Stellet (4/5) enjoying exceptional shooting form.


Group C: SPAIN 8 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 6
Quarters: 4-2, 1-1, 2-0, 1-3

Teams:

Spain: LORRIO Eduardo, MUNARRIZ Alberto 2, MONTPEAT Joshua, CABANAS Sergi, DE TORO Miguel, LARUMBE Marc, BARROSO Alberto 2, MATOSO Vicente, REIXACH Gerard 2, BUSTOS Alejandro 1, GORRIA Javier, BUSTOS Javier 1, EXPOSITO Victor.
USA: BARON McQuin, FELLNER Patrick, ZWANEVELD Alec, FARMER Matthew, ABDULHAMID Adam, ROBERTS Ryder 1, McCLINTICK Danny, BONANNI Bret 3, BOWEN Alexander 2, RAMIREZ Chancellor, McCONNELL Nolan, KIMBELL Jackson, DANNER Garrett

Extramen:
ESP: 0 for 4
USA: 5 for 13

Penalties:
ESP: 2 for 2
USA: none

Referees: Schwartz (ISR), Nemeth (HUN)

Though the final scoreline would suggest that Day 1’s big clash was a thrilling one, in fact the Spaniards dominated for the most of the match. They jumped to a 4-1 lead in the first, the US climbed back to 4-3 early in the second but the Spanish team took control again. They managed to mark the two top US players, Alexander Bowen who also played in Barcelona and Bret Bonanni who was with the senior team at the World League Super Final in June. By the beginning of the fourth Spain was 8-3 up and it was virtually over, though Bowen and Bonanni managed to score in the remaining time. The 6th goal came with 54 seconds to go, too late to save the game for the US.


Group C: RUSSIA 16 SLOVAKIA 5
Quarters: 5-1, 4-1, 4-3, 3-0

Teams:
Russia: MAKAS Artem, SUCHKOV Ivan, KISELEV Konstantin 1, DYUBCHENKO Vitaly 1, KOVALENKO Valery, DEREVYANKIN Nikita 2, TIMAKOV Vladislav 2, NAGAEV Ivan 3, FEDOTOV Vasily 2, KOPTSEV Ivan, ZHITNIK Viacheslav 3, SHEPELEV Roman 2.
Slovakia: KOZMER Lukas, GASPARIK Patrik, HODAS Matej, KOSTELNIK Tomas 2, PLVAN Vladimir, BIBEN Martin, PAKSI Patrik 1, DEKANY Matej, ZAKAR Peter 1, BAUER Otto, BIELIK Tomas, BALAZ Samuel 1, HOFERICA Tomas

Extramen:
RUS: 4 for 12
SVK: 1 for 11

Penalties:
RUS: 2 for 2
SVK: 1 for 1

Referees: Paoletti (ITA), Roy (CAN)

Slovakia opened the scoring but the Russians hit back with five straight goals in the first period. Four more came in the second, giving Russia a well-deserved 9-1 lead. The third period was a bit more balanced, but the Slovakians ran out of gas in the fourth. The Russians had three players – Nagaev, Timakov and Shepelev – who played in the World League Super Final in June, they netted 7 goals in this game.


Group D: CROATIA 12 KAZAKHSTAN 3
Quarters: 3-0, 1-2, 5-0, 3-1

Teams:
Croatia: MARCELIC Ivan, BUKIC Luka 2, MACAN Marko 1, GORETA Antun 1, FATOVIC Loren, CAGALI Marino 2, LOZINA Luka, BUHA Antonio, VISKOVIC Ante 1, ZIVKOVIC Ivan 2, VUKICEVIC Ante 3, BASIC Andrija, GAGULIC Andro.
Kazakhstan: MAKHMETOV Madikhan, TSOY Stanislav, KOLIADENKO Anton 3, GODOVANYUK Alexandr, AUBAKIROV Miras, ZHARDAN Maxim, TURLYKHANOV Bolat, BERBELYUK Egor, ALTAYEV Altay, YERSAINOV Makhambet, SAFIULLIN Vadim, SHAMSHAT Iliyas, SHLEMOV Valeriy.

Extramen:
CRO: 4 for 10
KAZ: 0 for 7

Penalties:
CRO: 0 for 1
KAZ: 1 for 1

Referees: Uz (TUR), Dester (BRA)

As expected, Croatia was too strong for the Kazakhs. Though they had some lapses in the game: they went ahead quickly (3-0) but let the Kazakhs come back into the match in the second period (3-2). Then the Croats put their play together and decided the outcome with a 5-0 rush in the third. They led 12-3 early in the fourth period but a lapse came again, they couldn’t score any more in the remaining 5:45 minutes.


Group D: AUSTRALIA 15 JAPAN 7
Quarters: 3-1, 2-1, 5-2, 5-3

Teams:
Australia: ADDLEY Gabriel, FORD George, PAVILLARD Luke 1, SKINNER Matthew, POWER Nathan 1, PERROTT Matthew 2, SINDONE Paul 5, TRABINGER Justin 1, MARSHALL Gordon, SINCLAIR Tyler 2, EGAN Daniel 1, EDWARDS Lachlan 2, COCOKIOS Sam.
Japan: FUKUSHIMA Tomoyoshi, KONNO Yohei 1, ICHIKAWA Masahiro, FUKADA Shunsuke, TAKIGAWA Shunya, ISHITANI Toshiki, SAKAMOTO Kouki 1, SUGANE Daiki, ARAI Atsushi 4, OONO Yuto 1, SAKAUE Hiroyuki, MATSUSHITA Wataru, KAWAMURA Soushi.

Extramen:
AUS: 1 for 3
JPN: 0 for 5

Penalties:
AUS: 1 for 2
JPN: 3 for 3

Referees: Putnikovic (SRB), Willis (RSA)

For two periods the Japanese managed to stay close to the Aussies but a couple of misses in their 6 on 5s cost them too much. It stood 5-2 at halftime, but two fast goals for 7-2 put the game into the right order from the Aussies’ perspective. For the remaining part they managed to maintain a 6-7 goal lead, and even expanded the gap to eight in the dying minutes. Paul Sindone was the hero of the encounter, netting 5 goals from 7 attempts.