WP Juniors (M), Day 3: Italy, Spain, Serbia and Croatia reach quarter finals

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

SZOMBATHELY (Hungary), 14 August – The last day of the preliminaries didn’t bring any surprise. Hungary missed the top spot in its group by a single goal, so hosts have to play for the quarter-finals while Italy enjoys a rest day. Just as the other group-winners: Spain, Serbia and Croatia.



Game reports:

Group A: ITALY 32 COLOMBIA 1
Quarters: 10-0, 7-1, 8-0, 7-0

Teams:
ITALY: VESPA Lorenzo, DI FULVIO Francesco 7, PRESCIUTTI Nicholas 2, VERGANO Tommaso, FONDELLI Andrea 7, ALESIANI Jacopo 4, RENZUTO IODICE Vincenzo 5, BRUNI Lorenzo, VELOTTO Alessandro 3, BUSILACCHI Tommaso 3, CUPIDO Luca 1, DOLCE Vincenzo, VASSALLO Gabriele.
COLOMBIA: SANDOVAL Daniel Ricardo, ALDANA Brayan Alejandro, PEREZ Juan Carlos, HINESTROZA Andres David, HERNANDEZ Juan Pablo, MONTOYA Steven, MONCADA William, AREVALO Santiago, ORTIZ Omar Andres 1, VERGARA Glicerio, GONIMA David, PEREZ Guillermo, TALASA Jayman.

Extramen:
ITA: 7 for 9
COL: 1 for 8

Penalties:
ITA: 1 for 1
COL: none

Referees: Vlasic (CRO), Farman (KUW)

The scoreline tells the whole story. Italy had 15 attacks in the first eight minutes, scored ten goals. And it didn’t change too much in the following periods, they scored all kind of goals, while the Colombians managed to find the net towards the end of the second period, after 14-0. Di Fulvio and Fondelli were the top scorers with 7 goals apiece while the Italians could reach the one goal per minute average in the match.


Group A: HUNGARY 18 CANADA 5
Quarters: 5-0, 5-2, 4-2, 4-1

Teams:
HUNGARY: BENDES Viktor, TELEGDY Andras, JANSIK Szilard 2, BEDO Krisztian 2, BERTA Jozsef, SEDLMAYER Tamas 2, GYARFAS Tamas 1, CSAPO Miklos 5, LORINCZ Balint 1, SZABO Bendeguz, MANHERCZ Krisztian 1, NEMET Toni 4, GYORGY David.
CANADA: RADENOVIC Milan, BOSKOVIC Dusan, RADOJCIC Dusan, PELLANO Martin, GRAHAM Eric 1, DABIC Matija 1, TASCHEREAN Alec, LAPINS David 1, MITROVIC Nikola 1, PERRY Connor, THUMWOOD Devon 1, HENNING Oscar, SULLIVAN Daniel.

Extramen:
HUN: 3 for 8
CAN: 2 for 7

Penalties:
HUN: 2 for 2
CAN: none

Referees: Buch (ESP), Dester (BRA)

Hungary needed a 14-goal win against Canada with scoring at least 18 goals to finish on the first place (Italy won against the third placed Canadians 17-3 on the opening day, Hungary should have achieved a better result than this). The hosts delivered the 18 goals in front but conceded one too many in the back. By half-time it looked fine from their perspective at 10-3, but they had a minor setback in the third and in the fourth and that cost them the top spot. They netted their 18th goal with 37 seconds to go and had one more shot, a goal would have put them in the first place but it was missed so they had to settle for the second place.


Group B: SERBIA 19 UZBEKISTAN 6
Quarters: 4-2, 5-1, 5-0, 5-3

Teams:
SERBIA: VITOROVIC Milan, TANASKOVIC Djordje, MAKSIMOVIC Milos 1, VASIC Dusan 4, SUBOTIC Gavril 1, STOJANOVIC Ognjen 4, MANDIC Dusan, RASOVIC Viktor, RANDJELOVIC Sava 1, MANOJLOVIC Marko 1, MATKOVIC Nemanja 3, OBRADOVIC Dimitrije 2, JAKSIC Nikola 2.
UZBEKISTAN: KHABIBULLAEV Radion, RAZZAKOV Timur, QOSIMOV Miraziz, MASSEL Aleksandr 1, DONSKOV Vladimir, ZAITSEV Aleksey 1, RUSTAMOV Kirill 3, CHUMACHENKO Egor, SAVLIEV Abbas, SELIFONTOV Semvon, KURBANBAEV Amir, KRAHOTIN Maksim, MIRSAITOV Marlen.

Extramen:
SRB: 5 for 11
UZB: 2 for 9

Penalties:
SRB: none
UZB: 1 for 1

Referees: Stankevich (USA), Hodgers (AUS)

After a quite sluggish start the Serbs started to roll. It was 5-3 at the beginning of the second, then they scored 12 straight goals for 17-3 until the middle of the fourth. It was an easy job, Serbia clinched the top spot of the group as expected.


Group B: BRAZIL 22 SOUTH AFRICA 6
Quarters: 6-0, 3-3, 6-1, 7-2

Teams:
BRAZIL: MANFRINI Marcelo, JUNIOR Marcos 2, MARTINS Felipe 1, REAL Pedro, TAYER Pedro 2, GOMES Bernardo 4, BORGES Pedro 2, VASCONSCELOS Henrique 2, GOMES Guilherme 2, SALGADO Gabriel 1, GUIMARSES Gustavo 1, STELLET Pedro 5, CAMPOS Bernardo.
SOUTH AFRICA: CONVERSANO Franco, OLVER Roarke, JAGGA Dayne, TRNINIC Dan, DU PLESSIS Paul 1, SCHOOLING Nicholas 1, HAYES Dylan 1, GREGORY Campbell, WRIGHT Cameron 2, MASON Dylan 1, BAKER Christopher, FRAMES Michael.

Extramen:
BRA: 7 for 12
RSA: 0 for 4

Penalties:none
Referees: Vasenin (RUS), Orikasa (JPN)

Brazil didn’t waste the time: they decided the outcome in eight minutes with a 6-0 rush. Their 6 on 5 worked well, scored 7 on 12 opportunities, a fine average at any game. All but one field players netted at least one goal, it was a confidence-boosting win for them. They needed it as they have a historic chance to reach the quarterfinals if they can win against Canada on Thursday.


Group C: SPAIN 11 SLOVAKIA 9
Quarters: 3-2, 4-1, 3-2, 1-4

Teams:
SPAIN: LORRIO Eduardo, MUNARRIZ Alberto 1, MONTPEAT Joshua 1, CABANAS Sergi 1, DE TORO Miguel, LARUMBE Marc, BARROSO Alberto 3, MATOSO Vicente 1, REIXACH Gerard 3, BUSTOS Alejandro, GORRIA Javier 1, BUSTOS Javier, EXPOSITO Victor.
SLOVAKIA: KOZMER Lukas, GASPARIK Patrik 3, HODAS Matej 1, KOSTELNIK Tomas, PLVAN Vladimir, BIBEN Martin 1, PAKSI Patrik, DEKANY Matej, ZAKAR Peter, BAUER Otto 1, BIELIK Tomas 2, BALAZ Samuel 1, HOFERICA Tomas.

Extramen:
ESP: 2 for 12
SVK: 1 for 12

Penalties:
ESP: 2 for 2
SVK: 1 for 1

Referees: Putnikovic (SRB), Cote (COL)

After a tight first period Spain managed to lift their game: they had a magnificent spell in the second period, scoring three straight goals and killing even a double men-down in the meantime. Luck also was on their side when Cabanas scored another from a rebound for 7-3 with 7 seconds before half-time. By the middle of the third they had the win in hand after scoring three more goals for 10-3. Though the Spaniards slowed down a bit afterwards the Slovaks didn’t have a real chance for a comeback, though they outscored their rivals 6-1 in the last 12 minutes. The draw didn’t favour them as they were part of the toughest group and after tight defeats they finished at the bottom though it’s clear they could have had better results in any of the other three quartets.


Group C: RUSSIA 9 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 11
Quarters: 2-2, 2-5, 3-2, 2-2

Teams:
RUSSIA: KORNEEV Kirill, SUCHKOV Ivan, KISELEV Konstantin, DYUBCHENKO Vitaly, KOVALENKO Valery 1, DEREVYANKIN Nikita, TIMAKOV Vladislav 2, NAGAEV Ivan 3, FEDOTOV Vasily, KOPTSEV Ivan, ZHITNIK Viacheslav 1, SHEPELEV Roman 2, MAKAS Artem.
USA: BARON McQuin, FELLNER Patrick, ZWANEVELD Alec, FARMER Matthew, ABDULHAMID Adam 2, ROBERTS Ryder 2, McCLINTICK Danny 1, BONANNI Bret 3, BOWEN Alexander 2, RAMIREZ Chancellor 1, McCONNELL Nolan, KIMBELL Jackson, DANNER Garrett.

Extramen:
RUS: 5 for 12
USA: 4 for 11

Penalties:
RUS: none
USA: 1 for 1

Referees: Garibaldi (ARG), Pioletti (ITA)

The big game of the day brought plenty of excitements. After a balanced second period the US team scored three unanswered goals in the second period, jumping from 3-3 to a 3-6 lead and maintained this gap until halftime (4-7). The Russians began the third having switched to the fifth gear, a man-up and a counter brought them back to 6-7 and they had another 6 on 5 to level the score. They missed it, the US earned an extra from the shooter and Roberts converted it after a time-out. That was the turning point, it stood 6-8 instead of 7-7, and later Bonnani added another one for 6-9. The Russians pulled one back still in the third so they trailed 7-9 before the final period. The fourth brought tremendous fight, the Russians had two extras but missed both and they paid the price: with 2:13 to go the US earned a penalty and Bonnani put it away for 7-10. Though Nagaev scored from a free throw 12 seconds later, Ramirez buried the next US extra as well, and Timakov’s man-up goal came too late for the Russians.


Group D: CROATIA 11 JAPAN 8
Quarters: 4-2, 2-2, 3-2, 2-2

Teams:
CROATIA: MARCELIC Ivan, BUKIC Luka 1, MACAN Marko 1, GORETA Antun, FATOVIC Loren, CAGALI Marino 1, LOZINA Luka 2, BUHA Antonio 1, VISKOVIC Ante, ZIVKOVIC Ivan 1, VUKICEVIC Ante, BASIC Andrija 1, GAGULIC Andro 3.
JAPAN: FUKUSHIMA Tomoyoshi, KONNO Yohei 1, ICHIKAWA Masahiro 1, FUKADA Shunsuke, TAKIGAWA Shunya, ISHITANI Toshiki, SAKAMOTO Kouki, SUGANE Daiki, ARAI Atsushi 3, OONO Yuto 2, SAKAUE Hiroyuki, MATSUSHITA Wataru 1, KAWAMURA Soushi.

Extramen:
CRO: 1 for 3
JPN: 2 for 7

Penalties:
CRO: none
JPN: 1 for 1

Referees: Uz (TUR), Sadikov (UZB)

Japan fought hard and was close to an upset but finally had to bow to the skilled and a bit more experienced Croats. The Europeans led throughout the game but they couldn’t break the Japanese who kept coming back despite trailing by 2-3 goals for most of the time. Croatia took a 5-2 lead early in the second and they managed to maintain this gap until the end of the third period. They don’t have a real chance to extend their lead to four-five goals but always managed to answer the Japanese goals. But in the fourth Ichikawa scored a fine action goal and within 32 seconds Japan earned a penalty, Arai didn’t make any mistake so Croatia’s lead melted to a single goal (9-8). After a fine save Japan had a couple of attacks to level the score, but they couldn’t set up any shooting opportunity. With 3:17 to go Gagulic scored a great goal from the centre, killing Japan’s momentum and pushing the Croats back to the right track. They managed to score from a 6 on 5 after a time-out, but they knew this win wasn’t easy at all.


Group D: AUSTRALIA 18 KAZAKHSTAN 3
Quarters: 6-0, 4-1, 2-1, 6-1

Teams:
AUSTRALIA: ADDLEY Gabriel, FORD George, PAVILLARD Luke 2, SKINNER Matthew 2, POWER Nathan 3, PERROTT Matthew, SINDONE Paul 3, TRABINGER Justin, MARSHALL Gordon 3, SINCLAIR Tyler, EGAN Daniel 3, EDWARDS Lachlan 3, COCOKIOS Sam.
KAZAKHSTAN: MAKHMETOV Madikhan, TSOY Stanislav, KOLIADENKO Anton, GODOVANYUK Alexandr 1, AUBAKIROV Miras, ZHARDAN Maxim 1, TURLYKHANOV Bolat, BERBELYUK Egor 1, ALTAYEV Altay, YERSAINOV Makhambet, SAFIULLIN Vadim, SHAMSHAT Iliyas, SHLEMOV Valeriy.

Extramen:
AUS: 4 for 10
KAZ: 1 for 4

Penalties:
AUS: none
KAZ: 1 for 1

Referees: Schwartz (ISR), Roy (CAN)

The Aussies did what these kinds of games require from a superior team: started the match with the right level of concentration and decided the outcome in two periods. While they scored ten goals, the Kazakhs could only convert a penalty. The third was a kind of resting period for Australia, but they speeded up for the fourth, scoring six goals in eight minutes again, just as in the opening quarter.