World Youth Water Polo Championships
FINA organises a men's and women's World Championships for young water polo players every year. From 2011 on, a new age group competition format has been launched with World Junior Championships for “20 Year & Under” taking place in odd years and World Youth Championships “18 Years & Under” in even years.
In 2012, the first-ever FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships (18 & U) for both men and women was held in Perth (AUS). The event gathers 16 to 20 teams, about 200 players, from the strongest and rising nations in the sport.
The second edition of the FINA World Men's Youth Water Polo Championships (18 & U) will be held in Istanbul (TUR) from August 2-10, 2014. The women's Championships will take place in Madrid (ESP) from August 25-31, 2014.
Perth 2012, Day 9 (Men): Italy world champion after rugged gold-medal final
December 9, 2012 PERTH - Italy beat Hungary 10-8 in a spiteful men’s gold-medal match at the FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships at Perth’s Challenge Stadium today. The game erupted into minor violence with 39 major fouls awarded and depleted benches at either end of the pool. About 1200 people witnessed excitement beyond their dreams and stayed for the medal ceremonies and watch the Italian men’s team jump into the water with their track tops and medals around their necks.
Serbia came from behind with two big Ognjen Stojanovic shots to defeat pre-tournament favourite Croatia 8-7 for the bronze medal. In the clash for fifth and sixth, Greece emerged, as expected, with an untroubled 14-5 decision over Romania. The Romanians had just played two hard matches in a row and could not produce anything of note in the second half where Greece led 7-4. Australia proved to be the best team outside Europe, leading 3-0 against the United States of America, winning 5-4 after needing two go-ahead goals in fourth quarter of the classification for seventh. It was Australia’s fifth win of a hectic week.
Perth 2012, Day 8 (Women): Greece youngsters join Greece women on top of the world
December 9, 2012 PERTH - Greece’s youngsters played like true champions as they tore the heart out of their Hungarian rivals with a spell-binding 9-5 women’s gold-medal victory on Sunday, played in front of 1100 fans. It was the culmination of the women’s programme at the FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships in Perth’s Challenge Stadium. Competing in a pool that has seen its fair share of FINA water polo medals awarded, the Greeks were forceful in all facets of the game and were not backward in coming forward when it came to taking lower-percentage shots at goal. Some came off, others didn’t.
Russia took home the bronze medal with a come-from-behind victory over United States of America. Russia won this age group world championship in 2009 and impressed here but has to settle for bronze. The matches were played between the men’s bronze-medal and gold-medal matches in the main pool. Russia’s Elvina Karimova was named most valuable player and Greece’s Chrysoula Diamantopoulou the best goalkeeper.
Perth 2012, Day 8 (Men): Hungary men emulate women in reaching gold-medal final
December 8, 2012 PERTH - Hungary will face Italy in Sunday’s men’s gold-medal final at the FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships at Perth’s Challenge Stadium. Hungary played like champions in getting by far the better of Serbia 9-8, which was more flattering for Serbia. Serbia struggled early and never managed to get on top of Hungary, only once drawing level (4-4). For Hungary it means both its teams will contest the gold-medal finals.
Italy led from the front, stamping authority on the game with a 3-0 start that mesmerised the Croatians and saw them forever playing catch up. Catch up Croatia did but Italy slipped away for victory, setting up an enticing clash Hungary and relegating Croatia to a battle with old foes Serbia. Greece needed extra time to slip into Sunday’s 5th-6th classification match drawing 9-9 draw with Australia and then scoring the winner in the first period of extra time for 10-9. Greece led most of the time but Australia went 9-8 ahead with three minutes remaining and Greece netted the equaliser just inside the final minute.
Perth 2012, Day 7 (Women): Canada and Australia win classification matches
December 8, 2012 PERTH - Canada withstood a late New Zealand charge to finish fifth on day 8 of the women’s FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships at Perth’s Challenge Stadium on Saturday. There were only two matches played under the burning Perth sun and in the second match Canada, who led 8-3 near the end of the second quarter, won 12-11.
In the play-off for seventh place, Australia downed Brazil 10-6, even though its star shooter Maddison Schmid was eliminated from the match for simulation in the third quarter. Hungary will take on Greece in the women’s gold-medal final on Sunday afternoon, preceded by the bronze-medal match between Russia and United States of America.
Perth 2012, Day 7 (Men): Croatia-Italy and Serbia-Hungary for men’s semifinals
December 7, 2012 PERTH - Croatia, Serbia, Italy and Hungary have progressed through the second round to the quarterfinals of men’s competition at the FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships in Perth’s Challenge Stadium. Hungary will clash with Serbia in the first medal semifinal on Saturday evening and Croatia will follow up against Italy. Croatia stamped its authority and claim to the title (it won this age group in Sibenik, Croatia in 2009 when the FINA junior championships) with a withering 17-7 dismantling of the United States of America. Serbia withstood a legitimate claim to the throne from Greece, winning 9-8 by breaking the deadlock with 87 seconds left on the clock. Hungary put paid to any hopes the host nation, Australia, had of making the medal round, winning 14-7. Italy was expected to beat Romania, but needed a last-minute goal for a 6-3 margin that did not reflect its true ability.
In the round 9-12 semifinals, Brazil had the better of Iran in a high-scoring affair, winning 21-14 while New Zealand drew away from Canada 14-11. In the round 13-19 quarterfinals, Trinidad & Tobago scored its first win on the world stage with a 13-8 margin over Peru; Egypt beat Colombia 10-6 and Uzbekistan surpassed Kazakhstan 9-7. There is no fourth game because of the pre-tournament withdrawal of Spain. This evening, on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9, all games played at the indoor pool will be streamed live on FINAtv.
Perth 2012, Day 6 (Women): Hungary and Greece to battle for gold on Sunday
December 7, 2012 PERTH - Hungary will play Greece for the gold medal of the women’s FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships at Perth’s Challenge Stadium on Sunday. Both won handsomely through the semifinals with Hungary seeing off pre-tournament favourite Russia 14-11 and Greece dissecting United States of America 8-3. In the latter match, USA could not score in nearly the last three quarters as Greece proved the more clinical.
Hungary played its best match of the week, working together as a team. Hungary led 10-5 at halftime and 12-8 at the final break, fending off the faster-finishing Russia. Both teams have a rest day on Saturday before playing in the main stadium in front of more than a 1000 expected spectators. There was a thrilling semifinal clash in the round of 5-8 with New Zealand clinching an equaliser before full time for 10-10 and then scoring in the second period of extra time to defeat Brazil 11-10.
Perth 2012, Day 6 (Men): USA, Serbia, Romania and Australia win through to quarterfinals
December 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.
Perth 2012, Day 5 (Women): Russia-Hungary and USA-Greece semifinals
December 6, 2012 PERTH -Russia will play Hungary and United States of America will face Greece in the semifinals of the women’s FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships at Perth’s Challenge Stadium on Friday. In the quarterfinals, Russia went 7-1 up on Canada before a second-half comeback by the North Americans saw the score narrow to 15-12. Hungary turned a 3-1 halftime lead into a flattering 10-3 final score against host Australia. USA had little trouble in beating a defiant New Zealand 16-7 and will take on Greece, who struggled in the early stages but overcame Brazil 14-8.
The semifinals will be played mid-afternoon in the outdoor pool with the medal finals indoor on Sunday. In the round 9-12 semifinals today, Czech Republic downed South Africa 11-6 and Italy sent off Uzbekistan 22-1. In the classification match to decide 13th & 14th places, Indonesia defeated Zimbabwe 11-6.
Perth 2012, Day 5 (Men): Hungary, Croatia, Greece and Italy win their groups
December 5, 2012 PERTH - Men’s teams Hungary, Croatia, Greece and Italy won their groups and a fast track to the quarterfinals of the FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships at Challenge Stadium today. Hungary beat Egypt 16-5 for three straight wins in the only four-team Group A with United States sealing second berth with a handsome 17-5 margin over cross-border rival Canada.
Group B finalised its programme in the last game of the evening when Australia downed Colombia 15-2 and collected second place. Earlier, New Zealand bested South Africa 14-6 for third place and a shot at the quarterfinals. In Group C, Greece crushed Trinidad & Tobago 20-3 for a fourth consecutive win and top spot. Romania had already gained second spot on Tuesday and had today off while Iran grabbed third in a spiteful encounter with Uzbekistan, winning 13-10. Uzbekistan finished fourth and Trinidad & Tobago fifth. Group D went the way of Italy over Serbia with Italy rounding out its finals preparations with a 22-1 defeat of Peru. Brazil beat Kazakhstan 12-7 in the battle for third and fourth.
Perth 2012, Day 4 (Women): Italy tumbled out by Russia ahead of quarterfinals
December 5, 2012 PERTH - Italy will not be shooting for gold at the FINA Youth World Water Polo Championships, having fallen to Russia 10-6 in a crucial second-round women’s match at a Challenge Stadium today. The match was well viewed in light drizzle following a 39C day, as it pitted two of the best teams in the world at this level. However, the score differential could have been higher such was the dominance of the Russian team that won this age group in 2009.
Russia seemed unstoppable with the exceptional Elvina Karimova on fire, scoring her team’s first four goals en route to six to bring her tournament tally to 26 from four matches. Russia moved from 6-4 at halftime to 9-5 by the final break and steered out the game to move into Thursday’s quarterfinals and a clash with Canada.
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