FINA Water Polo World League
Since 2002, the world’s best water polo national teams meet in an annual season format and compete against one another in the sport’s first international league.
In 2007, FINA launched a new formula with a more standard format comprising only preliminaries and the Super Final for both the men’s and women’s tournament. In the preliminaries, the competition is organised as a tournament system, two for Asia and Oceania, one for Africa, and a series of “home and away” games for Europe. A Super Final with eight qualifying teams concludes the competition, comprising one team from the Americas, two from the Asia and Oceania tournament, one from Africa and four from the European tournament.
WPWL 2010 (Men): Close win for Serbia against Croatia, Montenegro defeats Spain
The Serbian-Croatian battle (Group B) took the spotlight on day 2 of the 2010 FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final, being played in Nis (SRB) from July 13-18, with the Serbians conquering their second victory at home since the beginning of the competition, with a tight 9-8. In Group A, Montenegro triumphed over Spain by 11-7, while the American squad defeated China (11-5).
Also in Group B, Australia secured a victory against South Africa with a comfortable 19-4 score. Australia’s Billy Miller alone scored four goals, this second round’s best performance.
WPWL 2010 (Men): Easy wins for Serbia and Montenegro, Australia upsets Croatia
As expected, Serbia and Montenegro comfortably won their first games at the 2010 FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final, taking place in Nis (SRB), from July 13-18. In Group A, Montenegro (winner of the 2009 edition) defeated China by 16-4, while in Group B, Serbia (world champion in 2009) had a “training” game against South Africa, triumphing by 22-0. The remaining two games of this first day included a surprising victory from Australia over Croatia (10-7) and the defeat of Spain (7-3) against USA.
Boris Zlokovic was the best scorer of this round, with his five goals contributing to the successful outcome of Montenegro. The Chinese team only gave some resistance in the first half of the game (4-3 for the Europeans), but then the 2009 winners managed a 6-0 and a 6-1 in the third and fourth periods respectively.
Super Final 2010 (Women): USA in penalty-shootout win over Australia for fifth FINA World League crown
The United States of America claimed a record-extending fifth women’s water polo FINA World League Super Finals crown at La Jolla, California today. It came at the expense of Australia, who suffered a second penalty-shootout defeat at the hand of the North Americans in four days. Last Tuesday it was a 15-14 loss but this evening it was a 12-11 affair in a tournament where eight of the 24 matches went to the penalty stripe.
Australia trailed 4-2 at halftime and 5-4 at the final break, drawing level at the top of the fourth and even leading 7-6 with two minutes remaining. As on Tuesday, Australia conceded a late goal to go to extra time.
WPWL 2010 (Women): Perennial rivals face off in gold-medal game
World champion and reigning World League champion United States of America will play World Cup champion Australia for gold at the women’s water polo FINA World League Super Finals at La Jolla, California tomorrow. The four-time champion North Americans put paid to Greece’s hopes of a second crown, winning 9-7 while Australia came back from 4-2 down at halftime and twice gave up three-goal leads to beat Russia 8-7. The USA beat Greece 11-9 in the rounds and went out to 5-1 by halftime but allowed Greeec to win the final quarter 4-2 in a confident showing that augurs well for the final. It meant the USA was in its sixth final in seven attempts. Australia has four medals from the Super Finals but has played just the one gold-medal game, losing to the USA in Montreal three years ago.
WPWL 2010 (Women): Australia, Greece, Russia and USA advance to semifinals
Australia will play 2008 champion Russia while four-times winner United States of America will clash with 2005 winner Greece in the semifinals of the women’s water polo FINA World League Super Finals at La Jolla, California tomorrow. The teams earned the honour after the quarter-final round on day four of the six-day event at the La Jolla High School aquatic complex. Amazingly, all semifinalists are from Group B. The Greeks earned the opening spot when they surrendered 6-1 and 10-4 leads to allow Hungary back into the game, forcing a penalty shootout with a 4-1 final quarter. The Hungarians struggled to convert, missing three times with the last miss from captain Rita DRAVUCZ skipping wide to give Greece victory. The World Cup champion Aussie Stingers earned the second berth with a solid effort against the Olympic champion Netherlands — 10-7 — in a game where goalkeeper Victoria BROWN dominated with 17 saves. Russia dragged down the third spot, defeating China 10-6 after earlier leading 4-1. The host nation USA won a tense encounter with close rival Canada — 7-4 — especially as Canada led 3-0 after the first quarter. This is the seventh version of the women’s FINA World League with all six titles owned by three of the semifinalists.
WPWL 2010 (Women): World No1 USA and No2 Canada to battle for Super Finals semifinal berth
The top two teams from the Rome FINA World Championships will play in the quarter-finals of the women’s water polo FINA World League Super Finals at La Jolla, California, tomorrow. The world champion United States of America will play Canada, meaning one team won’t be in the medal hunt. Following three penalty-shootout matches the day before, it was all straight forward at the La Jolla Senior High School pool. The only upset was Hungary’s 11-7 demolition of Group A winner China. Olympic champion Netherlands downed world championship silver medallist Canada 12-9 for third spot in the Group A In Group B, Australia took its time to beat Greece 7-5 for seven points but had to wait until the last preliminary-round match to see whether world champion USA would claim the group. This it did by defeating Russia 12-9. The other quarter-finals also see some interesting match-ups with the Netherlands taking on World Cup champion Australia, China facing Russia and Hungary fronting up to Greece.
WPWL 2010 (Women): Penalty shootouts dominate second day of Super Finals
An amazing three penalty shootouts occurred on the second day of the women’s water polo FINA World League Super Finals at La Jolla, California today. Firstly, Greece and Russia provided some spark on a cold, gloomy day with an exciting final quarter in which nine goals were scored, forcing a penalty shootout. Greece came through 4-2 in the rotation and a 17-15 margin after the game was locked at 13-13. The points rules give just two points for a shootout win and a lone point to the losing team. The second shootout went one further when it was won in sudden-death penalty shootout. Hungary gave up a four-goal lead early to see the Olympic champion Netherlands come back to 8-all before going to the penalty line.
WPWL 2010 (Women): China upsets on opening day of Super Finals
China scored a big upset on the opening day of the women's water polo FINA World League Super Finals at La Jolla, California today. China turned over Olympic champion the Netherlands 7-5 in what is being touted as the strongest women¹s competition of the year. Featuring the top eight teams in the world, the week promises to provide plenty of action as day one showed. China's return from a disappointing 2009 proves that Spanish coach Juan Jane's influence is beginning to reap benefits. World No 2 Canada is working toward a peak for the FINA World Cup in Christchurch, New Zealand in August while the European teams have the European Championships to contend with.
WPWL 2010 (Women): Greece and Russia take the lead in Europe’s groups
Greece and Russia are the provisional leaders of the European groups of the 2010 FINA Women’s Water Polo World League, after the first round of the preliminaries, held in Athens (GRE) and Budapest (HUN), from June 9-13. In the Hellenic capital, the home team totalled four wins out of four matches played and finished the tournament with 11 points (one of the triumphs, against Spain, was by penalty shootout). The Netherlands are second with three victories and one loss, while Spain finished this round with two triumphs and two defeats. France had a 1-3 outcome, while South Africa is the last of the group, only with losses. These same teams will now travel to Nancy (FRA), where the second preliminary round of the group will be organised from June 16-20. The first two ranked teams of the group will be qualified for the Super Final of the competition.
WPWL 2010 Men & Women: Australia and China, the best in the Asia/Oceania groups
The teams of Australia and China qualified for the Super Finals of the 2010 FINA Men’s and Women’s Water Polo World Leagues, after finishing first of the Asia/Oceania qualification group.
In the men’s field, there were two preliminary rounds, the first being held in Osaka (JPN), from May 19-23, and the second in Tianjin (CHN), from May 26-30. After the 10 games for each of the six participating teams – Australia, China, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan and New Zealand – the Australians got 10 triumphs (and 30 points), while China finished with two losses (precisely against Australia) and eight wins (24 points). Kazakhstan and Japan both finished with 15 points (five victories, five defeats), while New Zealand only secured two triumphs and Iran lost all its games.
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