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.