WP Juniors 2011 (W), Day 1: Team USA froze the hosts

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

USA team kicks off game against ITA - credit: mc59.comTRIESTE, Italy (September 11) - With the pool-side parade of the 16 teams, the 9th edition of FINA’s World Junior Women’s Water Polo Championships was launched in the city of Trieste, Italy. After the warm words from the host nations‘ representatives Prof. Franco del Campo (Director of the Municipality of Trieste), Sergio Rinaldi (FIN, Italian Swimming Federation) and Enrico Samer (Chairman of the Organising Committee), FINA Bureau Member Dimitris Diathesopoulos welcomed the participants on behalf of FINA and of FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione.

“Italy has a very rich history in water polo, just a few weeks ago they became World Champions in Shanghai among the men,” Mr. Diathesopoulos said. “So it is a big honour for us, the water polo family, that Italy once again offers its hospitality for such a great event. During this week we will see the future of women’s worldwide water polo as we have teams from sixteen countries from five continents”. He added: “Italy has great organising experience, Trieste has excellent facilities and all these assure the success of this World Championships”. Mr. Diathesopoulos thanked to the Italian Swimming Federation (FIN), the Municipality and the City of Trieste, the members of the Organising Committee and the volunteers the great efforts they already put into hosting this event and wished good luck for the teams and the officials.

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WP Juniors 2011 (M), Day 9: Serbia defeats Spain to capture FINA Men's Junior Water Polo

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

VOLOS, Greece (September 4) - Serbia defeated Spain to claim the 16th FINA World Junior Men's Water Polo Championships powered by three goals from Nikola DEDOVIC and Aleska SAPONDIC. Srdan YUKSANOVIC scored with just seconds left in the game to claim Serbia's first title in the nine day tournament held in Volos, Greece. In 2009 Serbia defeated Montenegro 7-6 to capture the bronze medal. The nation of Serbia Montenegro claimed two consecutive championships in 2003 and 2005.
 
Serbian goalkeeper Dimitride RISTICEVIC, voted the most valuable goalie of the tournament said: "We were beaten by Spain in the preliminary rounds and we were better prepared to face them today. This victory today is special for my team and I think we are the best team in this tournament." The Spanish team was awarded silver medals.

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WP Juniors 2011 (M), Day 8: Serbia beats Greece in overtime, will play Spain for Championship

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

VOLOS, Greece (September 3) - Serbia will meet Spain on Sunday evening in the championship game following their narrow defeat of Greece in an overtime period of the semi finals. Spain would knock off Australia, their margin also just one goal, advancing their team into the final match. 

Serbia defeated hometown favorite Greece in a tight match watched by nearly 2000 fans who were heartbroken to see several last second assaults deflected by Serb goalkeeper Dimitride RISTICEVIC. Team captain Angelos VLACHOPOULOS landed the first Greek goal followed 90 seconds later by a second goal from Kyriakos PONTIKEAS. RISTICEVIC deflected a Greek missile that seemed certain to tie the game in the final second of the first half.

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WP Juniors 2011 (M), Day 7: Greece, Spain, Serbia and Australia vying for chance to play for the gold medal

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

VOLOS, Greece (September 2) - More than 1500 fans of Greek water polo overwhelmed the spectator seating areas to watch their champions in action against the team from Hungary. Kostantinos GENIDOUNIAS would drill the first goal for Greece to the roaring approval of the crowd.  Less than a minute later Hungary's Daniel ANGYAL would retaliate to even the score. GENIDOUNIAS would find the inside of the net three times in the first quarter giving his team a 7-3 lead at the end of the first period. GENIDOUNIAS would score again in the third quarter for four goals in the game. Marios KAPOTIS and team captain Angelos VLLACHOPOULOS would also net four goals in the evening's game for the Greek team. The score at the half would favor Greece, 11 to 5. The home team would tally 14 goals with eight for Hungary. The winners will advance to play Serbia in the marquee event on Saturday evening. Hungary will meet Croatia tomorrow to settle places 5 through 8.
 
Spain defeated Montenegro by a margin of four goals, the score: 9-5 advancing the team into the final bracket of four teams challenging for the championship. Victor CABANAS PEGADO collected three goals in the evening's match for his Spanish team. Spain led 4-2 at the end of the half and 7-3 at the conclusion of the third quarter. Spain will meet Australia in the semi final round for places 1 through 4.

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WP Juniors 2011 (M), Day 6: Hungary, Australia, Serbia and Montenegro looking strong

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

VOLOS, Greece (September 1) - Hungary defeated Brazil in a game that was closer than expected and will meet hometown favorite Greece in the quarter final round tomorrow. Brazil's Bernardo GOMES netted five goals in the game and his team will meet the USA in their next pairing. Australia won a narrow victory over the USA, a 5-4 result in their favor will match them up with Italy in the quarter finals.
 
Serbia was impressive scoring eight goals as they dismantled the challenge from France which could manage only three for the game. Dujan MANDIC would land the ball into the net four times for Serbia giving his team the right to play Croatia in the next round. France will meet Iran tomorrow. Montenegro scored 16 goals powered by three from Gavril SUBOTIC in their rout of Kuwait. Montenegro will play Spain in the quarters. Kuwait will meet Mexico next.

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