WP Juniors 2011 (W), Day 3: Hungary, Russia, Greece and Spain in the quarters

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HUN player - credit: mc59.comTRIESTE, Italy (September 13) - Hungary, Russia, Greece and Spain clinched the top spots of their respective groups and qualified directly to the quarterfinals at the FINA World Junior Women’s Water Polo Championships, taking place in Trieste (ITA) until September 17, 2011.

Australia, the Netherlands and the US had a strong chance to reach the best eight while Italy and Canada face each other in a mouth-watering clash on Wednesday.

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WP Juniors 2011 (W), Day 2: Ten teams already qualified

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Spanish player - credit: mc59.comTRIESTE, Italy (September 12) - Though ten teams are through after the second round, the great excitements are still ahead even at this stage in Trieste, at the 9th FINA World Junior Women’s Water Polo Championships.

None of the group-winners have been determined: in Group A and Group B the goal-differences of the last round games will be interesting as the group-leaders had ties in their games against each other (on the opening day). Group C and D will see a battle for the top spot on Day 3. Still, Australia, Hungary, China, Russia, Netherlands, Uzbekistan, USA, Greece, Spain and Canada booked their places in the knock-out phase.

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

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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

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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

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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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