Perth 2012, Day 4 (Men): Italy crushes Serbia and one win short of quarterfinal berth

World Youth Water Polo Championships

ITA vs SRB - credit: Anthony PearseDecember 4, 2012 PERTH - Down but not out. That’s the word from Serbian great Dejan Savic, who is coaching his national boys’ team at the FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships in Perth. Serbia struck a brick wall against Italy on Tuesday, losing 10-4 in what was billed as one of the most highly anticipated group stage games of the tournament. Savic said tomorrow was another day and expects his team to lift for the rest of the championship.

Italy has just winless Peru to pass on Wednesday to claim Group D and advance to Friday’s quarterfinals. The well-drilled Italians were superior in every facet of play and signalled their championship intentions to the rest of the men’s competition.

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Perth 2012, Day 3 (Women): USA, Greece, Australia and Canada win through to quarterfinals

World Youth Water Polo Championships

ITA vs USA - credit: Anthony PearseDecember 4, 2012 PERTH - United States of America, Greece, Australia and Canada have won their groups of the women’s competition at the FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships at Perth’s Challenge Stadium. They earn the day off tomorrow and next front for Thursday’s quarterfinals. USA became the first group winner in Group C, despite losing 9-10 to Italy today. Two previous wins earned four points and Italy lifted to four. Hungary defeated India 38-2 leaving the top three teams equal on points.

In the first tiebreak, USA and Hungary finished with +1 when taking into account the goals scored in the three games between the trio, and Italy had -2. In the next tiebreak, USA won the match between against Hungary 8-6 for the group win. Italy proved the better team throughout with more experience and sharper reactions, especially on extra-man attack. To the USA’s credit, it turned a three-quarter 8-5 deficit into 8-8 midway through the final quarter, only to have two quick extra-man goals scored against. A consolation goal came 17 seconds from time.

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Perth 2012, Day 3 (Men): Brazil takes on and nearly upsets Serbia

World Youth Water Polo Championships

BRA vs SRBDecember 3, 2012 PERTH - Brazil nearly gate-crashed Serbia’s party when they clashed in a Group D men’s match at the FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships at Perth’s Challenge Stadium on Monday. Brazil rattled in three unanswered goals to start the game and kept Serbia honest for the rest of the match. Brazil trailed 4-3 at halftime and 7-6 at three-quarter time and was just 9-8 behind inside the final five minutes before Serbian Olympic bronze medallist Dusan Mandic scored his third consecutive goal and cruised to 12-8 before conceding a late goal for 12-9. It was a fantastic effort from the Brazilians who will be hosting the 2016 Olympic Games and augurs well for the future of the game in the country.

While Brazil’s shooters were piercing Serbia’s wall at will, the closeness of the match can be laid at the feet, or more importantly, hands of goalkeeper Bernardo Campos. His blistering speed and ability to stop shots in the corners was paramount to Brazil’s ability to stay in the match. He stopped a minimum of 12 telling shots and set up goals at the other end. Finally, Serbia’s strength and calmness under pressure showed through for its third victory.

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Perth 2012, Day 2 (Women): Canada and Brazil battle out a 9-9 draw

World Youth Water Polo Championships

BRA vs CANDecember 3, 2012 PERTH - The battle of the Americas took pride of place in day-two action of the women’s competition at the FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships in Perth on Monday. Canada and Brazil battled to a 9-9 Group B draw after a see-saw match in which Canada led 4-2 at halftime and the game was locked at 6-6 heading into the final quarter.

The game had many highlights, not least of all stirring comeback periods from both sides and another brilliant individual scoring display by Brazil’s Izabella Chiappini, who bagged another seven goals to go with the eight she put past New Zealand on Sunday. Canada was playing its first match of the tournament while Brazil now tops the three-team group with three points following a first-up win over New Zealand (13-10), who had a bye today.

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Mexico 2012, Day 3: China takes home 1st Synchro World Trophy title

Synchro World Trophy

Chinese Team - credit: Giorgio ScalaDecember 2, 2012 MEXICO CITY - The Free combination routine concluded the seventh edition of the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy in Mexico. Dynamic and versatile, the Free combination features all the possibilities of this artistic discipline - solo, duet, trio and teams – in a single routine and China took again the spotlight on the last day, winning the overall competition with 384.625 points. Japan (379.450 points) and Ukraine (378.775 points) completed the podium, second and third respectively. The podium was the same in the Free combination routine.

China entered in this competition showing strength and confirming their intention to reach the top of the synchro world hierarchy. The Chinese girls delivered a vibrant routine wearing red swimsuits, the colour of the country, with an original choreography, marked by perfect body balance and height of figures.

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