Gergely Csurka, FINA Media Committee Member (HUN)

Host Malta, Iran and Saudi Arabia made two out of two on the second day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo Development Trophy.

Austria clinched its first win in a strange match against Peru.

Saudi Arabia did a clean job in the opening game of the second day.

After a balanced first period the Saudis scored three goals in succession in a span of 2:18 minutes for a 2-6 lead and Singapore could never come any closer after that.

The Saudis, led by Bader Aldaughter who scored four in this match, thus jumped to the top of Group B.

In the other encounter Austria clinched its first win in a game of twists and turns.

Peru had the better start and gained a 1-2 lead but the Europeans produced a brilliant second period, Eldin Ribic and Johannes Gratzl scored two apiece to put the Austrians 5-2 up at half-time.

The Peruvians weren’t done, though, and late in the third they levelled the score in 97 seconds from three connecting possessions. But they couldn’t maintain this level and the Austrians staged a fine finish, netting two goals to claim their first win here.

In Group A, Iran had some struggles against Tunisia but finally managed to add a second win. They were always in front but couldn’t leave their rivals behind.

Tunisia kept coming back after being down 4-1, they trailed 5-4 and killed three man-downs but Rostaminian’s action goal late in the third gave Iran a 6-4 lead.

The fourth period was crazy with 8 goals, four apiece, Iran netted two after 7-6 and that was too much to handle for their opponents.

Uruguay took a great start in the evening match, they led 2-0 but Malta managed to go even before the first break (3-3). And the hosts started rolling in the second, again Steve Camilleri took the lion’s share of scoring, he netted two in this period which saw the Maltese going 3-6 up.

Though the Latin Americans pulled two back for 5-6 in the third but the hosts replied with four straight goals to decide the match before the last eight minutes (5-10).

Camilleri was at his best again, he finished this clash with 7 goals, just as the first one.

Results, Day 2

Game 5, 15.30 – Group B: Singapore v Saudi Arabia 5-10

Quarters: 2-3, 1-4, 2-2, 0-1 Referees: Peter Balzan (MLT), Felipe Montagne (URU)

Scorers Singapore: Chow 2, Ong, Yu, Teo Saudi Arabia: Aldaughter 4, Olayan 2, Gamal 2, Alzahrani, Alharbi

Game 6, 16.50 – Group A: Iran v Tunisia 10-8

Quarters: 3-1, 2-2, 1-1, 4-4 Referees: Jeremy Cheng (SGP), Hassan Ali Aljabri (KSA)

Scorers Iran: Abbasi 3, Keihani 2, Rostamian 2, Pirozkhah, Yazdankhah, Almasi Tunisia: Ghomrasni 3, Essaied 2, Fellah 2, Ben Hajkhlifa

Game 7, 18.10 – Group B: Austria v Peru 7-5

Quarters: 1-2, 4-0, 0-3, 2-0 Referees: Ulrich Spiegel (GER), Peter Balzan (MLT)

Scorers Austria: Gratzl 3, Ribic 3, Celebic Peru: Rojas 3, Grandez, Villar

Game 8, 19.30 – Group A: Uruguay v Malta 9-14

Quarters: 3-3, 0-3, 2-4, 4-4 Referees: Michiel Zwart (NED), Nestor Guerra (PER)

Scorers Uruguay: Brugnini 2, San Martin 2, Garcia, Sanguiet, Dominguez, Canepa, Falco Malta: S. Camilleri 7, Cousin 2, Mizzi 2, J. Camilleri, D. Zammit, Gabarretta

Standings

Group A 1. Malta 4, 2. Iran 4, 3. Uruguay 0, 4. Tunisia 0

Group B 1. Saudi Arabia 4, 2. Singapore 2, 3, Austria 2, 4. Peru 0