Dean Bauer, FINA Press Correspondent in Croatia

Game 16, 10:00, Australia – Japan, 14-13
Quarters: 1-3, 5-4, 4-1, 4-5
Referees: William Mackay (Canada) and Josko Prančić (Croatia)

AUSTRALIA: Damian Williams, Keenan Marsden 1, Charles Negus 2, Nickolas Elphick 6, Timothy Putt 1, Cristian Kyriakou, Luckas Mackaway, Chaz Poot 2, Jed Thompson 2, Jack, Marshall, Nicholas Poter.
Coach: Andrei Kovalenko
JAPAN: Towa Nishimura, Yuto Abo 1, Shimpel Omoto, Harukirario Koppu 3, Fuya Kawamoto 1, Yuki Takada 1, Kaname Tanaka 2, Toi Suzuki 3, Ikkei Nitta , Yusuke Inaba 2, Tobias Martenes.
Coach: Takahisa Minami
Australia  2 for 5
Japan: 5 for 10
Australia: 1 for 1
Japan:  -

Australia and Japan have played a very interesting game, full of twists and turns. Both teams were constantly alternating the lead during the match. At the end, the game was won by Australia, thanks to a winning goal by Nicholas Eplhick with 29 seconds before the end. It was his sixth goal during the match.


Game 17, 11:20, Spain – Egypt, 14-2
Quarters: 3-1, 4-0, 2-0, 5-1
Referees: Anlong Meng (China) i Ivan Rakovic (Serbia)

SPAIN: Javier Benavides,  Alvaro Garcia 2, Pablo Gomez 2, Jose Mario Tenorio 1, Josu Fernandez, Jordi Chico 1, Marc Salvador, Alvaro Granados 5, Oriol Rodriguez 3, Bernat Sanahuja, Oriol Albacete.
Coach: Mario Garcia
EGYPT: Omar Hariry, Abdallah Elsherbiny, Youssif Ali, Mohamed Elbehary, Karim Kassem, Karim Saleh , Ahmed Ayman, Amr Elafandy 1, Ahmed Khled, Saifelden Hesham 1, Marawan Reda.
Coach: Arsharaf  Mansour
Spain:  3 for 6
Egypt: 0 for   7

Spain:  -
Egypt: -

Not playing at its full strength, the team of Spain won the third round of the World Championships, thus ensuring the second place in Group C. Most of the Spanish players didn't show their full potential, but several nice actions in water by Alvaro Granados and Rodriguez Oriola were enough for a convincing triumph.


Game 18, 12:40, New Zealand – Serbia, 8-17
Quarters: 3-5, 1-4, 3-7, 1-1
Referees: Nicholas Hodgres (Australia) and Michael Batty (South Africa)

NEW ZEALAND: Bae Fountain, Cayne Dew 2, Jake Morris, Justin Pickering 2, Troy Armstrong, Dominic Rankin-Chitar, Jake Blundell, Nick Stankovich 2, Cooper Stewart 2, Ben Fleming, Christopher Downe.
Coach: Goran Sablic.
SERBIA: Stefan Todorovski, Lazar Vickovic 3, Vladan Mitrovic 3, Aleksandar Mirkovic 1, Luka Bosic 2, Petar Velkic 2, Djordje Stanic 3, Petar Tomic 1, Marko Jankovic 1, Kristijan Sulc 1, Milan Bulajic.
Coach: Zoran Milenkovic.
New Zealand:  2 for 10
Serbia: 5 for  10

New Zealand: 1 for 2
Serbia: 2 for 4
Serbia won its third consecutive match at the FINA World Men's Youth Water Polo Championships in Podgorica. The team of New Zealand managed to balance the game during the first quarter, but after that, Serbia increased the advantage. The fact that all the Serbian players scored at least one goal confirms the quality of the Serbian team who arrived in Montenegro with the firm intention to win the World title at the junior level as well.


Game 19, 17:00, USA – Croatia, 14-16
Quarters: 4-3, 3-5, 4-5, 3-3
Referees: Joan Colominas (Spain) and Balasz Szekely (Hungary)

USA: Samuel Krutonog, Hannes Daube 4, Marko Vavic 2, Ashworth Molthen 4, Quinten Osborne, Jacob Cavano 1, Denis Blyashov 2, Felix Brozyna-Vilim, Jacob Ehrhardt 1, Dylan Woodhead, Samuel Murphy.
Coach: Alexander Rodriguez
CROATIA: Luka Podrug, Branimir Herceg, Karlo Krekovic 1, Marko Valecic, Zvonimir Butic 2, Jacob Mercep 3, Duje Pejkovic, 1 Franko Lazic 5, Lovro Paparic 2, Matias Biljaka 2, Petar Bratim.
Coach: Josko Krekovic.
USA:  4 for 9
Croatia:  4 for 9

USA: 1 for 2
Croatia:  1 for 1

During the third period of the match, it's seemed that Americans would celebrate victory in the derby-match of Day 3 in Group D. But then, in the second part of the third quarter, young Barakudas, nickname of Croatian water polo national team, woke up. After goals by Karlo Krekovic, Matias Biljaka and twice by Franko Lazic, Croatia turned out the result from 9-11 to 13-11 in their favour. In the last period, things were easier. Croats scored two more goals for a four-goal advantage, 15-11, and calmly brought the game to an end.
"I am pleased with our performance in the second half of the match, while in the first two periods we had too many oscillations during the match which is very dangerous when you play against strong teams like USA," said Croatian team head coach Josko Krekovic.
The American team had a strong and loud support by Montenegrin fans. They managed to resist a long time, but had to concede to a better rival. Head coach of US team Alexander Rodriguez believes that the high number of top-Croatian players made the difference: "In the end, we ran out of power. We led for most of the game, but we did not withstand the powerful rhythm imposed by the Croatian players," considered Rodriguez.


Game 20, 18:20, Colombia – Canada, 11-17
Quarters: 4-5, 3-3, 3-4, 1-5
Referees: Marco Da Silva (Brasil) and Diego Garibaldi (Argentina)
COLOMBIA: Huan Diego Hidalgo, Simon Buitrago 2, Huan Manuel Forunda 4,  Hose Manuel Rueda 1, Santiago Cuervo 1, Sebastian Munoz, Daniel Grisales, Santiago Orosco 3, Emanuel Hurtado, Andres Felipe Mora, Manuel Quintero.
Coach: Bladimir Molina
CANADA: Aleksa Stanic, Gareth Jones 3, Alexis Reiher 3, Robert-Martyn Fraser 2, Benjamin Lemay-Lavoie 1, Harrison Henning 2, Reuel D'Souza 3, Blake Carnevale 2 , Milan Laban, Bogdan Djerkovic 1, Brody McKnight.
Coach: Andrew Muir
Colombia:  0 for 4
Canada: 6 for  9

Colombia:  for
Canada: 1 for 1

Canada was clearly superior in the third and fourth period and deserved its first victory in Podgorica. During the second quarter, Colombia was even in the lead (7-6), after three consecutive goals. However, Canada has until the end of the match controlled the game and the result.


Game 21, 19:40, Russia – Kazakhstan, 19-8
Quarters: 5-2, 6-3, 4-2, 4-1
Referees: Ayman Haroun (Egypt) and Andrej Laginja (Slovenia)

RUSSIA: Vladimir Andreev, Bogdan Melentev 3, Oleg Kucherenko 1, Emil Zinnurov 1, Kirill Semenov, Danill Pronin, Farkhad Salimov 3, Konstantin Sheikin 4, Nikita Krug 1, Timur Shaikhutdinov 6, Dmitrii Trusov.
Coach: Alexander Eryshov
KAZAKHSTAN: Vladislav Kolesnik, Stanislav Shvedov 2, Zhandos Akhamaev, Vitaliy Tarabanko, Vadim Kireev, Sergey Bogomolov 1, Klimentiy Zlobin, Olzhas Satpayev 1, Ruslan Akhmetov 2, Sultan Shonzhigitov 2, Paval Lipilin.
Coach: Dmitriy Khodzinskiy
Russia: 4  for 7
Kazakhstan: 4 for  7

Russia:  -
Kazakhstan:  -

Russia does not shine, but wins, which is the most important. In the third round of the World Championships, the young water polo players of Russia beat Kazakhstan with a convincing 11-goal difference, 19-8. The next Russian match in this group, the derby with Greece, will decide the winner of Group A. Timur Shaikhutdinov (RUS) was the best man in the pool with six goals: he was one of the key-players in the comfortable win for his team against Kazakhstan.


Game 22, 21:00, Hungary – Brazil, 23-14
Quarters: 4-2, 7-2, 7-6, 5-4
Referees: Damir Temyrkhanov (Kazakhstan) and Haldun Toygarli (Turkey)

HUNGARY: Gabor Leposa, Alexsander Kardos 2, Benedek Baksa 3, Viktor Vadovics 5, A'bel Lukacs 1, Peter Sugar 2, Gergo Fekete 1, Andras Teleki 4, Adam Nagy 1, Gergely Burian 4, Marc Banyai.
Coach: Gyorgy Horkai
BRAZIL: Joao Fernandez, Vinicius Henrique Pessin, Luis Ricardo Silva 2, Gabriel Poci, Fabricio Lacerda, Enriko De Munno, Rafael Real 10, Alexandre Kerkis, Marcos Paolo Pedroso, Mateus Stellet 2, Alexandre Mendes.
Coach: Angelo Koelho
Hungary:  8 for 10
Brasil: 4 for 12

Hungary:  -
Brasil: 1 for 1

From the middle of first quarter, Hungarians scored 8 consecutive goals and reached the convincing lead of 10-2 at the first minutes of second period. The outcome of the match was sealed and the last winner of the day was decided. The most brilliant player in the Brazilian team was Rafael Real who scored a record of 10 goals and saved the honour of the South American squad. Hungary expects a difficult match on Monday, against Italy (18:20). If the Magyar team wins this match, they will be number 2 in the group, but Italy has its own calculations, as they are still in the race for first place.




Group A: Russia 6, Greece 4, Canada 2, Colombia 0, Kazakhstan 0

Group B: Italy 3, Montenegro 3, Hungary 2, Brazil 0

Group C: Australia 4, Spain 4, Japan 2, Egypt 2, South Africa 0

Group D: Serbia 6, Croatia 4, USA 2, New Zealand 0, China 0