Dean Bauer, FINA Press Correspondent in Croatia

Games 29, 10.00, Colombia - Greece 8-31

Quarters: 2-8, 1-8, 2-8, 3-7

Referees: Josuke Kajiwara (Japan) and Nicholas Hodgres (Australia)

COLOMBIA: Huan Diego Hidalgo, Simon Buitrago1 , Huan Manuel Forunda, Hose Manuel Rueda, Santiago Cuervo 1, Sebastian Munoz 1, Juan Tobon, Santiago Orozco 4, Emanuel Hurtado 1, Andres Felipe Mora, Manuel Quintero.
Coach: Bladimir Molina
GREECE: Adamanttios Mantis, Georgios Gkikas, Nikolaos Gradikas 6, Konastantinos Kakaris 1, Dimitrios Nikolaidis 7, Alexandros Papanastrasiou 4, Grigorios Giannopoulos 4, Nikolaos Delagrammatikas 4, Polymeris Prosiniklis, Nikolas Papasifakis 5, Dimitrios Kourouvanis.
Coach: Theodoros Catzitheodorou

Colombia: 2 for 4
Greece: 5 for 8

Colombia: -
Greece: 1 for 2


Greece started leading the game right from the beginning of the third minute and after the first period it was clear that they would try to reach another victory at The World Championship, and eventually they succeeded.
Winning first place in A Group, Greece have directly qualified to the quarterfinals.

Games 30, 11.20, Kazakhstan - Canada 8-14
Quarters: 3-3, 2-3, 0-6, 3-2
Referees: Diego Garibaldi (Argentina) and Michael Batty (South Africa)

KAZAKHSTAN: Vladislav Kolesnik, Stanislav Shvedov, Zhandos Akhamaev 1, Vitaliy Tarabanko, Vadim Kireev 1, Sergey Bogomolov 1, Klimentiy Zlobin, Olzhas Satpayev, Ruslan Akhmetov 3, Sultan Shonzhigitov 2, Paval Lipilin.
Coach: Dmitriy Khodzinskiy
CANADA: Aleksa Stanic, Gareth Jones 3, Alexis Reiher, Robert-Martyn Fraser 1, Harrison Henning, Mark Spooner 1, Reuel D'Souza 2, Blake Carnevale 5, Jake Morris, Bogdan Đerković 2, Brody McKnight.
Coach: Andrew Muir

Kazakhstan: 0 for 5
Canada: 6 for 13

Kazakhstan: 1 for 1
Canada: -


Canada deafted Kazakhstan, and took the third place of Group A and advanced to the second round of the competition. The winner was decided in the third period, when Canadians scored 6 goals and Kazakhs none.

Games 31, 12.40, Australia - South Africa 15-9
Quarters: 3-2, 3-4, 5-1, 4-2

Referees: Anlong Meng (China) amd Josko Prancic (Croatia)

AUSTRALIA: Damian Williams, Keenan Marsden 3, Charles Negus 2, Samuel Nangle 1, Timothy Putt 3, Lachalan Vos 1, Luckas Mackaway, Chaz Poot 1, Jed Thompson 2, Jack Marshall 2, Nicholas Porter.
Coach: Andrei Kovalenko
SOUTH AFRICA: Keegan Clark, Michael Stewart 1, Tristan Fin 1, Caleb Simpson 1, Wanye Phillips, Sven Van Zyl 3, Malcolm Mc Callum, Mathew Hamilton 1, Dylan Cronje 2, Keagan Aiken, Thomas, Eichner.
Coach: Andrew Stewart.

Australia: 3 for 6
South Africa: 5 for 7

Australia: 1 for 1
South Africa: -

Australian players had a relaxed start in the match against South Africa and they faced had a series of problems during the first two periods.
In the break between the third and fourth periods, Australian head coach Andrei Kovalenko further motivated his players. However, as a result of the criticism from the bench, a much better game kicked-off in a last eight minutes of the match. With this victory Australia confirmed its first place of Group C with a maximum of four wins.

Games 33, 18.20, New Zealand – China 13-12
Quarters: 5-1, 2-4, 4-3, 2-4

Referees: Joan Colominas (Spain) nad Stephen O'Brien (Ireland)

NEW ZEALAND: Bae Fountain, Cayne Dew 4, Jake Morris, Justin Pickering 1, Troy Armstrong 2, Dominic Rankin-Chitar 1, Jake Blundell, Nick Stankovich 4, Nick Paterson 1, Cooper Stewart, Christopher Downe.
Coach: Goran Sablic.
CHINA: Jun Jing Wang, Bei Yi Wang 5, Jun Tian Wang, Jin Peng Zhang, Wei Tang 2, Yi Lu 1, Bo Ren She 1, Xing Meng He 1, Ding Song Shen 2, Chi Liao, Xue Lin Wu.
Coach: Ling Jun Mao

New Zealand: 2 for 8
China: 7 for 12

New Zealand: 2 for 2
China: 0 for 1

Although New Zealand solved the first period in their favour, China was close to a big surprise. Only a minute and a half before the end of match, screen showing 12:12, China had a counter-attack, but Yi Lu unfortunately failed to score and bring his teammates to a win. In the following action,the Chinese lost the advantage. Nick Stankovich scored a penalty shot for New Zealand – the goal to victory in this match, but also New Zealand first victory in Podgorica since Friday.

Games 35, 19.40, USA - Serbia 7-12
Quarters: 1:3, 0-1, 3-4, 3-4

Referees: Alberto Rovida (Italy) and Haldun Toygarli (Turska)

USA: Samuel Krutonog, Hannes Daube 1, Marko Vavic, Chasen Travisano, Quinten Osborne, Ashort Molthen 2, Denis Blyashov 2, Felix Brozyna-Vilim, Jacob Ehrhardt 2, Dylan Woodhead, Samuel Murphy.
Coach: Alexander Rodriguez
SERBIA: Stefan Todorovski, Lazar Vickovic, Vladan Mitrovic, Nikola Lukic 1, Luka Bosic 1, Petar Velkic 1, Djordje Stanic 1, Petar Tomic 2, Marko Jankovic 4, Kristijan Sulc 2, Milan Bulajic.
Coach: Zoran Milenkovic.


USA: 2 for 14
Serbia: 6 for 8
USA: 1 for 1
Serbia: -

A large number of unrealised opportunities in man-up situations cost Team USA the possibility to win facing the favourites- Serbia, who deservedly now top Group D.

"We have played well in defense, especially with one less player, I would say" said Marko Jankovic who scored 4 goals for Serbia.

Team USA could of course not be satisfied with the final result of the game against Serbia. They missed more opportunities to catch up, especially in the second period.

"We had to be better and we could have won. Now, I can only congratulate Serbia on the victory" said Dylan Woodhead from USA.

Games 33, 17.00, Egypt – Japan 13-19
Quarters: 2-6, 3-4, 3-4, 5-5

Referees: William Mackay (Canada) and John Waldow (New Zealand)

EGYPT: Omar Hariry, Abdallah Elsherbiny 1, Youssif Ali 2, Mohamed Elbehary2, Karim Kassem 1, Karim Saleh 2, Ahmed Ayman 4, Amr Elafandy, Ahmed Khled, Saifelden Hesham 1, Marawan Reda.
Coach: Arsharaf Mansour
JAPAN: Towa Nishimura, Yuto Abo 3, Shimpel Omoto, Harukirario Koppu 1, Fuya Kawamoto, Yuki Takada, Kaname Tanaka 2, Toi Suzuki 4, Ikkei Nitta 3, Yusuke Inaba 6, Tobias Martenes.
Coach: Takahisa Minami

Egypt: 3 for 9
Japan: 7 for 12
Egypt: 1 for 1
Japan: 1 for 1

Japan beat Egypt in a direct duel for the third place of C Group. With this victory, Japanese national team secured a place in the 1/8-final match on Wednesday. Yosuke Inaba with 6 more goals reached third place in the list of besz scorers with a total of 18 goals since the start of the tournament.

Games 36, 21.00, Brazil - Montenegro 11-19
Quarters: 1-5, 4-4, 4-4, 2-6

Referees: George Polychronopoulos (Greece) and Humberto Navaro (USA)
BRAZIL: Joao Fernandez, Vinicius Henrique Pessin 1, Luis Ricardo Silva 1, Gabriel Poci, Fabricio Eduardo Rios, Enrico de Munno 1, Rafael Real 8, Alexandre Kerkis, Marcos Paolo Pedroso, Mateus Stellet, Alexandre Mendes.
Coach: Angelo Koelho
MONTENEGRO: Miloš Krivokapic, Dimitrije Raskovic, Savo Cetkovic 2, Nicolas Saveljic 2, Dusan Matkovic 1,Vedran Latkovic 1, Aleksa Ukropina 4, Petar Mijuskovic 5, Djuro Radovic 4, Dušan Banicevic, Branko Franeta.
Coach: Veljko Uskokovic.


Brasil: 5 for 8
Montenegro: 5 for 7
Brasil: 1 for 1
Montenegro: 1 for 1

The host nation team only seriously played in two period - the first and last quarters, which was were enough for Montenegro to win the best South American team. In the Brasilian side, Rafael Real was again in a great mood and scored 8 goals.


GROUP A: Greece 8, Russia 6, Canada 4, Colombia 2, Kazakhstan 0.

GROUP B: Montenegro 5, Hungary 4, Italy 3, Brasil 0.

GROUP C: Australia 8, Spain 6, Japan 4, Egypt 2, Sout Africa 0.

GROUP D: Serbia 8, Croatia 6, USA 4, New Zealand 2, China 0.

Matches of 1/8 finals of World Championship, at Wednesday, August, 31: Hungary - Japan, Canada - Croatia, Russia - USA and Italy - Spain.