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Day 3: FINA Water Polo Challengers' Cup in Singapore

FINA Water Polo Challengers Cup 2019
Singapore City, Singapore
Match 9, 15:00, Group B, INDONESIA 15 HONG KONG 7
Results & Teams

Match 9, 15:00, Group B, INDONESIA 15 HONG KONG 7

Quarters: 2-1, 4-3, 4-2, 5-1

Referees: Stephen O’Brien (IRE), Kum Weng Lau ((SGP).

Extra man: INA: 5/14. HKG: 4/13.

Penalties: INA: 2/2.

Teams:

INDONESIA: Madb Arsana, Beby Tarigan, Muhammad Firdaus, Silvester Goldberg, Fakri Mahmud (2), Andi Uwayzulqarni, Yusif Budiman (1), Rezza Putra (1), Delvin Feliciano (2), Ridjkie Mulia (6), Rian Rinaldo (2), Zaenal Arifin (1), Niovian Dwiputra. Head Coach: Milos Sakovic.

HONG KONG: Cheuk Kong, Wang Yiu (1), Kong Chun Fung (2), Kong Ching Fung, Chun Ip, Hok Lau, Ho Ko, Cheuk Cheung (1), Ting Wong, Gilman Choi (1), Siu Cheng, Hei Cheng (2), Si Wong. Head Coach: Jinwen Zhao.

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Indonesia made sure of a third win ahead of its Friday group decider against Austria, beating Hong Kong, which worked so well against Austria the day before. Indonesia did it slowly, building after each quarter and running away with the match after being 12-7 with just over three minutes remaining. Ridjkie Mulia sent his goal tally into the stratosphere with six more goals to go with the 22 in the previous two encounters. He did the damage in the first three periods for six of the first nine goals when the match was virtually settled. How he will go against Austria will be the true test of his ability. Hong Kong did well to keep Indonesia close. Both teams worked well on extra-man attack with Indonesia gaining two penalty goals, something that has not been utilised fully by teams here, especially as the new rules allow for plenty of chances. Hong Kong lost two players to three major fouls with dual scorer Kong Chun Fung going midway through the third period and Hei Cheng leaving with six minutes remaining in the match. For Hong Kong it was a second loss, following its 19-6 loss to Austria. It had the bye on day one. Austria and host Singapore, both on lay days, played a scratch match today.

Match 10, 16:30, Group A, PHILIPPINES 11 MALAYSIA 8
Results & Teams

Match 10, 16:30, Group A, PHILIPPINES 11 MALAYSIA 8

Quarters: 2-1, 5-2, 2-3, 2-2

Referees: Sergey Naumov (RUS), Joe Peila (USA).

Extra man: PHI: 5/9. MAS: 4/11.

Penalties: PHI: 0/3. MAS: 2/2.

Teams:

PHILIPPINES: Tani Gomez, Matthew Royce, Macgyver Reyes, Mark Valdez (1), Mico Anota, Vincent Sicat (1), Reynaldo Salonga (1), Teodoro Canete (1), Romark Belo, Adam Gonzales (2), Muammar Alamara (4), Juan Serrano (1), Abnel Amiladjid. Head Coach: Dale Evangelisa.

MALAYSIA: Huan Chee, Yi Tan (2), Bryan Wong (1), Yi Xiang Toh, Joanah Boonchuay, Yi Hang Toh (4), Irshad Mohd (1), Tzw Khieu, Jesaiah Abraham, Zhao Heong, Vivekanandan Sharvin, Wenhang Lai, Xu Lee. Head Coach: Yong Voon.

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Philippines swam to its second victory after an opening loss to Ireland and an 18-2 win over Zimbabwe on Wednesday. Playing a fellow SEA Games opponent, the pair faced off at the last SEA event two years ago with Malaysia winning 8-7. Philippines looked the better team throughout, although Malaysia showed glimpses, desperately trying to keep in touch. That it did through captain Yi Tan with the first two and Yi Toh with the next three. However, Philippines built the result on a 5-1 lead three minutes into the second quarter to lead 7-3 at the half. Tan and Philippines’ Teodoro Canete both scored six-metre goals, playing the ball, shifting towards goals and slamming in the shot. Too few of these shots have been taken in Singapore. Muammar Alamara became the second Filipino to miss a penalty attempt, but he made up for the ball hitting the bar when he scored on the next attack for his third of the match and 8-3. Toh’s two goals and a driving lob from Bryan Wong brought Malaysia to within three at the final break with a sniff of a chance. When Wong made a professional foul on the breaking Canete, Philippines took a timeout and gave the ball to Alamara to score from the top on the first pass for 10-6. Just when it looked like Philippines was heading into the sunset, Toh converted a penalty at the other end and kept the match alive at 4:47. Philippines had a third penalty shot missed with Huan Chee making his second block. However, Mark Valdez pushed it out to 11-7 before Irshad Mohd converted extra-man attack after a timeout for the final 11-8 score.

 

Match 11, 18:00, Group B, CHINESE TAIPEI 6 INDIA 33
Results & Teams

Match 11, 18:00, Group B, CHINESE TAIPEI 6 INDIA 33

Quarters: 3-9, 1-10, 2-7, 0-7

Referees: Richard Dilapdilap (PHI), Christopher Davison (ZIM).

Extra man: TPE: 0/4. IND: 2/3.

Penalties: TPE: 1/1.

Teams:

CHINESE TAIPEI: Li-Ting Huang, Jeng Wu (1), Hao Lin, Yu-Tang Lin (4), Yu Lu (1), Yen-Yang Chen, Ting Chou, To Fang, Ming-Han Huang, Ting-Yu Lin. Head Coach: Shih-Ching Lin.

INDIA: Babu Aneesh, Kunde Ashwinikumar (9), Dharumarasu Manimaran (1), Sasi Aneeshkumar (3), Sisupalan Shibinlal (4), Yadav Vishal (2), Varghese Sibin (3), Gireesh Anathu (1), Uttekar Uday (3), Kadukkattil Rahul (3), Gopinathan Praveen (2), Vaidya Shreyas (2), Surendran Jithu. Head Coach: Ajitsingh Shobhawhat.

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India bounced back from its day off and the opening 23-10 loss to Indonesia on the opening day. It was all built on counter-attack and the fiercely aggressive Indians turned a 2-2 draw three minutes into the quarter into a 9-3 quarter-time break that set the seal on the match. Steals and superior swimming skills were the order of the day as the fresher Indians took control with devastating results. Four of the goals came from Kunde Ashwinikumar, who went on to score nine goals and obviously take out the accolade of player of the match as India proved too much of a handful for Chinese Taipei.

Match 12, 19:30, Group A, ZIMBABWE 6 IRELAND 17
Results & Teams

Match 12, 19:30, Group A, ZIMBABWE 6 IRELAND 17

Quarters: 0-3, 2-4, 2-4, 2-6

Referees: Paul Kovac (AUT), Joe Piela (USA).

Extra man: ZIM: 2/5. IRE: 2/6.

Penalties: IRE: 1/1.

Teams:

ZIMBABWE: Dylan Woodhouse, Alexander Zwart (1), Giovanni Fargnoli (1), Conor King (1), Johannes Kloppers (1), Bradley Crause (1), Brendon Werrett, Tyler Rowe, Justin Buchanan, Bruce Botton (1), Rhyder Quinlan, Craig Bydawell, Luke Lister. Head Coach: Tyron Jardine.

IRELAND: Eoin Doyle, Mark Moran (2), Stevie Nolan, Cillian Colvin (2), Mathew Hanna, Adam Caulfield (1), Stiofan McMahon (7), Jonathan Donnelly, Eoin Bridgmont (1), Eoin Nolan (4), Adrian Hanna, Ciaran Walshe, Shane O’Brien. Head Coach: Goran Sablic.

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Ireland came back from a day off to send off Zimbabwe with better speed, basically. Shooting had to be sharp to get past Zimbabwean goalkeeper Dylan Woodhouse who excelled in the first day’s clash with Singapore. In was Eoin Nolan who showed his class early with three of the first four goals with his second an excellent cross-pass steer in from the right-post position. The match moved on to 7-0 before Zimbabwe made the scoresheet through Johannes Kloppers who received the dry pass on a three-metre drive to score easily. Bradley Crause backed up with an extra-man advantage goal from the top after a few baulks to close the first-half scoring. Zimbabwe continued its fine second-quarter effort with consecutive goals after Ireland opened the margin to 9-2. Alexander Zwart tipped in a backward shot to just get over the line for 9-3 and Giovanni Fargnoli used his left arm to go use, firing into the top corner for 9-4. Ireland was unhappy with that and shot to 11-4 through McMahon from two metres with three baulks and Adam Caulfield with a deflected goal. The final quarter went Ireland’s way again with Mark Moran cross-caging for 12-4 before Bruce Botton replied quickly with a muscle shot from deep right for 12-5. Moran, slackly defended, walked in to score his second in 90 seconds, just getting the ball across the line. Stiofan McMahon, who started his goal surge with a penalty strike at 5-0, nailed his fifth for 14-5 when for the second time in the match he lobbed from deep left. Colvin countered for 15-5 as Zimbabwe was starting to tire. McMahon received the final pass on counter at 1:10 and Zimbabwe took a timeout for that extra rest, which meant a fast s, unsuccessful, shot. On the counter, McMahon received a cross pass for his seventh goal and the player-of-the-match award. Conor King converted extra-man attack for Zimbabwe on the final buzzer for 17-6. Zimbabwe proved that with international competition that this event allows lesser nations, it could get better match by match. The constant exposure for its players to other nations is proving heady stuff and hopefully the enthusiasm gained will see the competition for places in the team build in coming years.

Singapore, October 10.— It is the third day of the FINA Water Polo Challengers’ Cup men’s tournament at the OCBC Aquatic Centre in Singapore.

Indonesia gained its third win of the week in Group B, defeating Hong Kong 15-7 with man-of-the-moment Ridjkie Mulia netting six goals to go with the seven from day one and 15 on day two for a tally of 28. India raced to a 19-4 halfdtime lead and finished at 33-6 for its first win of the week, thanks to the wicked arm and agility of speedster Kunde Ashwinikumar and his nine goals.

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10Oct2019

Day 3: FINA Water Polo Challengers' Cup in Singapore

Singapore, October 10.— It is the third day of the FINA Water Polo Challengers’ Cup men’s tournament at the OCBC Aquatic Centre in Singapore.

Progress points:
Group A: Singapore 4, Philippines 2, Ireland 2, Malaysia 0, Zimbabwe 0.
Group B: Austria 4, Indonesia 4, Hong Kong 0, India 0, Chinese Taipei 0. 

2019
Singapore City, Singapore
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10Oct2019

Days 2: FINA Water Polo Challengers' Cup in Singapore

FINA Water Polo Challengers Cup 2019
Match 5, 15:00, Group B, CHINESE TAIPEI 15 INDONESIA 31
Results & Teams

Match 5, 15:00, Group B, CHINESE TAIPEI 15 INDONESIA 31 

Quarters: 1-11, 1-9, 6-3, 7-8

Referees: Chee Wee (MAS), Christopher Davison (ZIM).

Extra man: TPE: 0/0. INA: 1/2.

Penalties: INA: 2/2.

Teams:

CHINESE TAIPEI: Li-Ting Huang, Jeng Wu, Hao Lin (1), Yu-Tang Lin (3), Yu Lu (6), Yen-Yang Chen (2), Ting Chou (2), To Fang (1), Ming-Han Huang, Ting-Yu Lin. Head Coach: Shih-Ching Lin.

INDONESIA: Madb Arsana (1), Beby Tarigan (1), Muhammad Firdaus (1), Silvester Goldberg (2), Fakri Mahmud (1), Andi Uwayzulqarni (1), Yusif Budiman (3), Rezza Putra (2), Delvin Feliciano (1), Ridjkie Mulia (15), Rian Rinaldo (2), Arifin Zaenal (1), Niovian Dwiputra. Head Coach: Milos Sakovic.

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Indonesia made it a second big-scoring victory in as many days, starting strongly and cruising through the remainder of the quarters. Indonesia is a worthy challenger for the title. Player of the match Ridjkie Mulia was in awesome control of the match with his love of stealing the ball at the top and racing away to score on counter. Sometimes he just seagulled and awaited the stolen ball to come his way. He scored five successive goals to end the first quarter and five of the first six in the second period as he brought up his 10th goal. He then passed off to allow others to score before netting five more in the final period for a staggering 15 tally. Chinese Taipei, a young team, including a 15-year-old, scored in each of the periods — the first when the goalkeeper fumbled the ball, which was shot low, and the second a first-rate steering of the ball into goal from two metres by Yu Lu, who scored twice against Austria on the first day. One of the most memorable goals came at 13-1 when Indonesian goalkeeper Madb Arsana came into the attack and drilled the ball from the right-hand-catch position. Then Chinese Taipei tried Indonesia’s tactics to start the third quarter and it worked. Four unanswered goals — three on counter or seagull and one from centre forward through Yu-Tang Lin, who netted three of the four. The quarter ended 6-3 in Chinese Taipei’s favour with Lu gaining his second and third. He netted the first two goals for his team in the fourth as Chinese Taipei bounced back in style, gaining a 10th goal at 5:48. Mulia brought himself back into the scoring game with five more goals as Chinese Taipei failed to shut him down or even guard him closely. He has the ability to make space out of nothing and make it look easy. He scored seven goals against India on day one and will challenge Austria’s Albert Schimidt for the top goal-scoring position. Both teams troubled the goalkeepers in the final minutes and Mulia lifted to 15 goals while the statistic that mattered for Chinese Taipei, playing with just 10 men, was the 7-8 quarter score, which at one stage was 5-5. Lu finished the scoring with a marvellous centre-forward turn and lob for his sixth goal. One could say that his effort was equal to Mulia’s bagful of goals.

Match 6, 16:30, Group A, ZIMBABWE 2 PHILIPPINES 18
Results & Teams

Match 6, 16:30, Group A, ZIMBABWE 2 PHILIPPINES 18

Quarters: 0-4, 0-2, 1-7, 1-5

Referees: Paul Kovac (AUT), Sankit Shinde (IND).

Extra man:  ZIM: 0/4. PHI: 4/7.

Penalties: ZIM: 1/2. PHI: 3/4.

Teams:

ZIMBABWE: Dylan Woodhouse, Alexander Zwart, Giovanni Fargnoli, Conor King, Johannes Kloppers, Bradley Crause, Brendon Werrett, Tyler Rowe, Justin Buchanan (1), Bruce Botton (1), Rhyder Quinlan, Craig Bydawell, Luke Lister. Head Coach: Tyron Jardine.

PHILIPPINES: Tani Gomez, Matthew Royce, Macgyver Reyes, Mark Valdez (1), Mico Anota, Vincent Sicat (2), Reynaldo Salonga (6), Teordoro Canete (5), Romark Belo (1), Adam Gonzales (2), Muammar Alamara (1), Juan Serano, Abnel Amiladjid. Head Coach: Dale Evangelisa.

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This was by far different from the previous match with Philippines looking for a first win after the four-goal loss to Ireland on day one. Zimbabwe left with a second loss and denied as many goals as the day before (2-5). Philippines had the better of the match and proved superior skills and combinations, built on a solid defence, brought goals. It was 4-0 at the quarter break and could easily have been 6-0 except for the brilliance of Zimbabwean goalkeeper Dylan Woodhouse (above) who blocked point-blank two Philippines counter-attacks. Zimbabwe gave up two penalty fouls, which Roy Canete punished both times. Zimbabwe struggled to get good ball into the centre and when it did the shots were blocked or sent wide. Singapore was excellent at stealing off the two-metre man and sending the team on counter. Woodhouse stopped two more including an awesome block of a Teodoro Canete penalty shot. The first goal of the second came at 2:01 ending nearly eight minutes of a goal-starved spectator tribune. Philippines easily moved to 9-0 by midway through the third and a minute later Zimbabwe converted a penalty foul to open its account. Philippines netted a third penalty goal through Muammar Alamara for 10-1 and when Adam Gonzales scored at 11-1, it was probably the 15th counter-attack goal of the day in the first two matches. Justin Buchanan stopped the seven-goal surge by Philippines from 6m for 16-2 at 5:11 in the last quarter. Player of the match Reynaldo Salonga (below) was enjoying himself with three goals in the first half and three in the second — two on counter. Both teams swapped goalkeepers for the final quarter and did not fail to impress with multiple saves. Canete closed the scoring with his fifth goal.

Match 7, 18:00, Group B, AUSTRIA 19 HONG KONG 6
Results & Teams

Match 7, 18:00, Group B, AUSTRIA 19 HONG KONG 6

Quarters: 2-1, 6-2, 5-1, 6-2

Referees: Joe Peila (USA), Stephen O’Brien (IRE).

Extra man: AUT: 3/8  HKG: 1/8.

Penalties: HKG: 1/1.

Teams:

AUSTRIA: Salkan Samardzic (1), Tobias Schlappack (1), Nick Vondrak, Bernhard Fridrik, Tobias Lang (2), Eldin Ribic (1), Albert Schimidt (1), Aleksandar Antovic (4), Marko Bosnjak (2), Johannes Gratzl (1), Markus Cech (3), Florian Lukas (2), Filip Popic (1). Head Coach: Barnabas Steinmetz.

HONG KONG: Cheuk Kong, Wang Yiu, Kong Chun Fung (1), Kong Ching Fung (1), Chun Ip (1), Hok Lau, Ho Ko, Cheuk Cheung, Ting Wong, Gilman Choi (3), Siu Cheng, Hei Cheng, Si Wong. Head Coach: Jinwen Zhao.

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Austria claimed its second win and confirmed its favouritism for the crown despite some stubborn play by Hong Kong. Austria should have continued where it left off the day before while Hong Kong did its homework in its bye day. Austria scored first inside the first two minutes, but Hong Kong was equal to the task and converted extra-man attack through Gilman Choi. It was only the thoughtfulness and daring of Austrian captain Salkan Samardzic who snapped up a last shot from Hong Kong and sent it soaring as the buzzer sounded. The ball skied to the Hong Kong goal and went into the cage above the head of the despairing head of Cheuk Kong. It was some minor satisfaction for dual Olympic champion Barnabas Steinmetz who had his glory days with Hungary and now coaches Austria. Hong Kong pressed and guarded brilliantly and especially limited the chances of Albert Schimidt who had five goals in Tuesday’s first quarter against Chinese Taipei. Hong Kong is another class, however, especially with captain Choi producing amazing skills at both ends of the pool. Cheuk Kong was instrumental to Hong Kong’s good position, stopping many shots and, more importantly, making Austria think hard about shooting. Player of the match Markus Cech broke the 2-2 deadlock with two goals from the deep left only for Kong Ching Fung to convert a well-designed extra-man attack after a timeout. Three goals in two and a half minutes, including two from left-hander Marko Bosnjak, pushed the score out to 7-3, followed by a deflected goal to Tobias Schlappack for what was a deserved five-goal margin at the long break. Austria’s dominance was maintained in the third period with the one aberration being Chun Ip’s beautiful score off the right-post position. Florian Lukas scored twice with the second an opportune rebound that came right back to his hand for 13-4, the last score of the period despite still 2:27 being left on the clock. Filip Popic enjoyed his first touch of the ball in goal for Austria blocking a point-blank shot to start the fourth period. Aleksandar Antovic gained his third with a strong right-hand shot from the deep right, squeezing it into the bottom right for the 10-goal margin. He followed up a few minutes later on extra-man attack for his fourth of the match. In the last 69 seconds both teams scored twice with the final goal coming from goalkeeper Popic with three seconds remaining. It must be the few matches in history that both goalkeepers from the same team have scored, especially under the new rules where the goalkeeper can come up into the attack. It was interesting to note that the stars of the first day — 10-goaler Schimidt, Nick Vondrak and centre forward Bernhard Fridrik — were kept near scoreless, Schimidt converting a centre-forward move inside the final minute.

 

Match 8, 19:30, Group A, SINGAPORE 20 MALAYSIA 5
Results & Teams

Match 8, 19:30, Group A, SINGAPORE 20 MALAYSIA 5

Quarters: 5-0, 5-1, 7-2, 3-2

Referees: Sergey Naumov (RUS), Wan-Yu Chang (TPE).

Extra man: SGP: ¾.  MAS: 1/9.

Penalties: SGP: 2/2.

Teams:

SINGAPORE: Darren Lee, An Jun Ang (1), Yee Ooi (1), Jing Chow (1), Wayne Chong (1), Wen Goh (1), Kun Chiam, Jayden See (1), Jun Yu (3), Yee Tang (3), Cheng-Kang Lee (6), Jian Koh (2), Kai Lee, Darren Ng. Head Coach: Dejan Milakovic.

MALAYSIA: Huan Chee (1), Yi Tan, Bryan Wong (1), Yi Xiang Toh (2), Joanah Boonchuay, Yi Hang Toh, Irshad Mohd (1), Tzw Khieu, Jesaiah Abraham, Zhao Heong, Vivekanandan Sharvin, Wenhang Lai, Xu Lee. Head Coach: Yong Voon.

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Singapore did what it had to do for the home crowd — beat neighbour Malaysia. As the commentator said: “This match is the biggest” and he was right, as traditional rivalry is everything in this region. Malaysia was seven goals down before finding the net and three goals in the last 77 seconds of the half boosted Singapore to 10-1. Two of those goals came from Yee Tang, just 15 years old. He notched his third late in the third. Malaysia had no chance as Singapore, stole ball, made fine passes and took opportunities, especially with drives down the left-hand side of the pool. Eight goals came from that position with the eighth by Jian Koh the result of a stolen flick to him from centre forward. At halftime, Singapore had fantastic statistics with seven from nine from the field and two from two on extra-man attack. Singapore was sublime and the performance backed up from the 26-5 win over Zimbabwe on day one. Malaysia stunned Singapore with a quick cross-pass to Toh to score 19 seconds into the half, his second and 10-2. Malaysia had a penalty attempt, but Yi Tan’s shot was blocked by goalkeeper Kai Lee. Yu took Singapore to 13-2 with a penalty strike using the backhand shot into the bottom left, catching the goalkeeper off-guard. It is probably why he was named player of the match (below). Huan Chee became the third goalkeeper of the night to score a goal, sending the ball upfield at 2:01 and into the Singapore goal for 15-3.  Cheng-Kang Lee revelled in the scoring in the third period with a hat-trick to go with the earlier three goals. Singapore had two different halves in the third quarter, sluggish with Malaysia defending strongly, then sharp and speedy and Malaysia struggled. Goals were traded in the fourth, showing Malaysia’s defiance against a stronger opponent, despite losing the period 3-2.


 

Singapore, October 9.— There were more big scores on the second day of the FINA Water Polo Challengers’ Cup men’s tournament at the OCBC Aquatic Centre in Singapore.

In Group B, Indonesia gained a second big victory, dispatching Chinese Taipei 31-15, with Ridjkie Mulia stunningly netting 15 goals for the victor who turned 20-2 ahead.In the other group encounter, Philippines collected its first win with an 18-2 margin over winless Zimbabwe. Reynaldo Salonga was the star with six goals.

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09Oct2019

Day 1: FINA Water Polo Challengers' Cup in Singapore

FINA Water Polo Challengers Cup 2019
Singapore City, Singapore
Match 1, 15:00, Group B, INDIA 10 INDONESIA 23
Results & Teams

Match 1, 15:00, Group B, INDIA 10 INDONESIA 23

Quarters: 3-10, 1-4, 3-3, 3-6

Referees: Stephen O’Brien (IRE), Christopher Davison (ZIM).

Extra man: IND:  0/2. INA: 3/5.

Penalties: IND: 1/1. INI: 2/2.

Teams:

INDIA: Babu Aneesh, Kunde Ashwinikumar, Dharumarasu Manimaran, Sasi Aneeshkumar (4), Sisupalan Shibinlal, Yadav Vishal, Varghese Sibin (2), Gireesh Anathu, Uttekar Uday (3), Kadukkattil Rahul, Gopinathan Praveen, Vaidya Shreyas (1), Surendran Jithu. Head Coach: Ajitsingh Shobhawhat.

INDONESIA: Madb Arsana, Beby Tarigan, Muhammad Firdaus, Silvester Manik, Fakri Mahmud, Andi Uwayzulqarni (5), Yusif Budiman (3), Rezza Putra, Delvin Feliciano (3), Ridjkie Mulia (7), Rinaldo Rian, Arifin Zaenal (3), Dwiputra Niovian. Head Coach: Milos Sakovic.

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The tournament started on a high note with both teams getting into scoring mode early.  However, it was Indonesia who started the stronger as the quarter-time scoreline shows. Indonesia eased up in the second as India recovered from the initial onslaught. The third period was a triumph for India, levelling at three. Indonesia then steamed away in the fourth with the better of the ball and freedom to roam and score. Ridjkie Mulia revelled in the period with three more goals to top score with seven. It was a sound outing for both teams, despite the late arrival in Singapore and with both teams eyeing the SEA Games in the Philippines as the main target this year.

Quotes

Milos Sakovic. (INDONESIA) — Head Coach

“It was as good a game as we expected. We have not played an official game in a while, with our last official game a few months ago, so what I expect of the team, they are slowly getting there. The team executed the different strategies that were discussed before the game, but if we can cut out the small mistakes, then we should be fine for the rest of the competition”. 

Ajitsingh Shobhawhat. (INDIA) — Head Coach

“OK in the first quarter and then slowly error and projection, but we recovered slowly and only one team would win. It was a good learning experience and this tournament will help us for the upcoming SEA Games. Our players will take a lot from this game.”

Match 2, 16:30, Group A, IRELAND 12 PHILIPPINES 8
Results & Teams

Match 2, 16:30, Group A, IRELAND 12 PHILIPPINES 8

Quarters: 2-3, 4-2, 4-0, 2-3

Referees: Joe Peila (USA), Wan-YuChang (TPE).

Extra man: IRE: 3/5.  PHI: 1/6.

Penalties: IRE: 1/1. PHI: 1/1.

Teams:

IRELAND: Eoin Doyle, Mark Moran (2), Stevie Nolan, Cillian Colvin, Mathew Hanna (1), Adam Caulfield (1), Stiofan McMahon (3), Jonathan Donnelly (1), Eoin Bridgmont (2), Eoin Nolan (1), Adrian Hanna (1), Ciaran Walshe, Shane O’Brien. Head Coach: Goran Sablic.

PHILIPPINES: Tani Gomez, Matthew Royce, Macgyver Reyes, Mark Valdez (1), Mico Anota, Vincent Sicat (1),  Reynaldo Salonga (1), Teordoro Canete (2), Romark Belo (1), Adam Gonzales, Muammar Alamara (2), Juan Serano, Abnel Amiladjid. Head Coach: Dale Evangelisa.

Report

A 4-0 third period proved to be too much for Philippines as Ireland lifted from 6-5 at halftime to go into the final period at 10-5. Ireland was the better team throughout under the direction of Goran Sablic. The timing was better, the teamwork more precise and the passing accurate, especially when driving on attack and feeding to the player with the better option. Sometimes those options were slim, but Ireland made the most of the chances. Theodoro Canete was inspirational for the Philippines early on with two goals as his team went 3-2 up at the break. Thanks to some excellent play from Eoin Bridgemont. He scored the first and the equalising third on a cross pass. Philippines levelled at five and six, but from there on in it was all Ireland, especially with the excellent 15-minute blockout from the second until the fourth quarter when 11-6 was too far a bridge to span for Philippines. Muammar Alamar stood tall inside the last two minutes, scoring from about 8m, equal to his 5-5 score off a cross pass. Romark Belo brought Philippines to 11-8 with a powerful right-hand scoop from two metres. Stiofan McMahon was the match’s best player with three goals, scoring at two, four and seven — when most needed.

Quotes

Goran Sablic (IRE) — Head Coach

“It was a good game, we were still stiff after arriving yesterday morning, and it was hard on the players. Moreover, it was the first match and we did not know anything about the opponents, but we started well and ended well, so I am happy with the result."

Match 3, 18:00, Group B, AUSTRIA 32 CHINESE TAIPEI 5
Results & Teams

Match 3, 18:00, Group B, AUSTRIA 32 CHINESE TAIPEI 5

Quarters: 11-1, 8-2, 8-0, 5-2

Referees: Richard Dilapdilap (PHI), Kum Weng Lau (SGP).

Extra man:  AUT: 2/3.  TPE: 0/1.

Penalties: Nil.

Teams:

AUSTRIA: Salkan Samardzic, Tobias Schlappack (3), Nick Vondrak (3), Bernhard Fridrik (4), Tobias Lang (1), Eldin Ribic (3), Albert Schimidt (10), Aleksandar Antovic (3), Marko Bosnjak (1), Johannes Gratzl (2), Markus Cech (1), Florian Lukas  (1), Filip Popic. Head Coach: Barnabas Steinmetz.

CHINESE TAIPEI: Li-Ting Huang, Jeng Wu, Hao Lin, Yu-Tang Lin (2), Yu Lu (3), Yen Chen, Ting Chou, To Fang, Ming-Han Huang, Ting-Yu Lin. Head Coach: Shih-Ching Lin.

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When Albert Schimidt crushed three goals into goal in the first two and a half minutes, the writing was on the proverbial wall and the message was in neon lights that Austria was the team to beat for the crown. Schimidt This was a strong Austrian team, many of whom play in the German league and Chinese Taipei turned up with just 10 players. It showed the difference between European and Asian water polo. Austria had about 13 shots for its 11-1 opening quarter with Schimidt adding two more for five from the period. Chinese Taipei shot twice and the first was a rogue missile from 8-9 metres by Yu-Tang Liu. The second was a hopeful throw on the quarter buzzer. The match went much the way of the first quarter as Chinese Taipei struggled to maintain a presence and keep up with the behemoths from Austria. Liu gave some hope with a second strike from the same distance to start the second quarter. Whereas Austria was all steal and burn in the first quarter, it stood back a little in the second and waited to pounce with less pressure. Schimidt’s sixth goal was a blinder, snapping it up at centre forward, turning and blasting for 16-2. Yu Lu snapped in Chinese Taipei’s third goal at 19-3 to close the second period. Schimidt was equally savage in the third period, moving to eight goals, including another brutal centre-forward blast. All the Austrians were getting into the scoring mode and Chinese Taipei came back in the fourth with two more Yu Lu goals, one a superb flip at centre forward, a turn and then a rifle shot. His third came on counter. Schimidt shovelled in his ninth and Markus Cech was the last of the field players to register on the sheet at 31-5. Schimidt ran out of time at two metres to score his tenth inside the final minute, but he made up for it at 0:01 with another two-metre hammer shot for a 10-goal tally and 32-5. Praise should go to Chinese Taipei for keeping up with the Austrians despite the flagrant difference.

Match 4, 19:30, Group A, SINGAPORE 26 ZIMBABWE 5
Results & Teams

Match 4, 19:30, Group A, SINGAPORE 26 ZIMBABWE 5

Quarters: 4-0, 6-3, 5-1, 11-1

Referees: Sergey Naumov (RUS), Sanket Shinde (IND).

Extra man: SGP: 10/14. ZIM: 1/8.

Penalties: SGP: 1/1. ZIM: 1/1.

Teams:

SINGAPORE: Darren Lee, An Jun Ang (3), Yee Ooi (2), Jing Chow (1), Wayne Chong (2), Wen Goh (2), Kun Chiam (3), Jayden See (2), Jun Yu (1), Yee Tang (3), Cheng-Kang Lee (7), Jian Koh, Kai Lee, Darren Ng. Head Coach: Dejan Milakovic.

ZIMBABWE: Dylan Woodhouse, Alexander Zwart, Giovanni Fargnoli (1), Conor King, Johannes Kloppers, Bradley Crause, Brendon Werrett (2), Tyler Rowe, Justin Buchanan, Bruce Botton (2), Rhyder Quinlan, Craig Bydawell, Luke Lister. Head Coach: Tyron Jardine.

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Zimbabwe was no match for Singapore, losing by a larger margin than it would have wanted. However, a 10-3 first quarter by the Singaporeans set the seal on the match. It’s not very often that Zimbabwe gets to play an international senior level and this tournament will prove invaluable. Singapore turned it on for the home crowd, using its superior speed and more cohesive skills. Zimbabwe tried to use its size and even slowed Singapore for much of the middle part of the match, going into the final quarter 15-4 behind. The final-quarter blow-out shows the difference between the teams. Bruce Botton closed out Zimbabwe’s match with a penalty goal in the last minute, sending the ball into the bottom left where the goalkeeper almost had it covered. Cheng-Kang Lee finalised the scoring from the two-metre line for his seventh goal, grabbing the ball, turning and then firing in the closer. Zimbabwe suffered from exclusions with three players not making the end of the match. While Singapore would be justifiably pleased with its effort, Zimbabwe can take something into the next four matches.

Singapore, October 8.— The opening day of the FINA Water Polo Challengers’ Cup men’s tournament produced a bucket-load of goals at the OCBC Aquatic Centre in Singapore.

In the opening Group B encounter, Indonesia proved far too strong for India in what was a high-scoring encounter — 23-10. It was equally high-scoring in the second group match where Austria — twice a silver medallist at this event — thumped Chinese Taipei 32-5. Ten of the goals came from brutal centre forward Albert Schimidt, a player we will hear a lot of this week.

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08Oct2019

PR 82 - Morozov clinches 100th FINA Swimming World Cup gold in Budapest

FINA Swimming World Cup 2019 leader Vladimir Morozov of Russia impressed the crowds at the Duna Arena in Budapest, Hungary, this weekend as the capital was hosting the fourth-of-seven leg of the cicruit from October 4-6.

The Russian ace claimed his 100th World Cup gold medal on Friday (Day 1) in the men's 50m free in 21.50, before bagging another two golds during the meet. On Saturday and Sunday he completed his champion's tally with the 100m free (47.99) and the 50m back (24.70) golds.

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Budapest, Hungary
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07Oct2019

Challengers' Cup water polo set for Singapore debut

Singapore.— New faces under a new banner will enjoy Singaporean hospitality with the men’s FINA Water Polo Challengers’ Cup starting on Tuesday.

Formerly known as the Development Trophy, instituted in 2007 and run every second year, the competition has had a chequered career and brought many a new water polo country to the international stage.

Previous winners have been Colombia (2007), Kuwait (2009), Saudi Arabia (2011), Uzbekistan (2013), Iran (2015) and Uruguay (2017).

FINA Water Polo Challengers Cup 2019
Singapore City, Singapore
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07Oct2019

Budapest, Day 3: Kamminga wins 4 just like Hosszu, who extends unbeaten run to 65 in 200m IM

Arno Kamminga completed a treble in the breaststroke events on the last day of the Budapest stop of the FINA Swimming World Cup and the Dutch added a 4th gold in the mixed relays to join Katinka Hosszu on the top amongst the multi-medal winners. The home hero also clinched her fourth gold here in Budapest and extended her historical unbeaten run in the 200m IM to 65 races.

Swimming World Cup 2019
Budapest, Duna Arena (HUN)
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06Oct2019

Budapest, Day 2: 4,000 roar as Hungary, Netherlands and Russia clinch three titles apiece

These are the days the FINA Swimming World Cup has been created for: 4,000 fans on the stands, brilliant action in the pool, outstanding performances from the stars in an electrifying atmosphere. Overall leaders Vladimir Morozov and Katinka Hosszu offered something special: the Russian won the 50m back and 100m free, while the Hungarian claimed her 4th 400m IM title in the season, got a bronze in the 100m back and anchored the Magyars’ 4x100m mixed free relay to a stunning 0.02sec win.

Swimming World Cup 2019
Budapest, Duna Arena (HUN)
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05Oct2019

Budapest, Day 1: Morozov claims 100th gold, Hosszu and Milak fly high to light up the Duna Arena

The 4th leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup kicked off with some outstanding races in the magnificent Duna Arena, home of world-class swimming since the 2017 FINA World Championships. Russian overall leader Vlad Morozov clinched his 100th World Cup gold in style by winning the 50m free.

Swimming World Cup 2019
Budapest, Duna Arena (HUN)
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04Oct2019

PR 81 - FINA Champions Swim Series: 2020 edition in Shenzhen (CHN) and Beijing (CHN)

FINA is pleased to announce that next year’s FINA Champions Swim Series will comprise two legs in January 2020. The first event will take place in Shenzhen (CHN) on January 14-15, while Beijing (CHN) will stage the second meet of the Series on January 18-19. Olympic and World Championships medallists, World Cup stars, World Records holders and top-ranked athletes in the world ranking will be invited to the competition, successfully launched by FINA in 2019.

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04Oct2019

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