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Day 1: FINA World Men's Junior Water Polo Champs in Kuwait

World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships 2019
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Match 1, 09:00, Group A, SOUTH AFRICA 6 CROATIA 15
Results & Teams

Match 1, 09:00, Group A, SOUTH AFRICA 6 CROATIA 15

Quarters: 2-1, 3-5, 1-5, 0-4

Referees: Conor Davis (AUS), Evgeniy Malinin (UZB)

Extra man: RSA: 1/8.   CRO: 1/8.

Penalties: RSA: 2/2. CRO: 1/1.

Teams:

SOUTH AFRICA: Keegan Clark, Mogamad Mayman, Christopher Beamish (1), Ethan Coryndon-Baker, Todd Howard (1), Ross Stone (1), Joshua Faber (3), Jonathan Swanepoel, David MacDonald, William Dowsett, Yaseen Margro, James Hablutzel, Barnard van Rooyen. Head Coach: Jason Sileno.

CROATIA: Jerko Jurlina, Ivan Malenica, Karlo Krekovic (1), Marin Vrdoljak (2), Luka Bajic (1), Filip Krzic (1), Goran Solje (1), Branimir Herceg (1), Jerko Penava (2), Matias Biljaka (1), Marko Zuvela (3), Lovro Paparic (2), Eugen Sunara. Head Coach: Josko Krekovic.

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Croatia had to come from 4-2 down to claim the opening victory of the championship. Croatia might have been slow out of the blocks, but that was because South Africa had come to win and played accordingly, gaining two penalty goals for the early advantage. That advantage went to 3-1 and 4-2 before Croatia levelled at 4-4 two minutes from halftime.  Joshua Faber screamed in his third goal for the 5-4 lead with Croatia replying and going into the second half 6-5 up. With Marko Zuvela earning match honours with his second and third goals for 9-6, South Africa had one success, thanks to a Video Analysis Review (VAR) after Christopher Beamish fired from out in the Gulf to hit the crossbar and bounce off the goalkeeper’s head into goal. Most people missed it and the match went forward a half minute when a penalty was called in Croatia’s favour before the VAR was called for from the officials’ bench. It was clearly over the line and awarded. For the next 13 minutes, South Africa could not score and the margin stretched to inevitability. South Africa was all graft as Croatia was pressured off the ball in the first half, but then tiredness set in and the fitter Croatians made the most of their opportunities. All credit goes to big centre forward Branimir Herceg who gained a lot of attention and will be someone to watch in Kuwait, if not the future. Lovro Paparic scored a brilliant tip-in goal off a low cross pass into two metres to give Croatia its first lead at 6-5. South Africa can feel proud of its effort in what was a an excellent start to the tournament, despite the final score.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 2, 10:20, Group A, JAPAN 12 CHINA 9
Results & Teams

Match 2, 10:20, Group A, JAPAN 12 CHINA 9

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

Referees: David Gomez (ESP), Luca Bianco (ITA)

Extra man: JPN: 0/4. CHN: 2/7.

Penalties: JPN: 1/1. CHN: 2/2.

Teams:

JAPAN: Tomoharu Shinto, Toi Suzuki (1), Shun Kobayashi (1), Shohei Yamada, Fumiya Tsuta, Naoki Aoyama, Goro Hizume, Eisuke Takahashi, Takumu Miyazawa, Yusuke Inaba (8), Yuki Maita (1), Taiyo Watanabe (1), Kentaro Tani. Head Coach: Takamitsu Nakashima.

CHINA: Junjiong Wang, Xingmeng He, Boren Shi (1), Lei Yuan, Guan Ou, Beiyi Wang (4), Luobin Liu, Yingyi Gao (1), Yi Lu (2), Yile Cheng, Beile Zhu, Mingtao Wu (1), Haotian Zhou. Head Coach: Ji Shen.

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Yusuke Inaba, a revelation at the Gwangju FINA World Championships earlier this year, tore the heart out of China when his individual brilliance caused an upset. Inaba blasted home eight goals, including the winner inside the final minute. China had the better of Japan for most of the match and Japan had to come back, forcing a draw at one, four, six at the top of the third period and eight at the start of the fourth. Strong centre forward Beiyi Wang nailed his fourth to have China in front again at 9-8, but there the Chinese onslaught dried up and the Inaba-inspired Japanese raced home the winner. At 4-1 in the opening quarter, China proved strong and determined and Inaba needed one penalty goal in his brace to keep in touch. China was equal to Japan’s counters and nearly had the halftime lead at two if not for a VAR decision that confirmed Japan’s shot two seconds from the turn. It was not all Inaba as he needed a team around him to screen and feed. The 6-3 second half was the difference in a match where extra-man goals were hard to come by and the 5-1 final period speaks volumes for fitness and desire.

Match 8, 11:40, Group D, UZBEKISTAN 6 NEW ZEALAND 22
Results & Teams

Match 8, 11:40, Group D, UZBEKISTAN 6 NEW ZEALAND 22

Quarters: 1-6, 1-8, 2-5, 2-3

Referees: Harvey Hinds (CUR), Peter La Marque
(RSA)

Extra man: UZB: 2/9. NZL: 6/7.

Penalties: UZB: 1/1. NZL: 2/3.

Teams:

UZBEKISTAN: Abdullo Yokubjonov, Mukhammadyusuf Dedabaev, Jakhongir Sobirjonov, Asadbek Kenjaev, Azizbek Turgunov, Asadbek Azizov, Zaven Osipyan (4), Azizbek Botirov, Javokhir Kutmonbekov (1), Asorbek Yusufjanov, Sukhrob Khoshimov (1), Muzaffarbek Makhmudjonov, Shokhboz Usmonjonov. Head Coach: Oleg Pletnev.

NEW ZEALAND: Joshua de Reeper, Louie Ferigo (2), Hamish Sullivan, Louis Clark (4), Calum de Jager (1), Brandon Matthews (1), James Catlin (2), Loui Schuler (1), Sam Ratima (1), Matt Morris (7), Rowan Brown (1), Nicholas Paterson (2), Bae Fountain. Head Coach: Lionel Randall.

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New Zealand had the match won at quarter time and then produced an 8-1 second quarter that had Uzbekistan reeling. The Kiwis had counter, excellent passing and massive power shooting on completion of plays. Uzbekistan was bewildered and struggled to keep pace with only the powerful Zaven Osipyan offering real resistance with his big shots. New Zealand played all around the pool and made counters with superb steals in the backcourt with one player stealing at four metres and swimming the length through the parted waters to score. Sharp left-hander Matt Morris was devastating and possibly could have had more than his six goals in the first half. However, his second-half contribution helped bulk the score. Louis Clark utilised his speed and size to muscle in goals as the whole team produced, including both goalkeepers. Uzbekistan’s best phase of the final quarter was a penalty stop of a Hamish Sullivan attempt by Shokhboz Usmonjonov and then a fantastic backhand goal from deep right by Sukhrob Khoshimov. However, Usmonjonov was red-carded soon after for kicking an opponent and had to leave the pooldeck.

Match 4, 13:00, Group B, CANADA 12 EGYPT 8
Results & Teams

Match 4, 13:00, Group B, CANADA 12 EGYPT 8

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

Referees: Sinisa Matijasevic
(MNE), Vlaho Radichevic (CRO)

Extra man: CAN: 5/9. EGY: 2/10.

Penalties: CAN: 1/1. EGY: 2/2.

Teams:

CANADA: Brody McKnight, Antonios Giannatsis, Bogdan Djerkovic (4), Jeremie Cote (5), Harrison Henning (3), Nick Seredjuc, Kyril Marinov, Bor Tanasijevic, Stefan Dabic, Stephen Gloade, Max MacMillan, Teuel D’Souza, Minos Kotzambasis. Head Coach: Brian Parillo.

EGYPT: Marwan Reda, Youssef Amer, Abderahman Hamed (1), Ahmed Elsapagh (1), Mahmoud Maghwry, Karim Saleh (1), Mohanad Farahat (2), Mohamed Ziyad (1), Mohamed Rezk, Bassel Eissa, Adham Saleh, Mahmoud Elzayat (2), Marwan Makarem. Head Coach: Konstantinos Vamvakaris.

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Canada came through a tight encounter with the better finishing, especially with senior international Jeremie Cote (five goals) and big man Bogdan Djerkovic (four) proving the difference. Canada had the better temperament while Egypt was playing on emotion and revelled in each and every goal. Egypt’s best came in the second period after being 3-0 down at one stage in the first. Five goals to one levelled at three, four and then collected the halftime lead. The two Canadian stars struck twice each in the third, going 7-5 and 8-6. This became 10-6 early in the fourth period and Canada was on its way. Egypt brought hope with two goals that had its trailling by three with nearly four minutes left on the clock. While Canada will go far, Egypt needs to tighten up some parts of its game to get more traction and move further into the tournament. Cote deservedly won the player-of-the-match award with his rocket shots proving a handful.



Pictures: Eszter Novak

Match 6, 14:20, Group C, KUWAIT 7 IRAN 15
Results & Teams

Match 6, 14:20, Group C, KUWAIT 7 IRAN 15

Quarters: 1-7, 4-3, 1-2, 1-3

Referees: Adil Aimbetov (KAZ), Irfan Sadekov (RUS)

Extra man: KUW: 3/11. IRI: 4/5.

Penalties: KUW: 1/2. IRI: 0/1.

Teams:

KUWAIT: Yousef Almotar, Abdullah Jasem (1), Saud Alotaibi, Ali Hasan, Abduirahman Alwazan (2), Manaf Almajadi (2), Abdulwahab Hasan, Mobarak Dashti (1), Hassan Dashti (1), Abdullah Alhammad, Mohammad Ashkanani, Yousef Alfaressi, Sultan Alsultan. Head Coach: Markos Markoglou.

IRAN: Mohammad Bayat, Omid Aghaei (2), Seyeedalireza Pourang (1), Khashayar Ghareh (1), Hossein Lalehsiahpirani (4), Mohammadamin Hassany, Mahdi Barzegarisharifabad (1), Pouria Fatehi (1), Amirreza Jalilipour (1), Amirali Moradinoghondar (2), Ali Lotfi (1), Omid Khosor (1), Mohammad Hassany. Head Coach: Gholami Majid.

Report

The battle of the neighbours providing plenty of entertainment, not least the drums supporting the host nation. Iran has a greater history at international level for water polo, while Kuwait appears sporadically. The home players worked tirelessly and were rewarded with some excellent goals. Both teams showed a strong turn of speed and goalkeepers made sure many attacks went unrewarded, especially Kuwait’s Sultan Alsultan. Hossein Lalehsiahpirani was the best of the Iranians with his four goals — three coming in the second quarter. He was justifiably the player of the match. Kuwait managed to get free in front of goal on numerous occasions with smart swimming, catching Kuwait off guard. Four of Kuwait’s goals came from extra-man attack and one from the penalty line. Iran’s effort means it should improve even further and press for more excellence within the group.



Pictures: Eszter Novak

Match 7, 15:40, Group D, GREECE 16 AUSTRALIA 9
Results & Teams

Match 7, 15:40, Group D, GREECE 16 AUSTRALIA 9

Quarters: 3-1, 6-4, 3-2, 4-2

Referees: Nenad Golijanin
(SRB), Darren Spiritosanto (USA)

Extra man: GRE: 4/8. AUS: 6/13.

Penalties: GRE: 4/5.

Teams:

GREECE: Stylianos Dalmaras, Efstathios Kalogeropoulos, Ioannis Alafragkis, Konstaninos Gkiouvetsis (5), Dimitrios Nikolaidis (4), Alexandros Papanastasiou (5), Konstantinos Kakaris (1), Charalampos Rompopoulos, Efstathios Papageorgiou, Michail Diplaros, Aristeidis Chalyvopoulos, Michail Goniotakis(1), Nikolaos Mitrakis. Head Coach: Theodoros Lorantos.

AUSTRALIA: John Hedges, Jack Rector (1), Matthew Murphy (1), Lachlan Vos (1), Matthew Oberman (1), James Gillfeather (1), Hugh Anstey, Charlie Negus (3), Alastair Bruce, Nicholas Taylor, Lewis Putt, Matthew Byrnes (1), Flynn Mais. Head Coach: Andrew Yanitsas.

Report

Greece carried on from where it left off two years ago in Belgrade where it won gold. With three returning champions —Alexandros Papanastasiou, Dimitrios Nikolaidis and big centre forward Konstaninos Gkiouvetsis — Greece was set to perform from the first day. Ten of the first 11 goals came from this trio and by the final buzzer, they had amassed all bar two of the total with Michail Goniotakis netting his first in the dying seconds for 16-9. Australia was always in the picture, but a little sidelined, as the Greeks used blistering speed, pinpoint passing and terrifying power when shooting. Charlie Negus was unabashed when it came to taking chances with three goals in the first half. Matt Oberman steered in a straight pass down the centre that his Olympian father Mark, also a two-metre man, would have applauded. Jack Rector went goal to goal for the seventh Aussie goal. With Papanastasiou on fire, Greece was always going to be a tough nut to crack and looks good to go back to back. Papanastasiou, was the player of the match and captains the team — a position that his father Anastasios filled for the senior team for many years. Greece made sure of four of its five penalty attempts and Australia relied heavily on extra-man attack for six of its goals.



Pictures: Eszter Novak

Match 5, 18:00, Group C, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 8 ITALY 14
Results & Teams

Match 5, 18:00, Group C, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 11 ITALY 18

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

Referees: Michiel Zwart (NED), Mikhail Dykman (CAN)


Extra man: USA: 2/9. ITA: 9/13.

Penalties: USA: 2/2.

Teams:

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Adrian Weinberg, Quinten Osborne, Marko Vavic (3), Tommy Gruwell, Leo Yuno, Garrett Zaan (1), Hannes Daube (3), Jacob Ehrhardt (2), Mason McQuet, Ash Molthen (1), Quinn Woodhead (1), Warren Loth, Kent Emden. Head Coach: Alex Rodriguez.

ITALY: Francisco di Donna, Massimo di Martire (2), Filippo Ferrero (2), Mattia Antonucci, Andrea Narciso (2), Gianpiero di Martire (1), Mario Guidi, Ettore Novara (4), Michele Mezzarobba (2), Vincenzo Tozzi, Matteo Spione (3), Andrea Tartaro (2), Francesco de Michelis. Head Coach: Carlo Silipo.

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Four years ago, Italy was the silver medallist and two years ago a disappointing seventh. On tonight’s form following the opening ceremony, Italy looks capable of adding to its magnificent five titles with a potent showing over United States of America. Italy was sharp as a well-honed knife and was frequently slipping it into USA with a solid barrage of shots and goals. Both teams peppered the goalmouth in the first half and the intensity by both teams was commendable. USA struggled to find the correct combinations while Italy seemingly popped up early to accept a rocket pass and score. Italy had more space to move and shoot and responded well to the coaching of Italian great Carlo Silipo, the 1992 Olympic champion and bronze medallist from Atlanta four years later. He also competed at Athens in 2004. Italy’s ability to steal the ball off USA was a controlling factor, setting up many counter-attacks. Matteo Spione and Ettore Novara were equally impressive at two metres with Spione’s triple before halftime showing his versatility in the air and with the backhand. Novara netted four in the second half as Italy began pulling away.  He scored twice from two metres and twice steered high passes into goal. USA’s Marko Vavic and Hannes Daube made their presence known, being the leaders in the team, having played the senior world championship in Korea. Vavic, unfortunately left the match with his third major foul four minutes from time after scoring three goals. USA showed enough promise for better results in the coming week. Italy nine extra-man goals says a lot for the team.



Carlo Silipo chats to his Itaian team.
Pictures: Eszter Novak

Match 3, 19:20, Group B, SPAIN 9 HUNGARY 7
Results & Teams

Match 3, 19:20, Group B, SPAIN 9 HUNGARY 7

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

Referees: German Moller (ARG), Nikolaos Boudramis
(GRE)

Extra man: ESP: 4/10. HUN: 3/11.

Penalties: Nil

Teams:

SPAIN: Unai Aguirre, Bernat Sanahuja (1), Albert Ponferrada, Sergio Prieto (1), Pau Linares, Fran Valera (3), Lluc Bertran, Victor Alegre, Oscar Montes, Nikolas Paul (3), Oriol Rodriguez, Oscar Asensio (1), Victor Garcia. Head Coach: Svilen Ivanov.

HUNGARY: Mark Banyai, Peter Sugar, Botond Bobis (2), Benedek Baksa (1), Marton Magyar (1), Gyorgy Agh, Mate Dala, Andras Turnai, Vince Vigvari (1), Gergo Fekete (1), Zsombor Szeghalmi (1), Mate Aranyi, Marton Mizsei. Head Coach: Kristof Kemeny.

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Picture: Eszter Novak

This was a more measured match compared to the previous seven with each team biding its time and making sure of combinations and picking the right shot to take. It was more like chess than speed dating. Spain had the better of the opening quarter while Hungary was playing a patient game and slowly drew level two minutes from halftime at 3-3. Two smart goals by Spain created a chasm, thanks to a second goal to Nikolas Paul.  Vince Vigvari and Gergo Fekete brought it even with the latter goal coming virtually from the goal line deep left. Fran Valera and Paul made it 5-3 before Marton Magyar sent in a slider from the top on extra-man attack for the 5-4 halftime score. Honours were shared in the third period with Spain shooting to a two-goal lead before Botond Bobis grabbed a pair for Hungary’s second equaliser. Valera made sure of the Spanish advantage with his second from the top at 0:55. Valera and Paul put the match beyond Hungary’s grasp, especially when Paul drove downfield and took a cross-pass for the vital three-goal margin at 2:56. Hungary called a timeout and scored after the 20-second period to narrow it to two. Hungary is being coached by Kristof Kemeny, son of triple Olympic champion coach Denes Kemeny. Kristof has similar poolside mannerisms, without the omnipresent plastic bottle. Spanish goalkeeper Victor Garcia was the undoubted player of the match.

There was plenty to talk about on the opening day of the FINA World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships at the new Al-Nasar Sport Club Kuwait.

This is the first event to be staged at the fantastic sports complex that features three pools and the matches were up to the occasion.

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Greece chasing back-to-back junior men's world water polo crowns

Greece will be chasing back-to-back FINA World Men’s Junior Water Polo crowns when action gets underway at the new Al-Nasar Sport Club Kuwait on Thursday.

Who could forget the scintillating final with Croatia in Belgrade, Serbia two years ago when a penalty shootout was required for the gold medal?

Greece secured the shootout with a centre-forward goal in the last second of regular play for 7-7 and proceeded to a perfect record from five metres for the 12-10 victory.

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11Dec2019

Kuwait ready to unveil future WP stars

The FINA President Dr Julio C. Maglione was today in Kuwait City (KUW) for the opening Press Conference of the 2019 FINA World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships, to be staged from December 12-20 with the participation of 20 teams from the five continents. 

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