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Day 3: FINA World Men's Junior Water Polo Champs in Kuwait

World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships 2019
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Match 17, 09:30, Group C, ITALY 16 IRAN 4
Results & Teams

Match 17, 09:30, Group C, ITALY 16 IRAN 4

Quarters: 4-1, 2-0, 6-2, 4-1

Referees: Gabor Vogel (HUN), Peter La Marque
(RSA)

Extra man: ITA: 4/6. IRI: 1/5.

Penalties: ITA: 3/3. IRI: 1/1.

Teams:

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

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

Report

Italy came back from a day off for a second comfortable win to maintain its group dominance. The full team gained plenty of pool time with eight players making the scoresheet. The quality of coaches with a pedigree here in Kuwait is wonderful. Carlo Silipo, coaching Italy, has Olympic gold and bronze, World Championship gold and silver, World Cup gold and two silvers, World League silver and two European Championship golds, silver and a bronze in his extensive collection. Silipo started with players who received less time on Thursday and gave them a chance to impress. Iran worked strongly throughout, but missed shooting opportunities when Italy doubled the hole man. Iran suffered its second loss from three matches, but would probably regard this encounter as a far better performance than the Friday clash with United States of America where it lost 27-4. To hold Italy to two goals in the second period was most commendable.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 23, 10:50, Group B, HUNGARY 19 EGYPT 7
Results & Teams

Match 23, 10:50, Group B, HUNGARY 19 EGYPT 7

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

Referees: Liang Zhang (CHN), Evgeniy Malinin (UZB)

Extra man: HUN: 1/3. EGY: 3/7.

Penalties: HUN: 1/1.

Teams:

HUNGARY: Mark Banyai, Peter Sugar, Botond Bobis (2), Benedek Baksa (4), Marton Magyar (5), Gyorgy Agh, Mate Dala (1), Andras Turnai, Vince Vigvari (3), Gergo Fekete (2), Zsombor Szeghalmi (1), Mate Aranyi (1), Marton Mizsei. Head Coach: Kristof Kemeny.

EGYPT: Marwan Reda, Youssef Amer, Abderahman Hamed, Ahmed Elsapagh, Mahmoud Maghwry, Karim Saleh, Mohanad Farahat, Mohamed Ziyad, Mohamed Rezk (2), Eissa Bassel (2), Adham Saleh (3), Mahmoud Elzayat, Marwan Makarem. Head Coach: Konstantinos Vamvakaris.

Report

The match started in an unusual fashion when Egypt’s Greek head coach Konstantinos Vamvakaris accidently leaned against the timeout button when Hungary was on attack. Teams were warned at the Technical Meeting that if this happened, the timeout would stand or a penalty awarded. Hungary converted and led the match five seconds from the opening whistle. His woes did not finish there. He nudged the button again at 3:34 in the second period after a Hungarian goal and thus had used his two timeouts — involuntarily. Besides that the first half was enthralling with Hungary shooting to 3-1 up before Egypt slid in three unanswered goals to take the lead 4-3. Egypt held the lead for two minutes, partly through the efforts of its two big men — and I mean big — Eissa Bassel and Adham Saleh —who had scored three of the four goals. Bassel was proving more than a handful at centre forward while Saleh smashed home two bazooka-like shots from the top. Hungary then came into its own with some natural movements combined with wall-like defence that left Egypt wasting attacks. Hungary fired in five straight goals for a handsome four-advantage at the long break.  This stretched to 11-4 before Egypt broke its 13-minute drought with Bassel’s second goal on extra-man attack, from deep left. Benedek Baksa, who converted that opening penalty scored his second on counter and two from the top as Hungary went into the final period 13-6 to the better — Rezk (EGY) gained his second on extra five seconds from time. Two Marton Magyar goals to lift his tally to four, took Hungary out to 17-6 in the fourth period before Saleh blasted in his third from a six-metre foul at 1:49. Magyar brought up his fifth from the top with a minute left and big centre forward Mate Aranyi made good use of his short stint with a backhander to close the scoring and gift Hungary its first win, following a lay day on Friday and the two-goal loss to Spain on Thursday.

Pictures: Eszter Novak

Match 19, 12:10, Group D, AUSTRALIA 8 NEW ZEALAND 7
Results & Teams

Match 19, 12:10, Group D, AUSTRALIA 8 NEW ZEALAND 7

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

Referees: Noboru Yamazaki (JPN), Hatem Gaber
(EGY)

Extra man: AUS: 2/12. NZL: 2/7.

Penalties: AUS: 1/1.

Teams:

AUSTRALIA: John Hedges, Jack Rector (1), Matthew Murphy, Lachlan Vos (1), Matthew Oberman, James Gillfeather (2), Hugh Anstey (3), Charlie Negus, Alastair Bruce, Nicholas Taylor, Lewis Putt, Matthew Byrnes (1), Flynn Mais. Head Coach: Andrew Yanitsas.

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

Report

Australia dug its way out of the grave to inflict a punishing loss on New Zealand. The Kiwis were the better team for two thirds of the match, forcing Australia into a multitude of mistakes and, better still, demoralising the shooters. Australia was hesitant on attack too many times and did not establish the centre forward as the fulcrum of success. New Zealand made rain while the sun shone and defended stoutly while goalkeeper Bae Fountain was pivotal to keeping the Aussie score low. Australia started promisingly with the first goal from a penalty. The Kiwis surged to 3-2 at the first break and 5-2 in the second before James Gillfeather scored his second just before the half. Solid centre forward Louis Clark nailed his second goal from centre forward for what could have been an unbeatable three-goal margin. When Anstey scored from six metres at 0:18, there was a glimmer of hope for the Aussies. More importantly, the fourth goal stopped an almost barren period for Australia where only two goals came in nearly 22 minutes of play. It was time for Australia to turn the tables, if it wanted to win the match. This was where some urgency crept into Australia’s play, sparked by Matthew Byrnes earning an ejection, receiving the ball and bouncing it into goal for 7-5. Jack Rector hammered in one from four metres at 5:26 and the margin was just one. A Kiwi timeout yielded nothing but anguish. Anstey drove to six metres and helped himself to the equaliser at 2:15. New Zealand could have justifiably seen itself as the victim of a questionable ejection call at 1:11. Australia went to a timeout, but luckily for the Kiwis, did not score from the projected play. The ball was stolen off New Zealand at the far end and Australia made the last attack, with Lachlan Vos firing from eight metres, only to see his shot cannon off a defender into the bottom right of the goal for the winner at 0:16. New Zealand was shattered, but it only has itself to blame, scoring just two in the second half and once in more than 12 minutes of play. Australia scored six from seven against Greece on day one, but only two from 12 today.

Match 20, 13:30, Group D, GREECE 13 BRAZIL 2
Results & Teams

 

Match 20, 13:30, Group D, GREECE 13 BRAZIL 2

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

Referees: Nenad Golijanin
(SRB), Vlaho Radichevic (CRO)

Extra man: GRE: 3/8. BRA: 1/6.

Penalties: GRE: 1/1.

Teams:

GREECE: Stylianos Dalmaras, Efstathios Kalogeropoulos (1), Ioannis Alafragkis (1), Konstaninos Gkiouvetsis (2), Dimitrios Nikolaidis (3), Alexandros Papanastasiou, Konstantinos Kakaris (2), Charalampos Rompopoulos, Efstathios Papageorgiou (2), Michail Diplaros, Aristeidis Chalyvopoulos, Michail Goniotakis (2), Nikolaos Mitrakis. Head Coach: Theodoros Lorantos.

BRAZIL: Joao Silveira, Lucas Santos, Luiz Scarabelim, Felipe Ferreira, Nicholas Fichman (1), Bruno Chiappini, Italo Vizacre, Thomas Campedelli, Raul Morales, Marcos Pires, Vincius Pessin, Gabriel Galvane (1), Joao Fernandes. Head Coach: Thiago Nascimento.

Report

Greece picked up its third victory in its quest for back-to-back titles. It was not as easy as it may have seemed, having to camp in the enemy’s territory for long periods without reward. Two Efstathios Papageorgiou goals early in the second quarter gave some credibility to Greece’s reputation.  Greece held Brazil scoreless for the half. It was Gabriel Galvane who registered Brazil’s first goal in a goalmouth scramble, flicking the ball in mid-air. The goal was given, but a VAR decision confirmed the goal early in the third period. Nicholas Fichman nabbed Brazil’s second after a Konstantinos Kakaris centre-forward goal. But Brazil was not to breach the Greek defence again as Dimitrios Nikolaidis scored twice for his second and third of the match, sending him team forward in perfect motion to the victory. He justifiably was named best in pool. One of the best goals came from Kakaris in the final quarter when he turned his man at three metres, surged to two metres with the defender on his back and then, with an outstretched arm high, flicked the ball in a lob over the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Joao Fernandes for 10-2.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 21, 14:50, Group A, CROATIA 24 CHINA 5
Results & Teams

Match 21, 14:50, Group A, CROATIA 24 CHINA 5

Quarters: 5-0, 8-0, 5-4, 6-1

Referees: Harvey Hinds (CUR), Sinisa Matijasevic
(MNE)

Extra man: CRO: 4/6. CHN: 3/15.

Penalties: CRO: 3/3. CHN: 1/1.

Teams:

CROATIA: Jerko Jurlina, Ivan Malenica (2), Karlo Krekovic (2), Marin Vrdoljak (1), Luka Bajic (1), Filip Krzic, Goran Solje, Branimir Herceg (4), Jerko Penava (5), Matias Biljaka (1), Marko Zuvela (3), Lovro Paparic (5), Eugen Sunara. Head Coach: Josko Krekovic.

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

Report

Croatia must have enjoyed the day’s break as it came back refreshed and ready for action, showing China its arsenal of weapons and keeping the Asian team scoreless in the first half. The score advanced to 14-0 before one of the more unusual goals came off the hand of Branimir Herceg who was in centre forward and moving on his back towards goal. Luka Bajic lobbed the ball into Herceg who tipped behind him over the outstretched arms of Junjiong Wang. It fell a metre short and dribbled towards goal. Wang chased and fumbled the ball into goal. This seemed to spur the Chinese onwards with Yingyi Gao firing in a long outside shot, gaining a deflection into goal for 15-1. Then Yi Lu converted a penalty and Beiyi Wang rose high to drag down a cross pass for 15-3 — three Chinese goals in two minutes. Croatia then led 17-3 before Wang repeated his earlier effort on extra for 17-4 with four seconds left. On the restart, Penava sent in a missile from halfway for his fifth goal just after the buzzer had sounded. The fourth period reached its inevitable climax with just Gao’s second goal, on extra-man attack, delighting the Chinese team. Lovro Paparic and Jerko Panava scored five goals each.

Pictures: Eszter Novak

Match 22 16:10, Group A, SOUTH AFRICA 6 SERBIA 26
Results & Teams

Match 22 16:10, Group A, SOUTH AFRICA 6 SERBIA 26

Quarters: 0-8, 2-7, 1-5, 3-6

Referees: Mikhail Dykman (CAN), Michael Brooks (NZL)

Extra man: RSA: 3/18. SRB: 6/13.

Penalties: RSA: 2/2. SRB: 1/2.

Teams:

SOUTH AFRICA: Keegan Clark, Mogamad Mayman, Christopher Beamish, Ethan Coryndon-Baker, Todd Howard (2), Ross Stone (1), Joshua Faber (3), Jonathan Swanepoel, David MacDonald, William Dowsett, Yaseen Margro, James Hablutzel, Barnard van Rooyen. Head Coach: Jason Sileno.

SERBIA: Pavle Gavrilovic, Stefan Brankovic, Andrej Barac (3), Aleksa Nesic (4), Nemanja Stanojevic, Petar Mitrovic (4), Dorde Vucinic (1), Aleksa Cvetkovic (2), Vasilije Martinovic (2), Kristian Sulc (4), Luka Pijevancic (1), Marko Radovic (5), Vladimir Misovic. Head Coach: Uros Stevanovic.

Report

Like Croatia in the previous match, Serbia came to play hard and South Africa was the brunt of its assault. The opening quarter was the full intention of Serbia to strike hard and make every shot count. Superior body strength and shooting power all around the arc proved too much for South Africa. With Marko Radovic netting three goals to start his tally. The match shifted to 10-0 before South Africa scored off an extra-man-attack cross pass to Todd Howard. The Serbian onslaught continued to what could have been 14-1 if Stefan Brankovic had not had his penalty attempt blocked by Keegan Clark. Joshua Faber converted his penalty attempt at the other end and Serbia turned at 15-2. The third and fourth quarters were still all about Serbia with intermittent South African goals. Three goals came in the last 20 seconds with two by South Africa’s Faber, including the last two seconds from time. Serbia looks very strong, proving that size does matter at this level and will head into Sunday’s clash with Croatia — the probable group decider — with confidence.

New Zealand referee Michael Brooks — Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 18, 17:30, Group C, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 11 MONTENEGRO 9
Results & Teams

Match 18, 17:30, Group C, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 11 MONTENEGRO 9

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

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

Extra man: USA: 3/8. USA: 1/4.

Penalties: USA:

Teams:

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

MONTENEGRO: Darko Durovic, Nebojsa Vuskovic, Savo Cetkovic, Uros Vucurovic, (2) Aljosa Macic (1), Danilo Radovic (2), Luka Murisic, Petar Mijuskovic, Miroslav Perkovic (1), Vuk Draskovic (2), Dusan Matkovic, Branko Franeta (1), Alen Isljamovic. Head Coach: Veljko Uskokovic.

Report

This was a high-energy-charged match-up with equal teams, both keen on destroying the other. All shots packed a punch and the defence was brutally close. Montenegro faced its first hard match and it didn’t like the treatment USA was dishing out — goals. Fresh from a 42-7 thumping of Kuwait, Montenegro had now to work for goals. USA went two up and Montenegro equalised by quarter time. USA went 4-2 ahead and by halftime held a 6-4 advantage. Goals were traded in the third with Montenegro twice coming back to within one goal. However, USA was two clear and in the box seat. Both teams had two double scorers and one of the best shots came from Warren Loth. Sitting at nine metres he shaped a rocket toward goal and it was nearly covered by the goalkeeper except for a slight deflection off the defender. Branko Franeta went clear to open the final-quarter scoring, but Ash Molthen rifled a shot from 10 metres for 9-7 at 5:07.  USA lost a golden opportunity to take it to a three-goal advantage when  one of its players went under the water and came up on the goalkeeper forcing him to push the ball under. However, the referee’s back was turned and in the commotion he called a free throw for the goalkeeper. The resulting situation led to a counter-attack with Danilo Radovic scoring for 9-8. USA was unfazed and inside the last two minutes, Garrett Zaan smashed in a two-metre shot for 10-8. Savo Cetkovic went on counter, but his shot hit the right upright. At the other end, Quinn Woodhead worked tireless to milk a situation up front and he was finally awarded a free throw. Meanwhile, Marko Vavic slipped upfield, accepted the pass and nailed the match at 11-8. Radovic converted a penalty at 0:22, but it was not enough as USA deservedly won, never being equalled. This was its second win from three matches and will meet cellar-dweller Kuwait on Sunday to secure the group’s second place behind and have the lay day on Monday. Montenegro is being coached by Veljko Uskokovic, who won European gold medals with three countries — Yugoslavia (1991), Serbia & Montenegro (2001) and Montenegro (2008). His basket of medals includes Olympic bronze in 2000 and World Championship silver in 2001 and bronze medals in 1998 and 2003. He was also a Universiade gold medallist in 1995.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 24 18:50, Group B, SPAIN 19 RUSSIA 8
Results & Teams

Match 24 18:50, Group B, SPAIN 19 RUSSIA 8

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

Referees: German Moller (ARG), Michiel Zwart (NED)

Extra man: ESP: 9/14. RUS: 3/12.

Penalties: ESP: 1/1.

Teams:

SPAIN: Unai Aguirre, Bernat Sanahuja (1), Albert Ponferrada (3), Sergio Prieto, Pau Linares, Fran Valera (1), Lluc Bertran (2), Victor Alegre (2), Oscar Montes (5), Nikolas Paul (3), Oriol Rodriguez (1), Oscar Asensio (1), Victor Garcia. Head Coach: Svilen Ivanov.

RUSSIA: Igor Chirkov, Sergei Mersh, Nikita Serebrennikov, Emil Zinnurov (2), Zamir Mirziev, Iaroslav Nikolaev, Nikita Mikhailov, Askar Makhiyanov (1), Valerii Pelikh (1), Ivan Vasilev, Danill Frolov, Egor Vasilev (4), Danila Apultchin. Head Coach: Sergei Voronin.

Report



Picture: Eszter Novak

Spain collected its third victory with a showcase outing over Russia. Racing to 5-0 before a stunned Russia could get into the match, Spain was all class. Spain’s speed, lightning passes and positional passes to the centre forward earned plenty of extra-man chances. Three of the first four goals came from the extra. It was up to left-hander Emil Zinnurov — son of Irek Zinnurov, a former Russian star who won World Cup gold (2002) and medals at the 2000 (silver) and 2004 Olympic Games (bronze) — to get Russia on the board with consecutive goals. Russia was kept scoreless in the second quarter as Spain sped to 10-2. Spain won the next period 5-2 and it was here that Lluc Bertran displayed his obvious skills in the first of his two goals. When pressured at halfway, he flipped the ball over his head towards goal, turned his man and raced to goal. He was fouled and earned an ejection, but was stranded inside 6m and could not shoot. He passed to a team-mate at halfway, who returned the ball and he blitzed the ball past the goalkeeper’s left arm. Russia warmed up considerably to the match and Egor Vasilev sent in four of Russia’s last five scores. However, it was all Spain in another glorious effort to go with the 18-4 win over Egypt and the first-day 9-7 success against Hungary. Spain will take on Canada on Sunday in its final preliminary match. For Russia it was a second loss after going down to Canada on Friday.

 

It is the third day of the FINA World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships at the new Al-Nasar Sport Club Kuwait.

In Group A, Croatia  kept China scoreless in the first half before swinging away to a 24-5 outcome. Four of the Chinese goals came in the third period. Lovro Paparic and Jerko Panava scored five goals each. Serbia prepared itself for Sunday's group-deciding clash with Croatia by shooting down South Africa 26-6.Marko Radovic was on target with five goals, gaining player-of-the-match honours.

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Day 2: FINA World Men's Junior Water Polo Champs in Kuwait

World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships 2019
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Match 9, 08:30, Group B, EGYPT 4 SPAIN 18
Results & Teams

Match 9, 08:30, Group B, EGYPT 4 SPAIN 18

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

Referees: Michiel Zwart (NED), Noboru Yamazaki (JPN)

Extra man: EGY: 0/7. ESP: 7/9.

Penalties: Nil

Teams:

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

SPAIN: Unai Aguirre, Bernat Sanahuja (3), Albert Ponferrada (1), Sergio Prieto (2), Pau Linares (2), Fran Valera (1), Lluc Bertran (1), Victor Alegre (4), Oscar Montes, Nikolas Paul (2), Oriol Rodriguez, Oscar Asensio (2), Victor Garcia. Head Coach: Svilen Ivanov.

Report



Picture: Eszter Novak

Spain, beaten finalist in August’s European Championships and sixth two years ago at this event, made it two from two with a dominant display against Egypt. The second quarter caused concern for the Spaniards, but a stern talk from head coach Svilen Ivanov was worth its weight in gold as seven goals came in the crucial third period. Egypt’s best goal came from Mahmoud Elzayat late in the match when he zipped one in from well outside, finding the gap above the goalkeeper’s head for 17-4. Victor Alegre scored three of his four on extra-man attack and the other came quickly from the left on counter. He was easily the best in water.

Match 10, 9:50, Group B, RUSSIA 10 CANADA 12
Results & Teams

Match 10, 9:50, Group B, RUSSIA 10 CANADA 12

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

Referees: Nikolaos Boudramis
(GRE), Darren Spiritosanto (USA)

Extra man: RUS: 4/9. CAN: 5/10.

Penalties: RUS: 0/1.

Teams:

RUSSIA: Igor Chirkov, Sergei Mersh, Nikita Serebrennikov (1), Emil Zinnurov (1), Zamir Mirziev, Iaroslav Nikolaev, Nikita Mikhailov, Askar Makhiyanov (1), Valerii Pelikh (1), Ivan Vasilev (6), Danill Frolov, Egor Vasilev, Danila Apultchin. Head Coach: Sergei Voronin.

CANADA: Brody McKnight, Antonios Giannatsis (1), Bogdan Djerkovic (2), Jeremie Cote (3), Harrison Henning (2), Nick Seredjuc, Kyril Marinov, Bor Tanasijevic (1), Stefan Dabic (1), Stephen Gloade, Max MacMillan, Reuel D’Souza (2), Minos Kotzambasis. Head Coach: Brian Parillo.

Report



Canadian goalkeeper Brody McKnight

Canada followed up its first-day victory against Egypt with a thrilling 12-10 margin over Russia — a much tougher opponent. Russia, heavily backed by a large, chanting crowd, always had to play catch-up water polo, coming from 4-0 down in the first quarter to level at five a quarter later, at nine early in the final period and then at 10, 90 seconds later. Jeremie Cote broke the deadlock at 4:13 on extra-man attack and the final nail was driven in by Harrison Henning, also on extra, at 1:17. Russia had plenty of chances in the last quarter, but was smothered by Canada. Going back to that 4-0 margin after five minutes, Russia struck a winning chord with a vengeance, making it 4-3 early in the second quarter. The third goal came from Ivan Vasilev on extra. He then proceeded to dominate the match, scoring the next five Russian goals and even having his penalty shot blocked by Brody McKnight — the other star of the match. Time and again, McKnight was brilliant with several steals and many blocks, coming out of his cage like a loose tiger. Although Vasilev was named the best in field, McKnight probably had the greater impact on the result. Vasilev’s four-goal onslaught in the second quarter was immense. This was a match of superlatives with Stefan Dabic’s centre-forward goal pure gold, turning at two metres, surging forward a metre and then shooting with three on his body. The ball dribbled over the line for 7-5. Bogdan Djerkovic was also at his best in centre forward and a VAR decision was needed to confirm that 100 per cent of the ball had passed the front of the goal for the go-ahead 10-9 score. The only blot came when Bor Tanasijevic, who scored Canada’s 9-7 goal, interfered with Valerii Pelikh after his 9-9 equaliser and he was issued a red card — the third of the tournament.



Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 13, 13:30, Group D, NEW ZEALAND 5 GREECE 14
Results & Teams

Match 13, 13:30, Group D, NEW ZEALAND 5 GREECE 14

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

Referees: Liang Zhang (CHN), Mikhail Dykman (CAN)


Extra man: NZL: 1/7. GRE: 1/7.

Penalties: NZL: 1/1. GRE: 3/4.

Teams:

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

GREECE: Stylianos Dalmaras, Efstathios Kalogeropoulos (4), Ioannis Alafragkis, Konstaninos Gkiouvetsis (2), Dimitrios Nikolaidis (4), Alexandros Papanastasiou (3), Konstantinos Kakaris (1), Charalampos Rompopoulos, Efstathios Papageorgiou, Michail Diplaros, Aristeidis Chalyvopoulos (1), Michail Goniotakis, Nikolaos Mitrakis. Head Coach: Theodoros Lorantos.

Report

Greece’s surge to a repeat title remains on track with a solid victory over a determined Kiwi cohort. This was a match where Greece could have piled a mountain of goals on the board if it was not for the supreme goalkeeping of Bae Fountain. While New Zealand’s firepower was restricted, Greece opened its arsenal to several more players to shoot, other than the three returning champions — Alexandros Papanastasiou (three goals), Konstaninos Gkiouvetsis (two) and Dimitrios Nikolaidis (four). Greece proved it has all-round snipers and its combinations were first class. However, while New Zealand fired into the body of the Greek goalkeeper on too many occasions, Fountain was using his palms, stretching to the many shots taken by Greece. Without his agility, the 15 saves could have sky-rocketed the score. The nature of the match was see-saw to some extent with the Kiwis opening and then watch as Greece boarded the express train and rammed in six unanswered goals. New Zealand opened the second quarter and kept Greece scoreless until 18 seconds from halftime. Then another five-goal burst blasted the score to 11-2. For the final 12 minutes, New Zealand matched Greece for most of the scoring in what was a tough, physical encounter. However, there was no stopping the power and aggression of Greece, who will go far in this tournament.



Photos: Eszter Novak

 

Match 12, 14:50, Group C, MONTENEGRO 42 KUWAIT 7
Results & Teams

Match 12, 14:50, Group C, MONTENEGRO 42 KUWAIT 7

Quarters: 12-0, 4-3, 13-3, 13-1

Referees: Fabio Toffoli
(BRA), Gabor Vogel (HUN)

Extra man: MNE: 5/11. KUW: 0/6.

Penalties: MNE: 1/1.

Teams:

MONTENEGRO: Darko Durovic, Nebojsa Vuskovic (4), Savo Cetkovic (4), Uros Vucurovic (2), Aljosa Macic (2), Danilo Radovic (6), Luka Murisic (1), Petar Mijuskovic (10), Miroslav Perkovic (4), Vuk Draskovic (4), Dusan Matkovic (3), Branko Franeta (2), Alen Isljamovic. Head Coach: Vejko Uskokovic.

KUWAIT: Yousef Almotar, Abdullah Jasem (1), Saud Alotaibi, Ali Hasan, Abduirahman Alwazan, Manaf Almajadi, Abdulwahab Hasan, Mobarak Dashti (3), Hassan Dashti (1), Abdullah Alhammad (1), Mohammad Ashkanani (1), Yousef Alfaressi, Sultan Alsultan. Head Coach: Markos Markoglou.

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Montenegro checked into the tournament with a 12-0 first quarter and then stepped off the accelerator to allow Kuwait some movement. Montenegro was always going to win easily and its speed and stealing abilities proved a far higher level than Kuwait could expect to attain this coming week. Credit must go to Kuwait goalkeeper Yousef Almotar who rose high to every Montenegro ball and managed to thwart some attempts after the quarter break. A highlight for the Kuwaitis was the four-goal burst in the third period that lifted them to 16-5. Montenegro could do nothing else but play a normal match in preparation for upcoming encounters, including United States of America on Saturday. The scoring list speaks for itself and Petar Mijuskovic had a field day with nine goals, winning the player-of-the-match glass medallion.

Referee Gabor Vogel — Pictures: Eszter Novak

Match 14, 17:30, Group D, BRAZIL 23 UZBEKISTAN 6
Results & Teams

Match 14, 17:30, Group D, BRAZIL 23 UZBEKISTAN 6

Quarters: 6-2, 6-0, 4-2, 7-2

Referees: Hatem Gaber
(EGY), David Gomez (ESP)

Extra man: BRA: 7/8. UZB: 2/5.

Penalties: BRA: 1/1. UZB: 0/1.

Teams:

BRAZIL: Joao Silveira, Lucas Santos, Luiz Scarabelim (2), Felipe Ferreira (1), Nicholas Fichman (5), Bruno Chiappini (2), Italo Vizacre (4), Thomas Campedelli (4), Raul Morales, Marcos Pires (4), Vincius Pessin (1), Gabriel Galvane, Joao Fernandes. Head Coach: Thiago Nascimento.

UZBEKISTAN: Abdullo Yokubjonov, Mukhammadyusuf Dedabaev, Jakhongir Sobirjonov (1), Asadbek Kenjaev, Azizbek Turgunov (1), Asadbek Azizov, Zaven Osipyan (2), Azizbek Botirov, Javokhir Kutmonbekov, Asorbek Yusufjanov (1), Sukhrob Khoshimov (1), Muzaffarbek Makhmudjonov, Shokhboz Usmonjonov. Head Coach: Oleg Pletnev.

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On a day when close matches were few and far between, this promised something, but Brazil was the better team and asserted its authority early, turning 2-2 into 6-2 and 12-2 at the breaks. The score moved out to 16-2 before Zaven Osipyan snapped in two goals in 23 seconds. The first came from four metres and this was followed by a counter-attack goal, bringing his tally to six for the tournament. Brazil was decisive, fast and arrived in numbers. Its balance around the pool was reflected in the scoring being spread around. It was Brazil’s first match and will be some confidence heading into Saturday’s clash with reigning champion Greece. Nicholas Fichman was the star among stars for Brazil and his control at centre forward was precise and deadly with five goals.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 11 16:10, Group C, IRAN 4 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 27
Results & Teams

Match 11 16:10, Group C, IRAN 4 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 27

Quarters: 2-10, 1-4, 0-6, 1-7

Referees: German Moller (ARG), Conor Davis (AUS)

Extra man: IRI: ¼. USA: 2/9.

Penalties: USA: 2/2.

Teams:

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

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Adrian Weinberg, Quinten Osborne (4), Marko Vavic (1), Tommy Gruwell (3), Leo Yuno  (3), Garrett Zaan (2), Hannes Daube (5), Jacob Ehrhardt (4), Mason McQuet (1), Ash Molthen (3), Quinn Woodhead (1), Warren Loth, Kent Emden. Acting Head Coach: Jack Kocur.

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United States of America wanted to make a statement after a first-day loss to Italy and the outing with Iran provided excellent redemption. Iran started the scoring only for USA to slam in the next nine goals and ended the first period heavily in front. It was all USA from then on with Iran chasing, occasionally upsetting the North Americans and generally providing a speed bump. Unlike the previous match, there was not a predominance of counter-attack goals, USA having to work hard for every goal. USA’s snappy, hard passing paid dividends and helped shift the goalkeeper.

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Match 15, 18:50, Group A, CHINA 14 SOUTH AFRICA 13
Results & Teams

Match 15, 18:50, Group A, CHINA 14 SOUTH AFRICA 13

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

Referees: Michael Brooks (NZL), Amirhossein Safabakhsh (IRI)

Extra man: CHN: 2/7. RSA: 7/11.

Penalties: CHN: 2/2. RSA: 2/2.

Teams:

CHINA: Junjiong Wang, Xingmeng He (2), Boren Shi (1), Lei Yuan, Guan Ou, Beiyi Wang (3), Luobin Liu, Yingyi Gao (2), Yi Lu (4), Yile Cheng (2), Beile Zhu, Mingtao Wu, Haotian Zhou. Head Coach: Ji Shen.

SOUTH AFRICA: Keegan Clark, Mogamad Mayman, Christopher Beamish, Ethan Coryndon-Baker, Todd Howard (2), Ross Stone (1), Joshua Faber (1), Jonathan Swanepoel (1), David MacDonald, William Dowsett, Yaseen Margro, James Hablutzel, Barnard van Rooyen. Head Coach: Jason Sileno.

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China pulled one out of the bag, thanks to tenacious play and a large, cheering Chinese spectator base. It was a match of attrition as neither team could afford to let up. When South Africa was controlling, China was conspiring and then the goals started flowing to snatch the lead and head to victory. The match was levelled eight times, a major feat in itself considering we had been watching big gaping margins for most of the day. South Africa made all the headway, leaving China to pick up the pieces and come back to level the match. This it did at four, five, six, seven, eight and nine. Then China took the lead and scored another for 11-9 by the final break. South Africa pulled one back from the penalty line before China’s Yile Cheng scored a second consecutive goal, needing a brief visit to the VAR room for 12-10. South Africa levelled with two goals by 5:22. Yi Lu scored twice either side of a Ross Stone goal for 14-13 by 2:25. South Africa used its two timeouts and on the second a player lost the ball after the first pass. China called a timeout at 0:23 and wasted the ball almost to the end before Ethan Coryndon-Baker stole the ball and fired a long shot only for the goalkeeper to save and win what was truly an exciting match. He was hoping to score the day’s 200th goal. China was patient and withstood the green caps, even with Todd Howard a continual thorn in the side with his almost-match-winning five goals. His standout performance was earned through sheer guts and perpetual motion. He was not rewarded with the player of the match, probably because his team lost. South Africa was impeccable on extra-man attack and shut down five of China’s attempts. What it needed was more action goals — something China was most capable at doing. Well done, China on its first win after losing the Asian derby with Japan on Thursday.

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Match 16, 20:10, Group A, SERBIA 13 JAPAN 7
Results & Teams

Match 16, 20:10, Group A, SERBIA 13 JAPAN 7

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

Referees: Harvey Hinds (CUR) , Luca Bianco (ITA)

Extra man: SRB: 2/3. JPN: 2/12.

Penalties: SRB: 1/1. JPN: 1/1.

Teams:

SERBIA: Pavle Gavrilovic, Stefan Brankovic (1), Andrej Barac (4), Aleksa Nesic, Nemanja Stanojevic (1), Petar Mitrovic (1), Dorde Vucinic (4), Aleksa Cvetkovic, Vasilije Martinovic (2), Kristian Sulc, Luka Pijevancic, Marko Radovic, Vladimir Misovic. Head Coach: Uros Stevanovic.

JAPAN: Tomoharu Shinto, Toi Suzuki (2), Shun Kobayashi (1), Shohei Yamada, Fumiya Tsuta (1), Naoki Aoyama, Goro Hizume (2), Eisuke Takahashi, Takumu Miyazawa, Yusuke Inaba (1), Yuki Maita, Taiyo Watanabe, Kentaro Tani. Head Coach: Takamitsu Nakashima.

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Serbia began its campaign after finishing sixth at the August European Championship. It opened the scoring with the 200th goal of the day — to Andrej Barac — and then had to come to level after two Japanese goals. Barac scored a second to send Serbia 3-2 ahead before the high-scoring Yusuke Inaba opened his account to go into the first break even. Toi Suzuki gave Japan the lead for a second time. However, Serbia took control for the rest of the half with three goals, including a fantastic turning effort in front of goal by Petar Mitrovic. Barac nailed his third to start the second half, driving down the left, turning to receive a pass and then turning to blast it home while two defenders paid close attention. Suzuki drove home another a minute later for 7-5 as the frantic pace lifted with the Japanese twisting and turning on their bigger Serbian opponents. Hizume scored a second from the top, sending it high into the top right for 7-6 at 1:21. On the next attack, Shun Kobayashi fired one in from deep right for 7-7. This was nullified by Vasilije Martinovic from outside with the clock almost showing the end of the period. Vucinic grabbed his second and third for 10-7 by 5:12 in the fourth. Barac found inside water and steered in an air ball for 11-7 at 4:01, leaving little chance for Japan to come back. It was the second time Serbia scored four straight. Japan was trying everything in front of goal to no avail. Vucinic scored his fourth at 1:00 sealing the match. Martinovic added the icing to the cake for 13-7. Serbia took a timeout at 0:25 and the player failed to play the ball, giving Japan the last attack. Serbia was third two years ago when the championship was played in Belgrade. In contrast, Japan was 13th, but then there are the Tokyo Olympics next year and Japan has been improving its playing pool in preparation. Japan's ability to earn ejections was positive, although the conversion rate was not good.

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It is the second day of the FINA World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships at the new Al-Nasar Sport Club Kuwait.

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12Dec2019

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.

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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, Reuel 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.



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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.

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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.



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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.

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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.



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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.
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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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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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11Dec2019

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.

World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships 2019
Kuwait City, Kuwait
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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. 

World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships 2019
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09Dec2019

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