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

by ZwemZa on December 14th, 2019

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.

In Group B, Hungary earned its first win, beating Egypt 19-7 with five goals from Marton Magyar. For Egypt, who led for two minutes in the second quarter, it was a third loss.

In Group C, Italy started the day with a 16-4 win over Iran for a second two-pointer. A trio of players scored three goals — Michele Mezzarobba, Matteo Spione and Andrea Tartaro.

In Group D, Australia came back from 7-4 down early in the final quarter to beat trans-Tasman rival New Zealand 8-7 with Hugh Anstey netting three for the victor. Greece made sure of its third victory with a 13-2 margin over Brazil where it kept the South Americans scoreless in the first, second and fourth periods.

Progress points:
Group A: Croatia 4, Serbia 4, Japan 2, China 2, South Africa 0.
Group B: Spain 4, Hungary 4, Canada 4, Russia 0, Egypt 0.
Group C: Italy 4, Montenegro 2, USA 2, Iran 2, Kuwait 0.
Group D: Greece 6, Brazil 2, Australia 2, New Zealand 2, Uzbekistan 0.

Saturday Schedule:
Match 17, 09:30, Group C, ITALY 16 IRAN 4
Match 23, 10:50, Group B, HUNGARY 19 EGYPT 7
Match 19, 12:10, Group D, AUSTRALIA 8 NEW ZEALAND 7
Match 20, 13:30, Group D, GREECE 13 BRAZIL 2
Match 21, 14:50, Group A, CROATIA 24 CHINA 5
Match 22 16:10, Group A, SOUTH AFRICA 6 SERBIA 26
Match 24 18:50, Group B, SPAIN RUSSIA

Sunday Schedule:
Match 25, 09:30, Group D, BRAZIL AUSTRALIA
Match 26, 10:50, Group D, UZBEKISTAN GREECE
Match 30, 12:10, Group B, CANADA SPAIN
Match 28, 13:30, Group A, JAPAN SOUTH AFRICA
Match 29, 16:10, Group B, RUSSIA HUNGARY
Match 27, 17:30, Group A, SERBIA CROATIA
Match 31, 18:50, Group C, MONTENEGRO ITALY

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.


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.

Match 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.

Russell McKinnon, FINA Media Committee

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