Day 8 Wrap Up: Mens U18 FINA Youth Water Polo Champs

Sat, 08/12/2012 - 15:59
  • SA U18 Water Polo vs Trinidad and Tobago

Game one of day 8 saw Kazakhstan square up against Colombia for 15th position.  Colombia managed to get their noses ahead and keep it there in a close match with sides trading goal for goal. Two goals from Colombia with no reply from Uzbekistan saw Colombia finish the match 4 goals ahead. The match ended 11-7.

The South African Men’s team camClifton College Murray Howard SA U18 Water Poloe from behind after being down 3-2 in the 1st chukka to beat Trinidad and Tobago 10-8. The win, a first for the South Africans at the championship, secured them 17th place overall. The South African defense kept Trinidad and Tobago and the prolific Russel Ferreira at bay to claim the win.  Both defences were solid and it took two extra man opportunities for the South Africans to score the win securing goals.Reddam's Josh Stubbs and SU 18 Water Polo player

Egypt and Uzbekistan played for 13th position in the 3rd game of day 8.  The match nearly went into extra time as the sides were square at 5-5 with a minute to spare, but a last minute wonder goal from Abbas Sayliev sealed the victory for Uzbekistan. Tournament top scorer, Kiril Rustamov, took is overall tally to 37 at an average of 5.2 goals per game after scoring two against Egypt. Rustamov sits 15 goals clear of his nearest rival Russel Ferreira.

The close nature of the matches continued in the next few games as Canada Beat Iran 11-8. Canada dominated much of the first half and went into the break 6-3 up. Iran dominated the third quarter but  three quick goals leveled up the sides,. Canada regrouped to score in the dying minutes of the 3rd chukka. The 4th quarter started with the score at 9-7 to Canada. The Iranians managed to score one more goal, as Canada emerged the victors.

Brazil beat New Zealand 12-9 claiming 9th position. Australia and Greece ended their match deadlocked at 9-9 sending the match into extra time. Greece did enough in the pool to score the decisive goal for the win over Australia on their home turf. Greece next take on Romania. The Romanians beat the USA 12-10 to play for 5th place. A spirited performance by the Romanians was enough to get past USA who face off against Australia in the play off for 5th position.

In another of the day’s very close matches, Hungary beat the Serbians by a solitary goal to book their place in the final. Hungary managed to stay in the lead throughout the game although some ill-discipline from Serbia’s Sedlmayer got him carded after he punched the water in frustration for being substituted by his coach.  Milos Maksimovic gave his team hope after scoring Serbia’s 9th goal with 34 seconds to go. The Hungarians controlled the ball well leaving Serbia with too little time to find the equalizer.  The Serbians will be fighting for the last medal on day 9.

In a close and tense semi-final, the two sides touted by pundits as the best sides at the championship, Italy and Croatia, played for a chance to win gold at the championships. The match was marred by some ill discipline as Basic of Croatia and Tommaso Busilacchi of Italy were both red carded for fighting. In a rough game characterized by 37 major fouls from both sides, Italy with 19 and Croatia with 18, the Croatians had the lead throughout. The Italians however leveled the game with 2:14 left on the clock and Velloto got his second to put the Italians in the lead again.  Croatia had an opportunity to equalize but the Italian’s defense stood firm and did not allow the Croatians to get a shot off. The Italians will now face Hungary in the final on Sunday for the gold medal.

Sa Scorers

Player Goals School
Kyle Gibson 9 Pretoria Boys High
Nicholas Downes 6 Clifton College
Murray Howard 6 Clifton College
Mike Young 4 Crawford Lonehill

SA Offensive Record

Games Goals Scored Avg Per Game
6 33 5.5

SA Defensive Record

Games Goals Conceded Avg Per Game
6 83 13.83

Tournament Top Scorers

Rank Player Country Games Goals Avg Goals Per Game
1 Kiril Rustamov Uzbekistan 7 37 5.2
2 Russel Ferreira Trinidad & Tabago 7 22 3.14
3 Hamed Khanbanan Iran 7 21 3
4 Gabriel Salgado Brazil 7 20 2.85
5 Drasko Gogov Serbia 7 19 2.7
6 Georgis Dervisis Greece 6 18 3
7 Andrea Fondelli Italy 5 17 3.4
  Mihnea Gheorghe Romania 7 17 2.42
  Henrie Vasconcelo Brazil 7 17 2.42
10 Milos Maksimovic Serbia 7 16 2.28


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