FINA World League
Men's Super Final
2010

World

Groups

Group A   Group B
USA USA*   AUS AUS (Australia)
MNE MNE (Montenegro)   SRB SRB (Serbia)
CHN CHN (China)   RSA RSA (South Africa)
ESPN ESP (Spain)   CRO CRO (Croatia)

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Schedule and Results

DAY 1 - 13 July 2010

#1 MNE MNE 16 vs. CHN CHN 4

Quarters: 1:0, 3:3, 6:0, 6:1
Referees: Hart (AUS), Pinker (RSA)
Extra Man: Montenegro  5, China 5

Scores:

MONTENEGRO: Zdravko  RADIĆ, Draško BRGULJaAN 1, Vjekoslav PASKOVIĆ 1, Damjan DANILOVIĆ, Nikola VUKČEVIĆ 3, Milan TIČIĆ, Mladjan JANOVIĆ 2, Nikola  JANOVIĆ 2, Aleksandar IVOVIĆ 1, Boris ZLOKOVIĆ 5, Vladimir GOJKOVIĆ, Predrag JOKIĆ 1, Miloš ŠĆEPANOVIĆ. Head Coach: Petar POROBIĆ

CHINA: Weiqing GE, Feihu TAN 2, Zhongxing LIANG 1, Lijun YU, Junliang GUO, Ning PAN, Yang WANG, Junmin XIE 1, Bin LI, Beming  WANG, Zhidang HAN, Nianxiung LIAND, Honghui WU. Head Coach: Tianxiong Cai

#2 AUSAUS 10 vs. CRO CRO 7

Quarters: 3:1 3:2 2:1 2.3
Referees: Naumov (RUS), Rostard (USA)
Extra Man: Australija 7, Croatia 10

Scores:

AUSTRALIA: James STANTON, Rob MAITLAND 1, Billy MILLER, Joel SWIFT, Aaron YOUNGER, Johnno COTTERILL, Nick O’HALLORAN. Sam MCGREGOR 3, Anthony MARTIN 1, Richie  CAMPBELL 2, Mitch BAIRD, Rhys HOWDEN 2, Joel DENNERLEY. Head Coach: John FOX

CROATIA: Marko NIŽIĆ, Damir BURIĆ 2, Miho BOŠKOVIĆ, Nikša DOBUD 1, Maro JOKOVIĆ, Frano KARAČ, Pavo MARKOVIĆ 2, Andro BUŠLJE, Sandro SUKNO, Petar MUSLIM 1, Fran PAŠKVALIN, Paulo OBRADOVIĆ 1, Josip PAVIĆ. Head Coach: Ratko RUDIĆ

#3USAUSA 7 vs. ESPN ESP 3

Quarters: 2:0, 2:2, 0:0, 3:1
Referees: Golijanin (SRB), Gomez (ITA)
Extra Man: USA 5/8 - ESP 3/9

Scores:

USA: Merrill MOSES, Peter VARELLAS 1, Michael SHARF, Jeff POWERS, Adam WRIGHT, Brian ALEXANDER, Shea BUKNER, Tony AZAVEDO 3, Rayan BAILEY 1, Tim HUTTEN, Jesse SMITH 2, James KRUMPHOLZ, Andy STEVENS.
Head Coach: Terry SCHROEDER

SPAIN: Inaki AGULIAR, Mario GARCIA, David MARTIN, Gonazalo LOPEZ, Guillermo MOLINA 1, Marc MINGUELL, Ivan GALLEGO, Albert  ESPANOL, Xavi VALLES 1, Filipe PERRONE, Blai MALLARACH 1, Xavi GARCIA, Dani LOPEZ.
Head Coach: Rafel AGUILAR

Commentary by Greg Mescall: Nis, Serbia - July 13 - The USA Men's Senior National Team got off to a great start at the FINA World League Super Final in Serbia with a 7-3 defeat of Spain to open play. Behind three goals from Tony Azevedo (Long Beach, CA/NYAC) and two tallies from Jesse Smith (Coronado, CA/NYAC) Team USA moves to 1-0 with China next on the schedule for Wednesday. Goalkeeper Merrill Moses (Palos Verdes, CA/NYAC) went the distance in net stopping 11 shots along with a penalty shot stop.

The United States were strong throughout opening up a 2-0 lead after the first quarter and led 4-2 at intermission. The third quarter was quiet on the offensive end for both sides as neither could find the cage. The United States offense returned in a major way in the fourth quarter as they put the game away adding on three more scores to just one from the Spaniards for a 7-3 win. Ryan Bailey (Long Beach, CA/Newport WPF) and Peter Varellas (Moraga, CA/Olympic Club) added scores as well for the red, white, and blue.

Power plays were key for Team USA as they went 5/8 while Spain was just 3/9. In addition the United States added two penalty shot scores going 2/3. "It was a good start to the trip, the guys played solid defense with some critical man down stops while we were also able to convert some man up chances," said USA Head Coach Terry Schroeder.  "Merrill played a solid game in the cage."

#4 SRB SRB 22 vs. RSA RSA 0

Quarters: 6:0, 6:0, 4:0, 6:0
Referees: Fernandez (ESP), Wang Yagi(CHN)
Extra  Man: Serbia 5, South Africa 4.

Scores:

SERBIA: Slobodan SORO, Marko AVRAMOVIĆ, Živko GOCIĆ 1, Vanja UDOVIČIĆ 4, Boris VAPENSKI 2, Dusko PIJETLOVIC 2, Slobodan NIKIC 3, Milan ALEKSIĆ 2, Nikola RADJEN 3, Filip FILIPOVIĆ 2, Andrija PRLAINOVIĆ 3, Stefan MITROVIĆ. Gojko PJETLOVIĆ. Head Coach: Dejan UDOVIČIĆ

SOUTH AFRICA: Grant BELCHER, Devon CARD, Donn STEWART, Patrick MCCARTHY, Bevan MANSON, Gavin KYTE, Gareth SAMUEL, Ryan BELL, Richard DOWNES, William NAIDOO, Nicholas MOLYNEUX, Mark SPENCER, Matt KEMP. Head Coach: Brad ROWE

 

DAY 2 - 14 July 2010

#5 USA USA 11 vs. CHN CHN 5

Quarters: 3:2, 3:0, 2:1, 3:2
Referees: Peris (CRO), Hart (AUS)

Scoress:

USA: Merrill MOSES, Peter VARELLAS 1, Michael SHARF, Jeff POWERS 1, Adam WRIGHT 1, Brian ALEXANDER 1, Shea BUKNER 2, Tony AZAVEDO 1, Rayan BAILEY 1, Tim HUTTEN 2, Jesse SMITH 1, James KRUMPHOLZ, Andy STEVENS. Head Coach: Terry SCHROEDER

CHINA: Weiqing GE, Feihu TAN 1, Zhongxing LIANG 1, Lijun YU, Junliang GUO, Ning PAN 1, Yang WANG, Junmin XIE, Bin LI 1, Beming  WANG 1, Zhidang HAN, Nianxiung LIAND, Honghui WU. Head Coach: Tianxiong CAI

Commentart by Greg Mescall:Nis, Serbia - July 14 - The USA Men's National Team made it back to back wins with an 11-5 defeat of China on day two of the FINA World League Super Final in Serbia. Behind two goals each from Tim Hutten (Seal Beach, CA/Newport WPF) and Shea Buckner (Villa Park, CA/NYAC) the United States moved to 2-0 with Montenegro on the schedule tomorrow to round out group play.

The two teams were evenly matched to start with the United States holding just a 3-2 lead after the first. In the second quarter they opened things up with three unanswered goals to take a 6-2 lead at halftime. The second half was more of the same as the United States built an 8-3 lead after the third quarter and then went on for the 11-5 win for the match. Despite the 11 goals the United States went just 1-5 on power plays and 1-2 on penalty shots.

Merrill Moses (Palos Verdes, CA/NYAC) and Andy Stevens (Villa Park, CA/NYAC) teamed up in the cage with Moses stopping 10 shots and Stevens 11.

It was a balanced scoring attack with nine different players scoring goals for Team USA in the win. "We did what we had to do to win, even though it was sloppy at times," said Head Coach Terry Schroeder. On Thursday Team USA meets up with Montenegro. The two squads recently completed a three game series in Southern California with each team winning a match and tying once.

#6 AUSAUS 19 vs. RSA RSA 4

Quarters: 7:2, 2:0, 3:1, 7:1
Referees: Wang Yagi(CHN), Brguljan (MNE)

Scores:

AUSTRALIA: James STANTON, Rob MAITLAND, Billy MILLER 4, Joel SWIFT 2, Aaron YOUNGER 2, Johnno COTTERILL, Nick O’HALLORAN 3. Sam MCGREGOR 2, Anthony MARTIN, Richie  CAMPBELL 1, Mitch BAIRD 2, Rhys HOWDEN 3, Joel DENNERLEY. Head Coach: John FOX

SOUTH AFRICA: Grant BELCHER, Devon CARD 1, Donn STEWART 1, Patrick MCCARTHY, Bevan MANSON, Gavin KYTE, Gareth SAMUEL 1, Ryan BELL 1, Richard DOWNES, William NAIDOO, Nicholas MOLYNEUX, Mark SPENCER, Matt KEMP. Head Coach: Brad ROWE

#7 MNE MNE 11 vs. ESP ESP 7

Quarters:4:2, 4:3,1:1, 2:1
Referees: Bock(GER), Naumov (RUS)

Scores:

MONTENEGRO: Zdravko  RADIĆ, Draško BRGULJUAN, Vjekoslav PASKOVIĆ, Damjan DANILOVIĆ, Nikola VUKČEVIĆ, Milan TIČIĆ 2, Mladjan JANOVIĆ 2, Nikola  JANOVIĆ 3, Aleksandar IVOVIĆ 1, Boris ZLOKOVIĆ 1, Vladimir GOJKOVIĆ 2, Predrag JOKIĆ, Miloš ŠĆEPANOVIĆ. Head Coach: Petar POROBIĆ

SPAIN: Inaki AGULIAR, Mario GARCIA, David MARTIN 1, Gonazalo LOPEZ, Guillermo MOLINA 2, Marc MINGUELL, Ivan GALLEGO, Albert  ESPANOL, Xavi VALLES 2, Filipe PERRONE 1, Blai MALLARACH, Xavi GARCIA 1, Dani LOPEZ. Head Coach: Rafel AGUILAR

#8 SRB SRB 9 vs. CRO CRO 8

Quarters:1:3, 4:2, 2:1, 2:2
Referees: Gomez (ITA), Fernandez (ESP)
Extra Man: Serbia 6/13 Croatia 6/17

Scores:

SERBIA: Slobodan SORO, Marko AVRAMOVIĆ 1, Živko GOCIĆ, Vanja UDOVIČIĆ 2, Boris VAPENSKI 1, Dusko PIJETLOVIC 2, Slobodan NIKIC 1, Milan ALEKSIĆ, Nikola RADJEN, Filip FILIPOVIĆ, Andrija PRLAINOVIĆ 2, Stefan MITROVIĆ. Gojko PJETLOVIĆ. Head Coach: Dejan UDOVIČIĆ

CROATIA: Marko NIŽIĆ, Damir BURIĆ, Miho BOŠKOVIĆ, Nikša DOBUD 2, Maro JOKOVIĆ 1, Frano KARAČ, Pavo MARKOVIĆ, Andro BUŠLJE 2, Sandro SUKNO, Petar MUSLIM 3, Fran PAŠKVALIN, Paulo OBRADOVIĆ, Josip PAVIĆ. Head Coach: Ratko RUDIĆ

 

DAY 3 - 15 July 2010

  #9 CHN CHN 5 vs. ESP ESP 11

Quarters: 2:3, 0:4, 2:3, 1:1
Referees: Golijanin (SRB), Pinker (RSA)

Scores:

CHINA:  Weiqing GE, Feihu TAN 1, Zhongxing LIANG 1, Lijun YU 2, Junliang GUO, Ning PAN 1, Yang WANG, Junmin XIE, Bin LI, Beming  WANG, Zhidang HAN, Nianxiung LIAND, Honghui WU. Head Coach: Tianxiong CAI

SPAIN: Inaki AGULIAR, Mario GARCIA, David MARTIN, Gonazalo LOPEZ, Guillermo MOLINA 1, Marc MINGUELL, Ivan GALLEGO, Albert  ESPANOL 2, Xavi VALLES 3, Filipe PERRONE 2, Blai MALLARACH 1, Xavi GARCIA 2, Dani LOPEZ Head Coach: Rafel AGUILAR

#10 RSA RSA 1 vs. CROCRO 22

Quarters: 0:5, 0:4, 0:6, 1:7
Referees: Wang Yaqi (CHN), Brguljan (MNE)
Extra Man:South Africa 7, Croatia 7

Scores:

SOUTH AFRICA: Grant BELCHER, Devon CARD, Donn STEWART, Patrick MCCARTHY, Bevan MANSON, Gavin KYTE, Gareth SAMUEL, Ryan BELL, Richard DOWNES, William NAIDOO, Nicholas MOLYNEUX 1, Mark SPENCER, Matt KEMP. Head Coach: Brad ROWE

CROATIA: Marko NIŽIĆ, Damir BURIĆ 1, Miho BOŠKOVIĆ 3, Nikša DOBUD 3, Maro JOKOVIĆ 2, Frano KARAČ, Pavo MARKOVIĆ 3, Andro BUŠLJE 2, Sandro SUKNO 2, Petar MUSLIM 2, Fran PAŠKVALIN, Paulo OBRADOVIĆ 4, Josip PAVIĆ. Head Coach: Ratko RUDIĆ

#11 USA USA 9 vs. MNE MNE 11

Quarters: 1:2, 3:1, 1:1, 2:3 - 4:2 penalty
Referees:  Gomez (ITA), Bock (GER)
Extra Man: Montenegro 11, USA 12

Score:

MONTENEGRO: Zdravko  RADIĆ, Draško BRGULJUAN, Vjekoslav PASKOVIĆ, Damjan DANILOVIĆ 1, Nikola VUKČEVIĆ, Milan TIČIĆ, Mladjan JANOVIĆ 1, Nikola  JANOVIĆ, Aleksandar IVOVIĆ 2, Boris ZLOKOVIĆ 2, Vladimir GOJKOVIĆ, Predrag JOKIĆ 1, Miloš ŠĆEPANOVIĆ. Head Coach: Petar POROBIĆ

USA: Merrill MOSES, Peter VARELLAS, Michael SHARF, Jeff POWERS 1, Adam WRIGHT, Brian ALEXANDER 1, Shea BUKNER, Tony AZAVEDO 1, Rayan BAILEY 2, Tim HUTTEN 1, Jesse SMITH 1, James KRUMPHOLZ, Andy STEVENS. Head Coach: Terry SCHROEDER

Commentary by Greg Mescall: Nis, Serbia - July 15 - Montenegro topped the USA Men's National Team 11-9 in a shootout finish on day three of the FINA World League Super Final. The loss is the first of the tourney for Team USA and they finish group play at 2-1 with Croatia on the schedule for Friday in the quarterfinals at 4pm local Serbia time (7am pacific time). Ryan Bailey (Long Beach, CA/Newport WPF) led the United States in scoring with three goals while Tony Azevedo (Long Beach, CA/NYAC) added two scores. Merrill Moses (Palos Verdes, CA/NYAC) went the distance in the cage stopping seven shots.

The United States got off to a good start leading 2-1 after the first quarter but Montenegro battled back to grab a 4-3 lead at halftime. In the third quarter each team notched a score to leave it a one goal game in favor of Montenegro at 5-4 going to the fourth quarter. In the fourth the United States rallied with three goals to just two from Montenegro to help force the extra session of penalty shots.

Tied at 7-7 after regulation the teams entered into a penalty shootout with Montenegro able to convert four penalty shots to just two from the United States to take the 11-9 victory. Team USA went just 2-11 on power plays which Coach Terry Schroeder pointed to as a struggle, "We did enough things to win. We just failed to convert our 6 on 5. Tough to win when you go 2 for 11."

Other scorers for the United States included Brian Alexander (Santa Ana, CA/Olympic Club), Tim Hutten (Seal Beach, CA/Newport WPF), Jeff Powers (San Luis Obispo, CA/Newport WPF), and JW Krumpholz (Santa Ana, CA/NYAC).

#12 SRBSRB 8 vs. AUS AUS 6

Quarters: 0:1, 5:1, 1:1, 2:3
Referees:  Rostard (USA), Naumov (RUS)
Extra Man:Serbia 10, Australia 12

Scores:

SERBIA: Slobodan SORO, Marko AVRAMOVIĆ, Živko GOCIĆ, Vanja UDOVIČIĆ, Boris VAPENSKI, Dusko PIJETLOVIC 2, Slobodan NIKIC, Milan ALEKSIĆ, Nikola RADJEN 1, Filip FILIPOVIĆ 2, Andrija PRLAINOVIĆ 3, Stefan MITROVIĆ. Gojko PJETLOVIĆ. Head Coach: Dejan UDOVIČIĆ

AUSTRALIA: James STANTON, Rob MAITLAND, Billy MILLER, Joel SWIFT, Aaron YOUNGER 2, Johnno COTTERILL 1, Nick O’HALLORAN. Sam MCGREGOR 2, Anthony MARTIN 1, Richie  CAMPBELL, Mitch BAIRD, Rhys HOWDEN, Joel DENNERLEY. Head Coach: John FOX

 

DAY 4 - 16 July 2010

#13 USA USA 11 vs. CRO CRO 13

Quarters:2:5, 3:3, 4:5, 2:0
Referees: Naumov (RUS), Bock (GER)
Extra Man: USA 12, Croatia 6

Scores:

USA: Merrill MOSES, Peter VARELLAS, Michael SHARF, Jeff POWERS, Adam WRIGHT, Brian ALEXANDER 2, Shea BUKNER, Tony AZAVEDO 3, Rayan BAILEY 2, Tim HUTTEN, Jesse SMITH 2, James KRUMPHOLZ 2, Andy STEVENS. Head Coach: Terry SCHROEDER

CROATIA: Marko NIŽIĆ, Damir BURIĆ, Miho BOŠKOVIĆ 2, Nikša DOBUD 1, Maro JOKOVIĆ 3, Frano KARAČ 2, Pavo MARKOVIĆ, Andro BUŠLJE, Sandro SUKNO 3, Petar MUSLIM 1, Fran PAŠKVALIN 1, Paulo OBRADOVIĆ, Josip PAVIĆ. Head Coach: Ratko RUDIĆ

Commentarry by Greg Mescall: Nis, Serbia - July 16 - A fourth quarter rally proved to be not enough as the United States men fell 13-11 to Croatia earlier today in the quarterfinals of the FINA World League Super Final. The loss puts Team USA into the fifth through eighth place bracket with a match against either Serbia or China on Saturday. Team captain Tony Azevedo (Long Beach, CA/NYAC) led the offensive attack for the United States with three goals in the loss. Merrill Moses (Palos Verdes, CA/NYAC) played the whole way in net with seven saves.

Croatia jumped out a strong start posting five goals in the opening period to take a 5-2 lead after the first quarter. In the second the United States kept pace scoring three goals to three from Croatia. Trailing 8-5 at halftime the United States kept looking to chip away in this high scoring affair posting four goals in the third quarter. That was answered by five scores from Croatia and they built a 13-9 lead going into the final stanza. An attempt at a fourth quarter rally fell short for the United States as they mustered just two goals and came away on the losing end at 13-11.

The United States went 7/14 on power plays in the losing effort. Other goal scorers for Team USA included Brian Alexander (Santa Ana, CA/Olympic Club), Ryan Bailey (Long Beach, CA/Newport WPF), JW Krumpholz (Santa Ana, CA/NYAC), and Jesse Smith (Coronado, CA/NYAC) all with two goals each. The USA will meet Serbia or China next and earlier this week the United States defeated China 11-5.

#14 ESP ESP 5 vs. AUS AUS 6

Classification  Quarter Finals
Quarters:1:2, 2:0, 2:3, 0:1
Referees: Peris (CRO),Brguljan (MNE)
Extra Man: Spain 10, Australia 10

Scores:

SPAIN: Inaki AGULIAR, Mario GARCIA, David MARTIN, Gonazalo LOPEZ, Guillermo MOLINA 2, Marc MINGUELL, Ivan GALLEGO, Albert  ESPANOL 1, Xavi VALLES 1, Filipe PERRONE 1, Blai MALLARACH, Xavi GARCIA, Dani LOPEZ. Head Coach: Rafel AGUILAR

AUSTRALIA: James STANTON, Rob MAITLAND, Billy MILLER, Joel SWIFT, Aaron YOUNGER 1, Johnno COTTERILL, Nick O’HALLORAN 1. Sam MCGREGOR 1, Anthony MARTIN 1, Richie  CAMPBELL, Mitch BAIRD, Rhys HOWDEN 2, Joel DENNERLEY. Head Coach: John FOX

#15 MNE MNE 21 vs. RSA RSA 2

Quarters:4:1, 10:0, 3:1, 4:0
Referees: Hart (AUS), Fernandez (ESP)
Extra  Man:MNE 7, RSA 1

Scores:

MONTENEGRO: Zdravko  RADIĆ, Draško BRGULJUAN 2, Vjekoslav PASKOVIĆ 3, Damjan DANILOVIĆ 4, Nikola VUKČEVIĆ 2, Milan TIČIĆ 1, Mladjan JANOVIĆ 2, Nikola  JANOVIĆ 3, Aleksandar IVOVIĆ, Boris ZLOKOVIĆ 3, Vladimir GOJKOVIĆ 1, Predrag JOKIĆ, Miloš ŠĆEPANOVIĆ. Head Coach: Petar POROBIĆ

SOUTH AFRICA: Grant BELCHER, Devon CARD, Donn STEWART, Patrick MCCARTHY, Bevan MANSON, Gavin KYTE, Gareth SAMUEL, Ryan BELL 1, Richard DOWNES, William NAIDOO, Nicholas MOLYNEUX 1, Mark SPENCER, Matt KEMP. Head Coach: Brad ROWE

#16 SRB SRB 17 vs. CHN CHN 4

Classification  Quarter Finals
Quarters: 3:4, 1:3, 0:5,0:5
Referees: Pinker (RSA), Rostard(USA)
Extra  Man: Serbia 7, CHINA 4

Scores:

SERBIA: Slobodan SORO, Marko AVRAMOVIĆ 1, Živko GOCIĆ, Vanja UDOVIČIĆ 1, Boris VAPENSKI, Dusko PIJETLOVIC 1, Slobodan NIKIC 3, Milan ALEKSIĆ 2, Nikola RADJEN, Filip FILIPOVIĆ 5, Andrija PRLAINOVIĆ 3, Stefan MITROVIĆ 1. Gojko PJETLOVIĆ. Head Coach: Dejan UDOVIČIĆ.

CHINA:  Weiqing GE, Feihu TAN 1, Zhongxing LIANG 1, Lijun YU 1, Junliang GUO 1, Ning PAN, Yang WANG, Junmin XIE, Bin LI, Beming  WANG, Zhidang HAN, Nianxiung LIAND, Honghui WU. Head Coach: Tianxiong CAI

 

DAY 5 - 17 July 2010

#17 CHN CHN 6 vs. USA USA 13

Classification:  Semi Finals 5-8

Quarters:1:1, 4:2, 4:0, 4:3
Referees: Golijanin (SRB), Pinker (RSA)
Extra Man: USA 7, China 7

Scores:

USA: Merrill MOSES, Peter VARELLAS 3, Michael SHARF 1, Jeff POWERS 1, Adam WRIGHT, Brian ALEXANDER, Shea BUKNER, Tony AZAVEDO 4, Rayan BAILEY 3, Tim HUTTEN, Jesse SMITH, James KRUMPHOLZ 1, Andy STEVENS. Head Coach: Terry SCHROEDER

CHINA:  Weiqing GE, Feihu TAN, Zhongxing LIANG, Lijun YU, Junliang GUO, Ning PAN 1, Yang WANG, Junmin XIE, Bin LI 2, Beming  WANG 2, Zhidang HAN, Nianxiung LIAND 1, Honghui WU. Head Coach: Tianxiong CAI

Commentary by Greg Mescall: Nis, Serbia - July 17 - The USA Men's National Team earned a shot at fifth place at the FINA World League Super Final following a 13-6 defeat of China, their second win over the Chinese this week. Tony Azevedo (Long Beach, CA/NYAC) scored four goals while Peter Varellas (Moraga, CA/Olympic Club) and Ryan Bailey (Long Beach, CA/Newport WPF) tallied three scores each. Team USA will meet up with either Spain or South Africa on Sunday to close out play.

A close first quarter gave way to domination by the United States. Following a 1-1 game after the first the United States turned it on in the second quarter posting four goals to grab a 5-3 lead at halftime. In the third quarter Team USA added four more goals while keeping China scoreless to snare a commanding 9-3 advantage going to the fourth quarter. In the final period China got back on the board with three scores but the red, white, and blue answered with four goals to grab a 13-6 lead en route to the victory.

Along with the scores from Azevedo, Varellas, and Bailey other goals came from Jeff Powers (San Luis Obispo, CA/Newport WPF) JW Krumpholz (Santa Ana, CA/NYAC) and Michael Sharf (Orinda, CA/Olympic Club). Merrill Moses (Palos Verdes, CA/NYAC) went the distance in the net stopping 10 shots.

Saves - USA M. Moses - 10

#18 17:40 ESP ESP 12 vs. RSA RSA 1

Classification : Semi Finals

Quarters: 2:0, 4:0, 4:0, 2:1
Referees:  Peris (CRO), Wang Yaqi (CHN)

Scores:

SPAIN: Inaki AGULIAR, Mario GARCIA, David MARTIN 1, Gonazalo LOPEZ 1, Guillermo MOLINA 2, Marc MINGUELL 1, Ivan GALLEGO 1, Albert  ESPANOL, Xavi VALLES 3, Filipe PERRONE 1, Blai MALLARACH 1, Xavi GARCIA 1, Dani LOPEZ. Head Coach: Rafel AGUILAR 

SOUTH AFRICA: Grant BELCHER, Devon CARD, Donn STEWART, Patrick MCCARTHY, Bevan MANSON, Gavin KYTE, Gareth SAMUEL, Ryan BELL, Richard DOWNES, William NAIDOO, Nicholas MOLYNEUX 1, Mark SPENCER, Matt KEMP. Head Coach: Brad ROWE

#19 AUS AUS 6 vs.MNEMNE 8

Classification : Semi Finals

Quarters:3:1, 0:3, 2:2, 1:2
Referees:  Gomez (ITA), Rostard (USA)
Extra Man:Australia 12, Montenegro 11

Teams:

AUSTRALIA: James STANTON, Rob MAITLAND, Billy MILLER 1, Joel SWIFT, Aaron YOUNGER, Johnno COTTERILL 1, Nick O’HALLORAN. Sam MCGREGOR 1, Anthony MARTIN 2, Richie  CAMPBELL 1, Mitch BAIRD, Rhys HOWDEN, Joel DENNERLEY. Head Coach: John FOX

MONTENEGRO: Zdravko  RADIĆ, Draško BRGULJUAN, Vjekoslav PASKOVIĆ, Damjan DANILOVIĆ, Nikola VUKČEVIĆ, Milan TIČIĆ, Mladjan JANOVIĆ 2, Nikola  JANOVIĆ, Aleksandar IVOVIĆ 3, Boris ZLOKOVIĆ 3, Vladimir GOJKOVIĆ, Predrag JOKIĆ, Miloš ŠĆEPANOVIĆ. Head Coach: Petar POROBIĆ

#20 CRO CRO 11 vs.SRBSRB 14

Classification : Semi Finals
Quarters: 5:4, 3:4, 2:4, 1:2
Referees:  Naumov (Rus), Bok (Ger)
Extra Man:Croatia 20, Serbia 16

Scoress:

CROATIA: Marko NIŽIĆ, Damir BURIĆ, Miho BOŠKOVIĆ 5, Nikša DOBUD 1, Maro JOKOVIĆ 1, Frano KARAČ, Pavo MARKOVIĆ 1, Andro BUŠLJE, Sandro SUKNO 2, Petar MUSLIM 1, Fran PAŠKVALIN, Paulo OBRADOVIĆ, Josip PAVIĆ. Head Coach: Ratko RUDIĆ

SERBIA: Slobodan SORO, Marko AVRAMOVIĆ, Živko GOCIĆ, Vanja UDOVIČIĆ 2, Boris VAPENSKI, Dusko PIJETLOVIC 2, Slobodan NIKIC, Milan ALEKSIĆ 1, Nikola RADJEN 1, Filip FILIPOVIĆ 4, Andrija PRLAINOVIĆ 5, Stefan MITROVIĆ 1. Gojko PJETLOVIĆ. Head Coach: Dejan UDOVIČIĆ

 

DAY 6 – 18 July 2009

#21 CHN CHN 11 vs. RSA RSA 5 (7th place)

Quarters:6:3, 1:1, 0:0, 4:1
Referees: Brguljan (MNE), Bock (GER)
Extra Man:China 11, South Africa 10

Scores:

CHINA: Weiqing GE, Feihu TAN 2, Zhongxing LIANG 2, Lijun YU, Junliang GUO 1, Ning PAN, Yang WANG 1, Junmin XIE, Bin LI, Beming  WANG 1, Zhidang HAN 2, Nianxiung LIAND 1, Honghui WU. Head Coach: Tianxiong CAI

SOUTH AFRICA: Grant BELCHER, Devon CARD, Donn STEWART, Patrick MCCARTHY, Bevan MANSON 1, Gavin KYTE, Gareth SAMUEL 1, Ryan BELL 1, Richard DOWNES, William NAIDOO 1, Nicholas  MOLYNEUX 1, Mark SPENCER, Matt KEMP. Head Coach: Brad ROWE

#22 USA USA 7 vs.ESPN ESP 6 (5th place)

Quarters: 1:3, 2:0, 3:1, 1:2
Referees: Golijan (SRB), Peris (CRO)
Extra Man:USA 8, Spain 11

Scores:

USA: Merrill MOSES, Peter VARELLAS, Michael SHARF 1, Jeff POWERS, Adam WRIGHT, Brian ALEXANDER, Shea BUKNER, Tony AZAVEDO 1, Rayan BAILEY 1, Tim HUTTEN 2,  Jesse SMITH 2, James KRUMPHOLZ, Andy STEVENS.
Head Coach: Terry SCHROEDER

SPAIN: Inaki AGULIAR, Mario GARCIA, David MARTIN, Gonazalo LOPEZ, Guillermo MOLINA 1, Marc MINGUELL 2, Ivan GALLEGO, Albert  ESPANOL, Xavi VALLES, Filipe PERRONE, Blai MALLARACH 1, Xavi GARCIA 2, Dani LOPEZ
Head Coach: Rafel AGUILAR

Commentary by Greg Mescall: Nis, Serbia - July 18 - The USA Men's National Team took home fifth place at the FINA World League Super Final with a 7-6 defeat over Spain. Behind two goals each from Tim Hutten (Seal Beach, CA/Newport WPF) and Jesse Smith (Coronado, CA/NYAC) the United States rallied from an early deficit to pull out the victory. Merrill Moses (Palos Verdes, CA/NYAC) went the distance in the cage stopping nine shots.

Spain got off to the hot start opening up a 3-1 lead after the first quarter. In the second period the United States defense buckled down pitching a shutout while adding two goals to tie the match at 3-3 going into halftime. The third quarter saw Team USA on the offensive tallying three goals in the third period to just one from Spain to grab a 6-4 lead going into the fourth quarter. In the final frame the Spanish looked to rally scoring two goals but the United States had one more tally up their sleeve to take the win 7-6.

The United States was 2/7 on power plays while holding Spain to 3/11. Other scores for the United States included Michael Sharf (Orinda, CA/Olympic Club), Tony Azevedo (Long Beach, CA/NYAC), and Ryan Bailey (Long Beach, CA/Newport WPF). Next up for Team USA is the FINA World Cup in Oradea, Romania. The United States will open action against China on July 27.

#23 AUS AUS 7 vsCROCRO 9 (3rd place)

Quarters: 4:1, 2:1, 3:3, 0:2
Referees: Naumov (RUS), Rostard (USA)
Extra Man:Croatia 17, Australia 9

Scores:

CROATIA: Marko NIŽIĆ, Damir BURIĆ 1, Miho BOŠKOVIĆ 4, Nikša DOBUD, Maro JOKOVIĆ, Frano KARAČ, Pavo MARKOVIĆ 1, Andro BUŠLJE, Sandro SUKNO 1, Petar MUSLIM 2, Fran PAŠKVALIN, Paulo OBRADOVIĆ, Josip PAVIĆ. Head Coach: Ivica Tucak

AUSTRALIA: James STANTON, Rob MAITLAND, Billy MILLER 3, Joel SWIFT, Aaron YOUNGER 2, Johnno COTTERILL, Nick O’HALLORAN. Sam MCGREGOR 1, Anthony MARTIN, Richie  CAMPBELL, Mitch BAIRD, Rhys HOWDEN 1, Joel DENNERLEY. Head Coach: John FOX

#24 20:00 MNE MNE 12 vsSRBSRB 14 (1st place)
Quarters:1:1, 3:4, 2:2,4:3 - 4:2
Referees: Gomez (ITA), Fernandez (ESP)
Extra Man:Serbia 17, Montenegro 17

Scores:

SERBIA: Slobodan SORO, Marko AVRAMOVIĆ, Živko GOCIĆ 1, Vanja UDOVIČIĆ 3, Boris VAPENSKI, Dusko PIJETLOVIC 2, Slobodan NIKIC, Milan ALEKSIĆ, Nikola RADJEN, Filip FILIPOVIĆ 3, Andrija PRLAINOVIĆ 3, Stefan MITROVIĆ 2. Gojko PJETLOVIĆ. Head Coach: Dejan UDOVIČIĆ

MONTENEGRO: Zdravko  RADIĆ, Draško BRGULJUAN, Vjekoslav PASKOVIĆ 1, Damjan DANILOVIĆ 2, Nikola VUKČEVIĆ, Milan TIČIĆ 2, Mladjan JANOVIĆ, Nikola  JANOVIĆ 1, Aleksandar IVOVIĆ 2, Boris ZLOKOVIĆ 2, Vladimir GOJKOVIĆ 2, Predrag JOKIĆ, Miloš ŠĆEPANOVIĆ. Head Coach: Petar POROBIĆ