FINA World League
Men's Super Final
2011

World

Groups

Group A   Group B
USA USA*   AUS AUS (Australia)
SRB SRB (Serbia)   Montenegro MNE (Montenegro)
CHN CHN (China)   Canada CAN (Canada)
Italy ITA (Italy)   CRO CRO (Croatia)

* For US Roster click on any USA flag.
Then cick on player's name for bio.
Photos courtesy of Sandie Orias & USAWP.

All Team Rosters and Event Program


Schedule and Results

DAY 1 - 21 July 2011

Montenegro, Serbia, Croatia and Italy win on Day 1

Camillo Cametti, FINA Press Commission Chairman

The stage of this edition, which will qualify the winning team directly to the 2012 Olympic Games in London and will earn the winners a US$ 100,000 prize money, is the municipal swimming complex "Paolo Costoli" IN Florence, Italy.

Florence is home to Gianni Lonzi, the FINA TWPC Chairman and the inspirer of the Local Organising Committee.

Florence is a traditional hub of Italian water polo and also the home of both the legendary Gianni De Magistris and the current goalkeeper and captain of the Italian national team Stefano Tempesti.

Eight teams are taking part in this Super Final: the United States, Serbia, China, Italy in Group 1; Australia, Canada, Montenegro and Croatia in Group 2.

THE OPENING CEREMONY

On the eve a suggestive Opening Ceremony took place in the unique setting of Florence historical centre, with the teams parading from the amazing "Duomo" and the equally astonishing Piazza (Square) della Signoria, accompanied by teams of flag waivers, drummers, etc, all dressed in medieval costumes. In the square, crowded with at least one thousand among tourists and Florentines, the national anthems of the participating countries were played by the "Gioacchino Rossini" band. The crowd interacted warmly applauding at the anthem of their respective countries.

The Mayor of Firenze, accompanied by his deputy for Sport Dario Nardella, delivered a welcome address to the teams, the FINA Delegates, headed by the FINA Honorary Secretary Paolo Barelli (also president of the Italian Swimming Federation), in the splendid "Salone dei Cinquecento" – the historical Hall of Five Hundreds – rich of precious paintings and statues, including two full wall frescos painted respectively by Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti.

Such an unprecedented, warm and amazing, welcome would be difficult to repeat.

#1MNE MNE 8 vs. Canada CAN 6 Scoresheet

1-3, 2-1; 2-1, 3-1

REFEREES: Massimiliano Caputi (ITA), Nikolaos Stavropolulos (GRE).
FINA DELEGATE: Richard Foster (USA).

MONTENEGRO: Zdravko Radic, Drasko Brguljan, Aleksandar Radovic 1, Damjan Danilovic, Nikola Vukcevic 1, Milan Ticic 1, Mladan Janovic 1, Nikola Janovic 1 ©, Filip Klikovac, Darko Brguljan 2, Antonio Petrovic 1, Predrag Jokic, Milos Scepanovic. Coach: Petar Porobic.

CANADA: Robin Randall ©, Constantin 1, Kudaba 1, Omar Touni, Nicolas Constantin, Justin Boyd 2, Scott Robinson, John Conway, Kevin Graham, Luka Gasic, Dusko Dakic, Oliver Vikalo, Jared Mc Elroy 2, Dusan Aleksic. Coach Dragan Jovanovic.


The 10th edition of the FINA MEN'S WATER POLO WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL went underway today at 4 p.m. with the first on the programme, Montenegro vs Canada.

The Balkan team line-up was missing some first rate players, including Draskovic and Sefik.. Canada swiftly took advantage of the situation andthanks its dynamic style of play (no centre-forward) its players scored three goals - Constantin and Boyd (twice) - countered by only one goal from Ticic, on extra-man. At the end of the first period MNE (in which they missed one penalty) was two goals down (1-3). However the first period remained the only one won by the North American team.

In the second period MNE came back with two goals from Mladan Janovic and Darko Brguljan, with Kudaba (CAN) scoring once in between. Score at half time 3-4.
At 5:35 in the 3rd quarter Vukcevic tied for MNE at 4-4; 26 seconds after Mc Elroy scored again for Canada (4-5); 31 seconds after new tie thanks to Brguljan's second goal (5-5).

With 40 seconds inside the last quarter Petrovic's goal gave MNE its first advantage (6-5); 65 seconds later Nikola Janovic scored again bringing his team up two goals; after 40 second MNE scored its third goal in a row with Radovic: 8-5.
Second goal for Mc Elroy (CAN), and final goal of the match at 5:02: 8-6.

#2 SRB SRB 13 vs. CHN CHN 2 Scoresheet

3-1, 5-0, 3-0, 2-1

REFEREES: Massimiliano Caputi (ITA), Nikolaos Stavropolulos (GRE).
FINA DELEGATE: Richard Foster (USA).

MONTENEGRO: Zdravko Radic, Drasko Brguljan, Aleksandar Radovic 1, Damjan Danilovic, Nikola Vukcevic 1, Milan Ticic 1, Mladan Janovic 1, Nikola Janovic 1 ©, Filip Klikovac, Darko Brguljan 2, Antonio Petrovic 1, Predrag Jokic, Milos Scepanovic. Coach: Petar Porobic.

CANADA: Robin Randall ©, Constantin 1, Kudaba 1, Omar Touni, Nicolas Constantin, Justin Boyd 2, Scott Robinson, John Conway, Kevin Graham, Luka Gasic, Dusko Dakic, Oliver Vikalo, Jared Mc Elroy 2, Dusan Aleksic. Coach Dragan Jovanovic.

The 10th edition of the FINA MEN'S WATER POLO WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL went underway today at 4 p.m. with the first on the programme, Montenegro vs Canada.

The Balkan team line-up was missing some first rate players, including Draskovic and Sefik.. Canada swiftly took advantage of the situation andthanks its dynamic style of play (no centre-forward) its players scored three goals - Constantin and Boyd (twice) - countered by only one goal from Ticic, on extra-man. At the end of the first period MNE (in which they missed one penalty) was two goals down (1-3). However the first period remained the only one won by the North American team.

In the second period MNE came back with two goals from Mladan Janovic and Darko Brguljan, with Kudaba (CAN) scoring once in between. Score at half time 3-4.

At 5:35 in the 3rd quarter Vukcevic tied for MNE at 4-4; 26 seconds after Mc Elroy scored again for Canada (4-5); 31 seconds after new tie thanks to Brguljan's second goal (5-5).

With 40 seconds inside the last quarter Petrovic's goal gave MNE its first advantage (6-5); 65 seconds later Nikola Janovic scored again bringing his team up two goals; after 40 second MNE scored its third goal in a row with Radovic: 8-5.

Second goal for Mc Elroy (CAN), and final goal of the match at 5:02: 8-6.

#3 AUS AUS 6 vs. CROCRO 12 Scoresheet

0-4, 1-1, 3-3, 2-4

REFEREES: GOLDENBERG Michael (USA), MOLINER Angel (ESP).
FINA DELEGATE: AMINI Khosrow (IRI).

AUSTRALIA: DENNERLEY Joel, CAMPBELL Richard 1, CLELAND Tim, BAIRD Mitchell, MAITLAND Robbie, MARTIN Anthony, COTTERILL Johnno, MC GREGOR Sam ©, YOUNGER Aaron, WOODS Gavin 1, HOWDEN Rhys 1, MILLER Billy 2, ROACH Aidan 2. Coach: FOX John.

CROATIA: PAVIC Josip, BURIC Damir, BOSKOVIC Miho 2, DOBUD Niksa, JOKOVIC Maro 1, MUSLIM Petar, KARAC Frano, BUSLJE Andro 2, SUKNO Sandro 2 (1P), BARAC Samir ©. PASKVALIN Fran 2, OBRADOVIC Paulo 1, BULJUBASIC Ivan 1. Coach: RUDIC Ratko.

With four goals to none in the first period Rudic's team established immediately its superiority over the Aussies. Two opening goals from Boskovic were followed up by one each from Paskvalin and Buslje (the latest with 14 seconds to the end of the period).

Early in the second quarter Buslje scored his second. A few minutes later Campbell scored the first goal for Australia at 3:30. At half time the score was 1-5.

In the 3rd quarter both sides scored three times. At 6:48 Woods (A) netted a goal from two metres. At 5:00 Sukno (C) converted a penalty (2-6). Then Miller (A) scored his first, at 3:53. At 2:53 Jokovic (S) scored a goal answered by Howden (A) at 2:31. At 15 seconds from the end of the period Obradovic scored again for Croatia.

Last quarter. At 4:18 Sukno scored his second goal on a lob shot. Half a minute later Pasqvalin increased the lead for Croatia scoring his second too. 2:43 Miller (A) scored his second goal from 2 metres. Buljubasic (C) reset the gap scoring from the short distance. Roach (A) and Obradovic (C) traded the last goals of the game with few seconds missing to the final whistle.

#4 USA USA 4 vs.ITA ITA 10 Scoresheet

3-1, 2-0, 3-1, 2-2

REFEREES: MARGETA Boris (SLO), NAUMOV Sergey (RUS).
FINA DELEGATE: AMINI Khosrow (IRI).

UNITED STATES: MOSES Merrill, VARELLAS Peter, HUDNUT Peter 1, POWERS Jeff 2, WRIGHT Adam, ALEXANDER Brian 1, BEAUBIEN Layne, AZEVEDO Tony ©, BAILEY Ryan, SMITH Jesse, KRUMPHOLZ JW, MANN John. Coach: SCHROEDER Terry.

ITALY: TEMPESTI Stefano ©, LUONGO Stefano 1, GITTO Niccolò, FIGLIOLI Pietro (1), PEREZ Amaurys, FELUGO Maurizio 1, GIACOPPO Massimo, GALLO Valentino 2, PRESCIUTTI Christian 1, FIORENTINI Deni, AICARDI Matteo, DESERTI Arnaldo 1, GIORGETTI Alex 3. Coach: CAMPAGNA Alessandro.

A great defence, mostly to the merit of goalie and captain Stefano Tempesti, effective shooting and an almost perfect game strategy prompted Italy's victory, in front of its own public, over the solid American team. Alex Giorgetti was the top scorer of the game with three goals.

Felugo (I) opened the scoreboard with a nice lob shot 1:10 minute inside the first quarter. At 5:21 Powers equalised for the USA on two extra-men (both Gallo and Gitto were excluded). At 4:47 Giorgetti put Italy again in the lead by scoring on extra-man from the left side. Deserti (I) scored his first at 2:35 on a collective break away action, receiving an assist from Felugo.

In the 2nd quarter Giorgetti (I) scored his second on superiority, followed by Gallo (I) also on superiority (Beaubien excluded) on 3:32. Score at half time 5-1 for Italy.

On the opening of the 3rd period Figlioli (I) scored on action. Two minutes and 4 seconds inside this period Gallo scored his second goal on a missile from the long distance. Luongo (I) widened the gap on a goal from the short distance, on extra-man. Also on extra man Hudnut (USA) scored towards the end of the period.

At 2:20 inside the last quarter Giorgetti (I) completed his hat trick. The USA reduced the gap on two extra-man goals, first with Powers then with Alexander. Presciutti (I) was the author of the last goal of the game on a direct throw with 2:19 minutes missing to the end.

 

 

DAY 2 - 22 July 2011

#5USAUSA 13 vs. CHN CHN 6 Scoresheet

4-3, 3-2; 4-1, 2-0

Referees: PERIS, Nenad (CRO), BRGULJAN, Mario (MNE)
Delegate: AMINI Khosrow (IRI)

UNITED STATES: MOSES Merrill, VARELLAS Peter 1, HUDNUT Peter 2, POWERS Jeff 2, WRIGHT Adam, ALEXANDER Brian 2, BEAUBIEN Layne, AZEVEDO Tony 4 ©, BUCKNER Shea, HUTTEN Tim, SMITH Jesse, KRUMPHOLZ JW 2, MANN John 2. Coach: SCHROEDER Terry.

CHINA: GE Weiqing, TAN Feihu 1, LIANG Zhongxing 1, YU Lijun, GUO Junliang 3, PAN Ning, LI Bin ©, WANG,Yang, XIE Junmin, LIANG Nianxiang, ZHANG Zhufeng 1, JIANG Bin, WU Honghui. Coach: CAI Tianxiong.

Until half time the Chinese managed to stay in the game, with five goals for and seven against. Once more China has shown a balanced team and displayed some good individuals. Then the superiority of the Americans materialised with six more goals and just one more for the Chinese. USA's captain Tony Azevedo top scored the game with 4 goals; Guo scored three goals, half of the total made by the Chinese.

#6 Montenegro MNE 5 vs.CRO CRO 11 Scoresheet

1-4, 2-2; 1-2, 1-3

Referees: CAPUTI, Massimiliano (ITA), NAUMOV, Sergey (RUS)
Delegate: FOSTER, Richard (USA)

MONTENEGRO: RADIC Zdravko, BRGULJAN Drasko 1, RADOVIC Aleksandar 1, DANILOVIC Damjan 1, VUKCEVIC Nikola 1, TICIC Milan, JANOVIC Mladan, DRASKOVIC Dragan 1, KLIKOVAC Filip, BRGULJAN Darko, PETROVIC Antonio, JOKIC Predrag ©, SCEPANOVIC Milos. Coach: POROBIC Petar.

CROATIA: PAVIC Josip, BURIC Damir 2, BOSKOVIC Miho 2 (1P) , DOBUD Niksa, JOKOVIC Maro 2, MUSLIM Petar, KARAC Frano, BUSLJE Andro , SUKNO Sandro 2, BARAC Samir ©. PASKVALIN Fran 1, OBRADOVIC Paulo 1, BULJUBASIC Ivan 1. Coach: RUDIC Ratko.

Montenegro played without his captain Nikola Janovic injured at a finger in yesterday's victorious game against Canada. He will be out for two games on medical advice. Moreover the team coached by Porobic badly missed all opportunities to score on extra man in the first half of the game, in which they could only score one goal per period.

They managed to tie only the second quarter, while losing the other three periods.The defeat against Rudic's team was then inevitable.

This is the first international tournament that the Croatia line-up lacks the centre-forward Igor Hinic, who did not make himself any longer available to play on the national team. In the 3rd period Sukno (C) missed a penalty but soon after he scored his first goal on extra-man. So did his team mate Obradovic minutes later.
A missile from Buljubasic from 12 metres, a minute and 7 seconds inside the last period, followed by Boskovic's third goal and Buric's second one, sealed the match. Drasko Brguljan's last goal of the match was irrelevant for the final outcome.

#7 SRB SRB 13 vs. Italy ITA 12 Scoresheet Scoresheet-Shootout

13 – 12 (after penalty shootouts); 10-10 (2-4, 3-2; 2-1, 4-4)

Referees: STAVROPOULOS Nikolaos (GRE), MOLINER Angel (ESP)
Delegate: FIROIU Nicola (GER)

SERBIA: SORO Slobodan, CUK Milos, GOCIC Zivko 1, UDOVICIC Vanja 2 ©, VAPENSKI, PIJETLOVIC Dusko 2, NIKIC Slobodan, ALEKSIC Milan, RADEN Nikola, FILIPOVIC Filip 3, PRLAINOVIC Andrija 5, MITROVIC Stefan, PIJETLOVIC Gojko, Coach: UDOVICIC Dejan.

ITALY: TEMPESTI Stefano ©, LUONGO Stefano, GITTO Niccolò, FIGLIOLI Pietro 2, PEREZ Amaurys, FELUGO Maurizio 2, GIACOPPO Massimo, GALLO Valentino 1, PRESCIUTTI Christian 2, FIORENTINI Deni, AICARDI Matteo 2, DESERTI Arnaldo, GIORGETTI Alex 3. Coach: CAMPAGNA Alessandro.

Italy and Serbia put on a spectacular show trading goals in a hard fought and tight match which Serbia managed to conclude in its favour after the penalty shootouts.

In the first quarter the two #11, Matteo Aicardi of Italy and Andrija Prlainovic of Serbia, alternatively scored two spectacular action goals each. In between Presciutti (I) netted a delicious lob shot. Figlioli (I) scored the last goal of the period, a blaze from the distance, bringing his team up two goal again (4-2).

Slightly after the opening of the second period Andrija Prlainovic scored his third on a penalty shot allowed for a major foul committed by Luongo. Serbia's captain Vanja Udovicic followed up tying with a strong throw from the middle distance: 4-4 at half of the second quarter. Italy up again at 2:32 thanks an action goal from its #13 Alex Giorgetti. New tie for Serbia, signed by Filipovic on penalty: 5-5. A minute to the end and new action goal for Italy, again from Giorgetti. 6-5 for Italy the score at half time.

In the 3rd period, at 5:57 Felugo converted a penalty but the one goal gap in favour of the Italian team remained unaltered when Dusko Pijetlovic scored an action goal for Serbia 15 seconds later. With a minute missing to the end of the quarter Felugo, alone, missed an easy opportunity from two metres. Filipovic (S) did not return the courtesy and shoot lethally on the opposite front, gaining a well deserved 7-7 tie to Serbia.

4th period. 7:04 Andrija Prlainovic scores his 4th goal, this one from the long distance, giving Serbia the lead for the first time in this game (8-7). A controversial goal from Figlioli, another blaze from the long distance put the teams again on a tie 8-8. But 30 seconds later Prlainovic's fifth goal puts Serbia up one goal again (9-8). Soon after left handed Filipovic scored his 3rd goal on extra man and Serbia is 2 goals up (10-8). At 2:45 Presciutti reduced the gap scoring a goal (his second) on a breakaway action (10-9). Then Italy misses an opportunity to tie on extra man. But the incredible happened: Giorgetti receives directly from Italy's goalie Tempesti, gets rid of his opponents and from two metres drops a fantastic lob, which leaves the 1,000 home crowd ecstatic. On a 10-10 score penalty shootouts were necessary.

Italy shoot first with Presciutti who missed to convert his penalty; so did the first shooter for Serbia, Andrija Prlainovic. Both the second shooters, Felugo and Udovicic, scored their goal. Instead both the third shooters, Figlioli and Alecsic missed their conversion while both the fourth shooters, Gallo and Gocic, made their goal. Italy's fifth shooter, Deserti, badly missed his opportunity; not so Serbia's fifth, Dusko Pijetlovic, who scored his goal giving his team the much sought victory. 13-12 the final score in favour of the defending World League (as well World) champions.

NOTE. At 3:31 in the 3rd quarter Serbia's coach Dejan Udovicic received a red card and was excluded from the game.

#8 AUS AUS 13 vs. Canada CAN 8 Scoresheet

4-2, 4-2; 2-2, 3-2

Referees: NI SHI Wei (CHN), CIRIC Mihaijlo (SRB)
Delegate: AMINI Khosrow (IRI)

AUSTRALIA: QUINLIVAN Luke, CAMPBELL Richard 2, CLELAND Tim 1, YOUNGER Aaron, MAITLAND Robbie, MARTIN Anthony 1, COTTERILL Johnno 2, MC GREGOR Sam 3 ©, SWIFT Joel 1, WOODS Gavin 2, HOWDEN Rhys, MILLER Billy, ROACH Aidan 1. Coach: FOX John

CANADA: RANDALL Robin ©, KUDABA Constantin 1, TOUNI Omar, CONSTANTIN Nicolas 2, BOYD Justin 2, ROBINSON Scott, CONWAY John, GRAHAM Kevin 3, GASIC Luka, DAKIC Dusko, VIKALO Oliver, MC ELROY Jared, ALEKSIC Dusan. Coach: JOVANOVIC Dragan.

At half time Australia was already leading 8-4 – identical the score of the first two quarters, 4-2 for the Aussies - and the outcome of the confrontation between the two sides from the Commonwealth never looked in doubt. Nevertheless the North Americans tried hard to reduce the gap. The result of their effort was a tie (2-2) in the 3rd quarter. In the last quarter, however the Australian prevailed again, although by the narrowest margin (3-2).

At the beginning of the last period Australia's captain Sam Mc Gregor missed a penalty but soon after he scored his 3rd goal in the game, on a breakaway action. Then Boyd (CAN), Woods (AUS), Martin (AUS) and Graham (CAN) traded goals. Mc Gregor for Australia and Boyd for Canada were the game's top scorers, with three goals each.

 

 

DAY 3 - 23 June 2011

  #9 MNE MNE 8 vs. AUS AUS 5 Shootout Scoresheet Scoresheet (shootout)

8-5 after penalty shootouts; 4-4 after regular time (2-1, 1-1; 0-1, 1-1)

REFEREES: GOLDENBERG Michael (USA), NI SHI Wei (CHN).
FINA DELEGATE: FIROIU Nicola (GER).

MONTENEGRO: RADIC Zdravko, BRGULJAN Drasko, RADOVIC Aleksandar 3 (1P), DANILOVIC Damjan 1 (P), VUKCEVIC Nikola, TICIC Milan, JANOVIC Mladan 3 (2P), DRASKOVIC Dragan, KLIKOVAC Filip, BRGULJAN Darko, PETROVIC Antonio 1(P), JOKIC Predrag ©, SEFIK Denis. Coach: POROBIC Petar.

AUSTRALIA: QUINLIVAN Luke, CAMPBELL Richard, CLELAND Tim, BAIRD Mitchell 1, MAITLAND Robbie, MARTIN Anthony, COTTERILL Johnno, MC GREGOR Sam ©, YOUNGER Aaron 1, WOODS Gavin, HOWDEN Rhys 2 (1P), MILLER Billy, ROACH Aidan 1. Coach: FOX John.

Without some of its big guns (Zlokovic, Ivovic, Paskovic and Nikola Janovic, injured during his first match here), Montenegro could resolve a tight match - which ended in a low score tie after the regular time (4-4) - only after the penalty shootouts. Radovic, Mladan Janovic, Danilovic and Petrovic converted for Montenegro; for Australia only Howden managed to convert his penalty while Miller and Maitland missed their own.
The most notable individual prowessA notable goal was scored at 2:20 in the 3rd quarter by Australia's centre-forward Baird.

#10 SRBSRB 11 vs. USA USA 5 Scoresheet

3-1, 4-1; 3-1, 1-2

Referees: PERIS Nenad (CRO), NAUMOV Sergey (RUS)
Delegate: AMINI Khosrow (IRI)

SERBIA: SORO Slobodan, AVRAMOVIC Marko, GOCIC Zivko, UDOVICIC Vanja 2©, CUK Milos, PIJETLOVIC Dusko 3, NIKIC Slobodan 2, ALEKSIC Milan 1, RADJEN Nikola, FILIPOVIC Filip 3 (1P), PRLAINOVIC Andrija, MITROVIC Stefan, PIJETLOVIC Gojko, Coach: UDOVICIC Dejan.

UNITED STATES: MOSES Merrill, VARELLAS Peter, HUDNUT Peter, POWERS Jeff 1 (P), WRIGHT Adam, BUCKNER Shea, BEAUBIEN Layne, AZEVEDO Tony 1 ©, BAILEY Ryan 1, HUTTEN Tim, SMITH Jesse 2, KRUMPHOLZ JW, MANN John. Coach: SCHROEDER Terry.

Serbia comfortably won its third match in a row, ending the preliminary phase on top of Group A, with 9 points. Against the United States the team coached by Dejan Udovicic – in the previous match he was red carded, therefore in this match he was substituted by Dejan Stanojevic - appeared tonic and its players mastered the game as they pleased. On the contrary the side coached by Terry Schroeder - one win (China) and two losses (Italy and USA) definitely confirmed to be still distant from its best shape.
In the last quarter Aleksic was excluded for brutality; consequently the USA were allowed a penalty, converted by Powers, and Serbia had to play with one man down for four minutes. Vanja Udovicic was allowed a penalty too but he badly missed it.

#11 Canada CAN 8 vs.CROCRO 13 Scoresheet

3-3, 2-3; 3-4, 0-3

Referees: MARGETA Boris (SLO), MOLINER Angel (ESP)
Delegate: FOSTER Richard (USA)

CANADA: RANDALL Robin ©, KUDABA Constantin, TOUNI Omar 1, CONSTANTIN Nicolas 3, BOYD Justin, ROBINSON Scott 1, CONWAY John, GRAHAM Kevin 3 (1P), GASIC Luka, DAKIC Dusko, VIKALO Oliver, MC ELROY Jared, ALEKSIC Dusan. Coach: JOVANOVIC Dragan.

CROATIA: PAVIC Josip, BURIC Damir 1, BOSKOVIC Miho 1, BULJUBASIC Ivan 2, MARKOVIC Pavo, MUSLIM Petar, KARAC Frano 1, BUSLJE Andro 1, SUKNO Sandro 4, BARAC Samir 2©. PASKVALIN Fran, OBRADOVIC Paulo 1, NIZIC Mirko. Coach: RUDIC Ratko.

Two early, swift, goals from Canada, with Graham and Constantin (both scored three goals overall in the game), were soon countered by Croatia. Rudic's side gradually took control of the match and their increasing pressure made up for a comfortable win at the end. With three wins (out of three games) Croatia topped Group B. Canada's third loss relegated the North American side in the last place of the same group. Sukno was the game top scorer with four goals. Canada managed to tie the first quarter and to lose the second and third period by just one goal. However in the last quarter they were unable to stage any serious threat to their opponents.

#12 CHN CHN 9 vs.ItalyITA 12

2-4, 3-3; 2-3, 2-2

Referees: TERPENKA Doriel (CAN), BRGULJAN Mario (MNE)
Delegate: FIROIU Nicola (GER)

CHINA: GE Weiqing, TAN Feihu 2, LIANG Zhongxing 1, YU Lijun 2, GUO Junliang 1, PAN Ning, LI Bin ©, WANG,Yang, XIE Junmin, LI Li 1, ZHANG Zhufeng 1, DONG Tianyi, WU Honghui. Coach: CAI Tianxiong.

ITALY: PASTORINO Giacomo, LUONGO Stefano, GITTO Niccolò 1, FIGLIOLI Pietro, PEREZ Amaurys 1, FELUGO Maurizio 1 (P) ©, GIACOPPO Massimo, GALLO Valentino 1, PRESCIUTTI Christian 3, FIORENTINI Deni, LAPENNA Federico 2, DESERTI Arnaldo, GIORGETTI Alex 3. Coach: CAMPAGNA Alessandro.

If this match represented a good training opportunity in a competitive context for the Italians, it was also the best match played by the Chinese here so far. The well balanced Asian side even managed to tie both the second and the fourth quarter (3-3 and 2-2), and to lose by just three goals.
At 1:47 inside the 3rd period China's #4, centre-forward Yu, scored a fantastic goal, followed up by another prowess from Zhang, on a counter attack. China just one goal under 7-8.
Soon after Presciutti scored his third goal (7-9) and Giorgetti his second. Li answered for China (8-10).
In the last period La Penna scored his second goal too, on a break away action (8-11). The last goal for Italy came from Giorgetti; the last of the game from Xie, both in superiority. Final score 9-12.

GROUP RANKINGS AFTER THE PRELIMINARY PHASE

GROUP A
1. SERBIA 9
2. ITALY 6
3. USA 3
4. CHINA 0

GROUP B
1. CROATIA 9
2. MONTENEGRO 6
3. AUSTRALIA 3
4. CANADA 0

 

DAY 4 - 24 June 2011

Free webcasts ( blacked out in many countries including the US)

#13 16:00 USA USA 10 vs. MNE Montenegro 9 Scoresheet Scoresheet

6-6 (0-3, 3-1; 1-1, 2-1) after regular time.

Referees: FLAHIVE Daniel (AUS), CAPUTI Massimiliano (ITA)
Delegate: IBERN Manuel (ESP)

MONTENEGRO (MNE): SCEPANOVIC Milos, BRGULJAN Drasko, RADOVIC Aleksandar 1, DANILOVIC Damjan 2 (1P), VUKCEVIC Nikola, TICIC Milan 1, JANOVIC Mladan 3 (1P), DRASKOVIC Dragan, KLIKOVAC Filip, BRGULJAN Darko, PETROVIC Antonio 2 (1P), JOKIC Predrag ©, SEFIK Denis. Coach: POROBIC Petar.

UNITED STATES (USA): MOSES Merrill, VARELLAS Peter 2 (1P), HUDNUT Peter, POWERS Jeff 1, WRIGHT Adam 1 (P), BUCKNER Shea, BEAUBIEN Layne, AZEVEDO Tony 2 (1P) ©, BAILEY Ryan 2 (1P), HUTTEN Tim, SMITH Jesse, KRUMPHOLZ JW 1, ALEXANDER Brian 1. Coach: SCHROEDER Terry.

Penalty shootouts were needed to resolve this tight match.

The first half game had two faces: that of MNE in the first quarter when the Balkan team dominate the operations with three goals, respectively from Radovic, Mladan Janovic and Danilovic, in the order; that of the USA in the 2nd quarter when the Americans reacted, also scoring three goals, with Bailey, Powers and Krumpholz (who tied 3-3 on extra-man). At 3:48 Petrovic, again on extra-man, put MNE up one goal again. Score at half time: 3-4.

In 3rd quarter Alexander tied for the USA (4-4), thenTicic brought MNE one goal up again netting a goal from two metres, at seconds to the end of the period, concluding a perfect offensive manoeuvre from the whole team (4-5).

At 1:53 inside the last quarter Varellas gained a new tie for the USA (5-5). MNE once more in the lead with a goal from outside from M. Janovic (5-6). Azevedo tied on extra-man with a few second missing to the end: on 6-6 penalty shootouts were required. Montenegro missed two, the USA just one, so managing to advance to the semi-finals.
Penalty shootouts' sequence: Jokic (MNE) missed; Azevedo (USA), M. Janovic (MNE), Wright (USA), Danilovic (MNE), Alexander (USA) missed; Petrovic (MNE), Varellas (USA); Darko Brguljan (MNE) missed, Bailey (USA).

#14 17:30 SRB Serbia 19 vs. CAN Canada 7 Scoresheet

6-3, 3-2; 5-1, 5-1

Referees: MARGETA Boris (SLO), BRGULJAN Mario (MNE)
Delegate: FOSTER Richard (USA)

SERBIA: SORO Slobodan, CUK Milos 1, GOCIC Zivko, UDOVICIC Vanja 4 ©, VAPENSKI Boris 2, PIJETLOVIC Dusko 3, NIKIC Slobodan 3 (1P), RADJEN Nikola, FILIPOVIC Filip 4, PRLAINOVIC Andrija 1, MITROVIC Stefan 1, PIJETLOVIC Gojko, Coach: STANOJEVIC Dejan.

CANADA: RANDALL Robin ©, KUDABA Constantin, TOUNI Omar, CONSTANTIN Nicolas 3, BOYD Justin 1, ROBINSON Scott 1, CONWAY John 2, GRAHAM Kevin, GASIC Luka, DAKIC Dusko, VIKALO Oliver, MC ELROY Jared, ALEKSIC Dusan. Coach: JOVANOVIC Dragan.

Serbia won its fourth match in a row burying Canada, which collected its fourth consecutive loss, under an avalanche of goals. Serbia's line-up for this match consisted of only twelve players, as their #8 Aleksic was excluded for brutality in the previous match. On the bench once more Dejan Udovicic was substituted assistant coach Dejan Stanojevic. Captain Vanja Udovicic and left handed Filip Filipovic were the game top scorers with four goals each. Progressive score after each quarter: 6-3,9-5, 14-6, 19-7. Serbia to semi-finals.

In the second period Canada's coach Jovanovic was shown a yellow card.

#15 19:00 CHN China 5 vs. CRO Croatia 15 Scoresheet

2-5, 3-9, 4-10, 5-15

Referees: TERPENKA Doriel (CAN), GOLDENBERG Michael (USA)
Delegate: AMINI Khosrow (IRI)

CHINA: GE Weiqing, TAN Feihu 1, LIANG Zhongxing, YU Lijun, GUO Junliang, PAN Ning 3, LI Bin 1 ©, WANG,Yang, XIE Junmin, LIANG Nianxiang, ZHANG Zhufeng, DONG Tianyi, WU Honghui. Coach: CAI Tianxiong.

CROATIA: PAVIC Josip, BURIC Damir, BOSKOVIC Miho 2, DOBUD Niksa 2, JOKOVIC Maro, MUSLIM Petar, KARAC Frano 3, BUSLJE Andro, SUKNO Sandro 3, BARAC Samir 2 ©. PASKVALIN Fran, OBRADOVIC Paulo 2, BULJUBASIC Ivan 1. Coach: RUDIC Ratko.

As in the previous match the clash between the first of one group and the last of the other group could not have a different outcome. For Croatia this match represented an opportunity for a player turnover as well a profitable training. For China one more opportunity to make experience at the highest possible level of play. Karac and Sukno for Croatia, Pan for China were the game's best scorers with three goals each.

#16 20:30 ITA Italy 7 vs.AUS Australia 6 Scoresheet

1-0, 4-2, 6-3, 7-6

Referees: CIRIC Mihajlo (SRB), STAVROPOULOS Nikolaos (GRE)
Delegate: FIROIU Nicola (GER)

ITALY: TEMPESTI Stefano, LUONGO Stefano 1, GITTO Niccolò 1, FIGLIOLI Pietro, PEREZ Amaurys, FELUGO Maurizio ©, GIACOPPO Massimo, GALLO Valentino, PRESCIUTTI Christian 2, FIORENTINI Deni, AICARDI Matteo 2, LAPENNA Federico, GIORGETTI Alex 1. Coach: CAMPAGNA Alessandro.

AUSTRALIA: DENNERLEY Joel, CAMPBELL Richard, YOUNGER Aaron 1, BAIRD Mitchell, MAITLAND Robbie, MARTIN Anthony 1, COTTERILL Johnno, MC GREGOR Sam 1 ©, WOODS Gavin, HOWDEN Rhys 1, MILLER Billy 2, ROACH Aidan. Coach: FOX John.

The solid Australian side gave the Italians a rough ride. The score at half time was 4-2 for the home team. A few minutes inside the 3rd period the Italians managed two spectacular goals, from Giorgetti and Luongo, answered by one from Miller. Before going into the last period the score was 6-3 for Italy.

Australia's captain Sam Mc Gregor reduced the gap with a great goal from the distance, a blaze (6-4). Presciutti (I) on a counter attack and Younger (A) traded goals. Soon after Miller's second goal from sealed the final score on 7-6, with the Aussies just one goal under.

 

DAY 5 - 25 June 2011

Free Web Streaming Games 19 and 20

(Blacked out in USA and several other European Countries)

#17 CHN CHN 4 vs. AUS AUS 14 Scoresheet

4-0, 7-3, 10-4, 14-4

Referees: CAPUTI Massimiliano (ITA), CIRIC Mihajlo (SRB)
Delegate: AMINI Khosrow (IRI)

CHINA: GE Weiqing, TAN Feihu, LIANG Zhongxing, YU Lijun, GUO Junliang, LIANG Nianxiang 1, LI Bin ©, WANG,Yang, XIE Junmin 1, LI Li 1, ZHANG Zhufeng, DONG Tianyi 1, WU Honghui. Coach: CAI Tianxiong.

AUSTRALIA: QUINLIVAN Luke, CAMPBELL Richard 2, CLELAND Tim, YOUNGER Aaron 1, MAITLAND Robbie, MARTIN Anthony 1, COTTERILL Johnno 2, MC GREGOR Sam 4 ©, SWIFT Joel, WOODS Gavin, HOWDEN Rhys 3, MILLER Billy, ROACH Aidan. Coach: FOX John.

An ordinary game that could not add any lustre to none of the teams ended with a clear cut win for Australia, which on the last day will play for the fifth place. The Chinese's performance appeared under tone, compared with those delivered in the previous days and the Aussies had no difficulty in taking control of the game and securing an easy victory.

Australia's captain Sam Mc Gregor top scored the game with four goals.

#18 MNE MNE 16 vs. CAN CAN 7 Scoresheet

5-1, 8-3, 12-5, 16-7

Referees: PERIS Nenad (CRO), STAVROPOULOS Nikolaos (GRE)
Delegate: FOSTER Richard (USA)

MONTENEGRO (MNE): RADIC Zdravko, BRGULJAN Drasko 1, RADOVIC Aleksandar 1 (P), DANILOVIC Damjan 2, VUKCEVIC Nikola, TICIC Milan, JANOVIC Mladan 3 (1 P), DRASKOVIC Dragan 1, KLIKOVAC Filip 2, BRGULJAN Darko 2, PETROVIC Antonio 1, JOKIC Predrag 3 ©, SEFIK Denis. Coach: POROBIC Petar.

CANADA: RANDALL Robin ©, KUDABA Constantin, TOUNI Omar, CONSTANTIN Nicolas 1, BOYD Justin, ROBINSON Scott 2, CONWAY John 1, GRAHAM Kevin 3 (1P), GASIC Luka, DAKIC Dusko, VIKALO Oliver, MC ELROY Jared, ALEKSIC Dusan. Coach: JOVANOVIC Dragan.

As the previous one this was a rather soporific game that the two teams had to play under the hot Mediterranean sun of this Florentine Saturday afternoon. Montenegro easily secured victory and in the final will play Australia for the 5th place while Canada will play China for the 7th place. As many as nine players from the Balkan team could score at least one goal, with Mladan Janovic and Jokic scoring three (as Canada's #8 Graham)

#19 19:00 USA USA 5 vs. SRB SRB 8 Scoresheet

1-3, 1-5, 7-2, 8-5

Referees: NAUMOV Sergey (RUS), MARGETA Boris (SLO)
Delegate:FIROIU Nicola (GER)

UNITED STATES (USA): MOSES Merrill, VARELLAS Peter, HUDNUT Peter, POWERS Jeff, WRIGHT Adam, BUCKNER Shea, BEAUBIEN Layne, AZEVEDO Tony 1 ©, BAILEY Ryan 2, HUTTEN Tim, SMITH Jesse 1, MANN John, ALEXANDER Brian 1. Coach: SCHROEDER Terry.

SERBIA: SORO Slobodan, AVRAMOVIC Marko, GOCIC Zivko 1, UDOVICIC Vanja 2 ©, PETKOVIC Marko, PIJETLOVIC Dusko 1, NIKIC Slobodan 1, ALEKSIC Milan, RADJEN Nikola, FILIPOVIC Filip 1, PRLAINOVIC Andrija 1, MITROVIC Stefan 1, PIJETLOVIC Gojko, Coach: UDOVICIC Dejan.

With Dejan Udovicic back on the bench and Milan Aleksic back on the team, Serbia comfortably tamed the USA's opposition. Only in the last period the Americans managed to threat Serbia superiority. At half-time Serbia led 5-1, with four goals scores on superiority: Dusko Pijetlovic and Gocic in the 1st period, Mitrovic and Nikic in the second period. The third goal for Serbia in the 1st period was scored on a breakaway action from Andrija Prlainovic, followed soon after by a goal from Alexander, the only one scored by the USA in the first part of the game, also on action.

In the 3rd quarter Serbia's captain Vanja Udovicic consolidated the lead with two more goals on extra-man. With few seconds to the end of the period USA's captain Tony Azevedo converted a penalty. The score before the last period was 7-2 for the United States.

In the 4th the USA reacted with two goals from Bailey and one from Smith (in between). Filipovic moved up the score for Serbia with a goal on a direct throw.

NOTE. Two minutes and 8 seconds inside the second quarter Serbia's #6 Dusko Pijetlovic was excluded with substitution for a major foul over USA's #11 Jesse Smith

#20 20:30 ITA ITA 13 vs. CRO CRO 11 Scoresheet Scoresheet (penalties)

4-2, 6-3, 6-4, 8-8

Referees: MOLINER Angel (ESP), TERPENKA Doriel (CAN)
Delegate: IBERN Manuel (ESP)

ITALY: TEMPESTI Stefano, LUONGO Stefano 1 (P), GITTO Niccolò, FIGLIOLI Pietro 3 (1P), PEREZ Amaurys 1, FELUGO Maurizio 2 (1P)©, GIACOPPO Massimo, GALLO Valentino 3 (1P), PRESCIUTTI Christian, FIORENTINI Deni 1, AICARDI Matteo, DESERTI Arnaldo 1 (P), GIORGETTI Alex 1. Coach: CAMPAGNA Alessandro.

CROATIA: PAVIC Josip, BURIC Damir 1, BOSKOVIC Miho 3 (1P), DOBUD Niksa, JOKOVIC Maro 2 (1P), MUSLIM Petar, KARAC Frano, BUSLJE Andro, SUKNO Sandro 3 (1P), BARAC Samir 2 ©. PASKVALIN Fran, OBRADOVIC Paulo, BULJUBASIC Ivan. Coach: RUDIC Ratko.

The tightest match of the tournament so far, played between two teams of equal strength, was resolved in favour of the home team after penalty shootouts. Italy prevailed in the first half of the while Croatia's supremacy materialised in the second half. On the score of 8-8 at the end of the regular time penalty shootouts were required. Italy was first, and all five Italian players converted their penalty; Croatia's second shooter Dobud missed his own, therefore the last shooter from Croatia was unnecessary.
It was the first victory of Italy over Croatia in the latest two years. Last year the two team met in the European Championships final and Croatia won.

1st period. Thirty seconds after the start Italy's #6 and captain Maurizio Felugo opened the score shooting centrally an impromtu lob shot from the long distance.
5:20 Fiorentini followed up with an extra-man goal from two metres (Boskovic was excluded). At 4:49 the same Boskovic scored the first goal for Croatia, also on extra-man. An action goal from Perez put Italy up two goals. At 1:56 to the end of the period left handed Gallo scored again for Italia on a break away action. With 16 seconds to the end of the period Buric reduced the gap on extra-man (4-2).

2nd period. Italy up three goals with Figlioli, also on extra-man (5-2). At 4:46 Giorgetti from two metres, scored on a lob shot after getting rid of his opponent with a nice dribbling (6-2). On the other front Tempesti, the best goalkeeper of the tournament, represented an almost insurmountable barrier for the Croatian players. But at 2:07 Boskovic scored his second goal, on action (6-3); a controversial goal as a corner for Italy was not allowed.

3rd period. At 2.46 Croatia's #9 Sandro Sukno scored the only goal of this period, on superiority (Deserti excluded). Before going into the last quarter the score was 6-4 for the home team.

4th period. At 6:54 Sukno followed with his second goal on extra-man (6-5). At 5:52 Barac shoot from outside and tied for Croatia(6-6). At 5:12 Italy up again with Figlioli on extra-man. But at 4:36 Barac, scored and tied again on superiority (7-7). At 1.30 from the end new advantage for Italy with Valentino Gallo who concluded a counter attack on extra-man. At 52 seconds Jokovic on extra man ties again for Croatia (8-8).
Penalty shootouts: Felugo (I), Boskovic (C ), Figlioli (I), Dobud (C ) missed, Luongo (I), Sukno (C ), Gallo (I), Jokovic (C), Deserti (I).

 

DAY 6 – 26 June 2011

Free Web Streaming Bronze and Gold Medal

(Blacked out in USA and several other European Countries)

#21 CHN China vs. CAN Canada (7th place)

 

#22 AUS Australia vs.MNE Montenegro (5th place)

 

#23 19:00 CRO Croatia vs.USA USA (3rd place)

 

#24 20:30 ITA Italy vs. SRB Serbia (1st place)