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by Doru Roll
Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: College Player Profiles
Replies: 39
Views: 8935

Re: College Player Profiles

EuroPoloMom wrote:... You are correct in that height is an advantage in water polo, though plenty of players have great skill and ability at 5'10" or 5'11".

That's true, except they'll probably never play on Udovicic's team...
by Doru Roll
Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:05 pm
Forum: Womens Varsity Water Polo
Topic: Corso resigns Cal
Replies: 183
Views: 37502

Re: Corso resigns Cal

Johnny Bega is not too bad but he's no Rich Corso IMHO, and SJ State is nowhere near Cal. It's a pretty big leap for Bega so let's wait and see what happens. Good luck to both Corso and Bega in the future.
by Doru Roll
Mon Aug 22, 2016 7:37 pm
Forum: New News and Posts
Topic: Water polo the worst Olympic sport
Replies: 31
Views: 7334

Re: Water polo the worst Olympic sport

Did anyone else think the officiating was atrocious? It was hard to notice in the USA Women's games because they were often ahead by so much the losing team was getting gimme calls that no one could say much about, but some of the other games are awful! We have 19-20 year-olds reffing JV games out ...
by Doru Roll
Mon Aug 22, 2016 12:03 am
Forum: US Mens National Water Polo Team
Topic: Olympic Results
Replies: 386
Views: 57192

Re: Olympic Results

... I am afraid that I do not follow. Serbia finished with 6 points to Australia's 5 points. If Serbia tied with Australia then Serbia would have had 5 points to Australia's 6 points. Ah, this one's on me... :oops: In my spreadsheet I had Serbia with 2 points coming into in Round 4, but I had it wi...
by Doru Roll
Sun Aug 21, 2016 3:47 pm
Forum: US Mens National Water Polo Team
Topic: Olympic Results
Replies: 386
Views: 57192

Re: Olympic Results

... Croatia in the moment of Serbia Brazil gsme was number 1 in B group. Serbia lost to Brazil they ended up 4th in group A. So how was that game plan to avoid Croatia. Serbia loosing to Brazil actually made Croatia to do something unthinkable- loose to the France! Also made Italy to give up on the...
by Doru Roll
Sun Aug 21, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: US Mens National Water Polo Team
Topic: Olympic Results
Replies: 386
Views: 57192

Re: Olympic Results

Doru, Serbia played Australia after the Brazil game, not before. Loos against Brazil, essentially made the next game against australia a do or die game for them. Had they lost to Australia they would have been out of the quarterfinals. The game against Australia was not an easy one- Serbia trailed ...
by Doru Roll
Sun Aug 21, 2016 10:26 am
Forum: New News and Posts
Topic: Water polo the worst Olympic sport
Replies: 31
Views: 7334

Re: Water polo the worst Olympic sport

I wouldn't call this a great game, in fact AFAIC it was one of the worst gold medal games I have ever watched. Serbia's shooting was indeed spectacular, so much so that Bijac looked like a piece of Swiss cheese for three quarters, but the game itself was terribly one-sided from the typical Serbian p...
by Doru Roll
Sun Aug 21, 2016 4:45 am
Forum: US Mens National Water Polo Team
Topic: Olympic Results
Replies: 386
Views: 57192

Re: Olympic Results

... Really? BTW, as you know very well, Rudic never coached the Serbian National team. He is a Croat, he coached Croatians four years ago. Yes, he did coach Yugo team long time ago before the bloody Balkan war and everything. The relations between Serbs and Croatians are still quite far from cordia...
by Doru Roll
Sat Aug 20, 2016 8:46 pm
Forum: US Mens National Water Polo Team
Topic: Olympic Results
Replies: 386
Views: 57192

Re: Olympic Results

Worst Olympic final I saw since 1968. Croatia never got into the game and got handled like a bunch of amateurs. 3 out of 11 6-on-5s is pathetic. No counters, no driving, and the Serbians pressed them out practically every possession. Keeping Bijac in goal for 3+ quarters was just bad coaching. Obvio...
by Doru Roll
Fri Aug 19, 2016 9:53 am
Forum: US Mens National Water Polo Team
Topic: Olympic Results
Replies: 386
Views: 57192

Re: Olympic Results

I also enjoyed that. But I'd note it's not just the US playing a different style--the Yugoslavians were as well. I'd prefer we go back to some of the rules and referee instructions we had in those days. Particularly the willingness to call ordinary fouls in the hole, and something like the concept ...
by Doru Roll
Thu Aug 18, 2016 10:07 am
Forum: US Womens National Water Polo Teams
Topic: Today's Semifinals
Replies: 38
Views: 11292

Re: Today's Semifinals

Mark Koganov officially retires the day after the Olympics to take a seat on the LEN TWPC. He has no reason to be a FINA lapdog and a plethora of reasons NOT to be. There is no love lost between FINA and LEN. I'm not quite sure where this is coming from... To clarify things a little for you: the cu...
by Doru Roll
Thu Aug 18, 2016 4:40 am
Forum: US Womens National Water Polo Teams
Topic: Today's Semifinals
Replies: 38
Views: 11292

Re: Today's Semifinals

Doru, Agreed! Though it wouldn't be Spain in the final after their loss to Russia (Italy or Russia). As an aside, Italy defeated the US last year at Worlds, handing the US their lone loss in group play. Hungary defeated Australia in a classic come back in the qtrs and Australia in their three game ...
by Doru Roll
Wed Aug 17, 2016 11:44 am
Forum: US Womens National Water Polo Teams
Topic: Today's Semifinals
Replies: 38
Views: 11292

Re: Today's Semifinals

I'm not too concerned with the semifinals, I'm more concerned with the final since Spain is very grabby and physical to the point of brutality, and it seems that FINA has been allowing it. Hungary is playing well, but they're not at the same levels as our ladies. I was at two of the three "Road...
by Doru Roll
Sun Aug 14, 2016 11:56 pm
Forum: New News and Posts
Topic: Thoughts on men's USA team? the don't look too great
Replies: 84
Views: 15352

Re: Thoughts on men's USA team? the don't look too great

... When I said the US is the best country for women's team sports, I was referring to title lX. I doubt those other countries have the girls age group programs that we have. It makes all the difference to start as a child. Sorry, that was not apparent from your post. You're right about the fact th...
by Doru Roll
Sun Aug 14, 2016 11:12 pm
Forum: US Mens National Water Polo Team
Topic: Olympic Results
Replies: 386
Views: 57192

Re: Olympic Results

I finally got to watch one game, the USA-Italy throw-away. With Croatia's "loss" to France :shock: , the way things are shaping up I think that first place will be contested between Serbia and Hungary, although from the brackets it seems Croatia is trying to set themselves up for a head-t...

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