Our Aussie Junior men had their first loss of the tournament against Serbia overnight, at the 2017 FINA World Junior Men’s Water Polo Championships.
This win for Serbia has taken them to the top of the group, meaning Australia will face Montenegro in the crossover match, who finished third in their group despite a narrow win over Japan last night.
Serbia took the lead twice in the first quarter with Australia fighting back fast to equalise the score going into the second quarter.
A goal on counter and a quick fourth goal started the second quarter and so tight was the defence at both ends that neither team could score until the long break.
Serbia maintained their composure, In the third quarter scoring five unanswered goals.
The Aussies tightened up in defence during the fourth quarter with the lead too great to bring back. Serbia took the victory 11-2
Aussie team member Tim Putt said they were disappointed with the loss
“We started well matching Serbia, but in the second quarter, we still played well but didn’t get the opportunities in the back of the net. Said Putt
“We lacked concentration in the last two-quarters.
“We really just needed to pull through in the second half of the game.
“Now we’ve just got to focus on the next game with Montenegro tomorrow night, we’ve got to win that to get a spot in the quarter finals, so all the boys are just going to get their head up and focus on that game.” Said Putt
We hope the boys pull out a win in their next match to continue their journey in the 2017 FINA World Junior Men’s Water Polo Championships.
Tune in to FINA TV at 04:40am on Friday 11th August to see how the boys go against Montenegro in their fight for a spot in the quarter finals. (Look for Men 8 Final round 3rd Gp B, 2nd Gp C)
AUSTRALIA 2 SERBIA 11
Quarters: 2-2, 0-2, 0-5, 0-2
Extra Man: SRB: 1/5. AUS: 1/8.
AUSTRALIA: Nicholas Porter, Samuel Nangle (1), Adam Hall, Nicholas Elphick (1), Timothy Putt, Nicholas Hallam, Hugh Anstey, Rhys Holden, Christian Kyriakou, Lachlan Vos, Charles Negus, Conor Wolohan, Damian Williams. Head Coach: Andrei Kovalenko.
SERBIA: Radoslav Filipovic, Velji Tanksovic, (2) Petar Tomic (1), Nikola Lukic (2), Dorde Vucinic, Ivan Gvozdanovic (1), Radomir Drasovic (1), Nebojsa Toholj, Marko Jankovic, Filip Radojevic (2), Nikola Radonjic (1), Petar Velkic (1), Milutin Belopavlovic. Head Coach: Vladimir Vujasinovic.
FINAL RESULT – GROUP C
Serbia 8, Australia 6, China 4, Argentina 2, New Zealand 0