The news comes from the pools of Gruž, and Dubrovački Vjesnik reports. In the first match of Croatian national Championship finals, Jug beat Zagreb Mladost with 14:5. The outcome of the match was clear already in the second quarter when Jug led with 7:0.
“We controlled the game and the result. We showed how good we are and confirmed we are a better team than Mladost at this moment,” said Marko Bijač, the captain of Jug.
The teams will play the second match on May 19th, at 18:00 in Zagreb. The third one will be played in Dubrovnik.
“I expect a tougher match in Zagreb. Playing in Gruž was easy, but if we win in Zagreb, on their territory, it will be a good celebration,” said the goalkeeper of Jug and Croatian national team — the best European water polo player in 2017.
Mladost scored the first goal in the last second of the second quarter. But Jug carried the match easily throughout all four quarters and ended with a 9-goal difference.
“We dominated in each segment. If I should point out something, it would be our firm defense. We played there the best, which is confirmed by the fact we received just one goal by the end of the second quarter. The match became more challenging later, but I repeat, we dominated in each segment. In swimming, defense and attacks, we were better than the rivals,” said Bijač.
Bijač had 11 defenses. At the end of the match, Jug’s young goalkeeper, Toni Jarak, had an opportunity to play and he stopped two shots from the Zagreb team.
Jug is still completely dominating the Croatian national championship. With a hundred-percent efficiency, they won and defended the titles of the Croatian Cup Championship and the Triglav Regional League. Before the end of the season, they aim to defend all three trophies and finish at the final tournament of the European Champions League. To make it happen, they need to win against Mladost two more times to accomplish their goals. The new trophy, the 14th Croatian Championship title, is smiling upon Bijač and his teammates.