A few hours after the girls from Hungary won the gold at the World Women’s U16 Championships in Larissa, the male cadet team of Hungary did the same.
Hungary beat Greece in the final of the 1st World Men’s World U16 Championships in Volos and took home the gold medal. This is the second gold for Hungary within eight days. Last week, the Hungarians triumphed at the World U18 Championships in Belgrade.
Unlike the women’s final in Larissa, the men’s gold-medal match was a thrilling contest. Hungary secured an 11:10 victory in dying seconds.
Serbia won the bronze medal, beating Montenegro in an exciting third-place match (14:13), that was open until the very end, just as the final was.
The best three teams in each of the three rounds received medals and trophies. Team USA is the winner in the Gold Round (9th – 16th place), while Georgia finished atop the Silver Round (17th – 25th place).
Final standings: 1. 2. 3. Serbia, 4. Montenegro, 5. Italy, 6. Spain, 7.Croatia, 8. Greece, 9.USA, 10. Japan, 11. Brazil, 12. Malta, 13. Australia, 14. Germany, 15. Egypt, 16. Slovenia, 17.Georgia, 18. Poland, 19.Ukraine, 20. South Africa, 21. Kazakhstan 22. Switzerland, 23.Portugal, 24. Latvia, 25. Azerbaijan.
Greece – Hungary 10:11 (2:2, 4:3, 3:5, 1:1)
Greece: Mavriopoulos, Lykoudis, Kokkinos 1, Karatzas 3, Kapragkos, Laskaridis 2, Zervoudakis 2, Mitrakis, Zachopoulos, Siamas 2, Belesis, Chomatas , Kratimenos. Head coach: Lempesis.
Hungary: Kiss, Balogh 1, A. Toth 1, Doroszlai 1, Mero 2, M.Z. Toth 1, Tatrai 1, Regos 1, Nagy 2, Haverkampf, Simon 1, Lugosi, Borbely. Head coach: Bisztritsanyi.
From the first whistle, it was clear that everything would be open until the end. Two teams of similar qualities were in an even contest. At halftime, Greece led 6:5. Hungary was a better team in the third period. Midway through the third period, the visitors netted two goals in 40 seconds to go to 9:7. For the first (and the only) time, two goals separated the rivals. But, Greece responded with two quick goals and leveled at 9:9.
Hungary regained a lead 68 seconds before the last break – 10:9. Defenses dominated in the final quarter (or attackers got tired at the end of a tiring tournament). The first goal was scored two and a half minutes before the end – Karatzas equalized at 10:10. Still, Hungary had the last laugh. Just 24 seconds before the buzzer, Toth reacted excellently in Hungary’s last attack, scoring for 11:10. Greece didn’t score in the remaining time and the first ever men’s world U16 title went to Hungary.
BRONZE MEDAL MATCH
Montenegro – Serbia 13:14 (2:3, 5:5, 5:3, 1:3)
Montenegro: Bacovic, Matijasevic 2, Moracanin, Petrovic, Milinic 2, Roganovic, Stupar 4, Janovic 3, Vicevic, Samardzic 1, Gojkovic 1, Vukanic , Vukasinovic. Head coach: Mirovic.
Serbia: Dimkovic, Bodiroga, Novakovic 3, Krdzalin, Kojic 1, Lazic 1, Gladovic 6, Djokanovic , Stajic, Boskovic 1, Krstic 1, Dimic 1, Savic. Head coach: Korolija.
Serbia entered the match well, much better than the Montenegrins. The Serbs earned a 3-goal lead in the second quarter (7:4 and 8:5). In the middle of the game, Montenegro took control, scored four goals in a row, and built a slim lead for the first time (9:8).
The Serbs caught up with the Montenegrins at 9:9, 10:10 and 11:11. However, just a second before the last break, Janovic converted a man-up to give the Montenegrins a 12:11. The same player doubled his team’s advantage from a penalty early in the fourth period (13:11), but the Serbs were able to come back. They leveled at 13:13 with two quick goals. After that, nobody could find the net for long. Still, the match didn’t enter a penalty shootout. Vuk Kojic scored from the left to make 14:13 with 38 seconds to go. Montenegro had a man-up in its last possession, but the Serbs defended their net and celebrated the winning of the bronze medal.
FOR 5th PLACE
Spain – Italy 9:11 (3:3, 3:4, 2:1, 1:3)
Spain: Diaz, S. Garcia, Nunez 2, Garrido 3, Feliu , Granados 1, Lema 1, Fernandez , Ferrando , Diaz, F. Garcia 2, Rodriguez 1,Vinuales.
Italy: Poggi, Miraldi, Valle, Barigelli Calcari 1, Arco, Tresa, Pettonati 1, Gambacciani 2, De Vecchis 3, Demarchi 3, Salipante, Modica 1, Castrucci.
The 5th-place match was a neck-and-neck race until 8:8. Italy opened the last period with two goals, went to 10:8. Spain halved the deficit, and a big battle continued. Italy’s De Vecchis scored his 3rd goal with 55 seconds to go and secured the victory.
FOR 7th PLACE
Croatia – Turkey 14:7 (3:2, 3:2, 2:2, 6:1)
Croatia: Prizmic, Dragosevic 5, Kovacevic 1, Curkovic, Burburan 1, Raci 2, Prezzi , Toncinic 1, Jerkovic 3, Galic, Djuho, Bucevic, Batos. Head coach: Hrestak.
Turkey:Ozyorenti, Caliskan, Atam 1, Aral, Adiguzel, Erdag, Naipoglu 1, Ali Cinar 3, Ayaksiz 1, Karabulut, Alpman 1, Yener, Ozten. Head coach:Ozdurak.
Turkey played quite well until the final quarter. But, the Croats were dominant in the fourth period and recorded a comfortable victory.
FINAL (CLASSIFICATION 9th – 10th)
Japan – USA 4:12 (0:6, 2:2, 1:4, 1:0)
Japan: Ogami, Yoneda, Kozaka, Inoue 3, IIjima, Okamoto, Shoyama, Goto, Morikawa, Miyama 1, Minagawa, Yamanaka.
USA: Pavoggi, Brinkema 2, Appeldorn, Arlett 2, Banos 2, Blum, Bradley 3, Forer 2, Francisco, Ohl 1, Whitehead, Kim, Lacy.
BRONZE MEDAL MATCH (11th – 12th)
Brazil – Malta 9:7 (5:2, 1:2, 0:2, 3:1)
Brazil: Dantas, Zibecchi 1, Martinelli, Siqueira 3, Marinho, Capozzielli, Carraresi, Ribeiro 2, Muniz 1, Martins 1 , L. Wulfhorst 1, Leme 1, G.Wulfhorst. Head coach: Dezani.
Malta: Galea, Dimech 1, Engerer, Bonavia, Cassar, Bugeja 1, Cutajar Licari 2, J. Cutajar 2, Schembri 1, C.M.Cutajar,Montebello Brownrigg, Mallia, Schembri. Head coach:Farrugia.
FOR 13th PLACE
Australia – Germany 9:5 (2:3, 2:0, 3:1, 2:1)
Australia: Cole, Brown 3, Martin, Macic 1, Izzard 1, Lambert, Connors, Mordes , Saupin 1, Webber, Magasanik 3, Korac , Markart.
Germany:Roessel, Marcinczak, Taubert 1, Kugler, Hofmann 1, Mergenthaler 1, Janke, Zelmer, Klaffke, Kammermeier 2, Tick, Bruns 1, Heinrich.
FOR 15th PLACE
Slovenia – Egypt 3:12 (1:2, 0:3, 1:2, 1:5)
Slovenia: Karnicar, Santak, Policnik, Povhe, Lukic, Basic, Poznik, Kirasic, Klobucar 1, Laketic, Cetkovic 1, Stromajer 1, Udovc. Head coach: Hajdin.
Egypt: Elessawy, Rafeek 1, Ahmed 3, Anwar, Hegazy 1, Haytham 2, Tarek 2, Seody 1, Majed, Elhelaly, Khalaf, Hamdy 2, Osman.
Team USA started slowly in Volos and failed to qualify for the Platinium Round. However, the Americans finished the tournament in style, with a convincing win over Japan for a consolation trophy.
Brazil finished 3rd in the Gold round, beating Malta. The Brazilians had a nice 5:2 lead at the first break. Malta leveled at 6:6 before the final quarter, but the Brazilians controlled the match in the final period for a 9:7 win.
FINAL (CLASSIFICATION 17th – 18th)
Poland – Georgia 10:11 (1:3, 5:1, 1:3, 3:4)
Poland: Goik, Bankowski, Kedzior 1, Guzy, Bloch 4, Staniszewski 4, Grabinski , Broniecki, Rozycki, Pyrek, Ciula, Greif 1, Ksiazkiewicz. Head coach: Bar.
Georgia: Kakhiani, Gujaraidze 1, Iobidze, Tsereteli, Veshaguri 1, Giorgobiani, Khubulashvili 1, Kurashvili, Khutsianidze, Chkheidze 4, Mchedlishvili 3, Todua 1, Matchavariani. Head coach: Kutivadze.
BRONZE MEDAL MATCH (CLASSIFICATION 19th – 20th)
South Africa – Ukraine 4:6 (0:3, 2:2,1:1. 1:0)
South Africa: Du Plessis, Marais, Melling Williams, October 2, Pryce, Cicero, Smith, Malhrebe 2, Wilson, Ditz, Fall, Mamaregane, Srauss.
Ukraine: Khytryi, Len, Artsyshevskyy, Karasov 2, Levin 1, Symyk, Yarmoluik 1, Nakonechnyi, Grybov, Chernykh 1, Rudnyk, Chyzhuk 1, Borboskyi.
FOR 21st PLACE
Switzerland – Kazakhstan 5:7 (2:1, 0:3, 2:1, 1:2)
Switzerland: Muszely, Bozzo 1, Luethi , Catillaz 1, Brambillasca, Geser, Flueckiger 1,Valsangiacomo, Rutz,Ravetta 2, Pizzoli, Xantippe.
Kazakhstan: Ozerov, Babenko, Ossipov, Sarajov, Yurtayev, Karyukin 3, Sazonov 2, Kubaidolla 1, Fedorovich 1, Ali, Bakmukhamedov, Aday.
FOR 23rd PLACE
Portugal – Latvia 10:8 (1:3, 3:3, 2:2, 4:0)
Portugal: Costa, M.Santos, G.Santos 3, Amorim, Viriato, Magalhaes 1, Jarreta 5, Ferras, Almeida, Sampaio, Morais, Branco 1, Palhares.
Latvia: Smordovs, Kopitovs, Saveljevs, Levskus, Grinovs 1, Ivanovs, Pasko 6, Jegorovs 1, Suharevs, Adukonis, Mihnovics, Blusnis.