German Powerhouses face off: Male title goes to Waspo 98, Female to Spandau 04!

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German Powerhouses face off: Male title goes to Waspo 98, Female to Spandau 04!

Dramatic Waterpolo Weekend in Düsseldorf, Germany: The two-day final event in Düsseldorf’s Rheinbad featured Germany’s best female and male clubs battling out the 2019 “DSV-Pokal” (German Cup). Interestingly, teams from the currently most dominant German water polo powerhouses Waspo 98 Hannover and Wasserfreunde Spandau 04 made it into both, female and male finals – with each grabbing a trophy for their club.

German Cup 2019 – Male Category

Defending champion Waspo 98 Hannover won the final of the German Cup (DSV-Pokal) after a dramatic 10:9 match against Wasserfreunde Spandau 04. With the scores tied at 6:6 after regular playing time, Hannover prevailed in the penalty shoot-out (4:3), winning the German Cup for the fifth time since 1998.

In a close match, dominated by the strong defence on both sides, neither team was able to break away and secure a substantial lead. What followed was a highly dramatical shoot-out, with advantage switching side multiple times.

In the prior bronze medal match, ASC Duisburg secured their place on the podium by defeating another team from Hannover and a final series newcomer, the White Sharks (14:5).

Semi-finals Men – Results

Wasserfreunde Spandau 04 – ASC Duisburg 11:5 (4:0, 3:2, 3:0, 1:3)
White Sharks Hannover – Waspo 98 Hannover 3:16 (0:1, 2:3, 0:6, 1:6)

Finals Men – Results

Bronze Medal Match
ASC Duisburg – White Sharks Hannover 14:5 (3:1, 5:2, 2:0, 3:2)
Finale
Wasserfreunde Spandau 04 – Waspo 98 Hannover 9:10 (2:2, 3:3, 1:0, 0:1/3:4)

German Cup 2019 – Female Category

While their male club members fell just short of the trophy, the ladies from Spandau 04 left no doubt about who the dominant force in Germany is: They first defeated the later bronze medalists SV Nikar Heidelberg 8:15 in the semis and then crushed Waspo 98 Hannover 4:13 in the finals.

Semi-finals Women

Waspo 98 Hannover – ETV Hamburg 9:6 (2:2, 2:2, 3:1, 2:1)
SV Nikar Heidelberg – Wasserfreunde Spandau 04 8:15 (3:4, 1:4, 1:3, 3:4)

Finals Women

Bronze Medal Match
ETV Hamburg – SV Nikar Heidelberg 10:11 (1:4, 2:3, 4:2, 3:2)
Finale
Waspo 98 Hannover – Wasserfreunde Spandau 04 4:13 (0:1, 2:5, 0:5, 2:1)

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