The Greek League has been resumed Wednesday, after a 4-month break.
Matches of Day 6 were played. But, happiness at being back in the pool didn’t last for long. On Wednesday evening, the Greek authorities ordered a new lockdown for sport in the regions with a high risk of the coronavirus spreading. Almost all of the water polo clubs are located in these areas. All amateur sports leagues (the water polo league is considered as an amateur in Greece) have to been postponed again. Sports facilities will be closed from March 4th to March 15th. Only male A1 leagues in football, basketball, and volleyball will go on.
The Greek water polo clubs were forced to stop all the activities in November. They were allowed to train from January 1st. Recently, after the authorities gave permission, the Greek Federation determined a new calendar. According to the revised calendar, even four rounds of the male water polo league (6-9) were planned to be played until March 15th. But, after the newest decision by the authorities, a new schedule has to be made. The league consists of a total of 26 rounds. The top four teams will play in the playoffs.
The Greek Swimming Federation has already postponed the restart of the women’s league that was scheduled for Thursday.
Peristeri – Vouliagmeni 10:12 (3:0, 2:6, 3:2, 2:4)
Ethnikos – Palaio Faliro 4:11 (1:2, 1:2, 0:2, 2:5)
Panionios – AEK 11:9 (3:3, 2:4, 3:1, 3:1)
Chania – Apollon Smyrnis 8:15 (3:3, 1:3, 2:4, 2:5)
Glyfada – Volos 13:5 (3:2, 1:2, 6:0, 3:1)
PAOK – Chios 13:7 (3:3, 2:0, 3:2, 3:2)
Ydraikos – Olympiacos postponed (Olympiacos plays in the Champions League)
The highlight of Day 6 was an encounter between the teams that were unbeaten after five rounds. Peristeri hosted the league-leader Vouliagmeni. The home team started excellently and earned a 4:0 lead. But, Vouliagmeni woke up in time, and it had a slim 6:5 advantage at halftime. Peristeri equalized before the final quarter – 8:8. Two minutes before the end, the sides were still tied (10:10). Vouliagmeni scored two goals in the last 113 seconds and continued its winning streak. Emmanouil Mylonakis led the winning team with three goals.
This game was Vouliagmeni’s last rehearsal for the 2nd leg of the LEN Euro Cup eighth-finals. The match Vouliagmeni – Novi Beograd is scheduled for Saturday. As things stand now, that encounter isn’t at risk. According to available information, the clubs that participate in international competitions will be allowed to train and play the matches.
Apollon Smyrnis achieved a convincing win over Chania – 15:8. Alexandros Gounas scored seven goals, Alex Bowen added three. Olympic champion Stefan Mitrovic left Apollon a few months ago because of the lockdown and joined Partizan.
Palaio Faliro defeated Ethnikos 11:4 and recorded the first win in the season.
1.Vouliagmeni 6 – 18
2. Peristeri 6 – 13
3. Olympiacos 5 – 12
4. Apollon 6 –12
5. Ydraikos 5 – 12
6. Panionios 6 –9
7. Chania 6 – 9
8. PAOK 6 – 7
9. Chios 6 – 6
10. Glyfada 6 – 6
11. AEK 6 – 4
12. Palaio Faliro 6 – 4
13. Ethnikos 6 – 3
14. Volos 6 – 3