There were some excellent duels in the pool today at the U16 Montenegro Cup in Herceg Novi. Croatia kept up their unbeaten record with an expected 11-7 win over the Netherlands, while Serbia just about held out to see off Hungary, 13-12. In the last game of the day, the hosts Montenegro keep their 100% win record after overturning a three goal deficit to defeat Italy 9-8.
Live scores and statistics of all the games in Herceg Novi are available via our Total Waterpolo Arena.
Croatia 11-7 Netherlands (4-1, 1-3, 2-1, 4-2) LIVESCORE
Croatia: M. Dipic, S. Zilic 2, K. Kovacevic, M. Curkovic 1, G. Burburan 1, A. Raci, N. Prezzi, V. Toncinic 3, M. Glavinic, A. Galic 1, B. Duho 1, B. Bucevic 1, A. Jerkovic, M. Doknic 1, M. Prizmic
Netherlands: T. Boorsma, J. van der Weijden 1, E. De Zwaan 1, R. Terlouw 1, D. De Vries, E. van den Brom, M. Spee, S. Willekens, B. Oerlemans 2, R. Edelbroek, M. Hoegen 2, G. de Rijk, F. Jukic, W. De Ligny, S. Van Benten
Viktor Toncinic’s hat-trick this evening helped Croatia defeat the Netherlands and remain unbeaten in the Herceg Novi.
Despite some resistance in the second quarter from the Dutch, the Croats deserved to win the game after jumping out to an early 4-1 lead.
Both Mart Hoegen and Benjamins Oerlemans scored twice for the Netherlands, as did Jorrit van der Weijden in the 4th to make it 7-6, but eventually their efforts fell short of preventing a Croatian victory.
Curkovic, Duho, Bucevic, Doknic Burburan and Zilic (2) were the other scorers for the Croatians.
Serbia 13-12 Hungary (2-4, 5-2, 3-4, 3-2) LIVESCORE
Serbia: V. Bojkovic, K. Bodiroga 1, F. Novakovic 3, V. Krdzalin, P. Micanovic, U. Adamovic, L. Gladovic 1, J. Spasovic, N. Lazic 1, L. Boskovic 3, S. Krstic 4, L. Dimic, L. Canepa, A. Karalic, D. Dimkovic
Hungary: S. Borbely, M. Zeman, B. Simon 1, Z. Doroszlai, A. Mero 2, M. Toth, T. Tatrai 2, V. Regos 1, Z. Nagy, B. Haverkampf 4, G. Simon, C. Lugosi 2, I. Budai, B. Szirtes, G. Kiss
Serbia held off a spirited Hungarian fightback thanks to scores from Strahinja Krstic (4), Luka Boskovic (3) and Filip Novakovic (3). Hungary found themselves out ahead in the first, but were well beaten for the majority of the game.
By the end of the first quarter, only two goals by Daniel Lugosi for Hungary separated the two teams.
But two man-up goals by Filip Novakovic, and a score from Luka Boskovic in the second period flipped the game (5-4). Boskovic’s second goal of the quarter, a penalty shot with 50 seconds remaining in the half, then gave Serbia the lead at the turnaround (7-6).
In the third, Serbia appeared to be able to keep Hungary at arm’s length, but two goals in a minute from the Magyars (Mero and Tatrai) tied the score at 10-10.
Serbia, via Novakovic and Krstic (2) then delivered a fatal blow to the Hungarians in the last quarter, ruthlessly executing three extra-player situations in the most clinical of fashions. Serbia then led 13-10, and despite a real lifelines for the Hungarians from Simon and Haverkampf, the Serbs held firm to seal the victory.
Montenegro 9-8 Italy (1-1, 1-3, 4-2, 3-2) LIVESCORE
Montenegro: N. Bacovic, T. Matijasevic, P. Popovic, N. Petrovic, M. Milinic 1, R. Radanovic, D. Stupar, S. Janovic 3, P. Vicevic, D. Samardzic 2, S. Gojkovic 2, R. Vukanic 1, O. Moracanin, A. Roganovic, M. Vukasinovic
Italy: F. Castrucci, E. Miraldi, L. Mantovani 1, A. Barigelli, M. Arco 2, D. Tresa, F. Pettonati 1, D. Varavallo, S. De Vecchis 2, L. De Marchi, F. Scordo, A. Constanzo, G. Valle 1, V. Andreuzzi 1, M. Crisafulli
It took a while before we saw a goal register on the scoreboard, but two came along almost in the same breath. Francesco Pettonati scored the first for the Settebello, before Relja Vukanic equalised in the next attack on the right for Montenegro.
If the Italians were being shy in front of goal in the first, they certainly made up for it in the second – scoring three unanswered goals via Andreuzzi, Valle and De Vecchis. A late penalty in the quarter from Srdan Janovic kept Montenegro from wobbling.
But Montenegro really pulled themselves together in the third, and wiped out the Italian advantage, with two scores apiece from Strahinja Gojkovic and Srdan Janovic to level the game at 6-6.
Italy led twice in the last, but Montenegro saw the win was there for the taking, and came from behind with powerplay scores from Milos Milinic and Drasko Samardzic to secure a 9-8 victory.
09:00 – Netherlands vs Serbia
10:45 – Italy vs Croatia
12:30 – Montenegro vs Hungary
18:00 – Serbia vs Italy
19:40 – Hungary vs Netherlands
21:20 – Montenegro vs Croatia
Italy 4-12 Hungary (1-3, 1-4, 2-1, 1-4) LIVESCORE
Italy: F. Castrucci, E. Miraldi 1, L. Mantovani, A. Barigelli, M. Arco, D. Tresa, F. Oettonati, D. Varavallo 1, S. De Vecchis, F. Scordo 1, A. Constanzo, G. Valle 2, V. Andreuzzi, M. Crisafulli
Hungary: G, Kiss, M. Zeman 1, B. Simon 2, Z. Doroszlai, A. Mero, M. Toth 3, T. Tatrai 2, V. Regos, B. Haverkampf 1, G. Simon 1, C. Lugosi, B. Szirtes, M. Basity, M. Masser
Croatia 10-10 Serbia (2-1, 3-3, 3-2, 2-4) LIVESCORE
Croatia: N. Batos, K. Dragosevic, J. Kovacevic, M. Curkovic 1, G. Burburan 1, A. Raci 3, N. Prezzi 1, V. Toncinic 1, M. Glavinic, T. Skegro, B. Duhi, B. Bucevic 2, M. Doknic, A. Jerkovic 1, M. Dipic
Serbia: D. Dimkovic, K. Bodiroga 2, F. Novakovic 1, V. Krdzalin, V. Kojic 2, U. Adamovic, L. Gladovic 3, J. Spasovic, P. Micanovic, L. Boskovic, S. Krstic 2, L Dimic, V. Conkic, L. Canepa, V. Savic
Montenegro 18-7 Netherlands (4-3, 6-0, 3-1, 5-3) LIVESCORE
Montenegro: N. Bacovic, T. Matijasevic 1, P. Popovic 1, L. Kovacic 1, M. Milinic 1, R. Radanovic 3, N. Petrovic, S. Janovic 3, P. Vicevic, D. Samardzic, S. Gojkovic 3, R.. Vukanic 3, O. Moracanin 1, A. Roganovic 1, M. Vukasinovic
Netherlands: T. Boorsma, J. van der Weijden 1, E. De Zwaan, R. Terlouw 1, D. De Vries, E. van den Brom, M. Spee, S. Willekens, B. Oerlemans 1, R. Edelbroek 1, M. Hoegen, G. de Rijk 1, F. Jukic 1, W. De Ligny 1, S. Van Benten
Hungary 6-7 Croatia (0-1, 2-3, 2-1, 2-2) LIVESCORE
Hungary: S. Borbely, M. Zeman 1, B. Simon, Z. Doroszlai, A. Mero 2, M. Zeteny, T. Tatrai 1, V. Regos, Z. Nagy, B. Haverkampf, G. Simon, C. Lugosi, I. Budai 2, M. Basity, M. Maser
Croatia: M. Prizmic, K. Dragosevic 2, J. Kovacevic, M. Curkovic, G. Burburan, A. Raci, N. Prezzi 1, V. Toncinic, M. Glavinic, A. Galic 2, B. Duho, B. Bucevic, A. Jerkovic 2, T. Skegro, N. Batos
Netherlands 6-16 Italy (0-2, 2-4, 1-5, 3-5) LIVESCORE
Netherlands: T. Boorsma, J. van der Weijden, E. De Zwaan 3, R. Terlouw, D. De Vries, E. van den Brom, M. Spree 1, S. Willekens, B. Oerlemans 1, R. Edelbroek, M. Hoegen, G. de Rijk, F. Jukic, W. De Ligny, S. Van Benten
Italy: F. Castrucci, E. Miraldi, L. Mantovani 3, A. Barigelli 2, M. Arco 3, D. Tresa, F. Pettonati, D. Varavallo 1, S. De Vecchis, L. De Marchi 3, F. Scordo 1, A. Constanzo, G. Valle 1, V. Andreuzzi 2, M. Crisafulli
Montenegro 16-10 Serbia (4-3, 5-0, 2-2, 5-5) LIVESCORE
Montenegro: D. Ogurlic, T. Matijasevic 1, I. Kjicic, N. Petrovic 2, M. Milinic 2, A. Vavic, D. Stupar 2, S. Janovic 4, P. Vicevic, D. Samardzic 2, S. Gojkovic 2, R. Vuaknic, O. Moracanin 1, A. Roganovic, Milos Vukasinovic
Serbia: V. Savic, K. Bodiroga, F. Novakovic 1, V. Krdzalin, V. Kojic 1, U. Adamovic, L. Gladovic 3, J. Spasovic, N. Lazic, L. Boskovic 3, S. Krstic, L. Dimic 1, V. Conkic, V. Bojkovic 1, A. Karalic