After the fifth day of action from the u19 European Championships in Netanya, we finally have the names of four quarter-finalists, and the eight teams who will battle it out to meet them.
The Netherlands, France, Hungary and Spain have all finished atop of their respective groups, and automatically progress to the Quarter-Finals.
Israel had their party spoilt by Spain today, but will face Switzerland in the cross-overs. Meanwhile, Serbia know they will have a tough assignment against Greece in an attempt to reach the last eight.
Elsewhere, Italy thumped Slovakia this afternoon, and have be rewarded with a game against Ukraine in the cross-over round, while Portugal will face Croatia in their bid to reach the Quarter-finals, after cruising past Great Britain with ease in the last game of the day.
Spain ended Israel’s winning streak in an abrupt manner this evening, winning leisurely, by a twelve goal margin (17-5). CN Sant Andreu’s Maria Palacio ended the one-sided contest with the most goals in the game.
Spain will face one of Croatia or Portugal in the quarter-finals.
In the other game in Group A, Ivana Corovic’s Serbian team have made sure they finished third in the highly competitive Group A, beating Turkiye in a uncomplicated 15-3 conquest.
Lolita Avdic (VK Vojvodina) added four more goals to her tournament tally ( 9 goals), with double scores from two Crvena Zvezda players, Jana Lujic and Tjana Lukic, and two Partizan players, Ana Milicevic and Aleksandra Trmcic.
Spain 17-5 Israel (5-2, 4-0, 3-1, 5-2)
Spain: M. Terre, M. Serrano 1, E. Portillo 2, A. Marcos, C. Nogue, N. Perez 1, P. Prats 2, C. Moreno, D. Moreno 3, A. Munoz 2, M. Palacio 5, G. Gallinato 1, P. Moreno
Israel: N. Kurtsev, T. Levi, C. Arbiv, N. Levinshtein, O. Sela, A. Yaacobi 2, M. Tirosh, D. Menakerman 3, D. Namakshtansky, N. Sasover, N. Markovsky, R. Gazit, M. Katz
Turkiye 3-15 Serbia (0-5, 1-4, 1-1, 1-5)
Turkiye: C. Bulut, Z. Visha 1, A. Duran 1, L. Sarimsakci, H. Suzmecelik, M. Saglam, H. Dabbag, E. Gurelli, D. Kaleagasi 1, Y. Simsek, D. Guclu, D. Pehlivanoglu 1, A. Gungor
Serbia: M. Dulic, T. Pejcic 1, L. Advic 4, J. Lujic 2, T. Lujic 1, T. Lukic 2, I. Marinkovic, A. Milicevic 2, A. Trmcic 2, A. Koreni 1, J. Radonjic, M. Zelic, A. Antanasijevic
France ran out 16-13 winners against Croatia in an engaging opening game on Day 5 in Netanya. The very competitive bout was arguably separated only by the brilliance of Julliete Dhalluin, who fired past Latica Medvesek (and then Andrea Maric) six times.
The Croats made the better start, and thanks to scores by Glas, Goreta, Desnica and Stipanov, took a two goal lead in the first. But the French replied with three scores from three of their biggest young talents (Vernoux, Dhalluin and Heurtaux) which put the French ahead by three. The French couldn’t keep their advantage, and two scores in the last minute of the half for the side in blue cut the deficit to a single goal.
The real gap opened in the third, as the French outscored the Croatian’s 2:1. Dhalluin had three goals in the third, with the other scorers being her senior national teammates, Camelia Bouloukbachi and Ema Vernoux.
Further scores put the game beyond the reach of Croatia, but consolation finishes by Ana Goreta, Elena Crnicki and Korina Juresa made the score less comfortable for the French.
France will now await the winner of Greece and Serbia in the Quarter-finals.
Meanwhile, Italy will finish ahead of Croatia in second with a big victory over Slovakia. The Junior Setterosa were incredibly efficient in brushing the Slovaks aside, with five scores apiece for Paola Di Maria and the captain, Morena Leone.
The other Italian scorers who will be grateful for the stat boost are Aurora Longo (4), Emma De March (3), Dorotea Spampinato (2), Lavina Papi (2), Rebecca Bianchi (2), Giorgia Klatowski (2) and Marta Giuffrida (2). Italy will be confident of beating Ukraine in the cross-overs.
France 16-13 Croatia (4-4, 4-3, 6-3, 2-3)
France: P. Martineaud-Peret, J. Dhalluin 6, T. Margueritte, C. Bouloukbachi 2, J. Mekki, L. Jean-Michel, L. Andres, V. Heurtaux 2, E. Vernoux 3, S. Khaddan 3, T. Raspo, Di Fraja, C. Vidal
Croatia: L. Medvessek, E. Crnicki 1, N. Alamat, J. Butic, M. Butic, R. Glas 1, N. Medic 1, K. Juresa 2, A. Desnica 2, I. Stipanov 1, A. Goreta 4, D. Kangler 1, A. Maric
Italy 29-3 Slovakia (5-2, 8-0, 9-0, 7-1)
Italy: H. Santapaola, P. Di Maria 5, D. Spampinato 2, M. Leone 5, R. Bianchi2, E. De March 3, G. Klatowski 2, A. Longo 4, V. Bruzzi 1, M. Paganello 1,, M. Giuffrida 1, L. Papi, L. Celona
Slovakia: Z. Pastorova, T. Dubna, N. Petty, L. Garancovska 2, A. Cebova, V. Strompova, L. Frankova, M. Keirnoszova 1, L. Dubajova, A. Sacuriova, N. Mesterova, M. Vargova
Switzerland were once again on the end of another drubbing, with Hungary today putting them to the sword, winning the game 43-1.
The tall figure of Kata Hajdu shattered the Swiss defence, scoring a mind-boggling eleven goals. Nora Sumegi made nine successful throws, while Zoe Lendvay, (the daughter of former Hungarian Olympian and World Champion in 2005, Dora Kisteleki) fastened a goal tally her mother would be proud of – with seven goals.
It looked for all the world that Hungary might just have kept a very awkward clean-sheet in the match, but a goal in the latter stages of the match from the Swiss captain, Lena Oberli, gave Switzerland their only moment of festivity. The Swiss are unlikely to beat Israel in their cross-over match – the winner of which will face the Netherlands in the quarter-final.
The victory gives Hungary the top spot in Group C, and progress automatically to the the Quarter-Finals on Saturday. They will play the winner of Italy and Ukraine.
Hungary 43-1 Switzerland (9-0, 8-0, 13-0, 13-1)
Hungary: B. Neszmely, T. Aubeli 3, F. Fekete 3, K. Hajdu 11, T. Panna 2, N. Sumegi 9, E. Varro 5, N. Golopencza 2, P. Szegedi, Z. Koka 1, Z. Lendvay 7, D. Domsodi, S. Golopencza
Switzerland: M. Schmidt, S. Schwab, L. Rohde, J. Walther, K. Klapez, E. Hess, L. Siegenthaler, H. Otenyi, N. Stutz, A. Nussbaumer, L. Oberli, M. Gross, M. Raveglia
Greece 10-0 Germany (Technical Victory)
Group D is going Dutch as the Netherlands affirmed an automatic place in the Quarter-finals with an effortless victory against Ukraine.
Noa de Vries and Renee De Kleer urged each other on in the match to contend for the top goal-scorer award, but both will be gratified with six scores each.
The only real moment to relish for the Ukrainians was Polina Synytsia’s penalty save from Jasmijn Dikmans in the first period.
In the last game of the day, Portugal condemned Great Britain to the foot of Group D, winning 22-9.
Madalena Lousa took her tournament keep to ten scores, with six today, while the Portuguese captain, Carolina Fernandes, alongside Alice Rodrigues, netted a quad of goals each.
After a run of three disheartening defeats for Great Britain, Catherine Du Toit will be one of the British players to take a positive from this game, finding a hat-trick past the Portuguese keepers.
Netherlands 24-3 Ukraine (6-0, 8-1, 6-0, 5-2)
Netherlands: S. Keijzer, N. De Vries 6, R. De Kleer 6, K. Van der Veen 4, A. Roekevisch 2, J. Dikmans, M. Borst 1, S. Slot, J. Oort 2, F. Voordouw 3, L. Den Ouden, A. Pauli, D. Logtens
Ukraine: V. Tymoshenko, O. Prylutska, Y. Chorna, E. Khmil 1, A. Shevchenko, K. Naumenko, K. Babak 1, D. Rumiantseva, A. Zelenko, K. Khomenko, A. Lenska, A. Yurieva 1, P. Synytsia
Great Britain 9-22 Portugal (0-5, 1-6, 4-7, 4-4)
Great Britain: G. Kaye, L. Bullock, P. Danielson 1, H. Dickens 1, K. Evans, C. Du Toit 3, R. Tibke, M. Dugdale 1, E. Crossley, H. Toone 1, N. Tomlinson, C. Silk 2, M. Calthrop
Portugal: M. Salgado, A. Rodrigues 4, C. Fernandes 4, L. Santos 1, C. Quinhentas, C. Pereira 1, A. Monteiro, M. Lousa 6, J. Arromba 1, M. Machado 3, M. Barbosa 1, M. Mendes 1, M. Ribeiro