Noisy-le-Sec beat Sete 11:9 in the last derby of the French League.
The game that took place in Paris today, was an even contest with several turns. Noisy trailed before the final quarter (6:7). But, the hosts scored five goals in the fourth period, conceding two to finish the year with a victory.
The other matches of Round 9 were played yesterday. Tourcoing defeated Reims narrowly. Pays d’Aix and Strasbourg recorded big wins.
Title-holder Marseille had a day off.
Noisy-le-Sec – Sete 11:9 (1:1, 3:2, 2:4, 5:2)
Noisy-le-Sec (Cercle 93): Do Carmo 3, Gogov 2, Guerin 2, Petkovic 1, Caumette 1, Bowen 1, Saudadier 1.
Sete Natation: Chandieu 3, Tomic 2, Bofill 2, Vujovic 1, Lopinot 1,
Tourcoing – Reims 10:9 (2:0, 3:3, 0:4, 5:2)
Tourcoing: D.Zivkovic 3, Marzouki 3, Durik 2, Canonne 1, Kujacic 1.
Reims: Vix 4, Missy 2, Babic 1, Bulat 1, Culina 1
Pays d’Aix – Nice 15:6 (3:3, 3:1, 3:1, 6:1)
Pays d’Aix: Rocchietta 3, Vrdoljak 3, Dunstan 2, Bibi 1, L. Beteille 1, Scorletti 1, Drahe 1, Peisson 1, T.Beteille 1, Bakircilar 1.
Nice: Irmes 3, Sigwalt 1, Mathieu 1, Cakic 1.
Montpellier – Strasbourg 6:15 (1:4, 1:2, 3:5, 1:4)
Montpellier: Spilliaert 2, Piot 1, Dory 1, Ben Romdhane 1.
Team Strasbourg: Misic 5, Canovas 3, Popadic 2, I.Zivkovic 1, Petkovic 1, Bachelier 1, Vitrant 1, Buha 1.
Sete arrived in Paris after three wins in important games in the previous three rounds. On the other side, Noisy was still healing wounds after the elimination from the LEN Euro Cup and a loss to Marseille in an exciting derby last week.
The derby in Paris produced a lot of twists and turns. Noisy had a slim 4:3 advantage at halftime, while Saudadier doubled the hosts’ advantage in the first possession in the second half, but Sete responded with two quick goals and equalized (5:5). In the middle of this quarter, Tomic gave Sete a 6:5 lead. Guerin leveled at 6:6. Still, Sete closed the third quarter. It earned a man-up in its last attack in the third. Pierre Chandieu found the net from a distance just a seconds before the buzzer to put Sete in front (7:6).
Noisy’s Drasko Gogov scored two goals in the first three minutes of the last quarter – both from the same place (close-range shots from the right) and the hosts regained a lead (8:7). Sete leveled twice in the following minutes (8:8 and 9:9). The decision came in the last minute. Denis Do Carmo converted a man-up at 00:57. The same player set the final score with ten seconds to go – 11:9.
Unlike Noisy, Tourcoing was successful in the LEN Euro Cup Round of 16 and advanced to the quarterfinals. Still, Tourcoing continued playing with big ups and downs. It hosted Reims in the 9th round. Tourcoing dictated the pace in the first half. Reims leveled just once, 2:2. Tourcoing entered the second half with a 5:3 advantage. However, the hosts lost their rhythm after the middle break. Reims netted four straight goals in the third period and led 7:5 before the final eight minutes. Tourcoing started coming back and opened the fourth quarter with three goals in three minutes. The hosts went in front (8:7). Reims leveled at 8:8. Still, Tourcoing replied with two goals and built a 10:8 lead. Reims scored just a consolation goal with 31 seconds left on the clock.
Pays d’Aix played without two key players against Nice (Khasz and Dino). Still, it recorded a convincing win over the bottom-placed team. Aix started slowly. The sides were tied at 3:3 at the first break. But, the hosts dominated the following three quarters and collected three points with a 15:6 victory.
The game Montpellier – Strasbourg produced the same result, but the visitors emerged as winners from this encounter. Still, few could expect a nine-goal difference. Strasbourg, led by center-forward Sasa Misic, dominated from the beginning. Early in the second quarter, they had a 5:1 advantage and kept the distance until the middle break (6:2). Strasbourg dominated the second half and finished the year with a 15:6 away victory.
1.Marseille 8 – 24
2. Noisy-le-Sec 8 –20
3. Strasbourg 8 – 14
4. Tourcoing 8 – 13
5. Sete 8 – 11
6. Pays d’Aix 8 – 10
7. Montpellier 8 – 9
8. Stade Reims 8 – 7
9. Nice 8 – 0
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