The Tomo Tournament, held in Jug’s home pool in Dubrovnik, reached its quarterfinal stage. After three exciting days, 48 teams in two categories finished their group games and the first round of elimination. Here are the teams who made it to the last eight.
After successfully completing their Italian tour, (Aquatic Verde 11:6, Pallanuoto Salerno 4:3 and AS Roma Nuoto 7:5) the host team will face their biggest challenge so far against title holder Primorac from Kotor. The Montenegrians showed that they are ready to defend the title in today’s elimination game against Spandau 04 with a big 15:6 win. It will be interesting to see how Jugs defence will handle Milos Milnic who scored 11 goals for Primorac so far.
Yesterday, the Italian team showed (against VK Jug) that they can be a very tough opponent, so it is no surprise that they managed to wrestle down VK Beograd 5:4 in today’s elimination game. They will have a real challenge against VK Budvanska Rivijera from Montenegro who made it to the quarterfinals after 3 easy wins against Jug CO II, Spandau 04 and VK Radnicki.
Just like their Montenegrian rivals from Primorac, Jadran Carine is having an impressive tournament so far. They crushed HAVK Mladost (12:2) and tomorrow’s opponent Szolnoki VSC (11:4) in the group stage as well Medvescak Zagreb (13:2) today. The Hungarians managed to surprise CNA Barceloneta in today’s elimination game (10:6) but they will need their best performance tomorrow if they want to beat Strahinja Gojković (17 goals) and his teammates.
Partizan, after securing the group win, managed to best Barcelona in a low-scoring elimination game (5:4),which is their third hard-fought win in a row (8:5, 7:6). The second quarter finalist was determined in an all Italian city derby between Zero9 Roma and Roma VIS Nova (5:1). Will the Serbs have enough strength left against the Italians, who enjoyed a slightly easier tournament to date?
So far the Hungarian team displayed fantastic defense in their games and with three straight wins managed to reach the quarterfinals. Tomorrow, they will face the Partizan water polo school, famous around the world. The Serbs had an easy walk through in the group stage (Medvescak Zagreb 14:1 and Spandau 04 15:6). Even though they won today’s elimination match against AS Rome Nauto (7:5) some weaknesses surfaced during the game. Bad day or an opportunity for Szolnok? We will see tomorrow.
Barceloneta won group B thanks to a better goal difference (after they drew against Jadran Carine 4:4). They avoided Szolnoki and are set for an easier elimination game against Budanska Rivijera (9:3 in group stage). Tomorrow they will face Jadran, but the one from Split. The Croats won their group (VK Primorac 10:3, AS Roma Nauto 7:4) and eliminated Spandau 04 7:5. Pol Asante had a great tournament so far with 10 goals and he will surely be the main threat for Jadran’s goalkeeper.
Just like their younger teammates, Jug CO reached the quarterfinals with three wins. In today’s match, they managed to leave BWMF Barcelona almost scoreless. In the end, they won the game 10:3. Their opponents from Turkey dominated throughout all of their games, now they will have to prove their skill against the hosts and home crowd.
While Roma VIS Nova enjoyed a comfortable win against Mediterrani (10:4), their quarter-final opponents from Serbia’s capital had to struggle for both their wins (7:6 in both games) leading up to the QF. Who has more gas left in the tank to advance to the semis?
The tournament continues tomorrow at 10.00 am CET. The final day is scheduled for Sunday.
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