H2O Polo is a Romanian water polo website that focuses on keeping track of the best players and teams in Romania, as well as international competitions across Europe and the world.
H2OPolo’s Top 5 of 2022
Top 5 - TPA'22 Female
1. Maddie Musselman (USA)
United States National Team Player/Club: UCLA /Position: Wing
With her five goals in the final of the 2022 FINA World Championships, she helped the United States overcame Hungary, 9-7, to win the fourth consecutive title.
2. Bea Ortiz (ESP)
Spain National Team Player/Club: Sabadell/ Position: Driver
The best player of Europe last year, she is one of Spain's leaders, contributed to the European title and to win the world league
3. Simone van de Kraats (NED)
Netherlands National Team Player/Club: Mataro /Position: Wing
A Dutch superstar, bronze medallist at World Championship in Budapest and was the second best scorer with 24 goals in European Championship
4. Ashleigh Johnson (USA)
United States National Team Player. Club: Ethnikos. Position: Goalkeeper
Named Top Goalkeeper at 2022 FINA World Championships in Budapest.She continue to impress with her saves
5. Claudia Marletta (ITA)
Italy National Team Player. Club: Ekipe Orizzonte. Position: Utility
Marletta impressed with her evolution at the European Championships and World League
Top 5 - TPA'22 Male
1. Alberto Munariz (ESP)
Spain National Team Player. Club: Barceloneta Position: Centre-Back
The complete player that every coach wants in his team. He can play any position (even goalkeeper, defending a penalty in a European Championship against Hungary) and this is fundamental in current polo. Super hardworking, modest, disciplined, one of the leaders of this year's world champion, Spain.
2. Ben Hallock (USA)
Team USA National Team Player. Club: Pro Recco Position: Centre-Forward
From my point of view, the most valuable centre in the circuit at the current time. His contribution was decisive, helping both the Pro Recco club team to win all the titles at stake at the club level, as well as the United States national team to obtain a 6th place in the World Championship and a 2nd place in the World League.
3. Angelos Vlachopoulos (GRE)
Greece National Team Player. Club: Novi Beograd. Position: Driver
A true leader, both in his game and in his behaviour, he led both the Greek team and Novi Beograd to very good results this year.
4. Gergo Zalanki (HUN)
Hungary National Team Player. Club: Pro Recco. Position: Wing
A lefty could not be missing from my top. Although my favourite left-hander is Konstantin Kharkov, I cannot help but highlight the fact that Zalanki had an extraordinary year. And not only is he the possessor of a devastating shoot (and he demonstrated it both with Pro Recco and with the Hungarian national team) but he is also one of the best defenders (among the left-handed)
5. Giacomo Cannella (ITA)
Italy National Team Player. Club: Pro Recco. Position: Attacker
This "young gun" who became one of the most feared shooter in the circuit, helping Italy to obtain 3 medals at the major competitions in 2022 (Silver at the World Championship, gold at the World League and bronze at the European)