May marks the end of national competitions in all major water polo countries. This weekend was the turn of both the men’s and women’s German Cup, which was held in Potsdam. This was the 46th edition of the tournament.
In the men’s category, the final duel was a classic of German water polo, Waspo Hannover vs Spandau 04, the two major clubs that compete in the Champions League. The former claimed their second consecutive title after their 2017 victory.
Waspo took their fourth crown since 1998 after delivering a solid performance against their major rival 12-8. The champion will play their last Champions League clash on Wednesday, even though they cannot qualify for the Final Eight. On the other hand, Spandau 04 will face Jadran Carine after securing their spot in the Geneva final.
In the 29th edition of the women’s competition, the defending champion also managed to retain their crown, as SV Nika Heildelberg claimed a narrow victory against Waspo (10-9).
ASC Duisburg took bronze in the men’s category after beating OSC Potsdam 15-2 and in the women’s SV Blau-Weiss Bochum won the bronze-medal match against Hamburg 12-9.
Both the German national teams will compete in Barcelona 2018. The women’s have been drawn in the same group as Spain. They will make their debut on July 14th against Serbia and will later face Russia, Turkey, Hungary, and Spain. The men’s squad will play against Hungary, Georgia, and Italy, making their debut on the 16th against the “Squadra Azzurra.”