Waterpolo: Croatia wins Dublin Cup

Sunday seen the conclusion of the Dublin Cup and a last chance for the five competing nations in competitive action prior to the start of the London Olympics.

The final rounds of matches saw Romania first up against Great Britain followed by Hungary V Croatia.

The Romanians led Team GB from start to finish, with a 5 – 1 lead after the first quarter with goals from Radu, Ghibon, Kadar, Diaconu and Iosep. Team GB answered with a goal from Parsonage.

The second quarter saw the Romanians continuing to play to their strengths extending their lead to 11 – 2 at halftime. Romanian goals came from Kadar, Chioveaneau with Iosep and Radu getting a pair each. Parker kept Team GB’s scoresheet ticking over with his sides sole goal of the second quarter.

The second half saw the Romanians taking their foot off the accelerator but still finishing with a healthy 17 – 7 result. Busilia, Diaconu, Kadar, Matei, Negrean and Georgescu added the final goals for the Romanians. British goals came courtesy of Figes, Bourne, King and a brace from James.

The final match of the tournament had a feel of a cup final as the unbeaten Croatians take on the Hungarians. Only 2 points separate the two teams on the league table leaving it as a winner takes all match. The Croatians took an early lead through a brace of goals from Sukno and one from Buljubasic to go 3 – 0 up. Hosnyanszky hit back for the Hungarians to end the first quarter 3 – 1 to the Croatians. At half time the Croatians led 8 – 4 with goals from Muslim, Obradovic, Buslje and a pair from Jokovic. Goals from Harai, Kasas and Daniel Varga kept Hungary in the game.

The goals didn’t come as often in the 3rd quarter with Croatia enjoying a 10 – 5 lead going in to the last quarter with Sukno and Jokovic hitting the net for the Croatians, with Kasas keeping the game alive for the Hungarians.

Despite a last quarter blitz by the Hungarians with goals from Hosnyanszky, Kasas and Madaras, The Croatians won the final game of the event 11 – 8 with their final goal coming from Hinic.

The final team placings from the league format were determined with Croatia becoming the Dublin Cup Champions
Croatia (4 wins)
Montenegro(2 Wins)
Hungary (2 wins)
Romania (2 win)
Great Britain (0 wins)


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