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Belgrade 2017 – Day 8 : The Canadian men finish 10th at the FINA Junior Men’s World Championships

(Belgrade, Serbia, August 13) – Canada had its eyes on the 9 th spot heading into yesterday’s matchup with Russia. Despite a good performance in the fourth quarter (4-1), the Canadians weren’t able to come back into the game after Russia dominated the third quarter (0-5). Russia capitalized on its opportunities in this game to earn a 14-7 win to claim the 9 th place at the 2017 FINA Junior Men’s World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.

Russia had a strong start in the first quarter, taking an early 3-0 lead. Felix Poliseno put Canada on the board at 4:09, but Russia would add two more goals before the end of the first quarter. The Russian squad didn’t slow down in the second quarter, adding one more goal in the opening minute. Reuel D’Souza and Alexis Reiher both scored to keep Canada within three (3-6). Russia would regain the five goal lead before the end of the half (8-3).

In the second half, the Russians look determined playing a very physical game and taking advantage of their opportunities. They would outscore Canada 5-0 in the third quarter, making it difficult for the Canadian squad to orchestrate a comeback. The Canadian men didn’t give up in the fourth quarter dominating their opponents 4-1. Bogdan Djerkovic and Jérémie Côté each netted their first of the game. Reiher and D’Souza also found the back of the net for Canada. Despite a good performance in the last quarter for the red and white, the Russians secured a 14-7 win to claim the ninth spot. Canada had to settle for the tenth place at these Junior World Championships.

“It was a very physical match against Russia, they hurt us the most on the counter attacks. It’s difficult to end with a loss, but we’re happy with our final ranking at the tournament” mentioned Samuel Reiher of the men’s national team.

“Overall, top 10 in the world for the 20U group is a good result and the success of this generation is reflected in their hard work over the past four years, including previous international experience. Aside from the US, being the only other country outside Europe in the top 10 is a huge success. The boys played really well throughout the tournament and gave all they had.” said Nikola Maric, 20U Men’s National Team Head Coach.

Despite the loss, there are positive takeaways for the Junior Men’s National Team. With their 10th place finish, the men’s national team reached the best Canadian ranking at this event since 1999 where Canada finished in 8th place. The 20U Women’s National team will also compete at the 12th FINA World Junior Women's Water Polo Championships from September 3-10, 2017, in Volos, Greece.

 Final placing
  1.  Greece
  2.  Croatia
  3. Serbia
  4. Hungary
  5. Montenegro
  6. Spain
  7. Italy
  8. United States of America
  9.  Russia
  10.  Canada
  11. Australia
  12.  China
  13.  Japan
  14. Netherlands
  15.  Egypt
  16.  Iran
  17. Argentina
  18. New Zealand
  19. Puerto Rico
  20. South Africa 


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