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Regional League – Final Four to be played in Zagreb

 

 

Luka Loncar water polo player in the pool

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Final Four tournament will be held in Zagreb on the 19th and 20th of April.  The F4 was scheduled for the end of this month, but the tournament has been delayed by the Regional League Board.

because Jadran Herceg Novi will play in the Euro Cup final against Marseille (March 30th & April 13th). In the semifinals the pairings are: Mladost Zagreb (1st place in the league) – Jadran Split (4th) and Jadran Herceg Novi (2nd or 3rd) – Jug Dubrovnik (3rd or 2nd).

Mladost, the league-leader enjoyed the easy cruise in Split and dominated from the 1st whistle. Deep into the third period, the visitors had a 9:2 lead. In the fourth period, Mladost slowed down and recorded a 15:7 victory. Antonio Petkovic was the top scorer with 4 goals.

Jadran Herceg Novi defeated Partizan in Belgrade. The young home team fought bravely. During the second quarter, the sides were tied – 3:3. Then, in the third quarter Jadran jumped to a 6:3. The home side came close twice (4:6 and 5:7). Jadran built a 6-goal advantage by the middle of the last quarter (11:5) and there was no way back for Partizan. The Serbs managed to catch up with three goals for the final score 8:11.

Title-holder Jug beat Primorac in Budva (15:9). The 2nd period determined the outcome. After 2:2 (6th minute), Jug shut out the hosts for more than nine minutes. On the other side of the pool, the visitors netted five goals in a row. Jug jumped to a 7:2 lead 2:43 minutes from the end of the 2nd period, which decided everything.

Mornar and Jadran started slowly after the first quarter, it was 1:1. But, the second period saw 12 goals. Jadran scored 9, while it conceded three and earned a 10:4 lead. Mornar couldn’t recover in the second half. Jadran Split took points with a 20:10 win.

POSK was relegated to the A2 League, while the last round will answer the question who will compete in the playout. Partizan is still in 9th place, with a point behind 8th-placed Primorac. Both teams will play hard away matches in the 18th round. Primorac is going to play against Mladost, while Partizan will face Jadran Split.

Budva was promoted to the A1 League, as it clinched 1st place in the A2 League. Second-placed Solaris advanced to the play-out. Radnicki, which was in the 2nd place before the last round, didn’t manage to defeat Vojvodina today (the match ended in a 7:7 draw) and fell down to the 3rd place.

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