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FINA WC Day 2 - Men's Water Polo Match 3 & 4

Jul 15, 2003

Match 3, Men 12:00, 14.07.03
Quarters: 3-0, 3-1, 2-0, 2-1

Referees: Vladimir Golikov (RUS), Jan Bohat (SVK)

AUSTRALIA: James Stanton, Ryan Moody, Trent Franklin, Pietro Figlioli (1), Dean Semmens (1), Toby Jenkins (4), Timothy Neesham (1), Samuel McGregor (1), Thomas Whalan (2), Gavin Woods, Aleksandr Osadchuk, Nathan Thomas, Rafael Sterk. Coach: Erkin Shagaev.

JAPAN: Masahiro Mizutani, Daisuke Nakagawa, Satoshi Nagata, Koji Kobayashi, Hiroyuki Matsubara, Hiroshi Hoshiai, Kan Aoyagi, Atsushi Naganuna, Taichi Sato, Kenichi Sato, Masakazu Yamamoto, Yoshinori Shiota, Koji Tanaka (2). Coach: Yoji Omoto.

Australia had the better of Japan with accurate shooting and more fluid team attacks. Australia had two goals in the first two minutes and later went 3-0 ahead when Toby Jenkins snared his second from centre forward. Dean Semmens opened the second period from the top, followed by Jenkins on the drive for 5-0. Koji Tanaka scored Japan's first on extra and Thomas Whalan nailed his second with a bounce shot from outside for 6-1 at halftime. Pietro Figlioli took a long pass from goalkeeper James Stanton, turned and scored in the third and Jenkins made it four with a tap in of a rebound for 8-1 going into the last. Tanaka drove and lobbed Australia's new keeper Rafael Sterk to open the fourth. Sam McGregor and Tim Neesham took Australia out to 10-2 by 2:35.

Match 4, Men 13:15, 14.07.03
Quarters: 3-2, 1-1, 1-2, 0-0

Referees: Marc Levin (ISR), Joaquin Fernandez Escola (ESP)

SERBIA & MONTENEGRO: Nikola Kuljaca, Slobodan Nikic, Boris Zlokovic, Vanja Udovicic, Dejan Savic, Danilo Ikodinovic (2), Viktor Jelenic, Vladimir Gojkovic, Aleksandar Ciric, Aleksandar Sapic (1), Vladimir Vujasinovic (1), Predrag Jokic (1), Denis Sefik
Coach: Nenad Manojlovic

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Brandon Brooks, Wolf Wigo (2), Omar Amr, Jeff Powers (1), Adam Wright, Chris Segesman (1), Layne Beaubien, Tony Azevedo (1), Dan Klatt, Brett Ormsby, Jesse Smith, Genai Kerr, Ryan Bailey
Coach: Ratko Rudic

In the battle of two heavy-style teams, it was a surprisingly free-flowing game in the first quarter with Serbia & Montenegro leading 3-2. Each team scored an outside shot from the top with the other three on extra. The game was tighter in the second with one apiece, Predrag Jokic and the USA's Wolf Wigo scoring on extra. The third went the USA's way with Jeff Powers emerging from smothering defence at two metres to send the ball over goalkeeper Nikola Kuljaca's head and Tony Azevedo sending his goal in on counter for 5-4. Serbia took a timeout and 20 seconds later Danilo Ikodinovic converted for 5-5. The fourth didn't disappoint for action but the goals didn't eventuate. Both teams took a timeout on extra but the score didn't change.