The Hungarian men’s national water polo team showed an excellent performance at the BENU Cup, held in Budapest, from 7th to 9th July. Besides Hungary, three teams took part at the tournament: Canada, Romania and Germany. For all four teams, the BENU Cup was the final rehearsal before the FINA World Championships in Budapest (16th – 29th July).
Hungary achieved three convincing wins with an impressive goal difference 47-22. Germany won the second place, Romania was the third, Canada took the last place.
The first match at the BENU Cup had a lot of twists and turns. Germany beat Romania. At the end of the third period Romania led 5-4, but in the fourth quarter Germany turned around the score and won 7-6.
In the second encounter of the first round, Hungary blew away Canada. The hosts led 8-1 after the second quarter. Canada couldn’t find a solution to stop the rival, so Hungary won 17-4.
The second round was opened by Canada and Romania. The Romanians controlled the game for most of the time. But they had to fight hard to save a victory despite they led 15-9 (1:08 by the end of the third period). Canada scored five unanswered goals till the end of the encounter. It was too late, Romania celebrated the 15-14 victory.
Hungary beat Germany in the second round, but the hosts left the decision for the fourth period. They had a slim lead (9-8) before the last 8 minutes. In the fourth quarter, they showed their power for the 15-9 win.
Germany secured the second place by beating Canada in the first match of Day 3 (14-7). At the halftime, they already had a 5-goal lead (9-4).
The hosts ended the tournament with another convincing victory. Hungary defeated Romania 15-9 in the last match of the competition. They achieved the same result as in the encounter with Germany, but they secured a win earlier. Hungary led 5-4 at the end of the first half of the match. In the third period the hosts, led by Krisztian Manhercz (5 goals) played like a storm, they scored 7 and they let only a single goal, so before the last quarter, Hungary had a 12-5 lead.
The tournament was played in Budapest, but not on Margaret Island, where WCH will take place. The BENU Cup was held in the pool of BVSC.
2017 BENU CUP (BUDAPEST, 7th – 9th July)Day 1
Germany – Romania 7-6 (1-1, 2-1, 1-3, 3-1)
Germany: Jüngling 2, Van der Bosch, Real, Preuss, M. Stamm, Schulz.
Romania: Radu 2, Vramceanu 2, Negrean, Oanta.
Hungary – Canada 17-4 (3-0, 5-1, 4-1, 5-2)
Hungary: Vamos 4, Erdely 4, Manhercz 3, Hosnyanszky 3, Gor-Nagy , Zalnaki, Torok.
Canada:Halajian, Robinson, D’Souza, Thumwood.
Canada – Romania 14-15 (4-4, 4-6, 3-5, 3-0)
Canada: Bicari 4, Halajian 4, Torakis 2, Thumwold 2, Robinson, Lappins.
Romania: Negrean 5, Radu 3, Fulea 3, Ghiban 2, Amtipa, Chovieanu.
Hungary – Germany 15-9 (4-2, 2-2, 3-4, 6-1)
Hungary: Manherz 3, Zalnaki 3, Vamos 3, Hosnyanszki 2, Erdely 2, Gor Nagy, Mezei.
Germany: Jungling 3, Strelezkij 2, Van der Bosch, Ilinger, Stamm, Schulz.
Canada – Germany 7-14(2-4, 2-5, 2-3, 1-2)
Canada: Thumwood 2, Bicari 2, Soleimanipak, Torakis, Lappins.
Germany: Stamm 5, Restovic 3, Real 2, Van der Bosch 2, Schulz, Kuppens.
Hungary – Romania 15-9 (3-2, 2-2, 7-1, 3-4)
Hungary: Manhercz 5, Vamos 3, Erdely 3, Hosnyanszki, Torok, Harai.
Romania: Szabo, Fulea, Radu, Negrean, Amptima, Chovieanu.
SERBIA AND HUNGARY ANNOUNCES THEIR ROSTERS FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPSJust before the BENU Cup, Hungary completed a series of three unofficial training matches against Serbia in Kecskemet. During the BENU Cup, the Serbs continued their preparations in Kecskemet and they came home today.
After the third encounter, both head coaches Tamas Marcz (Hungary) and Dejan Savic (Serbia) announced their rosters for the World Championships.
Serbia, the reigning Olympic, World and European champion, will try to retain the trophy with the almost same squad which won the Olympic title and the gold at the 2015 World Championships. Savic has made only two inevitable changes. Zivko Gocic and Slobodan Nikic said „Goodbye“ to the national team after the Games in Rio and they were replaced by Viktor Rasovic and Nemanja Ubovic. Both of them will play at the World Championships for the first time.
Goalkeepers: Gojko Pijetlovic (Oradea), Branislav Mitrovic (Eger)
Field players: Filip Filipovic (Pro Recco), Andrija Prlainovic (Szolnok), Dusko Pijetlovic (Pro Recco, but it’s very possible that he will move to Dynamo Moskow), Milan Aleksic (Szolnok),Stefan Mitrovic (Szolnok) Milos Cuk (Szolnok), Dusan Mandic (Pro Recco), Sava Randjelovic (OSC), Nikola Jaksic (Ferencvaros), Nemanja Ubovic (OSC), Viktor Rasovic (free agent).
Compared to the 2016 Olympic Games Hungary there are three changes in the Hungarian team. Daniel Varga, Marton Szivos and Gabor Kis retired from the national teams after the Games in Rio de Janeiro. Their replacements are Miklós Gór-Nagy,Tamás Mezei and Béla Török. Tamas Mezei will make his debut at major competitions. Upcoming Championships will be the first big tournament for Tamas Marcz as a head coach of the national team.
Goalkeepers: Attila Decker (Honved), Viktor Nagy (Szolnok)
Field Players: Adam Decker (Eger), Miklos Gor-Nagy (OSC), Balázs Erdelyi (Eger), Balazs Harai (Eger), Norbert Hosnyanszky (Eger), Krisztian Manhercz (Szeged), Tamas Mezei (Szolnok), Bela Torok (BVSC), Denes Varga (Szolnok), Marton Vamos (Szolnok), Gergo Zalanki (OSC).