Dunaujvaros claim first European clubs’ title of the season
Hungarian water polo is back on the spotlight this weekend, as Dunaujvaros went from being the dark horse to winning the LEN Trophy for the first time in their history. The Hungarian squad defeated the main favorite, Olympiacos, 11-13, at the Joan Serra Pool in Mataró this afternoon. The locals, La Sirena CN Mataró, claimed the third spot after beating Plebiscito Padova in the bronze-medal match.
Hungary, one of the main water polo countries in Europe, clinched the first continental clubs’ competition. After the triumph of Dunaujvaros, which includes outstanding players such as Dorottya Szilagyi, Gretta Gurisatti or captain Krisztina Garda, who scored four goals today, the Eastern country has several teams competing in European competitions: Ferencvaros in the Euro League, UVSE Budapest in the women’s Final Four, which will take place next weekend in Kirishi, and several contenders in the Final Eight.
Although Olympiacos, finalists in last year’s Euro League, were ahead on the scoreboard in some moments during the game, the Hungarians clinched a three-point lead in the third quarter (6-9).
The host team, fourth in last year’s Final Four, finished third after defeating Plebiscito Padova in the bronze-medal game. The Catalan squad delivered a solid performance and kept a 3-4 goal lead at all times. Five players scored two goals, which showcases the excellent level of Florin Bonca’s players.