© Wolfgang Philipps 30 Apr Khanty-Mansiysk takes away victory By: Wolfgang Philipps Women In the final clash for a new winner in the Women’s LEN Trophy the Russian representative Ugra Khanty-Mansiysk gained a big advantage in the first-leg appearance next to the Mediterranean Sea. After a long journey, the team from Siberia already took a precious victory by one goal in their away match of the final series, beating the Italian representative and final games newcomer RN Mediterranea Imperia 13-12. The return match will already be held on Wednesday, 2 May, in the home pool of the Russian club. Imperia’s veteran player Mercedes Stieber, 1994 FINA World champion with the Hungarian national team, scored five goals in a match full of action and a record number of 25 goals. The team from Northern Italy was already leading by three goals, 6-3, but Olga Timofeeva finally scored the winning goals for the guests with 40 seconds to go on the game clock. Women’s LEN Trophy 2011-2012 Final series – game 1 in Imperia, Italy RN Mediterranena Imperia (ITA) vs. Ugra Khanty-Mansiysk (RUS) 12‐13 (6‐3, 2‐5, 3‐2, 1‐3) Imperia: Giulia Gorlero, Carrege, Borriello, Gloria Gorlero, Stieber 5, Emmolo 3, Ralat 1, Russo, Risivi 2, Bencardino, Drocco, Pomeri, Casanova 1. Khanty-Mansiysk: Protsenko, Gerasimova, Sorokina, Zubacheva 2, Isakova, Anna Zubkova 1, Shishova, Vylegzhanina 3, Timofeeva 2, Gritsenko 2, Chebotova 2, Anastasia Zubkova 1, Kurganova. Referees: Reemnet (NED)/Bender (GER) The return match will be held on 2 May at Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.