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Eger secure super final spot in comfortable victory over rival OSC

As Szolnok continued to cut through all its opponents, their spot in the super final was safe already a few games into phase 2 of the competition. However, Eger still had some challenges to deal with. Both OSC and FTC, theoretically, still had a chance of catching up with the 2014 champion and join Szolnok in the championship battle. The key match in this chase happened yesterday when OSC visited Eger in an attempt to bring the gap back to just 1 point and allow FTC to come within range again as well. The visitors were without goalie Dávid Bisztritsányi who got replaced by Botond Barabás, and without the on-form Ádám Decker who was sitting out a suspension after getting excluded in the round 4 match against Szolnok. For OSC it was a must-win game. It was a traditional 6-point match where Eger could either go 7 points ahead and secure the super final spot, or OSC could get within 1 point and we would be up for a thrilling ending of the competition.

The home side immediately put the pressure on and OSC struggled to find their rhythm in the beginning of the game.
Eger were leading the dance until the end of the first half when Miklós Gór-Nagy made it two in a row for OSC, after Kevin Graham had already found the goal. This meant a 4-4 score at the break. Right after the break Eger turned on the screw and with goals of Péter Biros, Márton Szivós, and Balázs Erdélyi, they took control of the game in under 2 minutes. Erdélyi added another to make it 8-4 and OSC could only score once in return to see his team go into the last period with a 3 goal disadvantage. For a moment it looked like OSC could claw their way back into the game when Gábor Kovács made it 8-6 but the regained energy was short lived. Eger continued their charge on the opponent’s goal and Biros and Szivós fired successfully once again. Both teams scored another goal after this but the match was played. The victory means redemption for the missed final of last year and another chance for Eger to edge Szolnok in a final, like they did earlier in the season during the Hungarian Cup.

For OSC the season ends in style with the whole 2015-2016 campaign. Because of the competition model this year, it means the competitive season for last year’s runner up is already over. There are 2 more games to play in the Hungarian league it matters only for the statistics. In the champions league OSC does still have a mathematical chance of qualifying for the Final 6 but they will have to win all 3 of the remaining games and get lucky with the other results. Altogether, not the season the people of Újbuda were hoping for after a promising start to the new era last year. In the summer, Balázs Vincze will have to look around to solve his problems in the center forward area and further tweak to optimize the rest of his team.

In the meantime the Hungarian water polo community is also preparing for the Olympic Qualification Tournament where they hope to see their heroes qualify for the tournament of tournaments. The Hungarians have left it late this time but are confident they will be present in Rio. Head coach Tibor Benedek announced his 16-member pre-selection that will need to get the job done in Trieste, which saw the return of Márton Szivós in the national team at the cost of Miklós Gór-Nagy. Szivós has been outstanding for Eger this season but saw himself dropped by Benedek earlier this year in favour of younger players like Krisztián Manhercz. However, this time both Manhercz and Szivós are part of the team and Benedek decided to sacrifice seasoned defender Gór-Nagy. A surprising decision but Benedek stressed that Szivós is a multi-talented player who is able to play as defender as well and believes the added attacking power will benefit his side.

Goalkeepers:
Viktor Nagy (Szolnok), Dávid Bisztritsányi (OSC), Márton Lévai (Debrecen)

Field players:
Gábor Kis, Márton Vámos, Dénes Varga, Dániel Varga (Szolnok)
Balázs Hárai, Krisztián Bedő, Gergő Zalánki, Balázs Erdélyi, Norbert Hosnyánszky, Márton Szivós (Eger)
Bence Bátori, Ádám Decker (OSC), Krisztián Manhercz (Szeged)

From this team Benedek will select his final 13 to take to Trieste next month. Expected drop-outs are Lévai, Bedő, and Zalánki.

Check out below for an overview of the games played in the championship group, current standings, and top goal scorers.

Round 5

Home

Visitors

Final Score

Szeged

FTC

7-8

Vasas

Szolnok

3-19

BVSC

OSC

11-16

Honvéd

Eger

11-11


Round 6

Home

Visitors

Final Score

Szeged

Vasas

16-4

Eger

OSC

11-7

FTC

Szolnok

5-13

Honvéd

BVSC

7-10


Standings

Team

Win

Draw

Loss

Points

Goal difference

Szolnok

6

6

0

60

+51

Eger

5

1

0

52

+31

OSC

3

0

3

45

+11

FTC

3

0

3

42

-19

Szeged

3

0

3

33

+16

Honvéd

0

1

5

32

-22

BVSC

2

1

3

30

-9

Vasas

0

1

5

24

-59


Top goal scorers

Name Player

Club

Games Played

Goals/Shots

Shot percentage

Dénes Varga

Szolnok

17

48/96

50%

Bence Bátori

OSC

20

48/100

48%

Márton Szivós

Eger

20

44/83

53%

Krisztián Manhercz

Szeged

19

44/95

46%

Ivan Basara

PVSK

16

43/109

39%


For the progress and standings of the group playing for place 9 to 14, take a look at www.waterpolo.hu.

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