Team Azur Entente ASM-ONN are the new HaBaWaBa U9 champions! The Monaco squad (reinforced by some players of Olympic Nice) has won the U9 final against Greek Patras Dias in a crowded Piscina Olimpica, in Villaggio Ge.Tur of Lignano Sabbiadoro. Their match was simply amazing: in the final minutes, Patras Dias has a fantastic comeback, scoring the 9-9 tie at 24 seconds left on the display. Then Team Azur Entente has taken the gold medal at the shootouts: after such as 16 penalties, Monegasque goalkeeper save the decisive shot, starting the celebrations of the winners. Therefore the final score is 14-13.
However we have also to celebrate the fair play of Patras Dias, team who participating in HaBaWaBa International Festival for their first time: at the end of the match, all the Greek players, coach and staff jump into the pool along with the winners. That’s the real HaBaWaBa spirit!
Therefore the Team Azur Entente are the champions, while Patras Dias take the silver medal. Both the semifinalists, Italian Savona U9 and Hungarian KSI Blue Dolphins, reach the 3rd place.
"“It was a pity to loose, but a great honor to be there! - the words of Takis Kalokerinos, secretary of Patras - Congratulations to the team Azure Entente ASM-ONN. We are very happy to meet such a great opponents. We are sure that will meet again in the future, to play together and have similar fun and excitement. Then let the best team to win, as defines the spirit of athletism. Thank you new friends, and thank you HaBaWaBa and organizers, for the fantastic journey which made all of us so rich. Next stop HaBaWaBa 2018!".