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The Regional Water Polo League (abbr. RWP), commonly known as the Regional League, is a regional water polo league. Originally, the league featured clubs from Croatia, Montenegro, and Slovenia. In later years, the league also consisted of clubs from Italy and Serbia.

Regional Water Polo League
RWP logo 2019.png
Official logo
SportWater polo
Founded2008; 11 years ago (2008)
No. of teams22
(10 clubs in A1, 12 clubs in A2)
CountryCroatia
Montenegro
Serbia
Slovenia
ContinentLEN (Europe)
Most recent
champion(s)
Mladost (1st title)
(2018–19)
Most titlesJug (4 titles)
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toAdriatic Water Polo League A2
Domestic cup(s)No
Official websiterwp-league.com

As of the 2018–19 season, ten clubs participate in Regional Water Polo League A1 and twelve clubs participate in Regional Water Polo League A2.

Contents

HistoryEdit

The league was established in 2008 as Adriatic Water Polo League and the 2008–09 season consisted of clubs from Croatia, Montenegro and Slovenia. Members of the inaugural season were Jug, Mladost, Primorje, POŠK, Jadran Split, Medveščak Zagreb, Šibenik, Mornar, Jadran, Primorac, Budva, and Koper. The first champions were Jug.

In the 2009–10 season, Cattaro joined the league and the Final Four was introduced into the league. In the 2011–12 season, the Italian water polo club Pro Recco request to join the Adriatic League was granted and immediately in their first season they became champions, but left the league after the season. The Serbian clubs (Partizan, Crvena Zvezda, Radnički and Vojvodina) joined the league in the 2014–15 season.[1]

Starting from the 2015–16 season, Regional League A2 (second tier) was introduced.[2]

In February 2019, three team members of Serbian club Crvena zvezda were attacked in Split by Croatian ultra-nationalists, before regional league game against Mornar.[3] The incident was condemned by Croatian and Serbian public, and by many organizations and officials as well.[4] Following the incident, the Water Polo Federation of Serbia and Serbian clubs in competition sought to not play any further games in Split, and competition's Board of Directors made a decision to postpone any further games in Split in which Serbian clubs are included.[5]

Current clubsEdit

Clubs that participate in the 2018–19 season:

Regional Water Polo League A1
Club City Last season
ranking
  Jug CO Dubrovnik 1st
  HAVK Mladost Zagreb 2nd
  Jadran Carine Herceg Novi SF
  Jadran Split Split SF
  Mornar Brodospas Split 5th
  Partizan Belgrade 6th
  OVK POŠK Split 7th
  Primorac Kotor 8th
  BVK Crvena zvezda Belgrade DNP
  VK Šabac Šabac DNP
Regional Water Polo League A2
Club City
  Primorje Erste Banka Rijeka
  Budva Budva
  AV Cattaro Kotor
  VK Medveščak Zagreb
  Solaris Šibenik
  VK Vojvodina Novi Sad
  Zadar 1952 Zadar
  Nais Niš
  Valjevo Gorenje Valjevo
  VD Koper Primorska Koper
  Galeb MR Makarska
  Radnički Kragujevac

All-time participantsEdit

The following is a list of clubs who have played in the Regional Water Polo League at any time since its formation in 2008 to the current season. A total of 21 clubs from five countries have played in the Regional League (A1).

2D Played in A2 Division
1st Champions
2nd Runners-up
3rd Third place
SF Semi-finalists
R Regular season champions
Club 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Total
seasons
Highest
finish
  Branik Maribor 12th 15th 2 12th
  Budva 5th 5th 5th 7th 4th 6th 11th 7th 9th 9 4th
  Cattaro 6th 12th 2 6th
  Crvena Zvezda 8th 10th 7th 3 7th
  Jadran Split 9th 10th 10th 12th 7th 9th 12th 8th SF SF 10 SF
  Jadran Herceg Novi 2nd 1st 1st 5th 8th SF 5th 4th 2nd SF SF 11 1st
  Jug 1st 2ndR 2nd 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 1stR 1stR 1stR 2nd 11 1st
  Koper 10th 13th 8th 11th 4 8th
  Medveščak 11th 11th 9th 9th 10th 10th 14th 7 9th
  Mladost 4th 4th 4th 4th 3rd 3rd SF SF SF 2nd 1stR 11 1st
  Mornar 8th 8th 7th 6th 5th 5th 7th 6th 6th 5th 6th 11 5th
  Partizan 6th 5th SF 6th 9th 5 SF
  POŠK 12th 12th 13th 8th 6th 8th 10th 9th 7th 10th 10 6th
  Primorac 3rd 3rd 6th 10th 9th 7th 13th 8th 8th 9 3rd
  Primorje 7th 7th 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 1stR 2nd 5th 10th 10 1st
  Pro Recco 1st 1 1st
  Radnički SF 7th 2 SF
  Šabac 5th 1 5th
  Šibenik 6th 9th 11th 13th 12th 11th 6 6th
  Triglav Kranj 11th 1 11th
  Vojvodina 9th 8th 9th 3 8th

FinalsEdit

Season Champions Runners-up Result 1st of Regular Season
2008–09
  Jug   Jadran
1
2009–10
  Jadran   Jug
11–8
  Jug
2010–11
  Jadran   Jug
9–7
  Jadran
2011–12
  Pro Recco   Primorje
15–4
  Pro Recco
2012–13
  Primorje   Jug
9–8
  Primorje
2013–14
  Primorje   Jug
8–7
  Primorje
2014–15
  Primorje   Jug
15–9
  Primorje
2015–16
  Jug   Primorje
9–5
  Jug
2016–17
  Jug   Jadran
15–3
  Jug
2017–18
  Jug   Mladost
15–8
  Jug
2018–19
  Mladost   Jug
13–12
  Mladost

1 In the 2008–09 season, Adriatic League was played in a round-robin tournament format.

Records and statisticsEdit

Performance by clubsEdit

Club Winners Runners-up Years won Years runners-up
  Jug 4 6 2008–09, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2018–19
  Primorje 3 2 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15 2011–12, 2015–16
  Jadran 2 2 2009–10, 2010–11 2008–09, 2016–17
  Mladost 1 1 2018–19 2017–18
  Pro Recco 1 0 2011–12

By countryEdit

Club / Nation Won Runners-up
  Croatia
8
9
  Montenegro
2
2
  Italy
1
0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Predstavljena nova regionalna vaterpolo liga". dnevnik.hr (in Croatian). 5 September 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Regionalna liga od 25.septembra". waterpoloserbia.org (in Serbian). 26 August 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Serbian water polo team attacked in Croatia". washingtonpost.com. Associated Press. 9 February 2019. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Srbi sazvali izvanrednu konferenciju zbog napada u Splitu, HVS i HOO najoštrije osudili izgred". dnevnik.hr (in Croatian). 9 February 2019. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  5. ^ "ODRŽANA SEDNICA UO REGIONALNE LIGE: Mornar ne snosi odgovornost za napad, utakmice sa splitskim klubovima se odlažu do daljnjeg". novosti.rs (in Serbian). Tanjug. 18 February 2019. Retrieved 24 February 2019.

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