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News Flash 02

Beste Voorzittter, Secretaris, speler, speelster, waterpolo sympathisant

 

Bij deze de tweede news flash vanuit de nationale sportcommissie waterpolo. Deze keer hebben we het over de nieuwe samenstelling van de sportcommissie, de resultaten van de nationale ploegen op de EU Nations cup, U11 en U13 toernooien en twee aankomende vergaderingen voor clubs.

  1. Nieuwe samenstelling sportcommissie

Eind september is er een nieuw Vlaams sportcomité samengesteld en dit heeft ook gevolgen voor de samenstelling van de nationale sportcommissie Waterpolo. Wim Van Hecke is vervangen door Tomas Cassiman. De sportcommissie wenst Wim te bedanken voor zijn jarenlange inzet en wenst Tomas van harte welkom. Daarnaast werd Gilles Oosterlynck aangeduid als nieuwe voorzitter. Huidige samenstelling van de Sportcommissie is Denis Leemans (ENL), Anthony Thues (RDM), Tomas Cassiman (KZNA), Gilles Oosterlynck (KGZV), Pierre Ledent (secretaris), Joeri Van Steenberghe (Nationaal coördinator Waterpolo) en Wim Symoens (medewerker waterpolo Zwemfed).

  1. Resultaat EU Nations Cup

Zowel de Black Waves als de Red Sharks hebben afgelopen weken deelgenomen aan de EU Nations cup. De damesploeg haalde een knappe vierde plek. Ondanks twee nipte nederlagen tegen Duitsland (11de op het afgelopen EK) kunnen de dames terugkijken op een geslaagd toernooi. Ondertussen zijn ze alweer bezig met de laatste hand te leggen op hun voorbereiding voor het EKT. Op het EKT (17-20/02) kijken onze dames Griekenland, Servië, Zwitserland en Turkije in de ogen.

Bij de heren was er een gemengd beeld: in de groepsfase werd er twee keer nipt verloren van Slovakije en Zwitserland, waardoor meespelen voor de medailles er nooit inzat. Ze herpakten zich wel en boekte ruime overwinningen tegen Wales en Engeland. Ook zij zitten in de laatste rechte lijn naar het EKT. Daar nemen ze het op tegen Duitsland, Frankrijk, Zwitserland en Slovenië.

  1. U11 & U13 toernooien

Zoals Pierre ondertussen al gecommuniceerd heeft naar de clubs, heeft de sportcommissie besloten om de U11 en U13 toernooien op te schorten tot begin januari. Dit gezien de epidemiologische situatie in ons land, en het feit dat dit de categorieën zijn waar het virus toch meest rondgaat momenteel, is dit een logische beslissing. Alle andere divisies blijven wel gewoon doorgaan, daar verandert er niks. Ook trainingen van de U11 en U13 mogen zeker en vast blijven doorgaan.

  1. Vergaderingen voor clubs

Voor de clubs staan er twee vergaderingen gepland:

-Op maandag 20 december wordt er een Facebook live bekerloting gehouden voor de Beker ‘SCWP/CSWP’

Op maandag 24 januari wordt er een tweede vergadering gehouden. Op de agenda staat het KBZB budget WP 2022, de bekerloting voor de 3 Bekercompetities, toelichting over de Nationale ploegen, uitleg mbt een naamsponsor voor de competitie en de invoering van jaarlijkse waterpoloprijzen.

Voor beide vergaderingen zullen de clubs tijdig een mail van Pierre ontvangen met meer uitleg.

 

Aankomende evenementen:

-20 december vergadering clubs voor bekerloting eerste ronde Beker SCWP

-24 januari: vergadering voor alle clubs

-17-20 februari: EKT voor de Black Waves & Red Sharks

 

In naam van de nationale Sportcommissie waterpolo

Gilles Oosterlynck

Voorzitter

Super League round 6

The 6th round in Belgium was played during 2 weekends. During the weekend of October the 30th Mouscron and Eeklo won their games.

Eeklo was better than Ostend who put in a fair fight. It was only in the last quarter MZV was able to make the decisive gap with a 0-3 and a 5-11 final score. Tuur Damman’s shooting was on point as he netted 4 goals this game. (5-11 final score)

The game between Mouscron and Tielt was less of a fight. RDM pushed through from the start and began with a 7-1 score in the first quarter. TZK tried to fight back in the second quarter with 3 goals, but defensively they had big problems to control the counter attacks from RDM. Mouscron cruised through to a 27-7 victory.

A week later on November the 6th 3 more games were played. An easy win for Mechelen at home versus Wase (34-6 final score) and another expected win for MZV. Although this time again, it wasn’t until the last quarter before MZV made sure the victory. Leuven Aquatics clearly making progress in their last games, given the score lines, but still waiting for their first points this season. Tuur Damman was in his rhythm again and together with Michael De Boever scored 4 goals for MZV.  (8-13 final score)

The top game of round 6 was played between La Louvière and Kortrijk with a last minute time out play to determine the winner.

Tanguy Godeau led his team with 5 goals vs KWK.

 

Tanguy Godeau led his team to a powerful 4-2 start in the first quarter with 2 goals. Of course, who else then KWK’s 2 top scorers Niels Van der Linden and Michiel D’hooghe were there to keep KWK in the game.

In the second quarter, the brothers Jan and Tom Nel quickly brought back KWK in the game with 2 goals to 4-4. From then on the game was a head to head race with both teams taking the lead back and forth until the last 2 seconds of the 3th quarter, where Samy Labreg took a minor lead for KWK. (9-10)

In the last quarter it looked like Kortrijk was the one getting away with the victory when they finally scored a 2 goal lead, but ENL showed great stamina and fought back until the very last minute where Louis Brasseur scored the equalizer for 12-12 at 1min 30 from the end. 30 seconds from the final whistle, KWK coach Liederik Cordonni took a time-out for a final play, and who else than Niels Van der Linder scored the 12-13 and put the final result on the scoreboard.

 

Saturday October 30th .

 

ROSC – MZV: 5-11 (2-3, 1-2, 2-3, 0-3)

Goal scorers: ROSC: Bram verschelde 1, Pepijn Wallijn 1, Tom Callebaut 1, Jeroen Michiels 2.

Goal scorers MZV: Tuur Damman 4, Wout Matthys 1, Jonas Trenson 2, Witze Nuyt 1, Jan-Luca De Neve 1, Nathan Delmeiren 2.

 

RDM – TZK (7-1, 9-3, 4-1, 7-2)

Goal scorers RDM: Alexander Grman 1, Nathan Quoirez 1, Rostyslav Naumchyk 8, Amir Dehdari 2, Hiliane Zaoui 9, Valentin Roussel 1, Mathias Zwart 5.

Goal scorers TZK: Brent Wyffels 2, Arne Verhelst 1, Sebastien De Ruyck 2, Jannes Langeraet 1, Herbert De Grande 1.

Saturday november 6th.

 

RSCM – WZK: 34-6 (6-1, 13-0, 10-3, 5-2)

Goal scorers RSCM: William Wittevrongel 5, Sven Publie 1, Simon Van der Jeugt 5, Lucas Gervais 2, Andres Dhooghe 2, Vladyslav Dulin 5, Nikola Pavlicevic 5, Eben Lemmens 4, Gerry Junior Verschuren 2, Sepp Verstraeten 2, Antoine Moinet 1.

Goal scorers WZK: Bob D’haeseleer 1, Stijn Jansseune 1, Matthias Onbekent 1, Elias de Greef 2, Simon De Greef 1.

 

Laqua – MZV: 8-13 (1-3, 4-5, 3-2, 0-3)

Goal scorers Laqua: Joris Leemen 2, Jos Van Gorp 1, Lukas Dekeyser 1, Nathan Dompas 2, Joren Delport 1, Hannes Van Kerckhoven 1.

Goal scorers MZV: Tuur Damman 4, Jonas Trenson 2, Jarne De Cock 2, Jente Dondeyne 1, Michael De Boever 4.

 

ENL – KWK: 12-13 (4-2, 2-4, 3-4, 3-3)

Goal Scorers ENL: Yannick Leemans 2, Numa Matthys 2, Tanguy Godeau 5, Logan Vitrant 1, Robin Leemans 1, Louis Brasseur 1.

Goal scorers KWK: Jan Nel 1, Tom Nel 1, Florin Lordan 2, Ward Geysen 1, Stan Caron 1, Niels Van der Linder 4, Michiel Dhooghe 1, Samy labreg 2.

Newsflash No. 1

Beste Voorzittter, Secretaris, speler, speelster, waterpolo sympathisant

Eerst en vooral hopen we dat het seizoen voor uw club goed van start is gegaan. We merken dat er bij velen onder jullie nog altijd onduidelijkheid is over wat wij nu juist doen, waar we mee bezig zijn en wat onze bevoegdheden zijn. Daarom lanceren wij vanuit de nationale sportcommissie waterpolo een nieuw concept, namelijk “Newsflash”. Deze zal regelmatig verstuurd worden en ook op WP Online te raadplegen zijn. In deze eerste Newsflash hebben we het over de nationale ploegen, de aanpassingen van de corona regels, de waterpolo Academy de situatie van BZK.

 

  1. Nationale dames ploeg

Onze nationale dames waren van 29/10 tot en met-01/11 op stage in Zeist. Uiteraard werd er doorgedreven getraind, maar de dames pikten ook een top affiche uit de ereklasse dames in Utrecht mee. Op maandag maakten ze zelfs kennis met de nieuwe Nederlandse bondscoach en enkele van zijn speelsters. De stage was de finale voorbereiding op de EU Nations cup. Deze gaat door van 12 tot 14 november in het Tsjechische Brno. Onze dames zijn ingedeeld in poule B, samen met Oostenrijk, Duitsland en Slovakije. De andere poule bestaat uit Wales, Zwitserland, Zuid-Afrika en Tsjechië. Na de EU Nations cup heeft de selectie nog 3 maanden om accenten te leggen met het oog op het Europees kwalificatie toernooi. In februari (17-20/02) kijken onze dames Griekenland (nummer 6 van het afgelopen EK!), Servië (nummer 12 van het afgelopen EK), Zwitserland en Turkije in de ogen. Een heel goeie test om te kijken hoever onze dames staan en welke stappen er nog gezet kunnen worden om in de toekomst een hoger niveau te halen!

 

  1. Nationale heren ploeg

Net zoals de dames hadden ook de heren een stage gepland, deze ging door in Rijeka, Kroatië. Bij aankomst werden ze ontvangen door de ere-consul voor België Ivan Kovacic en Samir Barac, kapitein van de Kroatische selectie die op de Olympische spelen van Londen goud behaalde. Naast stevige trainingen pikte de heren ook een wedstrijd mee, namelijk Triëste-Bresicia. Deze week kwam de bevestiging binnen dat ook onze heren zullen deelnemen aan de EU Nations cup. Zij zijn in een poule met Slovakije en Zwitserland geloot, direct twee stevige tegenstanders. Slovakije was 14de op het afgelopen EK, terwijl Zwitserland in de poule zit voor het kwalificatietoernooi. Ook hier dus direct een stevige test voor de heren met het oog op het Europees kwalificatietoernooi!

  1. Corona maatregelen

Zoals al eerder gecommuniceerd is het vanaf vrijdag 15 oktober verplicht om een Covid Safe Ticket ter beschikking te hebben bij het betreden van sportinfrastructuur (dus ook zwembaden) in Brussel. Vanaf 1 november geldt dit ook voor de zwembaden in Wallonië. In Vlaanderen is het vanaf 13 jaar verplicht om een mondmasker te dragen bij het betreden van een zwembad. We vragen alle clubs, spelers, scheidsrechters, officials en toeschouwers om ook hier de richtlijnen van de overheid en de plaatselijke zwembaduitbater ten alle tijden na te leven.

Meer informatie kan hier gevonden worden:

Vlaanderen : COVID-19 UPDATE: Nieuw basisprotocol! | Vlaamse zwemfederatie

Wallonië : Protocole pour l’organisation de matchs de water-polo (iclub.be)

 

  1. Situatie BZK

Op woensdag 3 november had de sportcommissie een vergadering met het bestuur van Brugse ZwemKring om hun huidige situatie te bespreken met betrekking tot de meerdere forfaits dit seizoen. BZK heeft tijdens deze bijeenkomst meegedeeld dat gezien hun huidige situatie zij zich zullen terugtrekken uit competitie voor het seizoen 2021-2022. Hierdoor komen de wedstrijden van BZK te vervallen en worden reeds toegekende punten verwijderd uit WP online. Het bestuur van BZK hoopt op korte termijn met een nieuwe ploeg in vierde afdeling te kunnen herbeginnen om nieuwe sportieve uitdagingen te kunnen aangaan en de lange waterpolotraditie binnen BZK (sinds 1910) te kunnen verderzetten. De nationale sportcommissie wenst BZK te bedanken voor hun jarenlange inzet en hoopt hen in de toekomst terug te kunnen verwelkomen.

 

  1. Waterpolo academy

Met het nieuwe waterpolo seizoen worden ook de waterpolo Academy’s terug georganiseerd. In Vlaanderen was dit concept al langer gekend, de eerste heeft reeds plaatsgevonden in het splinternieuwe zwembad van Aalst, Aquatopia. We zijn heel tevreden dat we in Wallonië het concept van een waterpolo Academy ook kunnen introduceren. De allereerste waterpolo Academy zal doorgaan in het zwembad van Charleroi op zondag 28 november.

Hiermee zit de eerste Newsflash er op.

Deze sportcommissie, gesteund door de regionale sportcomités, heeft als ambitie om stappen vooruit te zetten met het Belgische waterpolo in de komende jaren. We zullen hierover in de nabije toekomst uitgebreider communiceren over wat we willen bereiken en hoe we van plan zijn om dit te verwezenlijken.

Aankomende evenementen:

-EU Nations Dames, 12-14 november in Brno

-EU Nations Heren, 26-28 november in Brno

 

In naam van de nationale sportcommissie waterpolo,

Gilles Oosterlynck

Voorzitter

Belgium Super League 5th round

KWK Kortrijk – CNT Tournai

This game would determine the leader of the competition after 5 rounds. CNT was leading with the maximum of points, Kortrijk could become at the same height, although they played one game less. The game was also a battle between the top 3 in the goal scorers standing. It was Mael Leseney, the current top scorer of CNT who opened the score. The equalizer followed only 18 seconds later: a penalty scored by Michiel D’hooghe. With 49 seconds to play, Jan Nel netted the 2-1. Michiel D’hooghe scored his second on of the evening for 3-1. Hector Droulez made sure CNT was staying in the game. After the 3-2, KWK netted three more goals, resulting in a 6-2 standing halfway. Michiel D’hooghe scored his second penalty for a 7-2 standing. The second goal of Mael Leseney resulted in a comeback of CNT, with a 7-5 standing after three quarters. Things got exiting when Guillame Kubat scored the 7-6. After the 8-6 of Samy Labreg, both teams couldn’t net any goals, resulting in 8-6 final standing. Currently Michiel D’hooghe and Mael Leseny are tied at the top of goal scorer standing with 19 goals

Final Result: KWK Kortrijk 8-6 CNT Tournai

Goal scorers KWK: Michiel D’hooghe (3), Florian Iordan (2), Jan Nel (1), Tom Nel (1), Samy Labreg (1)

Goal scorers CNT: Mael Leseney (2), Guillaume Kubat (1), Jules Keunebrock (1), Mehdi Sidhoum (1), Hector Droulez (1).

 

WZK Wase – KAZSC Antwerpen

Another weekend, another hard game for WZK. The first 6 minutes they give the impression KAZSC could be matched, with a 2-3 standing. But Antwerpen managed three more goals in last two and a half minute, giving a 2-6 standing. WZK managed only 1 goal in the second quarter, KAZSC netted 8. Same playbook in the third quarter: 1 goal from WZK, 6 netted by Antwerpen. Last quarter was a 0-6 standing for Antwerp, resulting in a hard 4-25 result. Worth noticing is that 10 out of 13 players managed to score for KAZSC.

Final standing WZK Wase 4 – 25 KAZSC Antwerpen

Goal scorers WZK: Paul Ariza (2), Matthias Onbekent (1), Thomas D’Hooghe (1)

Goal Scorers KAZSC: Pieterjan D’Hooghe (5), Greg Heirman (4), Elko Van den Broucke (3), Luka Pannecoucke (3), Kevin Vervoort (2), Igor Maksymiuk (2), Bo Junior Tignol (1), Niels Bus (1), Nick Poelmans (1)

 

TZK Tielt-MZV Eeklo

Tielt is still looking for their first points of the season and was hoping to make it a close game with MZV Eeklo. But luck hasn’t been on their side so far. Pretty early in the game they lost a key player with a broken nose and soon after a second player with 3 major fouls.  Eeklo took advantage of that and was able to bring it home fairly easy. 8-14 was the final result.

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Leuven Aquatics – RSC Mechelen (0-5, 0-5, 0-5, 4-6)

Mechelen was hungry after their loss to Mouscron 2 weeks ago and their postponed game from last week against Tielt. The first 3 quarters Mechelen made no mistakes in defense and played a very well controlled game in offence. Resulting in a 0-15. The last quarter Leuven was finally able to break through a couple times, finishing the game with a score of 4-21.

Final standing Leuven Aquatics 4 – 21 RSC Mechelen

Goal scorers Leuven: Steffen Claes 1, Nathan Dompas 1, Maarten Dompas 1, Hannes Van Kerckhove 1.

Goal scorers Mechelen: William Wittevrongel 3, Sven Publie 3, Simon Van der Jeugt 3, Sepp Verstraeten 1, Lucas Gervais 1, Vladyslav Dulin 2, Nikola Pavlicevic 4, Eben Lemmens 1, Junior Verschuren 1, Sammy Claes 2.

 

ROSC Ostend – ENL La Louvière (2-2, 2-3, 1-3, 2-2)

The youngsters from Ostend played a good game against ENL and were almost able to surprise the team of Kevin Chavepeyer. Ostend was able to take the lead in the beginning of the first quarter, but La Louvière always found an answer to come back. The second quarter it was ENL with the initiative, but twice their lead wasn’t enough to break ROSC. The 3rd quarter however, the wolves from La Louvière were finally able to get the lead they were looking for thanks to Numa Matthys and Logan Vitrant. Ostend Didn’t give in and kept on battling until the very. It wasn’t enough unfortunately, but a good result for the debuting team.

Nicolas Goffin (here seen against RDM) scored 4 goals this weekend.

Final Score: ROSC Ostend 7-10 ENL La Louvière

Goal scorers Ostend: Bram Verschelde (2), Pepijn Walijn (2), Miel Vandaele (1), Pieter-Jan Wellecan (1), Tom Callebaut (1)

Goal Scorers La Louvière: Nicolas Goffin (4), Yannick Leemans (2), Numa Matthys (2), Tanguy Godeau (2)

 

Belgium Super League: Fourth round

Only three fixtures this weekend. Tournai keeps top of the league with the maximum of 12 points after a victory against ROSC Oostende. RDM Mouscron and ENL La louvière booked easy victories against MZV Eeko and WZK Wase.

 

ENL La Louvière – Wase WZK

Another though weekend for WZK. ENL scored after just 30 seconds and netted five more in the first quarter. Same one-way water polo in the second quarter, resulting in 10-0 halfway. WZK managed to score on goals in the third and fourth quarter, but ENL scored 9 more. Final standing: 19-2

La louvière – Wase 19-2 (6-0,4-0, 6-1,3-1)

Goal scorers La louvière : Numa Matthys (4), Hugo Bouche (3), Robin Leemans (3) Tanguy Godeau (2), Logan Vitrant (2), Yannick Leemans (2), Louis Brasseur (2), Sami Hassaini (1)

Goal scorers Wase: Paul Ariza (1), Simon De Greef (1)

 

RDM Mouscron – MZV Eeklo

In the first half of the first quarter, both teams had troubles finding the back of the net. The next two minutes, RDM managed to score 4 goals in a little over 2 minutes. MZV scored the 4-1 in the beginning of the second quarter, followed by 3 goals of RDM. The last minute and 15 seconds of the second quarter were exiting, with 4 goals, 2 on each side, resulting in a 9-3 score halfway. The third quarter started like the second one: with a goal from Jonas Trenson. RDM scored 5 more goals, 14-4 after three quarters. Same story at the beginning of the fourth quarter: first goal socred by Jonas Trenson. RDM netted 4 goals in the remaining time of the fourth quarter, MZV one. Final standing: 18-6.

Despite 3 goals from Jonas Trenson (MZV), RDM took an easy win (18-6). Credits: rudy Dekeyser

Mouscron – Eeklo 18-6 (4-0, 5-3, 5-1, 4-2)

Goal scorers Mouscron: Alexander Grman (3), Nathan Quoirez (3), Maxime Desloovere (2), Amir Dhedari (2), Julien Donche (2), Valentin Roussel (2), Julien Reinquin (2),  Rostyslav Naumchyk (1), Hiliane Zaoui (1)

Goal scorers Eeklo: Jonas Trenson (3), Tuur Damman (2), Wout Mathys (1)

 

CNT Tournai – ROSC Oostende

Due to a malfunctioning game sheet, we don’t have many details. CNT booked his 4th victory with a 12-8 win, staying atop of the league. They played four home matches against the smaller teams. Next week we will know more about how far CNT can get this season with an away game against KWK Kortrijk, battling for the first place.

Belgium Super league: third round

Super League third round: Kortrijk stays leader, Mouscron beats Mechelen.

Both Kortrijk and Tournai won their third-round game, resulting in keeping the maximum of 9 points. Antwerpen had an easy night against Tielt with a 9-20 win and La Louvière was able to book their second win with an 8-14 victory against Leuven. The top game was Mouscron-Mechelen, where two title contestants were looking each other in the eyes. It ended in a 10-8 victory for the home team. Read all about it below!

ROSC Oostende – KWK Kortrijk

Kortrijk opened a 0-2 lead, but Oostende came back to 2-3. 18 seconds before the end of the first quarter, current top scorer Niels Van der Linden netted the 2-4. Two quick goals of Michiel D’hooghe, who also scored the 0-1 resulted in a 2-6 lead. The two top scorers of the Super League managed 15 goals each so far. Kortrijk managed 4 more goals in the second quarter, Oostende netted two, resulting in 4-10 halfway. Oostende didn’t manage to score in the second half of the game. Kortrijk scored another 6 goals in the third and the fourth quarter, leading to a 4-22 final standing. Michiel scored one more in the third quarter, Niels managed to score one in the third quarter and 2 more in the final quarter, keeping his top spot in top scorer standing with 18 goals.

Final score: 4-22 (2-4, 2-6, 0-6, 0-6)

Goal scorers Oostende:

Bram Verschelde (2), Pepijn Wallijn (1), Tom Callebaut (1)

Goal scorers Kortrijk:

Niels Van der Linden (4), Michiel D’hooghe (4),  Jan Nel (3), Samy Labreg (3), Robin Claeys (3), Ward Gheysen (2), Tom Nel (1), Louis Brodeur (1), Florian Iordan (1)

 

CNT Tournai – Wase WZK

We know Wase would have a very difficult season, with a lot of players who have left the team. If you play against Tournai who wants to take a third win in a row, there might be trouble ahead. Tournai won the first quarter with 5-0. The second and third quarter went to CNT with 3-0, resulting in 11-0 after three quarters. WZK didn’t manage to score, Tournai netted another four in the last quarter. Mael leseney (6) and Bastien Brismee (3) scored 9 of the 15 goals in total.

Final score: 15-0 (5-0, 3-0,3-0, 4-0)

Goal scorers Tournai:

Mael leseney (6), Bastien Brismee (3), Alexandre Kubat (1), Justin Kubat (1), Jules Keunebrock (1), Albert Minet (1), Hector Droulez (1), Sandor Hibrek (1)

 

Tielt TZK – KAZSC Antwerpen

KAZSC was looking to snatch up a win after the draw against Mouscron in the previous round. However, it was Mike Gadeyne for TZK who opened the score. KAZSC scored three times, but Mike was having a good night, always keeping TZK within the one goal marge, scoring the 2-3 and 3-4. Pieterjan D’hooghe scored the 3-5 with only 30 seconds left. In the second quarter Antwerpen quickly extended their lead with 3 goals. The 4-8 was scored by who else than Mike. If there was any doubt left of who would win the game, KAZSC took it away in the third quarter with a 2-7 standing. In the fourth quarter Jay Van Hoey scored three more goals, resulting in 6 goals, the same as Mike Gadeyne. Also notable is the performance of two youngsters: Pieterjan D’hooghe (3) and Luka Pannecoucke (4) managed to score quiet some goals, in still their first season for KAZSC.

 

Final Score: 9-20 (3-5, 1-3, 2-7, 2-5)

Goal scorers Tielt:

Mike Gadeyne (6), Brent Wyffels (2), Sebastien De Ruyck (1)

Goal scorers Antwerpen:

Jay Van Hoey (6), Luka Pannecoucke (4), Pieterjan D’hooghe (3), Bruno Martins Patiño (2), Nick Poelmans (2), Kevin Vervoort (2), Elko Van den Broucke (1)

 

RDM Mouscron – RSCM Mechelen

The top game of the 3rd round was between Mouscron and Mechelen. Both teams are contestants for the title and were looking to stay a top undefeated.

The game started rather disastrous for Mechelen, looking at a 3-goal lead for RDM after the first quarter. In the beginning of the 2nd quarter was Mechelen still unable to respond to the counter plays from Mouscron. At a certain moment, Mouscron had a 7-1 lead over Mechelen and the game looked like it was already over. By the end of the 2nd quarter Mechelen finally started to find their rhythm and were able to come back to 7-3. That come back was pushed through in the 3rd quarter as well, but every time Mechelen found the net for a 2 goal difference, Mouscron was able to score again to keep the 3 goal lead. In the last quarter it looked like Mechelen was gaining the upper hand and got the opportunities to go for the equalizer, but mistakes on crucial moments in front of goal ensured the victory for RDM and a 10-8 final score.

Nathan Quoirez (RDM) scored 4 goals against Mechelen (©️@rudy Dekeyser)
Nathan Quoirez (RDM) scored 4 goals against Mechelen (©️rudy Dekeyser)

Final Score: 10-8 (3-0, 4-3, 3-4, 0-1)

Goal scorers Mouscron:

Nathan Quoirez 4, Rostyslav Naumchyk 2, Alexander Grman 2, Julien Donche 1, Hiliane Zaoui 1.

Goal scorers Mechelen:

Nikola Pavlicevic 2, Vladyslav Dulin 2, Sven Publie 1, Sammy Claes 1, Arne Mannaerts 1, Gerry Junior Verschuren 1.

 

Leuven Aquatics – ENL La Louvière

After 2 losses, Leuven was still looking for their first points this season. It looked for a while that they would keep the three points at home on Saturday. After 2 quarters it was still a close game against La Louvière, which is the stronger team on paper, with a 5-5 standing. In the 3rd quarter ENL was able to break through for the first time and take the lead, 6-8. In the last quarter Leuven still didn’t give in and halfway through, Lukas dekeyser was able to close the gap again with his 3rd goal of the evening. 8-9. Unfortunately for Leuven, after that Numa Matthys and Tanguy Godeau had enough of it and stepped on the gas pedal, scoring 3 and 2 goals respectively to finish the game with an 8-14 score.

Final Score: 8-14 (2-1, 3-4, 1-3, 2-6)

Goal scorers Leuven:

Lukas Dekeyser 3, Joris Leemen 2, Ben Vandoren 2, Steffen Claes 1.

Goal scorers La Louvière:

Numa Matthys 6, Tanguy Godeau 3, Logan Vitrant 2, Julien Vreux 1, Alexandre Bouche 1, Yannick leemans 1.

Belgium Super league: second round

Antwerp and Mouscron share points. Kortrijk takes the lead.

 

The second round had some promising fixture, with Antwerpen facing Mouscron and Mechelen playing their first game of the new season against Eeklo. Kortrijk would be looking to keep the maximum of points facing Wase while La louvière played their first home game against Tielt. Read all about the second round below:

 

KWK Kortrijk – Wase WZK

Kortrijk played their first home game of the new season against Wase. It was a slow start of the game, with Jan Nel scoring the first goal halfway the first quarter, quickly equalized by Bob D’eer. After that, KWK shifted not one, but two gears higher and never looked back. In the last three minutes of the first quarter, KWK managed to score four more goals, resulting in a 5-1 lead. After that, Michiel D’hooghe and Niels Van der Linden were battling out who would be at the top of the goal scorer table. Both players managed 6 goals in the first game against Leuven. Michiel scored another 6 goals against Wase, Niels netted 8, resulting in being the current leader with a total of 14 goals.

Final result: 22-5 (5-1, 6-1, 5-3, 6-0)

Goal scorers Kortrijk: Niels Van der Linden (8), Michiel D’Hooghe (6), Jan Nel (2), Robin Claeys (2), Louis Brodeur (1), Florian Iordan (1), Ward Gheysen (1), Younos Chedad (1)

Goal scorers Wase: Bob D’Haeseleer (1), Stijn Jansseune (1), Paul Ariza (1), Thomas D’Hooghe (1), Bob D’Eer (1)

 

ENL La Louvière – TZK Tielt

After the loss against Mouscron, ENL was looking for a first victory this season. Logan Vitrant and Numa Matthys scored quickly, resulting in a 2-0 lead after two minutes. After that, there was not much action, Numa scored the 3-0 and Tielt scored their first goal with only 5 seconds to spare. Both teams scored quickly in the beginning of the second quarter. The last minute before half time was the big Tanguy Godeau show, scoring 3 goals in just over a minute. ENL and TZK were both able to net two goals in the third quarter, resulting in a 9-4 stand after three times. A lot of faults were committed in the fourth quarter. Julien Vreux found the net twice, resulting in the 11-4 final standing.

Final Result: 11-4 (3-1, 4-1, 2-2, 2-0)

Goal scorers La louvière: Tanguy Godeau (4), Numa Matthys (3), Logan Vitrant (2), Julien Vreux (2)

Goal scorers Tielt: Brent Wyffels (1), Mick Gadeyne (1), Herbert De Grande (1), Stan Callewaert (1)

 

RSC Mechelen – MZV Eeklo

Mechelen started their season 1 week later because of the uneven teams in the Belgian Super league. 1 team is by every competition round.

Mechelen had not too much troubles with MZV, cruising to a deserved victory. The team from Eeklo tried to hold on and made it a game worth following during the first 2 quarters. But they never got any closer than a 3 goal difference (8-5). In the second half Mechelen continued to widen the gap and eventually won relatively easy. (23-10)

Final result: 23-10 (5-2, 5-3, 7-3, 6-2)

Goals RSCM: Sven Publie 5, William Wittevrongel 3, Sammy Claes 3, Vladyslav Dulin 3, Arne Mannaerts 3, Junior Verschuren 2, Andres D’Hooghe 2, Simon Van der jeugt 1, Sepp Verstraeten 1.

Goals MZV: Tuur Damman 3, Jonas Trenson 3, Nathan Delmeire 2, Warre Basslé 1, Jente Dondeyne 1.

 

Antwerp – Mouscron

The game of the weekend was between AZSC and RDM. Both teams had serious ambitions at the beginning of the season, and this was the first real test for both teams. In a full Wezenberg stadium both teams struggled to score goals. Antwerp controlled the game for 3 quarters and had a lead of 3 goals (5-2) halfway the 3rd. Mostly thanks to man of the match and goalie, Dries Stoot, who was able to block 2 penalties. The drama unfolded in the last quarter, where Mouscron got back in the game and Alexander Grman scored the 5-6 at 23 seconds from the end. AZSC had to play all or nothing at this point and went in with the goalie as an extra man. Elko Van den Broucke was the free man, but his first shot was blocked by the goalkeeper. Now with only 9 seconds left on the clock and still with a 7 on 6 situation, the corner ball was played again to Elko, and this time the home crowd exploded as he scored the 6-6.

Final result: 6-6 ( 1-1, 2-1, 2-1, 1-3)

Goal scorers AZSC: Jay Van Hoey 3, Bruno Martins, 2, Elko Van den Broucke 1.

Goal scorers RDM: Rostyslav Naumchyk 2, Alexander Grman 1, Nathan Quoirez 1, Julien Donche 1, Amir Dedhari 1.

“Jay Van Hoey” from AZSC scored 3 goals vs RDM last weekend. – © Foto’s Alain

 

Tournai – Leuven

Due to technical difficulties we’re not able to consult the digital score sheet.

Final result: 13-4

Preview Super league and first round results

When the Covid pandemic hit Europe in 2020, all competitions were postponed or cancelled. In Belgium, like in a lot of countries, the federation decided eventually to cancel the competition completely and not to appoint any winner. Antwerp (AZSC) was steamrolling through the competition in the 2019-2020 season, and it looked like there was no opponent that year who would be able to match their level. Unfortunately for them, they couldn’t finish their great season.

2020-2021 started with a lot of doubt and uncertainty. The Belgian federation and clubs tried to start with the new season, but in the end, it was once again cancelled due to the Covid pandemic, and the strict measures imposed by the Belgian government.

Finally, 2021-2022 promises a lot of action again in Belgium and for now it looks like everything will proceed as normal. Most clubs were able to keep their team roster and are preparing to start again with competition on the last weekend of September or early october. Nevertheless, a lot of transfers happened in the last couple of months. Below we give a small summary of the incoming and outgoing transfers in the Belgian first division.

Antwerp (AZSC)

As mentioned before, Antwerp had a very good season in 2019-2020, but unfortunately couldn’t finish their it with a price. Since then, there have been a lot of changes on the team. The biggest loss for Antwerp was without a doubt their center forward, Toni Opacak. After the 2019 season, Toni left the club for the Croatian club VK Osijek. Another great miss will be one of their key players, Greg Heirman who retired.

For the upcoming season AZSC invested in a lot of young talent, Pieter-Jan Dhooghe (WZK) joined the team together with Luka Pannecoecke (ROSC), both Belgian youth internationals of the U19’s squad. Head coach Jorn Dams stepped down and was replaced with a new Spanish coach, Luis Ramón Lalinde Sanches.

Incoming transfers:

Kristof Van Eynde ( From WZK wase)

Pieter-jan Dhooghe (From WZK Wase)

Luka Pannecoucke (From ROSC Ostend)

Axel Andreev (From SCC Strombeek)

Bruno Martins Patiño (Free player – No former club)

Sander Hermans (From KHZS Hasselt)

 

Outgoing transfers:

Greg Heirman (Retired)

Toni Opacak (To VK Osijek – Croatia)

Tournai (CNT)

Club Natation de Tournai who have been regular contestants for the title and/or Belgian cup in the last couple of years will probably know a more difficult season in 2021. The club near the French border are investing into new and upcoming youth players.

3 key players left the club or retired. Kevin Sterling returned to France, after only a single game played in the 2020 season due to Covid. The strong center forward went back to his former club of CN Noisy le sec. Furthermore, Gregory Moronval and Nicolas Golejewski retired. Tournai was able to convince 2 young talents (only 17 years old) to join them. Hector Droulez joined the club again after playing in France for ENT Tourcoing’s youth selections and Maël Leseney who comes from Douai.

Incoming transfers:

Hector Droulez (From ENT Tourcoing – FRA)

Maël Leseney (From Douai – FRA)

Sandor Hirbek (Back from retirement)

 

Outgoing transfers:

Kevin Sterling (To Noisy le Sec – FRA)

Gregory Moronval (Retired)

Nicolas Golejewski (Retired)

 

Eeklo (MZV)

No big changes in Eeklo for next season. Simon De Lange decided to retire and former Belgian international Michael De Boever came back out of retirement to join the squad again as a player/coach.

 

Kortrijk (KWK)

The last couple of years Kortrijk has been a steady team in the top 5 of the Belgian competition with very few transfers. The 2021 season is no difference with no new players joining or leaving the club.

La Louviere (ENL)

ENL started the 2020 season with a new head Coach Kristjan Sundic, but never got the chance to see what the Croatian coach could bring to the team. Kristjan Sundic now took on a new challenge as assistant coach for the Belgian national team. He got replaced by Kevin Chavepeyer, former player of La Louviere who retired after the last (Covid) season.

No other Transfers noted for ENL.

Incoming Transfers: None

Outgoing transfers: None

 

Leuven Aquatics (LAQUA)

Neither for Leuven there were any changes to the team roster, besides head coach Stephane Degand who decided to quit. At the moment, no news was published regarding a new head coach.

Incoming transfers: None

Outgoing transfers: None

 

Mechelen (RSCM)

Mechelen has been busy on the transfer market in Belgium as well. Last year they already had a couple of new younger players added to their team roster, but also experience with a talented Croatian and former player of Jug Dubrovnic, Nikola Pavlicevic.  Now they can add 3 more experienced players. Vladyslav Dulin (23) coming back to his former club after playing 3 years in Stade de Reims (FR), Simon Van der Jeugt (24) who played for 2 years with Polar Bears Ede and Sammy Claes the 34 old captain of the national team who also played in the Dutch league last season with PSV.

Incoming transfers:

Vladyslav Dulin (From Reims – FR)

Simon Van der Jeugt (From Ede – NL)

Sammy Claes (From PSV – NL)

 

Outgoing transfers: None

 

Moeskroen (RDM)

RDM is the last official Belgian champion (2018-2019), which was their 10th title in the club’s history. In the last 10 years Moeskroen won the competition 6 times, so we can expect a lot of them again for the coming season.

Last season RDM had some great arrivals but weren’t able to keep them after 1 year without competition. Since then, Matthieu Almuzara decided to retire and Christos Papapostolou left the club again for a different adventure.

However, Mouscron was able to make all the necessary arrangements and complete the process for Iranian refugee Amir Dehdari to be eligible to play. A 28-year-old lefthander who played for the Iranian national team.

Furthermore, RDM convinced some younger players to join the squad. 21-year-old Rodrigo Silva, Guillaume Wartelle-Hugues, a 22-year-old goalkeeper and 20-year-old Nathan Quoirez.

 

Incoming transfers:

Amir Dehdari (Former club unknown – IRA)

Rodrigo Silva (From EN Tourcoing – FR)

Guillaume Wartelle-Hugues (From SN Harnes – FR)

Nathan Quoirez (From EN Tourcoing – FR)

Also joined since last season:

Hilliane Zaoui (From Douai – FR)

Tom Lepoint (From CN Tournai – BEL)

Outgoing transfers:

Matthieu Almuzara (Retired)

Christos Papapostolou (Back to Greece?)

 

Ostend Bears (ROSC)

The 2020 season was supposed to be their reappearance in the first division after 13 years, unfortunately Ostend never really had the chance of proving themselves. For the 2021 season ROSC lost one of their young talents, Luka Panncoucke (18), to AZSC Antwerp. Luka will try to earn his place with the 2018 Belgian champion. As the newest member of the Superleague Ostend will probably have a tough season with one of the youngest squads of the competition.

Incoming transfers: None

Outgoing transfers: Luka Pannecoucke (To AZSC Antwerp)

 

Tielt (TZK)

TZK had been a steady newcomer in the Super league the last couple of years. Working slowly but surely towards a better position in the competition, but still battling every year to stay in the highest league. Luckily, one of their experienced players, Mick Gadeyne came back from retirement to help the team and especially the youngsters towards their goals this season.

Incoming transfers:

Mick Gadeyne (Back from retirement)

Outgoing transfers: None

Wase (WZK)

The team of Sint-Niklaas will know a difficult season since the departure of 3 key players and none of them have been replaced so far. Pieter-Jan D’hooghe and Kristof Van Eynde joined Antwerp,  Dries Baudonck and Robin Ryckaert went back to their home team in Ghent.

Incoming transfers: None

Outgoing transfers:

Pieter-Jan D’hooghe (To AZSC Antwerp)

Kristof Van Eynde (To AZSC Antwerp)

Dries Baudonck (To KGZV Ghent)

Robin Ryckaert (To KGZV Ghent)

 

Antwerp – Eeklo

A difficult first task for MZV on their first gameday in the Olympic swimming pool Wezenberg. Antwerp with the home advantage and supporters in the stands again, had an explosive start. Captain Niels Bus scoring the 3-0, lead the team to a 5-1 score after the first quarter. Jonas Trenson was able to take the 0 of the board for MZV. The second quarter was nearly a copy of the first, Antwerp kept widening the gap from 5-1 to 8-2. Niels Bus and youngster Pieter-Jan D’hooghe scoring their 2nd of the day. This quarter it was Tuur Damman who was able to find the net again for MZV.

The 3rd quarter looked promising for a moment for MZV. Tuur Damman scored his 2nd of the day for 8-3 and although Jay Van Hoey scored his 2nd for AZSC as wel, it was Michiel Heynssens who brought MZV a little closer again with 9-4. Remarkable, because Michiel usually is the goalie for MZV. But Antwerp never gave the momentum back to MZV and continued to control the game towards the end of the 3rd quarter, finishing 12-4. The last quarter was just more of the same. Worth to mention, also 19yo Luka Pannecoucke, who made his debut in the Super league, also made his first goals for Antwerp.

5-1, 3-1, 4-2, 5-3

Goal scorers Antwerp:

Jay van Hoey 3, Pieter-Jan D’hooghe 3, Luka Pannacoucke 2, Bo Tignol 2, Niels Bus 2, Igor Maksymiuk 1, Kevin Vervoort 1, Kristof Van Eynde 1, Nick Poelmans 1, Bruno Martins 1.

Goal scorers Eeklo:

Jonas Trenson 4, Tuur Damman 2, Michiel Heynssens 1.

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Leuven Aquatics – Kortrijk

No surprise either in the game between Leuven and Kortrijk. KWK took the lead in the first quarter and never got into trouble during the rest of the game. Both Niels van der Linden and Michiel D-hooghe were in good shooting form and got 6 goals each.

3-7, 1-6, 4-5, 4-4

Goal scorers Leuven:

Joris Leemen 3, Nathan Dompas 2, Ben Van Doorn 4, Jef De Cat 1, Joram Luts 1, Lukas de Keyser 1, Maarten Dompas 1.

Goal Scorers Kortrijk:

Niels van der Linder 6, Michiel D’Hooghe 6, Ward Geysen 4, Thomas Delorge 1, Jan Nel 2, Florin Jordan 1, Samy labreg 1, Stan Caron 1.

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Wase WZK – Oostende ROSC

Despite quite some players leaving the team, WZK put in a more than decent effort, trailing ROSC with only one goal after the first quarter (2-3). The second quarter Oostende shifted a gear or two higher, 3-8 at half time. The second half of the game the difference between both teams was much smaller, resulting in 2-3 in the third quarter and 2-2 in the final one. End standing was 7-13

2-3, 3-8, 2-3, 2-2

Goal scorers Wase:

Elias De Greef 2, Simon De Greef 1, Thomas D’Hooghe 1, Paul Ariza 1, Stijn Jansseune 1, Bob D’Haeseleer 1

Goal scorers Oostende :

Jeroen Michiels 3, Tom Callebaut 2, Pieter-Jan Wellecan 2, Bram Verschelde 1, Alec Van Sundert 1, Pepijn Wallijn 1, Matisse Vandermeulen 1, Tim Devlies 1, Lars Goormachtigh 1

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Tournai CNT – Tielt TZK

Tielt scored the first goal of the match, but after that Tournai took over and scored 4 goals, resulting in 4-1 after the first quarter. After that, Tielt did what they could, but Tournai always kept the upper hand, resulting in a 14-9 final score. Both Mael Leseney (CNT) and Brent Wyffels scored 4 goals.

4-1 2-1, 3-3, 5-4

Goal scorers Tournai:

Mael Leseney 4, Medhi Sidhoum 3, Justin Kubat 2, Sandor Hibrek 2, Florent Boulogne 1, Jules Keunebrock 1, Bastien Brismee 1

Goal scorers Tielt :

Brent Wyffels 4, Yarne Wyffels 2, Arne Verhelst 1, Herbert De Grande 1, Sergei Shmeliov 1

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Mouscron RDM – La Louvière ENL

Mouscron started furious, scoring 4 goals in the first quarter, where ENL wasn’t able to score. After three minutes in the second quarter, the game seemed already over, as Mouscron was leading with 7-0. Halfway the second half, ENL was able to score the first one, quickly followed by a second one. 8 seconds before half time Amir Dehdari scored the 8-2. In the third quarter both teams managed to score 2 goals. The last quarter was for Moucron again, with 4-2, resulting in the 14-6 final standing.

4-0 / 4-2 / 2-2 / 4-2

Goal scorers Mouscron

Nathan Quoirez 3, Rostyslav Naumchyk 3, Julien Donche 2, Hilaine Zaoui 2, Mathias Zwart 1, Alexander Grman 1, Amir Dehdari 1, Valentin Roussel 1

Goal scorers La Louvière :

Nicolas Goffin 3, Robin Leemans 1, Logan Vitrant 1, Alexander Bouche 1

 

 

 

 

Communicatie nationale sportcommissie over het vervolg van de competitie

De federale overheid heeft op vrijdag 27 maart de beslissing genomen om de genomen maatregelen tegen de verspreiding van het Coronavirus met minstens twee weken te verlengen, met de mogelijkheid om de maatregelen nadien nog eens twee weken extra te verlengen. Hierdoor ziet de nationale sportcommissie waterpolo zich genoodzaakt om het verdere verloop van het Belgisch Kampioenschap definitief te annuleren. Dit omdat de gezondheid van spelers, trainers, scheidsrechters, officials en supporters momenteel onze prioriteit nummer 1 is.

Concreet betekent dit dat er dit seizoen geen wedstrijden meer georganiseerd zullen worden. Hierdoor wordt er nergens een kampioen uitgeroepen en zullen er ook geen ploegen promoveren of degraderen. Voor alle seniorenploegen zal de samenstelling van de afdelingen voor het seizoen 2020-2021 identiek zijn aan die van het huidige seizoen. Indien er ploegen zijn die gedurende het seizoen gemerkt hebben dat het niveau van hun huidige divisie te hoog of te laag gegrepen is, kunnen ze een verzoek indienen bij de sportcommissie om te veranderen van divisie. Let wel op: er dient op volledig vrijwillige basis een overeenkomst gevonden te worden tussen de betrokken clubs. De sportcommissie zal geen enkele club verplichten om te degraderen of promoveren of een uitzondering toestaan op de competitieformule van 10 ploegen per divisie.

Wat de bekerfinales betreft, zal er gekeken worden om deze in te plannen voor de start van de nieuwe competitie, afhankelijk van hoe de richtlijnen met betrekking tot het organiseren van evenementen de komende maanden verspoeld worden.

Op vlak van deelname aan Europese bekers, zullen wij advies inwinnen bij de LEN. Afhankelijk van dat advies zal de sportcommissie in dialoog gaan met de clubs die interesse hebben om deel te nemen aan de Europese bekers.

Ten slotte raden wij aan om alle richtlijnen van de overheid te volgen. Hoe sneller we dit virus kunnen inperken, hoe sneller we kunnen terugkeren naar ons normaal (polo)leven.

Stay safe en vergeet zeker niet om voldoende te bewegen, het nieuwe seizoen zal er snel genoeg terug zijn!

Eindsprint naar de play-offs

De competities zijn aan de laatste speeldagen toe. We zitten in de laatste rechte lijn naar de play-offs. Welke ploegen zijn al zeker van hun plaats? Voor welke ploegen wordt het nog knokken? Een overzichtje.

In de Superliga is enkel Moeskroen al 100% zeker van een plaats in de play-offs. Met 33 op 33 staan ‘Les Dauphins’ nog steeds autoritair aan de leiding. Kortrijk en Antwerpen volgen op respectievelijk 9 en 12 punten. Kortrijk ontvangt nog La Louvière en Mechelen in de resterende 2 competitiewedstrijden. Antwerpen heeft nog 4 wedstrijden te spelen, allemaal in het eigen Wezenbergbad. Voor het 4de plaatsje in de play-offs komen er nog 3 ploegen in aanmerking. Mechelen en La Louvière delen de 4de plaats met elk 16 punten na 11 wedstrijden. Beide ploegen hebben quasi hetzelfde programma. Mechelen speelt nog in Antwerpen, in Brussel en in Kortrijk. La Louvière speelt thuis tegen Brussel, trekt nadien naar Kortrijk en naar Antwerpen. De 3de ploeg die in aanmerking komt, is promovendus Eeklo. MZV telt momenteel 13 punten uit 12 wedstrijden. Er rest MZV nog een verplaatsing naar Moeskroen en een thuiswedstrijd tegen Doornik.

In tweede nationale zijn de 4 ploegen voor de play-offs gekend. Gentse, Wase, Oostende en Tielt zullen binnenkort onderling om de titel strijden. Gentse staat momenteel nog aan de leiding. Voor de Stroppen staan er nog wedstrijden tegen Antwerpen B (thuis), Calypso (uit) en Wase (thuis) op het programma. Wase staat 2de met 1 punt minder dan GZV. Wase heeft nog 2 thuiswedstrijden, tegen Aalst en Waregem, en een verplaatsing naar Gent te goed. Oostende is na de zege tegen Gent genaderd tot op 2 punten van de leider. De West-Vlamingen hebben nog 2 verplaatsingen voor de boeg. Ze spelen nog in Tielt en in Leuven. Tielt tot slot speelt dus nog thuis tegen Oostende, maar ook in Antwerpen en thuis tegen Calypso. Het beloven dus nog spannende weken te worden. Ook onderaan het klassement is het spanning troef. Calypso, Mons en Aalst tellen respectievelijk 9, 8 en 6 punten. Er staan nog enkele onderlinge duels op het programma, dus dat worden belangrijke wedstrijden in de degradatiestrijd.

In derde nationale staat Hasselt A nog steeds afgetekend aan de leiding. Met 46 punten uit 16 wedstrijden gaan de Limburgers al zeker als leider de play-offs in. VZ Gent volgt op 10 punten, Merksem op 13 punten. Volgend weekend kijken Merksem en VZ Gent elkaar in de ogen. De 4de ploeg in de play-offs wordt Strombeek. De Brusselaars tellen momenteel 31 punten. Wat opvalt in het klassement is dat de kloof tussen plaats 6 en plaats 10 slechts 3 punten is. La Louvière B en Seraing tellen elk 13 punten, Eupen en Helios elk 12 en hekkensluiter Ixelles 10. Ook hier staan er nog enkele onderlinge duels gepland. Welke ploegen kunnen zich redden? Antwoord binnen enkele weken.

In vierde nationale loopt de competitie door tot begin mei. Brugge staat aan de leiding met 39 op 39. Mechelen B en Moeskroen B volgen op 10 en 11 punten. Ciney staat momenteel 4de met 20 punten, gevolgd door Oostende B (19), Hasselt B (18) en Ensival (17). Soignies bezet de 8ste plaats met 15 punten. Dendermonde is 9de met 14 punten, Genk 10de met 12 punten. Hekkensluiter Blankenberge telt 3 punten. De West-Vlamingen konden dit seizoen nog maar éénmaal winnen, thuis tegen Oostende B.