Cuban on All Star

A member of the women’s water polo team for over a decade, at the age of 32, Mayelin Bernal showed a few days ago that her pool career is far from over. With exceptional play, he led his Slovak club ŠK Olympia Košice to second place in the Hanseatic Cup, the first edition of which was held in the German city of Hamburg.

The team from the Antilles won three victories over the Portuguese Clube Fluvial Portuense (22-13; 6-4, 5-3, 6-5, 5-1), the Swedish Järfälla Vattenpolo (17-8; 5-2, 2). -2, 6-4, 4-0) and the German ETV Hamburg (20-13; 4-4, 6-2, 5-3, 5-4), and their only setback came also to the Teutonic SV Bayer Uerdingen. (8-11; 2-4, 3-1,1-4, 2-2), champion, winning in all his outings.

The Granma defense, which has accumulated several experience in European water polo and spent more than one season with its current team, was the team’s top scorer with 18 perforations (four, seven, two and five in the final match). This performance allowed her to become the only one from the Slovak team at the All-Star Game.

Mayelin by digital message rebellious youth that the event was an important opportunity for his team, which had played little this season. After a good preparation, they arrived at the competition, and perhaps the lack of warm-up and fatigue from the game a few hours before played a role in the only failure of ŠK Olympia Košice, he explained.

“I think it was a good result, everything was explained to me, and besides, the coach is very pleased. In the pool I showed my best, as always, but I never imagined that I would be in the All Stars. I usually focus on winning and adding value to the team, and then if I get outstanding results on an individual level, I’m happy. At 32, I really enjoy playing,” he said.

According to the German press, no other representative of the German Women’s Bundesliga has organized an international tournament of this type since the founding of the Women’s Federal League in 1997.

Bernal, one of three foreigners from Slovakia’s four-time monarch and five-time Slovak Cup winner, made his foreign league debut at the end of 2015, after signing with Agrupación Deportiva Rivas de Natación, from Madrid, belonging to the Spanish First Division.

On this team, he shared with the exporter of the Antilles team, Mairelis Zunzunegi from Camagüey, and both became the first polo players on the island to be hired under the protection of the Cuban Discipline Federation. Later, in 2020, he served in the Hungarian water polo.

Source: Juventud Rebelde


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