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Canada's Men and Women Open Championships With Wins on Day One of Round Robin Action

The 2016 UANA Junior Pan American Water Polo Championships kicked off this afternoon at Kinsmen Sports Complex in Edmonton Alberta.

The Canadian Men opened their first game of the championships against Colombia on Thursday evening with Canada getting the 20-12 win.

Both teams remained scoreless until the 3:41 mark of the first quarter on a goal by Ruel D’Souza (B.C), but not before Colombia responded 35 seconds later to even things up at one a side. The Canadians headed into the second quarter with a 3-1 lead on a beautiful goal by Robert Fraser(BC) from a long lob pass from goaltender Aleksa Stanic (AB)with two seconds remaining in the first.

Canada began to run away with the lead midway through the second quarter, with D’Souza netting his fifth goal of the game, fourth of the quarter, in a penalty shot to put his team up 9-4. Colombia would respond with one more, trailing by four heading into the second half.

The Colombians, however, we’re not going down without a fight, climbing back in to the game and tying the score up midway through the third at 9-9. Canada would regain the lead, 14-9 after three.

The Canadians would not relinquish their lead in the remaining quarter, going on to defeat Colombia with a final score of 20-12, to move to 1-0 in the tournament.

Fraser, D’Souza, and Felix Poliseno(QC) led the way for Canada combining for 13 of their team’s 20 goals.

Next up for the Canadian Men will be tomorrow evening at 8:30 p.m. again Brazil, while Columbia will take on Argentina at 4:30 p.m.

The Canadian Women opened their first game of the Junior Pan Americans in similar fashion, taking a 18-11 victory over Brazil this evening.

Kyra Christmas(AB) put Canada up on the board first for a 1-0 lead followed by Nina Ceklic (AB) who netted two in the first quarter to put them up 3-0 on Brazil half way through the first quarter of play. Brazil managed to get their first goal of their game with 2:45 remaining in the first from Sofia Rivas. The Canadians would head into the second quarter leading 5-2 at the end of one.

Canada started the second quarter strong with three quick goals before Brazil was able to respond at 2:22, the only goal Canada would allow in the second. With her third goal of the evening, Christmas would add one more to the Canadians lead to end the first half on top 10-3.

Brazil continued to trail Canada at the end of three quarters of play, heading into the fourth down 15-8. Team Canada would hang on to their lead, finishing with an 18-11 win in their first match of the Championships.

Canada’s Kyra Christmas led the way in scoring, netting four on the night, while Joelle Nacouzi added three to Canada’s final tally.

Brazil’s Samantha Rezende led her team with four of her teams final eight.

Next up for Canada will be their south of the border rivals, the United States, tomorrow at 7:10p.m., while Brazil will face Puerto Rico at 8:30 p.m.


Zoe Guèvremont, (QC), Athlete, 19U Women’s National Team
“I feel really proud of our teams performance and feel we had a really strong start to the championships. I believe that in order for us to keep going and get to the medal rounds it will take passion, perseverance, and trust, which are all qualities our team has established coming into this.”

Andrew Muir, Assistant Coach, 19U Men’s National Team
“We started off well, showing stability and poise on defense, coming out a little bit slower on offence but once we started putting balls in we gained some confidence and momentum and managed to put the game away with eight unanswered goals towards the end.”
Information and media requests:
Pascale Beaudoin, WPC Communications, pbeaudoin@waterpolo.ca
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