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Senior Men’s National Team: Samartzidis Cup Recap

The Senior Men’s National Team started their summer calendar in Greece where they competed in the Samartzidis Cup last week. The Canadians faced some of the best water polo nations in preparation for the 2017 FINA World Championships. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Montenegro finished in 4th place; Hungary, Greece and Spain placed 5th, 6th and 7th respectively. At the Samartzidis Cup, Hungary, FINA Worlds host nation, finished at the top of the standings and went on to win the tournament.

The Men’s National Team played their first international tournament as group and had to adjust to the level of competition showcased by their opponents. One of the positive takeaways is certainly the depth of the Canadian offense as eight different players (in 4 games) put their names on the scoresheet. The veteran, Constantin-Bicari was Canada’s lead scorer with a total of 6 goals. Sean Spooner and Reuel D’Souza both scored their first international goal at the senior level, the two BC boys surely have a great future in the red and white. Canadian goaltender, Milan Radenovic also finished the competition on a high note, as he received the Most Valuable Goaltender award. The Canadians will be traveling to the Netherlands to continue their preparation for the 2017 World Championships. The team will train with the Dutch, playing three friendly games between June 28th and July 5th.

“Tomorrow, the first stage of preparation for the World Championships ends. The tournament held here in Athens provided the first positive indications on the value of the team. We have dealt with first-level training, starting with Greece, the great Hungary and Spain against whom we played our best game. We demonstrated a good physical condition in a very competitive environment. The younger players are showing progress and the balance in the team improves day by day. Now we are looking forward to the joint training in Holland, this will mark the beginning of our second stage of preparation.” said Giuseppe Porzio, Men’s National Team Head Coach.

Samartzidis Cup: Full games replays are available via   Telesport.gr

Final Ranking

  1. Hungary
  2. Montenegro
  3. Spain
  4. Greece
  5. Canada

Men’s National Team – Samartzidis Cup Results

  • June 23, 2017 – CAN 4 – 9 GRE
  • June 23, 2017 – CAN 7 – 12 HUN
  • June 24, 2017 - CAN 8 – 9 ESP
  • June 24, 2017 – CAN 6- 13 MNE

Canada’s Goal Scorers

  • Nicolas Constantin-Bicari - 6 goals
  • Aria Soleimani - 4 goals
  • Sean Spooner - 4 goals
  • David Lapins – 3 goals
  • Devon Thumwood – 3 goals
  • Reuel D’Souza – 2 goals
  • George Torakis – 2 goals
  • Matthew Halajian – 1 goal


Most Valuable Player: Alberto Munarithi, Spain

Most Valuable Goaltender: Milan Radenovic, Canada


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