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Canada ends the tournament on a winning note at FINA Youth World Championships

(Szombathely, Hungary, August 18, 2018) – The Canadian men finished their tournament with a 20-5 win against Saudi Arabia at the 2018 FINA Youth World Championships in Szombathely, Hungary. A convincing second half by the Canadians helped them conclude the competition on a winning note and finish in 17th place.

Canada took an early lead in the first quarter, Bor Tanasijevic and Mason Archer both scored for the Canadian squad (2-0). Saudi Arabia was able to answer back on its power play, but Garrett Davis made sure Canada kept its two-goal lead when he tallied one with the extra-man advantage. Both teams exchanged goals before the end of the quarter (4-2).

The Canadian squad came out strong in the second quarter, Bor Tanasijevic and William Chapman found the back of the net to extend their team’s lead. The Saudis capitalized on their extra-man advantage to put their team back into the game at 6-4. Diego Gonzalez would score one on the counter-attack to see Tanasijevic complete his hat-trick to regain a four-goal lead at the end of the first half (8-4).

The Canadians came out firing in the second half, netting five unanswered goals to take a 13-4 lead. Nikola Cugalj, Nicholas Serediuc, and Sandro Miletic each scored one in the first four minutes of the quarter. Nemanja Ivezic converted a penalty shot to extend the Canadian lead to 12-4. Davis netted his third of the match to give the red and white a comfortable 13-4 lead heading into the final quarter.

The Canucks picked up where they left off in the fourth period with six different players adding goals to the scoresheet. Gonzalez, Archer, Chapman, and Cugalj each scored a second goal in this match. Stephen Gloade netted his first of the game with a backhand shot from centre. Garrett Davis scored his fourth and fifth goal in the final quarter to help Canada earn a 20-5 win.

“It is a good way to end our tournament. We played as a team, and we were able to capitalize on our opportunities. I hope I will get the chance to play with these guys again.” indicated Bor Tanasijevic of the youth men’s national team.

“We were hoping to play Uzbekistan today, but we ended up playing Saudi Arabia again. It was a relatively smooth game, same as last time and we were able to get almost everyone on the scoreboard.” said Andras Szeri, head coach of the youth men’s national team. “Overall, the tournament was a positive experience and considering that we were missing a few key players the result is understandable. Our job now is to take what we learned back home and continue to grow Canadian water polo together. The bulk of this team is 2001, so our team at the next 19U PanAms should be a strong unit” he concluded.

The Canadian men finish with a 3-4-0 record the 2018 FINA World Men’s Youth Water Polo Championship. The 18U Women’s national team will compete in the FINA Women’s Youth Water Polo Championship to take place August 27 – September 2, 2018, in Belgrade, Serbia.

(Photo credit:  

CAN 20 – 5 KSA (4-2, 4-2, 5-0, 7-1)

Goals: Garrett Davis (5), Bor Tanasijevic (3), Mason Archer (2), William Chapman (2), Diego Gonzalez (2), Nikola Cugalj (2), Nicholas Serediuc, Sandro Miletic, Nemanja Ivezic, Stephen Gloade. 


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