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Canadian women capture gold at the UANA Water Polo Cup; Canadian men claim bronze

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(Sao Paulo, January 27, 2019) - The Canadian teams concluded on Saturday a week of competition at the 2019 UANA Cup. The Canadian women had secured a place in the final by winning their two games in the preliminary round. In the final, the Canadians put on a strong team effort to capture the gold medal in an 18-9 win over Cuba.

After a close first quarter between the two teams, the Canadian women gained momentum in the second quarter scoring six unanswered goals to put the red and white in front 9-5. Canada kept the same pressure in the third quarter, scoring four quick goals including Apryl Gonzalez’s first international goal at the senior level on a penalty shot with 1:00 to go in the third period. Krystina Alogbo added one before the end of quarter to give Canada a 14-6 lead.

Kyra Christmas and Hayley McKelvey increased the Canadian lead early in the fourth quarter. Shae Fournier and Jaiden Miller completed the score to help Canada win the gold medal.

The Canadian women's team ends the tournament with a 3-0-0 record. Kyra Christmas was named Most Valuable Player of the competition. Earlier this week, the Canadian women’s team qualified for the 2019 FINA World Championships after winning their two round-robin games.

Canada 18 – 9 Cuba (3-2, 6-3, 5-1, 4-3)

Jessica Gaudreault (Q3/Q4), Krystina Alogbo (1), Axelle Crevier (1), Emma Wright, Jaiden Miller (1), Kyra Christmas (4), Apryl Gonzalez (1), Elyse Lemay-Lavoie (2), Hayley McKelvey (2), Floranne Carroll, Marilia Mimides, Shae Fournier (6), Claire Wright (Q1/Q2)

Final standings

  1. Canada
  2. Cuba
  3. Brazil


The Canadian men's team faced a significant challenge on the last day of competition at the 2019 UANA Cup. The organizers had been forced to postpone the semi-final match to Saturday morning due to the weather on Friday night. This delay meant that the Canadian team had to play the semi-final at 8:00 am local time and then play another game in the afternoon. The semi-finals were crucial for the four participating teams since the winners would be able to secure their qualification for the 2019 FINA World Championships next summer.

The Brazilians came out strong in the first game of the day, taking a 3-0 lead early in the first quarter. The Canadians’ answer came on the power play when Devon Diggle found the back of the net with a powerful shot. After a close second quarter, the Brazilians capitalized on their opportunities in the third period and extended their lead to 11-3. Despite the Canadians’ efforts to come back into the game, the Brazilian goalkeeper made some key saves to limit the chances in the fourth quarter, and Brazil recorded a 15-5 win to reach the final and secure the first spot available for World Championships.

The Canadian team had to regroup quickly to play in the bronze medal match against Argentina who had lost to the United States in the other semi-final. The Canadians had a strong start, showing a 7-3 lead at halftime. Both teams exchanged a goal in the third quarter. Justin Boyd and Jérémie Côté found the back of the net in the fourth quarter to help Canada earn a 10-6 win against Argentina. Canada’s goalkeeper Milan Radenovic had a solid performance, stopping two penalty shots in the game, to help the Canadians claim the bronze medal.

Semi-final : Canada 5 – 15 Brazil (1-4, 2-2, 0-5, 2-4)

Dusan Aleksic (Q1-Q3), Gaelan Patterson, Bogdan Djerkovic, Nicolas Constantin-Bicari, Justin Boyd, George Torakis (1), Sean Spooner, David Lapins (1), Devon Diggle (2), Aleksa Gardijan, Jérémie Côté, Reuel D’Souza (1), Milan Radenovic (Q4).

Bronze Medal match : Canada 10 – 6 Argentina (3-1, 4-2, 1-1, 2-2)

Dusan Aleksic, Gaelan Patterson (1), Bogdan Djerkovic, Nicolas Constantin-Bicari (1), Justin Boyd (2), George Torakis, Sean Spooner (1), David Lapins, Devon Diggle (1), Aleksa Gardijan (1), Jérémie Côté (2), Reuel D’Souza (1), Milan Radenovic (Q1-Q4).

Final standings

  1. Brazil
  2. United States
  3. Canada
  4. Argentina


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