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03.26.2019
Markham ready to welcome 2019 Senior National Championships

(March 26, 2019) – The top water polo teams in the country are traveling to Markham this weekend for the 2019 Senior National Championships. During this three-day event, the Markham Pan Am Centre will play host to the highest level of Canadian water polo as eight men’s and eight women’s teams vie for the title of Canadian National Champions.

Senior Nationals will mark the end of the fantastic 2019 Major League Water Polo season. Twenty-two teams battled it out over the course of three months for a chance to compete in the biggest tournament of the year. After competing in their separate divisions, the best teams from the Eastern and Western Conferences will now converge on Markham for the Championship. The action will begin Friday, March 29 at noon EST with the first of eight quarter-final matchups and culminate Sunday afternoon with the men’s and women’s championship games.

“Ontario’s government for the people is pleased to support this highly anticipated event through our sport hosting program ,” said Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Ontario is the best place to be an athlete, and I would like to congratulate the City of Markham for hosting this great event. Sporting events like this are economic drivers for their host cities, and keep Ontario open for business and visitors. I would like to welcome all participants to Ontario and wish all athletes the best of luck!”

“Beginning in 2015 with the Pan American Games, the Markham Pan Am Centre has been the site of some of Water Polo Canada’s most prestigious events. Water Polo Canada is proud of the strong ties and relationships that have been built within the local community in Markham; and with the support of the Ontario Government and the City Markham, WPC is excited to showcase the sport of water polo in Markham once again” commented Martin Goulet, Water Polo Canada Executive Director.

Senior National Preview

CAMO is the defending champion on the women’s side and will be looking to win their fourth championship in five years; however, for the first time in NCL history, the CAMO women do not enter the Championships as the number one seed from the Eastern Conference. CAMO did finish as the number two seed in the East but lost as many games this year (4) as they did in the previous four years combined. Mavericks were the team that dethroned CAMO in the East, going 9-0-3 throughout the season, and now will look to capture the first-ever NCL MLWP Championship in Mavericks history. The field has never been stronger though, as for the first time in the NCL era eight women’s teams will play for the title at Senior Nationals, including three Western Conference teams, another record.

On the men’s side, defending champion Dollard Black will have a tough road ahead if they wish to repeat as champions, entering the tournament as the number four overall seed. The number one seed is St-Lambert-Laval who are looking to capture their first ever NCL MLWP Championship. Many players on the St-Lambert-Laval squad were apart of the

St-Lambert team that won the first ever NCL 19U Men’s Championship in 2015. From the Western Conference, the Calgary Torpedoes are seeded 3rd overall after an impressive season and will be looking to become the first Western men’s team to win Senior Nationals in the NCL era. All eight teams on the men’s side have a legitimate shot at the Championship, and it’s anybody’s guess as to how the tournament will unfold.

The Quarter Finals for both men and women will begin Friday afternoon.

Women’s side

Quarter-Final #1, 12:00 pm, (4) Calgary Renegades (6-2-1) vs (5) Dollard (7-1-4)

2018-2019 results – No matches played

The first quarter-final will feature a strong defensive team in the Renegades and a strong offensive team in Dollard. As both teams have not faced each other this season, the squad that adjusts to their opponents’ tendencies the quickest, will likely come out on top.

Quarter-Final #2, 1:15 pm, (3) CAMO (7-1-4) vs (6) Edmonton Tsunami (2-1-6)

2018-2019 results – No matches played

The second quarter-final will feature defending champion CAMO vs. the Western Conference’s third-place team, the Edmonton Tsunami. CAMO has never lost at an NCL Senior Nationals to a Western Conference team, and Tsunami, in their first ever NCL Senior Nationals, would love to be the first team to accomplish that feat.

Quarter Final #3, 5:00 pm, (1) Mavericks (9-0-3) vs. (8) Capital Wave (4-0-8)

2018-2019 results –Mavericks 2-0-0 (16-2, 13-5)

The third quarter-final will feature the top-seeded Mavericks against Capital Wave. The Mavericks have played extremely well against Capital Wave, defeating them twice in convincing fashion, but Capital Wave is coming into the tournament as one of the league’s hottest teams, having won three of their last four games just to qualify for the Finals.

Quarter-Final #4, 6:15 pm, (2) Saskatchewan (7-0-2) vs. (7) St-Lambert (5-0-7)

2018-2019 results – No matches played

The final quarter-final game features the best team from the West in Saskatchewan against the fourth-ranked team from the East in St-Lambert. As with two other quarter-finals, the teams have not played one another this year, which puts the emphasis on adaptability. Saskatchewan is the only team besides CAMO to ever win the NCL Senior Nationals and would love to add a 2nd banner to their collection.

Men’s side

Quarter-Final #1, 2:30 pm, (4) Dollard Black (8-0-4) vs. (5) Saskatchewan (5-0-3)

2018-2019 results – No matches played

The first quarter-final game features the second place team from the West, Saskatchewan and the defending champions Dollard Black. Saskatchewan will be looking to improve on its sixth-place finish from Senior Nationals last year, but the defending champions have plenty of big game experience to rely on, and will not be an easy out.

Quarter-Final #2, 3:45 pm, (3) Calgary Torpedoes (7-0-1) vs. (6) Ottawa Titans Blue (8-0-4)

2018-2019 results – No matches played

The second quarter-final game features the top team in the West, Calgary Torpedoes and the fourth best team in the East, Ottawa Titans Blue. The Titans and Torpedoes met in the semi-finals last year, with Ottawa prevailing 4-1 before coming agonizingly close to winning the title in the Championship game. Calgary will be looking to avenge that defeat come Friday afternoon.

Quarter-Final #3, 7:30 pm (1) St-Lambert-Laval (11-0-1) vs (8) CAMO (4-0-8)

2018-2019 results – St-Lambert-Laval 1-1 CAMO (10-17, 17-10)

The third quarter-final match features an interesting matchup between the top seed in St-Lambert-Laval and the eight seed, CAMO. While St-Lambert-Laval is the number one team overall, their only loss came against CAMO just this past weekend. That victory will give CAMO plenty of belief that they can pull off the upset heading into their quarter-final tilt.

Quarter-Final #4, 8:45 pm, (2) Toronto Golden Jets (10-0-2) vs. (7) Mavericks (7-1-4)

2018-2019 results – Toronto Golden Jets 1-0-0 (12-2)

The last quarter-final of the day will feature second place in the East, Toronto Golden Jets and fifth place in the East Division, Mavericks. The final quarter-final of the evening will be a spectacle for the home crowd, as the two clubs representing the GTA go head to head. The Golden Jets had a dominant performance the last time they faced the Mavericks, scoring ten straight goals in a game that occurred just last week, the Mavericks will need to make quick corrections in order to upset the Golden Jets.

The competition begins Friday, March 29th at 12:00 pm at the Markham Pan Am Centre in Markham, Ontario. Admission is free. Please see the NCL schedule for full details.

All the games will be livestream via Water Polo Canada’s YouTube Channel . Please follow the Water Polo Canada website and social media channels for all the updates.

 
 
 
 

 


 
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