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Montreal is ready to welcome the 2018 Senior Nationals

After a grinding regular season, the top water polo teams in the nation are coming to Montreal this weekend for the 2018 Senior National Championships. The Claude-Robillard Sport Complex will play host to six women’s teams and eight men’s teams who will be contending for the titles of the best senior team in the country.

Saskatchewan is the defending champion in the women’s category and will start the weekend as the 3rd seed. They finished the regular season 4-0-2 which placed them second in the conference behind Alberta Black. With some stiff competition out of the Eastern Conference, these finals look wide open.

The Toronto Golden Jets are the defending champions on the men’s side and finished the regular season second of their Division and third in the conference at 8-1-2. There was a log jam at the top of the Eastern Conference standings with the top 5 teams all being within a few points of each other. That and a strong Calgary Torpedoes team coming out of the West make this year’s championship unpredictable.

The women’s competition will start Friday evening with the quarter-finals:

Quarter-Final #1, 5:15pm, (4) Golden Wave (8-1-3) vs (5) Mavericks (6-1-5)

2017-2018 results – Golden Wave 2-0-1 (15-10, 13-3, 7-11)

The first quarter-final will pit the first place team in the Ontario Division, Golden Wave, against the second in the Ontario Division, Mavericks. The Golden Wave will be the favourites as they defeated the Mavericks 2 out of 3 times this year and have a more potent offence. However, the Mavericks winning their last meeting with the Golden Wave can be something they can build on coming into this quarter-final game.

Quarter-Final #2, 6:30pm, (3) Saskatchewan (4-0-2) vs (6) Dollard (4-2-6)

2017-2018 results – No matches played

The second quarter-final will showcase the defending champions, Saskatchewan, against the second in the Quebec Division, Dollard. With the teams not having faced each other yet, there will certainly be a few adjustments for both teams during the game.

Quarter-Final Byes:

  1. Alberta Black (5-0-1)
  2. CAMO (11-0-1)

In the women’s division, the first and second seeded teams received quarter-final byes and will start their tournament Saturday afternoon. The newcomer Alberta Black is ranked first and will face the winner of the matchup between Dollard and Saskatchewan (QF #2). In the East, CAMO is seeded second and will start their tournament by facing the winner of the first quarter-final. CAMO had an impressive season, recording 11 wins and suffering only one loss at the hands of Golden Wave. We will have to wait Friday night to see if these two teams will face each other again in the semi-finals.

The men’s competition will start Friday night with quarter-finals:

Quarter-Final #1, 7:45 pm, (1) Dollard Black (9-1-2) vs (8) Laval Tritons (4-0-8)

2017-2018 results – Dollard Black 2-0-0 (17-12, 17-11)

The first quarter-final will feature top ranked Dollard Black vs eight seed Laval Tritons. While Dollard Black has the advantage in all the stat categories as well as head to head, Laval has played them tough both games they faced each other. Laval will need to stifle Dollard Black’s potent power play if they want to beat them.

Quarter-Final #2, 9:00 pm, (4) Toronto Golden Jets (8-1-2) vs (5) Saskatchewan (3-0-3)

2017-2018 results – No matches played

The second quarterfinal will feature defending champion Toronto Golden Jets and Saskatchewan. The Golden Jets will be the favourites coming in as they finished the regular season on a hot streak going 4-1-0. Saskatchewan, however, will be coming in well rested and will have to come out strong to take down the champs.

Quarter-Final #3, 9:30 am, (7) Ottawa United Titans Black (8-0-3) vs (2) Mavericks (8-1-2)

2017-2018 results – Ottawa United Titans Black 1-1 Mavericks (10-7, 7-8)

The third quarter-final will pit the second seeded team, Mavericks, and Ottawa United Titans Black. The two teams faced each other twice in the regular season, capturing one win each. This will undoubtedly be a close game and both teams will have to be at their best to move on to the next phase.

Quarter-Final #4, 10:45 am, (6) CAMO (8-0-4) vs (3) Calgary Torpedoes (5-0-1)

2017-2018 results – No matches played

The last quarter-final will feature the first place team in the Western Conference, Calgary Torpedoes, and the second place in the Eastern Division, CAMO. With no previous matches to serve as a barometer, each team will have to quickly adjust to their opponents’ style if they hope to move on to the semi-finals.

The 2018 Senior National Championships are shaping up to one of the best ever in Canada. The competition begins Friday, March 23rd at 5:15 pm at the Claude-Robillard Sport Complex in Montreal, Quebec. Admission is free. Please see the NCL schedule for full details.

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



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