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NCL Notes – March 6-9, 2020

Water Polo Canada announced last weekend that several NCL games were postponed or canceled due to measures related to COVID-19. Water Polo Canada will continue to provide update to its members.

(March 11, 2020) - After a host of 16U games in Calgary and 19U games in Ottawa, there still continues to be little clarity on who will win first place in the regular season as the battles continue throughout each division.

In the East on the Women’s side, Dollard Black is just holding on to first place with South Central Ontario and CAMO not far behind. Coming into the weekend, Dollard was undefeated and was looking to wrap up first place in the division with only two games to play. In their first game, they faced South Central Ontario (SC Ontario) who they had already beaten once this year. SC Ontario had not played a game since December and Dollard was looking to capitalize on that. There appeared to be rust as Dollard went on a 3-0 run in the first. SC Ontario would wake up in the second as they would go on a 4-0 run to take the lead. The two teams would go back in forth and with the game tied 9-9, Emma Sardo of SC Ontario would break the deadlock with no time remaining to win the game for her team. SC Ontario finished the weekend 5-0 and what made it even more impressive is that they defeated 1st place Dollard once and then 4th place Capital Wave twice. With the 5-0 weekend, SC Ontario now sit just one win back of Dollard for first. While Dollard had a disappointing start to the weekend, they would win their next game 22-3 to stay in first and still hold the tie-breaker against SC Ontario.

On the Men’s side, there is a three-way race for first with Ottawa Titans Black, Mavericks and Dollard only separated by a few points. The Titans had a good weekend, going 5-0 and defeating then undefeated Mavericks. In the game, Diego Gonzalez led the way with 5 goals as the Titans defeated the Mavericks 12-7. Fortunately for the Mavericks, they were able to defeat Dollard early in the day 16-8 which kept them within striking distance of first. The Mavericks while 3 points back of Titans have a game in hand and also have the tie-breaker so that still puts them in the driver seat. Even though Dollard is a game back and does not own the tie breaker over either the Titans or Mavericks, with 3 games remaining, they are not out of it just yet.

Moving to Calgary, it is starting to look like a two horse race in the 16U boy’s category. The Calgary Torpedoes and West Coast Warriors both entered the weekend undefeated and were looking to take sole possession of first place. The Torpedoes however were stunned in their third game of the weekend as Pacific Storm led by Yu-Xing Lim’s 4 goals, defeated the Torpedoes 9-7. With the loss, the match against West Coast Warriors became critical. The game lived up to expectations as it was tight throughout. The West Coast Warriors took a quick 2-0 in the first but that is as far as the Torpedoes would let them go as they would answer with 5 straight goals. The Warriors would try to fight back but every time they scored, the Torpedoes would answer with a goal of their own. The back and forth continued until the last moments of the 4th when the Warriors came within one goal after Nicky Pitman scored with just over a minute left. The Torpedoes would hold the rest of the way as they would win the game 10-9. While Nate Young led the team with 3 goals, the Torpedoes had 7 different goal scorers which is a testament to their depth in the game. The win now puts them tied with the Warriors for first place as well as the all important tie-breaker.

One the girl’s side, Fraser Valley continues to remain at the top of the standings following the weekend. It wasn’t an easy weekend as it started with a shocking loss to the Calgary Renegades Black team 8-3. With Saskatchewan closing in, Fraser Valley could not afford to lose the rest of the weekend. Just two games later, they would face off against Saskatchewan, in a battle for first place. The game was even closer than the Torpedoes/Warriors game as no team had more than a one goal lead throughout the game. Sarah Feng and Vanessa McNabb combined for 7 goals in the game to help Fraser Valley win 10-9. With the win, Fraser Valley has a little breathing room with 7 points separating them and Saskatchewan, but they cannot afford to slow down yet as they still have 4 games remaining with Saskatchewan having 2 games in hand.

Water Polo Canada would like to thank the volunteers from the local Calgary clubs and Capital Wave for their help in the cities of Calgary and Ottawa.



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