Montreal’s CAMO water polo club claims National Championship title with senior men group

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Louis Daignault

April 7, 2013, Saskatoon, SK (ISN) – Vincent Lusignan scored the winning goal with four minutes remaining and Montreal’s Club de water-polo CAMO managed to hold on to the narrow lead to earn a 7-6 victory over the top-seed Calgary Torpedoes in Sunday’s final game at the senior men’s National Club Championships in water polo.

Jean Seyegh and tournament MVP Dusko Dakic, one of 11 national team players participating in the event, added two goals apiece for the victors while Giorgios Galanos and Martin Pelland tallied once apiece. CAMO, seeded third, jumped to an early 2-0 lead and never trailed in the match despite Torpedoes tying the score three times. Calgary’s effort was led by David Lapins who earned two goals while Scott Robinson, Steve Ardel, Nicola Curjica and Jared McElroy added one goal each.

”We are really pleased with the victory,” sad Dakic. ”It wasn’t easy but it was fun. Our loss to Dollard in the round robin was definitely a turning point. It forced us to examine our play and see what we could improve upon. We were a lot better after that.” Both finalists had posted 3-1 records in the round robin. Calgary’s only previous loss was 8-7 to CAMO.

In the bronze medal game, Devon Diggle scored the overtime winner as Dollard Water Polo edged the Calgary Masters 10-9. Diggle finished with four goals and John Ruse recorded three. Con Kudaba and Alec Tashereau also registered three apiece on the Masters’s side.

”Our expectations were moderate, so getting the bronze is a good result,” said Scott Smith of Dollard, named the tournament’s most valuable coach. ”Our finish was a lot better today and that made the difference.”

Team Saskatchewan placed fifth.

The tournament all-star team members were MVP Dusko Dakic and his teammate Omar Touni (CAMO), Alec Taschereau (Calgary Masters) and Harisson Watt (Dollard), as well as Jared McElroy and Scott Robinson of Calgary Torpedoes. Liam Duncan, also of Calgary, was named the most valuable goaltender.

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