Calgary and CAMO win 18U men and women National Club Championship titles

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Louis Daignault

April 21, 2013, Calgary, AB (ISN) – Calgary’s Torpedoes and Montreal’s CAMO were crowned the men’s and women’s 18U National Club Champions on Sunday at the Talisman Centre.

In the men’s final, the Torpedoes defeated Dollard Water Polo from Montreal 13-6. Trevor Birkbeck, Neven Kovacevic, Oscar Henning, Nikola Curcija and Paul Bucheff scored two goals apiece for the victors. Bryce Reade, Aria Soleimane and Dylan Achen added one each.

”I knew that if we all played well on the same day, we would be be hard to beat,” said Calgary’s head coach John Csikos, named the tournament’s most valuable coach. ”But we had not done that leading up to the final. In the final game, all 15 players did their job.”

Devin O’Donnell notched two goals for Dollard while Chris Callard, Ryan Boyd, Bruce Black and Harrison Watt registered one each.

”It’s great to be the second best club in the country but we are disappointed to lose the final,” said Watt, named the tournament MVP. ”Still, all the hard work paid off to get to the gold medal game.”

Calgary led 5-1 after a quarter, 8-2 at the half and 11-4 after three.

In the bronze medal game, CAMO held on for a 6-5 win over the Ottawa Titans. Pacific Storm PSSK placed fifth, Toronto Mavericks sixth, Team Saskatchewan seventh, Fraser Valley eighth, Edmonton Tsunami ninth, Dollard 2 10th, Pacific Storm VCNC 11th and Team Manitoba 12th.

Liam Duncan of Calgary was named the most valuable goaltender. Tournament all-star team members were Watt, O’Donnell and Curcija, Euan Scoffield and Dusan Boskovic of Ottawa and Denis But of CAMO.

CAMO wins women’s tournament

In the women’s final, Axelle Crevier scored five goals to lead CAMO to an 11-6 win over Vancouver’s Pacific Storm. Kimiko Martone added two and Yasmine Rachid, Roxane Crevier, Molly Demers and Mathilde Ribordy each registered singles. Hayley McKelvey, replied twice for Vancouver while Manon Fraser and Ariane Yeo added one each.

”We worked very hard to win this title,” said CAMO’s David Paradelo, named the most valuable coach. ”Our training sessions during the tournament were particularly strong, it was like we were preparing for a seventh game every time.”

The Toronto Mavericks took the bronze medal game 13-7 over the 2012 champion Calgary Renegades. Dollard’s women came in fifth, Fraser Valley sixth, Team Saskatchewan seventh, Team Manitoba eighth, Hamilton ninth and Ottawa’s Capital Wave 10th.

It was the Mavericks’ first medal in tournament history. The Mavericks’ men team had earned the gold medal for the first time last year.

”It feels really great to get this medal,” said tournament MVP Emma Wright of Toronto. ”It was great to get it for all the girls that are graduating to the senior level next year.”

Ymane Hage of CAMO was named the most valuable goaltender. Tournament all-star team members were Axelle Crevier of CAMO, Ghislaine Joudrie and Kyra Christmas of the Renegades, Nikolina Mihajlovik of Toronto, Donia Momen of Vancouver and Emily Bidinosti of Hamilton.

Women’s schedule and results

http://www.waterpolo.ca/ScheduleResult.aspx?sid=17

Men’s schedule and results

http://www.waterpolo.ca/ScheduleResult.aspx?sid=16

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