Louis Daignault (ISN)
May 26, 2013, Gatineau, Que (ISN) – Montreal’s Club CAMO and the Calgary Renegades successfully defended their titles at the 22U National Club Water Polo Championships on Sunday at the Centre sportif de Gatineau.
In the men’s final, tournament MVP Omar Touni and Maxime Gallant scored four goals each as CAMO defeated Dollard Water Polo 12-8. Mathieu Constantin with two and Rodrigo Rojas and Denis But were the other scorers for the victors.
Chris Callard also scored four times for Dollard which trailed 6-3 at the half.
”This is the biggest national championship you can win so we are thrilled,” said Touni. ”We trained all year for this and we came here to play at the highest level.”
In the bronze medal game, Team Saskatchewan led by a four-goal performance by Russell Lenferna defeated the Laval Tritons 9-6. A second Dollard Water Polo team was fifth.
Drake Greshner of Saskatchewan was named the most valuable goalie and Robert Couillard of CAMO the most valuable coach. All star team members were Gallant and Oleg Stratiev of CAMO, Devin O’Donnell and John Connors of Dollard, Mathieu Laroche of Laval and Lenferna.
On the women’s side, Kelly McKee scored her third goal of the game with 1:54 remaining to lift the Renegades to a 9-8 win over Team Saskatchewan. Cara Robinson and Kyra Christmas added two goals each with singles to Julia Paterson and Shelby Taylor.
Amy Yule led Saskatchewan with the hat trick. There was never more than a goal separating the two teams with the score tied 4-4 after the second quarter and 6-6 after three.
”This was definitely the closest final I played in,” said Taylor, the Renegades team captain. ” It was a serious team effort. It was an exciting win for us, especially since we were defending our title. This was the last 22U for a lot of the girls so it was definitely a special victory for that reason.”
In the bronze match, Kelly Matthews scored seven goals as Dollard Water Polo edged Ottawa’s Capital Wave 11-9. CAMO placed fifth.
Shae Fournier of Saskatchewan was named tournament MVP, Kelsey Jensen of Saskatchewan the most valuable goalie and John Csikos of Calgary the most valuable coach. All star team members were McKee, Taylor, Christmas, Fournier, Taylor Vijh of Dollard and Sarah McIlveen of Ottawa.
Official website: http://www.ottawawaterpolo.com/u22/22unationals.html