Canada ends tourney on winning note


Michel Belanger

July 15, 2013, KAZAN, Russia (Team Canada) (ISN)– The Canadian men’s water polo squad finished the 27th Summer Universiade with a 15-12 win over Belgium Monday afternoon, giving the red and white 10th place in the 12-team tournament.

Canada ends the competition with a 3-5 overall record. It is the best result for the Canadian men since an eighth-place finish in 1999 in Palma, Spain.

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A strong first quarter was the difference for Canada in the game. Outscoring the Belgians 4-1 in the frame, the three goal cushion held throughout the remaining of the match where the teams were evenly matched.

Canada scored three in the second, three in the third and five in the fourth, while Belgium recorded two, three and six.

Nikola Mitrovic of Gatineau, Que., led the winners with four goals, while David Lapins of Gatineau and Martin Pelland of Montreal each registered a hat trick.

Devon Thumwood of Calgary (Mount Royal University) tallied a pair, with Dusan Boskovic of Ottawa (Carleton), Nikola Curcija of Calgary (Calgary) et Matija Dabic of Gatineau added singles.

Milan Radenovic of Toronto (Calgary) made six saves for Canada as the red and white outshot Belgium 23-18.

BOXSCORE: Canada vs Belgium


2013 Kazan, Russia: 10th / 12 teams (champions: TBD)

2011 Shenzhen, China: Canada DNP (champions: Serbia)

2009 Belgrade, Serbia: 13th / 16 (champions: Australia)

2007 Bangkok, Thailand: Canada DNP (champions: Montenegro)

2005 Izmir, Turkey: Canada DNP (champions: Serbia & Montenegro)

2003 Daegu, South Korea: 13th (champions: Hungary)

2001 Beijing, China: 13th / 14 (champions: Italy)

1999 Palma, Spain: 8th / 15 (champions: Spain)

1997 Sicily, Italy: Canada DNP (champions: Italy)

1995 Fukuoka, Japan: 16th / 16 (champions: Yugoslavia)

1993 Buffalo, USA: 11th / 13 (champions: USA)

1991 Sheffield, England : 10th / 12 (champions: USA)

1989 Duisburg, Germany: No tournament –

1987 Zagreb, Yugoslavia: 10th / 14 (champions: Italy)

1985 Kobe, Japan: 9th / 11 (champions: USSR)

1983 Edmonton, Canada: 6th / 12 (champions: USSR)

1981 Bucharest, Romania: 9th / 11 (champions: Cuba)

1979 Mexico City, Mexico: 9th / 15 (champions: USA)

1977 Sofia, Bulgaria: 11th / 13 (champions: Romania)

1975 Rome, Italy: No tournament –

1973 Moscow, USSR: Canada DNP (champions: USSR)

1970 Turin, Italy: Canada DNP (champions: USSR)

1967 Tokyo, Japan: Canada DNP (champions: Japan)

1965 Budapest, Hungary: Canada DNP (champions: Hungary)

1963 Porto Alegre, Brazil: Canada DNP (champions: Hungary)

1961 Sofia, Bulgaria: Canada DNP (champions: Yugoslavia)

1959 Turin, Italy: Canada DNP (champions: Yugoslavia)

DNP: Did not participate