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The Canadian Women’s Team earn Bronze and qualify for FINA World League Super Final

The Senior Women’s National Team has officially qualified for 2017 FINA World League Super FINA in Shanghai, by finishing in third place at 2017 FINA Intercontinental Tournament which ended yesterday in Davis, California. The top four finishing teams qualified for the FINA World League Super Final, along with China, the host nation.

The Canadians earned their qualification with an 8-3 win against Kazakhstan, in the last game of the round-robin Saturday May 6. With the victory, the Canadian Women earned their spot to World League Super Final and would go on to play for bronze the next day against Japan, a team who surprised Canada in the opening match of the tournament.

On Sunday, Canada faced Japan for the second time of the week. The Canadian players were looking to get their revenge on their Japanese opponents, who had won the first matchup 13-8. Defense was the key for Canada as the players defended every shot from their opponent, limiting them to only 2 goals in the game. In the first quarter, Elyse Lemay scored twice for Canada, giving the team a 2-1 lead. In the second quarter, despite great defensive plays, Japan managed to tie the game at 2. In the third, Elyse Lemay scored her third of the game with a great backhand shot. With only one quarter to go, Bekhazi and Sohi secured the win by scoring each a goal to give Canada a 5-2 lead, which would be more than enough to capture the bronze medal.

“Our Bronze Medal game went according to plan. As we were surprised by Japan and the style of gameplay at the beginning of the week; we knew we had to adapt in order to finish on top. We started strong in the first half but couldn’t capitalize on many occasions. As it was a very different game plan, there were little details that we needed to improve on in order to succeed. The team understood these details and applied them in the remainder of the game without hesitation. This has been a great week where our squad has made giant steps. We had to deal with adversity but addressed it with great professionalism. This lead to great progression; the process was more important than the outcome for our program. Gladly, we were able to get both.” commented Head Coach, David Paradelo.

“We progressed as a team every game, we focused on improving and being disciplined in our plays and we did just that. It payed off in the last quarter against Japan, we were able to slowly pull ahead” added Jessica Gaudreault, starting goalie for Canada in the Bronze Medal game. Gaudreault was also awarded Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament.

In their first competition together as group, the Canadian team could count on many veteran players as well as few new comers who had an opportunity to gain more international experience. Canada’s bronze medal at the FINA Intercontinental Tournament represents a step forward for the Women’s National Team program. The players will have the chance to compete again soon at the FINA World League Final, in China, June 6-11, 2017.

“We were able to celebrate the end of a National Team career for two great athletes on a good note. Dominique Perreault and Marina Radu have had an outstanding influence on the National Team program. The ending of their journey also marks the first Senior tournament and international medal for Clara Vulpisi, Chayma Hlanadif, Gurpreey Sohi, Michelle Caron, Verica Bakoc and Coach Cora Campbell. All in all, a great experience for Water Polo Canada” added Coach Paradelo.

Australia, USA, Canada and Japan have now officially qualified for the FINA World League Super Final in Shanghai, June 6-11, where they will meet Hungary, Russia, the Netherlands and China, the host nation.

Final Standings:

  1. 1.  Australia
  2. 2. United States
  3. 3. Canada
  4. 4. Japan
  5. 5. Kazakhstan
  6. 6. China

Awards :

Top Scorer: Rowie Webster (AUS), 18 goals

Best Goalkeeper: Jessica Gaudreault (CAN)

Most Valuable Player: Melissa Seidemann (USA)



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