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Women’s National Team earns the silver medal at the 2017 World League Super Final

Women’s Water Polo National Team gets the silver medal at FINA World League Super Final in Shanghai, China. In the final, Canada lost 12-6 to the United States, the Super Final defending champions.

The Canadians earned their spot in the Final by winning their semi-final matchup 11-10 against Russia. It was the first time that Canada played the Final since 2009 where they also finished in 2nd place.

Canada had to face a great challenge heading into the gold medal game against the defending champions from the United States of America who also won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics, last summer. The United States took a 2-0 lead early in the game, McKelvey scored for Canada to bring the score at 2-1 at the end of the first quarter. Both teams exchanged goals in the second quarter, Fournier (1 goal) and Wright (2 goals) scored for Canada. However, the Americans always found a way to answer back. At half-time, Canada was trailing by 2 goals (6-4). The USA started the third quarter strongly, adding one more goal to their lead (7-4). Canada answered back quickly, thanks to Monika Eggens (7-5). The Americans capitalize on their chances, widening the gap to 9-5. McKelvey scored to give Canada a little hope heading into the fourth quarter. The final quarter was all USA, despite a great performance by the Canadian goalkeeper. USA confirmed their win adding three more goals, and therefore capturing the gold medal in the 12-6 win. The Canadian team had to settle for silver this time. However, this is a great start for the women’s national team at the beginning of the quadrennial leading to Tokyo 2020. Canada’s goaltender, Jessica Gaudreault received the Most Valuable Goalkeeper title for the 2017 Super Final.

« This was a very successful tournament for us. This is a great start for our summer preparation as we get ready for the main event at the 2017 World Championships” said Theocharis Pavlidis, Head Coach, Senior Women’s National team.

« This tournament was a great first step in our new Olympic cycle, I am very happy with the performance we had considering our new team, new system and limited time together. We still have a lot of growing to do as a team and I am very optimistic for our future successes” added Kyra Christmas, Senior Women’s National Team player.

The next few weeks will be busy for Water Polo Canada and its National Team Program, as both our National Teams will leave for Europe at the end of June to prepare for the 2017 FINA World Championships, July 14-30 2017, in Budapest Hungary.

Final Standings 
1.USA, 2. Canada, 3. Russia, 4. Hungary, 5. Netherlands, 6. China, 7. Australia, 8. Japan 
Awards :
Most Valuable Player: Makenzie Fischer (USA)
Best Goalkeeper: Jessica Gaudreault (CAN)
Highest Goal-scorer: Catharine van der Sloot (NED) (15)

Media All Star Team:

  • 1. Jessica Gaudreault (CAN)
  • 2. Yumi Arima (JPN)
  • 3. Makenzie Fischer (USA)
  • 4. Elvina Karimova (RUS)
  • 5. Hayley McKelvey (CAN)
  • 6. Kiley Neushul (USA)
  • 7. Catharine Van der Sloot (NED)

Leading scorers:

  • Catharine Van der Sloot (NED) 15
  • Elvina Karimova (RUS) 14
  • Kiley Neushul (USA) 14
  • Dorottya Szilagyi (HUN) 12
  • Yumi Arima (JPN) 12
  • Rowena Webster (AUS) 12
  • Emma Wright (CAN) 11
  • Hayley McKelvey (CAN) 10
  • Olga Gorbunova (RUS) 10
  • Ekaterina Prokofyeva (RUS) 10
  • Anastasia Simanovich (RUS) 10


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