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12.05.2018
19U Surrey NCL Tournament Sets the Tone for a Fantastic Western Conference Season

The 19U Women Western’s Conference is shaping up to be an absolute free for all. The six competing teams gathered in Surrey this past weekend for the first conference tournament of the season; and a quick look at the results is all it takes to show just how competitive the category will be this season.

Pacific Storm currently leads the way at 5-0-2 (W-D-L), so maybe they should be considered the favourites. Except Storm lost 13-7 to Calgary Renegades Black, so maybe the Renegades are the favourites. But Renegades Black lost by a goal to Sask, so perhaps the prairie girls are the team beat. Except Saskatchewan lost 11-7 to the Edmonton Tsunami. And Tsunami lost to Fraser Valley. And Fraser Valley lost to Saskatchewan. And Saskatchewan was beaten by Pacific Storm, who were beaten by Tsunami, who was tied by the Renegades, who were beaten by Fraser Valley, who were tied by Saskatchewan…well, you get the picture. There really is nothing to choose from between the top five teams in the Western Conference standings. One last illustration of this fact: there were three occurrences this past weekend where two of these top five teams played a rematch against each other after having played earlier in the weekend. All three times, the team that won the first game, didn’t win the second game. It should be an incredible year of games in the Western Conference, and whoever emerges will certainly be battle tested.

On the men’s side, the defending Western Champions from Saskatchewan look to be in strong form once again. After losing a close game in the semi-finals at last year’s National Finals, the Saskatchewan squad will be looking to make a return trip to the Finals to see if they can claim their first-ever 19U Men’s NCL National Championship. Sask went 6-0-0 in Surrey, defeating each of their western competitors twice over the course of the event.

Saskatchewan features notable offensive depth, with five players having scored at least 10 goals through the first six games of the season. Bruno Marunica and Stephen Gloade are doing the most damage for Sask so far, each tallying 25 goals to start the season.

The three BC teams hoping to chase Saskatchewan down this season (Fraser Valley, West Coast Warriors, and Pacific Storm) have young and deep teams as well, and will hope to peak later in the year in order to claim the Western Championship (and more) for themselves.

This Week in the NCL

It is another big week for the NCL with 35 games being played over the weekend in Markham, ON. The Pan Am Centre will be host to the first 19U Eastern Conference tournament of the season. Please see the NCL schedule for further details: http://www.waterpolo.ca/NLScheduleResult.aspx

 

All-Star Team

GK: Brody McKnight, Saskatchewan // Julia Zebak, Edmonton Tsunami

Stephen Gloade, Saskatchewan

Bruno Marunica, Saskatchewan

Luca Petovary, Fraser Valley

Natasha Dykman, Calgary Renegades Black

Taylor Halbauer, Edmonton Tsunami

Diba Peiravani, Pacific Storm

 
 
 
 

 


 
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