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03.15.2019
Water Polo Canada announces rosters for the 2019 FINA Inter-Continental Cup

(Montreal, QC - March 15, 2019) – Water Polo Canada (WPC) is pleased to announce the selections for the upcoming FINA World League Inter-Continental Cup to be held in Perth, Australia from March 26th to 31st, 2019. The 2019 Inter-Continental Cup serves as the qualifier event for the 2019 FINA World League Super Final. The top four teams in each category will confirm their spot for the main event in June. This year, Canada will send both men and women’s national teams to compete in the tournament.

In 2018, the Canadian women’s team earned the bronze medal at the Inter-Continental Cup to qualify for the 2019 World League Super Final in Kunshan, China (4th place). They will be looking to make their way back on the podium and punch their ticket for the 2019 FINA World League Super Final in Budapest, Hungary. In Perth, Canada will be competing in Group B alongside three other nations: South Africa, Kazakhstan, and Australia.

“Our main goal for this tournament will be to qualify for the FINA World League Super Final in Budapest. We will also focus on starting the international season on a positive note as we move towards a busy summer. I’m confident that our squad in Australia will put in the work to reach our objective and result,” indicated Haris Pavlides, Head Coach of the Women’s National Team.

The Canadian Women will play their first game against Australia on March 26, 2019 (7:45 pm local time / 7:45 am EST) before taking on Kazakhstan and South Africa in group play. The finals are scheduled for Sunday, March 31, 2019.

Selection - Women’s National Team

Name

Hometown

Jessica Gaudreault

Ottawa, ON

Krystina Alogbo

Montreal, QC

Axelle Crevier

Montreal, QC

Blaire McDowell

Regina, SK

Monika Eggens

Pitt Meadows, BC

Kelly McKee

Calgary, AB

Joelle Bekhazi

Pointe-Claire, QC

Elyse Lemay-Lavoie

Montreal, QC

Hayley McKelvey

North Delta, BC

Kindred Paul

Edmonton, AB

Gurpreet Sohi

Delta, BC

Shae Fournier

Winnipeg, MB

Claire Wright

Lindsay, ON

Amanda Amorosa

Kirkland, QC


Staff

  • Head Coach: Theocharis Pavlidis
  • Assistant Coach: David Paradelo
  • Assistant Coach/Team Leader: Cora Campbell
  • Physiotherapist: Felix Croteau
  • Massage Therapist: Manon Prieur
  • Mental Performance Consultant: Véronique Richard
  • Referee: Martin Murray

Schedule (to be confirmed)

Date

Team

Time

March 26, 2019

vs Australia

7:45 pm local time / 7:45 am EST

March 27, 2019

vs Kazakhstan

3:45 pm local time / 3:45 am EST

March 28, 2019

vs South Africa

9:30 am local time / 9:30 pm EST (*March 27)

March 29, 2019

Quarter-finals

TBD

March 30, 2019

Semi-finals

TBD

March 31, 2019

Finals

TBD


The Men’s national team will also participate in the Inter-Continental Cup for the second straight year. With a total of eight teams competing in Perth, the Canadian men will be looking to improve from last year’s fifth place and qualify for the 2019 Super Final in Belgrade, Serbia. They will compete in Group A and face Australia, Japan, and South Africa.

“The World League Inter-Continental Cup in Australia is an important step for us, and our primary objective is to qualify for the Super Final in Belgrade. We will spend a few days in Australia to train as a group and prepare for this event. It will be important to quickly put ourselves in a competitive mindset to avoid our previous mistakes; I expect a positive response from the team. We start our tournament against the local team, Australia, it will be an important game, and we must be prepared for a good fight. The Inter-Continental Cup marks the beginning of our competition calendar, and we will be looking to build on our performance here leading to the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima,” commented Pino Porzio, Men’s National Team Head Coach.

Canada will open up the 2019 FINA Inter-Continental tournament by facing Australia, March 26, 2019 (6:15 pm local time / 6:15 am EST). Matches will be played daily with the finals scheduled for Sunday, March 31, 2019.

Selection - Men’s National Team

Name

Hometown

Dusan Aleksic

Gatineau, QC

Milan Radenovic

Toronto, ON

Nicolas Constantin-Bicari

Montreal, QC

Jérémie Blanchard

Longueuil, QC

Sean Spooner

Port Coquitlam, BC

David Lapins

Gatineau, QC

Gaelan Patterson

North Vancouver, BC

Devon Thumwood

Calgary, AB

Mark Spooner

Port Coquitlam, BC

Aleksa Gardijan

Gatineau, QC

Jérémie Côté

Montreal, QC

Bogdan Djerkovic

Ottawa, ON

Reuel D’Souza

Port Coquitlam, BC

Aria Soleimani

Calgary, AB

Staff

  • Head Coach: Giuseppe Porzio
  • Assistant Coach: Brian Parillo
  • Team Leader: Laurence Melançon
  • Video Analyst: Francesco Rizzo
  • Physiotherapist: Caroline Drouin-Tourville
  • Referee: Evan Andrews

Schedule (to be confirmed)

Date

Team

Time

March 26, 2019

vs Australia

6:15 pm local time / 6:15 am EST

March 27, 2019

vs South Africa

9:30 am local time / 9:30 pm EST (*March 26)

March 28, 2019

vs Japan

3:45 pm local time / 3:45 am EST

March 29, 2019

Quarter-finals

TBD

March 30, 2019

Semi-finals

TBD

March 31, 2019

Finals

TBD

 
 
 
 

 


 
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