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Toronto Golden Jets and CAMO looking for three-peats at the 2016 Senior Nationals

Heading into the 2016 Senior Nationals this weekend in Montreal, the Toronto Golden Jets men and the CAMO women will be looking to extend their runs at the top of Major League Water Polo (MLWP) to three years straight. Both clubs are seeded 1st overall heading into the championships and can be considered the favourites; but this MLWP season has shown that both team can be beaten on a given day. A third championship in a row will not come easy for either club.

The two-day competition at Claude Robillard will begin Saturday morning with the quarter-finals. The semi-finals will be played Saturday evening and the bronze and gold medal games will follow on Sunday. The top 5 men’s and women’s teams in the eastern conference qualified for the finals as well as the top team in the western conference. The seedings are as follows:


         1. Toronto Golden Jets (13-0-1)

         2. CAMO Roadrunners (12-1-1)

         3. CAMO Masters (7-2-5)

         4. Saskatchewan (6-0-0) – Western Champion   

         5. Mavericks (7-1-6)

         6.Ottawa United (7-1-6)


         1. CAMO White (11-0-1)

         2. Capital Wave (9-1-2)

         3. CAMO Blue (8-0-4)

         4. Hammer (5-1-6)

         5. Saskatchewan – Western Champion

         6. Dollard Black – (1-0-11)

The quarterfinals on the men’s side will feature CAMO Masters squaring off with Ottawa United and Saskatchewan facing the Mavericks. The women’s matches will pit CAMO Blue against rival Dollard Black and Hammer against Saskatchewan. The Masters – United game should be one to watch. In their two matches against each other this year, one game was a draw, while the other was a two goal victory for Masters. The quarter-finals involving Saskatchewan will be tough to call as the western champions did not face any of the eastern teams this year and so neither squad can be quite sure of what to expect.

Awaiting the quarter-final winners in the semi-finals will be the heavyweights of the 2015-2016 MLWP season. The four teams who earned a bye to the semi-finals lost a combined five games all year. On the men’s side, there is an expectation for a Roadrunners – Golden Jets gold medal match. CAMO was upset last year in the semi-finals by Mavericks and missed a chance to knock the Jets off their perch. This year, the Roadrunners are hoping for a different story. The squads split their two regular season matches, with each team winning on their home turf. CAMO’s win in Montreal also snapped the Jets 2 year winning streak and no doubt provided a morale boost to the Roadrunners moving forward. If both teams do make it to the finals on Sunday, CAMO will look to slow down the Jets massive hole man Rudy Despaigne-Sauquet. Despaigne-Sauquet seven goals were the difference in the first meeting between the teams. The Golden Jets will in turn try and stop Maxime Gallant, whose 35 goals this season lead the way for the Roadrunners.

In the women’s draw, Capital Wave will be looking to play the spoiler in front of what will likely be a partisan CAMO crowd. Capital Wave split their two games on the year against both CAMO Blue, who they are likely to play in the semi-finals, and CAMO White, who they could easily see in the finals. All 4 games between Capital Wave and the CAMO teams this year were one goal games so all of these potential games should come right down to the wire. The key for Capital Wave and CAMO this season has been their depth. CAMO and Capital Wave can rely on a number of players to carry the goal scoring load. If any one player is having a down game, four or five more are ready to pick up the slack, and that’s what’s set them apart this year.

Senior Nationals start at 9am on Saturday morning from Claude Robillard in Montreal. Admission is free. Please see the NCL schedule for full details.



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