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2017 National Finals Set for Calgary

The 2017 16 and under and 19 and under National Finals will be held in Calgary, Alberta this weekend at the Repsol Centre. Sixteen teams will be vying for the title of National Champions at the two day event.

The 2016-2017 National Championships League (NCL) season began on November 10th in Regina. After 199 days and 750 games, the season will come to close this Saturday. When Saturday morning hits, a season that began with 39 teams fighting for the 16U and 19U titles, will be down to just eight contenders.

16U Girls Division

Semi-Final 1: Saskatchewan vs. CAMO - Friday May 26th @ 2:00pm

Saskatchewan – 1st Western Conference
Regular season: 12-2-6 (3rd West), Playoffs 4-0, GF: 175, GA: 123

CAMO – 2nd Eastern Conference
Regular season: 18-1-1 (1st East), Playoffs: 1-1, GF: 288, GA: 125

Season Series: No matches played

Semi-Final 2: Calgary Renegades vs. Dollard (Black)– Friday May 26th @ 3:20pm

Dollard (Black) – 1st Eastern Conference
Regular season: 17-0-3 (2nd East), Playoffs: 2-1, GF: 287, GA: 129

Calgary Renegades – 2nd Western Conference
Regular season: 16-0-4 (2nd West), Playoffs: 1-1, GF: 214, GA: 138

Season Series: No matches played


The 16U Girls’ division features three of the four teams that competed at the National Finals last season in Saskatchewan, CAMO, and Dollard; however, the two time defending champions from Fraser Valley did not qualify, so there will be a new champion this season. Saskatchewan comes into the tournament on the hottest roll, winning four straight games at the Western Conference Championships to not only qualify for the Finals, but win the Western Championships. Saskatchewan will face CAMO in a rematch of a semi-final from last year which was won 12-9 by Saskatchewan. CAMO will be trying to get over the hump in the national semi-finals, having come up just short the last two years attempting to qualify for the gold medal match. The other semi-final will pit Dollard against the Calgary Renegades. Renegades will have the home crowd behind them as they are one of the two clubs at the Finals representing Calgary. Dollard was a surprise qualifier for last year’s Finals upsetting three higher ranked teams to qualify for the Finals, but were unable to capture a medal, finishing 4th. This year, Dollard captured the Eastern Championships for the first time and now we’ll look to capture their first medal at the National Finals.

16U Boys Preview

Semi-Final 1: Pacific Storm vs. Montreal Machine– Friday May 26th @ 2:00pm

Pacific Storm – 1st Western Conference
Regular season: 19-0-1 (1st West), Playoffs: 2-0, GF: 310, GA: 139

Montreal Machine– 2nd Eastern Conference
Regular season: 13-0-6 (3rd Quebec Division), Playoffs: 2-1, GF: 249, GA 163

Season Series: No matches played

Semi-Final 2: Saskatchewan vs. Mavericks Black– Friday May 26th @ 3:20pm

Mavericks (Black) – 1st Eastern Conference
Regular season: 20-0-0 (1st Ontario Division), Playoffs: 3-0, GF: 420, GA: 145

Saskatchewan – 2nd Western Conference
Regular season: 14-0-6 (2nd West), Playoffs: 1-2, GF: 242, GA: 205

Season Series: No matches played


Like the girls’ division, the boys’ division will have three teams that competed at the last year’s National Finals in Montreal; Saskatchewan, Mavericks, and Pacific Storm. Pacific Storm and Mavericks Black are no doubt the favourites to meet in the finals as the teams have gone a combine 44-0-1 on the season. To knock off Mavericks seems like a tall task this year, as no team has come within five goals of them all year. Storm has looked very strong in their own right, with just one setback on the year to Saskatchewan. Storm did little to let that lose dampen their spirits, as they won their other five games against Sask, including two in the playoffs. Saskatchewan are the two time defending champions, but they will be in tough to achieve an NCL three-peat, likely requiring wins over Mavericks and Storm to pull off the feat. The 4th entry are the Montreal Machine. In their first year as a club and in the NCL, Machine had a very strong run during the regular season in the Eastern Conference, finishing 3rd in the Quebec division, and 4th overall. Those results were already a great achievement for Machine, but they surpassed all expectations the Eastern Championships by winning the silver medal and qualifying for the National Finals. Now the Machine sit just two wins away from a National Championship.

19U Men Preview

Semi-Final 1: Pacific Storm vs Toronto Golden Jets – Friday May 26th @ 4:40pm

Pacific Storm – 1st Western Conference
Record: 13-3-6 (3rd West), Playoffs: 4-0, GF:374, GA: 240

Toronto Golden Jets – 2nd Eastern Conference
Record: 8-3-10 (3rd Ontario Division), Playoffs: 3-1, GF: 244, GA: 249

Season Series: Pacific Storm 1-0-0, winning 10-9 at 19U Crossover

Semi-Final 2: Calgary Torpedoes vs. CAMO – Friday May 26th @ 6:00pm

CAMO – 1st Eastern Conference
Record: 18-1-1 (1st Quebec Division), Playoffs: 2-0, GF: 368, GA 172

Calgary Torpedoes – 2nd Western Conference
Record: 15-2-5 (2nd West), Playoffs: 1-1, GF: 325, GA 237

Season Series: Calgary Torpedoes 1-0-0, winning 18-15 at 19U Crossover


The 19U Men’s category will feature all four teams that competed at last year’s National Finals. Pacific Storm are the defending champions, and despite finishing 3rd in the regular season standings, they may come in as the favourites after running the table at the Western Championships. Storm will take on the Toronto Golden Jets, who won three games in two days, including a shootout in the semi-final over the Ottawa Titans, to qualify for the National Finals. The other semi-final will pit the Calgary Torpedoes against CAMO. The Torpedoes will be looking to bring home the first NCL title for the city of Calgary while CAMO will be looking to bring back another 19U Men’s championship to Quebec, after St-Lambert won the inaugural title two years ago.

19U Women Preview

Semi-Final 1: Fraser Valley vs. CAMO – Friday May 26th @ 7:20pm

CAMO – 1st Eastern Conference
Record: 13-0-1 (1st East), Playoffs: 1-0, GF: 241, GA: 100

Fraser Valley – 2nd Western Conference
Record: 11-0-7 (2nd West), Playoffs: 1-2, GF: 194, GA:135

Season series: CAMO 1-0-0, winning 18-7 at the 19U Crossover

Semi-Final 2: Saskatchewan vs St-Lambert – Friday May 26th @ 8:40pm

Saskatchewan – 1st Western Conference
Record: 15-1-2 (1st West), Playoffs: 2-0, GF: 230, GA: 125

St-Lambert – 2nd Eastern Conference
Record: 2-1-11 (3rd East), Playoffs: 1-1, GF: 136, GA: 191

Season series: Saskatchewan 1-0-0, winning 13-7 at the 19U Crossover


The 19U Women’s category has the most turnover of any NCL category, with only 2 teams from the 2016 Finals represented. Saskatchewan and CAMO met in last year’s Final, and it would not be surprising to see them meet once again. CAMO ran away in that title game, winning 21-3, but this year could be a different story. Saskatchewan won their only regular season meeting 11-5, handing CAMO their only loss of the regular season in the process. It is likely that if CAMO is to win their 3rd consecutive NCL 19U women’s championship, it will not come easy. Before CAMO and Sask can think of a rematch of last year’s final, they will have to get past Fraser Valley, and St-Lambert respectively. Fraser Valley’s squad features many of the girls who won two 16U NCL Championships. Their girls certainly have the championship pedigree required and will likely not be an easy out. St-Lambert qualified for their first National Finals on the women’s side thanks to their thrilling 10-9 win over Dollard at the Eastern Championships. St-Lambert’s only previous trip to the National Finals as a club saw them win the 19U men’s championship two years ago. St-Lambert will be looking to pull a couple of surprises on their way to a 2nd title for the club.

The 2016-2017 National Finals are shaping up to be a fantastic event. Each of the sixteen teams that have qualified have truly earned their chance to compete for a national championship, battling through a rigorous and demanding qualification process that began last November. The National Finals begin Friday May 26th at the Repsol Centre in Calgary. Please see the NCL schedule for exact times and locations.

Water Polo Canada recognizes and appreciates the financial support of the following partners: Government of Canada, Government of Alberta, Alberta Sport Connection, City of Calgary, and Calgary Sport Tourism Authority.  


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