Four members of the Orcas 18U team were invited to join the Coca-Cola West Coast All-Stars during the recent 21st Annual Valentines International Classic. Other members of team Coca-Coal were athletes from the Saanich Water Polo School 18U team, a proud member of our Orcas alumni, and a very versatile veteran Russian player.
Now in it 21st year, this international event attracts teams from far and wide who come together to compete in Saanich B.C.
The Coca-Cola West Coast All-Stars came through the preliminary round with three wins including a see-saw one goal victory over Team UBC. Team Coca-Cola faced the formidable home town Mavericks in the Open Division championship game. At the end of four action packed quarters our 18U boys were awarded their well deserved first place medals.
Our 16U Spartan boys team was entered in the uber competitive 17U category.
They finished the preliminary round with a hard fought 2 and 2 record. In the second round of the tournament, the boys saved their best for last and played a disciplined game that resulted in a 14-5 victory and a fourth place tournament finish.
Our 14U Orcas boys found themselves in water polo’s version of the group of death. Although they did not win any of preliminary games the boys narrowed the goal deficit with each successive match.
The boys played a balanced team game that resulted in a 14-12 victory to open the second round of the tournament. While their final game did not result in a victory it was, in coach Vladimir’s words, their most complete game.
The Spartans 16U boys team recently returned from a very successful trip to the Pacific Winter Classic Tournament in San Diego.
The trip started with an exhibition game that allowed the team to adapt to the concept of playing in outdoor pools in the dead of winter. Day one of the 12 team tournament was very successful with victories of 13-4 and 14-4.
The competition got stiffer in the semi-finals. With the game tied and a trip to the tournament championship on the line, the Spartans sealed the deal by scoring the game winning goal with just 15 seconds left in the game.
We lost 10-5 in the final but were very proud to bring home the silver medal and some great California memories.
A visit to the beach at Torrey Pines State Park was one of the highlights of the trip. A huge shout-out goes Coach Vladimir and Chaperone Eric for ensuring the boys had a first class experience both in and away from the pool.
Both of our Spartans teams made it to the medal round at the recent 13th Annual Spooktacular hosted by The Saanich Water Polo School.
The Spartans are comprised of athletes from a number of Lower Mainland Water Polo League clubs who come together to compete in high performance events under the direction of Orcas Head Coach Vladimir Ushakov.
The Spartans boys high school team finished an impressive second place in the round robin phase of the tournament. Their only loss to that point was by a single, last second, buzzer beating goal.
The boys forged on to the medal round and earned their way into the bronze medal game. In an epic seesaw battle the boys lost by a single goal to the host Saanich team.
The Spartans 14U boys cruised through the round robin portion with a perfect 3-0 record. They followed that up with another win and earned their way into the gold medal game. The gold medal game saw us face a very familiar opponent, our friends from Fraser Valley. While they had to settle for the silver medal, our 14U Spartans should all be every proud of their Spooktacular accomplishments this past weekend