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
Today in Calgary, the Surrey Orcas Water Polo Club made club history when our 14U boys team won our first National Championship League medal. In just their first full year of NCL competition our 14U boys took the competition by storm and came home with the bronze medal.
The boys guaranteed themselves a berth in the medal round by winning their first two games in impressive form. In the final game of the preliminary round the boys were holding onto a one goal lead heading into the second half. Fraser Valley poured it on in the third and fourth quarters and we eventually fell 9-5.
Undeterred, the Orcas entered the medal round to do battle with the eventual gold medalists, Calgary Wild. This time the boys got off to an even better start. We lead 3-0 after the first quarter and were ahead 4-2 at the half. We were behind by a single goal after three quarters, but in the end the Wild prevailed 10-6.
The boys entered the bronze medal game determined to make the best of the lessons from the previous two games. Pacific Storm opened the scoring early in the first quarter. The Orcas countered with a goal of their own less than thirty seconds later. From that point forward the boys refused to surrender the lead. When the final buzzer sounded the Orcas had won the bronze medal with a hard fought 12-8 victory.
Click on the video below for the special message the boys had after their final game.