JETS U16 BOYS HAVE STRONG LEAGUE WEEKEND

The Golden Jets U16 boys completed a very successful weekend of national league competition in Ottawa with a 3-2 record.

The Jets opened up the tournament with a 14-6 victory over DDO Gold (Montreal). The teams were tied 2-2 after one quarter as the Jets showed the signs of the long drive from Toronto right before playing. Then the Jets got untracked and went on a 7-0 run into the middle part of the third quarter to lead 9-2 at that point. Sebastien Nisker and Bora Kaya led the Jets with four goals apiece while Victor Grigoryan netted a hat trick. Nikola Reko chipped in with two goals and Alexander Papalazarou added the final marker.

The next day the Jets wasted no time in building a lead over the Laval Tritons (Montreal) winning the first quarter 4-0. Again the team stretched the lead to 9-2. Kane Law and Nisker each had four goals with Kaya adding a hat trick. Papalazarou and Reko both tallied twice with singles going to Charlie Bottrill and Niko Ivosevic.

The Jets made it three wins in a row by defeating Capital Wave (Ottawa) the next morning by a score of 11-4. The teams played a pair of 2-1 quarters to open the game with the Jets having the advantage in both quarters to lead 4-2 at the half. The team then went on a 5-0 run to put the game away. Reko led all scorers with five goals. Papalazarou added a pair while his brother, Leonidis, Kaya, Ivosevic and Law each scored once.

The final two games of the weekend were against two of the top four teams in the league and the young Jets team (one of the youngest in the league) knew it was in for a rough ride.

After the win over Capital Wave, the team was back in the pool later on Saturday to take on the Montreal Machine. The Jets totally surprised the Machine (and themselves!) by tieing the first quarter 2-2 and being tied 3-3 a few minutes into the second quarter. Then the Jets gave up four unanswered goals to close out the second quarter to trail 7-3. However, instead of rolling over, the Jets fought back in the second half and tied the next two quarters in an eventual 12-8 loss. Kaya carried the team with four goals while Nisker, Reko and both Papalazarou brothers notched one goal each.

On Sunday, the tired team had to face the Ottawa Titans and had a very tough go of it falling behind 10-0 at the half. Though the team won the second half 6-5, this was clearly a lesson in being prepared for the start of every game, regardless of opponent. Nisker with four goals and Reko with two handled the Jets scoring.

The big takeaway from the weekend is how much the team has already improved from the start of training in September. Coach Moh has the team focused on getting better every week and we are looking for even better things when the team hits the playoffs.

Congratulations to the entire team!

BLUES WOMEN ARE NCWP CHAMPIONS

For the second consecutive season, the University of Toronto Varsity Blues , composed entirely of Toronto Golden Jets players, defeated the McMaster Marauders to claim the National Collegiate Water Polo (NCWP) championship title.

The Blues topped the Marauders 11-2  to win their fifth straight provincial banner. Toronto claimed last year’s inaugural NCWP title after winning the OUA title for the previous three seasons.  The win gave the Blues five consecutive PERFECT seasons.

U of T earned its spot in the gold-medal match following a dominant 13-3 win over the University of Ottawa Gee Gees  in semi-final action.

Fifth-year veteran Ana Miroslavic (Toronto) was named the NCWP Championship MVP, while sophomore netminder Rachael Jaffe (Irvine, California) earned most valuable goaltender honours.  Alexandra Kraft (Rancho Santa Margarita, California) and Kassie Fraser (Vancouver) were both named NCWP all-stars.

The Blues lost the opening swim-off but promptly stole the ball at mid-pool and scored on the counterattack to open the scoring.

By the end of the first quarter the team had worked its way to a 4-0 lead.

In the second quarter, the Blues quickly popped in a couple of more goals before conceding a late goal on the penalty kill to end up with a 6-1 halftime advantage.

The Blues vaunted defence again shut out the Marauders attack as Jaffe   turned aside everything fired her way.  At the other end, the Blues struck for three more goals to go ahead 9-1 entering the final frame.

Miroslavic led all scorers with a hat trick.  Kraft , Fraser and Rhianna Wood  (Calgary) each tallied a pair of goals while Caitlyn Tiedje  (Calgary) and Anya Mysak  (Vancouver) added singles.

“The fact that we only gave up three goals and then two goals says that our defence was playing according to what we wanted them to do,” said head coach George Gross Jr., underlining the role the team’s strong recruitment process has played in its performance. “They stuck to the strategy and that’s important to any team concept.”

UofT MEN CAPTURE OUA CHAMPIONSHIP

The University of Toronto men’s water polo, composed almost entirely of Toronto Golden Jets players, won its second consecutive OUA championship by defeating Carleton 5-3 in Ottawa.

With the championship being held at Carleton, the final took on a decidedly different complexion than last year’s final which the Blues won in convincing fashion 7-0. This time, the Ravens, spurred on by a boisterous home crowd, opened the scoring late in the first quarter to take an early lead and erase any possibility of a repeat shutout loss.

The Ravens doubled the lead early in the second quarter. The 0-2 deficit appeared to wake up the moribund Blues attack and the Blues went off on a  4-0 run to finish the half ahead 4-2.

Carleton closed to within one in the third quarter but the Blues, on the power play, restored the two goal margin near the end of the third quarter.

Neither team could generate a goal as Blues standout goalie and co-captain Emirhan Ozdemir (Istanbul, Turkey) saved his finest work for the last quarter to ensure the win.  Co-captain Sukhmun Hare (Vancouver) led the scoring with two blistering outside shots while single tallies came from Stefan Mitic (Toronto) on the counterattack, Abdelrahmann Said (Cairo, Egypt) on the power play and Marko Avdalovic (Toronto) from the center forward slot.

Ozdemir was named the outsdtanding goalie and was joined on the All-Star team by Milos Radojcic (Toronto) and Euan Scoffield (Ottawa).

It marks the first time the Blues have won consecutive provincial titles since claiming three in a row from 2008-10. U of T wins their 11th OUA title in the past 16 years and 32nd overall in program history.

U14 BOYS WIN BRONZE MEDAL


 
 
The Golden Jets U14 boys team, under the tutelage of coach Slobodan Stojanovic, surprised even themselves by winning the bronze medal at the recently concluded K-W Winter Classic tournament in Kitchener.

With many of the players in their first year of water polo, the expectations were not high entering the competition. However, the team opened up on Day 1 with a pair of victories against Guelph (11-7) and Hamilton (15-7) before dropping a close decision to the Mavs Red (7-9).

On Day 2, the Jets played their final round robin game, this time against the host K-W team. The teams went toe-to-toe throughout the contest which eventually ended in a 9-9 tie. The tie meant that the two teams would meet in a rematch later on to decide the bronze medal. This time, it was another see saw game but the Jets eventually prevailed 9-8 to win the medal.

Congratulations to coach Stojanovic and all the players!

 

The World University Games (FISU)


The World University Games (FISU) got underway this weekend in Taipei, Taiwan. FISU is the second largest international sporting event behind he Olympic Games.
The Toronto Golden Jets placed five members on the team, four players and one staff.

Pictured from left to right are Mike Chapman, Paul Spooner, Andrei Velasevic and David Rapoport. The picture was taken at the Opening Ceremonies for the Games. Tomorrow the team faces off against South Africa and on Monday will play Serbia to complete the preliminary round robin phase (yesterday the wam fell to Hungary in its opening match).

Chapman and Spooner just graduated from the University of Toronto and were members of this year’s National Champions Jets senior men’s team. Velasevic (UofT) and Rapoport (George Brown College) are set to enter university next month and were members of the Jets U19 team that made it to the Final Four at the National Championships as well as playing on the Jets second senior men’s team.

Club Head Coach and Founder George Gross, Jr. (who took the picture) is the General Manager of the team and also received the Outstanding Coach Award at this year’s senior national championships.

Congratulations to Mike, Paul, Andrei and David for making the team!

NEW GOLDEN JETS WEB SITE IS NOW LIVE!

After some great, persistent and creative work on the parts of Sanja S., Pam B. and Tanya F., the new, updated Toronto Golden Jets web site is fully functional!!

The exact web address is: www.torontogoldenjets.ca

All of our previous web addresses will still seamlessly redirect everyone to this new site address.

As we get the day-to-day data input flowing smoothly, we will be looking for ideas on items of interest to add to the site.

Thanks again to Sanja, Pam and Tanya for their commitment to the club!

JETS U19 BOYS 4th


The Golden Jets U19 boys lost 12-10 to the Calgary Torpedoes in the bronze medal match at the recently concluded Canadian National Championships. David Rapoport led the way with five goals, Stefan Mitic added a hat trick and Luka Pejanovic notched the other tally.

The Jets U19 team was in its second straight Final Four National Championship and had an improved performance against Calgary which dominated the Jets last year.

Rapoport, Mitic and goalie Andrei Velasevic have a busy summer ahead as they will be representing Canada at the World Student Games in Taipei, Taiwan in August (more info to follow).

Congratulations to coach Predrag and the entire team!

JETS U19 BOYS AT FINAL FOUR


The Golden Jets U19 boys are in Calgary for the Canadian National Championships Final Four the result of a surprising move from 6th place to 2nd place at the Eastern Conference playoffs.

The Jets scored upset victories over DDO (quarter finals) and Ottawa Titans (semi-finals) to secure the Nationals berth.

The Jets faced B.C. Storm last night in the national semi-final.

This is the second year in a row the U19s qualified for the Final Four. Congratulations to Predrag and all the players!

JETS U14 BOYS 5TH


The Golden Jets U14 boys under the direction of Mohamed Rezk finished 5th at the recently concluded Ontario Provincial Championships.

The Jets started out nervously losing a close match to Hamilton 9-8. The heartbreak showed in the next match which saw the Jets fall 16-11. But the team picked up on the experiences and came back to win its final two games against Capital Wave of Ottawa (11-5) and Kitchener-Waterloo (11-9).

The team was made up almost exclusively of players with a year or less of water polo experience.

Congratulations to all the players and Moh for a job well done!

JETS GIRLS IN HAMILTON

The fledgling Golden Jets girls age group program went to its first full tournament this year in |Hamilton and came away with 2 wins and 2 losses despite not having a goalie.

This is a good start to build a competitive team for next season.

Congratulations to Anya, Macy, Penny, Diana, Elmire, Yooyin, Olivia, Anuska, Ashley and Zabia.