JETS MEN’s GOLD TEAM SWEEPS WEEKEND GAMES

The Toronto Golden Jets GOLD team entry in the Canadian Senior Men’s National League (MLWP) finished off the regular season by winning all four of its games last weekend at home at the University of Toronto.
 
Before the weekend began, the Jets’ first opponent, Ottawa Titans Black was sitting comfortably in first place in the Western Division of the Eastern Conference. The two teams had met in late January in Montreal with the Titans winning 5-3.
 
The game proved to be a defence-first affair for both teams that led to only a single first quarter goal by the visitors. The Jets rebounded with three qoals of their own in the second quarter as they shut out the Titans to lead 3-1 at the half. Neither team could score in the third quarter. Ottawa managed a goal in the final frame but that was it for both teams and the Jets escaped with a narrow 3-2 win.
 
Sukhmun Hare with a pair and Euan Schoffield handled the Jets scoring while goalie Emirhan Ozdemir was outstanding.
 
The next day, the Jets were up against the second Ottawa team (Titans Blue) and the team wasted no team asserting its dominance by running up identical 4-0 quarters to end the first half ahead 8-0. The second half was much of the same and the Jets left the pool 15-1 winners.
 
Colin Colterjohn and Hare led the way with hat tricks while Brett Luehmann, Paul Spooner and Scoffield netted a pair each. Single tallies went to Chris Vang, Stefan Mitic and Tuna Tali. Back-up goaltender Andrew Chorniy was nearly flawless.
 
Later in the day, the Jets would match up against the Eastern Division leaders, DDO Black (Montreal). The teams traded goals twice in the first quarter to end it deadlocked 2-2. The Jets again scored twice but held DDO to one and led 4-3 at the half. As against Ottawa Black the night before, neither team could score in the third quarter. However, the Jets roared out to a 5-1 fourth quarter to win 9-4.
 
Scoffield notched a hat trick, Rudy Despaigne and Luehmann scored twice each while Colterjohn and Vang added singles. Ozdemir again was outstanding in goal.
 
The final match for the Jets Gold team was the next day versus DDO Gold (Montreal). The Jets eased out to a 3-0 first quarter lead and then fired in six more in the second period to lead 9-1 at the half. The Jets kept going and finished up with a convincing 19-2 victory. Luehmann and Tali led all scorers with four goals apiece with Vang netting a hat trick. Colterjohn, Despaigne and Scoffield each scored twice while Matt Hart and Hare added singles. Chorniy again was nearly flawless in the goal.
 
The Jets now move on to the National Championship Finals in Montreal March 23-25 and will open their defence of the title with a quarter-final match up against Team Saskatchewan.
 

GOLDEN WAVE SWEEPS WEEKEND

The Golden Jets senior women had a historic weekend to conclude the MLWP regular season sweeping their three games.

Bolstered by two players from Capital Wave, sisters Veronica and Valeria Rojas, the team (named “Golden Wave” to reflect the combined effort of the Golden Jets and Capital Wave clubs) scored a huge first-ever win over CAMO (Montreal) in the final game of the weekend and season.

Until late in the second quarter, four times CAMO scored only to see the Golden Wave respond to tie things up. However, the team could not respond to a late CAMO goal before the end of the first half and trailed 5-4 heading into the third quarter. The same scenario played out in that quarter as the Golden Wave tied it up only to see CAMO retake the lead near the end of the quarter.

Right after the swimoff to begin the final quarter, the Golden Wave scored to tie it up 6-6 and followed that up with two more goals to take a 8-6 lead after two and a half minutes. CAMO got one of those back at the half way mark which then set up a nail-biting back and forth final three and a half minutes in which neither team could break the other’s defence and the Golden Wave held on for its monumental  8-7 win.  Ana Miroslavic and Rojas (Valeria) led the way with two goals apiece while Cairlyn Tiedje, Rojas Veronica), Kassie Fraser and Brittany Sinclair added singles.

The Golden Wave opened the weekend with a 12-4 win over St. Lambert (Montreal). The game started slowly for the team which led 1-0 after the opening quarter. The lead was extended to 5-2 at the half and 9-3 at the end of three quarters as the players began to mesh better with each quarter played. Shae Fournier led all scorers with five goals while Tiedje followed with four goals. Miroslavic, Ali Kraft and Nicole Brown notched singles.

Later on in the evening, the Golden Wave was back in the pool against DDO (Montreal) and flew out to a 7-0 first quarter lead. The team never looked back and ended the game with a convincing 15-1 victory. Fournier again led all scorers with four goals. Miroslavic and Rojas (Valeria) each had a hat trick, Fraser and Rojas (Veronica) scored twice and Brown added the final tally.

The perfect weekend gave the Golden Wave first place in the Western Division of the Eastern Conference. The MLWP Championships are the weekend of March 23-25 in Montreal.

SILVER JETS END SEASON STRONGLY

The second senior Jets team in the National League (MLWP) had an excellent weekend to wrap up its 2018 season.

The weekend began with a convincing victory over the Ottawa Titans Blue squad.  The Silver Jets got off to a quick 3-0 first quarter lead and kept extending the lead to where they led 11-1 after three quarters.  Arnau Peral led all scorers with 4 goals while David Rapoport and Petar Kovacevic each had a pair.  Maksim Cuturillo, Luka Pejanovic, Harrison Young, Richard Laurie and Mohamed Rezk each chipped in with a tally.

The next day, the Silver Jets faced off against the Ottawa Titans Black team and though they played hard losing the first two quarters each by 4-2 scores, the team fell 17-6.  Cuturillo had a hat trick while Young, Peral and Kovacevic added singles.

Later Saturday, it was a match-up against the DDO (Montreal) Gold squad.  The game proved to be the most exciting of the weekend as the Silver Jets just kept coming back from deficits of 3-1, 5-4 and 7-6 to tie things up at 8-8.  Cuturillo was again the top marksman with four goals.  Pejanovic had a pair with singles supplied by Rapoport and Peral.

Sunday’s first game was against the DDO Black team.  As expected, the Silver Jets fell behind early and trailed 9-4 after three quarters.  However, the team went on a magical run by scoring four unanswered goals to pull within 9-8 in the last half minute.  Unfortunately, they could not get the ball back and the game ended on that note.  Rapoport led the way with four tallies, Cuturillo had a pair and Pejanovic and Kovacevic potted one goal apiece.

The fifth game of the weekend was also the final game of the season and the Silver Jets did not mail it in.  Facing the tough and in-shape National Team U19 East team, the Silver Jets never backed down in losing 9-7.  Rapoport and Pejanovic notched a pair of goals each while Cuturillo, Laurie and Arnau added the others.

Coach Predrag Pejanovic was very pleased with the performance of the team and deserves the credit for preparing the players in the proper way.

Congratulations to the Silver Jets players on a great  season!

SENIORS IN ACTION ALL WEEKEND AT UofT

Canada’s national senior water polo league, Major League Water Polo (MLWP) will feature all the men’s and women’s Eastern Conference teams this weekend (March 9-11) at the University of Toronto.

The Golden Jets team, defending National Champions, will play Friday night at 8pm against league-leading Ottawa Titans Black, Saturday at 2pm versus Ottawa Titans Blue and 8:15pm against DDO Black (Montreal) as well as Sunday at 2pm versus DDO Gold.

The Silver Jets have five games on the weekend:  Friday night at 9:15 against Ottawa Titans Blue; Saturday at 5pm versus Ottawa Titans Black and 9:30pm against DDO Gold; Sunday at 1pm versus DDO Black and 5pm vs the National Team East U19 team.

The Golden Jets women have a double header on Saturday with games at 4:30pm against St. Lambert (Montreal) and 8:15pm versus DDO.

The weekend action concludes the regular season for all three teams.  The finals are in Montreal two weeks from now (March 23-25).

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!