Water Polo Canada (WPC) announced earlier today that the National Championship League (NCL) would be transitioning to a series of Open National Championship events rather than the traditional league model for the 2021 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although WPC feels that this transition is best for the 2021 season, WPC does plan to return to the regular NCL format next fall for the 2021-2022 season.

Water Polo Canada’s objective is to host the following events between May and July 2021:

  • Senior National Championship
  • 19U National Championship
  • 17U National Championship
  • 15U Western National Championship
  • 15U Eastern National Championship


Hopefully everyone has been safe and healthy throughout the past five months.

An email will be coming with a few days with the latest update on what is happening beginning in September.

Due to the virus, UofT and high school pools have been shut and remain closed until the first week of September.

While the email coming out in a few days will detail some information, it will be incomplete due to the fact the clb has not been given answers as to pool availability, type of practice allowed, etc

Stay tuned!


It has been a while since we posted but interesting news out of the pool has surfaced (pun intended!).
Golden Jets and UofT women’s coach and 4-time Olympian David Hart is also a music composer and member of the “Occasional Angels” band.
David’s latest song “Oh, Delilah” has just dropped and there is another connection to the Golden Jets. The star of the song video is the Jets/UofT’s international Ana Miroslavic!
Have a look and listen (and remember to “Like”) at:


in this crazy time, all the coaches and executives at the Golden Jets are hoping every member and his/her family is safe and healthy AND doing the right thing by following the federal and provincial social distancing guidelines.

Some members have enquired about workouts to do at home.  Actually, we would have sent suggestions of specific things to do AND suggestions of web sites with videos to follow.  HOWEVER, we were prevented from doing this due to the WPC insurance situation.

Below you will find the amended clause of the WPC insurance policy relating to home training until September 20, 2020.  The process is very clear.

We hope you understand.

In consideration of premium charged it is understood and agreed that the Description of
Operations is amended to include Online Training until September 30, 2020 as per the following
terms and conditions:-
WATER POLO CANADA is permitted to conduct online classes in flexibility, strength &
conditioning only under the following restrictions:
• All instruction is to be carried out by a registered WATER POLO CANADA certified
• All individuals participating must be registered WATER POLO CANADA members and
must be recorded by the coach
• Publicly-accessible broadcast tools such as Facebook Live, YouTube, etc. and pre-recorded videos are not acceptable methods of delivering online training
• Permitted delivery tools must include the use of controlled, multi-screen video conferencing programs such as Skype or Zoom (ZOOMUS)
• All injuries are to be documented
• Instructors must advise WATER POLO CANADA in writing before the class and include the following information:
1. Date and time of the course
2. Instructor and instructor’s remote location, bearing in mind facilities are closed
3. Class Content (activities to be conducted)
4. Number of Participants (ensure all participants are WATER POLO CANADA members before the start of the session)
5. Class is limited to the number of participants that can be viewed on a single screen and no more than four (4) participants in one location while following the Provincial Physical Distancing Guidelines
6. Participants must have signed WATER POLO CANADA required Waivers and Consent Forms
Attached to and forming part of Policy Number Insured Effective Date
All other terms and conditions remain unchanged


In this crazy time, there are, of course, no competitions or club activites to report. No games. No practices. Certainly not what we all envisioned back in September.
Due to insurance issues with WPC, we cannot send you suggestions of workouts OR web sites to seek out to find workouts to do at home (see next post).
So, another thing that perhaps can help maintain the connection to water polo is game video. To that extent, club Head Coach and Founder George Gross, Jr. will be starting up a weekly or bi-weekly video review session of international, collegiate and Golden Jets club games.
Even if members are not involved in the actual video breakdown session, everyone can enjoy the game video on their own.
A few days before each video breakdown session, George will post a link to the game being reviewed. You can watch it beforehand to get familiar with the action and do your own analysis.
Our first video is the Hungary-Spain preliminary round game from this year’s European Championships (the teams met again later in the gold medal game). The game ended in a 11-11 tie. When you see the player introductions, you will see what we all wish we could have here!
You can find the video at:


The Toronto Golden Jets U19 boys players got their first taste of action this year at the 2019 K-W Winter Classic event last weekend.

The squad was comprised mostly of players not in the top unit of the team that will compete in the national league (NCL).

The Jets opened with a strong 15-6 win over Southwest.  That win was followed by a close one goal loss to the Mavs.  On the last day, the team only fielded 9 players due to the snow storm and lost 12-8 to the Shadow.

The team’s leading scorer throughout the tournament was Sebastien Nisker who averaged 5 goals a game.

Next up is the opening NCL tournament this weekend at Markham’s Pan Am pool.


With training for the age group part of the Golden Jets having just started and the senior teams not yet training regularly, the club placed four different line-ups in the water to play games at the University of Toronto Fall Classic.

First up, the Jets senior men had their first ever meeting against the United States Military Academy (ARMY). Army was making its first ever appearance in Canada.

The Jets jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead and finished the first quarter ahead 3-1. Then the Jets players’ experience kicked in as the team ran off a 6-0 second period. The final two quarters were low scoring affairs with the Jets winning both by a goal (2-1, 3-2) to win 14-4.

Rudy Despaigne led the way with a hat trick while Tuna Tali and David Rapoport each netted a pair of goals. Sukhmun Hare, Paul Spooner, Emirhan Ozdemir, Petar Kovacevic, Dusan Lazarevic and Kane Law added singles.

The next day, the Jets U19s (plus one) faced off against Ann Arbor (Michigan) and came away with a 15-6 victory. The opening quarter was close as the Jets opened up a 4-2 advantage. Then a 4-0 run in the second period paved the way to a 8-3 half time lead. The teams traded goals throughout the third quarter until the Jets exploded for three goals in the last minute and a half to surge out in front 14-5.

Rapoport led all scorers with five goals. Kovacevic and Luka Pejanovic each notched a hat trick while four other added single tallies.

In the second of three matches on the day, a Jets Co-Ed line-up took on a Cleveland Co-Ed team and had its way with a 16-3 win.
The Jets ran away with things in the first quarter scoring five unanswered goals. Then, from the middle of the second period until the last minute of the game, the Jets went on a 10-0 run.

Age group head coach Predrag Pejanovic popped in two markers and eight others shared the rest of the scoring.

The third game of the day featured another game against Ann Arbor but this time the Jets Co-Ed team hit the pool instead of the U19s.

The game proved to be a thrilling one with numerous lead changes. The teams traded goals five times to be in a 5-5 tie early in the second quarter. The Jets then fell behind 11-9 entering the final frame but roared back with three unanswered goals to take the lead. Ann Arbor promptly tied things up at 12. With a minute and a half to go, the Jets found the back of the net to take the lead only to see the visitors score with one second left to leave the game in a dead heat.

Rapoport again paced the attack with a hat trick while newcomer Melchior Rochefoucauld, Leo Baotic and Sebastien Nisker all potted a pair of goals. Bora Kaya, Ahmad Wagner, Pejanovic and Law rounded out the scoring.

The tournament proved to be a great way for the Jets players from various age groups to get the feel of the ball again! Good job!


Toronto Golden Jets MVP goalie, Rachael Jaffe, just completed a great run representing Canada at the FISU World University Games in Naples, Italy.
Jaffe provided outstanding goal tending right from the start of the tournament as Canada opened with a 12-10 win over an impressive Japan team. In the game, Jaffe stopped two penalty shots and continually thwarted dangerous Japanese scoring opportunities.
After a loss to eventual champion Hungary and two easy victories against France and the Czech Republic, Canada had to face its international nemesis the USA in the knockout quarter final.
Jaffe came up with numerous key saves that had the American players wondering where this goalie came from. The teams battled to a 5-5 regulation tie, the low scoring affair a testament to the great goal tending. In the penalty shootout to decide the winner, the Americans shot second and matched goals with Canada for 4 rounds. Then the Canadians completed a perfect first round and watched as Jaffe made the only save of the round to send Canada on to the semi-finals.
Eventually, Canada finished in 4th place with its only losses coming against the three medal winners.
Rachael will take a brief break after a prolonged training and competition season before getting back in the pool in Toronto at the end of August with UofT and the Golden Jets.
Congratulations to Rachael!


The Toronto Golden Jets and Ottawa Titans combined forces this year to create the “Golden Titans” team to enter the U19 NCL (National Championship League). And the result was spectacular as the team won the Eastern Conference playoffs and qualified for the Final Four National Championships in Calgary later this month.

The team had significant contributions from Jets members Luka Pejanovic, Petar Kovacevic and Maksim Cuturillo.  U16 All-Star Bora Kaya was also a scoring contributor and Naum Dimitrijevic and Kane Law were also part of the winning unit.

The third seeded Golden Titans opened the weekend with a quarterfinal match against Mavs DS. The team led 5-3 after one quarter and extended the lead to 9-6 by the half. Then a pair of plus 4 quarters led to an easy 19-8 victory.

Diego Gonzalez paced the attack with 5 goals while Pejanovic added 4. Bogdan Djerkovic and Kovacevic each had hat tricks. Filip Lukic chipped in with a pair while Nikola Cugalj and Cuturillo added singles.

The semi-finals match was a hotly contested and physical affair with the second seeds from DDO Black (Montreal). DDO had beaten the Golden Titans in both games during the regular season including a five goal win. The teams fought to a 2-2 first period tie and the Golden Titans edged ahead 5-4 at the half. After the break, the Golden Titans turned it on and widened the margin to 9-5 heading into the final frame. However, DDO potted 3 goals int he first 3 minutes to close to within one. A Golden Titans goal with a little over a minute remaining was the final tally in a 10-8 win.

Cuturillo led all scorers with 5 goals. Gonzalez and Pejanovic both notched a pair with Djerkovic adding the other. With the win, the Golden Titans secured a spot in the National Final Four. All that was left was to play for the gold medal and a higher seed at the Finals.

The championship final pitted the Golden Titans against the number one seed Mavs. The Golden Titans had lost both times during the regular season. The Golden Titans opened strong and jumped into a 3-1 first quarter lead. A 3-2 second period extended the lead by one to 6-3. An identical third quarter put the Golden Titans up 9-5 heading into the final period where the team cruised to a 10-7 gold medal victory.

Curalj, Cuturillo, Djerkovic and Gonzalez each contributed two goals to the cause while Leandro Velasquez and Kaya added singles.

The Golden Titans now move on to the NCL Finals in Calgary May 23-25.



The Toronto Golden Jets U16 boys team finished off a strong season by placing 4th at the Eastern conference playoffs in Ottawa.
The Jets started out with a tough match against DDO (Montreal) and led 3-2 after the first quarter. DDO returned the favour in the second quarter sending the teams to half time tied at 5-5. The Jets repeated the first quarter to lead 8-7 after three quarters as each of the first three periods ended in 3-2 scores.
Then, after DDO tied it up early in the 4th, the Jets scored three unanswered goals and went on to win 13-11 to advance to the semi-finals.
Captain Bora Kaya led the way for the Jets with 6 goals. Dario Lucic added a hat trick with Eddie Elias and Alex Papalazaropu each netting two goals to round out the scoring.
In the semi-finals, the Jets had to face the #1 seeded Mavs. The Jets fought hard trailing 8-4 at the half and 10-6 late into the third quarter. However, the team tired and wound up losing 15-8.
Nisker paced the attack with three goals with Elias again adding a pair. Daniel Press, Kaya and Lucic notched singles.
The game for the bronze medal featured a match against the host Ottawa Titans. The match proved to be hard fought and close throughout as three of the four quarters ended up in ties. The Jets lost the second quarter by two goals including giving up a power play goal with nly 5 seconds remaining in the half. That quarter proved to be the difference as the Titans won 10-8.
Kaya led the way with 5 goals giving him a dozen over the three playoff games. Lucic added a pair giving him a total of 6 goals. Nisker added the other for his fourth tally.
Kaya’s performance was recognized by his selection to the Eastern Conference All-Star team.
Congratulations to the players and coaches on a great season!!!