The Toronto Golden Jets boys U14 team comprised of 13 year olds had a tremendous weekend at the March Madness tournament in Etobicoke. The team won the bronze medal out of the 16 teams.
The Jets won both of their round robin games to start the tournament defeating Ottawa 15-5 and Mavs Red 9-5. This was followed by two losses to the eventual gold and silver medal winning teams which set the stage for the bronze medal game against Montreal Machine.
The Jets trailed 4-1 entering the final quarter of play but roared back to tie the game 5-5 and win the bronze medal on goal differential.
The Toronto Golden Jets senior men and women traveled to Etobicoke and swept a doubleheader from the Mavs to wrap up their respective regular seasons in MLWP play.
The men began the evening getting out to a 4-3 first quarter lead. Then the team scored 5 unanswered goals to lead 7-3 at the half and then 9-3 into the third quarter. In the end, the Jets men prevailed 11-6.
Tuna Tali led all scorers with 4 goals, Euan Scoffield added a hat trick, Rudy Despaigne scored twice and Mike Chapman and Sukhmun Hare chipped in with singles.
Then it was the women’s turn and the Jets went out in front 3-2 at the end of the first quarter. The team extended its lead to 4-2 at the half. Then a two minute lapse in concentration at the start of the third quarter by the entire team saw the lead evaporate and the team trailing by one. However, the Jets women picked up their game and regained the lead 6-5 by the end of the quarter. That score stood up as the teams failed to score in the final frame.
Ana Miroslavic and Danielle Zanardo each netted a pair of goals while Tanya Robinson and Julie Szpara added singles.
Both teams now move on to the Championship Finals this weekend in Markham.
The UofT women had our banner raising ceremony a couple of days ago along with other of our school’s champion teams and I thought you might like to see the banner.
It is the first ever National Collegiate Water Polo (NCWP) banner presented as the university programming in Canada is now moving from a regional to a national format. It also represents our 4th consecutive perfect season.
All of the UofT women that earned this historic banner are members of the current Golden Jets senior women’s team.
The Golden Jets men clinched the Eastern Conference regular season title and the #1 seed at the National Finals with a 15-5 win at home versus Hammer WPC (Hamilton).
The Jets jumped out to a quick 4-1 first quarter lead and extended the lead to 7-2 by the half. The teams traded goals in the third before the Jets pumped in 5 unanswered 4th quarter goals.
Milos Radojcic led the Jets with 4 goals. Rudy Despaigne, Sukhmun Hare and Euan Scoffield each scored a hat trick while Mike Chapman and Tuna Tali added singles.
The Golden Jets women’s team went to Hamilton and came away with a 9-4 win over Hammer WPC to clinch first place in the Eastern Conference South Division and get the #2 seed at the National Finals.
The first quarter was a tight, low scoring affair that left the Jets ahead 2-1. The Jets then extended the lead to 6-2 in the second quarter.
Nicole Brown led the way with a hat trick while Katrina Jensen popped in a pair. Single tallies were scored by Ana Miroslavic, Brittany Sinclair, Kassie Fraser and Rhianna Wood.
Rachael Jaffe and Daniela Freeman were solid in the cage giving up only one goal per quarter in their respective halves.
The second Golden Jets team in the men’s national league (Toronto Silver Jets) escaped the East Conference cellar of the MLWP with a 12-12 in Hamilton against Hammer WPC.
The teams were deadlocked 3-3 after the opening quarter. Hammer then ran off three unanswered goals before the Silver Jets could respond leaving Hammer up 6-4 at the half. The Silver Jets roared back in the third to take a 8-7 lead only to see it slip away in the last minute as Hammer scored twice to lead 9-8 entering the final frame. It appeared bleak when Hammer scored to go up 12-10 with two minutes remaining but the Silver Jets were relentless and scored twice to produce the 12-12 result.
Stevo Djordjevic led the way with 5 goals while David Rapoport notched 4. Alex Ioannou scored twice and Victor Brancus added a single.
The Silver Jets will enter the National Finals as the 7th seed and will play a quarter-final match against #2 seed CAMO (Montreal).
The Golden Jets U19 boys travelled to Montreal on the weekend to play
5 games in NCL league action.
First up, on Friday night, was the Capital Wave (Ottawa). The Jets jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back winning 20-4. David Rapoport and Stefan Mitic each scored a whopping 7 goals to pace the Jets. Luke Pejanovic and Victor Brancus each added a pair while Maksim Cuturillo and Phillip Iannou scored once. Goalies Andrei Velasevic and Igor Jovanovic combined to only allow an impressive four goals.
Saturday morning, the Jets faced off against division-leading Ottawa Titans. The Jets fell behind 2-1 at the end of the first quarter and still trailed by one, 5-4, at the half. The team found itself down 8-5 with only three minutes to go but roared back in the final two and a half minutes to score four unanswered goals and pull out a thrilling 9-8 victory. Rapoport and Cuturillo led the way with hat tricks, Iannou notched a pair and Pejanovic tallied the other goal.
Later that day, the Jets went up against Quebec division leading CAMO (Montreal). The Jets trailed 5-2 after one quarter of play and closed the deficit by one to lag behind by two at the half. Perhaps tired from the strenuous morning game, the Jets rallied time and again to keep the two goal deficit but couldn’t get over the hump losing 13-10. Rapoport drummed home 5 goals, Marko Avdalovic posted a hat trick, Mitic notched a pair and Pejanovic and Iannou each scored once.
Sunday morning found the Jets up against Friday night’s opponent, Capital Wave. The Jets again jumped ahead early leading 4-1 at the end of the first quarter. They extended the lead to 7-2 at the half and again to 10-4 after three quarters before coasting home to a 13-7 win. Raporport, Cuturillo and Mitic all scored hat tricks to pace the Jets attack. Iannou potted a pair while Pejanovic and William Qiu tallied once.
The final game was against Montreal’s DDO. DDO had thumped the Jets in their first meeting in November but found themselves down 3-2 to the Jets at the end of the initial quarter of play. The Jets then extended the lead to 6-4 at the half. The teams battled even in the third quarter and the Jets led 10-8. Then, in the final three minutes, the Jets scored three unanswered goals to ice the game, winning 14-9 in a huge upset. Rapoport scored an incredible 9 goals in the game. Mitic added a pair while Cuturillo, Iannou and Brancus netted one apiece.
The four wins moved the Jets into second place in the Ontario Division behind the Titans.Great job
The Golden Jets U19 boys team defeated the Mavs 13-10 in NCL play.
The Jets jumped out to a quick 4-0 first quarter lead and ended the quarter up 5-2.
The team extended the lead to 8-4 at the half and then to 12-7 early in the fourth quarter.
David Rapoport led the way with an amazing 7 goals. Stefan Mitic added 4 goals while Luka Pejanovic and Phillip Ioannou netted singles.
The Toronto Golden Jets gold team went 2-1 to start the 2017 MLWP season.
Driving six hours to Montreal, the team arrived on deck just in time to play its game against the defending MLWP champion Montreal CAMO.
No one expected what then happened. The Jets jumped out to a 5-0 first quarter lead and never looked winning 14-5.
Daniel Ugray led the way with 4 goals. Rudy Despaigne, Euan Scoffield and Mike Chapman each scored a pair with singles going to Milos Radojcic, Matt Hart, Sever Topan and Sukhmun Hare.
The next day it was a tilt against the Mavs, a team sporting three National Team members. The first quarter was a tight affair with the Jets edgin out inf ront 3-2. The Jets widened the gap to 6-3 at the half. Then, thanks to some stifling defence which held their opponents goalless, the Jets went into the 4th quarter leading 9-3 before settling for a 12-8 victory.
Despaigne and Ugray each notched 4 goals while Tuna Tali, Paul Spooner, Hart and Topan scored once.
A few hours later it was back in the pool against the Ottawa Titans, also reinforced by National Team players in from Calgary where the team is centralized. The Jets were never in the game at the start falling behind 6-1 into the second quarter. However, the team pulled itself together to close the gap to 9-7 half way through the 4th quarter before a phantom game exclusion call on Ugray put the team down for 4 minutes ultimatelyending with a 11-7 loss.
The Golden Jets U14 boys traveled to Ottawa for a weekend tournament and grew significantly as a team and individually from the experience.
The highlight of the weekend was a 8-5 win over Capital Wave of Ottawa. In the game, the Jets fell behind 0-2 at the end of the opening quarter and were tied 4-4 at the end of the third. A strong 4-1 4th quarter was the difference for the Jets.
Another highlight was a close 7-5 loss to Shadow WPC with the Jets again being tied 4-4 at the end of the third quarter.
The Jets also lost 11-7 to Hamilton which will prove to be a benchmark for improvement as the teams will meet again at the Provincial Championships.
Over the weekend numerous Jets players found the back of the net: Alex Papalazarou led the way with 6 goals while Serafim Kotyarov, Leo Papalazarou and Sebastien Nisker netted 5 goals apiece. Mateo Vukovic notched 4 goals. Mateo Vukovic added 3 goals and singles went to Riley Finkel, Jonathan Longphee and Charlie Botterill.
Great job boys!