The Toronto Golden Jets senior men made it to another gold medal game at the National Championships.
The journey at the National Championships began with a quarter-final match up against CAMO 2 (Montreal) which gained the 8th seed due to the withdrawal of the #4 seed from the Western Conference.
Reflecting a layoff of 6 weeks between games, both teams took a quarter to get back into game form trading single goals. The Jets then jumped out to a two goal half-time lead thanks to a 4-2 second period.
The Jets blew the game open with a strong 5-0 third quarter to lead 10-3 heading into the 4th quarter. Another strong period from the Jets offence led to a 6-2 quarter and a 16-5 win.
Diego Gonzalez and Aiden Masters each had hat tricks to pace the Jets attack. Euan Schofield, Sukhmun Hare and Patrick Conn popped in a pair of goals apiece while single tallies came from the hands of Bruno Marunica, Timmy Pourkazemi, Tony Giannatsis and Rudy Despaigne.
With the victory, the Jets moved on to the semi-finals and a clash with CAMO 1. It was a closely fought contest through the first two quarters with the Jets taking the opening quarter 2-1 and the teams tieing 2-2 in the second leaving the Jets with a slim 4-3 advantage at halftime.
A 3-0 third quarter proved to be the difference as the Jets bought their place in the national final with a 10-5 win. Schofield, Marunica and Richard Laurie each scored twice. Gonzalez, Despaigne, Hare and goalie Emirhan Ozdemir (with a pool length shot into the empty net after CAMO 1 had pulled its goalie for an extra attacker) rounded out the scoring.
In the final, one quarter (the second) against the Ottawa Titans would sink the Jets’ hopes of another national title. The teams tied the other three quarters but the Titans roared to a 6-2 second quarter en route to a 11-7 victory.
Hare and Conn notched two goals each while Gonzalez, Marunica and Schofield chipped in with singles.
The Jets men only lost one game all year, going undefeated throughout the regular season and first two rounds of the Nationals.
Please note that the Council of Ontario Universities has announced that Ontario’s universities will maintain their COVID-19 vaccination and masking policies until at least the end of the current term.
The University of Toronto will maintain the requirement to wear masks in indoor spaces on all three campuses until at least the end of the academic term, including the exam period. Exceptions to this requirement can be found in the University’s Mask Guideline. As previously announced, we will also continue to require mandatory vaccination and health screening for the balance of the term.
Due to the on-going police presence and severe restriction of vehicle access into and around the UofT area, we have decided to postpone tomorrow’s tryout.
Also, in order to give ample time for parents to plan and for their children to have a proper tryout week, the Golden Jets first age group practices will occur as follows:
Thu Mar 3 – Central Tech High School – 7pm – 725 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5S 2R5 (northeast corner of Harbord)
Sat Mar 5 – UofT 50m Pool – 12noon – 55 Harbord Street (southeast corner of Spadina)
Sun Mar 7 – UofT 50m Pool – 5pm
This week will represent an opportunity to try practices as well as be evaluated. After the end of the week, anyone wishing to practice will need to register on-line with Water Polo Canada AND remit the club fee.
We will be sending out a reminder on the entry process for UofT (whatever that process will be given that the Province will be opening up events to full capacity).
We apologize for the short notice about the change but the road closures only just occurred late last night and are still in effect now (early Saturday evening).
George & Jacqui
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20 – 4:30pm arrival/check-in at turnstile; 4:45pm assemble in pool gallery to be walked to Spadina changerooom; 5pm practice start time. For those interested (all age groups), please email: firstname.lastname@example.org and more detailed info will be supplied.