The 2022-23 Major League Water Polo Season (MLWP) got underway on the weekend at the University of Toronto Athletic Center and the Toronto Golden Jets senior men Gold team won three of its four Eastern Conference matches.
The team’s first game was against DDO, the 2019 National Champions from Montreal. The teams were close for each of the first three quarters which left the Jets holding a slim one goal edge entering the final quarter.
Then, the home team exploded for six unanswered goals and went on to capture a 19-10 victory.
Early the next day, the Jets were back in the water with a date against CAMO 2, another Montreal-based squad.
The game followed the previous day’s script with the Jets holding a slim one goal lead entering the final frame before the home side again exploded for a raft of goals en route to a 15-9 win.
After a couple of hours rest, the Jets were back at it facing off against CAMO 1 in what turned out to be a marquee match up.
The Jets fell behind by seven goals in the first half before mounting a tremendous comeback which saw the home side even things up at 17-17 mid way through the fourth quarter. But the energy expended to come all the way back then showed as CAMO 1 outscored the Jets 4-0 in the final four minutes to claim a 21-17 victory.
On the final day of competition, the Jets went up against last year’s national champions, Ottawa United 1. With a steady quarter-by-quarter build, the Jets captured the game 17-10.
The 3-1 record leaves the Golden Jets Gold team in second place heading into the second tournament which will take place in Montreal, January 20-22.
The top four teams in the Eastern Conference at the end of the season will qualify for the National Finals in Regina March 31, April 1-2 and will be joined by the top four teams in the Western Conference.