The Golden Jets U19 boys lost 12-10 to the Calgary Torpedoes in the bronze medal match at the recently concluded Canadian National Championships. David Rapoport led the way with five goals, Stefan Mitic added a hat trick and Luka Pejanovic notched the other tally.
The Jets U19 team was in its second straight Final Four National Championship and had an improved performance against Calgary which dominated the Jets last year.
Rapoport, Mitic and goalie Andrei Velasevic have a busy summer ahead as they will be representing Canada at the World Student Games in Taipei, Taiwan in August (more info to follow).
Congratulations to coach Predrag and the entire team!
The Golden Jets U19 boys are in Calgary for the Canadian National Championships Final Four the result of a surprising move from 6th place to 2nd place at the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The Jets scored upset victories over DDO (quarter finals) and Ottawa Titans (semi-finals) to secure the Nationals berth.
The Jets faced B.C. Storm last night in the national semi-final.
This is the second year in a row the U19s qualified for the Final Four. Congratulations to Predrag and all the players!
The Golden Jets U14 boys under the direction of Mohamed Rezk finished 5th at the recently concluded Ontario Provincial Championships.
The Jets started out nervously losing a close match to Hamilton 9-8. The heartbreak showed in the next match which saw the Jets fall 16-11. But the team picked up on the experiences and came back to win its final two games against Capital Wave of Ottawa (11-5) and Kitchener-Waterloo (11-9).
The team was made up almost exclusively of players with a year or less of water polo experience.
Congratulations to all the players and Moh for a job well done!
The fledgling Golden Jets girls age group program went to its first full tournament this year in |Hamilton and came away with 2 wins and 2 losses despite not having a goalie.
This is a good start to build a competitive team for next season.
Congratulations to Anya, Macy, Penny, Diana, Elmire, Yooyin, Olivia, Anuska, Ashley and Zabia.
The Golden Jets women played valiantly at the National Championships and came away with a 4th place finish.
In the semi-finals, the Jets surprised eventual national champion Team Saskatchewan by jumping out to an early 3-1 first quarter lead. But Team Sask came back with four unanswered goals in the second quarter to gain a lead they would never relinquish, eventually prevailing 7-5. Shae Fournier and Nicole Brown each scored twice and Ana Miroslavic added a single.
In the bronze medal game, the Jets faced off against last year’s national champions CAMO (Montreal) and never got untracked though the Jets did score the most goals they had all season against CAMO in losing 13-8. Fournier led the way with a hat trick while single tallies came from
Rhianna Wood, Tanya Robinson, Julie Szpara, Brittany Sinclair and Miroslavic.
Starting goalie Rachael Jaffe had a strong game against Team Sask and a strong first half against CAMO before giving way to fellow keeper Daniela Freeman.
The Toronto Golden Jets senior men won the National Championship title with a 4-3 win over the Mavs. It is the third championship in the last four seasons to go along with last year’s silver medal finish.
The Jets fell behind 2-0 in the first quarter and 3-1 at the half as the offence couldn’t get untracked. The Jets then scored the only goal of the third quarter on a Tuna Tali penalty shot to trail by one entering the final frame. The teams traded chances throughout the first half of the fourth quarter until Euan Scoffield tied it up on a power play with two and a half minutes to go. Then Milos Radojcic powered a long distance shot in with 44 seconds remaining to lift the Jets to the gold medal.
Scoffield scored twice to add to the singles by Tali and Radojcic.
Scoffield was named the tournament MVP. Goalie Emirhan Ozdemir was named the league’s best goaltender and coach George Gross, Jr. was named the recipient of the William Shaw Award as best coach.
In the semi-final a day earlier, the Jets fell behind B.C. Storm 3-0 but out scored their opponents 10-2 the rest of the way including five unanswered goals to start the fourth quarter to win 10-5.
The quarterfinal match saw the Jets give up the first and only goal they would enroute to a 12-1 win over Hammer WPC (Hamilton).
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MEN FOR A GREAT JOB!!!
The Toronto Golden Jets entered a second team in the U14 March Madness tournament in Etobicoke. The team was composed entirely of 11 and 12 year olds, the players that next year will form the core of the Jets U14 league team.
The youngest and smallest team at the tournament performed better and better with every game. The team only managed two goals in each of its first two games. Then, the team made a significant leap forward and scored 8 goals in each of its last three games.
The experience that the players gained from these games will be invaluable to their development and to their performance in U14 league play next year.
Great work boys!!!
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.