After a busy month of tournaments, Tsunami is excited to share with its members the many club successes at Provincial and Western Championships. Congratulations to all U12, U14, U16, and U19 athletes! Your dedication, hard work, and passion for the game were evident throughout the year. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Year-End Awards Banquet on June 10th where we will celebrate the amazing teams and athletes at Tsunami!
The Tsunami* U12 Boys* team is definitely an energetic group, which served them well at Provincials when they needed to play four (yes, FOUR) games in one day! The team ended their season with a nail-biter versus the Edmonton Thunderbirds. Finishing just one goal shy of a bronze medal, the U12 boys played with intensity, confidence, and unity to close out their season. Congratulations Dylan, Lucas, Lars, Nolan, Alex, Maxsim, Nandor, Leo, Truman, Andrej, Noa, Isiah, Titus, Maksim, Patrick, and Nikki!
This season our U12 and U14 female teams partnered with the Parkland Polo Bears to form the Tsunami Bears! Arguably the most enthusiastic team in the entire league, the U12 Tsunami Bear girls really came together this season and were always an exciting team to watch. Join us in congratulating the 2018 Alberta Water Polo Provincial Champions: The Tsunami Bears! Relying on their speed, energy, and shut-down defence, the Tsunami Bears defeated the Edmonton Thunderbirds in a close 7-4 gold medal final! Congratulations to Tsunami athletes Kendra, Caysi, Perrine, Kennedy, and Keely, as well as our Parkland teammates Madeline, Rosa, Penny, Madison, Elaine, Taiah, and Haley!
The Alberta U14 Boys competitive field was incredibly close this season with the Provincial Podium being a possibility for all teams. Tsunami started the day with a showcase of defensive strength on both sides with only four goals to be scored in the entire game! Unfortunately, our U14s struggled to find the back of the net and fell 3-1 to the Calgary Wild. After a strong comeback performance against the Calgary Destroyers, the U14 boys also finished their season off with a great game against the Edmonton Thunderbirds and a 7-5 victory! Throughout the season the Tsunami U14 Boys showed resilience, determination, and a strong bond as a team. Great season Daniel, Will, Niksa, Sean, Fin, Sean, Luc, Wyatt, Sandro, and Maksim!
The* U14 Tsunami Bear girls* team is young, but man are they fierce! With only three athletes at the top of the age bracket, this team is possibly the most improved team at our club this season! With some fantastic leadership from the team’s “seniors”, Tsunami Bears took home the 2018 silver medal at the Provincial Championships which qualified them for the U14 Western Championships in Edmonton. Now competing with the top U14 teams from across Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and BC, Tsunami Bears were ready to bring it! The girls played with pride, teamwork, and fervor to bring home a 6th place finish. Congratulations to our ever enthusiastic U14 girls: Ella, Darby, Chiara, Lilia, Amber, Rory, Brianna, Lauren, Tessa, Caysi, Kennedy, Keely, Kendra, Taiah, and Penny!
For the first time, Tsunami entered a team in the Alberta Water Polo Youth League this season. Tsunami’s U16 Boys team played against a tough field of teams throughout the year and always focused on playing their game. Alberta Open was an exciting weekend for the boys where their resiliency was tested. After a tough opening day, the boys battled back to bring home the bronze medal at the tournament! This season’s U16 boys are spirited and competitive. Congratulations Idreese, Alex, James, Finn, Blake, Drake, Santiago, Sean, Will, Luc, Sean, Sandro, and Wyatt! Tsunami also had three boys compete in the U16 NCL with the Calgary Torpedoes. James, Drake, and Finn, congratulations on an awesome season and fourth place finish at Westerns!
With the strongest regular season performance of any of Tsunami NCL team, our U16 Girls were a force to be reckoned with all year! Ranked second after the 20-game regular season, Tsunami was determined to bring home a medal in what was a very, very competitive U16 female division. With six out of the eight games at the Western Championships being determined by just one goal, all teams were going to need to fight for a podium spot which is exactly what Tsunami did. Finding themselves in the bronze medal match Sunday morning, the girls were hungry for the win. As a testament to just how close the season was, the bronze medal would be determined in a shootout. After a thrilling four-round shootout against Fraser Valley, Tsunami girls became back-to-back U16 Western Championship bronze medalists! Congratulations Alia, Lexi, Riley, Julianna, Mckenna, Bella, Ella, Abby, Cassidy, Gabby, Robyn, Gabrielle, Darby, Amber, and Lilia!
Tsunami also competed in the Alberta Youth League this season. Utilizing this platform for development, the Youth League Girls all experienced incredible improvement throughout the year! Typically playing without any subs, our Youth team was always ready to give it their all and showed great support for their teammates. Congratulations on your Youth League bronze medal Genna, Abby, Bella, Mckenna, Riley, Darby, and Chiara!
Tsunami’s U19 Boys combined with the Calgary Wild this season to compete in the Western NCL as the Tsunami-Wild. With all our U19 male athletes in either grade 12 or taking university classes, we applaud our U19 boys for their success as student-athletes. You set a terrific example for our younger generations! The Tsunami-Wild ended their season with an incredible display of grit and pride. After falling to the Calgary Torpedoes 10-5 at the half, our boys fought back in an exciting and faced-paced third and fourth quarters. Finishing just one goal shy (13-12 for the Calgary Torpedoes), Tsunami-Wild won the second half 7-3. Congratulations Milan, Diego, Moco, and Ethan on not just a great season, but a fantastic career with our club!
Tsunami’s U19 Girls made history this season by becoming the first Edmonton team to EVER qualify for NCL National Championships! This team set a very ambitious goal for themselves in September: Qualify for Nationals. Throughout the year these girls stayed focused on this goal and displayed unwavering dedication, an incredible work ethic, and a constant drive to compete to their potential. Entering Western Championships with a third-seed ranking, Tsunami knew their Nationals goal was within reach. Facing Pacific Storm in the semi-final with a spot at Nationals on the line, our girls did not let our 6-1 season record against Storm intimidate us. The game plan was simple: Win each quarter. First quarter: 3-2 Tsunami. Second quarter: 2-1 Tsunami. Third quarter: 3-1 Tsunami. Fourth quarter: 2-1 Tsunami. With a final score of 10-5, Tsunami secured a place at Nationals! Tsunami’s U19 girls are preparing and excited for Nationals in Montreal later this month. Congratulations Julia, Veronica, Taylor, Agustina, Lindy, Natalie, Gabby, Robyn, Cassidy, Alia, and Lexi! The girls are currently fundraising for Nationals, check-out their GoFundMe page! https://www.gofundme.com/support-tsunami-go-to-nationals