For the first time in Tsunami history, not only did the club have one U14 team qualify for the NCL Western Championships, but two Tsunami teams were present at Canada’s most elite U14 competition this year!
Tsunami’s U14 girls concluded their season with a silver medal finish at the U14 Western Championships which was the highest result of any Tsunami NCL team this season. As Alberta’s 2017 Provincial Championships, Tsunami’s U14 girls experienced an undefeated Winter League Season making them a team to watch at Westerns.
After a strong weekend with wins over Saskatchewan’s Team Prairie, British Columbia’s Fraser Valley, and Alberta’s Calgary Seawolves and Calgary Mako, Tsunami earned a spot in the Championship game. Although Pacific Storm came out with the win, Tsunami’s U14 girls team had a terrific weekend.
“This was such a fun group to watch grow throughout the season and I feel very privileged to have been a part of the journey this year,” says Raine Paul, U14 Girls Head Coach. “This group of girls shows tremendous potential and I am so excited to watch them develop as a team in the future! Their work ethic, dedication, and bond as a team make them a dangerous team for anyone to play against. Storm may have had the edge on us this time…but I am already looking forward to a rematch in two years!”
With so many talented players, this U14 squad was successful this season because every girl stepped up and was determined to help the team succeed.
“Talk about a team with a ton of talent and potential. Wow, you would never guess from the way these girls play that this is their first year playing together,” says Chris Toy, U14 Westerns Assistant Coach. “Strong hole sets, a roster full of speed for the counter, dangerous shooters, an all-star goalie, and terrific teammates…this is definitley a team to take seriously. Skittles for everyone (the girls will understand)!”
Aside from the team’s success this year, Alia Burlock and Caylie Forrest were recognized for their terrific play this season. Alia Burlock won the Top Defensive Player Award at the U14 Western Championships while Caylie Forrest was named the Most Valuable Goalie at the 2017 John Csikos Alberta Open.
Congratulations to all athletes on this year’s U14 Girls Team:
- Caylie Forrest
- Camryn Forrest
- Riley Zilkie
- Bella Carriere
- Lillia Kahanyshyn
- Ella Cowan
- Darby Haysom
- Kennedy Seaborne
- Abby Costantino
- Alia Burlock
- Mckenna Collinson
- Kendra Justice
Tsunami’s U14 boys team also qualified for the 2017 Western Championships and ended their season with an 8th place finish at Westerns. Having the opportunity to compete against the strongest U14 teams in Western Canada was a terrific learning experience for this team and gave them a taste for the competition level they will face in the future.
“Their passion for water polo and hunger to learn is what make our U14 boys team so special. This group of boys eat, sleep, and breath water polo and their passion is inspiring for coaches,” says Raine Paul, U14 Boys Head Coach. “Although we had some tough games at Westerns, the boys used the experience to further motivate them to work hard and stay driven in their goal to become a competitive NCL team.”
Qualifying for Westerns was a huge success for this U14 team after they snagged the third, and final, Westerns qualification spot with their bronze medal at this seasons Provincial Championships. Tsunami is very proud of the progress this team made throughout the season and believes that their is a lot of potential in this team.
“The U14 boys are definitley a team full of promise. Their positive attitudes and dedication to the sport make them a team to watch in the future,” says Chris Toy, U14 Westerns Assistant Coach. “This squad has all the pieces necessary to one day be very, very competitive. I am excited to watch them grow over the next couple seasons.”
Join Tsunami in congratulating this season’s U14 Boys Team:
- Findlay Gillies
- Minh Nguyen
- Alexander Gobeil
- Sandro Nevesinjac
- Drake Tinkler
- James Glaser
- Idreese Househ
- Jacob Mydland
- Luc Tessier
- Sean Theriault
- Alex Landshoff