Edmonton Tsunami Water Polo Club is proud to congratulate our 2017 U16 NCL Girls team on their third place finish at this year’s Western Championships. For the first time in club history Tsunami registered in the U16 female category and is thrilled to find the podium in our first NCL appearance at this level.
Tsunami upset the tournament’s first seed team, Pacific Storm, in the bronze medal match with a 10-7 win– their only win over Pacific Storm this season. This bronze medal game was the teams strongest performance of the year and a great way to conclude their 2016-17 season.
With only two athletes ever competing on an NCL team prior to this season, Tsunami’s U16 girls team’s success was a direct result of months of dedication, perseverance, and hard work from this outstanding group of athletes. After a tough start to the season with a 1-9 record, this Tsunami squad showed their resilience and not once lost sight of their goal to medal at Western’s.
“Both Tarilyn and I knew from the start of the season that this was a unique group of girls and felt that they were going to do something really special by the end of the season,” says Raine Paul, Tsunami U16 Girls Head Coach. “From day one this team supported, encouraged, and pushed each other to strive for excellence. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such an outstanding group of atheltes this season.”
With only three of the twelve members on this team moving up to U19 next season, this will be an exciting group to watch next season at the U16 category.
Aside from the strong performance of this U16 team, Tsunami would like to congratulate the following athletes on their individual accomplishments from the 2016-17 season:
Taylor Halbauer U16 Western Conference Top Goal Scorer (66 goals in 19 games)
Taylor Halbauer U16 Western Conference All Start Team Member
Lindy Justice 9th Top Goal Scorer in Western Conference (30 goals in 19 games)
Alia Burlock 12th Top Goal Scorer in Western Conference (28 goals in 19 games)
Tsunami 2017 U16 Girls
- Tyler Forrest
- Ella Cowan
- Taylor Halbauer
- Lindy Justice
- Robyn Currie
- Camryn Forrest
- Cassidy Thorne
- Bella Carriere
- Alia Burlock
- Angel LeBlanc
- Aleah Okell
- Abby Costantino