Since charging into last year’s national finals as the second seed, the U16 girls’ squad from Fraser Valley has hardly missed a beat. The girls triumphed over CAMO and the Calgary Renegades en route to a national championship in May of 2015 – and have carried their winning ways into the start of this season as well.
After playing host to the best in the west this weekend in Surrey, the Valley girls proved they are eager to defend their hard earned title this season. Not only was the team undefeated throughout the weekend, the veteran-laden squad maintained a comfortable 10 goal cushion in each of their contests. The girls are now 9-0 since winning the championship banner at the conclusion of last season.
With a powerful returning cast of Tanaya Makazu, Kinga Wisniewska, Deena Charles, Katarina Preocanin, Sam Furneaux, Ava Morrant and Gabby Mantyka, bolstered by FV newcomers Tianna Smids-Dyk and Natalie Veronneau and a number of rookies, Valley has quickly established themselves as the team to beat in the U16 girls’ division.
Meanwhile, the U16 boys earned their first points of the young NCL season this weekend, as the team ran wild over the province of Alberta. Picking up valuable victories over the Calgary Wild, Calgary Torpedoes, Edmonton Tsunami and Saanich Water Polo School, Valley proved they were not a team to be overlooked. Strong work in the centre forward position from young Riley Bennett and Spencer Devitt helped propel an inexperienced Valley team to a 4-2 record on the weekend, while Cam Davies, Spence Thomson, and Garrett Davis led the attack from the outside. Valley newcomer Dawson Kampf also impressed in his NCL debut, scoring a pair of goals in a hard fought match against Pacific Storm.
But if the FV boys want to reach the national finals, two big obstacles have presented themselves early in the season. Both Pacific Storm, and reigning U16 national champions Team Saskatchewan, proved too much for the FV team at this juncture, handing the boys their only losses of the weekend.
The teams will have a break from NCL competition until after the holidays, but are looking forward to travelling to Calgary in the new year for the second weekend of action in the U16 NCL division.
Full list of scores, including scoresheets for individual games: http://waterpolo.ca/NLScheduleResult.aspx