HEADLINES & UPCOMING EVENTS
- May 6th - U19 Men Take Gold at Eastern Championships!
The U19 Championships took place in Ottawa from May 3-5th at the Nepean Sportsplex and proved to be extremely entertaining! The Golden Titans A men's team started their medal quest with a win against Mavericks DS on Friday before facing off with Dollard in the semi-finals Saturday. In front of their home crowd, the Titans added to their 5-4 halftime lead with three quick goals before Dollard brought it back within 1 goal in the fourth quarter. A late goal by Luka Pejanovic sealed the 10-8 win putting them in the gold medal game, as well as assuring them a place in the National Finals in Calgary at the end of May.
The final was a matchup against the undefeated Mavericks who had outscored their opponents by 184 goals during the regular season. The Golden Titans were up to the task, and with the raucous home crowd once again behind them, jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and led 6-3 at halftime. Some great defense and timely stops by goalie Avto Mikadze ensured the victory, with the hometown boys prevailing 10-7. The offense was led by 4 players with 2 goals each including Maksim Cuturillo and Nikola Cugalj as well as All-Star team members Bogdan Djerkovic and Diego Gonzalez.
Congrats guys and good luck in Calgary!
- April 29th - U16 Boys take Bronze at Eastern Championships!
Coming into the Eastern Championships hot after a strong end to the NCL regular season, the U16 boys had high hopes of bringing home some hardware. The medal chase began with a matchup against the sixth seeded Shadow, a perennially tough opponent, which saw the boys get off to slow start but finish strong for the 8-4 victory. This put the boys in the semis against the Montreal Machine with the winner punching their ticket for the Nationals in Calgary. In front of a packed house, the boys were down early but fought back before the half to make a game of it, but the older, more experienced Machine players were able to pull away and seal the game. While disappointed with the loss, the boys turned their focus to the next day's game, the bronze medal match against the Toronto Golden Jets. This was another tight game which saw the boys slowly pull ahead and hold on for a nail-biting 10-8 win to secure bronze and bring their season to a thrilling end. Congrats on a great season boys and good luck to all of you next year!
- New athletes experience the sport for the first time
James likes the Ottawa Titans Water Fun program so much that he drew a picture of a water polo game for his kindergarten class.
Too cute not to share.
- Eastern Championships Coming to Ottawa!
With the National Championship League regular season all wrapped up, it's time to turn our attention to the Eastern Championships taking place at the Nepean Sportsplex. With 5 Titans teams competing over two weekends, there's no excuse not to get out and cheer on your fellow Titans! The action gets started on April 26th with the U16 Girls and Boys taking to the water, while the May 3-5th weekend will see the U19 teams in action. The top 2 teams in each category will advance to the National Finals in Calgary in May!
Be sure to keep track of all the action on the Water Polo Canada schedule here.
Be sure to check all game times beforehand as they are subject to changes
- March 27, 2019 - Titans U16 Boys Crowned NCWPL Champs
Congratulations to U16 Titans boys who took home the Gold for the 2018-19 NCWPL season with a win over the defending champ, Ottawa GG's. It was a fitting final which featured the U16 boys and the GG's, who were the only team able to beat them during the regular season (a 5-4 win in week one). The boys took the championship game by a score of 10-6, allowing them to end the year on a 16-game winning streak. The bronze medal game was a see-saw affair with the Furious Titans pulling out the 11-10 shootout win. The night was a great end to the 11th NCWPL season! Get all the details on the NCWPL website.
NCWPL New Stars:
NCWPL All Stars:
MVC: Alexis Codina
MVP: Tomas Andrijasevic
MVG: Liam Sterne
Special thanks to Mike Wheatley for pictures from the final!
- March 4, 2019 - Clean Sweep in NCL action for U16 Boys in Markham
With 2 local games to play on March 30th&31st, the boys sit in 3rd position in Eastern Canada and hope to make a splash at the Eastern Nationals, April 26-28th at the Nepean Sportsplex. Way to go boys!
See Water Polo Canada weekend newsletter here, including the Titans Liam Sterne and Jackson Taylor making the All-Star team!
- February 22-24, 2019 - Titans Cup Tournament!
Welcome to our annual 21st Titans Cup event. We are super excited about the weekend - plenty of competitive water polo action happening at two different locations. There will be 24 teams, from 9 different water polo clubs, competing in 4 different divisions.
The official schedule for all tournament games available here.
Everyone is invited - come out and support ~350 athletes and their coaches participating at the event. The small army of minor officials, referees and volunteers will make sure this weekend will be remembered.
- Feb 4-13, 2019 - Titans families host water polo team from Győr, Hungary
The U16 Titans boys and their families had the pleasure of hosting the Győri Water Polo Club from Gyor, Hungary from February 4-13th. The 13 players born in 2004 & 2005 as well as their coach were billeted with Titans families for their stay in the National Capital. It was a great opportunity for the players to learn, not only about water polo, but also about their counterparts' culture and heritage. The boys most-cherished memory, other than the ones in their minds, will surely be the Gyori Club jackets they were presented with by the Hungarian club.
A great experience for all, and we wish the best to both of these teams on their water polo journey!
- Jan 22nd, 2019 - Three U14 teams represent Titans at Omnium CAMO
Experience is all that it is hyped up to be. The experience of playing at the CAMO tournament on January 18-20 in Montreal was well worth it from a player perspective. The final standings: 5th and 7th place for the boys, 5th for the girls.
The take-away from the experience was a weekend of bonding and building friendships and meeting other players from other teams. The athletes were always pumped entering their games and on exiting the pool after the games they reflected on the intensity of the game play.
To capture the essence of why they play, the girls’ excitement was captured through meeting Floranne Carroll, a member of the 19U Women’s National Team. They had the opportunity to ask several questions and pose with her. The general consensus amongst the Titans girls is that they can’t wait for the next tournament.
Pictures courtesy of Michael Wheatley. More can be seen here
- January 14th, 2019 - Titans U16 Host Great Weekend of NCL Action!
Congratulations to both of our U16 teams who, this weekend in Gatineau, put on a great show on deck, in the stands, and of course in the water! A great collaborative effort by all the parents and athletes to make sure the weekend ran smoothly as well as the WPC delegates who helped make sure the weekend stayed on course.
But the biggest shout out goes to all of the athletes who participated in this showcase of their favourite sport.
The Girls team put out a tremendous effort in games against solid opponents, and proved once again they are ready to take on all opponents big or small. More great experience for the girls that will inevitably help them down the road on their water polo journey
The Boys Team started their weekend with a solid showing against the defending champion Mavericks, before securing 3 straight wins including against The Toronto Jets who stand to be fighting it out at the end of the year along with the Titans and several other teams. The weekend was capped off by a 10-9 nail-biter of a loss to the Montreal Machine, the 2018 silver medalists. The boys took an early lead, but ultimately could not hold on, and finished the weekend 3-2. They sit 3rd in the Eastern Conference 3 points behind Machine with 7 games to play
Both teams will be off to Markham in March for their final NCL weekend of the regular season. Congrats Boys and Girls...Go Titans!
Thanks to Michael and Lillian Wheatley for all the pictures this weekend! (see more here)
- November 12th, 2018 - Great start to NCL season for U16 Boys and Girls
The U16 boys traveled to Montreal this past weekend (Nov 9-11) and had a great start to their NCL season with a 3-3 record through the grueling weekend which included games against defending national champion Mavericks and bronze medalists Montreal Machine. These games were great experience builders and helped propel the boys to impressive one goal wins over both the Scarborough Shadow and CAMO, to go along with their convincing victory against Mavericks DS. Thanks to Andras, Emilia and everyone who helped out for making it such a great weekend all around for the boys and we look forward to their next games in Gatineau in January!
See WPC release here which includes the Titans' own Tomas Andrijasevic making the all-star team!
The U16Girls had a great weekend in Montreal at their first NCL tournament of 2018/19. The athletes demonstrated their perseverance and commitment to a great season.
- October 16th, 2018 - NCWPL Kicks off its 11th Season Tomorrow!
Tomorrow Wednesday October 17th will mark the beginning of the 2018-19 National Capital Water Polo League season. The league consists of 4 teams; the Titans U16 boys, 2 blended Titans teams (U14 And Semi-Competitve), both Furious and Serious, as well as the Ottawa GG's. Find more in formation about the league as the season goes on at the following link:
Congrats again to our 2017-18 winners, the Ottawa GG's!
- July 2018 - Titans boys going with Team Ontario to Greece
Congratulations to Titans U16 players Simon, Robert, Andre, Jalen and Ethan for being selected to Team Ontario. These talented young athletes are headed to Greece under the leadership of our Coach Owen Kennedy. You make us very proud boys! Good luck and have fun!
- June 11th, 2018 - U12 Titans take 4th place at Provincials
The U12 Titans provincial team did the club proud this past weekend with a fourth place finish at Provincials. They won their first three games against K-W Inferno, Shadow Tigers and Mavericks Colts with great team play and excellent energy as well as fantastic coaching from Owen Kennedy and Liam Dale.
The team had a tough Saturday against Maverick Mustangs and Shadow Lions but rallied and showed up in full force for the bronze medal game against the Maverick Broncos. At no point was there more than a one goal difference, with the game eventually going to a shootout where the Broncos prevailed 10-8.
The progress and the cooperation of the players was outstanding. Between games, they even managed a Birthday celebration for Felix Joly.
It really bodes well for the future U14 team.A big shout out to Janice Dale for taking the lead and organizing all of us.
- June 2, 2018 - Annual Awards Banquet a Fitting end to Another Great Season!
This past Saturday, Titans young and old, gathered once again for the Annual Awards Banquet, with this year's festivities taking place at the Nepean Sportsplex.
While the banquet marks the end of another successful season for all of our athletes, a special mention goes out to our Ottawa Titans Outstanding Athletes of the Year, Julia Decaire and Bogdan Djerkovic!
Check out this video commemorating the evening put together by one of our own parents Eduard Romanov (see video here).
Congratulations to all of our athletes and we look forward to seeing you all back next year!
Ottawa Titans Coach of the Year Award: Blake Christie
Titans Team of the Year Award: Ottawa United Titans MLWP
Ottawa Titans Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year: Julia DeCaire
Ottawa Titans Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year: Bogdan Djerkovic
Ottawa Titans Most Valuable Goalie: Boris Frlic; Teodora Vukojevic
Offensive Player of the Year: Alicia Morewood; Ivana Cugalj; Danielle Hirsh;Simon Fabisiak; Milan Duhaime; Jonathan Ruse; Tomas Andriasevic; Saari Mclellan
Defensive Player of the Year: Madison Gordon; Ana Milinkovic; Katie Allerton; Jalen Ramsaran; Diego Gonzalez; Aleksa Gardijan; Andrej Gavric; Maria Vukojevic
Ottawa Titans Academy Team Spirit: Jackson Taylor; Rachel Olsen
Ottawa Titans Sportsmanship Award: Abigail Valerio; Lara Dale; Noah Parks; Robert Djukic; Liam Sterne; Shelby-Marie Lalonde; Suzana Medjovic
Best New Female of the Year: Maya Dekker
Titans Waterpolo Volunteer of the Year: Boris Dzerdz
Titans ILWP Volunteer of the Year: Karine Dulude
ILWP Spirit Award: Coulson Wheatley; Emma O’Connell
ILWP Female Player of the Year: Darquise Trottier
ILWP Male Player of the Year: Maxim Zaynullin
S&P Spirit Award: Arkan Krebs; Khadeeja Hamdy
WF Spirit Award: Emmett McNeill; Lilian Holmes
- April 15th, 2018 - Silver for U14 Boys at Provincials!
Congratulations to the Titans U14 Boys who took home silver at this past weekend's Provincial tournament. Seeded 3rd headed into the tournament, the boys used their experience and training, throughout the weekend, to secure 2nd place.
After two easier wins to start the weekend over Mavericks 3 & 2 (22-2 and 17-1) the boys faced the powerful Scarborough Shadow team in a game that would decide the semi-final match-ups. Down 4-0 early, the boys showed their experience and fought back for a huge 11-9 win. This pitted the boys against Southwest later that evening in a game that got off to a slow start but had the Titans eventually pulling away for the 16-6 victory. Sunday brought the Gold Medal game against the Mavericks number one team, but despite having an early lead, the boys took silver after a hard fought 6-4 loss. Next up for the boys are Eastern Nationals in May with sights again set on Gold!
The Titans also sent a younger boys squad, who despite their youth showed great courage and will have gained invaluable experience after playing teams older and bigger than them. The Girls team was in for a tough battle with several strong experienced squads present, but they fought valiantly with their best effort coming in the bronze medal game which was close up until the 4th quarter when KW scored a few quick goals. The girls are also headed off to Montreal in May to cap off their year.
Congrats to all our athletes and good luck in Montreal!
- March 25, 2018 - Major League Silver at Nationals!
In their third NCL season the Titans' Senior Men’s team succeeded in reaching the podium winning Silver at the elite Canadian Water-polo Championship, that was held in Montreal on March 23-25.
In the quarter finals Ottawa United Titans Black went up against the Mavericks and took an early 4-0 lead then held on strong for a 6-3 win.Their semi-final opponent were the Calgary Torpedoes, a powerhouse filled with current and former Senior National Team players. The Titans started the game as they had all weekend, netting 4 consecutive goals in the first half. The Torpedoes answered back at the beginning of the third quarter, but Ottawa’s goalkeeper, Boris Frlic kept a cool head under fire and made some great saves to help his team qualify for the Gold medal game.
This set the stage for the Montreal Thriller, a sight that had not been seen for a while. The Titans squared off against Dollar Black, a team that once again featured a roster with familiar names from Canadian National Team including former Olympian Justin Boyd (the tournament MVP). In an evenly played game, Titan Jonathan Ruse scored the equalizing goal with 0.7 second left on the clock to tie the game at 9. This was followed by loud cheers from the Titans contingent in the stands who had traveled from Ottawa to support their team in their final game. The first round of penalty shots was not enough to determine the winner, with both teams scoring on 4 of 5 shots. It took a golden goal shot to clinch victory for Dollard in the end.
Titans’ coach Andras Szeri was named the Most Valuable Coach of the tournament! Well done everyone and thanks for making us all proud!
The Ottawa Titans Water Polo Association is a not-for-profit organization that has been serving the Ottawa community since 1984, offering recreational and competitive water polo opportunities to players from 5 to 55+ years old. We are one of the largest and most successful water polo clubs in Canada. In the past five years, the Titans have ranked among the top 5 water polo clubs in the country and have produced a number of athletes who proudly represent Canada at the international level. This tremendous success at the competitive level can only be sustained thanks to one of the most comprehensive set of recreational water polo programs in the country. The Titans are THE place to be for any water polo enthusiast.