HEADLINES & UPCOMING EVENTS
- Titans are U12 Provincial Champions!
Congratulations to our U12 Titans team which captured GOLD in convincing fashion at the 2016 Ontario U12 Provincial Championship!
This past weekend (May 28-29th) the Ottawa Titans were able to send a team to the U12 Championship in Waterloo, Ontario. The team was a mix of experienced U14 veterans and some newer players who recently joined the Academy Program. The Titans drew the KW Inferno Black, the Hamilton Waterpolo Club, and the Mavericks Red in their pool. They were able to secure solid victories versus Hamilton and the Mavericks and were able to pull out a nail-biter against KW in their head to head match-up to ensure a first place finish. Their crossover game against the veteran Mavericks Black team was another close affair with the Titans ultimately winning 8-4 setting up a rematch with KW Black in the Gold Medal game. KW put up a valiant effort but the Titans were ultimately able to pull away thanks to superb defense and goalkeeping and clinched the Gold with a 9-2 victory!
Adding to their jubilation over the win was the naming of Andrej Gavric as the weekend's Male MVP. Congratulations to Andrej and all his teammates: Tomas, Jackson, Daniel, Liam, George, Alex, Maria, Saari, Eva and of course Coach Blake who was sent for a swim by his players after the award ceremony! (they soon followed him in).
Congratulations to all our athletes (and their proud parents)!
- Titans Annual Rewards Banquet
It's official, this year's annual awards banquet will take place on Saturday, June 4, 2016, at the Serbian Community Centre (1989 Prince of Wales Dr.), and you are invited!
Please mark your calendars. Details to follow shortly.
- May 8, 2016 -Team Ontario 2016
The Ontario Water Polo Association is proud to announce the coaching staff and team for the summer of 2016:Our very own U16 coach Andras Szeri , will lead our Men’s program with over 20 years of coaching experience and 5 of our Titans boys were selected:Nikola Cugalj, Bogdan Djerkovic, Diego Gonzalez, Noah Parks and Ion Pop. Congratulations and good luck! You make us really proud! Go Titans!
- Titans U16 Boys bring home Bronze from Eastern NCL Finals
Ottawa Titans NCL U16 boys take home Bronze from the National Eastern Championships! Winning 8 to 6 over CAMO! What a great end to an awesome season! Bogdan Djerkovic and Simon Nadeau were named to the All Star Team!
- Two Titans on Men's U19 National Team Program
Congratulations to Titans Milan Duhaime and Aleksa Gardijan for being named on the U19 National team long list and if selected, they will be playing in the Pan AM Championships in Edmonton this July <from WPC>
- NCL U14 Eastern Finals, April 24, 2016
Congratulations to our Titans U14 Boys team which traveled to Etobicoke on April 22-24th to participate in the U14 Eastern National Championship. The boys drew a tough pool facing the two teams who would eventually meet in the Gold medal final, the Lasalle Tiburon and the eventual winners, Mavericks. Both games were hard fought with our boys putting up very respectable performances against strong opponents ultimately finishing third in their pool. In their quarter final draw, they were once again pitted against the KW Inferno. The Titans took a 2-1 lead into the fourth quarter, then were able to tie the game at 4-4 with just over a minute left. With several possessions in the last minute the game was decided on a last second shot by KW with 0.8 seconds to play making them 5-4 winners.
Next up were 2 games against Les Étoiles de l'Est from Montreal to decide fifth place. The Titans boys came away with resounding, 13-1 and 10-1 victories ending their weekend on a very high note. A great ending to a great year for our U14 League team! We are so proud of all of them and a big thanks to all the parents who helped and a very special thanks to Coach Blake who was named Boys U14 Most Valuable Coach by Water Polo Canada!
- Men's Olympic Qualification Tournament, Trieste, Italy
Team Canada is currently in Trieste, Italy competing for a spot in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. Four of the national team players were coached by Titans coaches.
Long time Titans boys coach and head coach, Jerry Tesanovic, coached these outstanding players to Canadian championships:
John Conway (attacker) was a member of the Titans U18 boys team that won the 2008 national championship title.
Dusan Radojicic (attacker) was a member of the Titans U16 boys team that won the 2009 national championship title.
David Lapins (centre forward) was a member of the Titans U18 boys team that won the 2008 and 2011 national championship titles.
While head coach of the Club Water Polo Gatineau, current Titans U16 boys coach, Andras Szeri, coached the Gatineau U16 boys team with national team goaltender, Dusan Aleksic in nets to the 2007 national championship title where Dusan was also named Most Valuable Goalie (MVG) of the tournament.
As of April 6, Team Canada stands 2-2-0 in the preliminary round. The next game is Thursday, April 7 against France. You can follow results and find live streaming links at www.waterpolo.ca.
We wish our national team on-going success in the remaining games. Everyone is impressed back home!
- WP Olympian Visit to High-Performance Training
During the Titans-Gatineau high performance practice on April 3rd, Mr. Gabor Csepregi paid a visit to players and coaches. A former member and coach of the Men’s National Team program, Mr. Csepregi shared some of his experiences and provided some motivational words to our aspiring young athletes.
Mr. Gabor is the current Chair of Coaching Association of Canada and President of the Université de Saint-Boniface in Winnipeg. Before starting his academic career, he was coach of the Canadian Water Polo Team from 1978 to 1984. He participated, as coach, in the 1984 Olympic Games and, as player, in the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games.
- Concussion in Sports
Ottawa Titans hosted a presentation on sport related concussion for our competitive and academy groups (March 31st, 730PM @ Ottawa University). The content was specifically tailored for water polo by no other than Titans Alumni Logan Seaman! The program is supported by both the Queen's School of Medicine and the Queen's Center for Neuroscience.
Presentation focused on what a concussion is, how to identify it, and what the stages of recovery are. The presentation was geared towards water polo and how to play in a way to minimize the risk of injury.
- Titans goalie in pursuit of Olympic dream
As long time Titans member Lotte Hurrelmann (yes Yorek’s sister ) continued her schooling in Germany she caught the eye of Germany Water polo National team scouts and just finished playing World League game for German Senior National Team. In addition Lotte is member of team that will enter Olympic trials this March.
We will see her on pool deck in Ottawa in few weeks as she comes to visit her family and stops by to say hello to her Titans family.
- March 4-6, 2016 U16 NCL Markham
Titans U16 Boys are traveling this weekend to Markham for the last National Championship League season games before the Eastern Finals, which will be held at the and of April. You can check the games schedule, results and standings at Water Polo Canada web site.
- Titans Cup 2016 : Feb 19 - 21
That was great weekend for 2016 Titans Cup. 13 teams from three different provinces:
Kitchener Waterloo Water Polo Club
Club de Water Polo de Gatineau
Scarborough Shadow Water Polo Club
Guelph Water Polo Club
Saint John Water Polo Club (New Brunswick)
Ottawa Titans Water Polo Club
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.