April 25th – Portland, OR
Last weekend Northwest Water Polo Club (Seattle, WA) 18u, 16u boys and 14u boys teams participated in the annual Rose Cup Tournament down in Portland, OR. Teams from all over the Washington and Oregon met for the three day event to compete against one another to prepare for the upcoming summer session. Over the weekend the NWPC squads represented the club well, earning some excellent results against some of the best teams from the region.
Friday afternoon the 18u boys started off with a great 10-2 win vs Willamette (Willamette Valley, OR) in their first match of the tournament. Game two had the 18s facing off against PSP (Tacoma, WA) and after a slow start the boys managed to come away with a 12-6 W. Saturday saw the boys matched up against Blue Crush (Portland, OR) and defense led the way as the boys posted a 12-4 score to earn a spot in the finals against T-Hills (Portland, OR). The finals featured a fantastic back and forth affair which ended in favor of the away team as the 18s earned a 10-8 victory. Over the weekend squad had an overall record of 4-0 record, culminating in a 1st place finish.
Northwest 16s started their tournament off with a stellar 11-1 win vs. T-Hills Blue. Game two saw the team match up against Washington club PSP and after four quarters of tough play came out with a 13-7 finish. In their last game on Saturday the 16s kept up their winning ways, barely scraping by the NW 14s to end day two with a 3-0 record and a spot in the championship game. Sunday afternoon the 16s went to battle against a tested T-Hills squad and after going up early held on to finish things out with a 12-10 win. For their efforts the 16s posted an overall record of 4-0 and earned a 1st place finish.
NWPC 14s played up in the 16u bracket all weekend and represented themselves well. Game one on Friday saw the team play tough against T-Hills Silver which ended in a close 4-8 loss. Saturday the team rebounded with a nail biting 8-7 win against Lake Oswego to even their record at 1-1. Against the NW 16s the 14s would have won, except the game was called due to alleged misuse of the timeout airhorn (not confirmed). After dropping the 0-5 forfeit the team squared off against T-Hills Blue Sunday morning. Defense held strong for four quarters as the 14s came away with a 11-2 win to finish the tournament with a 2-2 record and tie for third place.
Congratulations to all the teams for a great tournament. The boys will be back in the water Apr 29-May 1 and May 6-8 as they travel to San Diego for 2022 County Cup.
Official Scores and Results Here