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TORONTO, Ontario – Six squads are heading to University of Toronto’s Varsity Pool for the final championship of the fall, as the Blues get set to defend their back-to-back men’s water polo titles when they host the rest of the provincial field this weekend.
Not only will the hosts be looking to complete the three-peat on their home turf, they’ll be vying for their 12th provincial title in the last 17 years. The Blues will enter championship play on the back of a terrific 2018 campaign, wherein they amassed a perfect 10-0 record against OUA competition, while outscoring their opponents 99-43 in the process. Included in Toronto’s 10 victories were three wins over the Carleton Ravens; two teams that have met in the last seven OUA championship gold medal matches.
Carleton, who comes in as the No. 3 seed, will look to get their championship train back on track after dropping the last two to Toronto. The Ravens are no stranger to hoisting the Hershon Trophy, as they have done so three times over the last seven years, and after once again losing some veteran players, they’ll turn to the likes of Mazen Abouelata (Cairo, Egypt), Christopher Callard (Beaconsfield, Que.), and Luke Evans (Toronto, Ont.) among other fourth-year standouts to carry the club to the success they’ve become quite familiar with at the provincial finale.
The quarterfinal matches will kick off the championship festivities on Friday, November 30 at 7:15 pm, before the semifinals take to the water on Saturday, and the medal matches wrap up play on Sunday at Varsity Pool, not only ending this particular championship, but putting a feather in the cap of the entire fall banner season.