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Men's Water Polo Olympic Games Qualification Tournament 2012

April 1-8, 2012

Men’s Water Polo Team buoyed by “home pool advantage” for Olympic Qualification Tournament

Mar. 28, 2012

Canada’s National Men’s Water Polo Team is counting on “home pool advantage” to help propel them to a berth in this summer’s London Olympics.

Edmonton’s Kinsmen Sports Centre will play host to the Olympic Qualification Tournament from April 1 – 8. The event brings together 12 teams from around the world, all vying for one of the four remaining spots in the Olympic competition.

“I simply can’t overstate the importance of this event for Canadian water polo,” said Head Coach, Dragan Jovanovic (Calgary, AB). “There’s an Olympic berth at stake here which is why we’re so excited about seeing lots of red and white in the stands all week long.”

Jovanovic noted that both the Men’s and Women’s National Teams are in b positions to qualify for the London Games. The Women’s Water Polo Olympic Qualification Tournament takes place in Trieste, Italy from April 15 – 22.

“It would be an Olympic first for Canada,” added Jovanovic. “To see both our men’s and women’s teams at this summer’s London Games would be an incredible boost for Canadian water polo.”

The men’s squad is the youngest at the tournament but also features veteran leadership from Captain Aaron Feltham (Lindsay, ON), goalkeeper Robin Randall (Drinkwater, SK), and Kevin Graham (Regina, SK) who plays professionally with one of the top club teams in Europe.

Canada’s roster for the Tournament includes:

      1.      Robin Randall (Goalie) – Drinkwater, SK
2.      Devon Diggle – Pierrefonds, QC
3.      Justin Boyd – Beaconsfield, QC
4.      John Conway – Ottawa, ON
5.      Aaron Feltham (Captain)
Lindsay, ON
6.      Oliver Vikalo – Calgary, AB
7.      Dusan Aleksic (Goalie) – Gatineau, QC
8.      Constantine Kudaba – Port Coquitlam, BC
9.      Nicolas Constantin-Bicari – Repentigny, QC
10.    Scott Robinson – Calgary, AB
11.    Kevin Graham – Regina, SK
12.    Dusko Dakic – Gatineau, QC
13.   Jared McElroy – Calgary, AB
14.   Luka Gasic – Laval, QC


Head Coach:  Dragan Jovanovic – Calgary, AB
Assistant Coach:  Alex Beslin – Calgary, AB
Team Manager:  Neil Muir – Calgary, AB

The groupings for the Olympic Qualification Tournament are:

Group A                                             Group B
Montenegro                                       Canada
Germany                                           Venezuela
Greece                                              Turkey
Macedonia                                         Spain
Romania                                            Brazil
Netherlands                                       Argentina

Canada opens the Tournament against Venezuela on Sunday, April 1 immediately following the Opening Ceremonies. The Canadians wrap up the round robin on Thursday, April 5 against Spain – a game that could decide first place in Group B.

The top 4 teams in each group after round robin play will advance to the quarter-finals on Friday, April 6. The winners of those matches will qualify for London 2012.

More information on the Men’s Water Polo Olympic Games Qualification Tournament can be found at the event website: www.finaedmonton2012.ca. There, visitors will find the full schedule, game results, photographs and video. Every match will also be available via webstream on the Tournament website.

Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.finaedmonton2012.ca. Starting April 1st, event tickets will be available at the Water Polo Canada Ticket Desk at the Kinsmen Sports Centre. On each day of the Tournament, the Ticket Desk will open one hour before the start of the first game. Fans can purchase tickets using cash or credit card.

This project is funded in part by Sport Canada at Canadian Heritage.