The Westdale Warriors were crowned champions for the tenth straight year in girls water polo after defeating the Saltfleet Storm, 6-1, Tuesday (April 19).
The Warriors have dominated senior girls water polo over the last decade and the 2015-16 season they proved they were worthy of the accolade. Westdale went 8-0 in regular season play amassing a league leading 51 goals while giving up only eight in the Hamilton Wentworth Interscholastic Athletic Council.
Taylor Barker was the game’s top scorer posting three goals in the title win for Westdale while Liv Magnien netted two at Hamilton’s Jimmy Thompson Pool. Katie Agar had the other. Saltfleet’s lone goal came from Elizabeth Isbister.
Despite the loss the Saltfleet players walked away with feathers in their caps, earning the school’s first ever medal in water polo (boys or girls). It was also Saltfleet’s first ever appearance in the gold medal game.
The Waterdown Warriors earned the girls senior bronze medal grabbing a 6-0 victory over the Westmount Wildcats. Holding a 1-0 lead after the first quarter, the Warriors blew the game open striking for three goals. Sarah Fox and Rachel Haunton each notched three goals in the game.
In the junior championship, the No. 1 seeded Ancaster Royals edged No. 3 Westdale Warriors, 3-2, to claim the school’s first junior girls water polo title since 2005-06. Holly Connor led the way for the Royals netting two goals including the game winner in the third quarter. Sophia Barrow added the other goal in the win. Westdale’s two goals came from Sidney Jessome.
The junior bronze medal match saw Orchard Park knock off Dundas Valley, 5-2. Emma Shaw notched a hat-trick in the win with Phallon Melmer adding the other two for the Patriots. Dundas Valley’s scorers were Julia Sylvester and Evelyn Brown.
HWIAC Girls Water polo Results
Gold Medal Game: Westdale def. Saltfleet DHS, 6-1
Bronze Medal Game: Waterdown def. Westmount, 6-0
Gold Medal Game: Ancaster def. Westdale, 3-2
Bronze Medal Game: Orchard Park def. Dundas Valley, 5-2