The Westdale Warriors repeated as Hamilton Wentworth public high school senior boys water polo champions Thursday (Jan. 15) defeating the Ancaster Royals, 6-2, at Jimmy Thompson Memorial Pool.
The win capped a perfect season for the Warriors, who went 8-0 in league play and then won their semi-final against Dundas Valley SS on Tuesday. This marked the second straight season Westdale has hoisted the championship trophy.
Connor Crowe led the offensive attack for the Warriors notching two goals in the win. Ian MacKinnon, Andrew Leber, Max Margetts, and Luke Gadsdon also scored for Westdale.
Ancaster’s offensive push came from Kieran Mortimer and Jack Mills.
The championship game was knotted up at 1-1 before Crowe and Leber scored consecutive goals to put the Warriors up 3-1 heading into halftime. From there they controlled play and cruised to the victory over the Royals.
The senior bronze medal was awarded to Waterdown DHS, 7-1 victors over Dundas Valley SS. Waterdown’s top scorer was Jack Miller, who posted two goals. Other scorers for Waterdown were Zach MacLellan, Eoin Blythe, Mike Steeves and Joel Parry.
In the junior championship, the No. 1 seeded Westmount Wildcats toppled the No. 2 seed Orchard Park Patriots, 8-1, to claim the school’s first junior boy’s championship since the 2008-09 season. Emerson Page led the way for Westmount notching four goals in the game while teammate Sebastian Krawchenko posted three goals.
The junior boy’s bronze medal game saw Westdale edge Ancaster, 3-2. Westdale was propelled by two goals from Samuel Mulholland Zofcin while Jacob Flaherty scored the other for the Warriors.
Ancaster’s John Pronek notched two goals in the loss for the Royals.
HWIAC Boys Water Polo Results
Gold Medal Game: Westdale SS def. Ancaster HS 6-2
Bronze Medal Game: Waterdown DHS def. Dundas Valley SS 7-1
Gold Medal Game: Westmount SS def. Orchard Park SS 8-1
Bronze Medal Game: Westdale SS def. Ancaster HS 3-2