The second and last North American Tournament in US soil for the 2017-18 season was literally played in and out of the pool “underwater”. Despite of the rainy weekend due to tropical storm Alberto, all the activities planed for the long weekend of Memorial Day were sucessfull starting with Friday May 25th and the second round of try-outs for the 2019 US National men’s team.
US Men’s National Coach Jose Echeverry directed a 6 hour session with Physical tests, drills and games to follow the 25 candidates present during this event.
Saturday and Sunday were planned for the 21st North American Tournament (NAL) in the two US categories; the club (co-ed) tournament and the second round of the ladies tournament.
On Monday Coach Juan Sevillano directed the 3rd try-outs for the US Ladies with drills and games. Top Colombian player Natalia Londoño from Club Castores and the Colombian National team was invited to help oversee the American ladies games.
Ten (10) Club teams and four (4) ladies teams participated during 34 games to find the winners of this round of the North American League as well as the US Champion teams for the 2017-18 Season.
The 10 teams were divided onto two groups of 5 teams each. Group A had Boston Narwhals as the defending Champions from the previous round in Montreal, New Jersey Hammerheads A, San Francisco Giant Sea Bass, Florida A and NUWR B. This group was very competitive and all the games were strongly played. Boston Narwhals and the New Jersey Hammerheads qualified for the semifinals.
Group B had NUWR A as well as the East Haven Makos, NJ Hammerheads B, DC UWR and Florida B. At the end of the Round Robin NUWR A had apparently an easy ride, winning all their games by K.O. (10-0). The East Haven Makos also qualified for semifinals.
The semifinals brought surprises for the qualified teams. The first semifinal was between NUWR A and the New Jersey Hammerheads A teams, both from Newark, New Jersey. The New Jersey Hammerheads A defeated NUWR A by 3-0 in a very fast and strong game sending the Hammerheads straight to the finals.
On the other semi-final the Boston Narwhals played against the East Haven Makos and defeating the second with a final score of 4-0 sending the Boston Narwhals to their sixth final game in the last six North American Tournaments, an impressive record.
The game for 3rd and 4th place between NUWR A and the East Haven Makos was a copy of their first match during the group round with an easy victory for NUWR A by a score of 10-0.
The final game was a completely new final match in the history of the North American Tournaments. This was the first time Boston Narwhals and NJ Hammerheads played a final game against each other, but not during this tournament. Their first game was during the group round on which Boston defeated the Hammerheads by a close score of 2-1. The final game was as strong as the first game but with fewer mistakes from both sides until Boston capitalized a mistake by the Hammerhead defense and got the goal that made the difference at the end of the game with the 1-0 final score.
FULL RESULTS HERE
Club final 2017-18 ranking
With the NUWR A team finishing in third place gave Boston Narwhals the first position on the US Club Ranking for the season:
- Boston Narwhals 7pts.
- NUWR A 6pts.
- NJ Hammerheads A 5pts.
- East HAven Makos 2pts.
- DC-UWR 2pts.
- SF Giant Sea Bass 1pt.
The second round of the Ladies tournament had the participation of 4 teams; Makos Ladies, New Jersey Hammerhead Ladies, DC-Boston Ladies (formerly Mixed Ladies) and the Florida Ladies.
The round robin came with strong games and surprises for all teams. Differences between all teams got reduced and games ended with very closed scores. The Dc-Boston team ended first on the group with 3 wins, while the other 3 teams ended-up tied in points and only with a goal difference decided their group ranking having the East Haven Makos Ladies going to the final game with DC-Boston.
During the group round DC-Boston and Makos Ladies had a close and strong game that ended with a DC-Boston victory by 2-0. Their final game was even more exciting and disputed on which the East Haven Makos Ladies were defeated at the end by 0-1 and giving DC-Boston Ladies their first victory on the Ladies tournament.
FULL RESULTS HERE
LADIES final 2017-18 ranking
The season for the ladies had a triple tie for the first place (NAL 10.4) and decided by points of direct games (CMAS 4.4.4.a):
- DC-Boston Ladies 7pts.(+9)
- East Haven Makos Ladies 7pts. (+3)
- NJ Hammerheads Ladies 2pts.
- Florida Ladies 1pt.
The next and final round of the NAL 2017-18 series is scheduled for August 18-19 in Toronto, Ontario