Members of the Estevan Sharks water polo program competed at the recent winter provincials competition.
The U10 minis competed at this provincials for the first time. The Sharks minis hit the big pool in Saskatoon, facing teams from Regina and Saskatoon. Coached by Alan Smelt and Kristy Jones, after six games, the minis came away with a bronze medal. Rookie player Eoin Jones lead the scoring with 12 goals.
The U13/U15 developmental boys (U15) players from each club joined forces with the atom teams, creating a special development league for this tournament. Four bantam Sharks boys hopped in the water with their younger atom teammates. The Sharks development team also had three players from Weyburn join the squad. They lost a close match in the bronze medal game against a strong Regina Armada team. Veteran bantam player Shiven Sangar lead the team with 27 goals over the five games.
The U13/U15 development girls team had the Sharks only U15 bantam girl, Rachel Tober, join their team for the weekend. The Sharks girls came into the gold medal match with a record of 2-1-1. They faced the Weyburn/Saskatoon team for the second time that day in a final game that the Sharks won 18-13 to win gold. Throughout the tournament, the girls worked hard as hard as a team, allowing every player to score at least one goal over the weekend. Mahlyn Bomberak lead the scoring with 34 points.
In open men, three Sharks, Tristan Threinen, Logan Dalziel and Shiven Sangar, were part of a team made up of players from Estevan, Weyburn and Saskatoon. This team faced two Regina teams, finishing the tournament in third place. Threinen and Dalziel lead the team's scoring efforts with 13 and five goals, respectively.
Two Sharks, Rachel Tober and Mahlyn Bomberak joined two different Regina Open women’s teams for the tournament. Tober, as part of Armada 2 and Bomberak on Armada 3. All three Armada teams battled hard throughout the weekend, but the gold medal game came down to the two teams with Sharks on them. The game went into an overtime shootout, with Armada 3 winning, giving Bomberak a second gold medal from the weekend, and Tober a silver medal.