Abbotsford water polo talent earns national gold

16U athletes Sarah Portas and Annika Reinfjell help lead Fraser Valley to first

A pair of Abbotsford athletes helped lead the Fraser Valley Water Polo club 16U girls to National Canadian League gold.

Yale Secondary’s Annika Reinfjell and W.J. Mouat’s Sarah Portas both took home hardware after the team’s big win in Calgary on May 25.

Fraser Valley defeated Quebec’s CAMO club 11-6 to in the gold medal game on May 25 to secure first place. Reinfjell scored one of the team’s five goals in the fourth quarter to clinch the win.

The girls went 2-1 in the round robin, posting a 13-12 over CAMO on May 23 and 12-7 over Quebec’s Dollard on May 24. The first win over CAMO saw the girls come back from trailing 12-8 late in the game to score five unanswered goals. Reinfjell and Portas both scored two goals apiece, with Portas tallying the tying goal. Reinfjell also scored a goal in the win over Dollard.

The club suffered its only loss in Calgary when it fell 11-7 to B.C.’s Pacific Storm in the third round robin game on May 24.

Other locals competing at the event included: 16U boys Caiomyn Fitzgerald (Chief Dan George) and 19U boys Dawson Kampf (Yale ’18), and Riley Bennett (Mouat). Other NCL players from Abby include: Damaris Kienz (ASSS), Brynn Kampf (Yale), Brayden Portas (ASIA), Adam Carter (SJB), Abbie Carter (SJB), Amelia Dean (CDG) and Autumn Reinfjell (Fraser).

For more on the tournament, visit waterpolo.ca.

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