Sides set for new era

Geraldton Guardian - - SPORT - Peter Sweeney

There has been a split in the pow­er­ful B52s wa­ter polo club.

But all is well and good, es­pe­cially for the Ger­ald­ton Wa­ter Polo As­so­ci­a­tion. Last sea­son, there were only three teams in the top men’s divi­sion.

Hav­ing won the past two ti­tles and with an abun­dance of play­ers, B52s have split, cre­at­ing a new side, Relics. To­mor­row, one-time team­mates in the pool be­come ri­vals when the sides clash to open the new sea­son.

“It will be strange, but good,” Corey Smith, once a 52er and now coach of the Relics, said as he and op­po­site num­ber Damien Prout went head-to-head in the pool. The other two clubs, Rats and Demons, will also clash at the Aquarena at 4.30pm.

Ju­nior com­pe­ti­tion starts at 10am and se­niors, women and men at noon.

Pic­tures: Peter Sweeney

Coaches Daniel Prout, of B52s, and Corey Smith, of Relics, bat­tle for the ball in a train­ing ses­sion. The stakes will be much higher to­mor­row when they clash in the first game of the sea­son. IN­SET: The two coaches re­lax for the cam­era.

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