Sides set for new era
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.
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.