Un­der­manned Rats pre­vail

Midwest Times - - SPORT - Rick Giles

It might have looked like an un­der­manned Rats out­fit would have a tough time against a full Demons line-up in round 4 of Ger­ald­ton Wa­ter Polo As­so­ci­a­tion men’s A-grade, but the re­sults proved oth­er­wise.

Rats had a stel­lar sec­ond quar­ter, lead­ing their op­po­nents 4-2 at the long break, prov­ing all the dif­fer­ence at the fi­nal hooter.

Rats emerged win­ners, 7-5.

James Pluschke, Kye Mcvee and Darcey Wif­fen all scored a brace apiece while Ryan Hor­ton bagged two for Demons.

Mcvee, Wif­fen, Caleb Gray and Jar­rad Franceschi were named best play­ers.

In the sec­ond men’s match, an­other tight en­counter be­tween sta­ble­mates B52’s Blue and B52’s Relics re­sulted in a 6-all re­sult.

The Relics team held a slen­der 5-4 lead at half-time but were pegged back in the last quar­ter to equal the fi­nal score line.

Sunny Gleghorn had the hot hand for Relics with three goals.

Hay­den Ralph chimed in with two, while Bren­dan Ha­gan bagged two for the Blue side.

Votes went to Gleghorn, Ralph, Corey Smith, Daniel Prout and Mick Mul­li­gan.

First-placed B52’s de­feated third-placed Ser­pents in the first Women’s A-grade game, 9-4.

B52’s Emma Smith added three goals to her name and was as­sisted by Keshi McCagh, con­tribut­ing two. Ser­pents’ Co­raleigh Abram also con­trib­uted two for her team.

Bet­ter play­ers named were Smith, Aimee Ha­gan and Ti­ahni Rowcroft. The sec­ond women’s A-grade game be­tween Demons and Rats was an in­ter­est­ing con­test be­tween two young teams.

Demons jumped to a 3-0 lead at the half-time break, enough to se­cure a 4-1 win at full-time.

Demons’ Kobi Toomath­scored three, while Gabby Abrams was the Rats’ only scorer. Votes went to Toomath, Casey Tun­bridge, Kelsey Mitchell and Izzy Schultz.

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