Club to host country titles
Water polo has surged in popularity in the Pilbara in recent years and local players are now gearing up to host the WA country play-offs, a year after hosting the national tournament.
The Karratha Water Polo Association has been chosen to host this year’s State Country Championships at the Karratha Leisureplex on March 4 to 6. Thirteen teams from across WA will compete.
KWPA secretary Anouska Angove said although the association hosted the Australian Country Championships in April last year, winning the hosting rights for the State competition was a big step because it has traditionally been dominated by South West teams and had not been to the Pilbara in 10 years.
She said the club felt “extremely proud”.
“It’s a huge moment for Karratha water polo, to showcase our development as a brand new country association, but also to showcase the Pilbara and the facilities we have on offer here,” she said.
The KWPA was formed in 2013, but has since expanded to Tom Price, Paraburdoo and Newman and collected more than 200 members.
It has won the WA Water Polo Association of the Year for the past two years.
Ms Angove said Karratha has entered two men’s and two women’s teams in the competition “because we’re that strong” and liked their chances of winning.
The club is hosting a “bogan bingo” and auction night at the Karratha RSL Club on Saturday, February 6, as a fundraiser to support the team. Tickets are $20 and to book, email email@example.com.
Karratha Water Polo Association will host the State Country Championships in March.