Club to host coun­try ti­tles

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Perera

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 kar­rathawa­ter­polo@gmail.com.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

Kar­ratha Wa­ter Polo As­so­ci­a­tion will host the State Coun­try Cham­pi­onships in March.

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