Coun­try cham­pi­onships to make a splash

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

The WA Wa­ter Polo Coun­try Cham­pi­onships will be held in Kar­ratha for the first time this week­end, with teams from Bus­sel­ton, Bun­bury, Port Hed­land and Ger­ald­ton mak­ing the trip. Kar­ratha Wa­ter Polo mem­bers Gary Vin­cent, Belinda Brooks, Kate Kala­jzich, Sally Linn, Su­san Giles and Justin An­gove have high hopes for a fi­nals ap­pear­ance.

Kar­ratha’s best wa­ter polo play­ers are gear­ing up to host the WA Coun­try Cham­pi­onships for the first time this week­end.

Teams from Hed­land, Bun­bury, Bus­sel­ton and Ger­ald­ton will make the trip to the Leisure­plex for a week­end fea­tur­ing match-ups across three days from Fri­day evening.

Kar­ratha will have ev­ery chance at vic­tory with two teams each in the men’s and women’s com­pe­ti­tion.

Kar­ratha Wa­ter Polo As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Justin An­gove said it would be a big step up play­ing at the elite level.

“For­tu­nately with the growth of our as­so­ci­a­tion we’ve been able to put in two men’s and two women’s teams,” he said.

“It’s a good op­por­tu­nity for those guys and girls who wouldn’t make the A-team to par­tic­i­pate in this high level water­polo com­pe­ti­tion.

“This year we have a re­ally solid chance in both men’s and women’s to give it crack but I just hope we make it to the grand fi­nal.”

An­gove said Ger­ald­ton were the team to beat, hav­ing won the past two cham­pi­onships.

Women’s coach Gary Vin­cent said he ex­pected a much more strate­gic and ag­gres­sive level of com­pe­ti­tion this week­end.

“This is our third year and we have a re­ally strong team, with some good ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said.

“As a coach I would love noth­ing more than to hold that tro­phy up at the end of the tour­na­ment.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for ev­ery­body in the club to get the chance to play for the as­so­ci­a­tion and po­ten­tially get se­lected to play for the State.”

Vin­cent said the best play­ers from ev­ery club would be on dis­play.

The tour­na­ment kicks off at 5pm on Fri­day night, and An­gove en­cour­aged the pub­lic to come down and cheer on their home side.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Kar­ratha Wa­ter Polo mem­bers Sally Linn, Su­san Giles, Belinda Brooks, Kate Kala­jzich, Gary Vin­cent and Justin An­gove.

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