Bar­racu­das men and women find go­ing tough

Pilbara News - - Sport -

The 2016-17 water polo sea­son kicked off last week, with tough bat­tles fought across men’s and women’s di­vi­sions.

Sea­soned play­ers got back into the swing of things and new play­ers found their legs in the pool. In the first women’s game, the Bar­racu­das got off to a strong start and led the Pi­rates 8-1 at half-time.

De­spite some fast break­aways and ex­cel­lent goal­keep­ing from the Pi­rates, in the sec­ond half the ex­pe­ri­enced Cu­das were too strong and they sealed the deal 9-4.

Krak­ens faced off against the Sharks in the sec­ond women’s fix­ture.

A quick-fire long bomb from Belinda Brooks got the Sharks off to a quick start, but Krak­ens re­sponded quickly with a nice short cor­ner shot from Felic­ity Jewkes.

The sec­ond quar­ter was a tight con­test with im­pres­sive goals from Laura Hill, Caitlin Read and Belinda Brooks.

In the end Krak­ens were too good, putting the Sharkies on the drum line 13-7.

It was a feisty start in the men’s con­test. Cu­das put up an ad­mirable ef­fort against the Pi­rates in the first quar­ter de­spite be­ing a man down.

It was a tighter sec­ond quar­ter when both teams sported full sides, but classy goals from Justin An­gove and Ben Bid­dis­combe saw the Pi­rates break away.

Cu­das got off to a great start in the third with a rip­per goal from pow­er­house Nigel Kroon­s­tu­iver, but the Pi­rates con­tin­ued to flex their mus­cles to ex­tend their lead.

The fourth quar­ter was fast and fu­ri­ous but the Cu­das couldn’t keep up. The Pi­rates ran out 12-2 win­ners.

Back­ing up for a sec­ond game, the Pi­rates were in the pool for a re­peat of the 2015-16 grand fi­nal against the Krak­ens.

It was a tight con­test in the sec­ond but in the end the Pi­rates were too good, pip­ping the Krak­ens 5-4 at the post.

Pic­ture: Kar­ratha Water Polo As­so­ci­a­tion

Ben Bid­de­scombe from Pi­rates shoots for goal.

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