Winds add to strug­gles

Pilbara News - - Sport - Kar­ratha Wa­ter Polo As­so­ci­a­tion

There were some tight con­tests in the fifth round of the Kar­ratha Wa­ter Polo As­so­ci­a­tion’s 2016/17 sea­son, with windy con­di­tions an­other el­e­ment for play­ers to bat­tle in an al­ready gru­elling game.

Krak­ens women had their first loss of the sea­son, go­ing down 6-4 to a per­sis­tent Bar­racu­das side.

Nikki Hem­mett dis­played some ex­cep­tional goal­keep­ing skills for the Krak­ens but it wasn’t enough, with Julie-Ann Elkins and Kate Kala­jzich dom­i­nat­ing the score­board for the Cu­das.

Pi­rates and Bar­racu­das pro­duced one of the games of the sea­son in the first of the men’s fix­tures. Justin An­gove led the charge for the Pi­rates and it looked like the game was wrapped up.

Cu­das had one last push, how­ever, and with just eight sec­onds to go, pro­duced a bril­liant se­quence of play, lev­el­ling the game 6-6.

Mark Field, Tris­tan Lynn and Nick Stu­art all had stand-out games.

Sharks and Pi­rates women con­tin­ued the im­pres­sive dis­play in the sec­ond round of the women’s fix­tures. Anouska An­gove and Belinda Brooks shared the glory with six goals apiece but it was solid team play from both sides that en­abled them. Pi­rates got over the Sharks 11-7.

It was a dou­ble blow for Krak­ens as the men’s team suf­fered an­other loss, 11-8, to in-form Bar­racu­das.

By­ron New­bold, Steve Maxwell and Cur­tis Doughty all had great games for Krak­ens, but it just wasn’t enough to over­come a buoy­ant Bar­racu­das out­fit.

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