Winds add to struggles
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.