Season resumes with fierce competition
The Karratha Water Polo season is back in full swing after the Christmas break, and while some players chose to indulge in the holidays, others must have been training hard to start 2017 with some great polo.
In round 11 on January 12, the Barracudas women defeated the Pirates 8-3 in a tussle tighter than the scorecard implied, the Krakens and Sharks women battled it out in an absolute thriller that ended tied at 8-8, and the Barracudas men lost to the Pirates before recovering to beat the Krakens over a double fixture.
Round 12 last Thursday also saw some great polo.
The Krakens women made short work of the Pirates 10-5, with Caitlin Read, Taylor Sparks and Laura Hill all having excellent games.
Barracudas women were quick out of the gates and their opponents, the Sharks, could never recover, going down 10-4.
Susan Giles, Nikki Roach and Patricia Brown all had solid performances.
It was a tough night at the office for the Krakens men, who went down in both their games, 13-7 against the Barracudas and 9-5 against the Pirates.
Rhys Wilkinson displayed some exceptional skill in the goals but it was not enough to defend the barrage from Rhys Knight from the Barracudas and Ben Biddescome from the Pirates, who both dominated the scoreboard.
This week will see something new at the Karratha Water Polo Association, with the inaugural Polo in the Bay held out on the islands on Australia Day.
Both men’s and women’s teams will be on display at Whalers Bay on Malus Island and spectators are encouraged to join the fun.
Karratha water polo players have been playing strongly in the first two rounds back from the holiday break.