Play­ers fol­low fierce ac­tion with Aussie Day friendly

Pilbara News - - Sport -

Round 13 of the Kar­ratha Wa­ter Polo com­pe­ti­tion had it all — there were high-scor­ing games, there were no-scor­ing games and there were com­pletely out-of-the-or­di­nary games.

In the women’s league, Pi­rates for­feited to Bar­racu­das and Sharks to Krak­ens be­cause of low num­bers.

Pi­rates men put on a clinic against an ini­tially un­der­manned Bar­racu­das side in the first of the men’s games.

The Bar­racu­das gained num­bers in the sec­ond half and some notches on the score­board but it wasn’t enough go­ing down to a strong and fiery Pi­rates side 14-3.

Justin An­gove, Rhys Knight and Hayden Linn all had strong per­for­mances.

Pi­rates backed up the win with an­other against the Krak­ens men, de­spite Krak­ens goalie Rhys Wilkin­son hav­ing a blinder in front of the net.

Ben Bid­de­scome and Justin An­gove dom­i­nated the score­board which fin­ished up 6-3 to the Pi­rates at full time.

At the end of the round Pi­rates led the men’s league with 12 wins ahead of the Bar­racu­das and Krak­ens.

The Bar­racu­das are lead­ing the women’s lad­der with nine wins fol­lowed by the Krak­ens, Pi­rates and the Sharks.

Round 13 also saw some­thing com­pletely new for the Kar­ratha Wa­ter Polo As­so­ci­a­tion as it hosted the in­au­gu­ral Wa­ter Polo at the Is­land on Aus­tralia Day.

Swap­ping chlo­rine for salt­wa­ter, play­ers packed their es­kies, sun shades and budgie smug­glers and made their way to Malus Is­land to play some open wa­ter polo and cel­e­brate the pub­lic hol­i­day.

With the Hottest 100 count­ing down in the back­ground, mixed teams of men, women, ju­niors and even some Flippa Ball he­roes en­joyed the added buoy­ancy of the salt­wa­ter for­mat for two ex­hi­bi­tion matches be­fore kick­ing back and en­joy­ing the rest of Aussie Day the Pil­bara way.

The Kar­ratha Wa­ter Polo As­so­ci­a­tion will be host­ing its pop­u­lar Bo­gan Bingo and Auc­tion night again this year to help raise funds to send men and women rep­re­sen­ta­tive teams to Ger­ald­ton for the 2017 WA State Coun­try Cham­pi­onships. The event was a big suc­cess last year. Tick­ets are at $20 per per­son for ta­bles of eight.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to book, email kar­rathawa­ter polo@gmail.com.

Pic­ture: Kar­ratha Wa­ter Polo As­so­ci­a­tion

Kar­ratha wa­ter polo play­ers at their first Aus­tralia Day ex­hi­bi­tion match at Malus Is­land.

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