Players follow fierce action with Aussie Day friendly
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karratha water polo players at their first Australia Day exhibition match at Malus Island.