Pi­rates, ‘Cu­das at the top

Pilbara News - - Sport - Kar­ratha Wa­ter Polo As­so­ci­a­tion

Lad­der lead­ers as­serted their dom­i­nance in round 14, but with just four weeks of fix­tures left in the 2016/17 wa­ter polo sea­son ev­ery­one was play­ing for max­i­mum points with the fi­nals clearly in sight.

Pi­rates faced off against the Krak­ens in the first of the women’s games.

It was a tight and low-scor­ing game but not for lack of shots on goal.

Krak­ens goalie Nikki Hemett had a blinder as did Hay­ley Ed­wards and Bon­nie Kaest­ner. Pi­rates just got the bet­ter of the Krak­ens 3-2 at the fi­nal siren.

It was a bit more one-sided in the sec­ond of the women’s fix­ture with the Bar­racu­das show­ing why they are at the top of the ta­ble de­feat­ing the Sharks, 12-1.

The scor­ing was shared around the ’Cu­das with Ash­leen McGovern, Sarah St­in­ton, Kate Kala­jzich and Su­san Grylls all notch­ing up two-a-piece, Kylie Vial with three and Kathryn Dart also chip­ping in with one.

The Krak­ens men fi­nally broke their los­ing curse, notch­ing up a defiant win against the Bar­racu­das. Cur­tis Doughty led the scor­ing for the Krak­ens sup­ported by David Rigby, By­ron New­bold, Aaron Bruce and Trevor Mack­ell.

Nigel Kroon­s­tu­iver, Rhys Knight and Dean Mur­ray led the charge for the ’Cu­das but it wasn’t enough get­ting pipped at the post 7-6.

Bar­racu­das were back in the pool for the sec­ond men’s fix­ture but strug­gled against a fresh Pi­rates side, go­ing down 10-5 at the fi­nal siren. Johnny An­gove, Ben Bid­dis­combe and Rhys Knight all had solid per­for­mances.

At the end of the round Pi­rates led the men’s ta­ble with 38 points fol­lowed by Bar­racu­das on 19 and Krak­ens with 7. Bar­racu­das led the women’s lad­der with 28 points fol­lowed by Krak­ens on 26, Pi­rates on 12 and the Sharks on four.

Pic­ture: KWPA

Kraken’s David Rigby sup­ported his team to a win over the Bar­racu­das.

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