Pirates, ‘Cudas at the top
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.
Kraken’s David Rigby supported his team to a win over the Barracudas.