Teams tar­get suc­cess at WA champs

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha Wa­ter Polo As­so­ci­a­tion is gear­ing up for its fourth bid at the WA State Coun­try Wa­ter Polo Cham­pi­onships this week­end.

A men’s and women’s team will face off against teams from Ger­ald­ton, Hed­land, Bunbury, Bus­sel­ton and Peel, with the Kar­ratha men de­fend­ing their cham­pi­onship ti­tle af­ter a home grand fi­nal win over Hed­land last year.

KWPA pres­i­dent Justin An­gove said their teams had been train­ing hard, in­clud­ing work­ing with two pro­fes­sional coaches from Perth, in prepa­ra­tion for the tour­na­ment.

“Go­ing in as the cham­pi­ons from last year, ev­ery­one’s af­ter to knock us up from the top,” he said.

“I see our big­gest threat be­ing Ger­ald­ton, but say­ing that Hed­land has got a re­ally strong team . . . and also Bunbury and Bus­sel­ton aren’t to be un­der­es­ti­mated ei­ther, so it’s go­ing to be re­ally strong com­pe­ti­tion.”

He said the women’s team also had a strong shot af­ter com­ing in third last year.

“The women have got a re­ally strong team this year and I reckon they’ll be a re­ally good, red-hot shot at get­ting in the grand fi­nal this year.”

The KWPA hosted the coun­try cham­pi­onships for the first time last year at the Kar­ratha Leisure­plex.

An­gove said be­ing part of the coun­try cham­pi­onships pushed play­ers to train to their best.

“I think for re­gional cen­tres, it’s some­thing that we need to push and try to bring up those ju­niors to com­pete at that level in­stead of stay­ing within the as­so­ci­a­tion, where they’re not ex­posed to that next level of com­pe­ti­tion,” he said.

Mean­while, in last week’s round 17 of lo­cal wa­ter polo games, the Krak­ens women beat Bar­racu­das, 6-4, and Pi­rates women knocked off the Sharks, 10-4.

The Pi­rates men beat Bar­racu­das, 14-4, while the Krak­ens men fi­nally notched up a win against Bar­racu­das, 10-6.

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