Mar­lins teams snare medals

Pilbara News - - Motoring - Alicia Per­era

The Kar­ratha Mar­lins wa­ter polo teams came away with medals, if not ti­tles, at the WA Wa­ter Polo State Coun­try Cham­pi­onships at the week­end.

Af­ter months of train­ing, in­clud­ing with spe­cial­ist coaches Ti­bor Ser­ess and Raul Ricci from Perth, the Kar­ratha Wa­ter Polo As­so­ci­a­tion teams gave it their best shot at the 2017 tour­na­ment in Ger­ald­ton af­ter host­ing it in Kar­ratha last year.

The Mar­lins women made the grand fi­nal for the first time and won sil­ver af­ter a hard-fought game against the Ger­ald­ton home side, but were un­lucky to be de­feated 20-8.

It fol­lowed wins over Peel (8-4) and Bun­bury (9-4) for the women, as well as a sec­ond game loss to Ger­ald­ton in the qual­i­fy­ing rounds.

The Kar­ratha Mar­lins men were the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons of the com­pe­ti­tion but this year claimed bronze af­ter com­ing close, but not quite get­ting over the line in a dif­fi­cult fix­ture.

They started strongly, with sub­stan­tial wins against Pil­bara ri­vals and last year’s run­ners-up Port Hed­land (9-2), fol­lowed by the Ger­ald­ton B team (12-2).

But they fell in the later games, suf­fer­ing painfully close one-point losses in their third game against the home A side (4-3) and again against Bun­bury (5-4).

They claimed third place in the over­all com­pe­ti­tion.

Pic­ture: Arc­tic Moon Pho­tog­ra­phy

The Kar­ratha Mar­lins men's side claimed bronze at the WA Wa­ter Polo State Coun­try Cham­pi­onships at the week­end.

Pic­ture: Kar­ratha Wa­ter Polo As­so­ci­a­tion

Wa­ter Polo State Coun­try Cham­pi­onship run­ners-up the Kar­ratha Mar­lins women and coach Raul Ricci, cen­tre.

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