Fancy try­ing wa­ter polo?

Benalla Ensign - - Sport - By Ge­or­gia Smith

Benalla could be look­ing to es­tab­lish a wa­ter polo com­pe­ti­tion, that is if Max Batey can help it.

The for­mer state wa­ter polo player and Benalla swim­ming club coach is look­ing to in­tro­duce the wa­ter sport to kids across the Benalla area in an ef­fort to cre­ate an in­ter­nal com­pe­ti­tion.

The wa­ter polo en­thu­si­ast is set to be­gin his mis­sion this coming Sun­day with a wa­ter polo come and try day.

Be­gin­ning with a one-hour ver- bal pre­sen­ta­tion, Batey aims to pro­vide fun­da­men­tal de­tails of the game be­fore hit­ting the wa­ter for a game of flippa ball — a grad­ual step­ping stone to in­tro­duce a wa­ter polo game sce­nario.

‘‘My role will be to try and in­tro­duce it into schools as a sum­mer sport,’’ Batey said.

‘‘If we can get an in­ter­nal com­pe­ti­tion then we will then look at putting a team in the Ovens and Mur­ray Wa­ter Polo As­so­ci­a­tion.’’

The fast-paced aer­o­bic sport con­sists of four quar­ters with seven play­ers each side in­clud­ing a goalie.

Batey said he was look­ing for any­one aged 15 and over with a gen­eral level of fit­ness and rea­son­able swim­ming abil­ity to at­tend the class on Sun­day, which kicks off at 11 am at the Benalla Aquatic Cen­tre.

Any adults in­ter­ested are also wel­come to at­tend.

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