Water polo’s rise buoyed by ju­niors

North West Telegraph - - SPORT - David Eck­hart

The Port Hed­land Water Polo As­so­ci­a­tion sea­son is fast ap­proach­ing, and with the ad­vent of the warmer weather the numbers of former, cur­rent and fu­ture play­ers emerg­ing from their “off sea­son” and into the water in­creases al­most daily.

At the re­cent an­nual gen­eral meet­ing, Brad Pawlenko was given a sec­ond term of of­fice as the pres­i­dent.

This sea­son Pawlenko will be joined on the com­mit­tee by vice-pres­i­dent Mark Bray, sec­re­tary AJ Ryan, trea­surer Scott Ger­hardt and regis­trar Car­men Walsh.

Mr Pawlenko said he is look­ing for­ward to a full sea­son back at the “spir­i­tual home” of the Croc­o­diles, the South Hed­land Aquatic Cen­tre with the sea­son set to get un­der way in Oc­to­ber. He said the suc­cess of the se­nior teams at this year’s coun­try cham­pi­onships, and the growth in Flippa Ball un­der Ger­hardt and his wife Juliette, has seen an in­crease in the pop­u­lar­ity of the sport in the town with the numbers of seniors grow­ing.

For peo­ple who would like to ex­pe­ri­ence water polo with­out the pres­sure of hav­ing to go through reg­is­tra­tion, the Hed­land Water Polo As­so­ci­a­tion is plan­ning a “have-a-try” night at the South Hed­land Aquatic Cen­tre on Oc­to­ber 12.

This ex­pe­ri­ence will al­low first-timers, as well as former ju­niors with the op­por­tu­nity to take the plunge in the warm wa­ters of the SHAC to try out their ‘egg-beater’ kick­ing tech­nique in the water, while hurl­ing the balls around in the water.

The adage “no ex­pe­ri­ence nec­es­sary” will ap­ply as the cur­rent mem­bers will be on hand to help out.

Pic­ture: Tay­lar Amonini

Brad Pawlenko takes on Mark Bray in a bat­tle for the ball.

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