Fab­u­lous four in Coun­try chal­lenge

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Four Kar­ratha Wa­ter Polo As­so­ci­a­tion play­ers spent last week rep­re­sent­ing their State at the Aus­tralian Coun­try Wa­ter Polo Cham­pi­onships.

Laura Hill, Ash­leen McGovern, Tris­tan Lynn and Richard Gre­gory were part of the WA women’s and men’s sides that took on teams from across the na­tion in Rock­hamp­ton.

They were se­lected from Kar­ratha’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive squad at the WA Coun­try Cham­pi­onships ear­lier this year.

Lynn said both WA teams had held their own through­out the competition.

“As a player you re­ally as­pire to be play­ing at the level and the level here is not that much dif­fer­ent to play­ing at WA Coun­try Champs, so it’s good to see the na­tional competition is at a re­ally high stan­dard and it’s sim­i­lar to what we have here,” he said.

The WA women’s team had a strong run and fin­ished in third plac. The men’s side came in fifth. While KWPA has sent play­ers to the na­tional cham­pi­onships since the club be­gan, they have not had the op­por­tu­nity to do so since 2014, which was the last year a WA coun­try side at­tended the competition.

KWPA sec­re­tary Anouska An­gove, who is also an ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber for Wa­ter Polo WA Coun­try In­cor­po­rated, said the WA com­mit­tee had worked hard to send a State team to the na­tional competition this year and was glad to see the ef­fort pay off.

She said giv­ing lo­cal play­ers the op­por­tu­nity to play at a na­tional level ex­posed them to a higher level of competition, coach­ing and ref­er­ee­ing.

“We are re­ally proud that we have such good rep­re­sen­ta­tion from Kar­ratha,” An­gove said.

“Nor­mally we have had four to six play­ers going away, and this is a group of peo­ple who haven’t gone be­fore so we’re re­ally ex­cited these guys are part of the team.”

The Kar­ratha rep­re­sen­ta­tives will share their ex­pe­ri­ence with other KWPA play­ers — both se­nior and ju­nior — on their re­turn­ing.

Pic­ture: Tris­tan Lynn

KWPA play­ers Laura Hill, Richard Gre­gory, Ash­leen McGovern and Tris­tan Lynn com­peted for WA at the Aus­tralian Coun­try Wa­ter Polo Cham­pi­onships in Rock­hamp­ton.

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