Island water polo to make Australia Day splash

Alicia Perera and Karratha Water Polo AssociationPilbara News

With events including an open ocean exhibition match, competitive swim and WA country championships planned for coming months, Karratha Water Polo Association is set for a busy return to the 2017-18 season.

The group’s successful 2017 Australia Day exhibition match, Water Polo at the Island, will be on for a second year at Dampier’s Malus Island on January 26.

KWPA president Justin Angove said they hoped to get as many people as possible along for a sporty celebration of the national day.

“I think the appeal is about being in a bay, 20km from any-where, and being able to play a game players enjoy while those that are spectating get to sit on the beach and enjoy the atmosphere of Australia Day as well,” he said.

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“It’s always busy out there (on Australia Day), whether there’s water polo or not, so it’s a great way to showcase water polo to the general public.”

This year’s event is also planned to be more family- friendly, with an aqua run, music and other entertainment going on around the game.

The KWPA is also running the Virtual Rottnest Channel Swim on February 24, ensuring the event runs in Karratha for a sixth year, and are expecting their biggest turnout yet. Karratha race co-ordinator Tristan Lynn, said the event had already attracted a lot of interest.

“Currently, over 50 people have registered to swim the 20km with several teams nominated,” he said. “Nominations are still open until the 28th of January for teams of two, four and novelty teams of up to 10 swimmers with the swim open to all over the age of 10 years.”

For more information, visit the Karratha Virtual Rottnest Channel Swim Facebook page.

Meanwhile, weekly games resumed on Thursday night for round 11.

Krakens’ women defeated the Sharks in the first of the women’s fixtures, with Laura Hill, Hayley Edwards and Nat Glover putting on a spread of goals. Belinda Brooks contributed six goals but it was not enough to hold back the Krakens, who won 11-6.

It was a close one between the Pirates and Barracudas in the second women’s fixture. Pirates got an early jump on the Barras in the first half, led by Danielle Smith and Anouska Angove.

However, the Barras clawed their way back, with Ashleen McGovern and Kate Kalajzich partnering for seven goals over three quarters. The Barras were too strong, winning 9-7.

Pirates’ men had a strong performance against the Barracudas in the first of the A-grade fixtures.

Justine Angove, Richard Clarke and Luke Neuwart all notched up multiple goals. Nigel Kroon-stuiver was the only goal scorer for the Barras, which was not enough against a strong Pirates side. The Pirates won 11-2.

The Barras continued to dominate in the men’s B-grade, however, defeating Pirates 5-2.

Stephan Bulla and Josh Homes were the only goal scorers for the Pirates, contributing one a piece.

Barracudas and Krakens’ men slogged it out in the second of the A-grade fixtures, with Barras getting an early jump on Krakens. Byron Newbold and Richard Gregory contributed five for the Krakens but it was not enough, with Kroonstuiver, Nick Stewart and Mark Field putting on seven for Barras. The final score was 7-5 to Barras.

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