Karratha will play host to some of WA’s top regional water polo teams this weekend, with the State Country Champs competition looking to be a fierce one. It’s just the second time in the tournament’s 50-year history that it will be held in Karratha, with teams from Bunbury, Busselton, Geraldton, Port Hedland and Peel battling it out at the Karratha Leisureplex across the three days. Geraldton, who claimed both the men’s and women’s crowns at last year’s tournament in Bunbury, will head into this year’s competition with a target on their backs. Karratha State Country Water Polo Championships event co-ordinator Anouska Angrova said since the tournament was last held in Karratha, the local team had grown from strength to strength. “We are excited to show the rest of the State how much we have improved and developed as an association along with showcasing the amazing facilities, venues and natural wonders of the Pilbara and Karratha region,” she said. Angrove said the association hoped Karratha residents would come down to the KLP and support the players. “As the host association we are able to put in two men’s and two women’s sides, which gives our homegrown talent a fantastic opportunity to play water polo at a more competitive level,” she said. The grand finals will be on March 6 with the women starting at 2.30pm followed by the men at 3.30pm.