Close games abound in Karratha water polo round 17

Tristan LynnPilbara News
Krakens player Simone Fountain.
Camera IconKrakens player Simone Fountain. Credit: Pilbara News, Alicia Perera

Thursday night was Round 17 of the Karratha Water Polo Association’s 2018-19 season, in which the Burrup Barracudas had the A-grade double header.

The first game of the women’s A-grade saw the Pirates beat the Cudas 6-3 with Pirates’ Kerri Hoff, Jacinta Wright and Danielle Smith all contributing two goals each.

Kate Kalajzich had a stand-out game for the Cudas with three goals.

Unfortunately, the second women’s A-grade match resulted in the Cudas forfeiting to the Krakens because of insufficient player numbers, but a scratch match was played instead.

The women’s B-grade match ended in a two-all draw between the white and blue teams.

In the men’s A-grade division, the first game saw the Pirates beat the Cudas 8-6.

Geraldton’s legendary Corey “Duck” Smith starred for the Cudas with three goals, while the Pirates’ Luke Neuwert and Ben Biddiscombe scored three goals each.

The second men’s A-grade match was a fiery encounter in which the Cudas eventually triumphed over the Krakens, 10-9.

Kraken Charlie Regan had another great game with four goals, while Cudas’ Smith scored four and Jake Patten added three goals.

In the men’s B-grade match, Pirates beat the Cudas 8-7.

Pirate Rob Vanderlinde scored four goals and David Clauson scored three, while Cuda Ralph Acker slotted home six for his team.

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