Aztecs come from behind
The Hedland water polo leagues were in full swing over the weekend, with round three providing plenty of close results.
In the women’s league, the Aztecs managed a come-from-behind victory, scoring three unanswered goals to finish the match 6-4, with Kyarna Lee taking the three votes as player of the match.
Last year’s grand final winners Piranhas were too strong for the Orcas, with Erin Brieley bagging three goals to end the match 6-0.
Despite the hat-trick performance, the feat of holding the Orcas to a goalless game saw Carmen Walsh come out on top of the votes as player of the match.
A close game in the men’s league saw the Black Stars narrowly edge out the Dragons in a 6-5 victory.
Having only six players available for the Black Stars, the Dragons agreed to play with even numbers in a decision they may now be regretting.
Local legend Steve Smirke received the three votes after he was afforded to much room on the perimeter, scoring two early goals to give the Black Stars a lead they maintained throughout the game.
The Black Star’s were evidently too exhausted from their first game, suffering a 4-3 defeat to the White Pointers in their second game of the night.
Equal on goals in the final 45 seconds of the match, White Pointer’s star Josh Blair stole the ball in the Star’s defensive half. Facing up against the in-form Star’s goalie, who made several impressive saves throughout the game, Blair managed to sneak the ball past for a goal that proved decisive at the final buzzer.
Blair received the three votes for his persistence in the final phase of the game.
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