Hedland shine with silver medal

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

Hedland Water Polo Association proved they were a force to be reckoned with after they took out the silver medal during the 2018 Western Australian Country Championships on the weekend.

The mighty Crocodiles entered the grand final on Sunday night undefeated and came out with the silver after a tough tussle saw a 6-8 loss to the host association, Peel Piranhas.

Association president Brad Pawlenko said despite the final loss, the team had played gallantly throughout the weekend’s events.

“What I was most proud of is how we played as a complete unit. It was a great team effort and every player contributed to the success of the weekend,” he said.

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“I think we just surprised everyone in our game play, everyone that talked to us last night said our team effort was the most outstanding part of the game and everyone contributed, there was no one player that did more than the others.”

In true goal-scoring form, Brad Horsman managed to net nine stunning goals throughout the competition for the team, followed closely by high scorers Jonathon Nowers (7) and Daniel Lacey (6).

The Hedland women’s team, however, were not as successful as the men after being unable to take a place in the grand finals.

Mr Pawlenko said despite the loss, the team made a valiant effort over the weekend.

“They had a couple of draft players for them to get their numbers up and they toughed it out and their performance improved each game they played,” he said.

“They haven’t played all together before so it was harder to get that unit going at the start but for a team with three girls 16 years of age they played excellent.”

Vipers team leader Timara Simpson used her exceptional leadership skills to help the girls improve each round as she played an outstanding game in goals.

The Hedland Association were also named the host team for the 2020 WA Country Championships during the week’s events.

Teams will now return to the South Hedland Aquatic Centre this Friday for the first round of finals competitions.

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