Intense battles in the pool
With only a handful of weeks left until country week championships, players in the Hedland Water Polo Association took every moment of competition for practice in last week’s games.
In the first game of the night, Vipers could not get a leg-up as they fell to Orcas 1 to 4.
Two first-quarter goals by Brittney Cummings set Orcas off to a strong start, securing them the win as well as best-in-pool label for Cummings.
Carmen Walsh was awarded two points for her strong goalkeeping, while Kathryn Fisher’s ability to be everywhere at once saw her awarded one point.
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The second game of the night saw White Pointers taken down a peg as the men’s composite team took the win 6-3.
Expecting a repeat of their last face-off, White Pointers’ confidence got the better of them as they fell to their knees to the men’s composite team.
In a low-scoring game, 6-3, the first half was a slow start, but a four-goal second half got the composite side the win.
Reliable as ever, Brad Horsman’s three goals as centre-forward saw him receive three points and best-in-pool.
Daniel Lacey and Josh Blair followed close behind, thanks to their constant grind in the game.
In a strong high-scoring game, Aztecs took on Piranhas for the third game of the night.
With single goal scorers across the goals, it was a three-goal final quarter which spurred Aztecs to victory, 7-5.
Leading from the front Danielle Dawson secured best in pool, followed closely by Sophie Morton with two points while Piranhas’ Lamia Cooper was awarded one point.
In the final game of the night fatigue had set in for the two teams after their composite win.
Blackstars managed to step up to the plate, however, taking a four-point win over Dragons 10-6.
Despite Dragons missing Noel Morrison, it was a tight game in the first half. However, a big second half dragged Blackstars to the win.
Daniel Lacey walked away with three points to be named best in pool.
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