Title chasing champs stamp authority

David EckhartThe West Australian
Brittany Cummings from Orcas
Camera IconBrittany Cummings from Orcas Credit: Daneka Hill

The Black Stars showed why they are in the box seat for the title in the men’s competition in the Hedland Water Polo Association with two dominant performances.

The Stars accounted for the three-time defending champion White Pointers’ five goals to two in their early game, before backing up against a heavily depleted Dragons 11-4.

Daniel Lacey continues to gain strength in the arm broken at the start of the season, Regan Kubala has stepped into the goal-scoring role left with the departure of Reece Cirulis, and Joe McIntosh is shaping as the season’s most improved with four more goals across the two games.

White Pointers could only manage one goal each half, both scored by Josh Blair, while in the Dragons match, teens Declan Rahman and Blake Cirulis continue to shape up well in their first full season in the men’s competition.

In the women’s competition, the Orcas and Piranhas continued their dominance over the Vipers and Aztecs this season. Without the steadiness and leadership of Timara Simpson, the Vipers struggled to stifle the scoring power of the Orcas as six separate players scored in the 8-0 win.

Piranhas, like the Orcas, had a spread of scorers in their 5-1 win over the Aztecs, with the Piranhas’ defence led by first-year player Eloise Host keeping Teneal Russell to a single goal.

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