Shorthanded Crocodiles hold their own against rivals

David EckhartThe West Australian

The Hedland Crocodiles are looking good to go one better than the silver medal achieved in the Rockingham Country Championships in March last year.

That’s the word coming out of the practice session played against the Karratha water polo players at the Karratha Leisureplex last weekend.

Despite missing a full handful of their selected side for the Busselton Country Championships, the Crocodiles held their own against the full-strength home side.

This year’s championships will be held over the upcoming March long weekend.

The Port Hedland senior competition finished up last Friday night at the South Hedland Aquatic Centre with finals ahead of the women this weekend, and the men when they return from Busselton.

In the white cap, Daniel Lacey prepares to throw the ball while Johnathan Nowers defends.
Camera IconIn the white cap, Daniel Lacey prepares to throw the ball while Johnathan Nowers defends. Credit: Daneka Hill

Piranhas continued their solid form for the season, sewing up a top two spot with a win over the Aztecs, and Orcas let a two-goal lead slip away in the final quarter, allowing the Vipers to snatch a draw at the death.

In men’s competition, the Black Stars finished the season on top of the ladder, guaranteeing themselves a spot in the grand final, with a solid win over the White Pointers.

The Pointers and Dragons will meet on March 8 for the right to play the Black Stars in the grand final.

In the final men’s match last Friday, the Pointers flexed their muscle against the Dragons, winning 9 goals to 2, keeping the Dragons scoreless in the second half.

This Friday, the top two women’s teams, Orcas and Piranhas, play a double-chance semifinal, with the winner advancing to the grand final on March 15. The Aztecs and Vipers clash in a sudden-death semifinal with the winner to play the loser of the Orcas/Piranhas game on March 8.

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