WA State League Grand Final Success

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The UWA City Beach Water Polo Club completed the 2015-2016 season last weekend with the Senior State League (SSL) Grand Finals on Saturday and Junior State League (JSL) Grand Finals on Sunday. With many of our teams making the grand finals it was a battle for the gold medal in some tight contests over the weekend. Our Premier League Men reigned winning the gold medal in this elite division after a drought of 24 years! This continues our dominance from our men’s division from last years National Titles in U14, U18 & U16 along with this years NWPL Title. The Men’s A Reserve Game was always a winner for UWACB with two of our four teams making the grand final and the Kinetics prevailed. On the womens side of our club the Women’s Division 3 girls brought home the gold also – congratulations to all!

Our Juniors excelled to claim victory in the 14A & 16A Boys and 14B & 16B Girls. In the final game of the weekend our U18 Boys had the crowd on the edge of their seats in their battle with the Melville Sharks. The game finished with a draw and went through to penalty shootout….still a draw, so another penalty shootout and unfortunately we had to take home the silver this time. With the U18 Nationals in Perth from April 11-16 our boys may have a chance to try again.

Congratulations to all our athletes, parents, supporters and sponsors on a fantastic season!

To view games from live streaming please clink on link below;

http://waterpolowa.asn.au/news/sunsmart-wpwai-juniors-2015-16-grand-finals-live-stream/

 

UWA Torpedoes take NWPL title after penalty shoot out

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It was the final no one had predicted, but it delivered the biggest finish. UWA Torpedoes today walked away with their first ever National Water Polo League title after winning the penalty shoot out against the home side Victorian Seals 13-11.

Special congratulations to: Head Coach; Andrei Kovalenko, Assistant Coach; Brent Thompson, Team Manager; Steven Kyriakou, Athletes; Luke Quinlivan*, Lach Pethick*, Alex Bogunovich*, Florian Naroska*, George Ford*, Nic Hughes*, Brett McGhie, Mateu Diaz Brana*, Andrew Ford*, Milos “Yogi” Vukicevic*, Tom Beare, Jed Thompson*, Tim Putt*, Tom Rigoll*, Nathan Quinsee*, Lachlan Vos*, Josh Zekulich, Christian Kyriakou*, Max Garbut-Wilkins*, Tom Powell*. (*denotes UWA City Beach member) and EVERYONE involved in achieving this success!

Both the Torpedoes and Seals dominated their semi-finals, toppling the top two sides from the year to book their spot in today’s final.

It was an even match up between the teams with the Seals coming out strong to take the first goal in the opening minutes thanks to captain Matt Gronow.

But the Torpedoes didn’t let them get too far ahead trailing by only one goal throughout the entire game.

The Torpedoes fought back to take the lead in the dying seconds of the final quarter, but with two seconds left on the clock the Seals netted another goal to take the game into a penalty shoot-out after an 8-8 score line.

The Torpedoes got a break early on with captain Luke Quinlivan in goal shutting down Seals captain Matt Gronow’s shot. Quinlivan was well prepared for the penalty shoot-out knowing there was a strong possibility of the game going down to the wire.

“I watched Victoria against Cronulla in their penalty shoot out and I saw the way Matthew Gronow took his penalty.

“I’d seen him take his penalties like that previously in the season so I bated him and jumped to the top right corner hoping he’d go there because that’s his most comfortable shot… and he did,” said Quinlivan.

As goalie he had a big role to play shoot-out but Quinlivan had a small issue to deal with before he could focus on the task at hand.

“My team physio and team mate Brett McGhie had to help me get a cramp out of my leg, so I was a little bit nervous.

“I never thought we were home until the final siren sounded.  The closest we’ve ever come is runner up in 1996 and 2013.  What can I say… I’m absolutely stoked,” he said.

The 2016 National Water Polo League had returned to Melbourne for the first time in more than 25 years and the Victorian Seals were hoping for the fairy tail ending of what had been an amazing Finals run for the home team.

“That can only do good things for our sport when you have a final like that, it’s disappointing but I’m proud of the guys, we can hold our head up high we made it to the Final, we had an amazing crowd, an amazing game.

“On behalf of the Victorian Seals we’d like to thank everyone who came out, we wouldn’t be in the finals without you guys so thanks,” said Gronow.

MENS GOLD MEDAL

UWA Torpedoes 13 (M Dias Brana, A Ford and M Vukocevic 3, N Hughes 2, G Ford and T Beare) def. Victorian Seals (M Gronow 5, B Edwards 3, L Edwards 1, S Robinson and D Egan 1) after penalty shoot out.

MENS BRONZE MEDAL

Sydney University Lions 10 (T Kearns 3, G Tomasevic and L Northcott 2, C Dyson, M Rosenthal and J Cotterill 1) def.  UNSW Wests Magpies (R Campbell and N Power 2, D Streets, J Gilchrist and A Lambie 1)

2016 National Water Polo League Final Awards

CHARLES TURNER MEDAL – Billy Miller, Brisbane Barracudas

TOM HOAD MEDAL – Andrew Ford, UWA Torpedoes

ALL STAR TEAM:

Goalkeeper: Joel Dennerley, UNSW Wests Magpies

Billy Miller, Brisbane Barracudas

Rhys Howden, Brisbane Barracudas

Nathan Power, UNSW Wests Magpies

Carlo Di Fulvio, Cronulla Sharks

Gordon Marshall, Hunter Hurricanes

Joe Kayes, Cronulla Sharks

SOUTHERN CROSS TROPHY – Sydney University Lions

BRONZE MEDALLISTS – Sydney University Lions

SILVER MEDALLISTS – Victorian Seals

CHAMPIONS AND GOLD MEDALLISTS –UWA Torpedoes

REFEREE AWARDS

JOHN WHITEHOUSE MEDAL – Nicola Johnson

Australian Junior Mens Squad – UWA City Beach players selected

u16 National Club Championships. Hobart Aquatic Centre. 30 Sept-5 Oct 2014. Photograph by Paul Seiser/Pearse Photography

Congratulations to our UWA City Beach boys who have been selected in the B97 & B98 Junior Mens AUS Squad. The boys will head off to Canberra in mid February for a week long training camp together at the AIS.

B97; Lach Pethick, Tom Rigoll, Tom Powell & Joe Goldfinch

B98; Tim Putt, Jed Thompson, Christian Kyriakou

Please click on the link below for further information.

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST – Players for Australian Open National Club Championships, March 2016

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The UWA City Beach Water Polo Club are entering a Mens team in the Annual Australian Open National Club Championships and are seeking expressions of interest from our players aged 18+ who would like to attend this event. 

The event will be held in Woy Woy NSW 24-27 March (Easter weekend) with the team departing Wednesday 23rd March 2016 and returning Monday 28th March 2016 at 4pm. The competition is open to clubs from all over Australia in a similar fashion to the Junior National Club Championships for various age groups throughout the year, but without the age restrictions. We expect this to be a competitive but fun and social event and hopefully a gold medal to join our collection from last year’s City Beach Mens victories in U14/U16 & U18! Flights have been booked, and accommodation has been secured on the beachfront at Mantra Ettalong Beach which is a short drive from the Aquatic Centre.

As this is the first time UWA City Beach will be competing at this event a subsidy will be provided capping the cost at $1,000 per player. This will also be the first time competing nationally as UWA City Beach and hence the new polo shirt and bathers will be launched.

 If you would like to compete at this event, or have any questions, please contact Captain/Coach Nic Hughes at hughesnicholas3@gmail.com before 22nd January 2016. It is anticipated places will fill fast so please reply promptly if you are keen.

 

City Beach girls in South Africa

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Madi and Clare

Congratulations to Madi Rigo and Claire Durston who recently attended a tournament in South Africa as part of the 2015 Australian School Girls Team. They played 7 games in Cape Town against both Zimbabwe and South Africa coming out victors of the Tournament.

They then followed onto Sydney to compete in a Trans Tasman Test Series against New Zealand.  Unfortunately, they lost this test series, 1 to 2 – though the games were very close.