In season 2020/21 UWA Waterpolo Club had 20 teams playing in Junior State League across the Sunday and Monday night competitions. This number of teams competing cannot be achieved without the significant efforts of our training coaches Damian Kelly, Andrei Kovalenko & Raul Ricci (and Sam Shead and Vaughn Thomson in Term 4), our Game night coaches and Team Managers. The Club would like to thank parents for their efforts in supporting their children and acting as table officials, particularly all those parents who undertook the Waterpolo Australia accreditation for Competition Officials. We would encourage parents to undertake this free course.
Congratulations to all teams on their effort and work throughout the season.
11 UWA teams competed in Grand Finals.
U12 Boys Cubs, 9am v Melville
U12 Girls Cubs, 9am v Melville
U14 Girls Gold, 10am v Melville
U16 Girls Blue, 12pm v Melville
U16 Boys Bears, 1pm v Melville
U18 Girls Green, 2pm v Melville (plate final)
U18 Girls Blue, 3pm v Triton
U18 Boys Blue, 4pm v Melville
U14B Girls Green, 11:30am v Newman
U14B Boys White, 12:30pm v Triton
U16B Boys White, 2:30pm v Triton
Special mention to the following teams who won their Grand Finals and were awarded 2020/2021 WPWAI Premiership flags:
U14B Boys White v Triton coached by Charlie George and Ben Howie
U16B Boys White v Triton coached by Nathan Phillips
U18A Boys Blue v Melville coached by Oli Davis
And the U18 Girls Green who won the plate coached by Raul Ricci
Our Club is well recognised across Australia. Our Uniform Shop Co-Ordinator, Denise Dalton keeps us all looking our best. When UWA teams turn up at JSL or AYC, it supports the professional image of our club. This season the Club transitioned to our new Kap7 uniform.
Next season we will be looking at getting all our teams in the new uniform.
Fairest and Best & Most Improved Players
Fairest and Best awards are based on WPWAI votes from JSL games, while Most Improved are selected by team coaches.
Cubs coached by Peter Symons managed by Nancy Shaw
MI: Molly McGough
F&B: Emily Elphick * Also WPWAI Overall Fairest and Best
Cubs coached by Oliver Sheldrick managed by Kate Watson
MI: Vlad Belov
F&B: Ryan Wallis
Thanks to Michelle Sayer as U14 Girls Delegate
Blue, coached by Pip Pedley, managed by Erica Salt
(MI) Madison Godber
(F&B) Jamie de Bruin
Gold, coached by Glenda Morgan, managed by Julia Williams
(MI) Lian Bewsher
(F&B) Angela Williams
Green (Divison B), coached by Claire Whittaker, managed by Lisa Lilleyman
(MI) Stella Dark
(F&B) Bridget Lilleyman and Zoe Cannon on equal votes
White (Division B), coached by Bec Gibb, managed by Michelle Sayer
(MI) Ruby Phillips
(F&B) Ella Peovitis * Also WPWAI Overall Fairest and Best in B Division
Thanks to Belinda Giles as a new Delegate this season for the U14 Boys
Bears coached by Matt George, managed by Louise Nicholls
(MI) Charlie Cotter
(F&B) George Hodgson
Blue coached by Quentin Megson, managed by Mel Braddock
(MI) Saile Du Preez
(F&B) Luke Megson
Green coached by Damian Kelly and Cliff Woods, managed by Penny Regan
(MI) Ivan Zorotovic
(F&B) Sam Regan
White (Division B) coached by Charlie George and Ben Howie, managed by Liesl De Vries
(MI) Jacques de Vries
(F&B) Archie Ryan and Zephyr O’Brien on equal votes
The U14 Rising Star is presented to players we believe have a big future in water polo if they continue to commit and train hard
These awards are chosen by our Head Coaches. Congratulations to –
Girls: Emily Murdoch
Boys: Ben Marris
Thanks to Phillipa Johnson as U16 Girls Delegate
Blue coached by Damian Kelly, managed by Jen Taboni
(F&B) Gabi Sayer
Green coached by Raul Ricci and Damian Kelly, managed by Melissa Haynes
(F&B) Olivia Haynes
Most Improved in the respective age groups
- Born 2005 – Most Improved – Katie Marris
- Born 2006 – Most Improved – Emily Taylor
Thanks to Travis Smith as U16 Boys Delegate
Bears coached by Bryon Kelly, managed by Lisa Lilleyman
(F&B) Owen Lilleyman * Also WPWAI Overall Fairest and Best
Blue coached by Andrew Barber, managed by Felicity Handley
(F&B) Ethan Kelly
Gold coached by Parsa Vahdani Barber, managed by Dex De Briun
(F&B) Kyle de Bruin
White (Division B) coached by Nathan Phillips, managed by Kelli Fischer
(F&B) Jaxon Chester
Most Improved in the respective age groups
- Born 2005 – Most Improved – Charlie Reynolds
- Born 2006 – Most Improved – Axel Nilsson
U16 Most Outstanding Players – awards chosen by our Head coaches and recognise future potential, training ethic and competition performance
Girls: Amelia Taboni * Also WPWAI Overall Fairest and Best
Boys: Tim Lonnqvist
Special acknowledgement to our Born 2003 boys and girls players who move on to Senior Grades next season. Many of these young adults have been with us since flippaball and we hope they continue playing with the Senior club.
It has been wonderful to watch this group develop their water polo skills, team work and leadership skills since they started together in U14s. Many of these players have over their Junior years been active members of the Club, have coached numerous Flippaball and DSC teams, have assisted with Club activities. They have also been great ambassadors for our Club on their trips away to Europe and AYC.
Thanks to Julie Tomas as U18 Girls Delegate
Blue– Coached by Damian Kelly and managed by Julie Tomas
F&B: Holly Greville
Green – Coached by Raul Ricci and Damian Kelly and managed by Michelle Sayer
F&B: Daisy Morse
Thanks to Maryanne Marshall as U18 Boys Delegate
Green – Coached initially by Taz Williams and in latter part of season Steve Cook, Oli Davis and Stefan managed by Maryanne Marshall
F&B: Rory Dalton
Blue– Coached by Oliver Davis managed by Rob Lodge
F&B: Tyler Fazio * Also WPWAI Overall Fairest and Best
Club’s Special Awards
Junior Referee Award:
Thanks to Club Secretary Clare Barber this year the Club ran another guided U16 Community Referee accreditation. Juniors undertook practise at Flippaball and DSC and completed the online courses. Congratulations to the 10 x U16 members who have completed the course.
The Junior Referee Award recognises members who have undertaken a WPA Referee accreditation and have demonstrated considerable development as a Referee. The award acknowledges the importance of referees to our game.
The winners of this Award for 20/21 are: Xavier Harris and Mack Williams
Junior Polo Bear Award:
Juniors play an important role within our Club in roles as coaches, referees and helpers at Flippaball and our District School Competition. The support is invaluable and the Club thanks all Juniors who contributed in the 2020/21 Season. We hope that you enjoyed the experience and will continue to volunteer.
The Junior Polo Bear Award is awarded to a junior member who is an all-rounder. Who represents our Club with excellence, showing dedication and commitment to the Club. They give their best in the pool, when they train and play, and are always willing to help around the Club. They exhibit a positive attitude, leadership and act as a great example for younger players.
There were a number of nominations: Holly Greville, Harper Phillips, Will Marshall, Tim Lonnqvist, Gabbi Sayer and Bianca Patchet
The Junior Polo Bear in 2020/21 is awarded to Will Marshall.