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World Masters Games Opening Ceremony

World Masters Games Opening Ceremony

The grounds hosting the games.

The grounds hosting the games.

New South Wales Premier Nathan Rees declared the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games officially open at the Games Opening Ceremony at ANZ Stadium.

With Games sailing competitor His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark among the crowd, Premier Rees opened the seventh edition of the world’s largest multi-sport event, with a record 28,292 competitors from 95 countries in Sydney.

The Games Opening Ceremony kicked off with the world’s largest competitors’ parade as the majority of Games registrants took the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Sydney 2000 Olympians by marching into the Sydney Olympic Park arena.

Games competitors ranging in age from 24-year-old Canadian swimming Facundo Chernikoff to 101-year-old Australian lawn bowler Reg Trewin walked into ANZ Stadium after being marshalled into 28 groups, corresponding with the 28 Games sports.

The world masters cauldron

The world masters cauldron

The formal proceedings included the singing of the Australian anthem in two tongues – the first verse in a traditional language of the Eora nation and the subsequent verses in English – speeches by Games Chair Margy Osmond, International Masters Games Association President Kai Holm, Minister Justine Elliot representing the Australian Government and Premier Rees and the unveiling of the Games oath.

NSW Premier Nathan Rees was happy to open the games

NSW Premier Nathan Rees was happy to open the games

The youngest Australian competitor, 24-year-old Sydney swimmer Melanie Speet, and 68-year-old Albert Armstrong, a Melbourne squash player who has taken part in every Games, lead the crowd in the reading of the Games oath written by Games competitor and well known Australian author Peter FitzSimons.

All-star Australian artists of all ages then brought down the curtain on the Games Opening Ceremony.

The world masters stadium

The world masters stadium

Nathan Foley, Jessica Mauboy, David Campbell, The McClymonts, Paul Gray, Leo Sayer and John Paul Young got the Opening Ceremony crowd on their feet before, in a nod to the unforgettable Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics at the same venue, Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs and Tap Pups rounded the night’s entertainment with a spectacular dance routine.

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BLK1 Weekly Water Polo Summary

BLK1 Weekly Water Polo Summary

dpl_210209_waterpolo_238_editedThe 16’s National Waterpolo Club Championships took place this week, with both men and women from around Australia taking to the pool.
These championships have been the biggest on record with 19 boy’s teams and 24 girls team involved.
The standout club has been Sydney’s Cronulla Club, with both the boys and girls team vying for the gold medal.
In the boy’s competition, UNSW West’s Magpies claimed bronze after beating Adelaide Jets 13-7 with the grand final to be played between Sydney’s Cronulla Club and Perth’s Melville Sharks.
On the girls side of the competition, Sydney Northern Beaches survived a late revival from Drummoyne Red with the winner coming from Emily Carr making the end score 9-8.
The Cronulla girls club dominated their semi-final game winning 9-5 against Perth’s Dolphins White. They will now face off against Sydney Northern Beaches in the grand final.

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BLK1 Weekly Waterpolo Summary

BLK1 Weekly Waterpolo Summary

womens_waterpolo_2This week in waterpolo saw the junior FINA women’s world championship end in frustration for the Australians.
Placing a mere seventh the defending champions beat Spain 11-6, with the only highlight of the game coming from Bre Appel who claimed a three-goal haul.
Coach Peter Szilagyi said he was embarrassed with the final placing in a championship where the leading players failed to fire on a consistent basis.
Russia took out the championship beating the Netherlands 14-9, and the USA received the bronze after an 11-8 victory over Hungary.

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BLK1 Weekly Waterpolo Summary

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The Balmain Tigers competing on home soil

The Balmain Tigers competing on home soil

This week in Australian Waterpolo saw Australia bow out in the quarter final stages of the FINA junior women’s championship but the young-guns of the team lead from the front.

Australia qualified for the quarter-finals after a seven goal haul from Balmain Tigers player, Kayle Leathem, leading to a 28-4 victory over Kazakhstan, however the USA took the crown from the reigning champions winning 9-4.

Australian head coach Peter Szilagyi was unhappy with the poor start and said “The mentally, better-prepared American team deserved to win.”

Leathem wasn’t the only youngster to when earlier in the week, 16 year-old Ash Southern, dominated Australia’s opening game scoring four goals for an 11-9 win over Spain.
Australia will now face off against Canada for fifth spot.

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Water Polo: National Leauge Update- Victorian Tigers and Balmain Tigers Secure Minor Premierships

Water Polo: National Leauge Update- Victorian Tigers and Balmain Tigers Secure Minor Premierships

010509_0971Victorian Tigers men and Balmain Tigers women won their final preliminary-round matches yesterday to secure the National Water Polo League minor premierships.

Victorian Tigers fended off Brisbane Barracudas 14-8 to finish on 62 points, equal to KFC Queensland Breakers. However, The Tigers beat the Breakers by a goal in the second of their two clashes with the first a draw, meaning they won the Southern Cross Trophy on the first tie-break — the results between the pair.

Balmain Tigers women beat the fifth-ranked Cronulla Sharks 12-9 to finish three points clear of Fremantle Marlins and Brisbane Barracudas.

Cronulla Sharks v Balmain Tigers Women NWPL

Cronulla Sharks v Balmain Tigers Women NWPL

Brisbane, who beat No 4 Victorian Tigers 17-7 at All Hallows School in Brisbane, had to settle for third spot per the tiebreak rule. Brisbane and Fremantle split their games in the rounds but Fremantle had a vastly superior goal differential

The heartbreak story of the day was Sydney University Lions’ 8-all draw with Drummoyne Devils.
If the Lions had won they would have grabbed the bottom qualifying spot for next week’s finals in Sydney but instead, the Devils will contest the finals in only their second year in the NWPL.

Cronulla Sharks v Balmain Tigers Women NWPL

Cronulla Sharks v Balmain Tigers Women NWPL

UNSW Killer Whales said farewell to the league with the ninth-ranked team seeing off No 11 Hunter Hurricanes 9-5.
The No 3 Drummoyne Devils men, in their debut season, beat sixth-ranked Sydney University Lions 10-6.

Balmain Tigers men leap-frogged the Lions into fifth place with a resounding 12-4 decision over Cronulla Sharks.
Outgoing champions Wests Magpies closed their season with an 11-5 victory over higher-ranked Hunter Hurricanes but both are just outside the six.

The five-day finals series start at Sydney Olympic Park and Aquatic Centre tomorrow week.

Results:
National Water Polo League:
Men:

Brisbane: Victorian Tigers 14 (J Gilchrist 3, R Sinclair, M Price 2, L Gavin, A Edwards, C Gronow, S Lewis, I Lark, K Smith, J Woods) Brisbane Barracudas 8 (BJ Howden 3, C Mello 2, L Ingwersen, D Young, C Bitter).
Sydney: Drummoyne Devils 10 (A Roach, T Cleland 3, T Martin, S Avallone, S Boyd, A Robinson) Sydney University Lions 6 (N Cargill 3, T Franklin, J Young, S Mackenzie), Balmain Tigers 12 (C Dyson, G Woods 3, J Falzon 2, C Wright, J Davis, M Lazic, S Smith) Cronulla Sharks 4 (G Panawek 2, C Batty, D Wassell), Wests Magpies 11 (W Eames 3, D Swinnerton 2, S Cody, M Rapsey, R O’Brien, T Blewitt, A Skora, C Eames) Hunter Hurricanes 5 (N Campbell 3, M Baird, J Johnston).
Women:
Brisbane: Brisbane Barracudas 17 (M Rippon 4, K Gynther, Gao Ao 3, Sun Yujun, J Moran, JL Lewis 2, E Keogh) Victorian Tigers 7 (R Webster 3, J Hanson 2, A Van Ommen, K Dowrick).
Sydney: Balmain Tigers 12 (L Higlett, J Dessauvagie, T Woods, A Bower 2, R Rippon, E Simms, B Smith, B Appel) Cronulla Sharks 9 (N Zagame 6, H Lincoln-Smith, H Klein, M Schmid), UNSW Killer Whales 9 (S Grunberger, A Carter 2, A Gronow, Liu Ping, J Burford, He Jin, K Moran) Hunter Hurricanes 5 (N McJannet 3, E Goodwin, S Jones), Sydney University Lions 8 (A Brightwell, J Whitehorn, T Gofers 2, F Hammond, M Hammond) Drummoyne Devils 8 (A Southern 5, R Lissa, A Turnbull, C Mathewson).
Final points with top six qualifying for finals:
Men: Victorian Tigers 62, KFC Breakers 62, Drummoyne Devils 59, Fremantle Mariners 52, Balmain Tigers 49, Sydney University Lions 47, Hunter Hurricanes 42, Wests Magpies 39, Brisbane Barracudas 35, Cronulla Sharks 28, Adelaide Jets 27, UWA Torpedoes 26.
Women: Balmain Tigers 63, Longmont Fremantle Marlins 60, Brisbane Barracudas 60, Victorian Tigers 48, Cronulla Sharks 45, Drummoyne Devils 43, KFC Breakers 42, Sydney University Lions 42, UNSW Killer Whales 38, UWA Comets 34, Hunter Hurricanes 30, Adelaide Jets 23.

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Australian Water Polo: National League Update

Australian Water Polo: National League Update

_d9r7297 Sydney Olympian Sean Boyd saved face for Drummoyne Devils in their men’s National Water Polo League match against Wests Magpies at Parramatta Pool here yesterday.

Outgoing premiers Wests have no chance of making next month’s finals but rebounded from a sloppy draw with Brisbane Barracudas the day before to clinch a shock 10-all draw with the third-ranked Devils._d9r7257

In fact, Wests grabbed the lead inside the final two minutes only to have Boyd score from centre forward 11 seconds later.

Wests lost their coach and several vital players from last year and haven’t performed anywhere near the level of last year’s historic season.
Drummoyne women also drew their encounter, finishing 9-all with the UNSW Killer Whales.

As with the men, Drummoyne needed to level the game with the equaliser coming from United States import Courtney Mathewson at 4:20 left in the game.

_d9r6995Angela Turnbull was the star for Drummoyne with six goals.
Sydney University Lions men, sitting just outside a finals berth, beat Brisbane Barracudas men 14-6 while the No 3 Barracudas women beat the No 6 Lions 13-8.

In Melbourne, the No 2 Victorian Tigers men dumped Adelaide Jets 16-8 and the No 4 Tigers women came through a high-fouling match against the Jets 17-12. Eleven players had at least two major fouls with two fouled out of the game.

In Perth, the UWA Comets women turned the tables on KFC Queensland Breakers with a 6-5 victory following Friday’s 11-7 loss while the front-charging Breakers men smashed UWA Torpedoes 18-5._d9r6835

Results- National Water Polo League:
Men:

Sydney: Sydney University Lions 14 (T Franklin, A Visch 3, T Woudwyk, B Turner 2, R Saldain, S Nicholson, J Davis, L Hollis) Brisbane Barracudas 6 (C Bitter 4, C Mello, M Giles), Wests Magpies 10 (D Swinnerton, R O’Brien 3, M Rapsey, W Eames 2) Drummoyne Devils 10 (S Avallone 4, T Martin 3, B Scott, A Roach, S Boyd).
Melbourne: Victorian Tigers 16 (L Gavin, J Gilchrist 3, A Edwards, C Gronow, S Lewis 2, J Disken, K Smith, T Denehy, M Price) Adelaide Jets 8 (L Northcote 3, N Martin, T Dayman, A Martin, D Parrish, J Frost).
Perth: KFC Queensland Breakers 18 (A Martin 3, D Streets, B Miller, T Knox, M Birch, S Robertson, E Lui 2, M McCann, G Waterman, J Votan) UWA Torpedoes 5 (B Mercer, J Balczer 2, B Yalkin).
Women:
_d9r7568Sydney: Brisbane Barracudas 13 (N Stoltz, Gao Ao 3, Sun Yujun, J Moran 2, A Russell, K Gynther, M Rippon) Sydney University Lions 8 (T Gofers 4, S Cuffe, J Whitehorn, K Gofers, M Hammond), UNSW Killer Whales 9 (K Moran 4, K Mirabito 2, S Grunberger, J Burford, He Jin) Drummoyne Devils 9 (A Turnbull 6, C Mathewson 2, A Southern).
Melbourne: Victorian Tigers 17 (A Van Ommen 4, R Webster, M Jacka, E Rosato 3, L Webster, J Hanson, EJ Grahame, C Banks) Adelaide Jets 12 (L Callahan 5, J Martin 4, S Ricketts 2, M Hatcher).
Perth: UWA Comets 6 (G Domanic, E Browne 2, Z Hadley

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Water Polo: National Leauge Update- Killer Whales Swallow Sharks In Women’s NWPL

Water Polo: National Leauge Update- Killer Whales Swallow Sharks In Women’s NWPL

Balmain Tigers Vs. Cronulla Sharks.

Balmain Tigers Vs. Cronulla Sharks.

Balmain Tigers Vs. Cronulla Sharks
Balmain Tigers Vs. Cronulla Sharks

The University of New South Wales Killer Whales claimed a big scalp in Cronulla Sharks in their women’s National Water Polo League match a the UNSW Pool here last night.

By controlling the second half and going 7-5 ahead inside the last minute, the eighth-ranked Killer Whales only gave up one goal 23 seconds from time against the No 4 Sharks.

Boasting two Olympians each with the Killer Whales fielding Chinese stars Liu Ping and He Jin, the match was dominated by the two goalkeepers — Lea Barta for UNSW and Olympian Alicia McCormack for Cronulla.

Cronulla, playing without Olympian Mia Santoromito, led 2-1 in the first period but slipped 4-3 behind at halftime while levelling the third 1-all and the last 2-all.
Nicola Zagame pushed her season tally to a competition-high 46 goals with another four — three in the second half.
Cronulla men didn’t seem to turn up to play, losing 18-3 to Wests Magpies at Ashfield with youngster Paul Sindone claiming six goals.
At Balmain’s Dawn Fraser Pool, Balmain Tigers women shrugged off a valiant Sydney University Lions team 9-7 with the game being locked at 6-all late in the third and 7-all early in the fourth.

Balmain men beat the Lions 10-5 in a low-fouling game where the Lions’ 4-3 halftime lead was squashed in the third period as Balmain rammed in four unanswered goals.

In Brisbane, KFC Queensland Breakers men struck a huge blow against Drummoyne Devils, winning 10-3 in this top-of-the-table clash, boosted by a 4-0 lead midway through the second period.

The Breakers women had it a little tougher with a 12-8 margin thanks to three-goal hauls by Kate Miller and Sophie Smith.
In Perth, reigning premiers Longmont Fremantle Marlins repulsed the Hunter Hurricanes women 14-8 while the four-time champion Fremantle Mariners men allowed two late goals for Hunter to come close at 9-7.

Results National Water Polo League:
Men:

Brisbane: KFC Queensland Breakers 10 (A Martin 3, D Streets, B Miller 2, G Griffith, J Votan, T Jenkins) Drummoyne Devils 3 (A Roach 2, M Emery), Wests Magpies 18 (P Sindone 6, S Cody, R O’Brien 3, W Eames, D Swinnerton 2, C Eames, A Skora) Cronulla Sharks 3 (G Panawek, B Ient, D Wassell). 5-0, 8-1, 13-1
Sydney: Balmain Tigers 10 (C Dyson 3, C Wright, J Davis 2, N Falzon, J Falzon, G Woods) Sydney University Lions 5 (J Moar 2, T Franklin, J Young, S Nicholson).
Perth: Fremantle Mariners 9 (D Lawrence 3, T Neesham 2, J Beadsworth, A Younger, P Petrov, J Kayes) Hunter Hurricanes 7 (S Berry 3, R Simpkins 2, E Deloraine, D Robinson).
Women:
Brisbane: KFC Queensland Breakers 12 (K Miller, S Smith 3, S Mills, B Knox 2, J Ewart, E Bowden) Drummoyne Devils 8 (C Mathewson 4, M Hayes 2, E Pittorino, A Turnbull).
Sydney: Balmain Tigers 9 (R Rippon, T Woods 2, K Armstrong, E Simms, L Varlow, J Dessauvagie, A Bower) Sydney University Lions 7 (A Brightwell, T Gofers 2, S Cuffe, F Hammond, M Hammond), UNSW Killer Whales 7 (A Gronow, M Kearney, Liu Ping 2, A Carter) Cronulla Sharks 6 (N Zagame 4, H Lincoln-Smith, M Schmid).
Perth: Longmont Fremantle Marlins 14 (G Beadsworth 6, G Ralph 3, Z Arancini 2, S Wheelock, L Neilsen, Sun Huizi) Hunter Hurricanes 8 (E Goodwin, N McJannet, J Bendeich, B Rowe 2).

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Water Polo: National League Update

Water Polo: National League Update

Drummoyne Devils v Hunter Hurricanes

Drummoyne Devils v Hunter Hurricanes

Hunter Hurricanes were cruelly denied victory, losing 11-10 to Balmain Tigers in a men’s National Water Polo League match at the Dawn Fraser Pool here yesterday.

At 9-6 up early in the final quarter, the Hurricanes supporters were prematurely celebrating victory but watched as the margin was whittled to 9-8 and then 10-9 inside the final two minutes.

When Daniel Robinson was ejected at 1:29, Balmain called a timeout, worked out a strategy and then passed the ball for 20 seconds before James Falzon scored his second goal for 10-10.

Balmain called another timeout and the ploy was to get another ejection, Robinson again, to set up an extra-man play and score, which Falzon did 17 seconds from time for 11-10.

Man-of-the-match goalkeeper Angus Crowley could not stop the winner in a game where Hunter only took the lead at 3:31 left in the third period.

Balmain women beat Hunter 12-8 after leading 7-3 at halftime.

Drummoyne Devils’ fly-in recruit from Perth, Tim Cleland, was evicted from the game against Sydney University Lions late in the third quarter for back-chatting the referee.

Drummoyne Devils v Hunter Hurricanes.

Drummoyne Devils v Hunter Hurricanes.

The Devils won 15-11 for a 9-1 season and level pegging with the KFC Queensland Breakers on the ladder.
The fifth-ranked Lions women beat the seventh-ranked Devils 13-8 with Mel Hammond (Sydney Uni) and Ashleigh Southern (Drummoyne) topping the scoring with four each.

At the University of Wollongong, KFC Breakers women held off Cronulla Sharks 5-4 thanks to an Ellie Bowden goal just inside the last two minutes. The Breakers men blitzed Cronulla 21-2 with Tom Knox claiming six goals.

In Perth, Brisbane Barracudas men came from 6-5 down at three-quarter time to defeat UWA Torpedoes 9-6 while the Barracudas women bounced UWA Comets 13-8.

-National Water Polo League Results-

Men:

Sydney: Balmain Tigers 11 (J Falzon 4, G Woods 2, C Wright, C Dyson, T Hamill, J Davis, M Lasic) Hunter Hurricanes 10 (N Campbell 4, M Baird, S Berry, T Hunt, D Robinson, R Simpkins, J Johnson), Drummoyne Devils 15 (A Roach, S Avallone, S Boyd 3, T Martin, P Harmer, T Cleland 2) Sydney University Lions 11 (T Franklin 4, S Nicholson 3, R Saldain, T Woudwyk, J Davie, B Turner).

Wollongong: KFC Breakers 21 (T Knox 6, A Martin 4, M McCann 3, D Streets, S Robertson 2, D Will, G Waterman, J Votan, E Lui) Cronulla Sharks 2 (C Batty, D Wassell).

Perth: Brisbane Barracudas 9 (D Hicks 3, BJ Howden, D Young 2, D Gynther, C Mello) UWA Torpedoes 6 (B McGhie 2, B Mercer, J Palmer, J Balczer, B Yalkin).

Women:

Sydney: Balmain Tigers 12 (L Higlett, L Varlow, A Bower 2, R Rippon, E Simms, B Smith, K Leatham, J Dessauvagie, B Appel) Hunter Hurricanes 8 (S Jones, B Rowe 3, E Goodwin, N McJannet), Sydney University Lions 13 (M Hammond 4, J Whitehorn, S Davie 3, A Brightwell, S Cuffe, K Gofers) Drummoyne Devils 8 (A Southern 4, R Lissa 2, E Mirabito, E Pittorino).

Wollongong: KFC Breakers 5 (E Bowden, S Mills 2, N McCarthy) Cronulla Sharks 4 (M Santoromito 2, J Liessmann, N Zagame).

Perth: Brisbane Barracudas 13 (A Russell 4, J Moran 3, Sun Yujun 2, JL Lewis, Ao Gao, H Robinson, M Rippon) UWA Comets 8 (G Domanic, E Browne 3, A Brock, Z Hadley).

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Water Polo: National League Update

Water Polo: National League Update

Adelaide Jets v Wests Water Polo MAgpies.

Adelaide Jets v Wests Water Polo MAgpies.

Adelaide Jets women came from 8-4 down to tie 11-all with the University of New South Wales Killer Whales in a National Water Polo League match at Adelaide Aquatic Centre yesterday.

National junior representative Isobel Bishop scored the equaliser inside the final minute after the Jets had narrowed the margin to 9-7 at the final break.

The Killer Whales, playing their fifth game in five days, held an 11-8 advantage with five minutes remaining but ran out of steam.

Six of the Killer Whales’ goals came from Chinese Olympic duo Liu Ping and He Jin.

The Jets men were not so lucky, losing 18-7 to reigning champions Wests Magpies who were spearheaded by Ross O’Brien with four goals.

Wests gained four wins and two losses on their road trip west.

Adelaide Jets v UNSW Killer Whales

Adelaide Jets v UNSW Killer Whales

In Brisbane, the KFC Breakers men wrapped up Balmain Tigers 12-6 while the women’s game was reversed with the Tigers winning 15-7.

In Newcastle, the Drummoyne Devils women didn’t wait long for their inaugural win in the NWPL, beating Hunter Hurricanes 7-5 in what was only their second match.

Ellen Pittorino (3) and Angela Turnbull (2) were the only multi scorers in the game as the Devils trailed only once, late in the second quarter.

The Devils men finally shook off the Hurricanes in the final quarter, winning their clash 12-11.

In Wollongong, Cronulla Sharks women knocked off Sydney University Lions 9-7 with Nicola Zagame scoring five goals for the Sharks.

Results:
National Water Polo League:
Men:

Brisbane: KFC Breakers 12 (B Miller 4, D Streets, A Martin, J Votan 2, G Waterman, L Cranley) Balmain Tigers 6 (C Dyson 2, T Hamill, J Davis, G Woods, R Tracy).
Newcastle: Drummoyne Devils 12 (P Harmer, S Avallone 3, M Emery, S Boyd 2, D Semmens, T Cleland) Hunter Hurricanes 11 (J Johnson 4, S Berry 3, M Baird 2, N Campbell, D Robinson).
Adelaide: Wests Magpies 18 (R O’Brien 4, M Rapsey, A Skora 3, T Blewitt 2, D Swinnerton, S Cody, J Burton, W Eames, M Toldonato, C Eames) Adelaide Jets 7 (L Northcote 3, A Martin 2, J Frost, P Barr).
Women:
Brisbane: Balmain Tigers 15 (T Woods, B Appel 3, E Simms, J Dessauvagie 2, L Higlett, K Armstrong, R Rippon, B Mayer, A Bower) KFC Breakers 7 (N McCarthy, E Bowden 2, S Horgan, E Armit, J Armstrong).
Newcastle: Drummoyne Devils 7 (E Pittorino 3, A Turnbull 2, S Dill-Macky, A Southern) Hunter Hurricanes 5 (E Goodwin, S Jones, N McJannet, J Bendeich, B Rowe).
Wollongong: Cronulla Sharks 9 (N Zagame 5, J Liessmann 2, H Lincoln-Smith, B Timilty) Sydney University Lions 7 (J Whitehorn, M Hammond 2, A Brightwell, S Cuffe, A Cox).
Adelaide: Adelaide Jets 11 (J Martin, I Bishop, D Wawrzinski 3, S Rickets, L Callahan) UNSW Killer Whales 11 (Liu Ping, He Jin 3, A Gronow 2, K Mirabito, J Burford, K Moran).

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Water Polo: National Leauge Update

Water Polo: National Leauge Update

Ross O'Brien Shooting

Ross O'Brien Shooting

On February 6th Wests Magpies began their defence of the men’s National Water Polo League crown in rusty fashion with a 14-10 loss to Victorian Tigers at the University of New South Wales.

Despite a 2-0 lead, Wests had lost the advantage by quarter time and always had to play catch-up, only twice coming within a goal in the last three periods.

For the Tigers it was back to winning after a draw with Hunter Hurricanes the night before and it saw the Tigers’ United States import, Miles Price, to the fore with four goals.
The Tigers women suffered their first defeat in three matches against a spirited UNSW Killer Whales outfit, going down 13-8.

Lea Barta Goal Keeping

Lea Barta Goal Keeping

The supreme efforts of goalkeeper Lea Barta and five-goal heroine Ali Gronow put paid to the Tigers’ game plan. For Gronow it was bittersweet, scoring against her former club for the first time.

In Brisbane, the KFC Breakers racked up two wins over the Adelaide Jets with the men romping home 15-5 and the women 12-10.

In the women’s encounter, Sydney Olympic gold medallist Naomi McCarthy scored three goals in a comeback to the NWPL for the Breakers while Adelaide’s goals came from eight different players.

Lauren Machanis Goal Keeping

Lauren Machanis Goal Keeping

The next day, World Cup and Commonwealth champion Fiona Hammond turned on the power for her Sydney University Lions team in National Water Polo League action at the Sydney University Lions vs. Hunter Hurricanes game on February 7.

Hammond scored six goals as her team thumped Hunter Hurricanes 18-9, thus starting its campaign with a victory.

 

It was a tough opening half with the Lions holding a two-goal lead at quarter time but only a 6-5 margin at halftime with Hammond scoring four.
A 7-2 third period was the difference with the Lions swimming away with the match.
Younger sister Melissa Hammond was also on fire with four goals, including a hat-trick in the third period.

Kate Lee Williams

Kate Lee Williams

The Sydney Uni and Hunter men’s teams battled to an 8-all draw.
The Victorian Tigers turned the tables on the University of New South Wales Killer Whales with an 11-8 decision following Thursday’s 13-8 win for the Killer Whales.

Also on February 7, Reigning men’s champions Wests Magpies suffered a second defeat to the Victorian Tigers, falling 10-2 after Thursday’s 14-10.
In Brisbane, the KFC Breakers men went on a goal fest against the Adelaide Jets with a 20-3 result, thanks to Billy Miller’s six-goal haul — five in the first half as the Breakers led 10-1.

The Breakers women had to fight for a 10-8 win after leading 10-6 with four minutes remaining. Kate Miller topped the scoring with four goals for the home team.

RESULTS:

6th February 2009:
Men:

Sydney: Victorian Tigers 14 (M Price 4, R Moody 3, S Lewis 2, L Gavin, J Gilchrist, J Disken, I Lark, J Woods) Wests Magpies 10 (W Eames 3, D Swinnerton, S Cody 2, R O’Brien, C Eames, M Toldonato).
Brisbane: KFC Breakers 15 (D Will, B Miller 3, A Martin, G Waterman, S Robertson 2, T Knox, J Votan, M Birch) Adelaide Jets 5 (L Northcote 2, L Vezzosi, T Dayman, A Martin).
Women:
Sydney: UNSW Killer Whales 13 (A Gronow 5, K Moran 3, A Carter 2, S Grunberger, N Jackson, Liu Ping) Victorian Tigers 8 (A Van Ommen, E Rosato 2, L Webster, EJ Grahame, R Webster, M Jacka).
Brisbane: KFC Breakers 12 (S Mills 4, K Miller, N McCarthy 3, C Grayson, E Bowden) Adelaide Jets 10 (I Bishop, L Callahan 2, C Murphy, M Hatcher, J Martin, S Murphy, K Green, D Wawrzinski).
7th February 2009:
Men:
Brisbane: KFC Breakers 20 (B Miller 6, A Martin 4, G Waterman 3, A Rotsey, S Robertson 2, D Streets, M Wilson, T Jenkins) Adelaide Jets 3 (J McKown, L Northcott, G Bretag-Norris).
Sydney: Victorian Tigers 10 (J Gilchrist, S Lewis 2, R Sinclair, L Gavin, M Gronow, K Smith, J Woods, M Price) Wests Magpies 2 (S Cody, T Blewitt), Sydney University Lions 8 Hunter Hurricanes 8 (scorers unavailable).
Women:
Brisbane: KFC Breakers 10 (K Miller 4, S Horgan 3, E Bowden 2, S Farquhar) Adelaide Jets 8 (L Callahan 3, S Ricketts 2, J Martin, I Bishop, D Wawrzynski).
Sydney: Victorian Tigers 11 (EJ Grahame, A Van Ommen, R Webster, K Dowrick 2, K Frazer, M Jacka. E Rosato) UNSW Killer Whales 8 (K Mirabito 3, A Gronow, A Carter 2, Liu Ping).

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