The ACU Cronulla Sharks have done it again, qualifying both the Men’s and Women’s teams through to the National Water Polo League final and looking to make an impact.
The Men’s team won their final game in the preliminary rounds to finish second on the table, guaranteeing them a spot in Saturday’s semi finals.
Their opponent in their semi final game will be decided from elimination rounds on Friday, but regardless of the result they are ready for a tough battle.
ACU Cronulla Sharks Men’s Assistant Coach, Predrag Mihalovic, said they have their own game plan and that needs to their priority.
“The focus for the team is on their own performance.
“We are dedicated this year to working together to play our best game possible, and that’s what we plan to do on Saturday,” he said.
The Sharks Men’s side have had a strong season to date and have their sights firmly set on reaching the Grand Final on Sunday.
Mihalovic complimented the team’s dedication this year and was very positive that the two new recruits, Nolan McConnell from the USA and Daichi Ezaki from Japan, have slotted into the side well and are contributing wholly to the overall performance.
It has been a new look ACU Cronulla Sharks Women’s team in 2017, with five players retiring at the end of last season.
Bronze medalists from the 2016 NWPL season, the team had a few challenges early in the season but Head Coach Rebecca Rippon said the dedication of the side has got them to where they are.
Rippon is hoping that their tough path to qualification this year has provided the best preparation for the finals, with more experience playing under pressure in this season compared to previous years.
While experienced NWPL players Rowie Webster (dual Olympian) and Kiara Holden have had a great season for the Sharks, Rippon complimented all players for their team spirit and support of one another. She attributes the strong team work ethic as the reason for the teams’ success in reaching the finals weekend.
Both teams are excited to play the finals at the new facility at Pymble Ladies College, it is great to have the finals hosted in a new facility in Sydney.
Full details on the NWPL Finals – click here.
FRIDAY 7 APRIL
2pm Elimination Final No 2
Men – Brisbane Baracudas v UWA Torpedoes
3:30pm Elimination Final No1
Women – Fremantle Marlins v UTS Balmain Tigers
5:pm Elimination Final No 2
Women – ACU Cronulla Sharks v Brisbane Barracudas
6:30pm Elimination Final No 1
Men – UNSW West Magpies v Drummoyne Devils
SATURDAY 8 APRIL 2017
10:00 5/6 Classification Game – Losers of Elimination Finals – Men
11:30 5/6 Classification Game – Losers of Elimination Finals – Women
13:00 Women Semi Final No 1 – Sydney University Lions v lowest ranked winner Elimination Finals
14:30 Women Semi Final No 2 – Queensland Breakers v highest ranked winner Elimination Finals
16:00 Men Semi Final No 1 – Sydney University Lions v lowest ranked winner Elimination Finals
17:30 Men Semi Final No 2 – ACU Cronulla Sharks v highest ranked winner Elimination Finals – Men
SUNDAY 9 APRIL 2017
9:45 3rd/4th Classification Match – Bronze Medal – Losers of Semi Finals – Men
11:15 3rd/4th Classification Match – Bronze Medal – Losers of Semi Finals – Women
13:00 NWPL Women’s Grand Final XIV
14:30 Women’s Presentation Ceremony
15:00 NWPL Men’s Grand Final XXVIII
16:30 Men’s Presentation Ceremony