UNSW Wests Killer Whales were today crowned the 16&U National Champions in Hobart, after successfully beating Sydney rivals Drummoyne Devils 13-9.
Wests were undefeated throughout the six-day Tournament, which saw more than 300 competitors from 25 Clubs battle it out.
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Captain of Wests, Ruby Swadling, said it was pleasing to walk away the gold medal after the team had worked so hard in the build up.
“It was a really hard fought game, we came out with a strong start but Drummoyne kept coming so we just had to keep matching the intensity.
“This has been a really good Tournament we were lucky to go through undefeated – we just took it game by game.
“We put in so much for this and we are really happy to come away with the win,” she said.
UNSW West Killer Whales got off to a commanding start, leading the game from the outset. Despite Drummoyne Devils matching the intensity, they left their run too late and were not able to topple the favourites.
The rivalry between the two Sydney teams was matched in intensity in the previous bronze medal game, when cross town rivals Triton/Dolphins and UWA City Beach Bears faced off.
Triton/Dolphins came out very strong, dominating in the first half. But UWA put a strong fight in third quarter goals frenzy with scores locked at various points in second half.
But Triton/Dolphins showed persistence and determination and were able o secure the bronze medal with a 9-7 win.
Aussie Stingers Head Coach Sakis Kechagias was on hand at the Tournament and pleased with the depth in talent he saw.
“Among this generation of talent, we are seeing some good players with potential and we need to be looking towards the future and how we can bring those players through.
“In Australia we have the talent and we have the good facilities, like the facilities here in Hobart. Now we need to have the structures around to support the players,” he said.
Water Polo Australia CEO Christian Renford, said the 16&U Girls National Tournament caps off a great week of 16’s competition across Hobart and Sydney.
“It was great to see so many young players giving it their all and delivering quality competition.
“Across the Girls and Boys Tournaments we had more than 700 competitors from across the country taking part. The work that goes in to preparing those teams is a credit to the Clubs and Coaches who give up so much of their time,” said Renford.
In addition to the medals and trophies presented today, the Tournament also recognised special awards.
Among those was the Think.Act.Play Medal, presented to someone who embodies the values of sportsmanship and gives back to the sport. The 2017 Medal was presented to Triton/Dolphins Coach Nat Oberman who’s hard work as a Coach paid off when her side won the bronze medal.
Nat, who is known for her significant contribution to developing young players in Perth, had to leave half way during the Tournament due to personal health reasons. Her passion was carried on by her team who’s first phone call post winning the medal was to their Coach who was watching at home in Perth.
For a complete list of results – click here.
Gold Medal – UNSW West Killer Whales, NSW
Silver Medal – Drummoyne Devils, NSW
Bronze Medal – Triton/Dolphins, WA
Plate Final – Sydney Northern Beaches Breakers, NSW
Bowl Final – ACT Fins, ACT
Shield Final – Carina Leagues Warriors, Qld
Think.Act.Play Medal – Nat Oberman, WA
Referee Encouragement Award – Meaghan Wilcox, Qld
Most Valuable Player – Joelle Marsden, Drummoyne, NSW
Goalkeeper of the Tournament – Isobelle Pamp, SNB Breakers, NSW