Gold medal for water polo team

The victorious Marlborough under-16 combination. Photo: Supplied.

The Marlborough under-16 girls side went one better than their silver medal last year, claiming gold at the national under-16 Division Two championships held in Wellington recently.

The Marlborough girls dominated throughout the event, despite the fact four of the squad were eligible to play at under-14 level.

Day one saw Marlborough take on Wellington in the morning and come away with a 10-3 victory, a promising sign of things to come as they have traditionally started slowly.

Second up was Auckland-based Seawolf with Marlborough eclipsing the northerners 22-3.

The following day the goals kept coming, starting with a 30-5 thrashing of Canterbury B. The afternoon game was against another Auckland club, Atlantis, with the girls being made to fight much harder for an 8-5 win.

In the semifinals they faced Wellington again, this time prevailing by 15-2.

The final was an all-South Island affair with Marlborough facing an Otago side who had dominated the other side of the draw.

It was expected to be a close game but Marlborough had no desire to come second again and attacked from the swim off.

Their intensity meant Otago were unable to gain any advantage, although the southern side had some bad luck with a number of shots hitting the cross bar, just going wide or being saved by the goalie.

In the end Marlborough came away with a 10-1 win after putting on a water polo exhibition.

Abbey Moody was named player of the tournament. Two Otago under-14 players were also part of the Marlborough squad.

Marlborough Under-16 girls: Charlotte Brown, Abbey Moody, Molly Glover, Emma Flanagan, Alice Paterson, Georgia Morrison, Evie Price, Hazel Glover, Siobhan Keay, Zoe Allibone (Otago), Holly Wright (Otago). Coaches: Alastair Keay and Glen Morrison; manager Lawrelle Morrison.

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