The Government’s relaxing of the COVID levels could not have come at a better time for the local water polo fraternity who were able to stage their term three finals in front of friends and family at Stadium 2000 recently.
In the junior grade, the under-14 final was between Gladiators and Marlborough Magic, the two standout teams throughout the term. Gladiators came out firing and led 7-4 at three quarter time but, in the last quarter the Magic made a comeback to draw within one goal.
Gladiators’ Scott Keay was the top goal scorer, but his whole team played well as a unit, boding well for future representative teams.
The senior grade final was between Straight off the Couch and the Under-16 girls’ rep team.
SOTC comprised mainly under-18 former Marlborough players and were the favourites going into the game, but the Girls showed the benefit of training hard for the upcoming nationals to forge a 4-3 lead after the first quarter. In the second quarter defence dominated as both sides scored just one further goal.
The third quarter saw SOTC prevail 4-3, leaving the sides locked at 8-8 entering the final period.
The final quarter was a see-saw affair. With less than two minutes to play the Girls went ahead 12-10, but SOTC replied with two quick goals to level at 12-12 going into the last minute.
The Girls scored again with 40 sec left on the clock, then SOTC levelled with just 12 sec remaining.
It looked like there would be a penalty shoot-out but no-one told the Girls who scored the winning goal with four seconds remaining.
Next term starts on October 21 with Minipolo 7-10 year-olds making an overdue comeback now we are back at level 1. If you are keen to give water polo a go, or want your kids to gain some water confidence prior to summer, please register your interest. Email [email protected] , information about Marlborough Water polo is available on the Marlborough Water Polo website.