Marlborough’s waterpolo fraternity enjoyed their first post-lockdown outing recently, four teams travelling to Christchurch to do battle with Canterbury and Otago/Southland opponents.
With all teams looking towards nationals later in the year this was a good first hit-out and an opportunity to find out where everyone was at. And it appears that Marlborough’s teams have not lost too much momentum over the lock down.
The mixed under-12 combination had a standout tournament, winning four out of five games. Their only loss came against an under-14 boys’ team, and then only by one goal. They beat three Canterbury sides and one Otago team.
The under-16 girls began their campaign to go back to the NZ champs. After finishing second last year the girls are keen to go one better this time. They won three out of four games in Christchurch, a solid building block on their way to nationals.
The under-16 boys were down on numbers and only had one sub, but the boys dug deep. They beat Canterbury B and Otago, only losing twice to Canterbury A. The team show some real grit in the Otago game, being down by four goals after the first quarter, to come back and win in a nail-biter.
The under-18 girls haven’t played together this year and with two of the team now being based in Christchurch, this was always going to be a big ask. Although they lost all their games they were always a threat against some very well-drilled Canterbury and Otago combinations.
Team spokesman Martyn Birch said the team was grateful to all the companies who supported the teams to get to their first tournament post-COVID, showing what a great community Marlborough is.
Those interested in playing waterpolo or getting their kids involved are urged to contact Marlborough Waterpolo via their website or come to Stadium 2000 on Wednesday evening between 5 and 8pm to watch some games.