Justin Angove, KWPA President
What a season it has been for Karratha Water Polo! Our accomplishments are something to be so proud of; here are just a few of them:
- Hosts of the 2016 State Country Water Polo Championships
- Karratha Men – Premiers!
- The creation of a third and fourth women’s clubs Krakens and Sharks
- The enormous success of Junior Water Polo and Flippa Ball
- Increase in membership by 40%
- Taking out WA Water Polo Sports Club of the Year again
- WA Water Polo Volunteer of the Year – Justin Angove
- FUTURECLUBS Sportsman of the Year – Byron Newbold
State Country Champs Wrap
Firstly a few thanks to some special people whom without we would not have had one of the best state champs ever. Thanks to:
- Anouska: Coordinating the entire event, organising refs, accommodation, programmes, peace maker to other associations etc.
- Sally: Entering in the score sheets and Final Function tickets
- Haydon: Bar
- Nigel and Amy: Functions
- Tristan: Pool liaison
- Aaron: Marlin uniforms and getting the boys to the pool
- Bec: Organising the women and their Fluro night
- Gary/Sandra: Coaching the ladies
- And a huge thanks to Tibor Seress for being the secret weapon that helped Karratha Men win a premiership.
From our Busselton learning experience just three years ago to State champs in 2016. Winning a state championship doesn’t come easy. Six teams have tried to knock off Geraldton for the past 5 years and failed. Karratha Marlin’s accepted the challenge and put life’s commitments on hold for the past 4 to 6 months and decided that 2016 was the year of the Marlin and YES it was and boys we did it in style. Undefeated in 5 round games and dominated the final.
Ladies, coming from fifth in Busselton, fourth in Bunbury and finishing third in Karratha and a very strong 3rd it was! Playing against teams like Gero and Bunbury who have been together as a team for more than ten years is no mean feat.
To all the Karratha B team players it was absolutely amazing to see all the guys and girls never lose sight of the bigger picture even when the score line was something out of a Western Derby. The experience, exposure and emotions learnt over the three days will grow each one of you as a player and drive you to train and play harder for the opportunity to play in Gero next year. I believe that another 12 months of playing and training together along with the young talent we have, Karratha Marlin’s ladies will be fighting it out in the pool for Gold next year.
Next year we will travel south to Geraldton to face our opponents on foreign soil, but we see this as a challenge and a challenge we accept. We have started a new era in state polo and will continue to grow, improve and strive for greatest. Because we are all Marlins!
Congratulations to the following Karrartha Marlin players who were also named in the WA State Country Champs sides:
Men | Rhys Knight, Mason Watts, Justin Angove
Women | Belinda Brooks, Kate Kalajzich and Anouska Angove
Flippa Ball – Karratha, Tom Price & Paraburdoo
Flippa Ball was a huge success this season and is a great way to expose the next generation of water polo players.A huge thanks to Nigel and Amy for once again organising and running a great 8 week program and thanks to Dan Pedersen for assisting and volunteering his Sunday mornings.
Mason Watts has done a great job introducing Flippa ball to Tom Price and driving the sport and Mason’s sister Hannah Wilson has also just kicked off Flippa Ball in Paraburdoo. Karratha Water Polo Assoc. throws their full support behind these regional towns and we hope to see Newman start up next season.
Grand Final Wrap Up
Two great games of water polo were on display for Karratha’s men’s and women’s grand finals, unfortunately there are only two winners.
Commiserations to Barracudda ladies you put up a great fight and didn’t give up for 4 quarters. Commiserations to the Kraken’s men, what an awesome grand final, very solid defense and edge of your seat stuff. From a club two years young you have come a long way and have been able to develop many new players in your club. The future is bright for Krakens with three current Aussie players and a team willing and open to grow to be the best. Well done!
Congratulations to the Pirate ladies on a great fought win. With experience lacking but a desire to learn, so many first year players have really stood up when required and taken on the responsibility of seasoned players. It is a credit to you girls for continuing to aim to be the best.
Finally, congratulations to the Pirate Men. The boys played one of the best games of the season to beat Kraken’s it was never going to be an easy game and once again it was the first year players that have stepped up, trained hard and delivered when necessary.
Karratha Marlin’s have a very, very bright future with the quality players and the determination from the players to be the best.
A huge thank you to Liz Burman and Dave O’Connor for refereeing both matches. Its passionate people like these two referees that enable water polo to grow and be played in the spirit of good sportsmanship.
I would like to thank the club representatives, Nigel Kroonstuiver (Barracudas), Richard Clarke (Pirates), Byron Newbold & Laura Hill (Krakens) and Alex Gallagher (Sharks) for their efforts and support throughout the season. Special mention to those ladies that left their teams to join Krakens and Sharks.
Thank you to all those people that refereed this season as well – it’s great to see so many people giving it a go.
A special thanks to Nat Glover, Sally Linn, Susan Giles, Laura Hill and Susan Grylls for their efforts in organising a successful Bogan Bingo. What a great fundraiser! Let’s look to make this bigger and better every year.
Last, but definitely not least, a massive thank you to this year’s Executive Committee:
Vice President | Aaron Day
Secretary | Anouska Angove
Treasurer | Kristy Byers
Registrar | Tristan Lynn
These people put in truckloads of hours behind the scenes to make our Association a success. It’s their dedication and support that puts us in the position that we are in now and has seen us achieve so many awards in such a short period of time. I know the sacrifices and the impact these roles have on family time. It’s like taking on another full time job for 8 months of the year. But I truly thank you all and I’m sure all the players and spectators thank you for making Water Polo the sport of choice in the Pilbara.
A big thanks to all the other volunteers who do all the little things to make this Association so fantastic. We always need more volunteers so please don’t be afraid to step up next season to ease the workload.
Finally let’s not forget about our sponsors, without the financial support from these generous businesses and organisations, life would become a lot harder for all members and players. I would like to thank the following sponsors for their ongoing support of KWPA, particularly this season.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF SPONSORS FOR 2015-2016 SEASON
PILBARA PORTS AUTHORTIY
DEPARTMENT OF SPORT AND RECREATION
CITY OF KARRATHA
WATER POLO WA INC. & WATER POLO WA COUNTRY INC.
REALMARK – ALEX WATERS