Marlborough Water Polo Club
Marlborough Water Polo Club sent three teams over to Lower Hutt last weekend to compete in the 2017 Nippers Cup tournament. Games were spread over three days, two pools and Marlborough games were streamed LIVE on Facebook. Just click on the blue buttons to watch or head over our Facebook page.
Marlborough's first game of the tournament was Friday evening with the Under 12 mixed team facing off against Hutt Blaze, winning 5 - 3. Over at the Huia pool our U14 Girls team beat Harbour City 6 - 4. This game was followed by our U4 Boys taking on PNBHS (Palmerston North Boys High School) in the final game of the opening day, losing 15 - 5.
The first game on Saturday was our U12 team playing against Maranui. Marlborough came out firing in the first half coming to a score of 5 - 0. Marlborough continued their dominance in the water with a final score of 8 - 0.
The U14 Boys team versed a strong Maranui side and came up short with the final score being 12 - 5. However our U14 Girls team continued their winning streak, this time beating Hutt 17 - 3. The U14 Boys side struggled with playing another game only a few hours later against Hutt (who would become the age group winners) with a score of 0 - 10. The U12 team also hit a roadblock when coming up against the Hutt side in their pool, losing the game 1 - 10.
When the girls got back in the water they fought it out against Maranui. The half time score was 2 -3 to Maranui and Marlborough struggled to pull it back, the final score was 5 - 6 to Maranui.
Our last game on Saturday was an absolute thriller with our U14 Boys squaring off with the Harbour City Hawks. With the scores level at half time it was going to be a tough fight to keep the energy up. The game slipped away with the final score being 8 - 11.
Sunday was finals day and first up was our U12 team who were up against our South Island mates Canterbury. The first half saw a score of 3 - 5 to Canterbury and both teams failed to score any goals in the second half leaving the full time score 3 - 5.
This game was followed by one of the most exciting moments for Marlborough in the 2017 Nippers Cup which was when our U14 Boys turned around and beat the Harbour City Hawks, a replay of the game the evening before which Harbour won. Marlborough came to the party and created a strong lead in the final quarter with the final score being 10 - 7 to Marlborough.
Fast-forward to the U14 Girls final, between Marlborough and Maranui. It was a great game to watch (you can re-live the whole game by clicking below). The game started out as a close battle but Maranui got away from the Marlborough girls who came away with the silver medal. It was a great performance from all players!
Overall, everybody enjoyed themselves at the tournament and all players improved over the weekend. Photos to come soon.
The Olympic Hopefuls tournament draw has been released by New Zealand Water Polo which features our very own U12A team. Check out the draw through the link below.
New Zealand Water Polo has released the grading of the teams playing in the Olympic Hopefuls tournament coming up in September. The Marlborough U12 team have been placed in B grade, pool C.
The team are looking forward to representing the Marlborough Water Polo Club at the Olympic Hopefuls for the first time. Follow their progress through our blog and Facebook page.
The Marlborough Water Polo's men's team travelled to Wellington over Queens Birthday to compete in the 2017 National League Tier 2 competition. Even without winning a game, the Marlborough Polo Jacks fought hard and scored 23 goals in their 5 games. Marlborough came close against the Palmy Pirates, scoring 7 goals while conceding 16.
Full results are available here.