2016-17 Grand Final Weekend - HBF Stadium Yet another season has ended. The WPWAI metropolitan grand finals were held over the 1st and 2nd of April a

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2016-17 Grand Final Weekend - HBF Stadium

Grand Finals Women Melville-UWCity Beach

Girls 18&U Grand Final, UWA City Beach Bears vs Melville Marlins

Yet another season has ended. The WPWAI metropolitan grand finals were held over the 1st and 2nd of April at HBF Stadium and we witnessed some exciting and very skilful games played out.

WPWAI would like to take this opportunity to thank our strong group of referees for a great volume of work they have completed during a very busy end of season period. With the Western Australian water polo community's continued cooperation we will be sure to achieve our goal of advancing the sport of water polo and becoming the most enjoyable team sport.

Results

Congratulations to all teams who participated and special mention to the successful teams and the individuals who were recognised with Fairest and Best awards. Additionally, we would like to congratulate all of the coaches, managers and clubs for their outstanding efforts throughout the season.

SENIOR STATE LEAGUE GRAND FINAL RESULTS

SATURDAY, APRIL 1

WOMEN
Reserves: Triton 5 defeated Melville Pearls 4
Fairest and Best Player: Kelly Parks (Melville Pearls)

Division 1: Melville Mermaids 4 defeated Phantoms Ghosts 2
Fairest and Best Player: Debbie Mercer (Peel)

Division 2: Dolphins Stirling Raiders 10 defeated Somerset Seals 1
Fairest and Best Player: Donna Hart (Somerset)

Division 3: Triton 5 defeated Melville Mystics 3
Fairest and Best Player: Faye Feizaks (Melville Mystics)

WOMEN’S PREMIER LEAGUE GRAND FINAL
Melville Marlins 15 defeated UWA City Beach Bears 2 at HBF Stadium
Fairest and Best Player: Jessica Reynolds (Phil Johnson Plumbing and Gas North Coast Phoenix)
Andy Meloncelli Award: Zoe Arancini (Melville Marlins)

MEN
Reserves: ITM Dolphins 8 defeated Triton 3
Fairest and Best Player: Harry Paterson (ITM Dolphins)

Division 1: Melville Saints 7 defeated UWA City Beach Dugongs 3
Fairest and Best Player: Charlie Liggins (UWA City Beach Oils)

Division 3: UWA City Beach Bears 4 defeated Melville F Troop 3
Fairest and Best Player: Thomas Stewart ( UWA City City Beach Dropbears)

Division 4: Triton 7 defeated North Coast Phoenix 3
Fairest and Best Player: Peter Allen (North Coast Phoenix)

MEN’S CHALLENGE CUP GRAND FINAL
Pressed Earth Dolphins 5 defeated Triton 4 at HBF Stadium
Fairest and Best Player: Harry Paterson (Pressed Earth Dolphins)

SUNSMART JUNIOR STATE LEAGUE GRAND FINAL RESULTS

SUNDAY, APRIL 2

GIRLS
14&under A: UWA City Beach Gold 3 defeated UWA City Beach Bears 2
Fairest and Best Player: Emma Putt (Triton)

14&under B: Melville Mackerels 3 defeated North Coast Phoenix 2
Fairest and Best Player: Amelia Johns (Newman Pearls)

16&under A: UWA City Beach Bears 6 defeated Triton 4
Fairest and Best Player: Claire Whitaker (Triton)

16&under B: Phantoms Devils 6 defeated Newman Nessies 2
Fairest and Best Player: Charlie Simpson (Phantoms Devils)

18&under: UWA City Beach Bears 8 defeated Melville Marlins 3
Fairest and Best Player: Madison Rigo (UWA City Beach Bears)

BOYS
14&under A: UWA City Beach Blues 8 defeated UWA City Beach Bears 6
Fairest and Best Player: Craig Pittson (Melville Sharks)

14&under B: Lawley’s Bakery Dolphins 3 defeated Newman Orcas
Fairest and Best Player: Mitchell Harris (Newman Orcas)

14&under C: North Coast Phoenix 5 defeated Phantoms Ghosts 4
Fairest and Best Player: Declan Brown (Phantoms Ghosts)

16&under A: UWA City Beach Blues 8 defeated Triton 2
Fairest and Best Player: Kalani Ireland (Triton)

16&under B: Dolphins 8 defeated Triton 3
Fairest and Best Player: Nathan Bartlett (Newman Fighting Fish)

18&under: Melville Sharks 15 defeated Melville Saints 5
Fairest and Best Player: Matthew Oberman (Triton)

Live streaming

The SunSmart Junior Grand Final Day live streaming has received positive feedback from viewers and the video had nearly 1000 views live on the day. Spectrum TV provided great coverage and was a professional group to work with. The main commentary was provided by Russel McKinnon, WPWAI Life Member exchanging comments throughout the day with Danielle Woodhouse, Olympic water polo player; Paul Oberman, Men’s WAIS coach and Georgina Kovacs, Women’s WAIS coach. This is something we will look to do again in the future, endeavouring to cover both the junior and the senior grand finals.

If you would like to watch the grand final day again and relive the exciting moments, you are not too late: just clicking on the button below for the link to the video.

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Junior National Club Championships

Easter Long Weekend saw some of the best young water polo players from across Australia go head to head as part of the 18&U National Aged Club Championships. The competitions took place in Perth at the HBF Stadium.

It was a successful championship, with both of the teams in the Boys final coming from Western Australia (Melville Sharks and UWA City Beach Torpedoes) finally, the Sharks bringing home the gold. Another great WA team, Triton ended up losing against ACU Cronulla Sharks in the Shield final. In the Girls Championship, UWA City Beach Torpedos just missed out on getting into the top eight, ending up being Bowl winners, beating Sunshine Coast.

The 14&U Girls National Age Club Championships took place on the Gold Coast and the Boys Championship in Albury-Wodonga. In the Boys final UWA City Beach Bears won the bronze medal beating the Adelaide Jets, and the Boys Shield final saw Melville Saints defeat Adelaide Stealth. In the Girls final, Melville Marlins lost against Sunshine Coast, and in the Bowl final, UWA City Beach claimed victory against Drummoyne Devils.

Congratulations to all teams involved from WA!

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Farewell to Outgoing Board Member

WPWAI would like to thank outgoing board member, John Prior for his excellent service. John has dedicated his time to the WPWAI Board of Directors for almost two years and has been a very engaged board member.

As an experienced barrister who's been helping water polo and others sports with his legal expertise, our sport will be poorer without his support in the WPWAI Board

We wish him all the best in the future and thank him for taking a big part of making a difference in water polo in Western Australia.

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