Welcome to all for 2017 and I trust that you had a great Christmas and New Year. It is hard to believe that January has almost passed us by in 2017

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Welcome to all for 2017 and I trust that you had a great Christmas and New Year. It is hard to believe that January has almost passed us by in 2017 and that the second half of our water polo season is well and truly underway.
A fantastic fixture of NWPL greets us this Saturday, with all details given in this edition of The Swim Up. Good luck to both clubs in what should be an exciting two games of top class water polo.
WPWAI is also excited to announce the running of the first State Masters Championships to be held in Bunbury on the 2-4th June. This will be a fantastic tournament and will open the door for future tournaments to be able to invite our neighbours from the Eastern States and also from Asia. Thank you to Bunbury Water Polo Association for undertaking to host this event for its first three years.
WPWAI is hosting a SunSmart Flippa Ball carnival on the 5th February at UWA pool. Thank you to the clubs and volunteers who have supported the 2017 carnival and I am sure that all competitors will have an enjoyable day of Flippa Ball. See the WPWAI website for more details or contact your club in regards to participating in this event.
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National League Western Derby

The two West Australian National League Clubs are playing the first Western Derby of 2017 this week hosted by Fremantle at the magnificent Bicton pool. Both teams are looking very strong and ready to showcase their skills and entertain from the water by the riverside. This is definitely an event not to be missed by the water polo fans in WA. Fremantle have had an encouraging start to the 2017 NWPL season after a hard six day road trip in Sydney, where the Marlins won three games out of six and the Mariners claimed victory twice.
The UWA Torpedoes women's and men's teams have had a great start to the NWPL season with four from four wins each on the road. This has been the best start to a National League season in the history of the UWA Torpedoes.
Come expecting to see the best players in WA, including 2016 Rio Olympians, performing in what should be two very close contests this Saturday evening.

Date: Saturday 28 January, 2017

Time: 6:30pm | Fremantle Marlins vs UWA Torpedoes Women's

8pm | Fremantle Mariners vs UWA Torpedoes Men's

Venue: Bicton Pool

The game will be shown LIVE on the Water Polo Australia Facebook page as part of a new streaming program that will be trialled this season.


Live Streaming - SunSmart WPWAI Grand Final Weekend
WPWAi has been successful in the past two years in delivering live streaming of our SunSMart WPWAI Junior Grand Final day. In 2017 we are endeavoring to cover both days of our grand final weekend and to accomplish this outcome we need your support!
WPWAI has set up a crowdfunding partnership with the Australian Sports Foundatioin, where you, your business and your friends business can benefit by making a tax deductible donation to the project to Live Stream the Grand Final weekend.
For more details go to https://asf.org.au/projects/water-polo-wa/


State Country Championships

Players, coaches, referees and officials will all descend on Geraldton over the March long weekend to participate in the WA Country State Championships.
The competition will kick off on Friday the 2nd March and Finals will be held on Sunday 5th march 2017, at the Geraldton Aquarena.

Teams will be competing in both men's and women's divisions from Bunbury, Busselton, Peel, Geraldton, Karratha and Port Hedland. With the generous support of the City of Geraldton/Greenough, the Geraldton WPA is also able to offer Masters opportunities at this years event for the first time.


State Master's Championship

The State’s leading masters water polo players will converge on Bunbury in June for the inaugural Western Australian championships.
Bunbury has successfully staged a masters event in recent years, attracting a huge following from Perth and Busselton and that success has been rewarded with a three-year deal to host the State titles.
Water Polo WA CEO Dale Ballantyne said it was time to bring a higher status to masters water polo.
“We have a handful of teams travelling to the FINA World Masters Championships every two years and they consistently come back with medals.
“We have Olympians and former national players from many countries who regularly compete in masters, both in Bunbury and Perth and other regional centres, and now’s the time to get them together and formalise a State championship. It’s been long overdue,” he said.
Bunbury Water Polo President Alice Rotherham said she was honoured with the appointment of Bunbury to host, saying: “We always welcome our friends from other regions and look forward to doing battle in the pool with titles at stake.
“It’s a huge boost for our sport and a great chance for us to showcase all that Bunbury has to offer.”
It will be a grand farewell for those travelling to Budapest, Hungary in August for this year’s world championships, including the 70 years plus Perth Cockatoos men, who won bronze two years ago, and the world champion Pink Pointers women.
Port Hedland, Karratha and Geraldton masters are also expected to attend.
The tournament will be played over the long weekend on June 2-4 at the South West Aquatic Centre and is expected to attract at least 12 teams in three divisions — women 40+, men 50+ and possibly a 50+ mixed competition.

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