PNG Water Polo finishing strong in 2017
Submitted by PNGSI
UNDER the direction and guidance of Eamon Murphy the PNG Water Polo class for 2017 concluded its season with a last instruction on how to play the game of water polo and a competition at the Taurama Aquatic Centre (TAC) on Saturday 9th December.
Eamon Murphy an experienced, enthusiastic and passionate coach, alongside Ryan Agnew, introduced the sport of water polo into Port Moresby by conducting Saturday sessions that comprised of basic skill training on how to play water polo.
Previous highlights in 2017 included marking the occasion of World Aquatics day PNGSI hosted a Water Polo exhibition round-robin competition at TAC on 1st July 2017. The competition was the culmination of 8 weeks of hard training for the players in preparation for the event, most of whom had never played the game before. Up to 30 players in 4 teams fought it out in a hard fought competition for World Aquatics Day honours.
The competition also marked the end of a one week water polo referee and officials training course organised by PNGSI and run by Aleksandr Osadchuk a former international water polo player and High Performance Manager of the Water Polo Program, Queensland Academy of Sport.
The training course was attended by some 15 enthusiastic coaches all of whom eagerly applied their new skills during the round robin competition.
Media coverage of the event was widespread and included national newspaper, online and Australian radio. The momentum created by the competition has continued with regular water polo training sessions and games at TAC in the weeks following World Aquatics Day.
Support for the game will continue to grow and develop into a sport that will develop a competitive direction. Building the participation, education and growing the membership of PNG Water Polo will be a priority in 2018.
Thank you to all those who supported this sporting initiative to roll the Game out in 2017.
PNGSI would like to thank Ryan Agnew and Eamon Murphy for bringing the game to fruition in Port Moresby with the support of FINA through a Water Polo Clinic and Water Polo Australia for equipment.