Ballarat Junior Invitational

On the previous weekend, nine teams and more than 90 athletes competed in the Monash University Water Polo Junior Water Polo Tournament in Ballarat. The following clubs were represented:

  • Essendon (U14 Girls, U12 Mixed)
  • Albury Tigers (U14 Mixed)
  • DVE (U14 Boys, U12 Mixed)
  • Monash (U14 Boys)
  • NYP Dragons (U14 Boys, U12 Mixed)
  • Monash-Geelong (U12 Mixed)


U14 Competition

The U14 competition was run on a handicap basis:

  • Essendon received a four-goal advantage and played six on five against the all-male teams for the whole game
  • Essendon received a two-goal advantage and played six on five for the first half against Albury Tigers
  • Albury Tigers received a two-goal advantage and played six on five for the first half against the all-male teams


U12 Competition 

The U12 mixed competition was run as standard.


Both competitions were run as a single round robin with each team playing at least four games for the weekend and most playing five, including the finals.


U14 Mixed

Gold Medal match

DVE 15 defeated Essendon 8

Bronze Medal match

Monash 4 defeated NYP 3 (golden goal in extra time)


U12 Mixed

Gold Medal match

DVE 3 defeated Monash-Geelong 2

Bronze Medal match

Due to the early leave of some players, and the remainder of the U12 team being promoted to the U14 side, Essendon forfeited the U12 match with NYP Dragons winnining 5-0.

A mixed scratch match was held instead for the NYP Dragons.


A player function and dinner was held on the Saturday night at the Ballarat Indoor Go Kart and Laser Tag Centre.

Upwards of 70 players were in attendance.


Monash received a lot of positive feedback about the weekend, and will aim to run it again next year.

Thank you

Monash would like to thank Tony Ryan for assisting with the goals, clocks and medals, and to Perry Gaylard for assisting with t-shirts and branding.


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