Heat of Talent at the U18s State Championships









“I’ve seen a lot of these kids play before so to actually see them stepping up and playing well above what I possibly would have expected is always exciting to see. There’s a few new faces in the program that I haven’t had as much of a chance to look at yet so it’s a great chance for me to do that.” – Rebecca Rippon, New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) Water Polo Assistant Coach.

Hosted in Auburn and Ashfield simultaneously, the U18s State Championships saw 19 teams across NSW from both Boys’ and Girls’ age groups competing for the U18s Title.  

Clear skies and enduring heat catered for over six hours of Water Polo action daily. For the Boys State Championships, the first two days consisted of Pool, Semi-final and Classification matches. Crossing over the Girls, consisted of many various Pool matches before being placed in finals matches on Day 3 for both age groups.  

Throughout the tournament the best 40 athletes from both genders were selected for the upcoming Development Camp in April. Present at the tournament former Australian Stingers player, Bronze Medallist and NSWIS Water Polo Assistant Coach Bec Rippon, scouting the talent to include in NSWIS’s talent program; whom was once a former Junior athlete competing at these State Championships.

“I really enjoy State Champs because I think it’s a good chance for all the clubs to get together, including the metro clubs playing teams that they don’t usually get to compete against,” she said.

“Sometimes you see some interesting results that you don’t usually see in the week by week competition.”

In a thrilling final, Sydney University Lions & Canberra Dolphins Composite side saw out a close victory over USNW Wests Killer Whales, with a 13-10 victory at Auburn Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre. SNB Breakers convincingly won the Bronze medal match, finishing off the medals.

However, UNSW Wests Magpies were able to take out the U18 Boys State Championships title with an 8-3 victory. ACU Cronulla Sharks were awarded the Bronze medal due to countback. Another successful State Championships event with one more left on the calendar; the ‘Col Smee’ U22s State Championships in April.

Written by Vangeli Kollias (WPNSW Communications Coordinator)

U18s Boys State Championships

Tournament 7

Position & Player


GK - Hayden Molla

ACU Cronulla Sharks

LHD - Gus Shepherd

Canberra Dolphins

LHD - James Gilfeather

UNSW Wests

RHD - Mitch Robinson

Hunter Hurricanes

RHD - Daniel Yoon

UTS Balmain Tigers

CF - Matthew Sharp

UNSW Wests

CB - Hugh O'Neill

UNSW Wests


Final Standings

1stUNSW Wests (Gold Medal)

6th - Drummoyne Devils

2ndUTS Balmain Tigers (Silver Medal)

7th – Sydney Uni Blue

3rdACU Cronulla Sharks (Bronze Medal)

8th – Sydney Uni Gold

4th – Canberra Dolphins

9th – Tamworth

5th – Hunter Hurricanes

10th – NSW Country Composite

U18s Girls State Championships

Position & Player


CF - Tilly Kearns

SNB Breakers

CB - Ella Worland

Sydney University/Canberra Dolphins

RHD - Ruby Swadling

UNSW Wests

LHD - Kate Hughes

Hunter Hurricanes

Utility - Carla Traplin

Sydney University/Canberra Dolphins

Utility - Abbey Simshauser

UNSW Wests

GK - Lily Hawthorn

Sydney University/Canberra Dolphins






Tournament MVP:

Lily Hawthorn (Sydney University/Canberra Dolphins)

Tournament 7

 Final Standings

1stSydney Uni/Canberra Dolphins Composite Gold Medal)

6th - Drummoyne Devils

2ndUNSW Wests Killer Whales (Silver Medal)

7th – ACU Cronulla Sharks

3rdSNB Breakers (Bronze Medal)

8th – Barbarians

4th – Hunter Hurricanes

9th – NSW Country Composite

5th – UTS Balmain Tigers




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