Roaring to the U14 Boys State Championships Title
Running from December 18th to 23rd December 2017 at Orange Aquatic Centre, 17 teams and over 200 athletes competed for the WPNSW U14s Boys State Championship Title. Both U14 Boys & Girls tournaments were held in Orange & Dubbo respectively. It was the third time WPNSW hosted their State Championships in the Central West Region, with the U16 Boys hosted in Bathurst a week earlier.
Spectators were consumed with a vibrant atmosphere, with the facility over 40 hours of pool time over the five days. Throughout the tournament, the best 35 athletes were selected for State Team selection camps for this year’s State tournament.
The morning prior to competition on the third day was the Macquarie Sports Clinics. The free participation clinics provided water and land based activities as well as modified games to create exposure for the sport in these regional areas. Heading into their 20th year of running these Macquarie Sport Clinics, Chris McKenzie from Macquarie Sports emphasized the importance of delivering the program in these areas; hosting the clinics in Dubbo at the U14 Girls State Championships a day prior.
“Macquarie Sports is all about providing sporting opportunities for kids in remote regional areas, so we’re really pleased to partner up with Water Polo NSW to bring these clinks to regional NSW,” he said.
This year, WPNSW has introduced a WPNSW Australian Ambassador for its U16s & U14s State Championships. Australian Men’s Goalkeeper Anthony Hrysanthos was present at the Boys tournament; helping with team talks, interacting with athletes and assisting with talent selections. Anthony also coached the Macquarie Sports Clinics as well as Sydney 2000 Olympic Gold Medallist for Australian Women’s team Liz Scott (nee Weekes).
Both Divisions were divided into one pool each, where the top four teams in Division A would progress to the Semi-Finals while the top two teams in Division B would progress straight to the cup final.
In Division B SNB Breakers White claimed the title by defeating Central Coast in the cup final. In the Division A final, Sydney Uni Lions stunned undefeated Cronulla with a 5-1 victory through Xander Mercer’s incredible hattrick. UNSW Wests Magpies claimed the bronze, defeating Hunter 8-4 in the third-place play-off.
The title was the perfect finish to the week for the Sydney University, which had also claimed the girls’ equivalent in Dubbo earlier on Friday afternoon.
Written by Vangeli Kollias (Communications Coordinator)
Harrison Miller (Sydney Uni)
GK - Patrick Moro (Cronulla)
CB - Aidan Principe (Sydney Uni)
CF - Maxwell Churchyard (Cronulla)
RHD - Harrison Miller (Sydney Uni)
RHD - Angus Blanchard (Canberra Dolphins)
LHD - Koby Gilchrist (UNSW Wests)
LHD - Spencer Burdack (Hunter)
Referee of the Tournament - Matthew Goldman
Referee Encouragement Awards - Ben Shires and Rebel McFadden
1st – Sydney Uni Lions
2nd – ACU Cronulla Sharks Blue
3rd – UNSW Wests Magpies
4th – Hunter Hurricanes
5th – Canberra Dolphins
6th – UTS Balmain Tigers Gold
7th – SNB Breakers Blue
8th – Sydney Uni Blue
9th – ACU Cronulla Sharks Black
10th – SNB Breakers White
11th – Central Coast
12th – Tamworth
13th – Sydney Uni Gold
14th – Drummoyne Devils
15th – Ryde Rhinos
16th – UTS Balmain Tigers Black
17th – Southern Highlands Honey Badgers