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Geraldton water polo grand final previews: Thrilling match-ups on super grand final Saturday in the pool

Derek GoforthGeraldton Guardian
Kurt Tunbridge shoots for Relics.
Camera IconKurt Tunbridge shoots for Relics. Credit: Derek Goforth

The Geraldton water polo season reaches its climax this weekend, with all grades gearing up for their grand finals on Saturday.

In men’s A-grade, the Demons earned their spot in the decider after securing the minor premiership several rounds ago.

They will face B52 Relics, who emerged victorious in their prelim derby against the B52’s last weekend.

Buoyed by the solid form of Joel and Zac Cross, along with the top-class goalkeeping prowess of Drew MacGregor, the Demons are also strengthened by the attacking skills of Ted Kerr and Thomas Manuel, who have consistently proven their worth.

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Relics had a slower start to the season but have hit a good run of form, even defeating Demons in the final round of the regular season.

They boast a great goalkeeper, Jack Deschamp and the combined skills and experience of the team make them a force to be reckoned with.

Kurt and Drew Tunbridge, Nick Pead and Corey Smith have all contributed to the team’s success in some tricky match-ups.

While the money is still on Demons to secure the premiership, Relics will undoubtedly put up a strong fight.

In women’s A-grade, it’s the B52’s who secured the first berth in the grand final, leading the league from the start and achieving the minor premiership midway through the season.

They face off against Demons, who had a challenging match in the prelims against Rats.

B52’s exhibit true strength in depth, with key players like Abbey Benham, Abbie Horsman, Evie Prout, and Emma Smith proving tough to pass in front of goal.

Demons also have their share of key players, with Abbie and Sian MacDonald forming a near-psychic bond that has allowed the team to dominate in several key games.

Trixie Kerr, Billie Marshall, Anouska Barnes, Maggie Spiers, and India Newman have shown passion and skills in abundance.

However, Demons’ main strength lies with the goalkeeper of the season, Melissa Buscumb, who has provided a solid wall in the Demons’ goal and marshalled her team in tricky matches.

The smart money may be on B52’s, but the Demons could have one great match left in them this season.

In the B-grade finals, both the men’s and women’s match-ups feature B52’s taking on Demons. In the men’s, Demons fought through a tight contest against Relics to progress to the final, showcasing the versatility they have had in front of goal all season.

The B52’s, on the other hand, boast young talents like Leo Prout, Jimmy Horsman, and Kinston Warren, who now have a lot to prove with B52’s out of the A-grade contest.

In the women’s game, Demons overcame a spirited Rats side to make it to the final. Mikayla Cremin has been outstanding for Demons this season and will be a formidable character in goal for the underdog side.

In women’s C-grade, fourth-placed B52’s take on Demons Black after knocking out the minor premiers Rats Black in the prelims.

In men’s C-grade, B52’s will face Rats after demolishing them in the prelim game, with Lucas Ronan and Beau Wilson scoring nine goals between them in the thrilling match-up.

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