Geraldton water polo men’s prelims: Relics too strong for B52’s to make it into grand final against Demons

Derek GoforthGeraldton Guardian
Leo Prout shoots for B52's.
Camera IconLeo Prout shoots for B52's. Credit: Derek Goforth

The grand finalists for men’s A-grade water polo have been decided after the knockout preliminary final round on Saturday with Relics set to take on the Demons.

Rivals B52’s and B52’s Relics battled it out in the do-or-die clash, with both teams entering the game with strength across the board and some recent wins under their belts.

Relics emerged as worthy winners, leading from the first quarter and securing the victory with a score of 10 goals to five.

Kurt Tunbridge, Nick Pead, and Corey Smith all stood out for the Relics, contributing eight goals between them, providing assists for their teammates and dominating the centre of the pool.

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Leo Prout put in a good effort for the B52’s but was often overwhelmed by the Relics’ defence when alone in front of the goal.

The victory will be a morale booster for the winners, with Relics recovering from a mixed start to the season and finishing the season in a strong and confident manner.

Relics will face Demons in the grand final, with both teams being even contenders for the trophy.

In the B-grade match-up, it was the Demons taking on the Relics and Demons emerged as the eventual winners of a tight contest, securing an 11-9 victory.

Seven Demons players scored throughout the game, showcasing a balanced approach.

Relics also had goals distributed across the team, with veteran Phil Martin shining with his two goals and setting up teammates.

Demons will face B52’s in the final, with B52’s being the favourites, but the Demons’ attacking strength promises a great challenge for the minor premiers.

In the C-grade game, B52’s took on Rats, with the B52’s emerging victorious 13-4. B52’s dominated from the first whistle, pinning Rats back for the majority of the game.

Five goals from Lucas Ronan and four from Beau Wilson allowed the winners to control the game.

Junior player Bodhi Smith impressed with a hat-trick for the Rats.

B52’s will play Demons in the grand final next week.

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