Geraldton water polo round 11: Clash between top two A-grade sides B52’s and Demons ends in a draw

Derek GoforthGeraldton Guardian
Nick Pead scores for the Relics.
Camera IconNick Pead scores for the Relics. Credit: Derek Goforth

The men’s water polo A-grade was in a stalemate with both games ending in a tie, as clubs returned to regular action for 2024.

In the men’s A-grade, the B52’s held the Demons to a 6-6 tie, while the Relics secured a 7-all draw against a formidable Rats side.

Mick Rock of the B52’s showcased his value, leveraging his wealth of experience to score three goals against Drew MacGregor in the Demons’ goal.

Zacc Cross scored a hat trick for the Demons side, in the fierce battle, with both teams contending for every ball, resulting in a captivating match-up.

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Craig Harrington had a stellar performance in the B52’s goal, displaying athletic prowess with several close-range saves.

The Rats initiated a strong start in their game against the Relics, with Luke Neuwert scoring a rocket within the first minute of open play.

However, relentless pressure from Flynn Scott and other key players in the Relics side brought both teams to the brink of victory.

A last-minute goal from Relics’ Nick Pead ensured that the spoils were shared between the determined sides.

In men’s B-grade games, the Demons had an impressive showing against the Rats winning 10 goals to 1, with six Demons players contributing to the scoresheet.

In the other B-grade contest, the B52’s dominated the Relics in a high-scoring match-up, securing an 18-5 victory.

Callum Sojan and Jimmy Horsman, both fresh from the under-18 nationals in Brisbane, managed to score nine goals between them.

The women’s B-grade saw the Rats secure a 5-2 win against the Demons, while the B52’s comfortably triumphed over the Serpents with a 12-5 victory.

Nicole Chamberlain netted four goals past the Serpents’ goalkeeper, with Evie Prout adding three of her own.

In C-grade match-ups, the men’s B52’s side narrowly clinched a 7-6 victory over the Demons, with Rory Godenzie scoring five goals for the victors.

The women’s Serpents Yellow claimed the derby spoils against Serpents Green, winning 11-1, Demons’ Black secured a narrow 6-5 victory over the B52’s, with Emma Scally scoring two remarkable goals for the Demons and Rats Black dominated play against Demons Yellow, winning with a convincing score of 12-4.

Due to the absences in women’s A-grade for State and national commitments, their games have been rescheduled to be played this Thursday.

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