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Geraldton water polo round 12 preview: Squads will be in top form with league’s best players back from States

Derek GoforthGeraldton Guardian
Drew MacGregor makes a save for the Demons.
Camera IconDrew MacGregor makes a save for the Demons. Credit: Derek Goforth/Derek Goforth

With top players returned from State duty, all teams will hope to be back at full strength as the Geraldton water polo season moves into round 12.

In the men’s A-grade, the Demons have led the way and shown their best form when it counts.

The ladder leaders will take on Relics on Saturday, who have secured two consecutive wins against Rats and B52’s in previous rounds.

Joel and Zacc Cross lead the scoring for Demons, while young Leo Prout will be hoping to add to his impressive tally when B52’s take on Rats on Saturday afternoon.

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Luke Neuwert and Darcy Wiffen are leading from the front and both players will need to be on top of their game to break down the B52’s defense.

In women’s A-grade, the ladies will all have two games as round 11 was held on Thursday.

It will be a repeat of last year’s grand final when B52’s take on Demons. Both sides have shown some great moments in the water this season.

Evie Prout, Abbie Hagan, Emma Smith, and Maddie Pead have all displayed moments of brilliance under pressure.

The second-placed side has also benefited from the athletic prowess of goalkeeper Mel Buscumb, who keeps her eyes wide open to opposition attacks and rallies her team when the chips are down.

On Saturday, Composite side will face the Rats, who have struggled for players and form. They will hope a good performance against the Composite team will give them a bit of confidence going into the season’s final games.

In men’s B-grade games, Relics take on Demons and Rats go against the B52’s on Saturday.

Ladder leaders B52’s will hope to extend their six-point lead going into the last crucial games.

In women’s B-grade games, Serpents take on Rats on Friday and Demons go against B52’s the next day.

With only six points separating the top three sides and the top spot still up for grabs, it will be an exciting end to the regular season.

Men’s C-grade has B52’s facing a doubleheader on Friday evening against Rats and Demons.

The women’s C-grade games are all scheduled for Saturday, with Serpents Yellow taking on Demons Black, Rats Orange and Black have the derby, and B52’s take on Demons Yellow.

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