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Geraldton water polo round 13 preview: Finals on the line in every division as race to the end tightens up

Derek GoforthGeraldton Guardian
The Rats will take on the B52’s in women’s A-grade water polo.
Camera IconThe Rats will take on the B52’s in women’s A-grade water polo. Credit: Derek Goforth/Derek Goforth

The Geraldton water polo season is down to its final three rounds and there are still places up for grabs in every division.

In the men’s A-grade, B52’s will face Relics on Saturday. Both teams are coming off good wins in round 12.

Relics defeated Demons, thanks to excellent teamwork; Nick Pead’s performance was particularly noteable.

B52’s secured a narrow victory against Rats, with Daniel Prout once again showing good form for the winning team.

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Demons are currently at the top of the ladder and nearly have the minor premiership secured.

However, the ladder leaders must remain focused on maintaining form for the upcoming finals run.

They will face Rats on Saturday, who are aiming to climb off the bottom of the table.

Zac and Joel Cross have been in fine form for Demons, while the B52’s striking combo of Daniel and Leo Prout has dominated the division this season.

For Rats, Luke Nuewert has been a solid presence, leading by example with his high-intensity style of play, and Darcy Wiffen has proven invaluable for the side.

First place on the ladder is still up for grabs the women’s A-grade as Rats take on B52’s, while Demons play against the Composite side on Saturday.

Both Demons and B52’s have shown great form this season, but the combined goal-scoring efforts of B52’s Emma Smith, Aimee Hagan, Evie Prout and Maddie Pead have given them the edge in most matches.

For the A-grade ladies, the outcomes may hinge on the quality of goalkeeping.

With Gemma Dix improving throughout the season for the B52’s, Selina Kiddle now back for the Rats side and Mel Buscumb keeping her eyes open for opposition attacks and consistently reacting with athletic prowess, the division boasts defensive quality in abundance.

The men’s B-grade games take place on Sunday, with Relics taking on Rats and the B52’s going up against Demons.

B52’s had a solid win last round and will once again look to the young guns of Leo Prout, Callum Sojan and Jimmy Horsman to provide the goals.

In women’s B-grade, the B52’s hold a solid lead in the ladder, with not much space between Rats and Demons in second and third.

Demons play Serpents and Rats go against B52’s, with both games scheduled for Sunday due to the public holiday.

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