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Geraldton water polo round 15 preview: Teams looking ahead during the final round of play

Derek GoforthGeraldton Guardian
Darcy Wiffen taking a shot on goals for the Rats.
Camera IconDarcy Wiffen taking a shot on goals for the Rats. Credit: Derek Goforth

With most of the ladder positions decided and only one round of the regular season left to play, teams are shifting their attention to preparing for finals time.

In the men’s A-grade, the Demons secured top spot a few rounds ago and have been working on improving their defence in the pool.

They face the Relics on Saturday, a team coming off a good string of results and boosted by a convincing win against the Rats in the last round.

The B52’s have experienced fluctuations in form throughout the season, but the side possess enough young talent in the pool to defeat any team on their best day.

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They square off against the Rats on Saturday. The Rats have struggled to build momentum and will rely on Luke Neuwert and Darcy Wiffen to power through the middle and keep the team motivated.

In the women’s game, the B52’s have been a dominant force, with the ladder leaders exhibiting talent across the board with players such as Emma Smith and Evie Prout ensuring goals come consistently from all areas of the pool.

They face the Demons on Saturday in what is likely a preview of this year’s grand final.

The Demons — with plenty of talent in the pool, especially when the sister act of Abbie and Sian MacDonald is in full effect — can challenge any team they encounter.

Meanwhile the Rats have a game against the Composite side and are hopeful for the return of Selina Kiddle in goal.

In the men’s B-grade games, the B52’s and Demons also dominate the ladder, showcasing great moments in the pool throughout the season.

The B52’s play the Rats, leaving the Demons to take on the Relics in the final league game on Saturday.

In the women’s-B grade, it’s the B52’s and Rats that have proven to be the teams to beat during the regular season.

The B52’s will play the Demons on Friday afternoon, while the Rats take on the Serpents. Evie Prout and the other young B52’s players may prove instrumental in the two divisions.

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