Southside dominate the seas as the Geraldton Water Polo Association sends off season

Derek GoforthGeraldton Guardian
Mel Buscumb makes a wall for Southside.
Camera IconMel Buscumb makes a wall for Southside. Credit: Derek Goforth/Derek Goforth

The Geraldton Water Polo Association ventured into the ocean as players from across the city participated in the annual Water Polo by the Sea event.

With participants scattered between the north and south of the city, and association clubs intermingled with unfamiliar faces, the day revolved around enjoyment.

Southside clinched victories in three matches — youth, women’s, and men’s — but the focus wasn’t solely on wins and losses.

Trixie Kerr, coach for the women’s Southside team, lauded her squad and the overall competition.

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“It was an outstanding day, the weather was perfect, and there were plenty of laughs,” she said.

“Every player performed admirably, particularly Mel Buscumb, transitioning from goalkeeping to attack, and Evie Prout, excelling in both of her matches.”

Northside coach Indi Smith expressed joy despite her team’s defeat.

“The day went smoothly, with fantastic weather and thrilling games,” she said.

“It’s a wonderful way to conclude the season and engage with players you don’t typically compete alongside.

“Notable performers include Trixie Kerr in the women’s division and Joel Cross in the men’s.”

Southside men’s captain Drew Tunbridge said the matches were an opportunity to see players excel in a different environment.

“The weather put on a show for us down there and so did Mick Rock from Southside with a few great steals and a goal or two to add to his tally,” he said.

“This led him to winning the best in pool Yeti mug, Zac and Joel Cross providing great ball control and setting up plenty of goals as usual, and the young fella Ollie Green showing us what he can be capable of in the future.”

Men’s coach and association member “Duck” Smith said the day was a success and brought the wider community together.

“The turnout was enormous today, I’m thrilled with the overwhelming support and the collective effort from the entire water polo community to make it happen,” he said.

“While Southside secured all three wins, every game was enjoyable, competitive, and played in good spirits.”

The association aims to expand water polo activities throughout winter, with plans for a masters competition in the works and visiting clinics and competitions scheduled for the Mid West.

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