NSW’s best and brightest converging on Orange for state championship

SPLASH: Hunter's Jollie Marsden shapes for a shot in last year's under-16 girls' titles. The under-14 boys' equivalent comes to Orange this year. Photo: JUDE KEOGH
SPLASH: Hunter's Jollie Marsden shapes for a shot in last year's under-16 girls' titles. The under-14 boys' equivalent comes to Orange this year. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

Once again, some of the best and brightest junior water polo players in the state will be journeying to the Orange Aquatic Centre.

Just a year after hosting the Water Polo NSW Under-16 Girls’ Championship, Orange will now welcome the under-14 boys’ equivalent, in a fortnight.

“With such a wonderful facility, it’s no wonder we can only wait a year to go back to Orange,” Water Polo NSW events coordinator Ethan Rogers said.

“The central west is a new region in the sport we are targeting and it’s exciting to bring championships to such a beautiful part of the state.

“Bringing the championships to the central west is something we began to look at about four years ago.”

The Orange event will run championship and plate competitions in division A) along with plus a division B cup tournament.

Seventeen teams have been entered across the two divisions, as per the draft draw released by Water Polo NSW on Wednesday, with the university-based squads expected to be huge threats across both however unfortunately there won’t be an Orange or even central west side entered.

However, with Orange Aquatic Centre’s new competitions starting this summer, there is potential for that further down the track.

Water Polo NSW and Macquarie Sports will also be delivering two free clinics in conjunction with the state championship, which will involve team building, learning basic water polo skills and the incorporation of modified games. 

As an added drawcard, yet-to-be revealed Olympians will be running the sessions with allowing opportunities for questions and photos.

Orange hosts the Water Polo NSW Under-14 Boys’ Championship from Monday, December 18 to Friday, December 22.