TAMWORTH got a bit of a golden bonus out of the weekend’s NSW Country Junior Water Polo Championships in Mittagong, with the U14s boys taking out their division.
The Ian Moxon-coached side defeated Gosford 6-4 in Sunday’s final to become the inaugural champions, with the carnival only introduced this season.
Tamworth’s 16s boys and 16s girls’ sides also attended the carnival – the main purpose of which was to give them some carnival practice ahead of next year’s State Championships.
It was a rare chance for them to play together and get back to back games.
The 14s only lost one game for the weekend. That was to Gosford in the round games, and they only went down by one.
“In saying that, they haven’t played to their potential all weekend,” Moxon said before the final. “They’ve played atrociously.”
Fortunately, they put it together in the final.
“They started to play the way they can play and they got the result,” Moxon said.
They got the ascendancy early and were up 4-nil at one stage.
Moxon is hoping the weekend’s success will spur them on to train harder.
He is also coaching the 16s. They missed out on the final by a spot but probably should have been there too.
“We had a draw against a team we should have beaten,” Moxon said.
That was the difference between playing the final and not, with the team that they drew with ending up getting through.
It was still a good weekend.
“They developed really well,” Moxon said.
“They really played well. We only had seven that came.”
Jayden Gimbergh continued to impress and was named player of the carnival for the U16s.
Moxon said they improved in a lot of areas but picked up in defence particularly.
“How to mark and where to mark,” he said.
“That’s something they have been working on.
They shared the scoring around, with everybody at least scoring a goal.
The 16s girls were competitive too and finished with two wins for the weekend.