Warriors sink Under 16 girls at Tamworth

THE Warriors and Tigers prevailed over their less-ferocious sounding opponents in Tamworth water polo action on Friday night.

The Warriors overcame the U16 girls 10-3 in their women’s clash while the Tigers overwhelmed Southgate 9-3 in their men’s competition match-up.

The Tigers started strongly, opening up a 3-nil lead at the first break on the back of a double to Max Colby.

Colby found the back of the net again in the second quarter as the Tigers extended their lead to 6-1 at half-time.

That was where the damage was done.

The second half was a lot tighter, with the Tigers only out-scoring Southgate by one and neither side able to come up with a goal in the final quarter.

Colby also scored in the third to finish with four for the game while Jarrod Chester chimed in with a double.

The Warriors did the same as the Tigers earlier in the women’s game.

They led 3-nil at the first break, with Alice Lyden bagging a double.

The 16s scored first in the second quarter and matched the Warriors for goals to hold the difference at three at

half-time.

The Warriors  pulled away again in the third quarter though,  with Katie Robinson this time netting a double.

She repeated that in the final quarter, with the Warriors out-scoring the 16s 3-1 to stretch the final margin to seven.

Meanwhile, Mitch Salter and Emily Grellman are in contention to play for the NSW U18s later in the year.

They’ve been named in the state squad – Grellman the women’s and Salter the men’s.

The squads were selected from last month’s state championships, where Grellman played for Hunter and Salter captained Tamworth.

Both squads are 32 at the moment and will be cut to two teams of 13 – after a few training sessions – to compete at the invitational U18 nationals in April.

The men’s will be in Perth and the women’s in Sydney and will precede the U18 National Club Championships, at which Grellman and Salter are both hoping to be playing for Hunter.

The invitational tournament will feature state-based teams, with NSW the only state invited to put two teams in.

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