NORTH West’s chance for an undefeated start to the Combined High Schools girls water polo carnival has gone begging after the team suffered two losses on Tuesday.
A 6-3 loss to competition heavyweights Hunter and a 10-5 loss to Sydney East put a dent in the locals title hopes after winning both of their opening games on day one of the carnival.
Carnival convener Casey Kelly said the side’s performances were impressive despite the results.
“I think there is a lot for the girls to take out of Tuesday’s games,” Kelly said.
“Both Hunter and Sydney East are two of the more fancied teams in the competition and I think the girls stood up very well against them.
“They should be really proud of their efforts.”
Experienced North West campaigners Sara Hoffman (three goals) and Mikayla Gross (three goals) lead the way for their side throughout day two.
“Inaccuracy let the girls down in their second game,” Kelly said.
“They hit the cross bar and the posts a few times, which hurt them.
“But their more experienced players really did help keep them going and really lead they way for the more inexperienced players.”
Kelly said day three would be key to the side’s hopes of making the competition finals.
“There should hopefully be a couple of chances for the girls to pick up a win or two tomorrow,” she said.
“I think if they are able to put a complete team effort together they should do pretty well.”
- North West’s day three action kicks off at 8.30am against Sydney North at Scully Pool.