THE Ovens and Murray has exceeded all expectations by finishing 19th in the Australian Under 14 Club Water Polo Championships.
Coach Shannon Gould said the boys held their own on the Border after being blitzed by ACT Fins in their opening match of the carnival.
“We regrouped really well after being flogged in the first round,” Gould said.
“They bounced back straight away.
“Finishing 19th overall and missing the championship on goal difference is a fantastic effort by the boys.
“We came very close to playing in the championship round but I thought 19th was about our level.”
The Ovens and Murray won three matches, lost two and played two draws.
Albury Tigers goalkeeper Nathan Johannis was outstanding under pressure in defence.
“I thought we would have been in bottom shield placings from 24 to 31,” Gould said.
“To end up where we did was an amazing effort.
“Everyone played really well.
“The top teams are sensational.
“They play against each other all year round and we get together for six months of the year.”
As expected, Cronulla Sharks and UNSW Wests Magpies dominated the championships and played off in the final.
Matches were played at WAVES in Wodonga and Albury Swim Centre with the action getting underway last Wednesday.