Ovens and Murray off to flying start in Southern Cross water polo

DUCKING FOR COVER: It wasn't only Sharks and Tigers doing battle at Albury Swim Centre with several ducks also making their presence felt. Picture: NERAH BLACKBURNE
DUCKING FOR COVER: It wasn't only Sharks and Tigers doing battle at Albury Swim Centre with several ducks also making their presence felt. Picture: NERAH BLACKBURNE

Ovens and Murray-Wagga made an impressive debut in the Southern Cross Water Polo League against ACT at Wagga on Saturday.

With Sharks star Leah Dodd in outstanding form with six goals, the women ran-out 8-6 victors in a tight contest.

Coach Brendan Dickie said it was a pleasing start.

“I guess you wonder how you are going to perform in a new competition so we were really happy to come away with a win,” Dickie said.

“The girls played well.” 

Annie Lefoe and Brooke Dickie also turned in strong performances for Ovens and Murray-Wagga.

In the men, Ovens and Murray-Wagga edged out ACT 9-7.

Goal-keeper Domenic Bertazzo was in sensational form while Lachie Dowding, Shannon Gould, Jack Baker, Taylor Miller and Ben Douglass also held their own against strong opposition.

Gould defied a shoulder injury to make a big impact in the third quarter.

Ovens and Murray-Wagga will play second round matches at WAVES next weekend.

Meanwhile, Sharks defeated Albury Tigers 11-9 in their A grade men’s clash on Sunday.

Douglass continued his good form for the victors with support coming from Gould and Miller.

In the women, Dodd scored five goals in Sharks’ 10-4 win over Albury Tigers.

Georgia Polkinghorne, Phebe McLeod and Elyse Boyer had strong matches for Sharks while Kate Johnson impressed for Tigers.