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Barracudas claim record equalling 5th National League Title
Pictured above: Barracudas captain Anna Sieprath hoists the trophy with a jubilant Barras women's team behind.
Our Brisbane Barracudas women’s water polo team have won their fifth National Water Polo League championship in a gripping 10-8 victory over the Sydney University Lions that was decided in a penalty shootout at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. The women's qualificaiton for the gold medal match was yet another record - their 7th consecutive Grand Final appearance.
The outcome of the game hung in the balance for the entirety of the encounter, with the Lions maintaining a slender one goal lead at each of the quarter breaks, only to have their lead diminished in the closing stages of the game by Brisbane’s Amanda Russell, who equalled the scores 7-7 and sent the game to a shootout. Kelsey Wakefield blew the game apart in the penalty shoot out where she saved three straight shots and sealed the win.
While a grand final appearance had been an unlikely thought for our Barracudas ladies at the beginning of the season, goalkeeper Wakefield said that it was trust in each other under pressure that won Brisbane the game.
“To think that we would have been here at the start of the season was unlikely, we believed in ourselves this weekend and it’s been a great finals campaign,” Wakefield said. “I had total belief in my team when we went to extra time, and I personally love a penalty shootout, I was able to relax and do what I needed to do. We’ve really played our best when we’ve been behind, and to play with that sort of pressure again today, it really got us over the line.”
Bronte Colenso was named Finals MVP for a sensational performance over three games and veteran Kate Gynther was named to the NWPL All Star team. These individual accolodes really part of the overall team effort that got the trophy back to Brisbane once again.
Our Barras men were disappointed to lose their first match against the eventual bronze medallist, the Hunter Hurricanes. The boys dropped the third quarter and could not recover. They ultimately finished in 6th after another close encounter against the Vic Seals. Coach Fabio Pavanello had this to say: "The men's NWPL is so tight these days. It requires teams to play four quarters of top level water polo. Even if you make only a few mistakes, you will be punished for these. Our men are in the mix and any of the top teams could have won the title but at the end of the day you need to play pretty flawlessly to make that happen. We know what we have to work on for the future and we have the guys to do that."
Photo courtesy: Pearse Photography
2014/15 Club Award Winners and Presentation Evening
Saturday March 14th, the Barracudas club gathered to celebrate another season at the annual Club Presentation and Awards night. The event was held at Musgrave Pool and we enjoyed a terrific turn out. Some of the images of the fun are posted on Facebook. To read more on the winners for each age group and major award winners - CLICK HERE.
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