Record participants fight it out for 2012 Canberra Cup
Victoria’s Footscray, ACT’s Nordek, Sydney’s Cronulla and Newcastle’s Hunter Academy have claimed major honours at the 2012 Canberra Cup.
There was some outstanding, high-level water polo played over the weekend with the winner's claiming a share of the $4000 total prize pool.
Rescheduling the tournament to September proved to be a success with more Sydney teams able to contest the tournament.
This year saw Cronulla, Drummoyne, Hunter Academy, UNSW and Coasties enter the Canberra Cup for the first time. The introduction of these teams contributed to the improved level of water polo and the variety of competition.
Some of the clubs that entered junior teams also took the opportunity to gain much needed match practice ahead of the 16 & under national championships to be held in Brisbane in two week's time.
Hosted by the Canberra Water Polo Academy, the Canberra Cup began in 2007 as a junior competition, but soon grew to include senior teams.
Canberra Water Polo Academy director, Matt Turnbull said it was great to see teams from three states competing this year at such a high level.
Mens Division - $1000 prize money
Final: Footscray 12 bt Nordek (1) 7
MVP: Jarrod Gilchrist
2 Nordek (1)
3 Sydney University Lions
4 ANU Dragons
5 Tuggeranong Vikings
6 Ovens & Murray
8 Nordek (2)
Womens Division - $1000 prize money
Final: Nordek 14 bt Tuggeranong Vikings 3
MVP: Claire Lennox
2 Tuggeranong Vikings
3 Ovens & Murray
Boys 17 & Under Division - $1000 prize money
Final: Cronulla 17 bt Sydney University Pirates 7
MVP: Nic Brooks
2 Sydney University Pirates
3 Hunter Academy
6 Sydney University Lions
7 Sydney Northern Beaches
8 Ovens and Murray
9 Canberra Water Polo Academy
Girls 17 & Under Division - $1000 prize money
Final: Hunter Academy 9 bt UNSW 5
MVP: Marlee Byrnes
1 Hunter Academy
4 Ovens and Murray
6 Tuggeranong Vikings
The 2012 Canberra Cup Men's Champions, Footscray WPC