Blue Diamonds Claim National League Bronze
The Blue Diamonds have claimed their third National Water Polo League medal in as many years, with a confident win over Atlantis City’s Kap7 Tridents this morning.
The women took to the water keen to make up for yesterday’s semi final loss to Tauranga’s Body in Motion Women. The first quarter saw both teams struggle to find the net, with rushed plays met by great goalkeeping down both ends of the pool. Grace Tobin scored first for the Blue Diamonds, however the scoreline was locked at 1-1 heading into the second period. Thanks to a 6-5 conversion from Emmerson Houghton and a buzzer beater from Libby Gault, our girls took the lead into the third, 3-1. Heading into the final period with a four goal lead, the Diamonds continued to take every available opportunity, and closed the game out with a confident 10-6 win.
Well done to Emmerson Houghton who was named in the league team, and Chantelle Conroy, the league’s Most Valuable Goalkeeper. Emmerson tops the goal scoring charts on 39, followed closely by Grace Tobin on 36 and Brogan Houghton on 22.
That wraps up the Senior season for 2019, though many of our Seniors players will be back in the water for the upcoming Under 21 National Championships, and then again in Korea for the World Championships.
2019 Waitakere Blue Diamonds:
Chantelle Conroy, Elizabeth Gault, Sofia Gorman, Brogan Houghton, Jessica Shorter Robinson, Teri MacDonald, Emmerson Houghton (c), Julia Rennie, Grace Tobin, Gabrielle MacDonald, Miranda Chase, Jessika Wanden-Hannay, Jessica Drage, Liana Dance, Megan Williams, Isabelle Tyrell, Sophie Awatere, Emily Drage
Coach: Davor Carevic
Manager: Margaret Chase