Beach Water Polo Fours is Coming Home!
We are less than 24 hours away from our highly anticipated Bundeena Beach Water Polo Fours (BWP4’s) event and boy are we excited! As our first ever Beach Water Polo Fours event was held in the breathtaking waters of Hordens Beach in the summer of 2017/18, this event holds a soft spot for the team here at BWP4’s.
Over Saturday and Sunday, we will have more than 20 teams hitting the water for a weekend full of smiles. With a mix of young and old, experienced and not – the weekend is sure to be an interesting one!
We kick off the weekend with our Open Women’s and Open Mixed competitions on the Saturday, followed by a jam-packed Sunday with over 10 teams competing in the Open Men’s competition.
For the Women’s Comp we have a mix of teams coming from three of Sydney’s cross-city rival clubs, with girls from Sydney University, Cronulla Sharks and Drummoyne Devils. As the majority of these players are all in their final month of preparation for the 2019 Australian Water Polo League or about to head up to Brisbane for the Australian Youth Championships, there will be high calibre water polo being played throughout the day.
We have a very diverse line up of teams in the Mixed Competition, with notable favourites being the Beaches Plus Ones team who’s star players are Olympic power couple Johnno & Nicola (Ziggy) Cotterill. Adding to their water polo star status, is Dutch International Player Marloes Cabout who has arrived ahead of the Australian Water Polo League season where she will me playing for the ACU Cronulla Sharks. Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club are giving beach water polo a try, as they trade in their surf club caps for water polo caps. To round out the mixed comp, two teams from the Sydney Stingers Water Polo Club are making the trek down to Bundeena from their usual Saturday training location, at home pool, Ryde.
Sunday is for the boys. And much like the women’s competition, we have teams and players coming from clubs across Sydney. We have the likes of teams such as the Illawara Sharks, Bite Me and Bite Me Too who are coming from their home stomping grounds of Gunnamatta Bay, to cross the water of the mighty Port Hacking. Lions, Five Live Series and the Royal Loyals are three teams coming from Sydney University to add some roar to the competition. Albion Sharks are providing some age depth and experience to the games, with the two teams consisting of a few dads that are ready to give their sons a run for their money. And let’s not forget none other than last years reigning runner ups, the BBBB Barbarians – who are back with their eyes set on the coveted title of BWP4’s Champions.
With all three divisions shaping up to each be extremely competitive in there own right, both days will be a beach water polo spectacular. Make sure you are ready for a fantastic weekend of beach water polo! Don’t forget to bring an umbrella, as we all know how unpredictable Sydney weather can be – you might need one that protects you from either scorching sunshine or relentless rain!
Written by Samantha Mitchell