Never watched top-level water polo before?

Here’s your chance.  

Hawke’s Bay’s Regional Aquatic Centre at Mitre 10 Park is hosting the top Australia and New Zealand Under 20s Men’s Water Polo teams in a three-day international event. 

“And our goal is to fill the stands for these awesome athletes – so join us,” says Emma Collard, Hawke’s Bay Water Polo Development Manager.

She says everyone interested in water polo, whether participant or spectator in Hawke’s Bay, is invited free to view the competition during the school holidays from 7pm on 12, 13, and 14th July.

Each game will run over about an hour with a half-time, and be marked out in four quarters.

“We would love if people came and joined us on one of the evenings to watch this exciting showdown,” says Collard. “We want to be able to host more international events in the future so are aiming to show as much love and support as possible.” 

Collard says water polo is ranked one of the hardest sports in the world. “You have to have a lot of endurance and be able to tread water as well as being marked and wrestling with other players.  

“It’s a good thinking game,” she adds.

Water polo is the fastest growing sport in HB with some 600 members. Alongside the Youth Men’s Test series, there will be a training camp for under-14s at the Sports Complex during the school holidays with input from the competing men.

The Aquatic Centre will also host the New Zealand Open Masters Water Polo men’s and women’s competition in November.

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  1. Great opportunity to watch some awesome athletes playing. Water Polo is a great game to watch. See you there!
    Steve Knights
    Chairman HBWP

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