B52s win in men’s, women’s A-grade Geraldton water polo as Deschamp and Larsen shine in goal

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B52's player Drew Tunbridge watches as Jack Deschamp makes a flying save.
Camera IconB52's player Drew Tunbridge watches as Jack Deschamp makes a flying save. Credit: Colin Sherman/Geraldton Guardian

B52s had two huge wins in the men’s and women’s top division of Geraldton water polo, putting in a show of strength with one round to go before finals.

Impressive goalkeeper Emily Larsen recorded a near shut-out on Saturday in the women’s division as B52s notched a massive 17-1 win against Rats.

Larsen had also been on the winning side on Friday in B-grade.

Abbey Benham starred at the other end, putting five goals past the Rats defence.

Keshi McCagh and Emma Smith each had a hat trick while Indi Smith, Aimee Hagan, Ellie Pead and Hailee Horsmann added the rest.

Holly Marsden scored for Rats.

Serpents beat Demons in the other game.

In the men’s A-grade, B52s scored 11 goals as they beat Rats, with Kurt Tunbridge doing the worst damage, getting four.

Goalie Jack Deschamp put up a brick wall in goal, limiting Rats to two goals in reply.

Corey Smith, Mick Rock, Drew Tunbridge and Jed Robertson also got on the scoresheet.

Kye McVee and Darcy Wiffen scored for Rats.

In other results, Demons beat B52s Relics in men’s B-grade on Friday, 9-4, as Lachie Toomath got a hat trick.

B52s beat Rats 13-5 in the other game.

In women’s B-grade, Serpents beat Demons 5-4 on Friday.

B52s won 6-3 against Rats, with Larsen starring in goal again.

Olympic referee Liz Burman will be heading up to take charge of the officiating group for finals.

The Geraldton Water Polo Association said its popular Water Polo By The Sea competition will be back — this time at Town Beach in front of the Geraldton Yacht Club.

It will run on March 12.

Northside are the reigning champions after they beat Southside in the juniors and men’s competitions in 2021. The women’s match was a draw.

The event was held at Midalia Beach last year.

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