Strong start to season for Cockburn Water Polo Club girls

Cockburn Water Polo Club's Brinya Wakefield, Taliesha Hurford, Charli Longmuir, Mia Tigchelaar, Ava McAlinden, Molly Lavery, Tea Cavka, Sofija Solle, Tina Cavka.
Cockburn Water Polo Club's Brinya Wakefield, Taliesha Hurford, Charli Longmuir, Mia Tigchelaar, Ava McAlinden, Molly Lavery, Tea Cavka, Sofija Solle, Tina Cavka.

YOUNG female water polo players in Cockburn are making quite a splash in the sport.

The Water Polo WA junior competition season is only four games in, but Cockburn Junior Water Polo Club’s Under 14 B girls are on a roll, sitting comfortably in the top half of the ladder.

After a nail biting 10-9 loss to North Coast Phoenix in game one, the girls have dominated their next three matches, beating Melville (17-0), UWA City Beach (12-4) and Phantoms (15-2).

Club president and team coach Natalie Turner said the club was only a few years old, which made the results even sweeter.

“We are a new club with some dedicated youngsters who having been working together for more than a year now,” she said.

“The team is spearheaded by scoring sensation Tina Cavka who has accumulated a staggering 20 goals, including 12 in one match, and the excellent goalkeeping skills of Mia Tigchelaar.

“While these two have made a huge impact, it is the general teamwork of the whole team that has made us a standout side.

“It’s good that other clubs are standing up and taking notice of us.

“We have a handful of seniors playing on loan to other clubs while this is the only team playing under our banner.

“Our juniors train on a Friday night and the whole club gets together on Sunday morning at Cockburn ARC. It’s the start of great things for the club.”