What a great start to 2013 when Bondi’s famous Icebergs Pool was the setting for Water Polo By The Sea last Friday, where we saw an evening of International Water Polo. The evening kicked off at 5.30 p.m. with Sydney University playing UNSW for the University Cup, followed by the Australian Sharks taking on the International All Stars at 6.30 p.m.
The driving force behind the event is four time Olympian, Thomas Whalan, who commented “Water Polo by the Sea is the perfect way to showcase the sport that we love to an audience that may not otherwise be exposed to the game”.
The international all-star team included three times Olympic Gold medalist and World Champions Tamas Kasas (the world’s most decorated player) and Tamas Molnar from Hungary, the Italian World Champions and Olympic Silver medalists Deni Fiorentini and Maurizio Felugo, Team USA Olympic Silver Medalist Tim Hutten, New Zealand’s only professional water polo player Joe Kayes who is based in Hungary and Britain’s Scott Carpenter.
Not knowing anything about water polo before, I found the game very exciting and fast moving. The good looking and well built male players were also another plus in making water polo a sport I would not mind watching again.
Hopefully Water Polo By The Sea will become an annual event, I’ll certainly be there to watch again next year. Sandra Tiltman. PHOTOS: John Pond ©