Sprinter the secret in Shaws Bay victory
By Steve Spinks
It seems a bit unfair that a nationally ranked freestyle sprinter was playing B-grade in the Far North Coast Water Polo grand finals on Saturday at the Alstonville Pool.
But that's exactly what happened, as 100 metre freestyle sprinter Lucas Wise dominated the men's B-grade grand final scoring five goals for Shaws Bay in their 8-5 victory over Mullumbimby B.
Wise, formerly of Alstonville, is now living full-time in Brisbane while attending university and training with Olympic gold medallist Leisal Jones' squad.
"He just glides through the water," FNC Water Polo president Johnathon Horsley said.
"The problem is Shaws Bay don't have an A-grade side and he travels back to play in the same side as his Dad."
In the women's grand final, Byron Bay made it two premierships in a row with goalkeeper Jesse Black having an outstanding game in their 10-7 victory.
National League player Jasmine Collins was at her controlling best and she scored three goals, while her sister Kristy also scored three goals for the Bay. Byron Bay led 7-3 at half-time and then comfortably held on for the win.
Alstonville was best served by Jemma Gale who also scored a triple.
In the A-grade men's grand final, Alstonville 1 held off a fast-finishing Mullumbimby A 8-7.
The home team held a commanding 8-3 lead at three-quarter time, but spurred on by Alvin Coayonan, Peter Kirkland and Peter Cosgrove, Mullumbimby closed.
With two minutes left there was only one goal in it, but Alstonville were good enough to hold on.
It was Mullumbimby's second consecutive grand final loss by a solitary goal.
Tom Silver, the Alstonville captain, was player of the match and he was well supported by Cody Prosser and goalkeeper Luke Nunn.
The next summer season starts after the October school holidays, but FNC Water Polo is hoping to have a winter social competition once the new Lismore Pool opens.