Blood, sweat and beers as the Fat Boys take the cake

THERE was plenty of blood, sweat and beers as the 24th annual Byron Bay five-a-side water polo competition concluded yesterday.

The Brisbane-based Fat Boys won the men's competition for the third consecutive year against Gold Coast team Desperados, but it wasn't without controversy.

TALENT POOL: Gold Coast player Peta Schultz in action during the weekend of five-a-side water polo at the Byron Bay pool.
TALENT POOL: Gold Coast player Peta Schultz in action during the weekend of five-a-side water polo at the Byron Bay pool. Nolan Verheij-Full

Fat Boys won 16-15 despite losing one of their best players, Nikita Tkachov, to the blood bin.

"He had a cut to the eye and had to get out of the pool," competition organiser Brendan Irwin said.

"Fat Boys were actually down by one with three seconds to go but they got a penalty goal then scored another."

Numbers were up this year with 10 men's and five women's teams.

Ballina Bin Chooks did best of the local teams, making it to the semi-finals of the women'scompetition.

Jasmine Collins and Kisane Irwin were the standout players for Ballina and Byron Bay.

The final was played between two Gold Coast teams.

"We had eight men's teams and only three women's last year so it was great to see the numbers up," Irwin said.

"This is the main fund-raiser for the Byron Bay club and everyone has a great weekend around town."



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