Plateau boys shoot to sixth
THE Alstonville Under-16 water polo team finished sixth at the Australian club championships in Brisbane last weekend.
After starting in style on Wednesday, the plateau team fell to eventual finalists Cronulla Black on Friday 8-5.
The Alstonville boys, who are coached by Mal Lewis, then faced the Brisbane Barracudas for a second time and again accounted for them 9-6.
Because of that loss, Alstonville was relegated to the play-off for fifth and sixth and, with little to play for, the side went down to Melbourne Collegians 5-4.
The Melville Sharks went on to claim the title by smashing Cronulla Black 16-4 in the final.
In some good news for Alstonville, two of their players finished equal first as the top goal-scorers for the championships.
Nathan Diehm and Blake Carter each grabbed an amazing 13 goals from four games.
Stewart Greenback, of the Brisbane Barracudas, finished third with 12 goals from four games.
Carter scored half his goals in the team's 21-2 win over the Melville Sains, while Diehm snatched five goals.
Carter is the brother of Paul, an Australian Schoolboys water polo representative.
Their father Steve is a former Penrith Panthers rugby league player.