Australian Water Polo League returns to Gunnamatta Bay

Salt water: Gunnamatta Bay will once again host top Australian water polo when the Cronulla Sharks host the UTS Balmian Tigers on Saturday. Picture: John Veage
Salt water: Gunnamatta Bay will once again host top Australian water polo when the Cronulla Sharks host the UTS Balmian Tigers on Saturday. Picture: John Veage

Cronulla's start to the Australian Water Polo League has been a frustrating affair with work on their home base at Sutherland Pool still incomplete after work on the complex's Waterpark build.

The Sharks sit near the bottom of the competition ladder and host UTS Balmain Tigers at Gunnamatta Bay with Sutherland Pool still unavailable.

Sutherland Council assured the club the pool would be available for round two of the Australian Water Polo League games but, as round 12 of an 18 game season approaches, they still are not back in the Sutherland pool complex.

The good news is Water Polo Australia and the council have allowed them to play this weekend's National League fixture at Gunnamatta Bay.

Gunnamatta Bay was the club's home from the mid 1960s until the early 90s and at that time the entire club's training programs and games, including those of the Sutherland Shire Junior Water Polo Association competitions and school programs, were conducted at the Gunnamatta Bay Baths, affectionately known to club stalwarts as "the home of water polo".

The whole pool arena has exclusive access for water polo on Saturday.

The Gunnamatta Water Polo juniors host an under-15 invitational tournament with an invited Southern Highlands club from 9am until noon.

The Cronulla men's and women's second and third grade teams will play their competition matches from noon to 4pm before the main event of the Australian Water Polo League games.

Cronulla host the women UTS Balmain Tigers at 4pm, with the men at 5.30pm.

The club are excited to be showcasing water polo at their original home and there will be raffles running and the barbecue will be pumping as the Cronulla Sharks get to showcase water polo at the bay.

The OVO Australian Water Polo League is Australia’s premier domestic water polo competition and Cronulla is one of 10 clubs who compete in the annual event which comprises of both a men’s and women’s competition.

The OVO AWL is a national competition, featuring teams from four states across Australia and provides important competition opportunities for national squad members as well as the next generation of Australian water polo talent.