WPQ Delfina 2022 Premier League starts this month

The Water Polo Queensland Delfina Premier League starts this month featuring the best in the business, along with the new Vikings club.

The third season of Premier League will start on October 19 and be played over four weekends, culminating in the finals on November 27.

The following teams will compete:

Mens – Gold Coast, Bushrangers, UQ Barracudas, River City, Warriors and Vikings.

Women’s – Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, UQ Barracudas, Mermaids, Polo Bears and Vikings.

Olympic greats like Bronwen Knox (Polo Bears), Rhys Howden (UQ Barras) and Kate Gynther, along with Aussie champions such as Billy Miller, Anthony Martin and Rio 2016 Olympian Kelsey Wakefield will mix it with a host of current Aussie Stingers and Sharks representatives.

These include Reilly Townsend, Teneale Fasala, Sophie Miliken, Jess Emerson, Maddy Steere and Bridget Leeson-Smith who have recently returned from World Championships and World League Finals.

The Premier League was launched in 2020 and “was established as the premier water polo competition in Queensland providing the best performance and pathway opportunities for players, coaches, referees and officials’’ said Water Polo Queensland operations manager Ash Kaesler, who was also a current international referee.

“It brings together the best existing and emerging talent across Queensland in a high-performance competition and includes current and former Olympians, national and state players who are represented across the top men’s and women’s teams in Queensland.’’

Chisholm Catholic College student Leo Gallagher (Warriors) said the tournament was an ideal way to learn from older players while Dylan McDonald (UQ Barras) said the 2021 Premier League helped boost his exposure and led to his debut for the Queensland Thunder.

River City young gun Isaac Kyle-Little, who also broke into the Thunder last season, said the Premier League gave him a chance to play more with experienced players.

For Vikings trio Kai Majoros, Elizabeth Kynaston and Ariella Peled, playing in the Premier League was a big occasion.

“We have a few older boys coming back into the sport and we hope to make an impression this year,’’ said Kai Majaros.

Vikings women’s pair Kynaston and Peled were excited to be a part of the club’s continued expansion from juniors to senior competition.

“Coming out of school this is an opportunity to get back into the game,’’ Kynaston said.

“ Having not played last year, I am excited.

“It is a great opportunity to get the club out there and get more people coming in.’’

Sydney 2000 gold medallists Jo Clark and Naomi McCarthy will resume their coaching positions with the Gold Coast and Polo Bears women’s teams respectively, and three-time Olympian Mel Rippon back from a stint in NSW to coach the UQ Barracudas women.

The competition

October 16, Gold Coast Aquatic Centre

October 30, The Valley Pool

November 13, Sunshine Coast

November 27, The Valley Pool

Originally published as Water Polo Queensland Delfina Premier League starts this month

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