Port Pirie Masters Games 2012
photos by Ricki Belisle
Port Pirie turns on the sunshine
Bathed in sunshine the Pura Light Start Port Pirie Masters Games and the friendly people of Port Pirie again hosted South Australian State Master's canoe polo in April 2012. Port Pirie Community Swimming Pool provided the perfect venue for a canoe polo frenzy. This social competition was a highlight of the year with many laughs both on the water and off. Serious competition between the teams saw most results very close and at the end of Saturday play all teams were still in the hunt for the elusive gold medal. Again the winged messenger of the North came to float on the blue waters? A cry was heard across the water "I've got Hermes" (or words to that effect)
Camping at Bill's farm nestled in the Southern Flinders Ranges (near the Barooka Reservoir) is also one of the delicious treats of this trip. Only 20 minutes from the sunny City of Port Pirie the players gather in the late Saturday sun for a chat and drink re-living the wins and and heroic exploits of the day. Some people are known to have applied medicinal alcohol to sooth aching muscles around the open log fire that serves as source of warmth in the cold night air.
Bill & Kaye again turned on a treat with a sumptuous barbie with all the trimmings during the evening
The sunrise greets these old warriors with breakfeast of cereal, pancakes, bacon and eggs and fruit helping to fuel their engines for the fight to stand on the podium with the gold medal hung round their neck (and their adoring fans cheering from the sidelines). Serious competition started on the Sunday.
Gold medal: Polo Bears – Duncan Cochrane, Louisa Cussen, Graeme Burdon, Steve Wild
Silver medal: Smarties – Ricky Belisle, Bruce Enting, Bill Fradd, Janet Burdon
Bronze medal: Totally Youthless – Julie Moroney, Dermot Cussen, Ian Heard,
Thanks to all officials and the friendly City of Port Pirie and its residents for such a good competition. We all look forward to coming and playing again in 2014.
Click here for 2010 Port Pirie Masters Canoe Polo Competition pictures