2018 Australian Canoe Polo Championships
Canoe Polo is a fast and exciting competitive ball sport played on water, where individual kayak paddlers work in teams of five to shoot a ball into a goal suspended two metres above the water. Tactics of the sport make it exciting for the spectators viewing as it includes fast paced paddling, tackling an opponent’s kayak, rolling under water, passing the ball by hand or a paddle “flick”. Paddles can be used to intercept passes and block shots at goal.
Over one hundred athletes from around Australia competed at the 2018 Australian Canoe Polo Championships held over the Easter long weekend at the Rowing SA Regatta Centre, West Lakes.
Athletes from South Australia, Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales, Queensland, WA and the Northern Territory competed in the categories of under 18, under 21, Open Men, Open Women and Masters. Guest athletes also attended, from New Zealand and Hong Kong which added an international edge to the tournament.
Congratulations to all teams taking out a gold, silver and bronze at the 2018 Australian Canoe Polo Championships.
In 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively are:
Open Men – SA, NSW, VIC
Open Women – ACT, VIC, SA
Youth – VIC, QLD, SA
Junior – QLD, ACT, VIC
Masters – NSW, VIC, QLD
ACT won the Open Women’s against Victoria with a 6-4 win, whilst in U21’s Victoria defeated Queensland 10-2, Queensland defeated ACT 5-3, in U18 and in Masters, NSW won against Victoria 5-4 in overtime.
The best overall performing state was Victoria who was awarded with the Australian Championship trophy.
Full results: Results – 2018 Australian Canoe Polo Championships
Final selection for Australian Women and Men’s canoe polo teams took place during the event and the successful athletes will compete at the 2018 World Canoe Polo Championships, Welland Canada in August.
Thank you all athletes, referees and officials for making this a fabulous weekend of canoe polo!
Held at Rowing SA 100 Military Road, West Lakes Shore, South Australia
31 March–2 April 2018
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