Narrabri Dolphins Water Polo Club’s inaugural campaign wrapped up in entertaining fashion on Sunday as they hosted their 2023/24 season grand final day at Narrabri Aquatic Centre.

Barwon were crowned champions of the senior competition and Namoi were the winners of the under-14s competition.

Barwon’s victory saw them claim the minor and major premiership double as they extended a brilliant undefeated win streak this season to 17 games. That included 15 regular season victories as well as dominant wins in the semi-final and the grand final. They took on Nandewar in Sunday’s decider and prevailed 21-6.

A dominant first quarter saw the Barwon players take a 5-0 lead into the first break after Tilly Gleeson, Emily Nott, Alex Mison, Dean Clarke and Liam Mair all scored one each. The team piled on five more goals in the second term as Clarke netted three times while Mair and Abigail Clarke chipped in with a goal each, and the score was 10-2 at half-time after Harry Bennett scored twice for Nandewar.

Bennett scored two more in the third quarter, but Barwon extended their lead to 17-7 when the final break arrived after finding the back of the net seven times in the third quarter. Gleeson scored three of those goals, Dean Clarke netted two, and Mison and Mair added one each.

Barwon then outscored Nandewar four goals to two in the final term to secure a 21-6 victory. Dean Clarke netted two more goals in the fourth quarter to finish the match with eight and Mison scored two to finish the match with four. Gleeson also finished with four, Mair claimed a hat-trick, and Abigail Clarke and Nott ended with one each. Bennett scored one of Nandewar’s fourth-quarter goals as he finished the grand final contest with five, and Pippy Donaldson netted the other.

There was also a third-place playoff fixture contested between the two senior competition teams that lost their semi-final games a week earlier. That saw Kurrajong defeat Wilga 8-5.

The under-14s competition decider kicked off the day and it was a close contest at quarter-time as Namoi and Kaputar were locked 1-all. Madison Connole scored Namoi’s goal and Lachy Dunn netted for Kaputar.

Namoi then piled on three goals in the second term while managing to keep Kaputar scoreless to go into half-time ahead 4-1. Those goals were shared between Ollie Ford, Gracie Lawty and Chelsea Clarke.

Namoi extended their lead to four goals by the arrival of the final break after outscoring their opponents three goals to two in the third quarter to make the score 7-3. Lexie Fernance, Jordan Dunn and Chelsea Clarke all scored a goal each for Namoi and Kaputar’s goals were scored by Ruby Irwin and Elke Collins.

The Namoi side then made sure of their victory with a dominant fourth quarter, during which they outscored Kaputar three goals to one. Madison Connole scored two of those to finish the match with a hat-trick and Jordan Dunn chipped in with the other to finish the game with two goals. Chelsea Clarke also scored two goals in the game for Namoi and the other three were shared between Ollie Ford, Gracie Lawty and Lexie Fernance. Ruby Irwin netted Nandewar’s final goal to finish the match with two.

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