Canoe polo only made its debut on Lake Nagambie at the weekend - but it could be the venue for the sport's biggest event in 2018.CHALPAT SONTI March 12, 2014 11:06am
In a little more than two weeks we will know if Nagambie is to host a world championship sporting event in 2018 — and the sport itself made its debut at the regatta centre at the weekend.
As these pictures show, canoe polo is a bit like water polo, but in kayaks.
With teams of five playing two 10-minute halves in a field 35
The weekend’s Victorian Invitational — which saw 21 teams from Victoria, NSW, South Australia and Canberra in attendance — was the first event played on the fields, which sit in the area outside the regatta centre.
The top officials from the sport were there, and have played a key role along with Strathbogie Shire Council’s Libby Webster in ensuring a permanent home at the facility.
They are also thinking big. Australian Canoe Polo chairman Ian Beasley told the Telegraph that a bid had been put in to host the 2018 World Championships at Nagambie.
‘‘We’ll know the answer on March 30,’’ he said.
‘‘We are holding the Oceania Championships here next year as well.’’
That could involve 30 countries sending four teams each, as well as officials and supporters.
Nagambie was an ideal solution for a sport looking for a Victorian home he said.
In Melbourne, where the bulk of the players are based, teams play indoors at the Richmond Recreation Centre and on the Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers.
‘‘Nagambie is better than those rivers or Geelong where we also play (on the Barwon River) and we’re looking to make it a home,’’ Mr Beasley said.
The Victorian Invitational saw players range in age from under-13 to 60-plus, with all grades catered for. There were also mixed classes and room for many more players.
There are about 150 registered players in Victoria at present, but officials would love to get the sport established in regional centres.
Victorian Canoe Polo chairman Mike Wilson was heavily involved in setting up the Nagambie facility with Ms Webster and Canoeing Victoria executive officer Andrea Boothroyd.
‘‘Having a semi-permanent base means we can organise for weekends and training camps as well,’’ Mr Wilson said.
‘‘We’ll have at least one more competition here this year and there’s huge possibilities for it in future, including setting up a club.’’
Anyone interested in playing can contact Libby Webster at the Strathbogie Shire Council, who will put them in touch with the organisers.
Brownlow medallist Kevin Murray, who enjoyed a decorated career with Fitzroy Lions, is putting his medals from his playing days on display to help raise funds for Arcadia Country Fire Authority.
The Australian Cricket Association has made the decision to postpone the Masters events scheduled for Yarrawonga this weekend in light of the serious injury to Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes.
Last week Victorian Collections passed a major milestone, with the 50000th historical object record from the state’s heritage collections uploaded to the site.
On Saturday voters will head to the polls to decide what shape the new Victorian Government will take. The Riv asked each of our six candidates to provide 300 words on what their number one issue is for the seat of Murray Plains.
Rochester Elmore District Health Service’s board of management chair Tim Fulton has presented Gayle McConnell and Heather Oliver with long service awards.
Local recovering after workplace injury
Here's a fundraising idea that's hard to beat.
No luck for Finley in Murray Valley cricket.
The falling water level at Lake Eppalock is causing concern, dropping at an alarming rate according to residents.
Moira Shire's best take on former Australian greats for local masters exhibition match.
Deniliquin business Charlie Carp attracts international interest.
A spring Future Orchards walks will be held at Coomboona on Friday November 28 from 9.30am.
Dr John Alexander is 101-yrs-old and has many fond memories of working with the Benalla migrant camp residents from its opening in 1949.
- No Myna Matter - Benalla man rewarded for disposing of more than 300 common myna birds.
- Charges laid over Benalla Golf and Bowls Clubs thefts.
- Benalla annual sheep sale bouyed by good season.
- How-to-vote cards tampered with.
- Yooralla CEO resigns after investigation of sexual abuse of disabled clients by Yooralla workers.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.