Off to Berlin!
Our UNSW Whales sent sent three teams (two mixed, one women’s and a total of 31 players) at the UWRA Nationals in Adelaide on the 25th-27th of May 2018.
After coming first of their group stage, the Whales A made it to the semi-finals against the Victoria Seadragons where our team won 4-1. That win led the team to an intense final against the Brisbane Gauls A, right until the end it was hard to know which team will take the victory but our Whales pushed through and won 5-4. With this incredible win, the team, now the Australian National Champions has earned its ticket for the second time now to the Berlin Champions Cup to compete against all the top clubs around the globe in November. In addition, our very own Manakon Eammano took the top goal scoring award for scoring 15 goals during the competition!
Our Whales B made a remarkable performance too. With 5 players playing their very first competition, the team came 9th out of 10 by winning their last game 9-5 to the Brisbane Gauls B. Nationals is always hard for newer teams as all the teams competing train very hard to try to obtain the title of National Champions but I was impressed by the positive attitude the team had for the whole weekend and the noticeable improvements from the team throughout the competition. There is so much potential in these new players and I hope they choose to stick through with the sport and be the future of our A team.