It is the first ever State Finals for Swim League. The integration of our Metro Gala days means we have found a Metro Team to represent for the Junior title and Senior title. Metro North Orcas were successful in taking out the Senior division headed by coach Leanne Speechley with the help of Cam Gledhill. Even though they are new to the Swim League format they have picked up very quickly on the tactical skills employed to play the game. We see a very Large team for the Orcas filling up all 30 spots with a swing of more female competitors. Meaning they will be fresh but might lack a little on consistency. On the male side of things they are up against the Country Champs Tuggerah Lakes Tribe who have a very stronger older male team and Coach Michael Hyslop also utilises many ex-swimmers which makes it difficult to determine strengths and abilities. One of their stand out players this season James Koch just came away with a gold medal at the National pool rescue titles. After claiming back to back Country Titles they will be looking to go one step further this year and claim the State Title.
In the Juniors we saw the underdogs take out the Metro final in a close fight right to the end. The Orcas bring plenty of sideline help but it wasn’t enough as some quick thinking from Brett Winkworth gave the Metro South Rhinos the win. The Rhinos might only be in their first season but already the comradery and motivation we have seen Coach Brett and his swimmers looks like they have clicked together perfectly. The Country Representatives will be the Lake Macquarie Wizards who had an almighty struggle with the Newcastle Royalty to take the Country Champions title and make it through to the State Final. Wizards coach Brandon Gellatly has kept a cool head all year knowing this was where they needed to be after a disappointing loss in the 2018 Grand final to the Royalty. They feel anything from now on is just a bonus. We know the racing will be very close in the 11/12 years age group with some stand out performers on both teams. Look for Dale Rodda from the Rhinos who played a massive block in the Metro Final to stop a very strong power play and Koby Hall from the Wizards who has set up many dominating relay performances with his team mates all season. The real telling tale will come down to the 10 and under division which is anybody’s guess.
We look forward to a packed pool on Saturady August 31st at Coughlans Swim Centre as we see the best City has to offer up against some experienced Country teams it what should be fantastic event across both divisions. Doors open at 3.30pm.