No Games this Week

This is a reminder that there will be no games this week due to Show Day. Unfortunately no flying pigs this year, so you’ll just need to get that from your politicians, but the Dinosaur Petting zoo or the Reptile Dysfunction Education Show might be just the thing you’re after.


We’ll continue with Round 12 next week on 27 Oct, after which there will be 2 more regular rounds and the finals commence. Quarter Finals are played on 17 November, Semi Finals on 24 November and Grand Finals on 1 December.

We’re looking at organising a post-season event early December, which will include awards presentations for this and last season, but more about that in the next few weeks.

2016-17 S1 Results R11

Thursday 13/10/2016

Brothers 48 def Sharks 20
Anna 18, Kyrin/Pete each 6

Ducks 26 def by The Nuts 36
Cole 10, Jemma 24

Sea Snakes 24 def by Beached Az 46
Caitlin 8, Sam 20

Clownfish 26 def by Pink Pirates 44
Brett/Julie each 8, Susan 14

The ladder and top scoring rankings have also been updated under Statistics.

Rule Highlight of the Week

All fill-ins (both new and existing players) should not be written into the team’s list of registered players. Fill-in’s should be written into, surprisingly, the FILL-IN sections of the sheet. You should then, in the FILL-IN section, circle Y or N in front of the name to indicate whether the player is registered with another team or not, so the duty team knows whether their goals will count. Captains, please make sure you assist new players with this process.

As outlined in Section 3, new players will not be added to your team list until the captain updates the team registration sheet and submits it to Kyle and Dave. If a player is not registered (which must be done after playing 3 times with the team and to play finals), the player will be considered a fill-in and not be eligible for Top Scorers’ and Best & Fairest points.

2016-17 S1 Results R10

Thursday 6/10/2016

The Nuts 48 def Clownfish 32
Jemma 26, Dave/Brett each 8

Pink Pirates 32 def Sea Snakes 26
Susan 10, Caitlin 18

Beached Az 26 def by Brothers 50
Daniel 10, Anna 30

Sharks 24 def by Ducks 36
Markus 8, Ron 14

The ladder and top scoring rankings have also been updated under Statistics.

Rule Highlight of the Week

As outlined in Section 5 of the Regulations, at any time during a game a player may be substituted by leaving the field of play through the “Interchange” area in the middle of the pool by diving below the rope and surfacing in the field of play. Theoretically the substitute player may only enter the field of play from the Interchange area as soon the exiting player has visibly risen to the surface of the water within the Interchange area, but umpires generally allow players to swap at the same time unless some unfair advantage is gained.

The game continues during substitution (and during minor incidents such as cramp or a lost fin for that matter). Any non-substitute player entry to the field of play (e.g. a late arrival) must take place through the Interchange area. Entering the field of play pool in any other manner may result in a minor foul and turn over to be taken from the half-way line. If not in possession then the player must leave the field while play continues (will only be stopped by the umpire if the in-possession team suffers disadvantage) and the player must re-enter through the Interchange area.

No games this week

This is just a reminder that there are no games this week due to DKHAC’s hosting of the Girls 16&U National Water Polo Championships.

Games will resume in Round 10 next week 6 October.

2016-17 S1 Results R9

Thursday 22/09/2016

Pink Pirates 28 def Beached Az 24
Clinton 12, Alyce 12

Sea Snakes 34 def by Sharks 36
Caitlin 20, Markus 22

Brothers 18 def by The Nuts 50
Sam/Bec each 6, Tony 28

Ducks 38 def Clownfish 14
Cole 16, Dave 8

The ladder and top scoring rankings have also been updated under Statistics.

Rule Highlight of the Week

As outlined in 14.7, whenever a player takes any kind of free throw (regular free throw, neutral ball, goal line throw in (after score), corner, side line (after ball goes out), penalty):

  1. no opposing player within 2 metres of the player taking the Free Throw may contest (defend) the taking of the throw or obstruct mechanics of the throw in any way; and
  2. no opposing player may be closer than 1 metre of the player taking the Free Throw.

The umpires may allow opposing players to be slightly within the 1-metre radius where practical, as long as the main aim of not interfering with the free throw is achieved.

Spectator entry

Hi folks,

A while back I informed the captains and umpires of the User Group changes implemented by DKHAC as of 1 July 2016. One of those changes concerns spectator entry, which basically is a $2 charge for any spectator/non-player over 16 years of age.

At the time I asked the captains to relay this information to their players. DKHAC has now sent the following reminder:

As a courtesy could please again inform/remind all of your spectators/non swimmers that this is now a requirement of entry. We ask that you please ensure you make all appropriate efforts to communicate this to your group members and associates to assist with the implementation.

We also understand that this may impact parents/guardians who have previously entered the centre to pick up participants. We will now be requesting that unless the non-swim entry fee is paid, that pick up occurs in the centre foyer.

Please note this fee applies to any person over 16 years of age entering the centre.

We appreciate your assistance and support with this fee and thank you for your ongoing patronage of the centre.


2016-17 S1 Results R8

Thursday 15/09/2016

Ducks 52 def Sea Snakes 34
Cole 16, Caitlin 16

Beached Az 26 def by Clownfish 34
Kylie 12, Brett 12

The Nuts 70 def Sharks 42
Jemma 34, Markus 30

Pink Pirates 24 def Brothers 18
Susan 10, Lisa 6

The ladder and top scoring rankings have also been updated under Statistics.

Rule Highlight of the Week

This week we’re looking at the barging rule in general. Section 15.19 refers to barging a static defender, while 15.21 deals with barging in motion.

The concept of the ‘cylinder’, which is the shoulder-width space around the person, is important when determining the barging violation. Barging can be called on physical contact, but also on movement into the defender’s cylinder.

While barging a static defender (15.20) is generally straight forward, what happens when both players are in motion without contact but in each other’s cylinder is not always obvious (read 15.21). Simply said; if an attacking player moves forward or sideways into the defender’s cylinder, that is barging. If the attacker is static or moves backwards and the defender moves into the attacker’s cylinder, that is impeding (although usually more leniency is given here, since as the ‘follower’ it is harder to know when to stop). Note, that the interpretation of forward/backward depends on the placement of the defender. I.e. the defender is usually placed between the attacker and the defended basket. But, if the defender is placed behind the attacker (e.g. a double-team defence) and the attacker swims backward into the defender, that is also barging.

Since the in-motion/non-contact situations happen very often, we need to keep those rules practical. Therefore, umpires generally only call consistent barging. E.g. if the attacker tries to swim closer to the basket and does so by diagonally swimming forward into the cylinder of the defender (so not arms), then the umpires generally wait for a few seconds to see if the attacker stops. If the attacker consistently keeps moving into the defender’s cylinder in this situation, then a barging foul is called.

Similarly if this happens in reverse, with the attacker retreating and the defender consistently swimming forward into the attacker, that is impeding. The in-motion/non-contact scenarios tend to be considered more severely when they occur closer to the attacking area/basket.

As you can see, contact & barging rules are not simple considering the many different possible scenarios. Umpires must consider on- & off-the-ball situations (with on-the-ball being considered more severely than off-the-ball), general impact, flow of the game, intent, etc. etc. So while the barging rules have been discussed, agreed and documented to a large extent, the ongoing need for careful & consistent interpretation by the umpires and understanding & cooperation from the players are ultimately essential.