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Let's cheer these Potential Olympians on to Glory
The 2015 National Water Polo season is about to commence, and Adelaide's own, the Adelaide Jets, will compete again with aspirations of becoming the national champions. Featuring many junior, youth and senior national representatives, the National Water Polo League is the largest stage (or pool) in Australia for water polo combatants.

Adelaide Jets, Water Polo

Water polo is a little known sport in Australia with only 15,000 players nationally, yet it is one of the bigger sports across Europe, US and China when many millions of players participate at University/College, Club and International levels. The game is thought to have originated in the late 1800's as a sport similar to rugby, that could be played in a swimming pool, with concepts of tackling allowed. This combination often culminates in aggressive games with players often sent to the sin-bin for actions that the referee deems as overly aggressive.

Adelaide Jets, Water Polo
About to strike

The Adelaide Jets play at the State Aquatic and Leisure Centre at Marion. Home games for the Adelaide Jets this season include :

UNSW/Wests Magpies/Killer Whales (7 February 6pm, 8 February 230pm)
UWA Torpedoes (14 February 6pm, 15 February 230pm)
Cronulla Sharks (14 March 6pm, 15 March 230pm)
Fremantle Mariners/Marlins (28 March 6pm, 29 March 230pm)
Sydney University Lions (16 April 8pm, 17 April 8pm)
Victorian Seals (2 May 6pm, 3 May 230pm)

The mens team commence their games at the times detailed above, while the womens Adelaide Jets team also play on the same days with their games commencing 90 minutes earlier.

Adelaide Jets, Water Polo
Contemplating tactics

The mens and womens teams also have a series of interstate games over the season which usually includes a number of back to back games. The interstate games this season are :

Brisbane Barracudas, Queensland Breakers (5 - 8 March)
Hunter Hurricanes (21 - 22 March)
UTS Balmain Tigers, Drummoyne Devils (23 - 26 April)

Adelaide Jets, Water Polo
Saving a goal

So if you are looking for something to do, and you want to support your team in a fledgling sport in Australia, why not head down to Marion to catch some of the action. Members of the Adelaide Jets will obviously be looking for a win, but will also be looking to put in some good personal performances to get the eyes of the selectors before the next FINA World Championships and the forthcoming 2016 Olympics Games.

State Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Marion
State Aquatic and Leisure Centre

There is no direct cost of entry to see a game however you do need to pay to enter the Aquatic Centre. Spectator cost is $2.50 per person, or alternatively swimmers can pay $7.50 per single casual visit or alternatively buy or use a six-month multi-visit pass. So let's take the whole family, drop the kids off in the family zone, and then head to the stands with a coffee and watch the best water polo in action in Adelaide.

For further information, and to keep up to date with the results of the interstate games, please refer to the Water Polo South Australia website or the Adelaide Jets facebook page.
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Why? Supporting our local team
When: February to May 2015
Where: Adelaide Aquatic and Leisure Centre
Cost: $2.50 for spectators or $7.50 if swimming
Your Comment
you have to give these guys credit. I suspect if I gave it a go, I would have sunk to the bottom of the pool from exhaustion after 5 min
by Sharon (score: 1|50) 2029 days ago
I agree that we should try and support all of our potential Olympians
by Stefano (score: 2|215) 1996 days ago
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