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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.