Drummoyne Devils in Action
Drummoyne Water Polo Club’s Under 16 boys’ team has won a bronze medal at the National Championships held in Hobart last week.
The team defeated City Beach from Perth in a come-from-behind victory, winning 10-9 as the final buzzer sounded.
The bronze medal win is the third in three consecutive years for coach Petar Petrovic, who coached Drummoyne’s U16A boys to bronze medal victories in 2012 in Brisbane and 2013 in Melbourne.
“To finish in the top three teams in the country in the past three years is something I’m really proud of,” he said. “It shows the strength of our players in our junior men’s age group, and many will now advance to play at senior level for our club.”
In recognition of his skill, the club has promoted Petar to the position of Men’s Head Coach for summer 2014/15. In this role, Petar will coach the Men’s First grade and National League sides.
“Some boys have been part of the bronze medal winning team for two years and one, Chris Artemi, has been part of all three,” said Petar. “It was a great honour for Chris to be named in the prestigious Team of the Tournament at the end of the competition in Hobart.”
Petar, who was born in Serbia, came to Australia in 2008 to coach at Drummoyne. Having previously coached a national representative side in Serbia, Petar has also been selected to coach NSW representative teams in recent years.
“Many of the boys I’m coaching at Drummoyne have the potential to progress to play at Australian representative level so I’m looking forward to helping them to continue to grow their skills,” he said. “We already have many very experienced senior players in our First Grade and National League squads so it will be exciting to see what we are able to accomplish in the upcoming season as well as the years ahead.”
The 2014 Under 16 boys’ team consisted of Blake Artemi, Chris Artemi, Daniel Lukic, Harry Gilkes, Jayden Gimbergh, Joe Kospetas, Lachlan Davis, Liam Corry, Matt Dembecki, Rory Williams and Taylor Mcdonald. Coaches were Petar Petrovic and Arnaldo Castelli, and Phil Artemi was manager.
Drummoyne U16 Girls also competed at National Championships held in Canberra. The team finished fifth overall, and Emma Jones was named in the Team of the Tournament.
The 2014 Under 16 girls’ team comprised Emma Workman, Emma Jones, Georgia Southern, Kayla Rogers, Emma Tuite, Ruby Borozan, Sarah Cain, Ebony Millgate, Savannah Henshaw, Sarah Kerrison, Lili Borozan, Zoe Whelan-Young, Jasmine Yip. The team was coached by Jenny MacGregor and managed by Wendy Tuite.
The Drummoyne Junior Development Program has been running since 1999 and has consistently provided children with a fun and safe environment to learn to play water polo. Boys and girls aged 8-14 of all skill levels are welcome to participate. The program has been consistently successful in preparing participants for the U14 Sydney Metropolitan Competition and has led to numerous team successes. Many former participants have also gone on to representative the State and National team in the sport of water polo..
The 12 week program is for boys and girls born 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. It will commence on Friday 14th November 2014 for the first 6 weeks. Following a break at Christmas, the program resumes on Friday 30th January 2015 for the remaining 6 weeks throuh to the 6th March.
For new participants wanting to attend, please make contact with Mark Simpson on 0459 835 050 for eligibility and availability.