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Meriden Water Polo players win Girls Team of the Year

Daniela Zapata, Charlotte Gates, Macy Hansford, Evie Glover-Rylah and Maeve Ryan

The outstanding skill of Meriden’s Water Polo players has been recognised by NSW CIS and the girls’ CIS squad has been announced Secondary Girls Team of the Year. Recipients included Charlotte Gates, Maeve Ryan, Evie Glover-Rylah, Macy Hansford and Daniela Zapata.

This award caps off what has been an epic season for Water Polo at Meriden. The majority of the girls in the School Team have been selected for a New South Wales Institute of Sport Squad or a School Sport Australia Team. Additionally, two of Meriden’s star players, Macy Hansford and Daniela Zapata, helped secure a series win for the 2018 All Australian Schoolgirls Water Polo Team at the School Sport Australia tour of England and New Zealand. Daniela was named Captain at the finals, where she led the team to a 2-1 series victory.

With this calibre of world-class talent on the Meriden squad, it’s easy to understand why their NSW CIS Team entered the All Schools Tournament as favourites.

Meriden Olympus Coordinator, Mr Ryan Richards, said the girls competed at the top of their game from the first match.

“The girls’ match preparation was flawless and it showed in the water. Being school team-mates no doubt assisted with their cohesion and their ability to read the direction of the game,” Mr Richards said.

“Meriden has a strong history of representation at the NSW All Schools Tournament and this is a tradition I’m sure will continue.”

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