Swimming Western Australia
Published: Mar 13, 2013 02:48:24 PM Updated: Mar 14, 2013 02:48:33 PM
Swimming WA was proud to present the 2013 Club Premierships held at Challenge Stadium on the 9th – 10th March. This fantastic Western Australian tradition both promotes and highlights the respect and team unity demonstrated by WA's distinguished swimming clubs.
Following on from the successes of many individuals at the 2013 Swimming WA State Open and Age LC Championships, Club Premierships provided an opportunity for clubs to come together as a team and don club colours in the name of good sportsmanship.
32 teams descended on Challenge Stadium in an impressive array of colours as the traditional March Past opened formal competition proceedings. Clubs made their intentions clear from the start, many committing a risky faux pas by combining body paint, morph suits and the Harlem Shake. Each division’s entry was as impressive as the next, with five clubs standing out above the rest. Arena (A Div), Victoria Park (B Div), Lesmurdie (C Div), Moora (D Div) and Bay View Saints (E Div) each walked away with $200 for their club, crowned March Past for their respective divisions.
The A Division clubs officially opened the Club Premierships on Saturday morning. Placed in lane four was defending champions Arena, who were chased down and overcome by a gallant West Coast. Arena finished in second place, with Perth City not far behind.
In B Division, Kalamunda proved too strong for challengers Peel Aquatic. UWA finished painfully close to Peel Aquatic and claimed third spot.
Last year’s D Division winners Westside Christchurch shocked onlookers by taking an early lead in the fight for the C Division shield. The depth of Westside Christchurch saw the club hold onto first place with a fierce Rockingham following in second spot. Central Aquatic rounded out the top three in their division.
It was a very similar story in D Division. Last year’s E Division winners Swan Hills commanded an early lead ahead of second place finishers Armadale Kelmscott. Hot on the heels of Armadale Kelmscott was Moora who were unable to convert, finishing in a respective third place.
With only two teams in E Division, a fierce one-on-one battle erupted between Leisurepark Lazers and Bay View Saints. Bay View Saints proved too strong on the day, taking the E Division title ahead of Leisurepark Lazers.
Congratulations to all clubs that participated in this annual event. Winning teams will be presented with their shields at the 2013 Swimmer of the Year Awards.