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Teams square off today at Stadium pool
THE REVITALISATION of water polo in Jamaica continues and fans of the sport will be able today to get a full view of just how far the Jamaicans have progressed.
That opportunity will come at the National Stadium when Curacao, Trinidad and Tobago, and Hungary, who are the masters of Europe, will come to square off against Jamaica's national Under-20 team and Invitational masters.
The event will feature a return to the pool of Sean-Paul Henriques, the son of the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica's (ASAJ) Vice-President Garth Henriques. The competition runs from today to Sunday.
The United States will be sending their goalkeeper, Genai Kerr, and Omar Amr to play on the Invitational team and to show the Jamaican team some of the 'tricks of the trade'.
There will be a charge of $200 per session for children under 12 years of age. They can also get 'season' tickets of $900. Adults will have to pay $400 per session or buy a season ticket for $1,800. Participants in the high school water polo competition get a discount and will only be required to pay $100 per session.
Tickets for the event are available at all Cooyah stores and at the Panda Village, Manor Park. Tickets will also be sold at the gate.
The event is a promotion put on by Cooyah Roots wear, Catherine's Peak, Air Jamaica, the newly-formed liaison between the Knutsford Court Hotel and the ASAJ, Moore Business Forms, Gatorade, H&L True Value, Scafcon Rental & Sales and Chong Fung Home Hardware.
The competition starts today with the Jamaican Under-20 team taking on Hungary at 10:45 a.m. while Trinidad and Tobago will take on the Jamaica Invitational team at noon.
At 5:00 p.m., there will be a seminar for parents and athletes by Olympians. At 6:00 p.m., there will be an exhibition female match and at 7:15 p.m. the Jamaican Under-20 team will play against their invitational seniors while in the feature game starting at 8:30 p.m., Hungary and Curacao will meet.