Nordek Water Polo Club Inc was formed in 1977 and is the longest standing club in Canberra. We have a strong and successful club with strong administration and quality coaching. We are a family club with a focus on junior development. Nordek has a strong and vibrant social club where players enjoy their water polo and contribute to our community spirit. Our well developed sponsorship arrangements and fundraising help us keep our membership fees relatively low. Our club members uphold our long standing sporting values - participation, competition and community.
The Club continues to innovate and leads the progression of water polo in Canberra. From a humble beginning we now have over 100 members and growing. We have men's, women’s, boys and girls teams in all grades. Our teams have been successful in winning many ACT Premierships over the years. We boast 7 out of eight premierships in 2013.
Our men & boys train on Saturday mornings and Monday evenings, our women & girls train on Sunday mornings and Monday evenings, from October to April at Canberra Olympic Pool and play competition matches on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings.
Nordek Water Polo Club has always been dedicated to the development of our Juniors. The Nordek Junior Development Program consistently provides children with a fun and safe environment to learn to play water polo. Boys and girls aged 8-16 of all skill levels are welcome to participate. Our junior players train on Saturday (boys) Sunday (girls) mornings and Monday evenings from October through to April at Canberra Olympic Pool and play competition matches Friday evenings at the AIS. The program has been consistently successful in preparing participants for weekly competition and representative teams.
Nordek provides excellent training by quality coaches with extensive experience that includes: Australian Olympic Men’s Water Polo Team, Australian Schoolboys Teams, AIS Coach, various International coaching positions as well as ACT Representative teams. The current coaching team also has wide-ranging playing experiences that includes positions on the Australian Men's team, Australian Junior Representative team, Australian Country Representative teams, USA college teams, Australian National League teams and ACT Representative teams.
For more information on Nordek Water Polo ACT, email NordekWaterpoloClub@gmail.com
The club formed as a merger between Norths and Deakin in 1977- hence the name Nordek. The amalgamation of administrative ability and player numbers provided the foundation of a strong club. For the first few seasons we trained at the Deakin pool now known as the Oasis. This pool was owned and managed by one of the club stalwarts Ron Watkins who also served as President.
The 1st season we fielded 3 senior men's team and two women's and a under 18 men's team. The 1st grade men's team contained Jim Hanharan (capt coach) Mark Turnbull, Chris lord, Bevan Liebke, Mick Spellacy, Laurie Jackson, Hugh Crawley. Karl Malemberg Russell Fischer Alan Rowe and Paul Larsen, (baby Hughie – a huge man who later found fame as the body of the master blaster in Mad Max 3) Other club stalwarts where included Brian Barry, Dick Downing, John Raut.
In the women's Rhonda Turnbull, Jane McCallum, Rosie Langdon (later Simpson) Leslie Frew, Penny Liebke , Jenni Jahnke & Meryl Smith were a great team taking out many ACT Premierships and Country Club Championships. They were joined later in the 70's-early 80's by Kate, Samantha and Rowena Cocking and Sue Saxby (later Sinclair), Margie Wiley, Christine O'Neill.
In those early years there were teams from Queanbeyan and Cooma, RMC, and Belconnen. But the strongest club was South Canberra with the Tye brothers (Martin and Andrew), Dee Croft, and Paddy Callahan and captain coach Martin Tye amongst others. Nordek and South Canberra had many torrid battles but South Canberra invariably won. Likewise in the Women's South Canberra with Brownwyn Bancroft and Eva leading the way had were the opponents in many memorable games for the Women.
Our Team through that period included Mark Turnbull, Andrew Wiley, John Lepagniol, Trevor Simpson, Tony Saxby , Russell Fischer, Alan Rowe, Bevan Liebke and Dee Croft. It was not until the mid 80's that Nordek regularly started to beat South Canberra . South Canberra as a club dropped to 2 nd grade only and then folded.
In the early 80's a junior skills session was set up which saw Antony Walsh join the club as a 13 year old as well as Owen Parker, the Costanzo bothers Luke and David. Rowan Woodburn a later Dragons Stalwart, also started his water polo in this group.
In 1985 Rene Bol came to Canberra and joined the Services club who built a strong club around him and became our main opponents over that period. Services subsequently changed their name to Tuggeranong.
Nordek was strengthened by the arrival in Canberra of Mark Nixon and the emergence of Antony Walsh as a class player.
In late 80's we saw the transfer from Belconnen of Trent Birkett and with AIS player and eventual Australian captain Daniel Marden helped Nordek take 4 straight premierships. Other club players around this period included Adrian (Spanner) Morris, Paul Delaney and Mick Stewart.
Nordek participated strongly in the Country club championships and did not miss a year from 1978 for 17 years. It was in Bowral that one of our most memorable defeats of South Canberra happened in the semi finals –unfortunately that win took too much out of us and we went on to lose the final to a strong Cardiff side. Another memorable championship was the two Ballina Country club games.
In the 1 st we reached the final after two games which went into penalty shoot outs. We were 4 goals up in the grandfinal and lost our 3 rd player to 3 fouls in the 2 nd quarter and had to play a man down for the 2 nd half. We lost to Tamworth in by one goal. We eventually won the title in Albury in 1990's.
Our women won the Country Club Championships in Albury in 2012.