RECRUITS: Hunter Hurricanes imports Sarah Logan (US), Rachel Fattal (US) and Chayma Hlanadif (Canada) at Lambton Pool ahead of this weekend’s n Water Polo League season openers. Picture: Josh Callinan Vegemite, extreme weather and strange bird noises have been part of the n experience so far, but Hunter Hurricanes imports Sarah Logan, Rachel Fattal and Chayma Hlanadif will be back in more familiar territory this weekend.
The North American trio will return to the pool on Saturday and Sunday, helping launch their new team’s n Water Polo League campaign for 2018.
Hunterwomen’s and men’s squadstravel to Sydney for a double header, first against the Drummoyne Devils beforebacking up to play the UTS Balmain Tigers.
Californian 23-year-old goalkeeperLogan, who arrived via the University of Hawaii after another grueling US College campaign, said she feels refreshed and ready to get back in the water.
“I’m just looking forward to playingagain,” Logan said.
“In college there’s huge pressure –school work and trying to win a championship. Here, we want to do as well as we can but there’s also that ease of playing for fun.”
Canadian 19-year-old centre forward Hlanadif, from the Quebec city of Montreal, is returning from a stint on the sidelines forced by a shoulder injury.
“It’s been a while between games for mebecause I’ve been out injured,”Hlanadif said.
“I’ve heard there’s a lot of good n players so I’m looking forward to that.”
RECRUITS: Hunter Hurricanes imports Sarah Logan (US), Rachel Fattal (US) and Chayma Hlanadif (Canada) at Lambton Pool ahead of this weekend’s n Water Polo League season openers. Picture: Josh Callinan
Both overseas recruits were excited about the prospect of linking up with fellow international andRio gold medalist Fattal, 24 years of age from University of California, Los Angeles.
“She [Fattal] brings a lot of knowledge,” Hlanadif said.
“She really helps us in the water, we have the coach telling us something and she backs it up.
“Even if she’s not a centre forward she makes me more aware of other things.”
Logan felt the combination of Fattal and Jane Moran, who clinched Olympic bronze with at London 2012, have worked well during training throughout January.
“We have Janeas well so you’ve got the n Olympic version and the US Olympic version in the same pool,” Logan said.
“So sometimes methods clash, but in the end they all work out and you can learn so much from their skill sets.”
Hurricanes women’s coach Mitch Baird said hewill be without local product Julia Barton, who played in last year’s national squad, for the entire season because of a shoulder injury while Montana Perkins remains overseas.
The revamped Hunter men’s side isat full strength.