Chinan Water Polo League: Hunter Hurricanes pair Gordon Marshall, Rachel Fattal earn All Stars selection

FORM: Hunter Hurricanes captain Gordon Marshall. Picture: Josh CallinanHunter Hurricanes captain Gordon Marshall has put himself in the sights of national selectors after capping off an excellent comeback campaign by making the All Stars team.
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The 23-year-old was named in the seven-player merit side following the completion of the n Water Polo League season on the weekend.

Hurricanes men’s squad manager Mark Robinson said thisannouncement will only re-spark the interest already shown in Marshall.

“He [Marshall] was approached prior to the recent New Zealand tour, getting a call the week before, but couldn’t organise the time off work, otherwise he would have gone,” Robinson said.

“So he’s already in the sights ofnational selectors and this will only help his cause. It’s great for him.”

The n Sharks, which features Novocastrian pair Richie Campbell and Nathan Power, have three major tournaments coming up in as many years –the World Cup in Berlin in September, World Championships in Korea next July and the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Marshall, after returningfrom US college UCLA in 2018,was instrumental during the Hurricanes’ best-ever second-placefinish despite being knocked out of the Sydney-basedfinals series in straight sets.

“He helped out to no end,” Robinson said.“Plus the three quality players he brought back with him from UCLA.”

IN: Rachel Fattal (centre). Picture: Josh Callinan

Marshall wasn’t the only Hurricanes player recognised for their efforts this season.His girlfriend, Olympic gold medalist and US representative Rachel Fattal, made the women’s All Stars team.

“She’s just on a different level to everyone else in the pool,”Robinson said.

MEN’S ALL STARS:Tyler Martin (Drummoyne),Goran Tomasevic (Sydney University), Gordon Marshall (Hunter), Jared Gilchrist (UNSW), Joe Kayes (Cronulla), Nick Elphick (Melville), Nick Porter (Queensland).

WOMEN’S ALL STARS:Elle Armit (Drummoyne),Bronwen Knox (Queensland),Keesja Gofers (Sydney University),Ash Southern (UNSW),Erin Redbond (Melville) andKiara Holden (Cronulla), Rachel Fattal (Hunter).

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