On Saturday December 5, the Victorian Seals will be defending the Beyond Blue Cup which they won last year by defeating the Sydney-based University of NSW Wests in a penalty shootout.
This year, they’re hoping to make a big splash against the men’s and women’s teams from the Newcastle-based Hunter Hurricanes.
Victorian Seals President Steve Blunt said this is the second year the Beyond Blue Cup event has been held and they’re not planning to go home empty-handed.
“Our athletes and coaches are all super-excited about this year’s Beyond Blue Cup. To win the Cup, we have to win a combination of both the men’s and women’s games. It’s a true team effort,” he said.
Beyond Blue CEO Georgie Harman said in this the second year of Beyond Blue’s partnership with the Victorian Seals, the water polo club continues to work hard to raise awareness of depression, anxiety and suicide prevention among water polo players, their friends, families and fans.
“Victorian Seals are showing exceptional leadership in their sport, and we value the partnership. The Seals community and the Beyond Blue Cup provide us with the opportunity to remind people that depression and anxiety can affect anyone, regardless of whether they're an elite sportsperson or a sports fan. The main thing for everyone to know is that the Beyond Blue Support Service has trained mental health professionals available around the clock and if you’re having a tough time, you can phone anytime. (1300 22 4636),” she said.
“Although we have been in the competition only for a few years, we have three Olympians on our rosters this season and a total of seven players, both men and women, who are competing for selection in teams for the Rio Olympics,” Steve said.
“I encourage everyone to come along. It will be an action-packed afternoon with top level Australian and international water polo players battling it out for the Beyond Blue Cup.”
The Victorian Seals women’s game starts at 2.45 pm and the men’s game at 4:15 pm. Entry is free, however donations are encouraged to support Beyond Blue to continue its work helping people with depression, anxiety and at risk of suicide, their families and friends.
Beyond Blue CEO Georgie Harman presenting the 2014 National Water Polo League Beyond Blue Cup to Blake Edwards and Rowie Webster of the Victorian Seals.