Palmerston North plays host to the Oceania Canoe Polo Championship

The New Zealand women's canoe polo team won the world championship last year.
Colleen Sheldon

The New Zealand women's canoe polo team won the world championship last year.

The world champion New Zealand women's canoe polo team will now be turning their attentions to Trans-Tasman domination as they contest the Oceania Canoe Polo Championship in Palmerston North.

The competition to decide the holder of the Julian Carter Memorial Trophy takes place from Saturday to Monday at the Hokowhitu Lagoon.

The New Zealand women won the world championship in September last year and will head into this weekend's tournament as hot favourites.

The men's side, who finished fifth at the world championships, will also have their eyes on securing the title.

There are eight grade titles on the line with 14 New Zealand teams entered.

Trans-Tasman clashes are likely to decide the winner of the masters, veterans, under-18 men and women's, under-21 men and women's and senior men and women's grades.

New Zealand is locked in for the women's under-21 title with no Australia rival, meaning New Zealand A will take on the B side in the final.  

The tournament will be held over three days with 101 games on the slate.

The senior women's final will be at 1.30pm on Monday and will be followed by the men's final at 2pm.

 

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