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Canoe Polo is an exciting team event played on 35m x 23m pitches set up in swimming pools or on flat stretches of water. Teams of 5 paddlers endeavour to score goals in a net suspended 2m above the water, the ball being thrown by hand, or ‘flicked’ with the paddle. Naturally, the team with the most goals at the end of the match wins the game.

So THAT'S how they get the horse in the boat!

So THAT’S how they get the horse in the boat!

Canoe Polo FAQ’s

History of Canoe Polo


For all the upcoming Canoeing Victoria events including canoe polo, check out the calendar.

Melbourne Competition

Melbourne comp is on summer break.

However, there is no need to panic, there is no better place to be than out on our beautiful lakes and rivers bashing and crashing your way round a polo field!

Our range of summer competitions cater for all levels and abilities and there is no friendlier and fun place to hone your skills.


The interclubs series is a family friendly, club based competition staged over four rounds through the summer months.

ROUND 1: Geelong Canoe Club – Sunday 23 October 2016

ROUND 2: Essendon Canoe Club – Sunday 20 November 2016

ROUND 3: Venue to be confirmed – Sunday 12 February 2017

ROUND 4: Fairfield Canoe Club (Hosted at Yarra Bend Park) – Sunday 26 March 2017


The National Summer Series is an interstate competition catering to a broad mix of standards and capabilities. It is a great way to stretch your skills in a friendly but competitive environment.

ROUND 1: Canberra (ACT) – 5-6 November 2016

ROUND 2: Nagambie (VIC) – 10-11 December 2016

ROUND 3: Adelaide (SA) – 28-29 January 2017

ROUND 4: Penrith (NSW) – 18-19 February 2017


11-13 March 2017

The best of Australia’s canoe polo players come together to represent their states in fierce competition. For the second time in three years, the Australian Championships are being hosted in Victoria at beautiful Lake Nagambie.


22-23 April 2017 – Auckland, New Zealand


28-29 April 2017 – Auckland, New Zealand

Canoe polo training is happening and all levels are catered for!
  • Advanced Training: Tuesday/Thursday evenings on the Yarra (A/B grade focus)
  • Beginner/Intermediate Training: Saturday afternoons from 1pm at Essendon Canoe Club (Novice/C Grade focus)
  • Open Training for all: Sunday Morning from 8am on the Yarra

For full details and times please send us an email at news@viccanoepolo.org .

All are welcome. See you on the water!

Selection for the Victorian State Teams closes soon. 

The Australian Canoe Polo Championships are fast approaching (7-10 April) and are being held on the Gold Coast in Queensland.

Victoria has had a very strong representation at this event over the last few years and it would be great to continue this tradition.

For more information contact us at events@viccanoepolo.org

Further selection details will appear here soon.

Volunteers are a critical part of any sporting organisation and there are plenty of opportunities to help to develop and grow our sport. Here are some of the ways you could help:

  • Take a role on the Committee. With over 15 different roles you are bound to find something that fits your skills.
  • Help out at Melbourne Comp
    • We need pool coordinators for both Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
    • We need experienced players and referees to help develop skills and understanding of the game on Wednesday nights.
    • Learn to referee, with some great online refereeing resources available, get stuck in and give it a go. There are always people around who are willing to help and guide new referees.
  • Help out in the summer competitions. These great competitions don’t organise themselves, they occur because of the great work of a few dedicated volunteers. Ask your club or one of the committee how you can help. Even the smallest things can make a difference sometimes.
  • Good at marketing and promotion? Get in touch! We are constantly on the lookout for new ideas and ways of doing things to attract more people to the sport.

Please get in touch with any of the Committee members if you want to help.


The Committee is made up of volunteers and meets regularly throughout the year to develop and promote the sport. Following this year’s General Meeting a number of pivotal roles changed hands and we saw ourselves with an almost brand new committee. If you think you can help out in any way you don’t need to wait until the next General Meeting to get involved. Contact any of the Committee members for more information about helping out.


Chairperson Dale Tomlinson
Vice Chair Vacant
Secretary Amanda Lane
Treasurer Vacant
Committee Member Ben Watts
Committee Member Warwick Duncan
Committee Member Matthew Farrington
Committee Member Jen Stevens
Committee Member Larry Robb

There are a number of ways to get in touch:

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