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Work starts on assembling the water polo venue at Queens Wharf on Friday.

Work starts on assembling the water polo venue at Queens Wharf on Friday.

TweetFacebookJellyfish, oysters but hopefully not sharks will be an occupational hazard for the Hunter Hurricanes when they host National Water Polo League games in Newcastle harbour on Saturday.

An inflatable “field”and 120-seat grandstand will transform Queens Wharf into a water polo venue for women’s (3pm) and men’s (4.30pm) games against UTS Balmain Tigers.

Men’s coach Daniel Robinson said running the gauntlet of the local marine life was worth it to promote water polo to a larger audience.

“Everyone’s very excited. We’ve got all the precautions in order to keep us safe. I’m sure if someone catches a jellyfish, they’re going to get a bit excited. Other than that we should be OK,” he said.

“A local scaffolding company is helping us out with a ladder set-up at each end to keep us safe away from those overgrown oysters.We did a test run of the inflatable course the other day and we had to throw a pair of shoes down to get everyone out.

“We have an inflatable field attached to a shark net to keep everyone safe from any creepy crawlies, not just sharks.We might catch a few mullet hopefully by the end of the day.”

Robinson said the bar-side location could attract other interesting animals.

“It’s not a bad time of afternoon, so hopefully we won’t get too many drunken yobbos, but maybe a couple would be funny.”

The harbour pool has passed a water-quality test this week, despite two weeks of rain, and Robinson said the Queens Wharf matches would help motivate both Hunterteams, who are out of finals contention with four games to play.

“Sometimes it’s tough to get out bed to go and fight on when you haven’t got much to fight for, but something like this definitely revsthe boys up.”

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