The Hurricanes' youngest players will get their chance to push claims for more game time in crucial Australian Water Polo League matches when they meet defending men's champions University of NSW Wests Magpies at Lambton Pool this weekend.
Hunter's men's and women's team were set to play UNSW in Newcastle Harbour on Saturday but those games were transferred to Lambton Pool because of concerns over water quality.
The men play Wests at 2.30pm Saturday and 11am Sunday. The women's matches are 1pm and 12.30pm. The games are the last before a four-week break in the competitions.
The Hurricanes men's side have two wins in eight games. Coach Dan Marsden said the weekend's matches were a chance for fringe players to push for selection in key games after the break as the side try to make the finals.
"This weekend I'll swap the teams around both games and that will give me a reasonable indication of who I'll have to use in the games we have to win," Marsden said.
"A lot of the guys are level pegging so it will be tough."
"It's a pity we play these games and then there's a four-week break.
"It would be great to go from this into our next set of games because the rest of them, bar Sydney Uni, are all pretty critical for us.
"We'll play the full squad over the weekend, try some things and hopefully we'll have a good show.
"The score isn't the main objective, it's how we play and how we approach the game.
"If we can still generate a lot of opportunities and have a good attitude for four quarters, we'll do well."