The annual 'Anti Kajlich Masters Cup' water polo tournament was held in Piestany, Slovakia on the 28th and 29th September 2023 - the over 35-year-old Master's polo event celebrated its 23rd year with teams from around the world.
Best Goalie was awarded to Anti Kajlich, founder of Anti Wave
The event is named after Anti Wave company founder and former professional water polo goalie Mr Anti Kajlich, who has a long and celebrated history in the sport of water polo around the world. It is held annually in Piestany, a picturesque and historic natural spa town and Anti's home town, located 1.5 hours from Vienna Airport.
This was the first year that the competition included an astonishing U81 team, the Golden Oldies, with 5 of the team members over 80, Anti Kajlich included. Anti, who resides with his family in Brisbane, Australia, made a surprise last minute 30,000km round-trip with his wife back to his hometown of Piestany to compete in the competition and share a beer and beef goulash with his old polo mates from twelve countries around the world.
The competition included teams from USA, Lviv, Budapest, Prague and Bratislava and was held over two days of competition in the historic 'Eva Pool' in Piestany, which is a regional hub for aquatics and offers natural thermal hot pools in the facility.
Team Budapest were the winners of the competition in the U60 division, while Piestany were the winners in the U81 Golden Oldies division.
Best Goalie was awarded to Anti Kajlich, which was happily accepted by Anti, despite his own reservations as to the transparency of the decision.
Anti Kajlich has been a driving force in the development of performance swim and water polo equipment around the world since 1974, when he developed and patented the original Anti Goal - the world's favourite water polo goal.
Anti Kajlich in his younger years, Piestany Slovakia
This was followed shortly after by the development of the now world famous patented Anti Wave Performance Racing Lanes, known and loved globally for their innovative wave calming capability, user friendly top performance design, and best global availability.
The Australian family company Anti Wave is now proudly run by Anti's son Anton, also a former Australian Youth Polo Goalie, with over 20 years experience in the sector, with keen focus on continuing the rich history of key product innovations and expanding global availability into new markets and regions.
Anti retains the role of Chair Emeritus and lead product designer for Anti Wave, and continues his long-standing polo career with appearances in the goal at Master's Polo competitions around the world! Today Anti Wave continues to maintain the leading edge in the performance aquatics sector through their ongoing original product innovations, as well as increasing global availability around the world through a widespread network of Authorised Distribution and Licensed production.
Anti Goal 1974 Patent Anti Goal today (Anti in Goal) Anti Wave Racing Lanes Anti Wave remain firmly grounded in their sporting roots and continue to design and supply top performance aquatics products with their long standing focus, 'top performance equipment with best global availability by athletes for athletes!'