On Friday night the Fremantle Water Polo squads made the trip to Adelaide
to kick off round 1 of the 2019 AWL Season, taking on the Adelaide Jets. Four matches were held over the weekend which saw Fremantle taking the “W” on each occasion. This meant both teams came away from the first round with the maximum 8 points. This was a great result, placing both the Mariners and Marlins on top of their league ladders respectively.
See below for more details on the action:
GAME 1: Marlins (womens) defeated Adelaide (womens)
Full match score: 12-8
Throughout the first half, the Jets answered each of the Marlins goals, with scores locked at 4-4 at half time. The second half however saw the Marlins pull ahead to a four-goal lead, to finish up the game 12-8.
GAME 2: Mariners (mens) defeated Adelaide (mens)
Full match score: 10-6
The Mariners kept their opposition scoreless in the first half, with captain Joel Swift leading from the front scoring 2 of his own. The second half saw six goals scored by each team, but the dominant early start by the Mariners team had done enough to set them up for victory, winning comfortably in the end by four goals.
GAME 3: Marlins (womens) defeated Adelaide (womens)
Full match score: 22-11
The Marlins 2nd match was a goal scoring bonanza, with a total of 35 goals scored. We came out of the blocks strong, ending the first quarter with a three goal lead.
The Marlins kept the opposition goalless in the second quarter and charged forward with another three goals finishing the first half with a 12-5 lead. The second half saw the Jets regain some composure, however the Marlins were two strong and showed exceptional power in the last half of the road trip, motoring through to take the win 22-13.
GAME 4: Mariners (mens) defeated Adelaide (mens)
Full match score: 11-10
The second mens game for the weekend got off to a great start with the Mariners leading 3-0 after the first quarter. The second quarter saw Fremantle trade goals with Adelaide, finishing the half ahead at 7-3.
In the second half Adelaide fought back with a vengeance, drawing ahead at 7-8, midway through the 3rd quarter. The final few minutes of the quarter saw a flurry of goals from Fremantle with 2 quick goals in succession from the “Montenegrin Monolith”, Tomasevic and the conversion of a penalty by Kremers-Taylor – The Mariners maintained a lead of 2 heading into the final quarter.
In the final quarter Fremantle were again met with a fiesty reception from the home town team. With veterans James Fannon and Nick Redbond both out of the game with 3 fouls the team needed to dig deep. In the final 2 minutes of the game the Jets managed to get back within a goal at 10-11.
With 45 seconds to go, a classically intense encounter between Tim Neesham and the opposition saw the home team awarded a penalty. The only thing stopping the Jets from pulling level was 19 year old Mariners goal keeper Flynn Mais. With the weight of the team on his shoulders, Mais managed to keep his nerve and block the shot. The Mariners held on in a nail biter to win 10-11.
AWL Stat Leaders:
Rio Olympian Zoe Arancini and returning Mariner Jordan Kremers-Taylor, who has returned this season after two seasons playing in the French League, performed exceptionally well. They currently sit first and second on the league top goal scorers list with 11 and 6 goals respectively.
Both our teams will resume training ahead of our next match on Saturday March 2nd against the UWA Torpedoes at our home ground in Bicton. Stay tuned in to our Facebook and Website to keep up to date and follow us on our journey in season 2019!