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Fremantle Water Polo 2019 AWL Round 5 Wrap up: Western Derby Edition

On March 2nd, we held the highly anticipated Western Derby against the UWA Torpedoes at our home venue, Bicton Pool. Coming off a 4 week break from our last game against the Adelaide Jets, the players were itching to get out into the pool and compete. Much also to the delight of our dedicated Freo fans, who flocked out in numbers to support both teams in what was the first home game of the season

A packed Bicton Pool


Fremantle Marlins (women) v UWA Torpedoes

The Marlins kicked things off at 6.30pm, with the girls getting off to a slow start, which saw UWA open the scoring. The Marlins had plenty of the ball early but struggled to gain any real composure as they looked to find their feet after a long lay off from AWL. “It is always a bit of a worry playing after such a big gap but we have been training well and I was confident that the team would come together well” Katie Finucane (Coach).

Marlins veterans Glencora McGhie and Kelly Parks scored our first two goals before UWA answered with their own. As the siren was about to sound to end the first quarter, the girls dished the ball to star Aussie Stinger and Marlin Zoe Arancini who scored a buzzer beater from half court. The score at the end of the 1st was 4-2 to the Marlins.

Marlins veteran Glencora McGhie looking dangerous

Fanny Valyi really got going in the 2nd quarter scoring 2 goals, one from a near impossible angle. This kick-started a flurry of goals from Marlins players as they took all the momentum. Madelaine Quinn, Zoe Arancini, Chloe Nella all cashed in to take the lead to 7-2 as the Marlins began to really dominate the Torpedoes.

The Torps had a few good looks at goal from transition, but Australian goalkeeper Lilian Hedges was a rock in defense for Fremantle, deflecting multiple goal scoring opportunities with confidence. As the Marlins looked to continue to pile on the goals, Chloe Nella got herself into good space and converted off a beautiful lob pass from Marlins teammate. The star of the night Arancini then scored again for her 4th of the match, continuing her amazing run of form which had her placed as the leagues top goal scorer after just 3 of a possible 10 games. This took the Marlins lead out to 10-2.

Goalkeeper Lillian Hedges in action

The UWA Torpedoes gave themselves a late consolation prize as Raney Remme scored late. Marlin Kate Abbey-Wardale then responded just before the final siren. Marlins win 11-3 in a complete team performance.

FINAL SCORE: 11-3

GOALSCORERS: 4. Z.Arancini, 2. F.Valyi, 1. K.Parks, M.Quinn, C.Nella, G.McGhie, S.Leavy

QUBE Player of the Round: Zoe Arancini

Hear from Marlins Coach Katie Finucane post-match: 

Coach Katie Finucane instructing her troops

How did it feel getting out in the pool after a month break since the last game against Adelaide? 

It is always a bit of a worry playing after such a big gap, but we have been training well and I was confident that the team would come together well.

Were you pleased with the performance? 

We had a bit of a slow start but our defence was strong right throughout the match and our attack come together well after the first quarter. I was very happy with the teams performance.

Which players stood out to you and why? 

Zoe (Arancini) has a great shot and she is a tough player that never gives up or backs down. Lil (Hedges) gives us a lot of confidence in defence as she is such a hard goalie to get past. Glencora (McGhie) provides a great level of experience and leadership in the water-helping guide the younger girls in the team.

How was it having Lilian Hedges back in goals? 

Lil is such a strong goalkeeper that it really adds an extra level of confidence in our defence. It was great to see her playing so well after being out with injury for a few weeks.

How will you prepare the girls with a short break before your next game on Friday against the Balmain Tigers? 

We will be working on our extra man attack and getting off to a good start. I don’t think we can afford to have a slow start against Balmain who have been playing extremely well so far this season. They have some key players that we will also have to look out for but we want to make sure that we dictate the pace and style of play throughout the game.


Fremantle Mariners (men) v UWA Torpedoes

The mens team got off to a great start, with Clancy Neesham opening the scoring for the match. Alastair Bruce scored next for his first, as his Mariners teammates got around the youngster. Inspirational Mariners skipper Joel Swift completed a team hat-trick of goals, scoring mid air off a lob pass to take the lead to 3-0.

Mariners Goalkeeper John Hedges floating on the water

The Torps responded quickly scoring one of their own. They came hard again for another shot on goal, but John Hedges made a terrific save. Hedges on debut looked very comfortable and composed at the top level. Tom Prior steadied the ship for the Mariners, scoring a powerful shot which bounced over the goalies head straight in to the net, putting the Mariners up 4-1.

The Torps were quick to respond again scoring back to back goals, letting Freo know that they were up for the fight in the Western Derby. Mariner Will Mackay scored a settler off a penalty to give the Mariners some much needed breathing space, leading 5-3. The Torps advanced forward again to respond, however Hedges in goals was solid in deflecting the shot. Jordan Kremers-Taylor slowly made his way in to the game and got the ball in his hands where he looked to score quickly, doing so with a ripping goal just before half time. HT score 6-3.

Jordan Kremers-Taylor poised for a shot

After opening the scoring for the match, C Neesham looked switched on early as he scored the first of the 3rd. C Neesham was looking sharp and dangerous all game. When he wasn’t scoring himself he was setting goals up in transition and passing to teammates in good positions. Will Mackay went on to score a powerful goal, followed by James Fannon who scored his first for the match, giving the Mariners the ascendance.

QUBE Player of the round, Clancy Neesham holding position

The Torps responded again with a much needed goal through Lach Pethic. They also scored the next, with these back to back goals reducing the Mariners lead to 4 goals. The Torps looked to have gained substantial momentum, as their teamwork and speed stood out. Captain Swift responded with a goal, steadying the Fremantle ship.

As had been a trend all match, UWA were quick to respond when the Mariners seemed to have gotten on top. The Torps scored back to back goals, reducing the deficit to just 3 goals. The Mariners led 10-7 and the Torps were coming hard, however time was running out. They came hard again on transition, however turned it over in a dangerous part of the ground. The experienced campaigner in Tim Neesham took the ball off the turnover and took the game in to his own hands, scoring a game saving goal which had all but ensured the Mariners would be victors in the Western Derby. Jordan Kremers-Taylor scored late to take the lead to 12-7. Lewis Putt, who was good for the Torps all game scored his 3rd goal just before the final siren.

The Mariners won 12-8 and although the Torps came hard at various stages, it was a comfortable 4 goal victory in the end.

GOALSCORERS: 2. W.Mackay, C.Neesham, J.Swift, J.Kremers-Taylor
1. T.Neesham, T.Prior, A.Bruce, J.Fannon

QUBE Player of the Round: C.Neesham

Hear from Mariners coach Laurie Trettel post match:

How did it feel getting out in the pool after a month break since the last game against Adelaide? 

It was great to play in front of our home crowd for the 1st time this season, particularly against UWA which is a great rivalry. The boys have been training really hard to prepare for the next few weeks of important games which will be crucial in setting up our chance to play finals. After a month off the boys were extremely excited and motivated to get a good result.  

Were you pleased with the performance? 

I was pleased in patches as we started to see the benefits of the hard work and the combinations between players which we have been working on. Given the month off, we were a bit rusty which resulted in a few lapses and skill errors, allowing UWA to stay in the game despite our dominance.

Which players stood out to you and why? 

Clancy Neesham – was instrumental in generating opportunities through counter attack and covered their counter attach really well. He also scored some nice Xman goals. 
Will Mackay – scored some crucial goals for us and was a big improvement on his performances against Adelaide. 
Joel Swift – was solid as ever in CF and showed his dominance against the UWA CBs, particularly in the 1st half. He was unlucky not to be rewarded with more opportunities when the game tightened up in the 2nd half. 

Thoughts on the performances of the debutants? 

John Hedges – was extremely solid in goals and made some key saves. 
Ali Bruce – has been working extremely hard over the past year and the game was just reward. He scored a nice goal and will no doubt improve as the season goes on. 
Harry Bruce – for a young player he very much held his own despite the size difference against his opponent. Provided a highlight at the end of the game when he nearly stole the ball from the UWA GK as time expired. 

How will you guys prepare with a short break before your next game on Friday against the Balmain Tigers?

We will continue to work on refining our game plan and ironing out a few errors that cropped up during the game. The focus will be on consistent play over 4 full quarters and 1 on 1 defence. We are also excited to welcome back Luke Pavillard into the lineup who will no doubt provide the fans with excitement with his elite skills.