On Saturday December 30th Fremantle Water Polo were the hosts of a seriously talented line up featuring water polo players from all around the world. The match took place on a beautiful 32 degree day at the famous Bicton Pool, with fans flocking down to see the show.
The most dominant player in the water was Fremantle Mariner Aaron Younger, whose skills and fitness were a cut above the rest. Younger is currently the captain of the Australian national team, the Aussie Sharks, and is overseas playing for Ferencvárosi Torna Club in Hungary. Younger is currently rated as one of the best water polo players in the world, having an outstanding year where he helped drive his club to their first Hungarian Cup in 22 years.
Secondly there is Gergely Kiss, a 3 time Olympic gold medalist who currently plays for Budapest Honved in the Hungarian Championship. Although Kiss is a bit older than the other players, he showed many glimpses of his talent that has him rated as one of the best ever left handed players in the world. Kiss is famous for his performance in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, where he dominated against Serbia and Montenegro. Kiss scored the game-winning goal on a power play opportunity, and went on to be voted in the all-star team for that year.
Other members of the star studded line up include:
Tim Neesham: Fremantle Mariner and 3 time Australian Olympian.
Laurie Trettel: Former Fremantle Mariners Goalkeeper and current Head Coach of the Fremantle Mariners. Laurie chose to play in the field for the majority of the game.
Joel Swift: Fremantle Mariner and Rio 2016 Olympian
Luke Pavillard: Fremantle Mariner who is currently playing in the US for University of the Pacific in the US
Andy Taylor: former Fremantle Mariners captain and Australian Olympian
Paul Neesham: Legendary former Fremantle Mariner and Club Secretary. Although very brief, his inclusion in the game was noticed by all.
Tim Putt: Australian Sharks Representative from the UWA Torpedoes, who is currently overseas playing for Rijeka in Croatia.
The day was enjoyed by all, especially past players who shared a drink with each other and reminisced on old playing days. It was also a great spectacle for the younger boys and girls who are aspiring Fremantle players to see some of the best water polo players in the world putting on a show.