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Fremantle Water Polo Round 7 Re-Cap: Western Derby #2

On Saturday March 23, Fremantle travelled out to HBF Stadium to take on the UWA Torpedoes in the second Western Derby of season 2019.

Marlins v UWA

The Marlins went in to the game missing two of their star players in Zoe Arancini and Lilian Hedges to national duties for Australia. This was always going to be a tough challenge, however coach Katie Finucane holds the mantra that “You never want to rely on just a few players, you want a strong team where anyone can step up when needed”.

UWA opened the scoring for the match through a 5 metre penalty, followed by a quick response from Glencora McGhie. McGhie, being a more experienced player knew she had to step up in the absence of Arancini and Hedges. UWA got on top and seized momentum scoring the next two goals, before Fanny Valyi got her first for the Marlins. This was a cracking start to the Western Derby, with the first 5 goals of the match coming in the first 5 minutes. UWA and Freo traded goals with Pia Rodgers scoring for the Marlins. Freo got another one through McGhie just before QT to tie the scores up 4-4.

Madeleine Quinn got the first of the second quarter to put the Marlins in front, with Dayna O’Leary getting one back for UWA soon after. Lara Zimmerman then took her opportunities, converting off a 5m penalty. HT score Freo 6 UWA 5.

UWA got the first two goals of 3rd quarter through Tayla Walsh and Madi Rigo, which was matched by Fremantle through Kelly Parks and Brooke Pensini. UWA scored just before the siren for 3QT, with the scores all tied up at 8-8, setting up a thrilling finish.

Marlins skipper Erin Redbond striked early in the fourth to give the Marlins the lead, followed by a quick response from UWA. Both teams went in to defensive mode to avoid conceding any goals and we ended the last quarter all tied up with UWA at 9-9 as penalties awaited. Unfortunately the girls went down 12-9 on penalties. Another heartbreaking loss for the Marlins, however it was a great effort by the girls considering they were missing their star players in Arancini and Hedges.

FINAL SCORE: Regulation Time: 9-9, Final score (penalties): UWA def Fremantle 12-9

BEST: G.McGhie, S.Chaves, E.Redbond

GOALSCORERS: 2: Glencora McGhie, 1: M.Quinn, E.Redbond, K.Parks, B.Pensini, P.Rodgers, F.VALYI, L.Zimmerman

Hear from Marlins coach Katie Finucane post game:

Q1. With two 1 goal losses last round against UNSW (who currently sit 2nd on the AWL Ladder), did the girls take any confidence/positives out of the match knowing that they can mix it with the top teams? The first game was a cracker of a game with UNSW coming out very fast and hard. But we held our own and came back and in the end the game was decided by only few little things that could have gone either way. Unfortunately they didn’t go our way on the night but I was very happy with the way the girls played.

The second game was disappointing because it really felt like we were the dominant team in the water but unfortunately we made too many unforced errors and gave away too many goals. We have always known that we can mix it with the top teams but now we need to take that next step and start beating the top teams. The good thing is that it was small mistakes that we can certainly improve on, making ourselves a very hard team to defeat.

Q2. Was there anything you worked on in the pool with the girls leading up to the clash against UWA?We changed our defence up a little and I think that worked well. Unfortunately on the day we just weren’t able to put our shots away as well as we would have liked and that is something that we will definitely be working on in the coming weeks.

Q3. Losing Lilian Hedges and Zoe Arancini to national duties was always going to make the game hard, were you impressed with how the team covered for them?You never want to rely on just a few players; you want a strong team were anyone can step up when needed. Again, unfortunately on the day we weren’t able to put our shots away and it is something that we will be working on but on the positive side we were not short of opportunities.

Q4. What were your thoughts coming out of the game? Disappointing. It was a tough loss to take but the most important thing is that we can rebound and come back strong. I think that the week off is needed so that we can re-group and get back on track for our next game against the Queensland Thunder.

Mariners v UWA

Rio Olympian Joel Swift got his side off to a flying start, opening the scoring with a classy goal. UWA responded quickly through Canadian Devon Thumwood. James Fannon then got his first on the back of a red card for UWA. The Mariners really got on top from here and scored the next two goals through Luke Pavillard and Clancy Neesham. 4-1 at QT.

A huge 3 goal quarter from Luke Pavillard gave Freo a four-goal lead at the main break, with the Mariners leading 7-3. The Mariners got the first of the third quarter through Will Mackay, as UWA responded with a goal of their own, cutting the lead back to four goals. From here on, the Mariners really dominated, with two goals from the star of the match Pavillard, and singles to Cody Smith, Joel Swift, James Fannon giving Freo a huge 13-4 lead at 3QT.

The final quarter saw the skipper Swift get his 3rd goal for the match, as Tom Prior chimed in with his first. UWA also scored a late goal.

This continued the Mariners strong season as they move in to fourth position on the AWL Ladder from just 8 of a possible 13 games. The boys have now set themselves up well for the remainder of the season. This week they take on the fifth placed Queensland Thunder at Bicton Pool in a double header of games to be played on Thursday and Saturday night.

FINAL SCORE: Fremantle def UWA 15-5.

BEST: L.Pavillard, J.Hedges, J.Swift

GOALSCORERS: 6: L.Pavillard, 3: J.Swift, 2: J.Fannon, 1: C.Smith, C.Neesham, T.Prior, W.Mackay

Hear from Mariners coach Laurie Trettel post game:

Q1. Did the boys take any confidence/positives out of the recent win against the ladder leaders UNSW, now knowing that they can mix it with the top teams? Getting a win without Joel Swift and Luke Pavillard was a major confidence boost for the team.

Q2. Was there anything you worked on in the pool with the boys leading up to the clash against UWA? We are always keen to make improvements and in the 1st game against UWA we let their better players get into the flow and control their attack. We had a big focus on improving in this area and were successful in nullifying their better players this time. The derby always provides extra motivation for the Mariners and the guys prepared for the game really well with training games against China in the lead up. 

Q4. A dominant performance from the outset to win 15-5. What were your thoughts coming out of the game?  It was really good to see our attack flow a bit better as it has been our biggest area for improvement. But realistically, UWA are an inexperienced team so I would expect a result like this. The real challenge will be to sustain this type of performance against the stronger opponents for the remainder of the season.  

Q5. 15 goals is the biggest score this year for the Mariners. Is it nice to have many different avenues to goal now through different players?
It’s definitely great to have such balance across the pool and I certainly can’t complain about the talent we have at the left-hander positions which we haven’t had in recent seasons. It also allows us to depend less on our right-handed attacking players, giving them the freedom to develop opportunities with their creativity. 

Q6. Which players performances stood out to you? Luke Pavillard – his outside shooting in the first half really opened up space and opportunities for others to capitalise on.
John Hedges – he is playing out of his skin at the moment and is very reliable for a goalkeeper of his age.
Joel Swift – was dominant as always in CF and they didn’t really have anyone who could handle his abilities.  

Q7. How will you use this 1 week break to prepare for Queensland next week?
We will take the opportunity to have a week off training as the guys have deserved it after many months of hard work. This will hopefully freshen the guys up physically and mentally in the lead up to the final month of the season which will include matchups against some very strong opposition that we are sure to come up against in the finals. The Colts also took out the A Grade title on Saturday so it was encouraging to get a win for the club.

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