Round 8’s AWL action saw Fremantle take on the in form Queensland Thunder in two games on Thursday and Saturday night at Bicton Pool.
The Mariners (men’s) continued their winning streak with a high scoring display against Queensland with a combined total of 30 goals. Mariners skipper Joel Swift returned to form scoring 7 and 4 goals, leading his team to comfortable victories in both games. That’s 3 wins in a row now for the Mariners as the boys look to keep building on their chemistry and team work which has them placed at 9 wins and 1 loss for the season.
Hear from Mariners coach Laurie Trettel:
Q.Two big wins for the boys against Queensland, what do you take away from the performances?
Two good solid wins. Queensland were missing their two most experienced players so we were expecting comfortable wins. It is sometimes hard for the team to be motivated in this situation but the boys approached the games in a very positive manner and are mindful of getting better each time in the lead up to finals.
Q.A total of 30 goals over both games, the boys scoring power has proved to be very damaging recently, what do you put that down to?
The games were quite free flowing which meant there were more opportunities to score goals. We did well to put away our chances and Joel Swift was unstoppable in CF.
Q.With just 1 loss from 10 games so far this year, are you happy with where the team sits?
It definitely helps to know that we will qualify for finals so we can plan ahead and keep the boys motivated. The big test will be in the next couple of weeks. Of course we are happy but when it comes to finals, the team that wins is always the one that is best prepared and peaking at the right time.
Q.What will be the focus for this week’s matches against the Hunter Hurricanes?
They are a much better team than what we have faced recently so will be a good test. Having beaten them in the semi finals last year, they will be motivated to get a good result against us and there is a chance we can meet again in the finals. The focus will be on continuing to improve on our systems and combinations.
The Marlins (women’s) performed incredibly well to knock off the number 1 team in the league (Queensland) in both games, proving to the competition that they are still a very formidable force this year. Zoe Arancini continued her amazing run of form scoring 9 goals over both games, taking her total goals tally to 36 from just nine games. This has her placed as the number 1 goal scorer for the league! Well done Zoe.
Hear from Marlins coach Katie Finucane:
Q.Beating the top of the ladder Queensland in both games, you must be impressed with the performances by the girls?
I was so pleased with the team performance against Queensland. The girls really pulled together and showed the depth of talent in this team.
Q.After falling short in some close losses this year, is it a good reward to grind out two wins against top quality opposition?
After a few close losses this season it took some time to reassess our strengths and what we needed to improve on as a team. It is a credit to the ladies how well and quickly they were able to get things back on track.
Q.How will you approach your last home games of the season this week against the Hunter Hurricanes?
This week we will be looking to build even further on last week and continue to strive to improve.