Superstar Marlin’s duo Zoe Arancini and Lilian Hedges have arrived in Montenegro with the Aussie Stingers squad for training ahead of the FINA Women’s World League Super Final starting on June 4. After successful campaigns in the 2019 AWL season which saw the Marlins finish with the Silver medal in the finals series, the girls will now be representing Australia on the big stage against some of the best water polo teams in the world.
To follow the results of the Aussie Stingers in the FINA Women’s World League Super Final, visit Water Polo Australia’s website:waterpoloaustralia.com.au/home
Over the weekend Marlin star Zoe Arancini was officially crowned the 2019 AWL MVP for the league, winning the Debbie Watson Medal!🏅
🤽♀️Zoe scored a whopping 64 goals from 20 games (2nd most in the league) and was also named in the 2019 AWL All Star Team. With 7 goals across the 3 finals games in Sydney, (including 3 in the Gold medal match), Zoe was a driving force in the Marlins claiming Silver medals in the finals.
Zoe has the ability to not only turn games on their heads with her powerful goal-scoring capabilities, but she is also the ultimate team player and will always look to get her team mates in to the game. Her experience as an Olympian and Australian Stinger really helped out a young Marlins outfit and was a big reason in the Marlins success this year.
Zoe with the Debbie Watson Medal, Silver medal, and 2019 All-Star medal.
Joel Swift and Luke Pavillard named in the 2019 AWL All Star Team
The Mariners were a joy to watch this year, scoring a team total of 221 goals from 18 games, the most of any team in the competition. Our skipper Joel Swift and goal-scorer Luke Pavillard were big factors in the team’s success this year, and were acknowledged on their efforts by being named in the 2019 AWL All-Star Team.
Swift was inspirational as captain and really helped paved the way for his team-mates to follow. His experience as a Rio Olympian and Australian representative was vital. Swift scored 33 goals from just 13 games, going at an average of 2.5 goals per game.
After returning from America where he claimed back to back Player of the year Awards in the Golden Coast Conference playing for Pacific Water Polo, Luke Pavillard had a massive season for the Mariners. Pavillard scored a whopping 52 goals from 16 games (3.25 goals per game), including 4 goals in the Bronze medal match.
Well done on great seasons boys!
Luke Pavillard in action
Mariners captain Joel Swift
L-R: Petar Tomasevic, Clancy Neesham, Zoe Arancini, Joel Swift, Luke Pavillard
The Fremantle Mariners (men’s) and Marlins (women’s) finished the regular season in 3rd and 4th place on the AWL ladder respectively. On Thursday May 2nd, both squads flew to Sydney to embark on the 2019 OVO AWL Finals series, held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.
Mariners v Sydney University Lions (Bronze Medal match)
On Tuesday April 16th both our men’s and women’s squads flew out to Sydney for a jam packed 6 games in 6 days for each team. It was always going to be tough playing so many games in such a short time, with both teams also missing key personnel in Mariner Joel Swift, and Marlins pair Glencora McGhie and Kelly Parks. However, we were up for the challenge.
The Marlins came away with 2 wins from 6 games, but showed serious fight in their losses and were never blown out of the water. Coach Katie Finucane had this to say:
“Although the Sydney road is always a difficult trip with 6 games in 6 days I believe that it has given the team an important lead in to the finals this week. We lost some games in Sydney that we probably shouldn’t have, but also learnt some valuable lessons and had the chance to practice some of our tactics for finals. We were missing a number of senior players in Sydney but I was happy to see the other senior members step up to the role, in particular our captain Erin Redbond who lead by example going hard in every game.
There are some really strong teams in the finals series, particularly with the top 4 teams all having close games against each other throughout the season, but I am looking forward to the weekend and I think that the team is in a great mind set with everyone hungry to bring home gold.”
The Mariners came away with 1 win from 6 games, which included two 1 goal losses. Mariners coach Laurie Trettel had this to say:
“From the point of view of results the Sydney trip was quite disappointing as we were realistically aiming for 3-4 wins. We were clearly missing the contribution of captain Joel Swift who was unavailable to travel during the Easter Week. Joel had been a standout player for us during our recent run of games leading into the trip and his leadership both in and out of the water was missed.
What was encouraging is that we fought hard against 2 of the finals contenders in Drummoyne and Sydney Uni and matched them for long periods of the games, but we had a few lapses due to simple errors and tiredness given we had to play 6 games in 6 days.
Improving our defence will be a key focus leading into finals and if we are able to do this we are confident we have what it takes to win the title. The first up elimination game against Queensland Thunder will be tough with the inclusions of Rhys Howden and Billy Miller, however we are confident that if we play to our strengths we should be able to come away with the win and face off with UNSW Wests Magpies in the Semi Final.”
The trip was a great bonding experience for all players involved and there is no doubt the team camaraderie has strengthened ahead of finals. See pictures from the trip below:
Happy Marlins after their 11-10 win over the Drummoyne Devils
Round 9 saw a total of four games played across Friday night and Sunday morning, with Freo taking on the Hunter Hurricanes at Bicton Pool.
The Marlins got the round off to a good start on Friday night with a comfortable 11-5 win. Madeleine Quinn led the way with her best game for the season with three impressive goals. The Mariners followed with a high scoring display winning 22-11, showcasing their potent attack that has caused headaches for opponents in the last few games.
We were back at Bicton Pool on Sunday morning as the Marlins took on the Hurricanes in Game 2. In a similar scoring display to Friday night, the Marlin’s won comfortably 13-6. Madeleine Quinn followed up her outstanding display on Friday night with a five goal game.
The Mariners had a closer game in their Game 2, with the Hurricanes showing good fight to come hard in the 2nd and 3rd quarters. The Mariners managed to hold on however and ran out winners 14-9.
Post Match with Mariners coach Laurie Trettel:
“It’s really encouraging to see the team continue to find different ways to score goals at a high rate. It was also great to get a competitive game on Sunday against a mostly full strength Hunter and we did really well to grind out a convincing win after a tight first half. The focus will be to further solidify our defence as it will be the key for us in having success on the Sydney road trip and finals”
The QUBE Player of the Round was James Fannon. A special mention also goes to Madeleine Quinn who played two great games.
This round’s games see us fly out to Sydney where each team will play 6 games in 6 days. Our men’s and women’s will play the Drummoyne Devils, ACU Cronulla Sharks, and Sydney University twice each. For more information, read our Sydney road trip preview: fremantlewaterpolo.com.au/sydney-road-trip-fixture
Both our men’s and women’s squads, coaching staff and support staff flew to Sydney this morning for their road trip games, which start tonight against the Drummoyne Devils!
We caught up with Mariners coach Laurie Trettel before both teams jetted off who had this to say: “It’s always great to get on the road and build on our team camaraderie. We are a tight knit squad and spending the extra time together at this time of the season will be very beneficial. In terms of games it will be a tough trip but we are excited to see how we will go against 2 of the top teams in Drummoyne and Sydney Uni”
The Mariners (Men’s) and Marlins (Women’s) play 6 games each in 6 days and are in solid form going in to the road trip sitting first and fourth on the ladder based on WR (Win Rate) respectively. We wish them the best of luck!
The best way to follow the live action is to visit the hosting teams Twitter page for live scoring updates. Drummoyne Twitter: twitter.com/dwpcdevils
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.
Coach Laurie’s best players from Round 8:
GAME 1:Joel Swift, James Fannon,Clancy Neesham
GAME 2: Joel Swift, Jordan Kremers-Taylor, Will MacKay
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.
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
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.
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.
Round 7 of the 2019 OVO AWL Season started for Fremantle on Thursday night with the Marlins taking on the in form UNSW Killer Whales.
Marlins v UNSW Killer Whales: Game 1
The first quarter was hotly contested as the girls adapted to the playing style of the Killer Whales. Glencora McGhie, who has looked very dangerous recently scored our first goal of the match. The Killer Whales outscored us in the first quarter and led 1-2 at the break.
McGhie scored her second goal to tie the scores at 2-2. UNSW responded with a flurry of goals to lead us 2-6 before goals from McGhie and Zoe Arancini brought us within two goals. UNSW scored just before half time to extend their lead to three goals. Half Time score 4-7.
UNSW started the third quarter well with a long range goal through Southern, putting them up by four goals. Marlins veteran Kelly Parks responded with a beautiful lob shot over the goalkeeper. This was followed by Arancini converting her second goal to bring the Marlins back within just two goals. UNSW and the Marlins then went goal for goal with each other as the third quarter ended with UNSW leading 7-9.
Chloe Nella got the first of the last quarter bringing the Marlins within one goal, however UNSW scored back one of their own. The skipper Erin Redbond then scored her first in a clutch moment, as the Marlins came to within just one goal of UNSW. Coach Katie Finucane then called a timeout with 23 seconds left to gather the girls for one last attack to try and level the scores. The girls passed the ball around as they looked to find an opening, however it wasn’t to be. It was a great comeback by the girls who were down by as much as four goals early in the game.
FINAL SCORE: 9-10
GOALSCORERS: 3:Arancini, McGhie, 1:Redbond, Parks, Nella
Mariners v UNSW Magpies: Game 1
Coming in to this match The UNSW Mens were on top of the AWL Ladder for season 2019. It was the biggest test the boys had faced this year, but in typical Fremantle fashion they were up for the fight.
Will Mackay won the first possession to start the game as he has done all season. Mackay followed up his good work by striking with the first goal for the match, getting the Mariners off to a flying start. Tom Prior made it two in a row as the Mariners led 2-0. UNSW quickly responded however to make it 2-1. Davis “Tuck” Verboon then got on board, followed by Luke Pavillard to lead UNSW 4-1 at the end of the quarter. The Mariners had all the momentum and were playing fast, team oriented water polo.
UNSW are a quality outfit however and the boys knew that they would respond. Richie Campbell got the first of the second quarter for them, as they went on the attack again but were stopped in their tracks by Mariners goalkeeper John Hedges. A low scoring quarter, and at Half Time the Mariners led UNSW 4-2.
There was only one goal for the 3rd quarter, scored by Ford of UNSW. The Mariners took a 4-3 lead in to the final quarter at Bicton Pool. The Magpies scored the first of the last quarter, tying the scores 4-4. Mariner James Fannon scored on the buzzer to put Freo back up, followed by a quick reply from UNSW who scored back to back goals to lead the Mariners 5-6. Luke Pavillard scored a great clutch goal to equalise the scores at 6-6, and with just a minute left the siren rang for a draw. We were headed to penalties.
Penalty 1: Hedges save, Pavillard goal. Penalty 2: Magpies goal, Mariners goal (Mackay). Penalty 3:Magpies goal, Kremers-Taylor goal to put us up 3-2. Penalty 4:Magpies goal, Fannon goal (4-3 lead to the Mariners). Penalty 5:Magpies goal, Tomasevic goal off the post to win penalties 5-4 for the Mariners.
After a two day break, the Marlins hosted the UNSW Killer Whales again at Bicton Pool on Saturday night. The weather was perfect and a packed crowd was in attendance to cheer on Freo.
The Marlins got off to a great start through their leading goalscorer in Zoe Arancini, followed by a quick response by UNSW. Glencora McGhie then scored to give the Marlins a 2-1 lead. Arancini and McGhie were looking very sharp early and were in fine form, each coming off three goal performances in Game 1 against UNSW.
UNSW scored back to back goals to lead the Marlins 2-3, before Kelly Parks scored to tie the scores up 3-3. Lilian Hedges was looking very strong in goals as she deflected two scoring opportunities by UNSW on transition. Arancini and McGhie combined again for back to back goals, putting the Marlins lead out to 5-3. This barrage of goals was replicated by UNSW who followed with two goals of their own to level the scores. Arancini for the Marlins scored her third goal of the night, giving the Marlins a one goal lead. Another quick response from UNSW saw them draw level with the Marlins just before the siren. Half Time score: 6-6
Madelaine Quinn scored the first of the third quarter with a goal from a tight angle, which was followed by back to back goals from UNSW as they earnt themselves a 7-8 lead. The superstar Arancini showed that she was going to have a big say in this game, scoring her fourth goal to tie the scores 8-8 going in to the final quarter. We were in for another close finishing match that would go down to the wire.
UNSW scored the first of the final quarter to lead the Marlins 8-9. They continued to attack, but Lilian Hedges was strong holding them off in defence. Marlins coach Katie Finucane called a timeout to rally the girls to ensure they remain composed heading in to the last five minutes of the match. Arancini came out of the blocks firing, taking it upon herself to score the equaliser at 9-9 with a minute remaining as UNSW called a timeout. No one could score in the last minute so we entered in to penalties. Another thrilling finish at Bicton Pool!
Unfortunately, the Marlins could not convert on penalties. This meant the girls had suffered two heartbreaking 1 goal losses in both games against UNSW. This was a great effort by the girls considering UNSW were in fine form in 3rd place on the AWL Ladder.
UNSW scored the opening goal of the match, followed by Mariners young gun Jordan Kremers-Taylor. UNSW then went on to score back to back goals to lead us 1-3. Unlike Thursday night’s game, the boys had gotten off to a rather slow start to the match. UNSW scored before quarter time to lead 1-4.
Petar Tomasevic scored the first of the second quarter as Freo got off to a fresh start. This was followed by a goal from UNSW, with Kremers-Taylor happy to trade goals with the opposition, scoring his 2nd of the match and putting us down by just two goals. Nick Redbond hit the score board soon after to take the scores to 4-5. UNSW replied with a goal before half time. Half Time score: 4-6.
The skipper Joel Swift came in to the match with his first goal and put us back within a goal. UNSW then scored a goal before Swift scored his second, showing signs of his goal scoring power that saw him represent Australia at the Rio Olympics.
UNSW got in to gear though with two goals in a row, taking their lead to 6-9 with one minute to go in the quarter. Kremers-Taylor then scored his third goal of the match to put is within two goals. UNSW really got going late, putting the game away with three consecutive goals to end the match as the Mariners went down by 5 goals.
Round 6 was a busy round for Fremantle as we played a total of four games across Friday night and Sunday morning against the Balmain Tigers.
Friday night’s games:
Marlins v Balmain:
Going in to this game the girls were facing their hardest opponent of season 2019. Balmain were undefeated from 8 wins and were in very strong form. The Marlins were also tracking along very nicely being undefeated from 5 wins, so they were up for the contest.
The Marlins got off to a great start in the match with a brilliant goal by Freo veteran Glencora McGhie, quickly followed by a goal to Pia Rodgers which had the girls looking on fire early. Balmain responded quickly with 2 goals of their own in the first 5 minutes of the match tying the score 2-2. The game was electrifying early on with a goal scoring frenzy from both teams.
The speedster Fanny Valyi scored her first goal to put the girls back up, followed by Aussie Stingers star Zoe Arancini who worked herself in to a good position in front of goals. Glencora McGhie then got her hands on the ball and scored again, extending the girls lead to 5-2 as they looked in full control of the match. Balmain needed to respond and were patient passing the ball around to look for their next scoring opportunity, which eventually came as they pegged back the margin to 2 goals.
Zoe Arancini who has been the best goalscorer for the Marlins this year then scored her 2nd of the match, and it was looking like she may have another bag of goals up her sleeve. Pia Rodgers then scored her 2nd, giving the Marlins a healthy 7-3 lead before the first break.
Balmain scored the first of the 2nd quarter, signalling that they were still up for the fight, however Chloe Nella quickly responded for the Marlins. The Tigers then really kicked in to gear mid way through the 2nd quarter and scored back to back goals, reducing the Marlins lead to 8-6. McGhie scored her 3rd goal to stem the flow, as she continued to have a big say in the match. Balmain responded well as they did all game with a goal, followed by a Marlins goal through Lara Zimmerman just before half time, giving the Marlins a lead of 10-7.
The third quarter was all Freo. First Sofia Chaves scored her first, followed by the superstar Arancini who scored her fourth, and then the skipper Erin Redbond who also scored her first. This gave the girls a very handy 7 goal lead at the final break. Balmain scored two early goals in the final quarter, however it was too late to come back for them. Lara Zimmerman scored for Freo just before the final siren, giving the Marlins an inspiring 15-9 win over Balmain.
Coaches Thoughts (Katie Finucane): It was a great win. The team came together with a good spread of goalscorers and our defence worked really well. It was a great team effort. Zoe (Arancini) had another great game working really hard on drives and counter attack. Lara (Zimmerman) was given the very difficult job of neutralising one Balmain’s gun players, Rowie Webster, and I think she did a fantastic job of doing so.
Mariners v Balmain:
The Balmain mens team were coming off 3 wins from 7 matches, however Freo knew that they were a much better team than the ladder suggested. Balmain got ff to a flying start, scoring the first two goals of the match. You could tell that they had really come to play and were switched on early. The Mariners finally got something going through the inspirational skipper Joel Swift, who got himself into a good position close to goal and was just too big and strong for his opponent. Swift was on fire early as he scored his second goal of the match, tying up the scores 2-2.
Balmain then took full control of the match scoring the next three goals, which gave them a handy three goal lead at 5-2 at quarter time. The boys really needed to rally together here and start working as a team to get their game style going. Some better ball movement from the Mariners saw an opening for Jordan Kremers-Taylor who scored his first. Kremers-Taylor then got going again for the Mariners and was looking dangerous as he got himself in to a good scoring spot but was fouled for a penalty shot. No stranger to the big moments, Kremers-Taylor put the ball straight through the net, showing great signs of composure, pegging the margin back to just one goal.
Some great work in goals by the experienced Marko Draksimovic helped the Mariners as they welcomed back his services. As we sent the ball back forward, Will Mackay found himself with the ball and took it upon himself to score, tying the scored up at 5-5. We then went goal for goal with the Tigers as the scores tied up again at 6-6. As we lapsed in concentration for a moment, Balmain took full advantage and scored the next two goals. Will Mackay then responded with his second goal, as he looked to have really come in to the game. This was followed by a ripping goal by Luke Pavillard who drew us level with Balmain at 8-8.
The skipper Joel Swift scored to put us up for the first time in the match, followed by a penalty from Pavillard which gave us a two goal buffer. The Tigers then responded to an eruption of cheers from their bench. They weren’t going to let this one get away easily. Pavillard sensed he needed to strike as the Tigers were coming, working himself in to a good spot and scoring off a powerful goal, giving the mariners a two goal lead. The Tigers responded again and put them within one goal, as this game was going right down to the wire. The siren rung soon after and the Mariners had won in by a goal in an absolute thriller. After coming back from 3 goals down early in the piece, this was a great team effort and their best win for the season.
Coaches Thoughts (Laurie Trettel): We continued to show a bit of rust from the month long lay-off and really struggled to convert our extra man opportunities in the first half, and costly turnovers led to easy goals for Balmain. The team showed really good composure in the second half to come back from a 3 goal deficit and close out the game. Overall we were happy to get the win and know that we need to improve if we want to challenge the top teams.
Sunday mornings’s games:
Marlins v Balmain:
With a very short 1 day break since Friday’s game, it was always going to be interesting to see how the girls would fare in their second game against Balmain. We got off to a slow start with Balmain scoring the first two goals early in the match. They then went on to score two more, as we went in to the half time break 0-4.
Madeleine Quinn scored the first goal after half time as we tried to find some momentum, however it never came. Balmain scored two more goals for the rest of the game as we went down 1-6 in a low scoring affair.
TOTAL SCORE: 1-6
Coaches Comments (Katie Finucane): It was just one of those games where you can’t buy a goal, everything that went in on Friday night bounced out or floated along the goal line in this game. Balmain’s goalie really stepped up and put a lot of pressure on our outside shooters. It was also an extremely heavy game and I think our Centre Forwards had a pretty hard time in there.
Every team has at least one of those games and I’m just glad that it is over with now. We are ready to move forward from this game with a few important lessons learnt. I couldn’t fault the effort of the girls though.
QUBE Player of the Round: Lilian Hedges
Mariners v Balmain:
Similarly to the womens, it was always going to be interesting to see how each team responded to the one day break between games. The Mariners got off to a flyer, with a goal from Luke Pavillard. Balmain were quick to respond to tie up the scores. Will Mackay got on the board early, after he looked dangerous with his two goal effort on Friday night. Luke Pavillard then scored his second to put us up by two goals leading in to half time.
Mackay opened the scoring after half time as the boys went up 5-1 and were looking on fire. The youngster Jordan Kremers-Taylor followed with his first, before Davis “Tuck” Verboon registered his first from 2m, flicking it in to the bottom right corner after a cracking pass from rookie Alastair Bruce. Mackay followed up on his good work early on and scored his third goal, all of which were impressive shots. From here on it was a lottery as to who was going to cash in on the goals as the Mariners took total control of the match. The skipper Joel Swift scored his first and Petar Tomasevic scored a late goal as the Mariners won comfortably.
The game was very impressive from a defensive point of view and John Hedges played a fantastic game in goals. Defence was the backbone of our success last season and it was positive to see the commitment to improve in this area compared to the game on Friday.
UNSW will present a real challenge next round as they have recruited well and are one of the favourites for the championship. We have had success against them in recent seasons and tend to match up well so it will give the team great confidence going in. The team is really looking forward to the challenge to see where we are at, and we will be continuing to focus on improving in all areas of our game.