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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

ACU Cronulla Sharks Twitter: twitter.com/sharkswaterpolo

Sydney Uni Twitter: twitter.com/lionswaterpolo

We will endeavour to keep you posted through our Facebook and Instagram as well throughout the road trip. Link’s below:

FWP Facebook: www.facebook.com/FremantleWaterPolo

FWP Instagram: www.instagram.com/fremantlewaterpolo

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Fremantle Water Polo v Queensland Thunder: Round 8 Review

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.

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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

Marlins Review:

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.Copy of Copy of Copy of IG Mens WESTS 1 post Game  (1).png

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.

 

 

 

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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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Fremantle v UNSW Wests: Round 7 Re-Cap:

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

Pia Rodgers looks for an opening

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.

FINAL SCORE: 11-10

GOALSCORERS: 3: Pavillard, 2: Mackay, Fannon, 1: Tomasevic, Verboon, Prior, Kremers-Taylor

James Fannon on the attack

Marlins v UNSW Killer Whales: Game 2

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.

FINAL SCORE: 11-12 on penalties

GOALSCORERS: 5: Arancini, 2: McGhie, Quinn, 1: Parks, Chaves

Mariners v UNSW Magpies: Game 2

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.

FINAL SCORE: 7-12

GOALSCORERS: 3: Kremers-Taylor, 2: Swift, 1: Tomasevic, Redbond.

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FREMANTLE WATER POLO 2019 AWL ROUND 6 WRAP UP: Freo vs Balmain

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.

Marlins Veteran Glencora McGhie shooting through the Balmain Defence

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.

Lara Zimmerman looking dangerous in front of goals

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.

FINAL SCORE: 15-9

GOALSCORERS: 4: Arancini, 3: McGhie, 2: Zimmerman, Rodgers, 1: Nella, Valyi, Redbond, Chaves

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 defence look helpless as Petar Tomasevic prepares to shoot through his blocker

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.

Last week’s QUBE Player of the Round – Clancy Neesham

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.

FINAL SCORE: 11-10

GOALSCORERS: 4: Pavillard, 3: Swift, 2: Mackay, Kremers-Taylor

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 prepares to let rip on a powerful shot from out the top

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.

Will Mackay leaping out of the water to score a powerful penalty

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.

TOTAL SCORE: 9-1

GOALSCORERS: 3: Mackay, 2: Pavillard, 1: Swift, Verboon, Tomasevic, Kremers-Taylor

Coaches Comments (Laurie Trettel): 

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.

QUBE Player of the Round Davis Verboon

Davis Verboon all “Tuck”-ered out after a great effort in the 3rd quarter
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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. 

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1 on 1 with Marlins captain Erin Redbond

Captain Erin Redbond following last years Bronze medal win

Fremantle Water Polo caught up with Marlins captain Erin Redbond before the squad flew over to Adelaide to tackle round 1.

It’s been a long few months of training getting ready for this first game, tell us a bit about the teams preparation and training

It’s been a few months in the making. Everyone’s looking forward to showing off the new gear and getting down and dirty in the water. Katie Finucane (Marlins coach) has been drilling us hard and we’ve had a few girls come back to the team in Lilian Hedges, Zoe Arancini, and Glencora McGhie which has really helped setting the tone amongst the group. The hard work and bonding this pre season by the girls should set us up for a really good start

Has this final week of training been any different knowing that the first match is so close?

The Marlins have always prided ourselves on training hard, training together as a team and doing what we have to do. We haven’t changed our training too much but have delved in to some tactics we will use against Adelaide.

How do you tackle the first game being on the road, especially with all the younger players?

It’s exciting. We’ve got a few young girls up and coming, especially our goalkeeper Manon , Stella, Lucy, and Nina. It’s a bit of a mental battle playing away and it’s up to us older girls as the leaders to lead the girls in the right direction and keep them focused on their skills and techniques.

Captain Erin Redbond in Action

Is there anything the team has emphasised during training?

Katie Finucane as coach is a great ex-Australian player who has all the skills and knowledge in the world. She has been focusing on specific tactics with our attack and defence, as well as utilising our extra man. Katie has really emphasised getting off to an early start so that we can set ourselves up for the season and not be playing catch up.

Has anyone been lighting up the pool or looked to improved on their seasons last year?

Most of the girls look really good. It’s amazing that Glencora McGhie has just popped out twins and is looking fitter and better than ever. The Australian girls Lilian (Hedges) and Zoe (Arancini) are always on fire. The young girls have just come back from nationals themselves and are fit as a fiddle.


The Marlins came away with 2 from 2 over the weekend against the Adelaide Jets. For the full match review click here!

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1 on 1 with Mariners captain Joel Swift

We sat down with Fremantle Mariners captain Joel Swift before the team headed off to Adelaide for round 1 of the AWL Season.

Fremantle Water Polo Captain – Joel Swift

It’s been a long few months of training getting ready for this first game, tell us a bit about the teams preparation and training?

It’s a bit different this year. Some of the older guys have left the WAIS institute to focus on work commitments, stepping away from international water polo. This has created more of a team atmosphere as a lot of the boys have been training with Freo all year. The chemistry and bond with the boys is really good. We’re really prepared for round 1 and ready to go.

Has this final week of training been any different knowing that the first match is so close?

A few specific game tactics. Our fitness is there, so we really want to focus on how we want to play.

With yourself being a Rio Olympian, how do you share that experience with the younger players?

I try to lead by example at training and have a good attitude. We want our players to enjoy playing and have fun, but not muck around when it’s time to work and take things seriously. I’m always happy to share any coaching and tips with the younger guys where I can to help them improve.

Is there anything the team has emphasised during training?

 The spine of our team is really good. We’ve got some very good Centre Backs. We try to play through those players and are younger guys fill the peripheral positions and get on the attack and score for us.

Has anyone been lighting up the pool or looked to improved on their seasons last year?

We’ve had a lot of young guys come in and really push for a spot. These guys make it very competitive for a spot in the team. They continue to improve as a whole, making the depth of the squad a lot stronger. Training is more competitive because of this and it shows great signs for the future of our team.


The Mariners came away with 2 from 2 over the weekend against the Adelaide Jets. For the full match review click here!

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Fremantle Water Polo 2019 AWL Round 1 Wrap up

On Friday night the Fremantle Water Polo squads made the trip to Adelaide
to kick off round 1 of the 2019 AWL Season, taking on the Adelaide Jets. Four matches were held over the weekend which saw Fremantle taking the “W” on each occasion. This meant both teams came away from the first round with the maximum 8 points. This was a great result, placing both the Mariners and Marlins on top of their league ladders respectively.

See below for more details on the action:

Marlins players after winning their first match of the season

GAME 1: Marlins (womens) defeated Adelaide (womens)

Full match score: 12-8

Throughout the first half, the Jets answered each of the Marlins goals, with scores locked at 4-4 at half time. The second half however saw the Marlins pull ahead to a four-goal lead, to finish up the game 12-8.

Goal Scorers: 4: Zoe Arancini, Fanny VALYI, 1: Sofia Chaves, Kate Abbey-Wardale, Erin Redbond, Pia Rodgers

GAME 2: Mariners (mens) defeated Adelaide (mens)

Full match score: 10-6

The Mariners kept their opposition scoreless in the first half, with captain Joel Swift leading from the front scoring 2 of his own. The second half saw six goals scored by each team, but the dominant early start by the Mariners team had done enough to set them up for victory, winning comfortably in the end by four goals.

Goal Scorers: 3: Joel Swift, 2: Timothy Neesham, Jordan Kremers-Taylor, 1: James Fannon, Clancy Neesham, Davis Verboon

Mariners players before their first game

GAME 3: Marlins (womens) defeated Adelaide (womens)

Full match score: 22-11

The Marlins 2nd match was a goal scoring bonanza, with a total of 35 goals scored. We came out of the blocks strong, ending the first quarter with a three goal lead.

The Marlins kept the opposition goalless in the second quarter and charged forward with another three goals finishing the first half with a 12-5 lead. The second half saw the Jets regain some composure, however the Marlins were two strong and showed exceptional power in the last half of the road trip, motoring through to take the win 22-13.

Goal Scorers: 7: Zoe Arancini, 4: Lara Zimmerman, 3: Madeleine Quinn, Erin Redbond, 2: Fanny VALYI, Sarah Leavy, 1: Pia Rodgers

GAME 4: Mariners (mens) defeated Adelaide (mens)

Full match score: 11-10

The second mens game for the weekend got off to a great start with the Mariners leading 3-0 after the first quarter. The second quarter saw Fremantle trade goals with Adelaide, finishing the half ahead at 7-3.

In the second half Adelaide fought back with a vengeance, drawing ahead at 7-8, midway through the 3rd quarter. The final few minutes of the quarter saw a flurry of goals from Fremantle with 2 quick goals in succession from the “Montenegrin Monolith”, Tomasevic and the conversion of a penalty by Kremers-Taylor – The Mariners maintained a lead of 2 heading into the final quarter.

In the final quarter Fremantle were again met with a fiesty reception from the home town team. With veterans James Fannon and Nick Redbond both out of the game with 3 fouls the team needed to dig deep. In the final 2 minutes of the game the Jets managed to get back within a goal at 10-11.

With 45 seconds to go, a classically intense encounter between Tim Neesham and the opposition saw the home team awarded a penalty. The only thing stopping the Jets from pulling level was 19 year old Mariners goal keeper Flynn Mais. With the weight of the team on his shoulders, Mais managed to keep his nerve and block the shot. The Mariners held on in a nail biter to win 10-11.

Goal Scorers: 4: Petar Tomasevic, Jordan Kremers-Taylor, 1: Joel Swift, James Fannon, Timothy Neesham

AWL Stat Leaders:

Rio Olympian Zoe Arancini and returning Mariner Jordan Kremers-Taylor, who has returned this season after two seasons playing in the French League, performed exceptionally well. They currently sit first and second on the league top goal scorers list with 11 and 6 goals respectively.

Both our teams will resume training ahead of our next match on Saturday March 2nd against the UWA Torpedoes at our home ground in Bicton. Stay tuned in to our Facebook and Website to keep up to date and follow us on our journey in season 2019!

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Australian captain Zoe Arancini leads her country to a series win over Japan

Over the weekend the Australian women’s team made a clean sweep of their Test Match series against Japan at the Valley Pool in Brisbane. Fremantle Marlin, Zoe Arancini captained the Aussie Stingers who won the decider 20-9 in a dominate performance.

Arancini, a Rio Olympian and 3 time AWL Champion (07′, 08′, and 14′), had this to say about the series: “Great way to start, two wins from two. You can’t ask for a better way to start and we’ll look to improve on our performances throughout the year.”

“I don’t think I’ve ever played in front of a crowd like this in Australia since the World Championships in 2007. It’s so fantastic to see all the juniors out here tonight to cheer us and the men on,” said Arancini.

Lilian Hedges

Joined by Arancini was fellow Fremantle Marlin, Lilian Hedges. Hedges, is an accomplished goalkeeper who is coming off a massive 2018 season where she was voted as the 2018 FINA World League Intercontinental Cup Goalkeeper of the Tournament. Lilian and Zoe enjoying the sights in Budapest

 

This is great preparation for the girls for the season opener of the AWL OVO 2019 Season on Saturday February 2. The Marlins will play against the Adelaide Jets in Adelaide, with their first home match of the season locked in at the Bicton Pool for March 2nd against the UWA Torpedoes.

To follow FWP please stay up to date with our website and social media pages as we move closer to AWL 2019!