Melville Marlins still big fish, men mixing it up

THE Melville Marlins remain on top of the Water Polo WA Premier League after another victory on Saturday but it was a mixed day for the two men’s teams in Round 13.

The Marlins improved to a 9-1 record by beating Triton 8-4 at Bicton Pool while in men’s action, the Saints defeated Triton 18-5 at Beatty Park. At the same venue, the Sharks fell to the Dolphins in a tight affair 7-6.

It was another strong performance by the league-leading Marlins. They led Triton 4-2 at half-time and then dominated the second half with another four goals to two.

Katie Finucane, Abbey Grosse, Jiorja Ralston and Madeleine Quinn all scored twice for the Marlins.

In the men’s competition, the Saints got off to a slow start, with Triton leading 3-1 at quarter-time. However, the Saints dominated from there with the first five goals of the second period, the only six of the third and then four to one in the fourth.

Jacob Jones scored four goals for the Saints, with Jack Marshall, Nicholas Elphick and Alex Gunnell all adding three.

The Sharks and Dolphins played the thriller of the day. The Dolphins opened a 3-1 lead during the second period and were up 5-2 early in the fourth, but the Sharks came firing back with the next three goals to tie scores. The Dolphins scored with seven seconds left to win.

Jordan Kremers-Taylor scored five goals for the Sharks.

The final round of 2015 will take place this Saturday. The Marlins have a bye in the women’s competition but the men’s teams have a battle against one another.

The Saints and Sharks will face off on Saturday at Bicton Pool from 3pm.