MELVILLE’s water polo teams enter the Christmas and New Year break with the men’s Sharks fresh off a grand final defeat while the women’s Marlins remain unbeaten on top of the table.
The Sharks narrowly lost 10-8 to UWA City Beach Bears earlier this month.
The majority of that Melville team will now form the Fremantle Mariners squad in the National Water Polo League starting in January with Olympian Joel Swift hoping to have overcome a shoulder injury to be a key participant.
“I personally am happy with the change to the schedule this year as games were conflicting with national league games and obviously it is very hard to play two games on the same day,” Swift said.
“I’m really excited for it, I have been away from Australia for the past three seasons playing professionally in Hungary but now I am looking forward to joining old team mates and friends playing for Fremantle and can hopefully get back to the finals.”
The rest of the squad will take part in the Challenge Cup which also runs from January.
Meanwhile, the Melville Marlins remain unbeaten atop the women’s Premier League competition having won all five of their matches.
Their last win was a 16-1 thumping of the North Coast Phoenix at Bicton Pool.
That sees the Marlins on top of the table with a 5-0 record ahead of the UWA City Beach Bears (4-1), Triton (3-3), North Coast Phoenix (2-4) and Dolphins (0-6).
The women’s Premier League will now take a break until Saturday January 21.
The season resumes with the Marlins taking on the winless Dolphins at Claremont Pool.