Water polo: Mixed fortunes in pool as Marlins lose, Mariners win

Contrasting outcomes for the Marlins and Mariners at the weekend.
Contrasting outcomes for the Marlins and Mariners at the weekend.

WEB BYLINE: Chris Pike

THE Fremantle Marlins lost two heartbreaking penalty shootouts to the Wests Killer Whales at the weekend while the Mariners kept their finals hopes alive with two big wins over the Magpies.

It was a big two nights of National Water Polo League action at Bicton Pool as Fremantle hosted the University of NSW Wests teams.

Both women’s contests between came down to penalty shootouts with scores locked up at the end of full-time.

Unfortunately for the Fremantle women, UNSW Wests won both to put a dent in the third-placed Marlins bid for a top two finish.

Meanwhile, the men’s Mariners scored two upset wins over the Magpies, triumphing 13-8 on Thursday and 9-6 on Saturday against a UNSW West team that is second on the table.

It revives the Mariners finals hopes, moving the men to an 11-8 record and sixth spot on the ladder.

The Fremantle men and women now turn their attention to the Brisbane Barracudas who travel to Perth for clashes at Bicton Pool on Friday and Sunday.

Meanwhile it is finals time in the local women’s Premier League with the semi-finals to take place this weekend.

The Melville Marlins forfeited their match on Saturday against Triton due to NWPL commitments for Fremantle later that night.

Technically it was the Melville women’s first loss of the season but it did not happen in the pool.

The top-of-the-table Marlins had already booked a semi-final clash this Saturday against the fourth-placed North Coast Phoenix.

A win and Melville will be straight into the grand final the following Saturday at HBF Stadium against either UWA City Beach Bears or Triton.