Water polo: Fremantle and Melville continue respective good runs of form


Melville Marlin Lauren Martin.
Melville Marlin Lauren Martin.

FREMANTLE hosted its first interstate visitors of the 2017 National Water Polo League (NWPL) season last weekend with the home team claiming three of four victories against the Balmain Tigers.

The women’s Marlins and the men’s Mariners welcomed Balmain to Bicton Pool with the women recording two tight wins and the men splitting their encounters.

The action began last Friday with the Marlins beating Balmain 12-10 in a tremendous contest.

Then on Sunday morning, the women again prevailed with an 8-7 score line, improving to a 10-3 record and third on the NWPL table.

In the corresponding men’s clashes, the Mariners beat Balmain 8-6 on Friday night before the Tigers got a measure of revenge on Sunday winning 7-6.

The Mariners now sit in eighth position on the men’s standings with a 6-7 record.

Fremantle remains at Bicton Pool this weekend to play the Hunter Hurricanes on Thursday and Saturday nights.

Meanwhile, the Melville Marlins remain undefeated in the women’s State Premier League season after a commanding 15-1 victory over Dolphins at Beatty Park.

The win improves Melville to a perfect 10-0 record after 13 rounds and came on the back of six goals from Kate Abbey-Wardale, three from Erin Redbond, three from Madeleine Quinn and two from Lauren Martin.

The Marlins will face a sterner test this Saturday against the UWA City Beach Bears at HBF Stadium.