THE new-look Men’s Premier League season for 2017-18 will begin this Saturday with two matches from the Fremantle Conference and two from the UWA Conference at Bicton Pool and HBF Stadium respectively.
The Men’s Premier League season of 2016 wrapped up pre-Christmas with the UWA City Beach Bears beating the Melville Sharks in the grand final at Bicton Pool.
But then when the National Water Polo League season began in January, the UWA and Fremantle players turned their focus to that while the rest of the Premier League players took part in a Challenge Cup campaign.
It was decided a review into the Premier League was required by Water Polo WA and the result has been a two-conference, eight-team competition that begins this Saturday and will conclude in March.
Round 1 matches from the Fremantle Conference take place this Saturday at Bicton Pool with the Melville Sharks taking on the Dolphins while two other Melville-entered teams, the Port Colts and South Fremantle Bloods will also do battle.
The Melville Sharks team will feature the likes of Joel Swift, Nick Redbond, Jake Leavy, James Fannon, Jack Marshall, Jordan Lake and Jacob Jones, and be coached by David Leavy.
The South Fremantle Bloods team will include Ed Slade, Michael Brown, Petar Tomasevic, Nick O’Halloran, Kieran Bayles, Nick Elphick, Scott Chrystal and Will Mackay, and be coached by Rod Brown.
Gerard Neesham will be coach of the Port Colts with that group including the likes of Flynn Mais, Tom Prior, Drew Verboon, Clancy Neesham, Alex Petrov, Luca Altieri, Davis Verboon and Michael Altieri.
Dolphins also have a strong-looking group including Marko Draksimovic, James Beare, Tom Beare, Jeremy Carbone, Harry Paterson, Tim Bailey, Xandy Buckland, Harry Foley, Adrian Battley, Tibor Seress, Peter Gaunt and Dorab Postmaster.
City Beach will feature the likes of Callum Storey, Byron Kelly, Matthew Murphy, Nick Murphy, Lachlan Emmanuel, Eddie Taranto, Matija Spanja, Aron Kovacs and Oliver Shelldrick.
Flotsam is a City Beach-entered team and will include the likes of Nick Hughes, Andrew Ford, Alex Bogunovich, Fraser Smith, Matthew Hughes and Drew Lilleyman.
Rangers is another City Beach team and will include Harry Konowalous, Will Lantzke, Lachie Vos, Lach Pethick, Tom Powell, Tom Rigoll, Tim Putt and Jed Thompson.
Triton is a standalone team but will be boosted by the presence of Florian Naroska, Gaby Tebar, Brett McGhie, Matt Oberman and Lewis Putt.
PREMIER LEAGUE 2017-18 MEN’S COMPETITION FIXTURES
ROUND 1 – Saturday October 14
Melville Sharks v Dolphins – Bicton Pool 1pm
Port Colts v South Fremantle Bloods – Bicton Pool 2.15pm
City Beach v Flotsam – HBF Stadium 1pm
Rangers v Triton – HBF Stadium 2.30pm
PREMIER LEAGUE 2017-18 MEN’S SQUADS
Nicholas Deluca (GK), Harry Mayer (GK), Joel Swift, Nicholas Redbond, Jake Leavy, James Fannon, Jack Marshall, Jordan Lake, Jacob Jones
Matthew Quinn, Alastair Bruce, Darcy Lade, Cody Smith, Lucas Jones, Max Garbutt-Wilkins, Taj Mueller, Luke Claridge, Tristan Crouch, Tom Ball, Harry Cranswick, Rory Orrells, Ben Kullack, Tom Harries, Matt Powers, Colin Powers, Will Powers
Marko Draksimovic (GK), James Beare, Tom Beare, Jeremy Carbone, Harry Paterson, Tim Bailey, Callan Sturgeon, Sam Dobney, Xandy Buckland, Taegan Jolly, Gene Lagdon, Harry Foley, Oliver Tyndall, Adrian Battley, John Bell, Tibor Seress, Peter Gaunt, Luke Swanson, Dorab Postmaster, Andras Jo-Kovacs
Flynn Mais (GK), Tom Prior, Drew Verboon, Clancy Neesham, Alex Petrov, Luca Altieri, Davis Verboon, Michael Altieri
Oliver Girdwood, Hudson Bliss, Lachie Benetti, Mitchell Gerritzen, Gavin Lewis, Toby Muir, Tex Sjerp (GK), Oliver Chiari, Kalani Ireland, Matt Colliss, Aaron Oughtibridge, Nick Moorman, Richard Paganin, Harry Bruce, Rory Johnston, Elijah Neesham, Liam Hall, Tom Hartmann (GK)
SOUTH FREMANTLE BLOODS
Eddie Slade (GK), Michael Brown, Peter Tomasevic, Nick O’Halloran, Kieran Bayles, Nick Elphick, Scott Chrystal, Will Mackay
Nicholas McMahon, Hamish Blair, Alex Gunnell, Alex Lee, Jack French, Tim Neesham, Adam Richardson, John Neesham, Christian Hoad, Cam Togher, Josh Leigh, Stefan D’Acunto, Ben Cooper (GK), Elliot James, Adam Yeates, Ben Norman, Nick Shellabear, Con Regan Jr
Callum Storey, Byron Kelly, Matthew Murphy, Nick Murphy, Lachlan Emanuel, Riley Maurich, Eddie Taranto, Luke Scott, Matija Spanja, Hamish White, Toby White, Sam Rowbottom, Joe Bonadeo, Ben Marshall, Aron Kovacs, Oliver Shelldrick
Damian Williams, Nick Hughes, Andrew Ford, Alex Bogunovich, Henry Brown, Thomas Sangster, Fraser Smith, Mathew Hughes, Drew Lilleyman, Tarrin Williams, Flynn Blackburn
Harry Konowalous, Will Lantzke, Lachlan Vos, Lach Pethick, Tom Rigoll, Tom Powell, Christian Kyriakou, Tim Putt, Oliver Davis, Jed Thompson, Matthew Gibb, Connor Smith
Hamish St George, Florian Naroska, Gaby Tebar, Brett McGhie, Jack Perry, Max Contessi, Matt Oberman, Lewis Putt, Jayden Horne