THE Water Polo WA Women’s Premier League gets underway this Saturday with the new-look competition featuring teams from both the Fremantle and UWA conferences.
The Premier League has undergone significant changes since the end of last season earlier this year when the Melville Marlins again prevailed beating the UWA City Beach Bears in the grand final.
The new-look Premier League this season sees the teams split into a conference system with four teams representing the Fremantle Conference and three teams in the UWA Conference.
The season gets underway this Saturday and starting with the Fremantle Conference that will see the Melville Marlins play the Dolphins and the North Coast Phoenix take on Applecross both at Bicton Pool.
The Melville Marlins team is star-studded featuring Glencora McGhie, Mercedes Ralph, Madeleine Quinn, Erin Redbond and Chloe Nella.
Dolphins’ team includes the likes of Katie Smith, Amy Sturgeon, Joey Beare, Sinead Cockcroft and the on-loan Lillian Hedges.
Applecross is another team fielded by Melville and will include Brydie Neesham, Sophie Pontre, Sofia Chaves, Lara Zimmerman, Kate Abbey-Wardale and Pia Rodgers.
The opening match in the UWA Conference takes place on Saturday as well with Triton taking on the UWA City Beach Blues. That will take place at HBF Stadium from 4pm.
The UWA City Beach Bears have the opening round bye.
Triton’s team includes Jenna Sanders, Victoria Brown, Jamie Oberman, Clair Whittaker, Zoe Ward, Sam Shead, Chelsey Barrett, Caitlin Read, Heather Laird, Olivia Townsend, Tayla Barbas, Genevieve Longman and Georgina Kovacs.
PREMIER LEAGUE 2017-18 WOMEN’S COMPETITION FIXTURES
ROUND 1 – Saturday October 14
Melville Marlins v Dolphins – Bicton Pool 3.30pm
North Coast Phoenix v Applecross – Bicton Pool 4.45pm
Triton v UWA City Beach Blues – HBF Stadium 4pm
PREMIER LEAGUE 2017-18 WOMEN’S SQUADS
Zoe Arancini, Glencora McGhie, Mercedes Ralph, Madelaine Quinn, Erin Redbond, Chloe Nella, Pia Rodgers, Ellie Gunnell, Jiorja Ralston, Kassia Ralston, Lucy Marsh, Chloe Lake, Olivia Simes, Manon Gebauer, Amy Corcoran, Sophie Simpson, Ruby Grovs, Claire Finucane, Jodi Hampel, Amity Reid
Katie Smith, Amy Sturgeon, Joey Beare, Sinead Cockcroft, Lil Hedges, Rachel Lagdon, Megan McKee, Laura Beare, Nicola Barret, Gabi Taranto, Darcey Wilson, Akira Remaj
Brydie Neesham, Sophie Pontre, Sofia Chaves, Lara Zimmerman, Kate Abbey-Wardale, Ebony Brown, Sarah Leavy, Brook Pensini, Bronte Barber, Nina Thomas, Kelly Parks, Katie Finucane, Gabbie French, Jarrah Taylor-Smith, Stella Watson, Lucy Chaffer, Helen Gillausseyn, Alyssa Thorn, Bridgette Ireland
Carrina Hurrache, Jenna Sanders, Victoria Brown, Heather Scott, Jamie Oberman, Clair Whittaker, Zoe Ward, Sam Shead, Chelsey Barrett, Caitlin Read, Heather Laird, Olivia Townsend, Tayla Barbas, Genevieve Longman, Georgina Kovacs, Crosby Brandis, Erin Gray