THE South Fremantle Bloods moved further clear on top of the Men’s Premier League Fremantle Conference with another win on Saturday while Port Colts continued their good form and the Rangers also made it a fifth win for the 2017-18 season in the UWA Conference.
It was Round 7 Men’s Premier League action on Saturday leading into the second round of Cross Conference battles that are to come this Saturday ahead.
The Fremantle Conference match ups at Bicton Pool saw the South Fremantle Bloods consolidate their place on top of the standings with a 10-3 victory over Dolphins. Port Colts continued their good form as well defeating Melville Sharks 9-4.
Those results leave the South Fremantle Bloods on top of the Fremantle Conference with a 5-1 record. That’s where things are getting tight with the Melville Sharks and Port Colts both sitting at 3-3. Dolphins are 1-5.
Then in the UWA Conference on Saturday at HBF Stadium, the Rangers prevailed against the UWA City Beach Blues 12-3. Flotsam also defeated Triton via forfeit.
That leaves Rangers leading the UWA Conference with a 5-1 record with Flotsam 4-2 courtesy of the forfeit and Triton slipping to 3-3 because of their forfeit. The youthful UWA City Beach team is 0-6.
Following seven rounds of the 2017-18 season, it’s Florian Naroska of Triton as the competition’s leading scorer with 19 goals. Will McKay of the South Fremantle Bloods has scored 16 goals and Luca Altieri of the Port Colts 15.
Joel Swift (Melville Sharks) has 14 goals, Lach Pethick (Rangers) 14, Nick Redbond (Sharks) 12, Will Lantzke (Rangers) 11, Nick Hughes (Flotsam) 11, Petar Tomasevic (Bloods) 10, Tim Putt (Rangers) 10 and Brett McGhie (Triton) 10.
Starting with the Men’s Premier League action at Bicton Pool, the South Fremantle Bloods took on Dolphins. It was the Bloods who made a statement early with the opening five goals of the contest up until five minutes remaining in the second quarter.
Dolphins eventually got on the board courtesy of Jeremy Carbone, but the Bloods then finished the half strongly with goals to Will McKay and Nick Elphick to lead 7-1 at the change of ends.
South Fremantle hit the only goal of the third quarter through McKay again and then the Bloods went on to claim the 10-3 victory after two goals apiece in the final period.
Petar Tomasevic scored twice for South Fremantle as did Scott Chrystal and Will McKay. Jeremy Carbone also finished with two goals for Dolphins.
Tomasevic was awarded the three votes after the game, Marko Draksimovic two and McKay one.
The second Round 7 clash at Bicton Pool then saw the Port Colts take on the Melville Sharks. It was an even contest for the first seven minutes before the Port Colts took a 2-1 lead just before quarter-time with a goal to Luca Altieri.
The Colts then scored the only two goals of the second period and then the first three of the third to lead 6-1 following goals to Davis Verboon (two) and Altieri.
The Sharks did eventually score a couple in-a-row thanks to Nick Redbond but Port Colts finished strongly with the last two goals to Neesham and Altieri to win 9-4.
Luca Altieri finished with four goals for Port Colts and Davis Verboon two. Nick Redbond hit two goals for the Melville Sharks.
Luca Altieri received the three votes, Drew Verboon two and Redbond one.
Then at HBF Stadium, it was the battle of UWA teams with City Beach with a team full of youngsters taking on a Rangers team with a host of UWA Torpedoes national league stars.
The experience of Rangers paid off early as they scored the only two goals of the first quarter through Will Lantzke and Lach Pethick, and then the first two of the second term through Lachie Vos scoring both.
City Beach then got on the board when Hamish White found the inside of the posts but Rangers scored last before half-time to lead 5-1 with a goal to Tim Putt.
Rangers’ lead became 6-1 to start the second half with a goal to Oliver Davis. City Beach scored next thanks to White again before Rangers went up 7-2 at three quarter-time when Lantzke scored his second of the game.
It was another five goals to one in the fourth quarter from the Rangers as they claimed the 12-3 victory.
Will Lantzke scored three goals for Rangers, Lachie Voss three, Lach Pethick two and Tim Putt two. Hamish White scored twice for City Beach.
Vos claimed the three votes, Putt two and UWA City Beach goalkeeper Toby White one.
PREMIER LEAGUE 2017-18 MEN’S COMPETITION RESULTS
ROUND 7 – Saturday November 25
South Fremantle Bloods 10 defeated Dolphins 3
Port Colts 9 defeated Melville Sharks 4
UWA City Beach Blues 3 lost to Rangers 12
Flotsam defeated Triton via forfeit