THE final round of the Men’s Premier League for 2017 ahead of the Christmas and New Year break took place across two game days with wins for the South Fremantle Bloods, Port Colts, Triton and UWA Rangers.
The Round 10 Fremantle Conference action in the Men’s Premier League saw the South Fremantle Bloods beat the Melville Sharks 9-7 and the Port Colts defeat Dolphins 14. Both games took place at Bicton Pool.
However, the Sharks were awarded the win against the Bloods afterwards.
Those results leave the South Fremantle Bloods in top spot with six wins and two losses. The Port Colts are second at 4-4 just ahead of the Melville Sharks who are also 4-4. The Dolphins sit fourth at 2-6.
The UWA Conference action took place at HBF Stadium’s Outdoor Pool on Saturday with Triton defeating UWA City Beach 8-3 and the UWA Rangers beating Flotsam 10-4.
That means that Rangers remain in first place at 6-2 ahead of Flotsam (5-3), Triton (5-3) and UWA City Beach (0-8).
The only Fremantle Conference match up that took place on the Saturday at Bicton Pool was between the Bloods and Sharks.
The Sharks scored first courtesy of Cody Smith before South Fremantle responded before quarter-time thanks to Hamish Blair.
The Sharks then pulled away with two goals to start the second term with Joel Swift and James Fannon the scorers. Once more the Bloods responded with three goals to Nick Elphick to take the 4-3 advantage into the change of ends for the half.
It took almost five minutes into the second half for the first goal and that went South Fremantle’s way through Alex Gunnell. A penalty from Elphick with 36 seconds left then saw the Bloods lead 6-3 by three quarter-time.
That grew to 7-3 to start the fourth term with a goal for the Bloods to Gunnell and his team went on to score the 9-7 victory.
Nick Elphick and Alex Gunnell scored four goals each for South Fremantle. James Fannon also hit four goals for the Sharks and Joel Swift two.
Ed Slade was awarded the three votes for his efforts in goal for the Bloods with Fannon receiving the two votes and Gunnell the one.
The other Fremantle Conference match took place Wednesday night with Port Colts defeated Dolphins 14-3.
The Colts set the game up early with the only three goals of the opening quarter thanks to Christian Hoad, Luke Pavillard and Hoad again. It was another four goals to nil in the second period for Port Colts with the scores coming from Pavillard, Alex Petrov, Hoad and Pavillard again.
The Port Colts made sure they scored the opening eight goals when they started the second half with a score to Tom Prior. The Dolphins did get on the board with the next two goals thanks to Tibor Seress and Jeremy Carbone.
But the Colts scored the last two goals of the third quarter from Drew Verboon and Petrov to lead 10-2. That became 14-3 by the final whistle after four more goals to one in the last term.
Christian Hoad and Luke Pavillard scored three goals each for Port Colts. Alex Petrov, Tom Prior and Drew Verboon added two each.
Pavillard received the three votes, Hoad two and Prior one.
However, the result wouldn’t stand with the Melville Sharks awarded the win afterwards.
Then at HBF Stadium in UWA Conference action, Triton took on UWA City Beach to open proceedings. The only two goals of the first quarter went Triton’s way courtesy of Gaby Tebar and Matt Oberman.
UWA City Beach did open the second quarter scoring thanks to Riley Childs but Triton responded through Antony Matkovich and Max Contessi to lead 4-1 at half-time.
That soon became 6-1 to open the second half following Triton goals to Florian Naroska and Oberman. UWA City Beach pulled one back before three quarter-time from Luke Scott.
Triton then scored the first two goals of the fourth term through Matkovich and Oberman before UWA City Beach scored a consolation goal through Childs. Triton still won 8-3.
Matt Oberman scored three goals for Triton and Antony Matkovich two. Riley Childs scored twice for UWA City Beach.
Max Contessi received the three votes, Campbell Macaullay from UWA City Beach two and his teammate Billy Browne one.
PREMIER LEAGUE 2017-18 MEN’S COMPETITION RESULTS
ROUND 10 – Saturday December 16
South Fremantle Bloods 9 defeated Melville Sharks 7
Dolphins 3 lost to Port Colts 14
Triton 8 defeated UWA City Beach 3
UWA Flotsam 4 lost to UWA Rangers 10