SATURDAY saw the first Cross Conference action in the Men’s A-Grade competition for the 2018-19 season with the South Fremantle Bloods, Port Colts, Dolphins and Melville Sharks coming away with victories.
The 2018-19 Men’s A-Grade season opened with three rounds of teams doing battle with the other teams in their respective conferences, but on Saturday the teams from the Fremantle and UWA Conferences locked horns with one another and it produced some fascinating contests.
Two of the games took place Saturday afternoon at Bicton Pool with the Port Colts beating UWA City Beach 13-4 while the Melville Sharks also defeated UWA Flotsam in a thrilling battle.
The other two matches took place at HBF Stadium with the South Fremantle Bloods beating the UWA Rangers 16-3 and Dolphins defeated Triton 7-3.
The results mean that the Port Colts, South Fremantle Bloods and Melville Sharks all improve to 3-1 records on the season while it was a first win of the 2018-19 campaign for Dolphins.
The first of the Cross Conference action for the 2018-19 season got underway at HBF Stadium’s outdoor pool with the Rangers taking on the Bloods.
It was a big task for Rangers who had lost their three matches against UWA Conference rivals and it proved to be the cast. The Bloods went on to score the only four goals of the first quarter and then the only two of the second term to lead 6-0 at half-time.
The lead extended to 9-0 to start the second half before Rangers got on the board eventually courtesy of Charlie Emanuel. But South Fremantle continued on its way to the 16-3 victory.
Alex Gunnell and Cody Smith scored four goals each for the Bloods, Alastair Bruce three, Will Mackay two and Scott Chrystal two. Connor Brogan, Charlie Emanuel and Andrew Barber scored the goals for Rangers.
Gunnell received the three votes, Bruce two and Mackay one.
The other Cross Conference battle at HBF Stadium took place between Triton and Dolphins to close the afternoon’s Men’s action.
Triton started impressively with the only two goals of the first quarter thanks to Henry Brown and Matt Oberman. But Dolphins hit back with the only three goals of the second term to lead 3-2 by half-time.
Dolphins extended that advantage to 5-2 with another two goals in the third quarter before they won the game 7-3.
Tom Beare and Xandy Buckland scored two goals apiece for Dolphins with Matt Oberman also scoring twice for Triton.
Marko Draksimovic received the three votes, Buckland two and Cal Sturgeon one.
The other two Cross Conference match ups on Saturday took place at Bicton Pool starting with the Port Colts playing UWA City Beach.
Both teams traded the opening two goals of the game before the Port Colts went up 2-1 by quarter-time thanks to a goal from Tom Prior.
City Beach drew level to start the second quarter with a goal to Riley Maurich but Port Colts then pulled away with four of the next five goals to lead 6-3 by half-time.
That advantage grew to 7-3 to open the second half before Port Colts went on to take away the 13-4 victory.
Elijah Neesham scored four goals for Port Colts, Tom Prior three and Michael Altieri three. UWA City Beach’s goals were courtesy of Sam Rowbottam, Oliver Sheldrick,, Hamish White and Riley Maurich.
Prior received three votes, Port Colts’ Flynn Mais two and UWA City Beach’s Matthew Murphy one.
The last game of the afternoon then took place between the Melville Sharks and UWA Flotsam.
The Sharks scored the opening two goals courtesy of Joel Swift and Jordan Lake before Flotsam got on the board with the next three scores thanks to two from Andrew Ford and another from Tom Powell.
The Sharks again drew level to start the second quarter but Flotsam remained on top with the last two goals of the first half to lead 6-4 heading into the change of ends.
Flotsam’s lead then was 7-4 to start the second half with a goal to Nick Hughes. But the Sharks then hit back with the last two goals of the third quarter before drawing level to start the fourth period with a goal from Nick Redbond.
Flotsam then regained the lead with a goal to Powell before the Sharks answered through Swift. Flotsam went back on top thanks to Hughes but then the Sharks hit the final two goals both from Swift to claim the thrilling 10-9 victory.
Joel Swift finished with six goals for the Sharks and Harry Bruce two. Andrew Ford and Nick Hughes scored three goals each for Flotsam, and Tom Powell two.
Swift received the three votes, Ford two and Powell one.
MEN’S A-GRADE – ROUND 1
UWA Rangers 3 lost to MWPC South Fremantle Bloods 16
MWPC Port Colts 13 defeated UWA City Beach 4
Triton 3 lost to Dolphins 7
Melville Sharks 10 defeated UWA Flotsam 9