THE Men’s A-Grade competition for the 2018-19 season took a break over the second half of December and through January after an eventful opening nine rounds with the action now set to resume on Saturday February 2 as the race for finals heats up.
The Men’s A-Grade competition was broken up into the Fremantle and UWA Conferences for the 2018-19 season.
Port Colts, South Fremantle Bloods, Melville Sharks and Dolphins are the four teams in the Fremantle Conference and UWA Flotsam, Triton, UWA City Beach and UWA Rangers make up the sides in the UWA Conference.
The breakdown of the season has been for there to be three straight rounds where the teams play one another from their own conference before a round of Cross Conference action.
It’s then back to playing teams in your own conference once more each before you battle a team from the rival conference. It creates for some exciting and fascinating water polo action and things are set up nicely right across both conferences at the mid-season break.
So far over the opening nine weeks of the 2018-19 season, there has been seven rounds of intra-conference play where teams have played one another in their own conferences, and two where they have played teams from the rival conference.
In the Fremantle Conference, the South Fremantle Bloods have so far been the standout team winning six of their seven matches.
They sit atop the standings ahead of Port Colts (4-3), Melville Sharks (3-3, one draw) and Dolphins (0-6, one draw).
Then in the UWA Conference, it’s UWA Flotsam who have been the standouts winning all seven of their games against teams in their own conference.
Triton and UWA City Beach have both won three games and lost four in the UWA Conference while UWA Rangers are 1-6.
And in the two rounds of Cross Conference action to date, the South Fremantle Bloods, Port Colts and Melville Sharks have been undefeated winning their games against UWA Conference opponents.
Dolphins and UWA Flotsam have split their two Cross Conference contests while UWA Rangers, UWA City Beach and Triton have all lost both their attempts against teams in the Fremantle Conference.
Following those impressive first nine rounds for the South Fremantle Bloods, Will Mackay is their leading scorer with 24 goals with Cody Smith having also scored 16 Petar Tomasevic 16, Alastair Bruce 15, Alex Gunnell 11 and Christian Hoad nine.
Meanwhile, Tom Prior has scored on 27 occasions already for Port Colts with his teammates Jordan Kremers-Taylor having scored 12 times, Elijah Neesham 12, Michael Altieri nine, Davis Verboon nine and Clancy Neesham eight.
Then for the Melville Sharks, James Fannon has 27 goals to his name, Joel Swift 16, Jordan Lake 11 and Harry Bruce eight.
And for Dolphins, Jeremy Carbone is leading the way with 15 goals, Harry Paterson eight, Peter Gaunt eight and Sam Dobney six.
As for the teams in the UWA Conference, Nick Hughes is leading the way for UWA Flotsam with 24 goals while Andrew Ford has 23, Gaelan Patterson 12, Tom Powell 11, Will Lantzke 11 and Lach Pethick eight.
For Triton, Matt Oberman has scored 16 times, Lewis Putt 12, Gaby Tebar five and Brad Mercer five in his lone appearance.
Sam Rowbottam has 11 goals to his credit for UWA City Beach, Matt Murphy 11, Ollie Sheldrick 10, Riley Maurich five, Byron Kelly five and Ben Marshall five.
And for the UWA Rangers, Menno Talbot has scored 11 goals, Campbell McAullay eight, Charlie Lennon seven, Riley Childs six and Julian Kyriakou five.
The 2018-19 Men’s A-Grade competition resumes on Saturday February 2 with Round 8 action in both the Fremantle and UWA Conferences.
The Fremantle Conference matches see the South Fremantle Bloods play Melville Sharks at Bicton Pool with Dolphins also taking on Port Colts.
Then in UWA Conference match ups at HBF Stadium, Triton plays UWA City Beach and UWA Flotsam takes on UWA Rangers.
MEN’S A-GRADE STANDINGS
South Fremantle Bloods 6-1
Port Colts 4-3
Melville Sharks 3-1-3
UWA Flotsam 7-0
UWA City Beach 3-4
UWA Rangers 1-6
South Fremantle Bloods 2-0
Port Colts 2-0
Melville Sharks 2-0
UWA Flotsam 1-1
UWA Rangers 0-2
UWA City Beach 0-2
MEN’S A-GRADE COMPETITION LEADING SCORERS
James Fannon (Melville Sharks) – 27
Tom Prior (Port Colts) – 27
Will McKay (South Fremantle Bloods) – 24
Nick Hughes (UWA Flotsam) – 24
Andrew Ford (UWA Flotsam) – 23
Cody Smith (South Fremantle Bloods) – 16
Joel Swift (Melville Sharks) – 16
Petar Tomasevic (South Fremantle Bloods) – 16
Jeremy Carbone (Dolphins) – 15
Alastair Bruce (South Fremantle Bloods) – 15
Jordan Kremers-Taylor (Port Colts) – 12
Elijah Neesham (Port Colts) – 12
Gaelan Patterson (UWA Flotsam) – 12