IT is derby time in the OVO Australian Water Polo League this Saturday night at Bicton Pool with the Fremantle Marlins and UWA Torpedoes women looking to keep their winning form going while the UWA men will look to bounce back against the Mariners.
It is Round 5 in the OVO AWL and it’s the first Western Derby in the competition for 2019 with Bicton Pool playing host. The women’s contest begins at 6.30pm with the men’s clash to start at 8.00pm.
For Fremantle, it will be their first piece of action this season since their Round 1 trip to Adelaide where they won all four of the match ups against the Jets.
They have now had a month’s break since then to gear up for hosting the Torpedoes on Saturday night.
Meanwhile, the Torpedoes have been busy having their annual week-long trip to Sydney and then a weekend in Adelaide all since Fremantle last played a game.
The Torpedoes women have made an encouraging start to the season winning four of seven games away from home as they look to continue the momentum at Bicton Pool on Saturday night.
Torpedoes coach Vaughn Thomson is looking forward to his first experience leading UWA into a derby against Fremantle as his team has the chance to make a statement against a rival they have traditionally struggled against.
“It will be a tough game. We know it will be physical like it always is when we play them. I just hope that we give them a good run for their money and put in a good performance. They are a solid team so it’s going to be a good game,” Thomson said.
“We are playing solid polo ourselves and the thing that might help us out a little is that we have this match fitness and they have only played two games, and they were against Adelaide. That might help us a bit but they are a solid team, they are very good.
“Sometimes you arrive at a team and you know you’re not going to beat them and don’t have a chance against them, but I haven’t heard that once. They are not silly, they know who the good players are and what to look out for, but they have never had that attitude that they can’t win.
“I do think that they believe they can beat any team and I do as well. I think we can beat any team, it’s about who arrives on the day with the attitude of wanting it more. Hopefully that’s us and we can walk away with the win.”
The UWA men, meanwhile, were disappointed to lose twice in Adelaide against the Jets meaning they will be looking to get their season back on track on Saturday against the Mariners.
ROUND 3 OVO AWL RESULTS
UWA Torpedoes 9 defeated Adelaide Jets 5 – SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre
UWA Torpedoes 14 defeated Adelaide Jets 6 – SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre
UWA Torpedoes 9 lost to Adelaide Jets 14 – SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre
UWA Torpedoes 10 lost to Adelaide Jets 11 – SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre
ROUND 5 OVO AWL FIXTURES
SATURDAY MARCH 2
Fremantle Marlins v UWA Torpedoes – Bicton Pool 6.30pm
Fremantle Mariners v UWA Torpedoes – Bicton Pool 8.00pm