Mixed results for WA teams against Balmain

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THE winning ways of the Fremantle Marlins and Mariners continued in Round 6 of the OVO Australian Water Polo League while the UWA Torpedoes weren’t quite so lucky playing host to the Balmain Tigers.

For the first time this season an eastern states based team made the trip west for the four games in four days against the two West Australian teams in the competition and it was a mixed visit for Balmain.

Things got underway on Thursday night at HBF Stadium with Balmain beating UWA in the women’s contest, 13-7. The men’s clash also brought about a win for the Tigers over the Torpedoes, 10-6.

Balmain then went to Bicton Pool on Friday night with the Fremantle Marlins beginning with a 15-9 women’s victory over the Tigers. The Fremantle Mariners then also beat the Tigers 11-10 in a cracking contest.

It was back to HBF Stadium on Saturday starting with a women’s battle that again saw Balmain prevail over UWA, 10-6. The Tigers then scored the last three goals against the Torpedoes to prevail in the men’s match 5-3.

Balmain’s visit west finished on Sunday at Bicton Pool and it began with a women’s defeat for Fremantle who the Tigers beat 6-1. But Fremantle got one back in the men’s match with the Mariners defeating Balmain 9-1.

ROUND 1 OVO AWL WA TEAMS RECAP 
ROUND 2 OVO AWL WA TEAMS RECAP 
ROUND 5 OVO AWL WA TEAMS RECAP 
ROUND 6 OVO AWL WA TEAMS RECAP 

The results after Round 6 leave the Torpedoes and Marlins still battling for a finals position in the women’s competition. UWA currently sits in sixth position with four wins and six losses from their 10 matches played.

Fremantle is just behind in seventh position with four wins. But the Marlins have only played five games so have suffered just the one defeat in 2019 to date which took place on Sunday hosting Balmain.

As far as the men’s competition is concerned, the Fremantle Mariners currently sit in fifth position in the standings having won all five of their games played so far with a positive 18 goal differential.

The youthful Torpedoes are still stuck on the two wins for the season which came against the Cronulla Sharks on their Sydney road trip back in Round 2 from 10 matches.

This weekend sees UNSW Wests make the trip to Perth for the run of four games in four days against the WA-based teams in what should be an eventful trip.

The UNSW Wests Killer Whales are the defending champions in the women’s competition and have started the 2019 season strongly with a 7-2 record as they head over for the games against the Marlins and Torpedoes who are desperate to play finals in 2019.

It’s a strong UNSW Wests Magpies team as well in the men’s competition. They are undefeated after nine matches in 2019 and have a strong outfit that includes former Torpedoes star Andrew Ford.

So far this season, Nicolas Constantin-Bicari has scored 31 goals in nine games for the Magpies with Richie Campbell having also scored 17, Ford 17, Lachlan Hollis 15, Charlie Negus 10 and Jarrod Gilchrist 10.

ROUND 6 OVO AWL RESULTS
WOMEN
THURSDAY MARCH 7
UWA Torpedoes 7 lost to Balmain Tigers 13 – HBF Stadium

FRIDAY MARCH 8
Fremantle Marlins 15 defeated Balmain Tigers 9 – Bicton Pool

SATURDAY MARCH 9
UWA Torpedoes 6 lost to Balmain Tigers 10 – HBF Stadium

SUNDAY MARCH 10
Fremantle Marlins 1 lost to Balmain Tigers 6 – Bicton Pool

 

MEN
THURSDAY MARCH 7
UWA Torpedoes 6 lost to Balmain Tigers 10 – HBF Stadium

FRIDAY MARCH 8
Fremantle Mariners 11 defeated Balmain Tigers 10 – Bicton Pool

SATURDAY MARCH 9
UWA Torpedoes 3 lost to Balmain Tigers 5 – HBF Stadium

SUNDAY MARCH 10
Fremantle Mariners 9 defeated Balmain Tigers 1 – Bicton Pool

 

ROUND 7 OVO AWL FIXTURES
THURSDAY MARCH 14
Fremantle Marlins/Mariners v UNSW Wests Killer Whales/Magpies – Bicton Pool (Women: 7.00pm, Men: 8.30pm)

FRIDAY MARCH 15
UWA Torpedoes v UNSW Wests Killer Whales/Magpies – UWA Aquatic Centre (Women: 6.30pm, Men: 8.00pm)

SATURDAY MARCH 16
Fremantle Marlins/Mariners v UNSW Wests Killer Whales/Magpies – Bicton Pool (Women: 6.30pm, Men: 8.00pm)

SUNDAY MARCH 17
UWA Torpedoes v UNSW Wests Killer Whales/Magpies – HBF Stadium (Women: 10.00am, Men: 11.30am)

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