Melville Marlins win Women’s A-Grade crown

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THE Melville Marlins have ended 2019 on a high ensuring Fremantle will enter the 2020 Australian Water Polo League full of confidence after winning the Women’s A-Grand Grand Final over Triton on Saturday at Bicton Pool.

The revamped Women’s A-Grade competition was played out prior to Christmas this summer to overcome the difficulties that come when trying to go up against the national AWL season once it’s up and running early in the new year.

That all led up to Saturday’s Grand Final at Bicton Pool and it was the Melville Marlins who prevailed 15-5 to take out the 2019 premiership flag.

Melville opened Saturday’s Grand Final in the scorching conditions at the picturesque venue scoring the only two goals of the first quarter courtesy of Erin Redbond and Pia Rodgers.

The Marlins’ lead then great to 4-0 after goals to Glencora McGhie and a penalty to Caitlin Read to open the second quarter. Triton did get on the board thanks to Natasha Oberman but Melville went into half-time leading 5-2.

That advantage grew to 6-2 to start the second half when Ebony Neesham scored but Katie Smith was able to quickly reply for Triton.

However, by three quarter-time the Marlins had shot out to a 9-3 advantage and they would end up scoring six goals to two in the last period to come away with the 15-5 victory and to claim the pennant for 2019 in the Women’s A-Grade competition.

Glencora McGhie and Erin Redbond both scored three goals apiece for the winning Marlins while Ebony Brown, Pia Rodgers and Luci Marsh scored two apiece. Millie Martino scored two of the five goals for Triton.

After the match, Glencora McGhie received the Andy Meloncelli Award as the Player of the Grand Final.

Meanwhile in the bronze medal playoff for the 2019 Women’s A-Grade season was played earlier on Saturday afternoon at the HBF Stadium Outdoor Pool between UWA Water Polo Club and Applecross.

The end result saw UWA defeat Applecross 11-7 to finish the season in third position.

Allison Wieseler ended up scoring three goals three goals for the winning UWA team while Kimberley Johnson scored three as well. Glenda Morgan scored two goals as well as did Pippa Pedley with Bec Liddle scoring the other goal for the winners.

Also on Grand Final day on Saturday, the fairest and best winner for the 2019 Women’s A-Grade season was announced and it went to Jamie Oberman of Triton.