THE two West Australian teams in the OVO Australian Water Polo League opened their 2020 seasons on Friday night in a Western Derby at Bicton Pool with two victories for Fremantle against the UWA Torpedoes.
While the 2020 OVO AWL season began a week earlier, both WA teams had the opening round bye setting the stage for a Western Derby opener to their campaigns at Bicton Pool on Friday night.
It was an important way to start the season for both teams in the women’s and men’s competitions ahead of a road trip for each of them.
Things got underway with the women’s contest and in the end that saw the Fremantle Marlins defeating the Torpedoes 15-6. The men’s match then followed and that saw a victory also for the Fremantle Marlins over UWA, to the tune of 14-8.
It was an impressive start to the AWL season in the women’s competition for the Marlins as they went on to record the nine-goal victory against the Torpedoes.
Australian representative Zoe Arancini once again showed her class and pure scoring ability by leading the way with five goals on the evening.
Jess Zimmerman also added four goals for the Marlins with Madeleine Quinn scoring twice as did Sarah Siepker. Sofia Chaves, Pia Rodgers scored once apiece as well while Lillian Hedges was impressive in the cage, conceding only six goals to the Torpedoes.
American import Kimberley Johnson made an impressive debut for the Torpedoes scoring five goals with compatriot Allison Wieseler the other scorer for the visitors.
It was then time for the men’s contest at Bicton Pool and it was a similar result in favour of the home team, with the Mariners prevailing by six goals against the Torpedoes.
Damian Williams was in goal for the Mariners up against his old Torpedoes team for the first time, and he was impressive keeping UWA to just the eight goals for the game.
Rio Olympian Joel Swift finished with three goals for the Mariners while Petar Tomasevic scored two, Luke Pavillard two, Cody Smith two, Alastair Bruce one, James Fannon one, Jordan Kremers-Taylor one, Pol Barbena Triolo one, and Will McKay one.
Canadian import Jeremie Cote scored three goals for Torpedoes with Bogdan Djerkovic scoring two goals, Taz Williams one, Nick Hughes one and Albert Llovera Castillo one.
Both Fremantle and UWA teams now hit the road in Round 3 to play from Thursday through Sunday against the Queensland Thunder and Hunter Hurricanes.
OVO AUSTRALIAN WATER POLO LEAGUE 2020
ROUND 2 – Bicton Pool
Fremantle Marlins 15 defeated UWA Torpedoes 6
Fremantle Mariners 14 defeated UWA Torpedoes 8