THE Water Polo WA Men’s A-Grade competition for 2020 resumed on Saturday afternoon with four enthralling matches across two venues with the South Fremantle Bloods and UWA Flotsam scoring wins to keep them at the top of the table.
The competition took a break the previous weekend after the opening five weeks of the 2020 A-Grade season and then resumed with a bang on Saturday afternoon with the four matches across two separate pools.
It all got underway at HBF Stadium’s Outdoor Pool and the first contest was a battle of UWA Water Polo Club teams. In the end, it was Flotsam who defeated Rangers to continue their strong A-Grade season so far after six rounds.
The other game held at HBF Stadium on Saturday then saw Triton prevail 15-5 against UWA City Beach.
The other two matches for the round took place at Claremont Pool starting with a tremendous contest between the Melville Sharks and Dolphins. By the end of the game, it was the Sharks holding on for the 14-12 victory to record their third win of the season so far.
The round then concluded with another enthralling contest at Claremont Pool and it was the South Fremantle Bloods who were able to remain unbeaten this season scoring a 14-8 victory against Melville rivals, the Port Colts.
The Round 6 results mean that the South Fremantle Bloods remain on top of the table with a perfect 6-0 record to be just ahead of UWA Flotsam who have won five from their six matches.
The Port Colts are third with a 4-2 record ahead of Triton (3-3), Melville Sharks (3-3), UWA City Beach (1-5), UWA Rangers (1-5) and Dolphins (1-5).
There have been plenty of individual standout performers across the opening six rounds of the Men’s A-Grade competition as well and none better scoring-wise than Luke Pavillard from the South Fremantle Bloods who has 26 goals.
His teammate Nick Elphick has also scored 18 goals for the season to date as has Matt Oberman for Triton. Jeremy Carbone Dolphins has also scored 17 goals so far, Florian Naroska (Triton) 17, Luca Altieri (Port Colts) 16, Tom Sangster (UWA Flotsam) 16, Phil Salter (Flotsam) 15, Tim Putt (Triton) 14, Cody Smith (Port Colts) 13, James Fannon (Sharks) 13, Christian Hoad (Dolphins) 12 and Jordan Kremers-Taylor (Port Colts) 12.
Round 6 in the Men’s A-Grade competition got underway at HBF Stadium’s Outdoor Pool with UWA teams Flotsam and Rangers doing battle.
Flotsam were able to open up a 4-2 advantage midway through the first quarter when Phil Salter scored but Rangers stayed in touch with a late opening term goal to Owen Terry.
But Flotsam pulled further away in the second quarter with goals to Tom Sangster, Sangster again and Nick Hughes to take a 7-3 edge into half-time.
The change of ends didn’t halt Flotsam’s momentum with Sangster scoring again to start the second half to put them up 8-3. That had become 11-5 by three quarter-time and 15-7 by the end of the contest.
Tom Sangster ended up with a massive seven goals for Flotsam with Mitch Barns, Phil Salter and Bruno Barna adding two each. Ben Marshall scored three times for Rangers and Owen Terry two.
Tom Sangster received the three votes, Mitch Barns two and Byron Kelly one.
Then also at HBF Stadium to close the afternoon’s action it was UWA City Beach taking on Triton.
Triton made a flying start with the opening four goals of the contest courtesy of Zoltan Ridzyk, Florian Naroska, Andras Jo-Kovacs. UWA did get a goal back through Tyler Fazio but Triton was up 5-1 by quarter-time with another goal to Matt Oberman.
That lead for Triton soon became 8-1 with three quick goals in the second quarter before a steadier for UWA from Andrew Barber. But Triton scored last in the first half thanks to Griffin Woodhouse to give them a 9-2 advantage.
Even though UWA scored first in the second half with a goal in extra through Sam Rowbottam, Triton kept pulling away with four of the next five goals of the third quarter, and then two goals to one in the fourth to end up winning 15-5.
Tim Putt and Florian Naroska scored three goals each for Triton with Andras Jo-Kovacs and Matt Oberman adding two apiece. Sam Rowbottam finished with two of the five goals for UWA.
Florian Naroska received the three votes for the game, Matt Oberman two and Sam Rowbottam one.
Then at Claremont Pool, the afternoon’s double began with the Dolphins playing Melville Sharks.
It turned out to be an enthralling contest between two teams desperate for a win starting with the Sharks scoring two goals to one in the first quarter. Melville then piled on six goals to three from the Dolphins in the second period to lead 8-4 by half-time and the change of ends.
The Dolphins began to hit back in the third quarter with five goals to three and suddenly it was game on with only one goal separating the two teams.
It was the Sharks who were able to pull away with the game on the line with four goals to three in the fourth period to end up winning 14-12.
Petar Tomasevic and James Fannon scored three goals each for the Sharks, Patrick Dart two, Jack Piscioneri two and Mason Irving two. Peter Gaunt and Jeremy Carbone scored three times apiece for Dolphins, Ben Colliss two and Christian Hoad two.
Jeremy Carbone received the three votes, Christian Hoad two and Peter Bruce one.
The afternoon’s action then concluded with a battle of powerful Melville teams, the South Fremantle Bloods and Port Colts.
The undefeated Bloods started strongly with four goals to two in the first quarter and then another two to one in the second to lead 6-3 by half-time.
South Fremantle continued to pull away with another four goals to three in the third quarter and four to two in the fourth to win 14-8 and remain undefeated in 2020.
Nick Elphick scored five goals for South Fremantle, Luke Pavillard four and Alex Gunnell two. Jordan Kremers-Taylor finished with three goals for Port Colts and Clancy Neesham two.
Nick Elphick was awarded the three votes, Luke Pavillard two and Jordan Kremers-Taylor one.
Round 7 in the Men’s A-Grade competition now sees all four matches take place on Saturday afternoon starting with a double at HBF Stadium with Triton taking on UWA Flotsam, and UWA City Beach facing UWA Rangers.
The other two matches will be held at Bicton Pool starting with the South Fremantle Bloods facing Dolphins before the Melville Sharks play Port Colts.