THE 2017 National Water Polo League regular season concludes this Friday night with the Western Derby between the UWA Torpedoes and Fremantle Marlins and Mariners at UWA Aquatic Centre.
It is set to be a terrific celebration of water polo in WA on Friday night at UWA.
The women’s contest will begin at 7pm between the Torpedoes and Fremantle Marlins.
Then at 8.30pm, it is time for the men’s contest as the defending champion Torpedoes lock horns with the Fremantle Mariners.
Both games will also be live streamed at the Water Polo Australia Facebook page.
The women’s contest features a Marlins team preparing for the finals while the Torpedoes are out of contention, but it still shapes as a tremendous battle.
UWA did win its sixth game of the season last Thursday night against the Brisbane Barracudas while it’s an important game for the Marlins to ensure they finish in second position heading into the finals.
Torpedoes coach Scott Schweickle would love to see his young team finish on a high with a derby win.
“You get out what you put in and the way we are feeling at the moment, it’s the end of the season for us and we have nothing to lose so we’ll come out with all guns blazing,” Schweickle said.
“We’ve got one game to go and it’s the local derby. It’s always a tough game no matter what state you play in. We are really looking forward to it and I think we’ll be very competitive against them come Friday night. It will be a really good benchmark to see where we’re at heading towards next year.”
It’s the opposite story in the men’s game with the Torpedoes preparing to play finals while the Mariners are out of contention.
However, considering UWA has won 14 game for the season and Fremantle 11, not a lot separates the two teams and it is set to be a highly competitive contest.
The Torpedoes are the defending premiers in the men’s NWPL and coach Andrei Kovalenko hopes they can take some winning form into the finals with them.
“It’s a very important game for both teams because there is a bit of history between the two clubs and they will go to play their best to show they deserve to be in the finals. Our boys will have to be at their best to gain that confidence before the finals,” Kovalenko said.
“I’m looking forward to a tough game and I have a lot of respect for Mariners. They are a very good team and were unlucky with a couple of unlucky losses, but they can play excellent water polo. They didn’t make the finals but they still have a very good team.”