THE Melville Marlins remain unbeaten in the 2016-17 Women’s Premier League season after beating the North Coast Phoenix on Saturday while the Dolphins got their first win on the board defeating Triton.
Both Women’s Premier League Round 12 matches took place at Bicton Pool on Saturday with the Melville Marlins defeating the Phil Johnson Plumbing & Gas North Coast Phoenix 13-7.
That led into the second game of the double-header with Lawley’s Bakery Dolphins defeating Triton in a thriller 8-7.
The results leave the Melville Marlins out on top of the Women’s Premier League with a 9-0 record. The UWA City Beach Bears had the bye and still sit second at 7-2.
The North Coast Phoenix are next with a 4-6 record ahead of Triton (3-7) and Dolphins (1-9).
Saturday’s action at Bicton Pool began with the Marlins hosting the Phoenix. Melville was first to score courtesy of Pia Rodgers but North Coast started well also and responded through Zoe Stenhouse.
The teams then continued to trade goals with the Phoenix doing well to maintain pace with the undefeated competition leaders. It was still tied at 4-4 before the Marlins led 5-4 at quarter-time with a goal to Rodgers with 17 seconds left on the clock.
The Marlins then took control in the second term with scores to Sarah Leavy, Erin Redbond, Brooke Pensini and Pensini again to lead 9-4 at half-time.
North Coast did get a goal back to open the second half from Jess Reynolds, but Melville managed the next three courtesy of Leavy, Redbond and Leavy again to lead 12-5 before going on to win 13-7.
Redbond scored four goals for the Marlins, Leavy three, Rodgers three and Pensini two. Stenhouse, Georgie Powers and Reynolds hit two goals apiece for the Phoenix.
Redbond received the three votes for the game, Reynolds the two and Rodgers the one.
It was then on to the second half of the double-header with Dolphins chasing their first win of the season up against Triton also at Bicton Pool.
It took just 17 seconds for Dolphins to open the scoring thanks to Ciara Flynn. They then led 2-0 with another goal to Flynn before Triton got on the board thanks to Heather Scott with the advantage of an extra.
But Dolphins continued their strong start with another goal to Joey Beare. Triton again responded through Zoe Ward but Dolphins led 4-2 at quarter-time following an extra goal from Megan McKee.
Dolphins’ lead soon grew to 5-2 with a goal to Taylor Christie to start the second period. Triton answered with an extra goal to Victoria Brown but Dolphins were in control at half-time leading 6-3 following another goal to Alyssa Woodward.
A goal apiece in the third quarter and Dolphins still led 7-4 but Triton got rolling in the fourth term with goals to Chelsea Brown and Katherine Pirone to get to within just one.
With Dolphins still yet to win this season they were feeling the pressure, but they found a steadying goal to Joey Beare to lead 8-6, and end up winning 8-7.
Christie and Flynn scored two goals each for Dolphins with Victoria Brown adding two for Triton.
Christie received the three votes after the game with Victoria Brown claiming two and Flynn one.
ROUND 12 WOMEN’S PREMIER LEAGUE RESULTS
Melville Marlins 13 beat Phil Johnson Plumbing & Gas North Coast Phoenix 7 at Bicton Pool
Lawley’s Bakery Dolphins 8 beat Triton 7 at Bicton Pool