Day 2 OVO AWL Finals Series

After two days of intense action, UNSW Wests Killer Whales and Sydney Uni Lions (Women) and Fremantle Mariners and Sydney University Lions (Men) have booked their spot in tomorrow’s gold medal playoff for the 2018 OVO Australian Waterpolo League.

Semi Final 1  (Women)

UNSW WESTS KILLER WALES MAKE HISTORY

Minor Premiers UNSW West Killer Whales have made Club history to secure their first ever Australian Waterpolo League final.

A closely fought battle between Perth’s Fremantle Marlins, delivered a low scoring match with a final score line of 5-3.

“This is amazing, I can’t believe it. To never make finals before and to now go through to the Grand Final is just incredible.

UNSW West Killer Whales Co-Captain, Daisy Carter, couldn’t contain her excitement post match.

“We have so many people supporting us and so many people who wanted to be in this position and never got the chance. So we’re doing it for us and for them as well.

“They (Fremantle) played really good defence but so did we and that’s what is comes down to. We just happened to put goals in the back of the net – we had a lot of opportunity in the attack and we slowly chipped away.

“We just need to keep going with what we’re doing. There are a few minor things and we just need to bring the same energy we did today,” she said.

Qtr time scores: UNSW West Killer Whales vs Fremantle Marlins: 1-1; 2-1; 4-1; 5-3.

For full results – click here.

Semi Final 2  (Women)

SYDNEY UNI LIONS READY TO DEFEND THEIR TITLE

Defending Women’s champions Sydney Uni Lions will have the chance to defend their title after taking a narrow 8-7 win over Drummoyne Devils.

The Lions came out strong and managed to take a small lead during the first half to lead 5-2 at half time. They made their move in the third quarter to push the lead out to 8-3 and looked to have the game all done and dusted but Drummoyne weren’t going down without a fight.

Devils fought back and were within a goal and in the dying seconds of the game were in position to make it a deadlock.

But Sydney Uni Lions managed to hold on and Captain Keesja Gofers said the team were thrilled to walk away with the win.

“Devils have a lot of good fire power at the back of the perimeter and they also have some super strong centre forwards.

“It’s always a good contest Sydney Uni verse Drummoyne, they are always ready to give it to us.

“We’ve played two tough games, but to be honest I think the first game helped us in terms of starting this game nice and hard. To have that game experience in the finals helped us to start to well,” said Gofers.

The Lions will take on 2018 OVO AWL minor premiers the Killer Whales, who will be looking to carry the momentum through to their first grand final match.

“They finished first this season, they are a side that has a lot of strength across the field. But we just need to play our tactics, play a long, controlled game.”

Qtr time scores: Sydney Uni Lions vs Drummoyne Devils: 3-2; 5-2; 8-3; 8-7

For full results – click here.

Semi Final 1  (Men)

SYDNEY UNI LIONS REMAIN UNDEFEATED HEADING INTO GOLD MEDAL MATCH

The Lions undefeated record remains intact after squaring off against arch rivals ACU Cronulla Sharks.

In a match where the Lions were never behind on the scoreboard, their powerful attack and stifling defence combined to win them the match 10-8.

Lions vice captain Scott Nicholson knows the job is not done yet and says the team is very hungry to win tomorrow.

“This is our third grand final in four years, we need to stay calm and composed and finish the job this year, we’re are all hungry for the trophy.

“Today Goran stepped up as always at centre forward, Ben Stevenson also scored a fantastic goal that opened the game up for us.”

“Cronulla put up a fantastic fight they are a great team and they will be tough to beat in future years.

“We do a lot of training sessions together with the Sharks and we know each other pretty well so it got feisty in there.

“The difference today I think was that we ran a bit deeper in the bench.

“Fremantle are a big team and tough to play against, tomorrow we need to control the controllable and be in the moment,” he said.

Qtr time scores: Sydney Uni Lions vs ACU Cronulla Sharks: 3-2; 4-4; 8-5; 10-8

For full results – click here.

Semi Final 2  (Men)

FREMANTLE MARINERS FIGHT BACK TO STORM INTO GRAND FINAL

The team from the west overcame a slow start to their match against the Hunter Hurricanes who placed second at the end of the regular season and claimed an impressive 9-6 victory.

Hurricanes scored quickly in the opening stages and maintained a lead until halftime.

Mariners were true to form and began to step it up in defence and attack during the second half.

A six goal turn around from the Mariners meant they went into the third quarter break leading for the first time in the match 6-4.

Mariners captain Joel Swift put it down to the confidence the players and their coaching staff have in one another.

“We’ve got a lot of belief and it really shows when we play, we’ve started some quarters pretty bad throughout the year and we’ve managed to come through as the game went on.

“Our team is a mix of older guys like Tim (Neesham), middle aged guys like me and young guys like Elph (Nick Elphick), but everybody is ready to contribute in our team.

“The game today was what I expected, they have a few big blokes like we do and when they get together it turns into a bit of a wrestle.

“It’s been a few years and I’m sick of the older boys saying we haven’t won one for a while so it would be great to win another one.

“I will tell the guys to go out like we normally do, prepare like any other game, there is no need to change anything it is still four quarters, eight minutes a quarter,” he said.

Qtr time scores: Fremantle Mariners vs Hunter Hurricanes: 1-3; 2-4; 6-4; 9-6

For full results – click here.

Other results

MEN: In the fifth place playoff for the men’s, 2017 National League champions UNSW West Magpies took on rivals Drummoyne Devils to kick start day two action.

Both teams had narrowly missed the semi finals and while not playing for a medal, there was plenty of pride on the line.

Drummoyne Devils fought back to dominate the second half and take a 9-7 win over the UNSW West Magpies.

WOMEN: After losing by just one point the previous day, the ACU Cronulla Sharks came out with something to prove today.

It might not have been a medal but they rounded out their OVO AWL campaign in style to record a dominating 20-9 win over the young Queensland Breakers side.

DAY 3 FINALS

May 6 1000 (M) 3rd Place Playoff ACU Cronulla Sharks Hunter Hurricanes
May 6 1130 (F) 3rd Place Playoff Drummoyne Devils Fremantle Marlins
May 6 1315 (F) Championship UNSW Killer Whales Sydney Uni Lions
May 6 1500 (M) Championship Sydney Uni Lions Fremantle Mariners

 

Tickets can be purchased at the door or if you can’t make it all matches will be live streamed via OVOPlay.