match 6 - fremantle mariners v split

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The Croatians were out for revenge in their second Tom Hoad Cup match after the heartbreak final minute loss in their last outing to the All-Star Barbarians on Day 1, standing in the way of a win was table toppers, Fremantle Mariners.

The game got underway with Marco Maras firing his side into a 1-0 lead with the first shot of the game.

But the Mariners are top of the standings for a reason and hit back almost instantly through Jarrod Gilchrist. 1-1.

Next it was Split captain Marino Franicevic to try his luck and he was fortunate enough to beat Mariners goalkeeper Edward Slade, restoring his side’s one-goal advantage.

Aaron Younger has been a standout for the Fremantle side during his guest appearance and made that further known by bringing his side level and assisting in Nick Redbond’s effort just before the first break.

3-2 to the Mariners.

The 2nd period commenced with a goal to the away side with cries of “Booyah” after Antonio Buha had tried to restore some parity for his side.

But for the rest of the quarter it looked nothing but downhill for Split as they conceded a sloppy goal when Marko Bratic was excluded from the game.

And it only got worse for the Croatians as the major break brought up a 10-6 score line in favour of the Mariners, a 7-4 scoring deficit against Split for the quarter.

The second half was all Mariners, with the Croatians not seeming to have a reply for the lively pair of Joel Swift and Aaron Younger who grabbed 8 goals between them in quick succession.

The final score reading 19-11 to the home side.

A crushing defeat at the hands of the NWPL champions for split, who will look for that elusive win on day 3 in their next match against China, whilst the Mariners, 3 wins from 3, sit hot favourites on the top of the Tom Hoad Cup Table.

KARL TRAVAGLINI

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