Hunter Hurricanes were cruelly denied victory, losing 11-10 to Balmain Tigers in a men’s National Water Polo League match at the Dawn Fraser Pool here yesterday.
At 9-6 up early in the final quarter, the Hurricanes supporters were prematurely celebrating victory but watched as the margin was whittled to 9-8 and then 10-9 inside the final two minutes.
When Daniel Robinson was ejected at 1:29, Balmain called a timeout, worked out a strategy and then passed the ball for 20 seconds before James Falzon scored his second goal for 10-10.
Balmain called another timeout and the ploy was to get another ejection, Robinson again, to set up an extra-man play and score, which Falzon did 17 seconds from time for 11-10.
Man-of-the-match goalkeeper Angus Crowley could not stop the winner in a game where Hunter only took the lead at 3:31 left in the third period.
Balmain women beat Hunter 12-8 after leading 7-3 at halftime.
Drummoyne Devils’ fly-in recruit from Perth, Tim Cleland, was evicted from the game against Sydney University Lions late in the third quarter for back-chatting the referee.
The Devils won 15-11 for a 9-1 season and level pegging with the KFC Queensland Breakers on the ladder.
The fifth-ranked Lions women beat the seventh-ranked Devils 13-8 with Mel Hammond (Sydney Uni) and Ashleigh Southern (Drummoyne) topping the scoring with four each.
At the University of Wollongong, KFC Breakers women held off Cronulla Sharks 5-4 thanks to an Ellie Bowden goal just inside the last two minutes. The Breakers men blitzed Cronulla 21-2 with Tom Knox claiming six goals.
In Perth, Brisbane Barracudas men came from 6-5 down at three-quarter time to defeat UWA Torpedoes 9-6 while the Barracudas women bounced UWA Comets 13-8
-National Water Polo League Results-
Sydney: Balmain Tigers 11 (J Falzon 4, G Woods 2, C Wright, C Dyson, T Hamill, J Davis, M Lasic) Hunter Hurricanes 10 (N Campbell 4, M Baird, S Berry, T Hunt, D Robinson, R Simpkins, J Johnson), Drummoyne Devils 15 (A Roach, S Avallone, S Boyd 3, T Martin, P Harmer, T Cleland 2) Sydney University Lions 11 (T Franklin 4, S Nicholson 3, R Saldain, T Woudwyk, J Davie, B Turner).
Wollongong: KFC Breakers 21 (T Knox 6, A Martin 4, M McCann 3, D Streets, S Robertson 2, D Will, G Waterman, J Votan, E Lui) Cronulla Sharks 2 (C Batty, D Wassell).
Perth: Brisbane Barracudas 9 (D Hicks 3, BJ Howden, D Young 2, D Gynther, C Mello) UWA Torpedoes 6 (B McGhie 2, B Mercer, J Palmer, J Balczer, B Yalkin).
Sydney: Balmain Tigers 12 (L Higlett, L Varlow, A Bower 2, R Rippon, E Simms, B Smith, K Leatham, J Dessauvagie, B Appel) Hunter Hurricanes 8 (S Jones, B Rowe 3, E Goodwin, N McJannet), Sydney University Lions 13 (M Hammond 4, J Whitehorn, S Davie 3, A Brightwell, S Cuffe, K Gofers) Drummoyne Devils 8 (A Southern 4, R Lissa 2, E Mirabito, E Pittorino).
Wollongong: KFC Breakers 5 (E Bowden, S Mills 2, N McCarthy) Cronulla Sharks 4 (M Santoromito 2, J Liessmann, N Zagame).
Perth: Brisbane Barracudas 13 (A Russell 4, J Moran 3, Sun Yujun 2, JL Lewis, Ao Gao, H Robinson, M Rippon) UWA Comets 8 (G Domanic, E Browne 3, A Brock, Z Hadley).
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