Water Polo: Mixed results for Hurricanes 

THE Hunter Hurricanes men’s side showed renewed fight to recover from a 6-3 deficit and win 7-6 in the final quarter today over the Balmain Tigers in the National Water Polo League.

Matt Skinner scored the match-winner with two minutes on the clock to the delight of the Lambton Pool faithful.

The women’s Hurricanes’ match against Balmain was also a nail-biter with the visitors hanging on 9-8 after leading 5-2 at half-time.

It was only the second win from six matches from the men’s Hurricanes this season and it followed a hard week of shooting practice.

While ecstatic with his side’s ability to make a comeback and score the final four unanswered goals, Hurricanes player-coach Dan Marsden is still looking for more clinical finishing.

‘‘We just haven’t had that finishing to take control of the game and win," Marsden said.

‘‘It was a problem in the first three quarters again. We had lots of opportunities which we didn’t put away and Balmain took theirs and scored.

‘‘It really came down to a do-or-die last quarter effort and 4-0 is hopefully the way we’ll start the games in future.’’

The Hurricanes led 2-0 in first quarter through goals to captain Phil Reid and Scott Berry.

But the momentum shifted to the Tigers who levelled at the break 2-2 after goals from Joel Davis and Australian Juniors rep Matt Hannon.

The third quarter was ordinary for the Hurricanes who consistently allowed the Tigers into scoring positions and they converted those opportunities for a 6-3 lead.

The highlight was Hannon’s second goal that he flicked over his shoulder while his back was to the Hurricanes goalkeeper Matt Rapacz.

Two goals in the final quarter from Gordon Marshall ignited the Hunter fightback before Skinner nailed the match-winner.

Rapacz was again strong in goals despite requiring treatment for back spasms before the game. Marsden said he expected his American import to be fit for the next game on Thursday night at Lambton Pool against the Adelaide Jets.

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