Australian Water Polo League: Leading Hunter Hurricanes men within sight of top-two goal

ON TARGET: Daniel Lawrence scored six goals for the Hunter Hurricanes in the weekend's double header. Picture: Marina Neil
ON TARGET: Daniel Lawrence scored six goals for the Hunter Hurricanes in the weekend's double header. Picture: Marina Neil

Ladder leaders the Hunter Hurricanes have put themselves in the best possible position to score a top-two spot in the Australian Water Polo League this season.

Another double-header victory on the road over the weekend, featuring a seventh straight win, has put the Hurricanes men out in front of the overall standings with six regular-round matches remaining.

Those below the Hurricanes (11-3) and within striking distance, Sydney University (10-0) and Fremantle (9-2), have games in hand but the Lambton-based outfit are also eyeing off a record from their last finals appearance in 2015.

“The year we got bronze we rattled off 16 wins and we’re sitting 11-3 at the moment with a few games left, so we’re a good chance of matching that or bettering it,” Hunter player Mitch Baird said.

“Our ultimate goal is top two because of the way finals work. Getting a day off while teams three-to-six play semis is definitely an advantage.

“So we’ve put ourselves in the best possible position to achieve that, but we’ve still got plenty of room for improvement as well.”

Daniel Lawrence scored six goals across both fixtures, featuring four in an 11-8 triumph over the Devils at Drummoyne on Friday night. He then nabbed a double in Saturday’s 9-4 success against the Balmain Tigers at the Dawn Fraser Baths.  

The Hurricanes women had mixed results away across the weekend with a 9-5 loss to Drummoyne followed by an 8-7 win against Balamain, including six goals to US Olympic gold medalist Rachel Fattal.

Hunter now have five weeks off before hosting the UNSW Wests Magpies at Lambton Pool on April 14 and 15.