Lion’s mixed start to National League season

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The Sydney University Women’s Water Polo (SUWWP) Lions have split their opening two games of the 2013 National League Water Polo season, in two extremely tight away games over the weekend.

In the opener against traditional rivals Balmain at Homebush, the Lions went out to an early 2-0 lead but in a water polo rarity they conceded five penalties which were all converted by the Tigers, which led to an 8-8 tie.

A penalty shootout ensued which Balmain won. There was controversy at the end of the game when the Lions should have been awarded a penalty, but unbelievably the referees ruled an illegal entry was a result of a table official’s error. Gabby Wikman was the standout for the Lions with three goals.

The Lions shock off the disappointment of the day before to stage a mighty comeback to defeat Cronulla 7-5 at Sutherland.

Down 3-1 early in the game against the defending National League champions, the Lions produced a disciplined display of water polo to slowly work their way back into the game.

Goalkeeper Lea Barta marshaled the defense brilliantly, whilst American guest player Whitney Delgardo slotted three extra man goals for the Lions.

In the men’s competition, the Lions got their season off to a flying start, winning both games against Balmain and Cronulla.

The Fremantle Marlins come to Sydney for games against the women on Tuesday night at 6.30pm and Friday night at 8.00pm. The men also face the Marlins at SUSAC at 8.00pm on Tuesday night and 6.30pm on Friday night. Spectators are welcome.

The Lions have next weekend off.