SHARKS women have been rolled for the first time this year in one of the upsets of the Ovens and Murray season.
The competition favourite went down 10-5 to a full-strength Pirates side that boasted three Canberra-based imports at the Albury Swim Centre yesterday.
Despite missing stars Gemma Harangozo and Brooke Dickie, Sharks managed to go into the three-quarter-time break with a one-goal lead.
But the effort to get the lead took its toll in the final quarter with Pirates outscoring the ladder leader by six goals.
“It was probably a little bit of fitness and experience that hurt us in the end,” Sharks star Leah Dodd said.
“Considering the players we had out I wasn’t too disappointed with our performance.
“I think we’ll be better for the hitout and we’ll be able to match up on them better next time we play.”
Pirates made it two from two earlier in the day with a strong win against Northside.
In the early women’s game Albury Tigers proved too strong for Northside, taking the win 8-4.
Tigers goalie Julia Halsey was rock-solid in the win as were sisters Meg and Lucy McInnes and Kate Johnson.
Albury coach Steve Mamouney said he was happy with the performance.
“We started slowly but we got it together in the second and third quarters and really played good team water polo,” he said.
In men’s action Sharks proved they’ll be hard to stop this season with a hard fought 10-4 win against Pirates.
Pirates welcomed back Melbourne imports — brothers Lachlan and Anthony Edwards.
However, they were no match for Sharks’ Shannon Gould (two goals), Matt Hogan (two goals) and Canberra import Richard Davis (four goals).
Earlier Pirates defeated Northside comfortably.
Northside’s tough day started with a first up loss to Albury Tigers, 8-5.