Daniel Lawrence has celebrated his 300th Australian Water Polo League match in style by dominating proceedings in the Hunter Hurricanes’ 7-6 victory at Lambton Pool on Sunday.
Lawrence, who has been back in Newcastle for five years after stints at Fremantle and Melbourne, scored a couple of goals and had five assists as he notched up the milestone against the Balmain Tigers.
This result followed Hunter’s 10-3 win over the same opponents at the same venue on Saturday, which means the Hurricanes are now three out of four to start the 2019 season.
Hurricanes coach Dan Robinson rates Lawrence’s triple century a “massive achievement” and reckons he might even have a few more campaigns left in him.
“Three hundred national league games is a massive achievement,” Robinson told the Newcastle Herald.
“There are a few [players across the competition] that have done it, but he [Lawrence] is definitely up there. And he’s only 28 or 29 so he’s probably got another five years in him.”
Robinson said he wasn’t surprised that Lawrence stepped up to mark the occasion.
“Five assists and he scored a couple himself, just good like always,” Robinson said.
The Hurricanes did enough to keep ahead of the game on Sunday, leading 5-4 at the main break and going 2-all in the second half.
Saturday’s encounter saw Hunter “get out of the blocks” for a 5-1 lead at quarter time. It was 6-2 at the midway point.
Robinson said it was pleasing to “ground out a win” in game two after “confidence being up” from the night before.
The Hunter women’s squad also played Balmain at Lambton and went down twice – 13-10 on Sunday and 15-4 on Saturday.
The Hurricanes host double headers for the next three weekends, including back-to-back Saturday fixtures in Newcastle Harbour at Queens Wharf on February 16 and 23.