WA water polo ace Aaron Younger will round out a memorable 2012 when he lines up for Fremantle Mariners at the Tom Hoad Cup tomorrow.

Younger played for Australia at the London Olympics before helping domestic league team Szeged Beton to a second successive Hungarian Cup win last month.

The 21-year-old, a member of the Aussie Sharks team which finished seventh at the Olympics, played an important role in Szeged's 10-9 win against Szolnok in the final of the Hungarian Cup.

One of his teammates in that game, Tamas Molnar, is the marquee player for the unique international tournament at Bicton Pool.

Molnar was the star turn at Perth's teams event two years ago when he spearheaded Szeged's win over Fremantle with six goals in the gold medal game.

It was a remarkable performance from Molnar, then 35, who scored 23 goals in five games to claim the Bolvari Medal for the most valuable player at the eighth edition of the tournament.

A member of Hungary's gold medal sides of 2000, 2004 and 2008, Molnar will line up for the Mariners, who are aiming to return to the winners list after finishing runner-up in the past six years.

Younger, who had his first taste of international competition as a junior at the Tom Hoad Cup, said he was looking forward to playing alongside Molnar.

"This year is even more significant for me with my Hungarian teammate Tamas Molnar playing for Fremantle Mariners as a guest player," Younger said.

"It will be great to play with Tamas and my Australian teammates Joel Swift, Eddie Slade, Danny Lawrence and James Fannon."

Younger, who has been based in Hungary for the past two years, said he looked forward to returning to Perth for the Tom Hoad Cup, which has gained a worldwide reputation.

The gifted player is one of many Australians who ply their trade in Europe between national duties.

"The Tom Hoad Cup is a great opportunity for me to get back to Australia and play with my club of origin against the best teams from Asia and the best that Europe can offer," he said.

Fremantle, who won the title in 2004 and 2005, will start one of the favourites against the mixed all-stars Barbarians and teams from China, Japan and Split.


  • TOMORROW'S DRAW *

Fremantle Mariners v Japan (10.30am),

Split v Barbarians (6.30pm),

Fremantle v China (8.15pm).

The West Australian

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