The Tigers came to Perth with two wins and notched up two victories over reigning champions Fremantle Marlins and a 14-12 victory over the Comets.
However, the pressure of four matches in four days told and the Comets, spearheaded by World League silver medallist Jemma Dessauvagie with two of her four goals in the third quarter, gained a two-goal advantage heading into the final quarter.
The margin twice went to three in the final quarter before the Tigers staged a late but unsuccessful comeback against a team winning its first game of the season.
The Tigers men had little difficulty in downing UWA Torpedoes 12-6 for three wins from four matches in Perth.
In Brisbane, Brisbane Barracudas gained their first win from eight matches with an 8-4 success over last year’s beaten finalists Sydney University Lions.
It reversed a 14-13 loss two nights previously and breathed life into the team’s season.
The Lions women, however, beat Barracudas for a second time to maintain their winning momentum in Brisbane with a 10-6 decision.
In Sydney, Ross O’Brien netted seven times in Wests Magpies’ 14-7 demolition of Adelaide Jets.
The UNSW Killer Whales could not repeat their giant-killing effort of Friday when they eclipsed China, losing to the Olympic-qualified nation 9-3.
Cronulla Sharks hosted Hunter Hurricanes at Sutherland Pool with the men winning 8-7 and the women, with Nicola Zagame blasting in seven goals, beating Hunter 12-10.
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