Big challenge in Round 7 for UWA against Sydney Uni

THE UWA Torpedoes remain at home at UWA Aquatic Centre this weekend to host the Sydney Uni Lions on Friday night and Sunday morning fresh off a confidence-boosting double-header against the Adelaide Jets.

The Torpedoes had their most impressive weekend in the 2018 OVO Australian Water Polo League season back in Round 6 at home to the Adelaide Jets.

The UWA women recorded 15-4 and 12-7 victories over the Jets with the Torpedoes men drawing 8-8 on Thursday night after a penalty shootout before winning 11-8 on Saturday night.

That should provide some good encouragement heading into the Round 7 match ups with the perennially strong Sydney Uni Lions outfits.

THREE WINS AND A DRAW FOR UWA AGAINST ADELAIDE 

The double-header weekend against Sydney Uni begins on Friday night with the women’s encounter beginning at 7pm and the men’s from 8.30pm.

Then on Sunday morning the two teams return to UWA Aquatic Centre with the women’s game starting proceedings at 10am before the men’s game follows at 11.30am.

The Lions are going to prove to be challenging opposition for both Torpedoes teams too, but ahead of a break they will be looking to end this home stretch at UWA on a positive note.

Following a loss to the Fremantle Marlins to start the road trip on Thursday night, the Lions women sit in third position on the AWL table with seven wins and four losses.

The Torpedoes women head into Friday night’s game in 11th position with three wins, a draw and eight losses.

UWA will need to find a way to slow down the scoring of Sydney Uni with the Lions averaging 8.9 goals a game while conceding 7.4. The Torpedoes, meanwhile, average 7.8 a game while giving up 7.5.

Sydney Uni also have a variety of weapons with Danielle Morrissey having scored 17 goals for the season, Hannah Buckling 17, Keesja Gofers 17, Matilda Kearns 16 and Isobel Bishop 15.

Meanwhile, Tayla Walsh has scored 16 goals for the Torpedoes so far in 2018 while Michelle Martinelli has 13 goals, Jakie Kohli 10, Madi Rigo nine, Alyssa Diacono eight, Claire Whitaker six and Cathryn Earl five.

The games on Friday night and Sunday are going to be challenging for the Torpedoes men as well with Sydney Uni now sitting on top of the standings undefeated after 11 games following a 10-7 victory over the Fremantle Mariners at Bicton Pool on Thursday night.

The Torpedoes enter Round 7 in eighth position with two wins, a draw and nine losses.

The Lions have been the dominant team in the AWL so far in 2018 not only winning all 11 games, but doing so with an average winning margin of 6.2 goals. They have averaged scoring 12.5 goals a game while conceding just 6.3.

The Torpedoes have found the going much tougher averaging just 6.3 goals themselves a game in 2018 to date while conceding 9.0.

It goes without saying that Sydney Uni possesses some of the most dangerous players in the competition with Goran Tomasevic having scored 31 goals to date, Ben Stevenson 26, Thomas Kearns 15, Johnno Cotterill 14, Chaz Poot 11 and Michael Rosenthal 10.

Meanwhile, Andrew Ford has scored 19 goals for the Torpedoes, Kevin Oliveira 10, Tim Putt 10, Tom Beare nine, Kenta Araki eight and Nick Hughes eight.

The job might appear ahead of the Torpedoes women and men this weekend against the Sydney Uni Lions, but with the confidence gained last week they will look to cause the upsets and keep their finals hopes alive in their home pool.

ROUND 7 FIXTURES (WST)
FRIDAY MARCH 16
UWA Torpedoes v Sydney Uni Lions – UWA Aquatic Centre (Women: 7.00pm)
UWA Torpedoes v Sydney Uni Lions – UWA Aquatic Centre (Men: 8.30pm)

SUNDAY MARCH 18
UWA Torpedoes v Sydney Uni Lions – UWA Aquatic Centre (Women: 10.00am)
UWA Torpedoes v Sydney Uni Lions – UWA Aquatic Centre (Men: 11.30am)