Self-belief, resilience the key for Torpedoes women

AN average losing margin of just two goals highlights how much improvement the UWA Torpedoes women have made so far in the 2018 OVO Australian Water Polo League season but getting so close and coming up short is something coach Scott Schweickle hopes they soon overcome.

It was a tough 2017 season for the Torpedoes with an eye to the future with some heavy defeats. While 2018 so far has seen the UWA women come away with just the one win and a draw from the opening 10 games, their sharply improved competitiveness can’t be ignored.

That has included one-goal losses to the Drummoyne Devils, Fremantle Marlins and UNSW Wests, and two-goal losses to Drummoyne, UNSW Wests and UTS Balmain Tigers so things quite conceivably could have been markedly different. [Read more…]

Devils get the better of Torpedoes in four tight affairs

THE first weekend of home double-headers didn’t quite go to plan in Round 5 for the UWA Torpedoes in the OVO Australian Water Polo League with the Drummoyne Devils going away with four victories.

After the opening four rounds of the 2018 season saw the Torpedoes play Fremantle Marlins and Mariners both home and away either side of a six-game, six-day road trip to New South Wales, it was back home to UWA Aquatic Centre in Round 5 for the games against Drummoyne.

It began on Friday night with the Devils women leading the whole game before holding on to win in a tight finish 9-7 over the Torpedoes. Then in the men’s contest, Drummoyne scored the only two goals of the fourth quarter to score the 8-6 victory over UWA. [Read more…]

Torpedoes host Drummoyne Devils this Friday night, Sunday

BOTH UWA Torpedoes teams will look forward to trying to get back to the OVO Australian Water Polo League’s winning list in Round 5 hosting their first interstate visitors but are fully aware it’s not going to be easy against Drummoyne.

The first month of the 2018 AWL season has seen the Torpedoes play games against the Fremantle Marlins and Mariners at both Bicton Pool and the UWA Aquatic Centre along with taking on a six-game, six-day road trip to New South Wales.

That means that this weekend marks the first time they get to play in their home pool against an interstate opponent as the Drummoyne Devils come to UWA Aquatic Centre to play on Friday night from 7pm and Sunday morning from 10am. [Read more…]

Naroska hoping for young Torpedoes to hit back hard

IT hasn’t quite been the start to his coaching career that Florian Naroska hoped but he’s not tempted to jump in the pool himself for the UWA Torpedoes as he tries to get the OVO Australian Water Polo League season back on track with two games against Drummoyne this weekend.

Naroska was a key part in the pool of the recent success of the Torpedoes with the 2008 German Olympian a massive contributor in the title victory of 2016 and then with UWA again playing off for the bronze medal in 2017.

Naroska was appointed as coach upon retiring from playing at national league level and with the departure from the Torpedoes of veteran coach Andrei Kovalenko but things haven’t quite gone to plan just yet.

The Torpedoes did record one win on the trip to NSW over the UTS Balmain Tigers but lost the other five while also losing to the Fremantle Mariners both at Bicton Pool and UWA Aquatic Centre. [Read more…]

Torpedoes women look to start building momentum at home

THE UWA Torpedoes women have shown strong improvement so far in the 2018 OVO Australian Water Polo League with coach Scott Schweickle looking for them to better capitalise on their good work this weekend at home to the Drummoyne Devils.

The Torpedoes women have played well so far this season but ultimately have just the one win and a draw to show from it out of eight games including two losses to the Fremantle Marlins either side of the six-game NSW road trip where they won one game, drew one and lost four.

That means that the stage is set for an important double-header this weekend against Drummoyne at UWA Aquatic Centre firstly on Friday night from 7pm and then Sunday morning from 10am. [Read more…]

Torpedoes women lose in penalties; men fall short of Fremantle

THE UWA Torpedoes home opener in the Western Derby on Friday night didn’t quite go to plan with the Fremantle Marlins beating the Torps in a penalty shootout before the Mariners kept their hot form going to open the 2018 OVO Australian Water Polo League season.

The Torpedoes hit the UWA Aquatic Centre pool for the first time in 2018 on Friday night as part of Round 4 of the OVO AWL season after seven road games against Fremantle, the Hunter Hurricanes, UTS Balmain Tigers and UNSW Wests.

It was a welcome sight to be back in the home pool to host Fremantle in the second Western Derby already of 2018, but it didn’t turn out how the Torpedoes would have been hoping. [Read more…]

Player Column – Andrew Ford Round 4

The 2018 Australian Water Polo League has seen significant changes to many teams – most significantly the UWA Torpedoes.

The end of the 2017 season saw veterans Luke Quinlivan and Brett McGhie hang up the bathers and long-term coach Andrei Kovalenko part ways with the club leaving a lasting legacy.

Florian Naroska, flanked by Brent Thompson and Henry Brown, has since taken up the reins as Head Coach and begun a new era at the club. The boys have embraced the new environment and taken on the new coach with optimism.

Over the first three weeks of the competition, the quality of all teams has been evident. Many lower seeded teams have taken points off consistent finalists pointing toward an open season and close finals series.

While away in Sydney last week we played some good periods of Polo and fought for some quality defeats. Unfortunately, consistencies in finishing attacking plays lead to only one victory from six games: UWA 4:7 Hunter; UWA 2:11 Hunter; UWA 10:9 Balmain; UWA 7:10 UNSW; UWA 4:5 Balmain; UWA 6:9 UNSW.

This week’s game marks an important point in the season as well as being the final grudge match against cross-town rival Fremantle on Friday in our home pool for the first time in 2018.

We will look to improve our attacking options to compete with arguably the in-form team of the competition for the moment.

A win would place our season back on track and give us valuable confidence leading into must win games against Drummoyne and Adelaide in the coming weeks.

Torpedoes hit UWA pool for first time in 2018 against Fremantle

FOLLOWING seven road games already in the 2018 OVO Australian Water Polo League season, the UWA Torpedoes hit their home pool at UWA Aquatic Centre on Friday night to host the Fremantle Marlins and Mariners.

The Torpedoes season began back in the opening round with games against Fremantle at Bicton Pool.

On that night, it was wins for both the Marlins and Mariners over UWA but there some encouraging signs to take into last week’s six-game, six-day road trip to Newcastle and Sydney. [Read more…]

Pleasing development continuing for Torpedoes women

UWA Torpedoes women’s coach Scott Schweickle was proud of his team’s performance on the gruelling six-game, six-day NSW road trip and he’s looking forward to them building on that now starting in their home pool.

The Torpedoes started off the road trip impressively in Newcastle last Tuesday beating the Hunter Hurricanes 10-7 before then playing out a 10-10 draw the next day with the two teams unable to be separated after a penalty shootout.

While the Torpedoes lost the four games in Sydney from Thursday to Sunday against both the UTS Balmain Tigers and UNSW Wests Killer Whales, the averaging losing margin was just two goals. [Read more…]

Torpedoes return home after 6 days of 6 games in NSW

THE UWA Torpedoes have returned home after the most challenging week of the 2018 OVO Australian Water Polo League season following six days of six games in NSW ahead of a home Western Derby this Friday night.

The annual trip to NSW for the six games over the six days is never easy during any season for the Torpedoes and this time around was no different, but now it’s time to look forward to the opening home game this Friday night.

That sees the Torpedoes hosting the Fremantle Marlins and Mariners at UWA Aquatic Centre this Friday night from 7pm in an exciting way to begin the 2018 AWL season in our home pool following seven road games to begin proceedings. [Read more…]