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…]

Mixed results for Torpedoes in Newcastle v Hurricanes

THE opening two nights of action on the UWA Torpedoes road trip to New South Wales has begun with the women’s scoring a terrific win over the Hunter Hurricanes and then playing out a thrilling draw while it was two tough games for the youthful men’s side.

The Torpedoes OVO Australian Water Polo League began back in Round 1 against the Fremantle Marlins and Mariners at Bicton Pool, with UWA suffering losses in both the women’s and men’s games.

There was then the bye in Round 2 ahead of the week-long road trip to NSW that began on Tuesday and Wednesday this week with games against the Hunter Hurricanes at Newcastle’s Lambton Pool. [Read more…]

Round 3 Preview – NSW road trip

BUSINESS really picks up for the UWA Torpedoes in the OVO Australian Water Polo League in Round 3 with six games in six days in New South Wales starting against the Hunter Hurricanes in Newcastle on Tuesday February 13.

The Torpedoes 2018 AWL season began a fortnight ago against the Fremantle Marlins and Mariners at Bicton Pool. Now after the weekend off in Round 2, it’s time for the annual remarkably gruelling road trip to NSW.

It all gets underway on Tuesday and Wednesday in Newcastle against the Hurricanes. The Torpedoes then head to Sydney and over the next four days split their games against the UTS Balmain Tigers and UNSW Wests Killer Whales and Magpies. [Read more…]

Naroska coaching earlier than expected but excited to be

THIS time 12 months ago Florian Naroska was preparing for a gruelling time as the UWA Torpedoes centre forward but the German Olympian is now the new men’s coach in 2018 and with a lot of youth in the line-up is looking forward to helping them reach their potential.

Naroska had a remarkable playing career highlighted by representing Germany at the 2008 Olympic Games as well as at five World Championships and four European Championships before making the move to Western Australia.

He settled well into life in Perth with his wife and had quite the impact at the Torpedoes becoming a key cog in the team that broke through to win the title in 2016. [Read more…]

Nothing but encouraging signs for Torpedoes women

UWA Torpedoes women’s coach Scott Schweickle liked the signs he saw in Round 1 of 2018 OVO Australian Water Polo League and is looking forward to a vastly improved team this season led by imports Michelle Martinelli, Alyssa Diacono and Jakie Kohli.

It was Schweickle’s first season in charge of the women’s Torpedoes in 2017 having made the move west and it was very much one of development and finding out which players he would persevere with moving forward, and giving chances to some young players.

The likes of Madi Rigo, Pippa Pedley and Riley Davidson benefited greatly from that experience and then look set to improve even further in 2018 along with the arrival of another exciting young player Glenda Morgan. [Read more…]

Torpedoes go down to Fremantle Marlins/Mariners in AWL opener

THE 2018 Australian Water Polo League season might have started with losses for the UWA Torpedoes men and women against Fremantle at Bicton Pool, but there were plenty of encouraging signs ahead of the grueling road trip to New South Wales in Round 3.

The new-look AWL season for 2018 got underway on Saturday night at Bicton Pool with a Western Derby as the Torpedoes headed south to tackle the Fremantle Marlins and Mariners.

The end results saw the Marlins win the women’s contest over the Torpedoes to begin proceedings with an 8-4 victory. [Read more…]

New AWL season begins as Torpedoes tackle Fremantle at Bicton

IT is a new-look national competition for 2018 with Water Polo Australia revamping the league into the Australian Water Polo League and the season for the UWA Torpedoes begins on Saturday February 3 against Fremantle at Bicton Pool.

Water Polo Australia undertook a review of the National Water Polo League following the 2017 season and the end result has been a rebranding into the Australian Water Polo League.

That has led to a slightly later start to the season as well with proceedings getting underway on the first weekend in February.

For the UWA Torpedoes men and women, that means a Western Derby battle on Saturday night at Bicton Pool. The women’s encounter against the Fremantle Marlins begins at 6.30pm while the men’s battle against the Mariners starts at 8pm. [Read more…]