UWA Torpedoes squads for 2018 AWL season

WITH the 2018 Australian Water Polo League season getting underway this Saturday night for the UWA Torpedoes, it’s a chance to look at the men’s and women’s squads assembled for the new-look competition.

The 2017 National Water Polo League season again saw the Torpedoes men reach the finals but it proved the end of an era with the retirements of Luke Quinlivan, Brett McGhie and Florian Naroska.

Naroska has now moved into the head coach role replacing Andrei Kovalenko while Quinlivan is one of his assistant coaches along with Brent Thompson.

That makes for a new-look men’s team for the Torpedoes in 2018 while the women’s team has been able to keep much of the group together that went through a development season in 2017 with Scott Schweickle in his first season as coach. [Read more…]

UWA Torpedoes draw for all new Australian Water Polo League

THE 2018 season of the UWA Torpedoes in the new-look Australian Water Polo League begins this Saturday night in a Western Derby at Bicton Pool.

Water Polo Australia has given the national competition a revamp over the off-season resulting in a rebranding of the league into the all-new Australian Water Polo League, with a new naming rights sponsor on board in the form of Ovo Mobile.

For the UWA Torpedoes women’s and men’s teams in the AWL, the 2018 season all gets underway on Saturday night at Bicton Pool up against the Fremantle Marlins and Mariners. [Read more…]

International Women’s Water Polo

Australian Women’s Water Polo Team, the Aussie Stingers, will host Olympic silver medalists Italy over the Australia Day long weekend in Perth, including three test match series, which is free for all patrons.

Test Matches

Test 1 – 7:00pm, Thursday 25 January, Bicton Pool

Test 2 – 7:00pm, Saturday 27 January, University of WA

Test 3 – 7:00pm, Sunday 28 January, Bicton Pool

Drinks and BBQ could be purchased at the venues.

Come down to UWA to support the Aussie Stingers and enjoy watching some world class water polo.

We hope to see you there!

2018 Australian Waterpolo League Season – Starting Soon

We are now well into the local state waterpolo season and counting down until the Australian Waterpolo League(AWL) begins! The AWL has 11 teams across the nation making their final preparations for the upcoming season that will commence on the 3rd February 2018, and conclude with finals in Sydney on 6th May 2018.The AWL provides important competition opportunities for national squad members as well as the next generation of Australian water polo talent.

Our UWA Torpedoes Men’s and Women’s team will be travelling on two interstate trips in 2018, firstly to Newcastle/Sydney, then off again to Brisbane shortly after. All going well both teams will head off to Sydney in early May for the final rounds.

As usual each season brings some new faces into the teams and we look forward to announcing our squads and coaching appointments for 2018 season shortly.

Please keep an eye on this website for future updates.


Vale Jan Mercer

On behalf of the UWA Torpedoes Water Polo Club we extend our deepest sympathy to John Mercer and family on the sudden passing of Jan Mercer.

Jan, as many of you would know, was a long term Administrator and Life Member of UWA Torpedoes and made a valuable and positive contribution to our club’s community.

Our thoughts and prayers are with John, Jenny, Debbie and Brad at this time.


Above; Jan in typical form serving at the BBQ on a Torps game night

Torpedoes import Velikova returns home after best 12 months of her life

VESSELINA Velikova has now returned home to Switzerland after the best year of her life that included a stay in Canada and included three months in Perth playing with the UWA Torpedoes.

Velikova had become a mainstay of her water polo club back home in Horgen, Switzerland, and is also a regular representative of the Swiss national team.

Playing abroad had not been something she had ever really considered before. [Read more…]

Brave Torpedoes NWPL campaign ends in fourth place

DEFENDING National Water Polo League champions the UWA Torpedoes did a tremendous job to get back to the semi finals in 2017 but couldn’t quite bring home a medal from Sydney.

The Torpedoes broke through in stunning fashion during the finals of 2016 winning the club’s first NWPL premiership since entering the competition in 1990.

Backing up was always going to prove a tough ask with the Torpedoes now having a target on their backs throughout 2017, but they did a good job to firstly qualify for finals from fifth position. [Read more…]

Torpedoes advance to semi finals to face Sydney Uni

THE UWA Torpedoes delivered a terrific elimination final performance on Friday to beat the Brisbane Barracudas to set up a semi-final on Saturday with the Sydney University Lions.

The Torpedoes men are the defending National Water Polo League champions and qualified for the 2017 finals in fifth position setting up Friday’s elimination final with the Barracudas at Sydney’s Pymble Ladies College Aquatic Centre.

Despite the Barracudas taking a 6-5 lead into half-time, the Torpedoes responded strongly with the only two goals of the third term including a stunning full-pool bomb from Luke Quinlivan. [Read more…]

Two extra goals could lift Torpedoes in finals says Quinlivan

RETIRING UWA Torpedoes champion Luke Quinlivan is proud of the team to qualify again for the National Water Polo League finals again in 2017 despite the adversity and he hopes they can find a couple extra goals a game the next three days in Sydney.

Quinlivan has made the decision that 2017 will be the final season of his remarkable water polo career that was highlighted with the NWPL premiership with the Torpedoes last season, but has included 319 national league games along with being a regular Australian representative.

The 31-year-old will go down as one of the country’s greatest goalkeepers and it’s hard to argue at this point he is the Torpedoes best player in the NWPL as he now prepares for the last weekend of his career. [Read more…]

Torpedoes take on Barracudas in NWPL elimination final

THE National Water Polo League finals begin on Friday in Sydney with the defending champion UWA Torpedoes men needing to beat the Brisbane Barracudas to book a spot in the semi finals.

The 2017 NWPL finals begin at Prymble Ladies College Aquatic Centre on Friday with the Torpedoes beginning their premiership defence by taking on the Barracudas in an elimination final.

Coming off last year’s breakthrough triumph that saw UWA claim its first national league gold medal, the Torpedoes men finished the 2017 season in fifth position with a 15-7 record following last Friday night’s derby victory at UWA Aquatic Centre over the Fremantle Mariners. [Read more…]