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.

Things got underway on Tuesday with the Torpedoes women coming away with a 10-7 victory while the Hurricanes men then beat UWA 9-5 to close the night’s action.

And on Wednesday, it was the men’s clash up first and again Hunter proved too strong beating UWA 12-2.

But the women’s clash was then a cracking affair, with scores tied at 7-7 at the end of normal time. And then in the penalty shootout, they still couldn’t be split with three conversions apiece to end up with the game being a draw.

Starting with the women’s game on Tuesday to open the road trip, the Torpedoes started well with a penalty goal from American Michelle Martinelli after just 19 seconds. It then became 2-0 for UWA after just over a minute of game time when Martinelli scored in open play.

The Torpedoes continued their hot start when Canadian import Jakie Kohli scored twice in quick succession. Suddenly after just three minutes of the game, UWA was up 4-0.

Hunter did get on the board in response courtesy of Kate Hughes, but it was the Torpedoes who finished the quarter with goals to Madi Rigo and Tayla Walsh to lead 6-1 by quarter-time.

The second quarter didn’t quite go to plan for the Torpedoes with the Hurricanes scoring the only four goals of the period to mean UWA’s lead was only 6-5 by half-time with the change of ends.

Scores were then tied up by the start of the second half and Hunter pulled ahead 7-6 after two quick goals. But the Torpedoes responded well scoring twice through Martinelli and another American import Alyssa Diacono to lead 8-7 by three quarter-time.

UWA then went on with the job in the fourth quarter with goals to Cathryn Earl and Diacono for the 10-7 victory.

Michelle Martinelli finished with five goals for the Torpedoes, Jakie Kohli two and Alyssa Diacono two.

It was then time for the men’s game on Tuesday night, and the Torpedoes fought hard but couldn’t quite overcome the Hurricanes.

Hunter opened up a 3-2 advantage by quarter-time and still led 6-3 at half-time, 7-4 at three quarter-time and went on to win 9-5.

Andrew Ford finished with two goals for the Torpedoes, Tom Beare one, Nick Hughes one and Japanese centre forward Kenta Araki one.

Then on Wednesday back at Lambton Pool, it was the men’s game up first and it wasn’t a game to remember for the Torpedoes against the Hurricanes.

Hunter scored the only three goals of the first quarter and then led 5-0 midway through the second before the Torpedoes got on the board courtesy of American import Kevin Oliveira.

But the Hurricanes went on to lead 7-1 by half-time, 10-1 by three quarter-time and won 12-2 despite a goal in the fourth period for the Torpedoes to Tim Putt.

It was then on to the women’s contest to close the Torpedoes time in Newcastle, and it was quite the contest.

In contrast to the night before, this time it was the Hurricanes starting strongly with the only three goals of the first quarter. But the Torpedoes did get back into the contest in the second with two goals to Tayla Walsh and one to Madi Rigo to cut Hunter’s lead to 5-3 at the break.

A penalty to Michelle Martinelli started the third quarter for UWA to make the margin just one and then following two goals to Walsh in the space of 24 seconds, the Torpedoes drew level at 6-6 with the Hurricanes by three quarter-time.

Hunter pulled ahead in the fourth quarter with a goal to Laura Robinson but UWA answered with a penalty to Walsh to tie things up at 7-7 to force the penalty shootout.

In the shootout, Madi Rigo, Pippa Pedley and Tayla Walsh scored for the Torpedoes with Rachel Fattal, Eliza Limn and Gabi Sainsbury scoring for the Hurricanes to ensure the 10-10 draw after a spectacular contest.

Tayla Walsh finished with six goals for the Torpedoes including her penalty shootout conversion while Madi Rigo had two.

The Torpedoes now head to Sydney to play the UTS Balmain Tigers on Thursday and Saturday, and the UNSW Wests Killer Magpies and Killer Whales on Friday and Sunday.

ROUND 3 AUSTRALIAN WATER POLO LEAGUE RESULTS
TUESDAY
WOMEN: UWA Torpedoes 10 defeated Hunter Hurricanes 7 at Lambton Pool
MEN: UWA Torpedoes 5 lost to Hunter Hurricanes 9 at Lambton Pool

WEDNESDAY
WOMEN: UWA Torpedoes 10 drew with Hunter Hurricanes (3-3 in penalty shootout) at Lambton Pool
MEN: UWA Torpedoes 2 lost to Hunter Hurricanes 12 at Lambton Pool