Penalty shootout win for Torpedoes women highlights Sydney Uni double

THE UWA Torpedoes heading into a three-week break with a challenging home double-header against the powerful Sydney Uni Lions, but the women’s inspired penalty shootout win on Sunday provided one of the great highlights of 2018.

It was Round 7 of the 2018 Australian Water Polo League with the Torpedoes again hosting a double-header at UWA Aquatic Centre, this time against the visiting Sydney Uni Lions.

It began on Friday night at UWA and in the women’s contest the Lions beat the Torpedoes 13-8.

The undefeated Sydney Uni men’s team then beat UWA as well 11-4 to close the evening.

Then after Sydney Uni went and did battle with Fremantle at Bicton Pool again on Saturday night, they were back at UWA Aquatic Centre on Sunday morning. Things got underway with a women’s thriller with scores tied at 10-10 at the end of regular time.

But the Torpedoes women made four of five penalty shots to end up winning 14-13.

The men couldn’t quite replicate that performance with Sydney Uni claiming the 18-7 victory.

BIG CHALLENGE IN ROUND 7 FOR UWA AGAINST SYDNEY UNI 

Things got underway on Friday night with the Lions scoring first courtesy of Genevieve Venosta. But UWA did well to respond with a good goal from Jakie Kohli.

But Sydney Uni pulled away with the last goal of the first quarter and then the only four of the second to lead 6-1 by half-time.

The Torpedoes showed some good fight in the third quarter with goals to Alyssa Diacono, Dayna O’Leary and then two to Tayla Walsh, but Sydney Uni still led 10-5 by three quarter-time.

UWA didn’t give up and did score another three goals in the fourth period through Riley Davidson, Kohli and Walsh, but the Lions still won 13-8.

Tayla Walsh scored three goals for the Torpedoes and Jakie Kohli two. Keesja Gofers hit five goals for the Lions, Matilda Kearns three and Genevieve Venosta two.

Then in the men’s clash on Friday night, Sydney Uni started strongly with the opening two goals to Goran Tomasevic and Scott Nicholson. UWA did get on the board through Andrew Ford with a penalty, but the Lions finished the opening quarter with goals to Michael Rosenthal and Johnno Cotterill.

The lead of Sydney Uni grew to 7-1 during the second quarter before UWA scored a second goal of the evening thanks to Kevin Oliveira. But the Lions still led 9-2 at the change of ends.

UWA did score first to open the second half with another penalty, this time taken by Nick Hughes. There ended up being just two goals each in the second half with Sydney Uni winning 11-4.

Lach Pethick, Nick Hughes, Kevin Oliveira and Andrew Ford scored for the Torpedoes. Johnno Cotterill hit three goals for Sydney Uni, Goran Tomasevic two, Scott Nicholson two and Michael Rosenthal two.

Then back at UWA Aquatic Centre on Sunday, the Torpedoes women again found themselves behind early with Sydney Uni leading 3-1 by quarter-time.

But UWA had stayed in touch by half-time with second quarter goals to Michelle Martinelli and Cathryn Earl to limit the Lions’ lead to 5-3.

Quickly the Torpedoes levelled scores in the third quarter after two goals in 30 seconds to Alyssa Diacono and Martinelli.

Scores were still tied at 7-7 by three quarter-time. Sydney uni took the lead first in the last quarter when Lili Edser scored but Martinelli soon answered. The visitors again took the lead through Genevieve Venosta but once more UWA answered courtesy of Diacono.

Once more, Sydney Uni went in front 10-9 when Isobel Bishop scored with four minutes left. But the Torpedoes scored a minute later with a penalty from Tayla Walsh to force the penalty shootout.

And in the shootout, Michelle Maritnelli, Glenda Morgan, Pippa Pedley and Claire Whitaker all scored for UWA while Sydney Uni could only get three goals past Claire Durston.

Then in the men’s match to close the round at UWA Aquatic Centre, UWA did start well with the opening goal thanks to Andrew Ford. It then became 2-0 when Ford scored again. But by quarter-time, Sydney Uni had steadied to lead 4-2.

That was 8-3 by half-time, 11-4 by three quarter-time and 18-7 by the finish of the game.

Andrew Ford finished with three goals for the Torpedoes and Lach Pethick two.

Goran Tomasevic, Wil Cotterill, Tom Kearns and Christian Kyriakou all scored three goals each for Sydney Uni.

The Torpedoes have a good break in the AWL before a Round 9 trip to Queensland for four games in four days against the Queensland Breakers and Brisbane Barracudas starting on Thursday April 12.

ROUND 7 AUSTRALIAN WATER POLO LEAGUE RESULTS
FRIDAY
WOMEN: UWA Torpedoes 8 lost to Sydney Uni Lions 13 at UWA Aquatic Centre
MEN: UWA Torpedoes 4 lost to Sydney Uni Lions 11 at UWA Aquatic Centre

SUNDAY
WOMEN: UWA Torpedoes 14 defeated Sydney Uni Lions 13 (4-3 in penalty shootout) at UWA Aquatic Centre
MEN: UWA Torpedoes 7 lost to Sydney Uni Lions 18 at UWA Aquatic Centre