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.