Torpedoes women go down to Drummoyne but men stay unbeaten

THE UWA Torpedoes have opened their Sydney trip this week with the men continuing their unbeaten start to the National Water Polo League season beating the Drummoyne Devils while the women lost a second straight match.

It was always going to be a challenging start to the six-game, six-day tour for the Torpedoes with them flying from Perth to Sydney on Tuesday, and having to play that evening at Drummoyne Swimming Pool.

The evening’s action got underway with the women’s contest and that saw the Drummoyne Devils prevail 16-6 to see the Torpedoes slip to a 4-2 record on the season.

It was then a men’s battle that was also the rematch of last year’s elimination final that the Torpedoes won on their way to the club’s first ever NWPL premiership.

Drummoyne was looking for a measure of revenge and looked on target to achieve that leading 6-5 midway through the fourth quarter. But UWA goals to Florian Naroska and Lach Pethick, and then a penalty to Nick Hughes, secured the 8-6 victory for the Torpedoes.

The win improves UWA to a 6-0 record on the season as they remain undefeated since winning last year’s NWPL title.

The night at Drummoyne began with the women’s NWPL contest and it was the Devils who started strongly with the game’s first two goals both through Emma Jones.

The Torpedoes got on the board thanks to Vesselina Velikova but Drummoyne replied with 53 seconds remaining in the first quarter with a goal to Carla Graupera.

Just over a minute into the second quarter saw the Torpedoes start well scoring a goal with the extra advantage as Cathryn Earl ensured UWA didn’t waste the chance.

The visitors couldn’t grab the momentum, though, with Drummoyne hitting the next three scores to lead 6-2 before Neve Annett got one back for UWA. But the Devils were in control leading 7-3 at half-time.

That soon became 8-3 to start the second half before UWA opened its account after the break with a goal with the extra advantage to Earl.

The Devils continued to have the answers, however, and soon led 10-5, and 11-5 by three quarter-time despite another goal for the Torpedoes to Earl.

Madi Rigo got another one back for the Torpedoes to start the fourth term but from there it was all Drummoyne with the final five goals to end up winning 16-6.

It’s a second straight loss for the Torpedoes following the 16-4 defeat at the hands of the Fremantle Marlins.

Earl scored three goals for the Torpedoes with Rigo, Velikova and Annett adding one apiece.

It was then on to the men’s contest and it was the Torpedoes that made the fast start with a goal with the extra after less than two minutes to captain Nick Hughes when he delivered a powerful shot to beat John Hahn.

The Devils responded thanks to Tyler Martin before UWA again took the lead with Florian Naroska scoring from close range. But it was building into a tremendous contest with scores tied at 2-2 at quarter-time following a Drummoyne goal from Justin Trabinger.

A terrific shot by Andrew Ford in the second quarter gave the Torpedoes the 3-2 advantage but it was all square by half-time again after a Devils goal from Rok Crnica as the Sydney rain began to fall.

Drummoyne took the lead with an extra to start the third quarter when Samuele Avallone got one past Luke Quinlivan. But this was a game where neither team was going to break away and the Torpedoes answered with a good shot on target from Tom Beare.

Drummoyne went into three quarter-time leading 5-4 but just over a minute into the fourth period and it was tied again following a Torpedoes goal to Hughes.

The Devils scored through Martin before Naroska responded for the Torpedoes with a superb backhander.

That’s when UWA took over the contest.

Lach Pethick delivered another terrific goal and then Andrew Ford converted a penalty to secure the 8-6 victory.

Ford, Hughes and Naroska all scored two goals each for the unbeaten reigning premier Torpedoes.

The UWA Torpedoes now prepare to take on the Sydney University Lions at Peter Montgomery Pool on Wednesday evening.

ROUND 5 NWPL RESULTS
TUESDAY
WOMEN: UWA Torpedoes 6 lost to Drummoyne Devils 16 at Drummoyne Swimming Pool
MEN: UWA Torpedoes 8 beat Drummoyne Devils 6 at Drummoyne Swimming Pool