UWA men and women come up short against Sydney Uni

FOR the first time this National Water Polo League season, the UWA Torpedoes women and men have lost on the same day with both going down to the Sydney University Lions at Peter Montgomery Pool on Wednesday night.

It was the second night of the Torpedoes’ six-game, six-day road trip to Sydney and the Lions proved too good in their home pool.

The night started with the women’s contest and that saw reigning premier Sydney Uni take out the 12-6 victory over the Torpedoes. It was a third straight loss for UWA.

The men’s contest was then next up with the defending champion Torpedoes out to remain unbeaten this season, but it wasn’t to be. The Lions took out the 10-4 victory over the Torpedoes.

Torpedoes women go down to Drummoyne but men stay unbeaten 

The night against Sydney Uni began with the Torpedoes women looking to bounce back following a 16-4 loss to Fremantle Mariners and then a 16-6 defeat at the hands of the Drummoyne Devils on Tuesday to open the Sydney road trip.

The Lions went on to score the first three goals of the game in the first four minutes through Anni Espar, Mia Willows and Emma Lewis. The Torpedoes did manage to get on the board just before quarter-time through Madi Rigo.

Sydney Uni again started the second term strong with the opening two goals to lead 5-1 before Dayna O’Leary scored for UWA with the advantage of the extra. But the home team answered with the last goal of the half to Matilda Kearns to lead 6-2.

Once more it was the Lions who started the second half the better with the opening two goals to lead 8-2 before the Torpedoes got another on the board thanks to Kingsley Hill. She added her second soon after as well to cut Sydney Uni’s lead to 8-4 at three quarter-time.

UWA did manage to make it 9-6 during the fourth quarter after two more goals to Hill, but the Lions responded with the final three goals of the contest with last year’s champions ending up winning 12-6.

Hill was the standout performer in attack for the Torpedoes scoring four goals while goalkeeper Tess Hosking did her best to keep her team in it in what was her 50th appearance in the NWPL.

It was then on to the men’s contest with the Torpedoes out to remain undefeated this season against the team they beat in last year’s semi-final, and UWA started well with the game’s opening goal from Lach Pethick.

Sydney Uni scored the next two before another for the Torpedoes to Tom Powell.

The home side managed two more goals either side of quarter-time to lead 4-2 before the Torpedoes remained in touch with Pethick delivering his second of the night.

It wasn’t to be the Torpedoes’ night, though, with Sydney Uni scoring the next five goals to lead 9-3 early in the fourth quarter.

Andrew Ford did pull one back for UWA but again the Lions scored to end up winning 10-4 and earn a measure of revenge over the Torpedoes for last year’s finals series.

Pethick scored two goals for the Torpedoes with one each to Powell and Ford.

The Sydney trip for the UWA Torpedoes continues on Thursday against the Cronulla Sharks at Sutherland Leisure Centre.

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

WOMEN: UWA Torpedoes 6 lost to Sydney University Lions 12 at Peter Montgomery Pool
MEN: UWA Torpedoes 4 lost to Sydney University Lions 10 at Peter Montgomery Pool