Round 7 Preview – Derby time at HBF

THE UWA Torpedoes hit HBF Stadium’s Outdoor Pool on Saturday afternoon in the second Western Derby match ups of 2019 determined to make a strong stand against the two visiting Fremantle teams.

The stage is set for two strong contests on Saturday at HBF Stadium with UWA hosting Fremantle as Perth gears up for the FINA Inter-Continental Cup to be in town over the next week.

There is no better way to usher in the world class tournament than with a terrific afternoon of derby water polo. The action begins at 2.30pm with the women’s contest before the men’s game follows from 4pm. [Read more…]

Torps men future continues to burn bright

UWA Torpedoes coach Damian Kelly continues to be excited by what the future holds for his men’s team once they are ready to fully benefit and learn how to win based on the experiences they are currently getting.

It’s remarkable to think that a team that featured such veterans as Luke Quinlivan, Florian Naroska and Brett McGhie only two years ago can now have an average age most games they hit the pool that is barely 20, but that is the situation the Torpedoes find themselves in 2019.

And it is a circumstance of choice with UWA deciding to strip back to blood the young players coming through the system with the eye of building something that is able to dominate the national water polo scene once the core group gets to their early 20s. [Read more…]

Fighting Torpedoes with Sunday defeats to Wests

THE UWA Torpedoes women went ever so close to what would have been a morale boosting win over the UNSW Wests Killer Whales on Sunday morning with the young Torps men also coming up short against the Magpies.

Round 7 of the OVO Australian Water Polo League for the Torpedoes began on Friday night at UWA Aquatic Centre. That saw a 13-10 victory for the Killer Whales in the women’s contest followed up by the Magpies men coming from behind to beat the Torpedoes 9-7.

The two teams did it all again on Sunday morning, this time at HBF Stadium, with an 11-7 victory for UNSW Wests over UWA before the Magpies beat the Torpedoes 10-4. [Read more…]

Strong showings from Torps against Wests

THE UNSW Wests Killer Whales and Magpies loomed as significant tests for the UWA Torpedoes on Friday night and that proved the case at UWA Aquatic Centre but there was plenty to like in the showings from both Torps teams.

Coming west for their four games in four days against Fremantle and UWA, UNSW Wests arrived with an impressive start to the 2019 OVO Australian Water Polo League season so the Torpedoes knew they would have their work cut out.

The Killer Whales are reigning champs and had won seven of nine games before the Perth trip but the Torpedoes took it right up to them. UNSW Wests just prevailed 13-10 but it was a strong showing by the Torpedoes. [Read more…]

Round 7 Preview – Powerful Wests come to UWA

THE UWA Torpedoes host their first Friday night clash at UWA Aquatic Centre for the season against UNSW Wests in Round 7 of the OVO Australian Water Polo League ahead of a return clash on Sunday.

Coming off the two games against the Balmain Tigers last weekend, the Torpedoes are back home again for two more matches in Round 7 against a Sydney opponent.

This time it’s UNSW Wests coming to town and the Friday night action will take place at UWA Aquatic Centre. [Read more…]

Torps trio in line to play at Inter-Continental Cup

PERTH will play host to the 2019 World League Inter-Continental Cup later this month and there are a host of UWA Torpedoes set to be involved including current goalkeeper Tess Hosking and Canadian import pair Gaelan Patterson and Devon Thumwood.

The FINA World League Inter-Continental Cup will be held at HBF Stadium from March 26-31 with the OVO Australian Water Polo League taking the week off from action as a result, which is good news given the Torpedoes players who are set to be involved.

The Aussie Stingers squad for the tournament includes Torpedoes goalie Tess Hosking who has returned home to UWA this season and is having a strong season in the cage having spent 2018 playing professionally in Hungary. [Read more…]

Torps lose two tense clashes to Balmain

SATURDAY afternoon saw the UWA Torpedoes and Balmain Tigers take part in two fiercely competitive OVO Australian Water Polo League match ups and despite the best efforts of the Torps, the visitors claimed two more victories.

Round 6 of the OVO AWL season marked the first pair of home games in 2019 for the Torpedoes. That got underway at HBF Stadium on Thursday night with Balmain starting off winning the women’s clash 13-7 before backing it up with a men’s victor 10-6.

After spending their Friday night at Bicton Pool against Fremantle, Balmain returned to HBF Stadium on a rainy Saturday afternoon for two more match ups against the Torpedoes. [Read more…]

Torpedoes fall to Tigers in home opener

THE UWA Torpedoes didn’t quite have the opening to their season at home they were after on Thursday night with the Balmain Tigers claiming wins at HBF Stadium in both the women’s and men’s match ups.

The Torpedoes opened the 2019 OVO Australian Water Polo League season on the road, playing five games in Sydney, two in Adelaide and then last Saturday night in the derby against Fremantle at Bicton Pool.

It was time for the first home game for 2019 on Thursday night with the Torpedoes playing host to the Tigers at HBF Stadium. [Read more…]

Torpedoes showing exciting signs for future

UWA Torpedoes men’s coach Damian Kelly is seeing plenty of encouraging signs from his youthful team but he still believes they can try to push the pace faster and press better to try and make up for what they are lacking in size and experience.

Upon taking over as coach for the 2019 OVO Australian Water Polo League season, Kelly always knew that the Torpedoes would be backing an increasingly youthful team and with that, they would need to play to their strengths.

Over the course of the first eight games, the Torpedoes have constantly found themselves on the wrong end of the penalty and exclusion count with Kelly putting much of that down to his players being penalised for trying to make up for the size they are giving up battling for position. [Read more…]

Round 6 Preview – Torpedoes host Balmain

IT has taken until Round 6 of the 2019 OVO Australian Water Polo League season but the UWA Torpedoes get two games at home this weekend hosting the Balmain Tigers on Thursday night and Saturday afternoon at HBF Stadium’s Outdoor Pool.

The Torpedoes men and women have already played eight games this season but none of them have been at the two venues they will be calling home in 2019 – HBF Stadium and the UWA Aquatic Centre.

Following the week-long road trip to Sydney in Round 2, the weekend spent in Adelaide in Round 3 and then last Saturday’s derbies against Fremantle at Bicton Pool, it’s time for the Torpedoes to play host. [Read more…]