Kova looks to build on new confidence level of Torpedoes

AS a triple Olympian, Andrei Kovalenko has seen it all in water polo and has noticed somewhat of a change in his UWA Torpedoes team as National Water Polo League reigning premiers but is confident that belief can take them a long way again in 2017.

Kovalenko coached the UWA Torpedoes to their first ever NWPL premiership last season and as an Olympian at Barcelona in 1992 (Russian Commonwealth), Atlanta in 1996 (Ukraine) and Sydney in 2000 (Australia), he has seen everything in water polo.

He has noticed a change in some of his players at the Torpedoes since winning last year’s premiership which they secured by beating the Victorian Seals in a penalty shootout in the gold medal match in Melbourne. [Read more…]

Kova can’t fault Torpedoes start, preparation to NWPL season

UWA Torpedoes men’s coach Andrei Kovalenko couldn’t have been happier with his team’s preparation for the National Water Polo League season and with how their title defence began with a new captain while the old skipper returned to celebrate his 300th appearance.

Following the majority of the Torpedoes team taking part in the UWA City Beach Bears Premier League triumph over Melville in December, they geared up for the NWPL season with a two-week training camp with the Chinese Guangdong team.

The Torpedoes then opened the season with two games in Adelaide against the Jets and two in Melbourne against the Water Polo Australia-backed Barbarians. [Read more…]

Torpedoes unbeaten after eight road games in four days

THE UWA Torpedoes completed their four-day road trip to open the National Water Polo League 2017 season and both the women’s and men’s teams remained unbeaten recording two more wins over the Barbarians at Kew’s Xavier College on Sunday.

The Torpedoes season got underway on Thursday and Friday evenings in Adelaide where the women’s and men’s teams won each of their matches against the Jets at The Hangar in impressive fashion.

It was then on to Melbourne where the Torpedoes were originally meant to play the Victorian Seals. Those plans changed when they withdrew from the NWPL for 2017 on Wednesday, but Water Polo Australia helped organise a Barbarians team that will play in their place for the season.

That saw the Torpedoes take them on at Xavier College on Saturday again with both UWA teams recording wins.

It was back to the same venue on Sunday morning with the women opening proceedings with a 12-7 victory over the Barbarians. The Torpedoes men then completed the unbeaten road trip to start the season beating the Barbarians 11-8. [Read more…]

Torpedoes remain unbeaten after wins in Melbourne

C2HBR7RVIAA8ad0_1THE UWA Torpedoes took their National Water Polo League show on the road to Melbourne on Saturday and both the men’s and women’s teams continued their unbeaten starts to 2017 with wins over the Barbarians at Xavier College in Kew.

The Torpedoes opened their season with games against the Adelaide Jets at The Hangar on Thursday and Friday evenings. Both the UWA women’s and men’s teams came away with victories in all four encounters leaving them undefeated heading to Melbourne.

The weekend games were originally fixtured to be against the Victorian Seals at the Melbourne Spots & Aquatic Centre. But with the Seals withdrawing from the NWPL on Wednesday, they have now been replaced by a Water Polo Australia-backed Barbarians team.

That saw the Torpedoes do battle with them on Saturday at Kew’s Xavier College.

The Torpedoes went on to remain unbeaten with the women beating the Barbarians 8-7 before the men went on to record the 15-10 victory. [Read more…]

Title winning captain Quinlivan reaches 300 NWPL games

quinlivan-luke-2LUKE Quinlivan’s last National Water Polo League match saw him lead the UWA Torpedoes to a maiden premiership and now in his first appearance for 2017 he comes in against the Barbarians to celebrate his 300th appearance.

Quinlivan has been one of the strongest goalkeepers in the NWPL ever since making his debut with the Cronulla Sharks back in 2002.

Despite a couple of other stops along the way, it has been with the Torpedoes that Quinlivan will leave his strongest legacy as he now joins the UWA team in Melbourne this weekend for the games against the Water Polo Australia-backed Barbarians. [Read more…]

Torpedoes open season with two games each in Adelaide, Melbourne

O'Leary, DaynaTHE UWA Torpedoes open their 2017 National Water Polo League season with four road games in as many days this week starting with two matches in Adelaide before two in Melbourne.

The Torpedoes men and women’s teams will be on the road for the first half of the NWPL season for 2017 before finally returning home to UWA Aquatic Centre for the opening home matches against the UTS Balmain Tigers on Thursday February 23.

The run on the road for the Torpedoes begins this week with two games to start off with in Adelaide against the Jets before then travelling to Melbourne for the weekend to tackle the newly formed Barbarians.

UWA takes on the Adelaide Jets on both Thursday and Friday nights at the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre. [Read more…]

Double road win for Torpedoes in Adelaide

15965988_10154081701095966_2305052935990906072_nBOTH UWA Torpedoes women’s and men’s teams have opened the 2017 National Water Polo League in impressive fashion on the road recording wins over the Adelaide Jets at the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre on Thursday night.

The Torpedoes might have a challenging opening to the 2017 season with the opening 11 matches all on the road starting with the four games in the opening round starting with two in Adelaide and two in Melbourne.

Things got off to the perfect start on Thursday night with the women’s match beginning proceedings at The Hangar. The Torpedoes went on to beat the Jets 9-7.

It was then on to the men’s contest for the evening with the Torpedoes beginning their premiership defence in style as UWA ran out 13-2 victors. [Read more…]

Preparation key for reigning premier Torpedoes on the road


STARTING on the road with the first 11 games as defending Men’s National Water Polo League premiers will provide quite the challenge for the UWA Torpedoes, but title winning captain Luke Quinlivan is confident good away form can set up the season quite nicely.

The Torpedoes men broke through in 2016 for the club’s first NWPL premiership defeating the Victorian Seals in the gold medal match in Melbourne in a penalty shootout.

Quinlivan was a huge part in that, succeeding in the penalty shootout and captaining the Torpedoes to the premiership in what was his 299th game in the NWPL.

Many of the Torpedoes team took part in the Water Polo WA Premier League late in 2016 for the UWA City Beach Bears who went on to beat the Melville Sharks in the Grand Final to earn another premiership for UWA. [Read more…]

UWA Torpedoes season opens on the road next week


THE 2017 National Water Polo League begins next week with the UWA Torpedoes spending the first half of the season on the road with the men out to defend their championship and women looking to advance further into the finals.

The UWA Torpedoes men are fresh off winning the 2016 National Water Polo League championship. Many of the team then took part in the recently completed Water Polo WA Premier League where the UWA City Beach Bears were victorious in the grand final over the Melville Sharks.

Not only that, but another Torpedoes veteran Brett McGhie was named the fairest and best player in the Men’s Premier League for his outstanding performances with Triton.

Meanwhile, the Torpedoes women last season also made the NWPL finals series only going down to the Cronulla Sharks in the elimination final. [Read more…]

McGhie enjoys Premier League return, looks for more Torpedoes success


BRETT McGhie made his return to the Premier League in 2016 and walked away as the fairest and best player in the competition as he now turns his focus looking to continue the success of the UWA Torpedoes in the National Water Polo League.

Having not played in the Premier League for several years, McGhie returned for Triton in the recently competed men’s competition for 2016 and had a standout campaign.

While it didn’t end up in a grand final appearance for his team with the UWA City Beach Bears going on to beat the Melville Sharks 10-8 in a thrilling decider at Bicton Pool, McGhie performed strongly for Triton.

The 30-year-old went on to score 16 goals despite Triton winning just the three games for the season and was rewarded on grand final day when presented with the Premier League’s fairest and best player award for 2016. [Read more…]