Double winning night for Torps against Sharks

THE UWA Torpedoes women played a second consecutive penalty shootout on Thursday night, this time coming out on the winning end against the Cronulla Sharks with the men then backing up with an impressive win also.

The Torpedoes had started their 2019 season with losses for both the men’s and women’s teams against the Sydney Uni Lions and Drummoyne Devils in the opening two nights of the six-day, six-game road trip to New South Wales.

But that all turned around on Thursday night against Cronulla at Auburn Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre.



It started with the women’s contest and backing up their penalty shootout loss from the night before, this time the Torpedoes prevailed winning the shootout 4-2 after scores were locked at 10-10 when time expired.

The UWA men then backed that up with a thrilling 12-11 win over Cronulla after two tough outings to start the season against Sydney Uni and Drummoyne.

It was a night to savour for the Torpedoes with both new coaches, Vaughn Thomson and Damian Kelly, guiding their teams to victories for the first time.

The night got underway with the women’s contest with the UWA women backing up from a good performance 24 hours earlier against Drummoyne, but also the disappointment of losing in the penalty shootout.

The Sharks started strongly with five goals to two in the opening quarter, with the Torpedoes staying within some sort of touch thanks to goals from Dayna O’Leary and Tayla Walsh.

UWA then delivered a strong second term with four goals to two to cut Cronulla’s lead to 7-6 with the change of ends, with the Torps goals coming courtesy of two more to O’Leary, another to Walsh and one to Jamie Oberman.

It was two goals apiece in the third quarter with Cronulla leading 9-8 at three quarter-time but the Torpedoes manages two goals to one in the fourth term to force a second straight penalty shootout.

And in the shootout, Erin Gray, Raney Remme, Jamie Oberman and Tayla Walsh all scored for the Torpedoes while only two players managed to convert for the Sharks.

Dayna O’Leary finished with four goals for the Torpedoes and Walsh three.

It was then a chance for the men’s team to produce their first victory of the season following two tough contests with the Lions and Devils, and they started well with the first goal courtesy of Devon Thumwood.

It turned out to be quite the eventful first quarter with nine goals scored and it was Cronulla leading 5-4 when it ended.

The Torpedoes again took advantage of an extra man to start the second term with a goal to Tom Powell to level scores. Three more goals before half-time to Thumwood, Powell and Nick Hughes saw UWA change ends leading 8-7.

Goals in the third quarter to Gaelan Patterson and Hughes kept the Torpedoes a goal in front by three quarter-time, and then fourth quarter goals to Patterson and Hughes saw them claim the 12-11 victory.

Gaelan Patterson, Nick Hughes and Devon Thumwood all scored three goals each for UWA with Tom Powell adding two and Taz Williams the other.

Next up for the Torpedoes on Friday is a return encounter with the Drummoyne Devils at Drummoyne.

UWA Torpedoes 14 defeated Cronulla Sharks 12 (4-2 in penalty shootout)

UWA Torpedoes 12 defeated Cronulla Sharks 11