Mixed Adelaide weekend for Torpedoes

IT was a mixed weekend for the UWA Torpedoes against the Adelaide Jets in the OVO Australian Water Polo League with the women coming away with two wins but the men two defeats in the last road trips of 2019.

The Torpedoes have now completed all their interstate fixtures for the 2019 OVO AWL season following Saturday’s two fixtures in Adelaide, at least until the finals which will be held in Sydney.

Having already completed the week-long road trip to Sydney and now the two games in Adelaide for the season, the Torpedoes can settle in back home.

The next game is away, but only at Bicton Pool to Fremantle on Saturday March 2, ahead of a run of nine home matches to close out the season starting on Thursday March 7 against the Balmain Tigers.

As for the weekend’s games in Adelaide, the Torpedoes women prevailed in both their contests, winning on Saturday 9-5 and then 14-6 on Sunday.

That leaves the UWA women with four wins from seven games this season to be well-placed to make a genuine run for the finals under rookie coach Vaughn Thomson.

It wasn’t quite the weekend the Torpedoes men were after, with the Jets winning 14-9 on Saturday and 11-10 on Sunday.

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The weekend’s action in Adelaide got underway with the women’s contest on Saturday and there was just the one goal in the opening period which went the way of UWA, thanks to Sam Shead.

The Torpedoes went up 2-0 to start the second quarter when Glenda Morgan also scored but Adelaide hit back with the next two to level things up.

The Torps finished the half strongly with two goals to Dayna O’Leary in less than a minute to lead 4-2 at the change of ends.

By the end of the third quarter, the Torpedoes still led 6-3 after goals to Madi Rigo and Tayla Walsh, before Walsh, Morgan and Shead all scored again in the final term to secure UWA’s 9-5 victory.

Dayna O’Leary, Tayla Walsh, Glenda Morgan and Sam Shead all scored twice for the Torpedoes in the win.

Then in the men’s match, the Torpedoes scored first through Lach Pethick but the Jets responded to lead 3-1 by the end of the quarter. The Torps did score again first in the second period courtesy of Pethick and Nick Hughes added another before half-time, but the Jets were leading 7-3.

UWA pulled back the first two goals of the second half from Matt Oberman and Devon Thumwood, but with the penalty count against the Torpedoes rising, getting back into the contest was proving a challenge.

The Jets still led 11-5 and then despite the Torpedoes winning the last quarter, the home team still won 14-9.

Lach Pethick finished with three goals for the Torps.

Then on Sunday both Torpedoes teams were backing up against the Jets, starting with the women’s match which saw UWA start impressively.

The Torps scored the only two goals of the first quarter from Madi Rigo and Dayna O’Leary, before Tayla Walsh, Jamie Oberman and Raney Remme all hit the scoresheet to make it a 5-0 start.

That was 8-1 by half-time following goals to Pippa Pedley, Rebecca Liddle and Rigo.

The Torpedoes cruised to the 14-6 win in the second half to make it a double-win weekend with Jamie Oberman and Madi Rigo scoring three goals, and Tayla Walsh and Raney Remme two.

The men’s game then closed the weekend in Adelaide for the Torpedoes and the Jets made a flying start with the opening two goals before the Torpedoes clawed one back through Byron Kelly.

Nick Hughes added another before quarter-time to cut Adelaide’s lead to 3-2 and then the Torpedoes were level in the second period when Gaelan Patterson found the inside of the goal.

But Adelaide managed to lead 5-3 by half-time and then 7-3 before a five-metre penalty conversion from Hughes and another Torpedoes goal from him. A goal a minute out from the end of the third to Devon Thumwood saw the Torpedoes just three goals down.

With goals to Hughes, Hughes again and then Matt Oberman, the Torpedoes levelled scores with three minutes to go before Tom Rigoll found himself excluded, and the Jets went on to score the game winner through Daniel Hall with just under a minute remaining.

Nick Hughes scored five goals for the Torpedoes and Gaelan Patterson two.

OVO AUSTRALIAN WATER POLO LEAGUE ROUND 3
SATURDAY

WOMEN
UWA Torpedoes 9 defeated Adelaide Jets 5 – South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre

MEN
UWA Torpedoes 9 lost to Adelaide Jets 14 – South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre

 

SUNDAY

WOMEN
UWA Torpedoes 14 defeated Adelaide Jets 6 – South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre

MEN
UWA Torpedoes 10 lost to Adelaide Jets 11 – South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre