Round 5 Preview – Derbies at Bicton

IT’S not quite a home game but it’s far off for the UWA Torpedoes for the first time in the 2019 OVO Australian Water Polo League season up against Fremantle in the first Western Derby for the campaign at Bicton Pool on Saturday night.

The Torpedoes have started their 2019 OVO AWL season with two road trips so far, firstly a week-long trip to Sydney and then more recently a weekend visit to Adelaide.

They now have the rest of the season back in Western Australia without needing to jump on a plane and that run starts on Saturday night in the Western Derby battles with the Fremantle Marlins and Mariners at Bicton Pool.

The women’s contest begins at 6.30pm and the men’s battle is at 8pm.

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The Torpedoes women come into the derby full of confidence coming up against their fierce rivals. While the UWA women have traditionally struggled against the Marlins, they did significantly close the gap on them last year.

That should provide some further confidence of them coming away with a victory on Saturday night.

Considering they have already won four of seven road games, the chance to go 5-3 before even playing a home game at either HBF Stadium or UWA Aquatic Centre is a tantalising prospect.

It’s not going to be easy but Torpedoes women’s coach Vaughn Thomson is looking forward to the prospect of making a winning start to his coaching career in derbies on Saturday night.

“It will be a tough game. We know it will be physical like it always is when we play them. I just hope that we give them a good run for their money and put in a good performance. They are a solid team so it’s going to be a good game,” Thomson said.

“We are playing solid polo ourselves and the thing that might help us out a little is that we have this match fitness and they have only played two games, and they were against Adelaide. That might help us a bit but they are a solid team, they are very good.”

While in the past the Torpedoes women might have been daunted by the prospect of playing against the Marlins, Thomson has no doubt they all truly believe they can win this time around.

“Sometimes you arrive at a team and you know you’re not going to beat them and don’t have a chance against them, but I haven’t heard that once,” Thomson said.

“They are not silly, they know who the good players are and what to look out for, but they have never had that attitude that they can’t win. I do think that they believe they can beat any team and I do as well.

“I think we can beat any team, it’s about who arrives on the day with the attitude of wanting it more. Hopefully that’s us and we can walk away with the win.”

The men’s game will then follow at Bicton Pol and it should be another fascinating contest.

The Torpedoes men will be looking to respond to their two losses last up on the road in Adelaide against the Jets having started the season with two wins from five games on the Sydney visit.

If UWA is able to respond well and win against the Mariners, they will be well still be well in contention to make a run for the finals with the nine home games to come starting on Thursday night against the Balmain Tigers.

ROUND 5 OVO AUSTRALIAN WATER POLO LEAGUE FIXTURES
SATURDAY
UWA Torpedoes v Fremantle Marlins/Mariners – Bicton Pool (Women: 6:30pm. Men: 8:00pm)