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.

The Magpies arrived in Perth undefeated this season too and the young Torpedoes were even more youthful with Canadian star Devon Thumwood missing the game through suspension.

But UWA managed to lead 6-5 by three quarter-time before UNSW Wests responded with four goals to one in the last quarter to come away with the 9-7 victory.

The two teams do it all again on Sunday morning at HBF Stadium. The women’s match begins at 10am with the men’s clash set for an 11.30am start.

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The night at UWA Aquatic Centre began with the women’s encounter on Friday and it was a brilliant start by the Torpedoes with the opening two goals of the game courtesy of Jamie Oberman and Raney Remme.

The Killer Whales responded with the next two but Oberman scored again for the Torpedoes and scores were locked at 3-3 by quarter-time.

UNSW Wests picked up the momentum to start the second quarter with two quick goals to open a 5-3 lead. But the Torpedoes got one back thanks to Madi Rigo.

Then before half-time, UWA also scored a couple more goals from Tayla Walsh and Glenda Morgan to cut the lead of the Killer Whales to just 7-6 at half-time for the change of ends.

Another Walsh goal early in the third quarter kept UWA within a goal and then when she converted from the five-metre mark for a penalty that cut the Killer Whales lead to just 11-9 at three quarter-time.

The Killer Whales turned that into a 13-9 lead before Walsh scored the last goal of the game for UWA.

Tayla Walsh finished with four goals for the Torpedoes, Jamie Oberman two and Raney Remme two.

Ashleigh Southern hit five goals for the Killer Whales, Amy Ridge three, Allie Loomis two and Bronte Colenso two.

It was then time for the men’s encounter and former Torpedoes star Andrew Ford made an immediate impact on his return to his old home scoring the opening goal of the game.

That helped the Magpies to a 2-0 lead by quarter-time before the Torps got on the board to start the second courtesy of Lewis Putt.

Then after UNSW Wests went up 3-1 before UWA built some momentum with the next two goals both thanks to Sam Rowbottam. The Torps then ensured it was 4-4 at half-time with another goal before the change of ends to the returning Lach Pethick after his concussion.

The Torps then took the lead at the start of the third quarter with a goal to Canadian Gaelan Patterson.

Patterson scored again before three quarter-time for UWA to lead 6-5 heading into the fourth quarter.

But the Magpies went up a gear with the game on the line with two quick goals. UWA responded through Matt Oberman to make it 7-7 before UNSW Wests answered with the game’s last two scores to win 9-7.

Gaelan Patterson and Sam Rowbottam scored twice each for the Torpedoes.

Lachlan Hollis finished with three goals for the Magpies and Andrew Ford two.

OVO AUSTRALIAN WATER POLO LEAGUE ROUND 7
FRIDAY
WOMEN
UWA Torpedoes 10 lost to UNSW Wests Killer Whales 13 – UWA Aquatic Centre

MEN
UWA Torpedoes 7 lost to UNSW Wests Magpies 9 – UWA Aquatic Centre