Three wins and a draw for UWA against Adelaide

IT was an impressive Round 6 of the OVO Australian Water Polo League for the UWA Torpedoes with the women scoring two wins and the men a draw and a victory against the Adelaide Jets at UWA Aquatic Centre.

It was an important round for both Torpedoes teams as the Jets made the journey west and it ended up being the best weekend of the season for both the UWA sides.

It started on Thursday night at UWA Aquatic Centre with the Torpedoes women coming away with the emphatic 15-4 victory in a supremely impressive performance. The men followed up with their second straight game that went to a penalty shootout, ending up drawing 8-8 with the Adelaide.

Then on Saturday night, it was another strong win for the UWA women beating Adelaide 12-7 before the Torpedoes men got their second win of the season, beating the Jets 11-8.

The results after Round 6 leave the Torpedoes women sitting in ninth position on the table with three wins, a draw and eight losses from the opening 12 games of the 2018 season.

The Torpedoes men, meanwhile, sit in eighth position with two wins, a draw and nine defeats.

The round’s action got underway at UWA on Thursday with the women’s clash, and the Torpedoes scored first after just over a minute thanks to Alyssa Diacono. The centre forward battle was fascinating when Jessica Martin responded for Adelaide.

Madi Rigo then put the Torpedoes up 2-1 before Martin again levelled the scores with another goal for the Jets in deep.

But with two seconds left, Cathryn Earl found the inside of the net for UWA and the home team led 3-2.

That became 4-2 to start the second period with an extra man conversion that ended with a goal to Jakie Kohli. Tayla Walsh then added another and it became 5-2 and then 6-2 when Pippa Pedley got her stunning night rolling.

Pedley added another with three minutes to go in the half and then UWA was on top 8-2 heading into the break and the change of ends with a goal to Glenda Morgan with a minute remaining.

The Torpedoes continued their dominance to open the third period with goals to Michelle Martinelli and Pedley. The Jets did respond with their third goal of the game to Zoe Hille, but UWA led 11-3 at three quarter-time with another goal to Earl.

It was more of the same in the last quarter with four goals to one to the Torpedoes and they came away with the 15-4 victory.

Pippa Pedley ended up with three goals for the Torpedoes, Cathryn Earl two, Alyssa Diacono two and Glenda Morgan two. Jessica Martin scored twice for the Jets.

Then in the men’s game, the Jets came to Perth in impressive form and started well with the game’s first goal to Stefan Porobic after just 18 seconds. But the Torpedoes responded 26 seconds later to Lach Pethick and the stage was set for a tremendous battle.

With six seconds left in the opening quarter, Andrew Ford scored to put the Torpedoes up 2-1.

That became 3-1 to start the second period with a goal to Tom Powell, but the Jets stayed in touch thanks to Nic Jordan.

Scores were all square to start the second half when Adelaide scored through Fraser Woods, but again with time running out UWA scored through Kevin Oliveira with the extra man to head into three quarter-time leading 4-3.

It was all square again early in the fourth term when Adelaide scored thanks to Woods, but UWA regained the advantage with a goal to Nick Hughes. But again Adelaide responded through Will Dayman and scored remained locked at 5-5 as time expired.

That set up a second straight penalty shootout for the Torpedoes who were looking to shake off the disappointment from losing against the Drummoyne Devils last Sunday.

Again the visitors went first with Daniel Hall having his shot saved by Damian Williams, who had a stunning night in the cage for the Torpedoes. Ford then scored for the Torpedoes. Dayman scored for Adelaide and Henry Brown put the Torpedoes up in the shootout 2-1.

Woods then missed for Adelaide to put the home team well on top but Powell couldn’t convert. Jordan then did score for the Jets and when Tom Beare missed, it was 2-2 with a shot left each. Porobic scored for Adelaide as did Hughes for UWA and the game finished all square at 8-8.

And on Saturday night the women’s contest got underway and it was a good start for the Torpedoes with the opening two goals to Jakie Kohli and Cathryn Earl, before the Jets did get on the board courtesy of Kathleen McHugh.

Scores were then all square to open the second period with a goal for Adelaide to centre forward Jessica Martin, and that’s where they remained too at 4-4 heading into half-time.

It remained going goal for goal to start the third quarter too and was tied at 6-6 before UWA did score the last two goals heading into three quarter-time thanks to Kohli and even a long-range effort from goalkeeper Claire Durston.

Claire Whitaker continued her good form at the five-metre penalty spot nailing another to start the fourth quarter to put the Torpedoes up 9-6 and that became 10-6 with Whitaker adding another shortly after, before UWA went on to score the 12-7 victory.

Canadian import Jakie Kohli scored four goals for the Torpedoes with Cathryn Earl adding two and Claire Whitaker two. Jessica Martin scored another two for the Jets.

Then in the men’s contest, it started superbly for the Torpedoes with four goals in the opening seven minutes through Tim Putt, Andrew Ford, Drew Lilleyman and Putt again with the Jets unable to reply.

A penalty to Ford then to start the second period put the Torpedoes on top 5-0 before Adelaide got on the board through Daniel Hall and Fraser Woods. Bur with 39 seconds remaining in the half, UWA scored again courtesy of Ford and the lead was 6-2.

The Jets did score first to open the second half thanks to Hall but the Torpedoes responded through Lilleyman, Tom Beare and Nick Hughes to lead 9-3.

The Jets did make things interesting with the next three goals either side of three quarter-time, but the Torpedoes steadied with the next two goals to Tom Powell and Ford before ending up winning 11-8.

Andrew Ford scored four goals for UWA, Tim Putt two and Drew Lilleyman two. Stefan Porobic finished with three goals for the Jets, Fraser Woods two and Daniel Hall two.

The UWA Torpedoes remain at UWA Aquatic Centre in Round 7 to take on the Sydney Uni Lions on Friday night from 7pm and Sunday morning from 10am.

WOMEN: UWA Torpedoes 15 defeated Adelaide Jets 4 at UWA Aquatic Centre
MEN: UWA Torpedoes 8 drew with Adelaide Jets 8 (3-3 in penalty shootout) at UWA Aquatic Centre

WOMEN: UWA Torpedoes 12 defeated Adelaide Jets 7 at UWA Aquatic Centre
MEN: UWA Torpedoes 11 defeated Adelaide Jets 8 at UWA Aquatic Centre