Torpedoes open 2019 season away to Lions

THE UWA Torpedoes’ 2019 OVO Australian Water Polo League season commenced Tuesday night against the Sydney University Lions at Peter Montgomery Pool.

While the result was a loss each for the Torpedoes women and men to open the 2019 campaign, there was plenty to look in both games from the new-look squads against quality opposition.

The night got underway with the Torpedoes women, under new coach Vaughn Thomson, and it was a tight affair until Sydney Uni scored the only three goals of the fourth quarter to win 11-7.

It wasn’t quite as tight in the men’s encounter with the Torps a vastly new-look and youthful bunch under coach Damian Kelly with the Lions prevailing 12-4 in their home pool.

After the Torpedoes sat out the opening round of the 2019 OVO AWL season, they travelled to Sydney for the annual six-day, six-game road trip starting at Peter Montgomery Pool against Sydney University.

The Torpedoes women now have a new coach for 2019 with Thomson picking up the role from Scott Schweickle and with some added experience moving on over the off-season including Cathryn Earl, but they did deliver an impressive first up showing.

In response to a Sydney Uni five-metre penalty from Zaofia Polak, the Torps got on the board thanks to Jamie Oberman.

But the Lions ended up leading 5-2 by early in the second period until a penalty for UWA to Tayla Walsh. Walsh added two more goals in the second quarter to limit Sydney Uni’s lead to 7-5 at half-time and the change of ends.

Two quick second half goals from Pippa Pedley and Glenda Morgan suddenly had scores tied with the Torpedoes picking up momentum. But unfortunately they wouldn’t score again with Sydney Uni scoring the other third quarter goal, and then the only three of the final term to win 11-7.

Tayla Walsh finished with three goals for the Torpedoes and Jamie Oberman two.

Then in the men’s contest, the Torpedoes made a tremendous start with the opening goal of the game after just 27 seconds thanks to new recruit Devon Thumwood.

He also added a second in the opening quarter to keep UWA in touch but Sydney Uni pulled away in the second quarter with the only five goals to lead 7-2 at half-time.

The home team extended their lead to 12-2 by three quarter-time but the Torpedoes did hold them goalless in the final term and scored two goals themselves through Nick Hughes and Tom Powell.

The Torpedoes are back in action in the second of six games on this six-day NSW tour on Wednesday against the Drummoyne Devils.

UWA Torpedoes 7 lost to Sydney Uni Lions 11

UWA Torpedoes 4 lost to Sydney Uni Lions 12