Torps lose two tense clashes to Balmain

SATURDAY afternoon saw the UWA Torpedoes and Balmain Tigers take part in two fiercely competitive OVO Australian Water Polo League match ups and despite the best efforts of the Torps, the visitors claimed two more victories.

Round 6 of the OVO AWL season marked the first pair of home games in 2019 for the Torpedoes. That got underway at HBF Stadium on Thursday night with Balmain starting off winning the women’s clash 13-7 before backing it up with a men’s victor 10-6.

After spending their Friday night at Bicton Pool against Fremantle, Balmain returned to HBF Stadium on a rainy Saturday afternoon for two more match ups against the Torpedoes.

It began with the women’s contest and despite an impressive third quarter fightback by the Torpedoes after the Tigers scored game’s first five goals, Balmain ended up with the 10-6 victory.

There then might have been only eight goals scored in the subsequent men’s contest and only two in the second, but it was an intense and physical battle with Balmain ending up winning 5-3.

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The women’s match got the action underway at HBF Stadium on Saturday afternoon and despite the gloomy overhead conditions with some intermittent rain, it was a good contest between UWA and Balmain.

The Tigers got off to a flying start with the only four goals of the opening quarter. The visitors then went up 5-0 when Alice Williams goaled to start the second quarter before the Torpedoes got on the board courtesy of Raney Remme.

UWA got another one back too thanks to Dayna O’Leary but Balmain still led 7-2 at half-time with two late first half goals courtesy of Williams and Pascalle Casey.

The Torps needed to find something in the third quarter to get back into the contest and they did exactly that.

The comeback started with Madi Rigo converting a five-metre penalty. Remme did the same just a minute later and then when Rigo also scored with the extra man advantage, suddenly Balmain’s lead was down to 7-5 by three quarter-time.

It was game on heading into the fourth quarter but UWA was soon without Sam Shead and O’Leary after they received their third exclusions. Balmain responded to score the three goals to one to end up winning 10-6.

Raney Remme and Madi Rigo scored two goals each for UWA with a goal apiece to Jamie Oberman and Dayna O’Leary.

Alice Williams finished with four goals for Balmain, Rowie Webster three and Pascalle Casey two.

It was then on to the men’s contest which had some added spice coming out of Thursday night with Lach Pethick forced to sit out for UWA still feeling the after effects of a clash that left Balmain’s Marco Spampinato suspended.

It took almost four minutes for the first goal of the game and that came Balmain’s way through Ian Calpin. They then went up 2-0 with a goal to Harry Sanderson before UWA got on the board just before quarter-time thanks to Sam Rowbottam who scored his first national league home goal.

There might not have been a goal for six minutes of the second quarter, but the game was being played at a fast pace and remained physical. Eventually the goal came for the Torps in extra man when Matt Oberman scored from close range after terrific lead up play.

Tom Powell then produced a good shot as well to find the back of the net and the Torpedoes went into half-time leading 3-2.

However, UWA wouldn’t manage to score again in the second half despite their best efforts. Balmain scored twice in the third quarter to lead 3-4 and then went up 5-3 during the fourth quarter when Donat Galeev converted his second five-metre penalty following a questionable decision.

That remained the final score with Donat Galeev scoring twice for Balmain with a goal each to Ian Calpin, Connor Martin and Harry Sanderson.

UWA’s goals came from Matt Oberman, Tom Powell and Sam Rowbottam.

The Torpedoes remain home in Round 7 action against UNSW Wests with Friday night at UWA Aquatic Centre and then Sunday morning at HBF Stadium.

OVO AUSTRALIAN WATER POLO LEAGUE ROUND 6
THURSDAY
WOMEN
UWA Torpedoes 7 lost to Balmain Tigers 13 – HBF Stadium

MEN
UWA Torpedoes 6 lost to Balmain Tigers 10 – HBF Stadium

SATURDAY
WOMEN
UWA Torpedoes 6 lost to Balmain Tigers 10 – HBF Stadium

MEN
UWA Torpedoes 3 lost to Balmain Tigers 5 – HBF Stadium