Torps women oh so close against Devils

THE second night of the UWA Torpedoes’ road trip in the 2019 OVO Australian Water Polo League season got started with a women’s penalty shootout against the Drummoyne Devils on an eventful evening.

The Torpedoes’ 2019 season began on Tuesday against the Sydney University Lions at Peter Montgomery Pool, with Sydney Uni beating the Torps women 11-7 and then the men also prevailed 12-4.

UWA then backed up on Wednesday at Drummoyne Swimming Pool and it got underway with a tremendous women’s battle with scores locked away at 9-9 at the end of regulation. But the Devils didn’t miss in the penalty shootout to end up winning 14-12.

Then in the men’s contest, Drummoyne proved too strong for the Torpedoes winning 19-5.

TORPEDOES OPEN 2019 SEASON AWAY TO LIONS 

After the Torpedoes women put in a strong showing Tuesday night against Sydney Uni, they kept pace with the Devils early on Wednesday thanks to first quarter goals from Tayla Walsh and Rebecca Liddle.

Then despite Drummoyne going up 5-2 midway through the second term, the Torpedoes hit back with goals to Madi Rigo and Glenda Morgan to only trail 5-4 at the swapping of ends.

Third quarter goals for UWA to Rigo (two) and Raney Remme ensured the Torpedoes went into three quarter-time level with Drummoyne with scores 7-7.

The Devils started the fourth quarter going up with a goal to Sienna Hearn but the Torpedoes responded with the next two from Rigo and Walsh to lead 9-8 with two minutes remaining.

But Drummoyne answered just 15 seconds later with a goal to Charlotte Gates and scores remained at 9-9 as time expired.

Roser Tarrago, Georgia Southern, Alex Corbett, Hearn and Tauma Woolley then all scored their penalty shots for Drummoyne. Claire Durston, Madi Rigo and Tayla Walsh scored theirs for the Torpedoes, but it wasn’t enough.

Then in the men’s contest, the Devils made a flying start with the only five goals of the first quarter before the Torpedoes got on the board to start the second thanks to Devon Thumwood.

Nick Hughes and Gaelan Patterson also scored in that second term but Drummoyne still went into half-time leading 8-3 as the teams changed ends.

The home team then scored the only five goals of the third quarter and while UWA scored twice in the last period through Byron Kelly and Matt Murphy, the Devils still won well 19-5.

The Torpedoes are back in action on Thursday against the Cronulla Sharks at Sutherland Leisure Centre.

OVO AUSTRALIAN WATER POLO LEAGUE ROUND 2
WOMEN
UWA Torpedoes 12 lost to Drummoyne Devils 14 (3-5 in penalty shootout)

MEN
UWA Torpedoes 5 lost to Drummoyne Devils 19