UWA push Sydney Uni to close NSW trip


THE annual week-long road trip to New South Wales came to an end for the UWA Torpedoes on Sunday with two strong showings against Sydney University despite the narrow defeats.

It capped off the week in Sydney for the Torpedoes to open their 2019 OVO Australian Water Polo League season.

Things got underway back on Tuesday with a couple of competitive shows, albeit defeats, at the hands of the Sydney University Lions.

The Torps women then forced the Drummoyne Devils to a penalty shootout on Wednesday night before a narrow loss with the UWA men also coming up short at Drummoyne Swimming Pool.

The fortunate on the road of the Torpedoes changed on Thursday night, though, with a penalty shootout win for the women against the Cronulla Sharks before the men also got on a roll to record their first win of 2019.

The Sydney weather took charge on Friday night with thunderstorms forcing the cancellation of both games against the Devils at Drummoyne Swimming Pool.

But the Torpedoes were back in action on Saturday at Auburn Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre and it was two more wins against the Cronulla Sharks.

The last day of action was back at Peter Montgomery Pool against Sydney Uni with the Torpedoes women losing narrowly 11-10 before the men also put in a strong performance despite losing 13-10.

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The last day action at Peter Montgomery Pool began with the women’s fixture with Sydney Uni starting on fire leading 6-1 by quarter-time.

The Torpedoes scored the first two goals of the second quarter thanks to Raney Remme but the Lions still went into half-time leading 8-4.

UWA closed the gap to start the second half with goals to Madi Rigo and Dayna O’Leary, but still Sydney Uni was up 9-6 by three quarter-time.

The Lions then went up 10-6 at the start of the fourth period but the Torpedoes fired back with goals to Jamie Oberman, O’Leary and Rigo. But Sydney Uni got what would be the match-winner with 2:30 remaining through Holly Young.

The Torpedoes finished with a five-metre penalty from Rigo as Sydney Uni won 11-10.

Madi Rigo finished with three goals for UWA, Raney Remme there and Jamie Oberman three.

Sydney Uni started strongly to lead 3-1 at quarter-time. That soon became 5-1 to start the second quarter before a couple of quick Torpedoes goals to Matt Murphy and Devon Thumwood.

The Lions were still on top 7-3 by half-time but the Torps finished the third quarter strongly with goals to Thumwood (two) and Nick Hughes to only be trailing by two at three quarter-time.

Sydney Uni maintained their advantage in the fourth quarter with four goals to three to win 13-10 but it was an impressive outing from the Torpedoes against quality, experienced opposition.

Devon Thumwood finished with five goals and Nick Hughes three.

The Torpedoes now return home before again hitting the road on Saturday and Sunday for a double against the Adelaide Jets in Adelaide.

OVO AUSTRALIAN WATER POLO LEAGUE ROUND 2
WOMEN
UWA Torpedoes 10 lost to Sydney Uni Lions 11

MEN
UWA Torpedoes 10 lost to Sydney Uni Lions 13