The National Water polo league (NWPL) finals played off in Sydney this weekend, with UWA looking to come away with back to back premierships after taking the NWPL title in 2016.
The Torpedoes men qualified for the 2017 finals in fifth position setting up an elimination final with the Barracudas at Sydney’s Pymble Ladies College Aquatic Centre.
Friday night saw the UWA Torpedoes deliver a terrific performance to beat the Brisbane Barracudas 9-7 to set up a semi-final on Saturday with the Sydney University Lions.
With a spot in Sunday’s grand final on the line, the Torps came out hard, but despite a solid effort from the boys, the Torpedos went down 8-5 to the Lions, progressing through to the bronze play-off against Cronulla (Sharks).
The Sharks, who finished second on the table this season, outclassed the Torpedoes with a convincing 15-7 win. While the Torpedoes came back strong in the second half, the Sharks were to good in both attack and defence proving why they were one of the strongest sides of the 2017 season.
Despite a rather disappointing end to a solid season, some good news came out of the NWPL finals week, with Luke Quinlivan, and Florian Maresko, (UWA Torpedoes) both named in the Australian all-star side for 2017.
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