The UWA Torpedoes will begin their 2018 season with a Western Derby against Fremantle this weekend (3/2). The match up at Bicton Pool kicks off the new-look Australian Water Polo League (AWL), after Water Polo Australia gave the national competition as revamp.
The Fremantle Marlins and Mariners have been long-time rivals for the men’s and women’s Torpedoes team, setting up an interesting and action packed game.
After a bye in round two, the Torpedoes will hit the road, travelling to New South Wales for six games in six days, finishing with the University of NSW Wests Killer Whales and Magpies on Sunday 18 February.
A number of UWA students play for the Torpedoes. 2017 UWA Sports Star of the Year Andrew Ford will feature alongside Nick Hughes, captain of the Uniroos team for the 2017 Summer Universiade. In the women’s team, finance student Danya O’Leary will play as driver, having previously represented Australia at the World League Tournament and taking gold.
It is a new-look men’s squad for the new national competition and one bearing little resemblance to the championship winning team of 2016.
Luke Quinlivan steps out of the pool for 2018, but will provide leadership and support in the role of assistant coach for the men's team, while fellow former player Florian Naroska steps up as head coach.
Meanwhile, the women's team have largely remained the same, albeit boosted by American duo Michelle Martinelli and Alyssa Diacono and Canadian Jakie Kohli joining the squad.
The Torpedoes finish the AWL season for 2018 at UWA Aquatic Centre with games against the Cronulla Sharks on Thursday April 19 and Saturday April 21.
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