Published Tue 26 Mar 2024

The biggest weekend of the Australian Waterpolo League began on Thursday last week, with 40 matches played across five action packed days.

Catch up on all the action here…

UNSW Wests vs UWA Torpedoes

Thursday nights games between the UNSW Wests Magpies and Killerwhales and the UWA Torpedoes kicked off a huge five days of water polo action.

The opening games saw both clubs claim a win to start their weekend, with the UNSW Magpies defeating the UWA Torpedoes 20-6 in the men’s game and the UWA Torpedoes claiming a 15-9 victory over the UNSW Killerwhales in the women’s.

On Sunday, the same teams claimed the Championship points, with the UNSW Wests men's team winning 11-8 and the UWA Torpedoes women’s team winning 12-10.

Drummoyne Devils vs Fremantle Marlins & Mariners 

The Drummoyne Devils hosted the Fremantle Marlins and Mariners at home on both Thursday and Sunday.

In the men’s games, the ladder leaders claimed victory over the Fremantle Mariners on both occasions, 13-9 on Thursday and 16-5 on Sunday.

In the women’s, the Fremantle Marlins were able to get two back on their hosts, winning 14-13 and 11-9.

UTS Balmain Tigers vs FYFE Adelaide Jets

The UTS Balmain Tigers went head to head with the FYFE Adelaide Jets twice over the weekend, with the host team claiming all four victories.

The UTS Balmain Tigers won 16-3 and 21-7 in the men’s games and 13-6 and 18-5 in the women’s, both on Thursday and Sunday respectively.

Hunter Hurricanes vs Victorian Phoenix

Four action packed games between the Hunter Hurricanes and the Victorian Phoenix took place at Lambton Pool over the weekend.

The host side claimed two victories in the men’s games, with Jake Robinson leading the team to an 11-7 victory on Friday evening with five individual goals. The Hunter Hurricanes team backed up their result with a 12-6 win on Saturday afternoon.

In the women’s league, the Victorian Phoenix turned the tables, winning with an identical scoreline in both games, 14-6. 

ACU Cronulla Sharks vs Fremantle Marlins & Mariners 

The ACU Cronulla Sharks went fin-to-fin with the Fremantle Marlins over the weekend in four games across Friday and Saturday.

The ACU Cronulla Sharks put on a dominant display in the men’s games over the weekend, winning 14-7 on Friday and 15-8 on Saturday.

In contrast, the Fremantle Marlins won both of their games against the host side. Friday's game finished 15-10 before Saturday's game saw the goal difference extend by one to be 15-9 in favour of the west-coast side. 

UNSW Wests Magpies & Killerwhales vs Griffith University Queensland Thunder

The defending men’s and women’s champions came together at Ashfield Aquatic Centre on Friday and Saturday.

The UNSW Wests Magpies (men) won 22-13 and 16-8, continuing their strong season that sees them placed second on the ladder.

In the women’s league, the Griffith University Queensland Thunder dominated their competition 19-6 and 24-3, with captain and Ord Minnett Aussie Stingers Elle Armit scoring eight goals over the two games.

Drummoyne Devils vs UWA Torpedoes

The weekend saw the Drummoyne Devils host another west-coast team, the UWA Torpedoes.

Seemingly unbeatable in the men’s games, the Drummoyne Devils claimed another two wins from two games, winning 12-8 and 10-8 on Friday and Saturday respectively.

Tight games saw the UWA Torpedoes ultimately triumph twice in the women’s competition, winning 12-11 on Friday and 10-9 on Saturday.

Sydney Uni Lions vs FYFE Adelaide Jets

The Sydney Uni Lions played the FYFE Adelaide Jets at the Peter Montgomery Pool over the weekend, with the home side advantage proving true for the Sydney-based side.

The Sydney Uni Lions dominated 18-8 and 16-8 in the men’s games and 16-7 and 17-8 in the women’s.

Hunter Hurricanes vs Griffith University Queensland Thunder

Continuing the action packed weekend of the Australian Waterpolo League, the Hunter Hurricanes played the Griffith University Queensland Thunder on Sunday and Monday afternoon.

The Hunter Hurricanes and Griffith University Queensland Thunder (men) won one game each, with the home side taking the first win 5-3 before the Queensland side fought back on Monday, winning 12-9.

In the women’s competition, the Hunter Hurricanes were no match for the team on top of the table, going down 17-7 and 14-6.

Sydney Uni Lions vs Victorian Phoenix

Rounding out the weekend, the Sydney Uni Lions matched up against the Victorian Phoenix at Peter Montgomery Pool on Sunday and Monday.

The Sydney side delivered two standout performances in the men’s games, beating the travelling Victorian side 16-8 and 21-8 on Sunday and Monday respectively.

It was no different for the women, with the Sydney Uni Lions earning Championship points from both games, winning 22-7 and 15-5.