Men’s - UWA Torpedoes vs. Hunter Hurricanes
Torpedoes burst not enough for even Hurricanes
UWA Torpedoes had to be content to split their opening two matches against Hunter
Hurricanes, going down 11-9 on Saturday night. Aside from a sublime second term, the
Torpedoes played second fiddle to the Hurricanes, never being in front in the match’s
Cory Nasoff led the UWA scorers with three goals while Hunter’s US star, Ross Sinclair
showed verve and a clear head to match Nasoff’s tally.
Nasoff lamented the slow start from UWA that saw the Hurricanes score the contest’s
first five goals.
“The first quarter we weren’t mentally prepared, they scored five straight and it was
battle to get back from there,” Nasoff explained.
It was all Hunter in the opening period of play, UWA struggling to assert themselves
through a stingy Hurricanes defence. Gordon Marshall, Australian representative at the
recent World Youth Championships, found himself back at home in Perth with two goals
in Hunter’s 3-0 lead.
First with guile, then with unadulterated power, Sinclair blasted Hunter to a five goal
advantage. Stung into action, the Torpedoes laid siege to the Hurricanes’ barracks.
George Ford snared a double and the Torpedoes used speed to pull Hunter within sight.
Peter Sefton responded to Sinclair’s third with a one-off shot. Nasoff emulated Ford with
the last two scores of the quarter. Remarkably, UWA were level at half-time slapping six
goals in just five minutes in a withering dash.
Hunter kicked again and with the first three goals, just like the first term, they belied
fatigue from their third match in three days. Marshall got his marching orders for
backchat and the Torpedoes with a Nasoff set up for Brett McGhie got within two goals.
Battling the tide, UWA tried as they might but Hurricanes’ goalie Mat Rapacz was up to
the task on a number of occasions. Nasoff’s third gave the Torps hope but Nathan
Power’s second saw the Hurricanes through to their first 2013 NWPL win from it’s third
After the game, Nasoff eyed off the Torpedoes road trip next week to face the Fyfe
Adelaide Jets which follows the double against expected testing material, Victorian
“It’s big. We need to move up the ladder and make finals this year.
“If we can put a good showing against them (Victorian Tigers), it shows that were in this
league to make a difference,” Nasoff said.
Report by Joe Sarsero
Result: UWA Torpedoes 9 lost Hunter Hurricanes 11
Quarters: (0-3, 6-3, 1-4, 2-1)
Scorers UWA: Cory Nasoff 3, Peter Sefton 2, George Ford 2, Fraser Smith, Brett McGhie
Scorers Hunter: Ross Sinclair 3, Nathan Power 2, Gordon Marshall 2, Phil Reid 2, Mitch
Baird, Jared Tobin
UWA Torpedoes: Luke Quinlivan (c), Tom Sangster, Cory Nasoff, Brandon Johnson,
George Ford, Nick Hughes, Brett McGhie, Tom McKinnon, Fraser Smith, Thomas Beare,
Sasha Kovalenko, Peter Sefton, Henry Brown