UNSW Wests Magpies won their fifth national water polo title with a 9-7 victory over Drummoyne Devils in the 2019 OVO Australian Water Polo League.
UNSW Wests Magpies won their fifth national water polo title with a 9-7 victory over Drummoyne Devils in the 2019 OVO Australian Water Polo League Finals Series earlier this month.
The match went back and forth. The Magpies raced to a 2-0 lead at the end of the first quarter through goals from Lachlan Hollis and Olympian Richie Campbell, then found themselves 3-2 down at the half-time interval.
The Magpies responded with a show of force, scoring three unanswered goals in the third quarter to retake the lead. Despite another comeback from the Devils, the determined UNSW Wests outfit piled on four more goals before the final buzzer to put the game out of reach and seal the title with a two-goal victory.
“We knew that Drummoyne would come out hard and we wanted to match their intensity. We knew it was going to take a huge effort through the full four quarters, so we had to dig deep and they gave us a good contest,” Magpies goalkeeper Joel Dennerley said.
Meanwhile in the women's competition, UNSW's 2018 Team of the Year, the Killer Whales, bounced back from a three-point loss to eventual champions Queensland Thunder to beat the UTS Balmain Tigers 11-7 in the bronze medal match.
You can read more about the UNSW water polo teams and our elite athletes on the UNSW Sport website.