Round Two of the AWL will see all games being played in NSW, with the majority in and around Sydney.
Queensland Thunder are on their first road trip for the season, in Sydney from Tuesday to Sunday for action packed games.
They take on the UNSW Wests Killer Whales on Tuesday 5 February at Auburn Aquatic Centre in the first of two games with their second match up on Saturday 9 February at UNSW Fitness & Aquatic Centre, which is also the OVO match of the week to be live streamed.
Both teams pack a punch; the Killer Whales with Rio Olympian Lea Yanitsas in the cage, Aussie Stinger Amy Ridge as well as dual Olympian Ash Southern who is also a major asset to the team.
Queensland have a team to reply with vetran Bronwen Knox capping up for the Thunder, along with fellow three-time Olympian Kat Gynther being support by Gabi Palm in goals. these are two games you do not want to miss!
Queensland will also be taking on the ACU Cronulla Sharks on Wednesday 6 February (at Auburn Aquatic Centre) and Sunday 10 February (at Pymble Ladies College).
Three-time Olympian (Athens, Bejing, London) Mel Rippon has returned to Sydney and has taken the reigns of the Sharks from her two-time Olympian sister Rebecca Rippon for the 2019 season.
Cronulla have a young team this year, but it won’t stop them from giving the Queenslanders a run for their money, especially with Mel’s step-sister, (Gynther) playing for the opposition, there are definitely bragging rights to be won.
The Sydney University Lions will be the third team to host the team from up north with a double-header on Thursday 7 February and Friday 8 February, both at the Peter Montgomery Pool (Sydney University Aquatic Centre).
Another young team, the Lions will be relying on the experience of Rio Olympian Isobel Bishop and dual Olympian (London & Rio) Holly Young (neé Lincoln-Smith) to guide the team through the matches.
Heading up the M1 this round is the UTS Balmain Tigers to go head-to-head with the Hurricanes who have returned from a tight road trip in Queensland. Hunter have Rio Olympian Kelsey Wakefield in goals, which offers great support to the team along with London bronze medallist Jane Moran. They will need to regroup after taking on the Thunder and prepare to take on an in-form Tigers side who came our firing last weekend, showing everyone, they plan to secure a top 6 placing this season. Games are being played at Lambton Pool in Newcastle on both Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 February.
Also making their only Sydney road trip appearance this season are the UWA Torpedoes. The Torpedoes are looking to improve on their 10th place finish last year when they take on the Lions, Devils and Sharks.
Tuesday 5 February and Sunday 10 February will see the Lions host the West Australian’s at the Peter Montgomery Pool. In true Sydney University form, the Lions Den will be packed to the rafters with supporters roaring for a win.
The ACU Cronulla Sharks will be hosting the Torpedoes at Auburn Aquatic Centre on Thursday 7 and Saturday 9 February at Auburn Aquatic Centre, while their home pool at Sutherland goes through some major upgrades. The Sharks will be out to redeem themselves after losing in penalties against the Devils in the season opener, while UWA will be looking to come off this road trip strong to head back home.
The Devils will also host the Torpedoes under the Iron Cove Bridge on Wednesday 6 and Friday 8 February 2019. If you get the opportunity, be sure to head out to Drummoyne on Friday night and grab something to eat and drink from the bar while watching the games from the Club room Balcony. The Devils always put on a great day or night under the bridge and then there’s the water polo, where the girls will be wanting to keep their losses to a minimum after going 1 from 2 last week.