Torpedoes back in action with trip to Brisbane

THE UWA Torpedoes are back in action following a two-week break in the 2018 OVO Australian Water Polo League taking on the Queensland Breakers and Brisbane Barracudas twice each over four days on a road trip to Brisbane.

The Torpedoes men and women last played in the OVO AWL when hosting the Sydney Uni Lions in a double-header at UWA Aquatic Centre back on March 16 and 18.

Those games saw the Torpedoes women’s lose on the Friday night 13-8 but then win a penalty shootout 14-13 on the Sunday. It wasn’t quite as positive for the men with the Lions winning the two encounters 11-4 and 18-7.

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Those results meant the UWA women went into the two-week break in 10th position but it has been a season full of positives in the four wins, one draw and nine defeats to date.

Meanwhile, the Torpedoes men sit in ninth position with two wins, a draw and 11 losses.

Now following the hiatus, the Torpedoes take part in their last road trip of the season heading to Brisbane for four games across four days starting Thursday April 12.

All four matches take place at Fortitude Valley Pool and on Thursday the Torpedoes take on the Queensland Breakers. Then on Friday night it’s the Brisbane Barracudas, Saturday night the Breakers again and then Sunday morning the Barracudas before the Torpedoes make the trip home.

In the women’s competition, the Breakers sit in sixth position heading into Round 9 with a 6-6 record while the Barracudas are seventh at 6-8 so there is plenty at stake for both as they host UWA.

And in the men’s, the Breakers sit 10th at 2-10 while the Barracudas are last at 1-13 presenting a chance for the Torpedoes to build some momentum and confidence.

Torpedoes women’s coach Scott Schweickle has liked a lot of what he’s seen with the development of his group in 2018 but knows the challenges that both the Barracudas and Breakers will present.

“Breakers and Barracudas are both very, very good sides. Barracudas have won four or five national league championships with the women so there’s a very strong culture there,” Schweickle said.

“They have lost a couple of their older players who have moved on from years gone by, but they will still be hard to beat and we’ll have to be at our best to do that. The Breakers have at least three current Australian Stingers in their side and Bronwyn Knox is back as their captain-coach.

“They are not going to be easy either and they have strong kids in junior national teams too. It’s going to be a really difficult trip but if we bring our A game we can beat anyone and we’ve proven that.”

Torpedoes coach Florian Naroska is disappointed his team is out of finals contention as they head to Brisbane, but hopes his playing group comes together and takes some positives out of it.

“I hope that every player on the road trip enjoys it. They can just go there and play water polo, have fun and enjoy getting out of Perth together. I just want them to relax playing water polo,” Naroska said.

“I want to see as many wins as possible, that would be nice, but I’m just looking for improvement. That’s all.

“We started the season with a good defence and I want to get back to that, and I want to see improvement in every player. That’s what I want to see as the coach and that would be satisfying for me as well. That’s the only thing I can look for.”

ROUND 9 FIXTURES (WST)
THURSDAY APRIL 12
UWA Torpedoes v Queensland Breakers – Fortitude Valley Pool (Women: 5.30pm. Men: 7.00pm)

FRIDAY APRIL 13
UWA Torpedoes v Brisbane Barracudas – Fortitude Valley Pool (Women: 5.30pm. Men: 7.00pm)

SATURDAY APRIL 14
UWA Torpedoes v Queensland Breakers – Fortitude Valley Pool (Women: 5.30pm. Men: 4.00pm)

SUNDAY APRIL 15
UWA Torpedoes v Brisbane Barracudas – Fortitude Valley Pool (Women: 8.00am. Men: 9.30am)