Torpedoes host Drummoyne Devils this Friday night, Sunday

BOTH UWA Torpedoes teams will look forward to trying to get back to the OVO Australian Water Polo League’s winning list in Round 5 hosting their first interstate visitors but are fully aware it’s not going to be easy against Drummoyne.

The first month of the 2018 AWL season has seen the Torpedoes play games against the Fremantle Marlins and Mariners at both Bicton Pool and the UWA Aquatic Centre along with taking on a six-game, six-day road trip to New South Wales.

That means that this weekend marks the first time they get to play in their home pool against an interstate opponent as the Drummoyne Devils come to UWA Aquatic Centre to play on Friday night from 7pm and Sunday morning from 10am.

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The weekend’s action at UWA gets underway with the women’s clash on Friday night starting at 7pm with the Torpedoes hunting their second win of the season.

They have been vastly more competitive than that suggests with the one win and one draw from eight games, but the Torpedoes do need to start getting some wins on the board starting this weekend against the Devils.

It’s not going to be easy, though, with Drummoyne again pushing the Fremantle Marlins to a penalty shootout on Thursday night at Bicton Pool before the home team won 10-8.

Drummoyne made the trip west having started the season with wins over the Hunter Hurricanes, Cronulla Sharks and UNSW Wests Killer Whales to go with a loss to the Sydney Uni Lions.

Torpedoes coach Scott Schweickle is fully aware of the challenge the Devils present but he’s hoping for two strong performances by UWA with the home pool advantage.

“I’m actually looking forward to having a week break and playing against a team fresh who is on a road trip,” Schweickle said.

“Last week they did beat UNSW by one and UNSW beat us by one so it’s going to be a close game. I believe we’ve improved more since then but they are a very big, physical side with a lot of strength and size in their team.

“They’ve got an Olympic gold medallist in the goals from the US and two Aussie Stingers, a left-hander and a centre forward, so they are pretty strong across the board so it will be interesting to see how we go.”

The Torpedoes men are a vastly new-look team in 2018 following the retirements of the likes of Florian Naroska, Brett McGhie and Luke Quinlivan, and so far the youthful group hasn’t quite come together as quickly as new coach Naroska would have liked.

There has been just the one win over the opening eight games which came in Sydney against the UTS Balmain Tigers but aside from that the Torpedoes lost the other game to Balmain, and has gone down twice each to the Fremantle Mariners, UNSW Wests Magpies and Hunter Hurricanes.

Last Friday night’s result was disappointing in the first game in the home pool for UWA with Fremantle winning 15-6 but Naroska is now looking forward to a big response against a Drummoyne team certainly not lacking in quality or confidence having beaten Fremantle on Thursday night.

“They were struggling as well this season but it looks like they are now coming together. They had a win last week against Wests with a five-metre shot,” Naroska said.

“That probably gives them some confidence coming over here but this is our home pool and the trip to Perth is quite long and difficult.

“We are working on some specific coachings in our trainings and hopefully it comes together. If our defence works and we score the goals, I will be happy looking forward and hopefully we get some points out of the games.”

ROUND 5 FIXTURES (WST)
FRIDAY MARCH 2
UWA Torpedoes v Drummoyne Devils – UWA Aquatic Centre (Women: 7.00pm)
UWA Torpedoes v Drummoyne Devils – UWA Aquatic Centre (Men: 8.30pm)

SUNDAY MARCH 4
UWA Torpedoes v Drummoyne Devils – UWA Aquatic Centre (Women: 10.00am)
UWA Torpedoes v Drummoyne Devils – UWA Aquatic Centre (Men: 11.30am)