Torpedoes women look to start building momentum at home

THE UWA Torpedoes women have shown strong improvement so far in the 2018 OVO Australian Water Polo League with coach Scott Schweickle looking for them to better capitalise on their good work this weekend at home to the Drummoyne Devils.

The Torpedoes women have played well so far this season but ultimately have just the one win and a draw to show from it out of eight games including two losses to the Fremantle Marlins either side of the six-game NSW road trip where they won one game, drew one and lost four.

That means that the stage is set for an important double-header this weekend against Drummoyne at UWA Aquatic Centre firstly on Friday night from 7pm and then Sunday morning from 10am.


Returning home for their first game of the 2018 season at UWA Aquatic Centre last Friday night, the Torpedoes started strongly to open up a 3-0 lead over the Fremantle Marlins with goals to Tayla Walsh, Madi Rigo and Jakie Kohli.

But the Marlins responded with three goals in the fourth quarter to send the game into a penalty shootout where Fremantle prevailed making four of their shots to three.

Considering the way the Marlins have dominated the Torpedoes in recent times, especially last season, that shows marked improvement by UWA. But now they do need to start getting some wins on the board to stay in the finals hunt.

The first task in that is the Devils twice this weekend and Schweickle has been doing what he can to get the team finely tuned in the pool in the build up despite a couple of injury concerns.

“We are just working on some of our set play attack and six-on-five attack and general stuff like that. We’re just doing a bit of tweaking there and we just need to capitalise at the right time and put our one percenters away which we’re not doing at the moment,” Schweickle said.

“We actually haven’t been able to make the most of having the full week at home with our whole team because we’ve picked up a couple of injuries so have had some key players out who haven’t been able to train.

“We are hoping they will be available for Friday but we’ll just have to wait and see. We do have other players training in their position in preparation just in case.”

Looking back to last Friday night, Schweickle couldn’t have been happier with what the Torpedoes did for three quarters to lead 3-0 against the Marlins.

Fremantle was always going to hit back hard and they did so with Zoe Arancini leading the way and Schweickle hopes the team learns that it does take a four-quarter effort to beat a team of that quality.

“We couldn’t have been happier with the way the defence ran and the way the girls played,” he said.

“To hold a team like that to 3-0 for three quarters was a pretty good effort but I guess the road trip from the week before finally took its toll in the end. It was the same with them but they just found something in that last quarter.

“They scored off our defensive lapses but Zoe is a quality player and someone had to step up for them, and it was her.

“She changed the momentum with that goal but I will say there should have been an exclusion with her at centre back which didn’t occur. It is what it is and you have to take your chances when you can.”

Schweickle didn’t feel the hoodoo against Fremantle played a part in giving up the 3-0 advantage last Friday night and hopes the team takes heart into the rest of the 2018 season for how competitive they were able to be twice against the Marlins.

“I know there’s a couple in the team who have been around for a while who haven’t beaten that Fremantle team but we do have quite a few young ones coming through from the juniors where we beat Melville on a regular basis,” Schweickle said.

“The stigma there of not beating Fremantle is not just a mental thing, it’s a physical thing like any game you play.”