Torpedoes women look to steady ship in home pool

THE UWA Torpedoes women are looking to end a seven-game losing run as they play their first home games of the 2017 National Water Polo League season starting this Thursday night against the Balmain Tigers.

The Torpedoes women started the season in impressive fashion with two wins apiece on the road over the Adelaide Jets and Barbarians from Victoria.

UWA played their first game in Perth for the season heading to Bicton Pool and going down to the Fremantle Marlins before then suffering two losses apiece in the six-game road trip to Sydney against the Drummoyne Devils, Sydney University Lions and Cronulla Sharks.

It’s now time for the first 11 of straight games at UWA Aquatic Centre for the Torpedoes beginning this Thursday night at 6.30pm up against the University of Technology Sydney Balmain Tigers.

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Torpedoes coach Scott Schweickle is looking forward to being in charge of the team for his first game at home as well with his first 11 games coming on the road to open the 2017 season.

With Cathryn Earl to return to the line-up after missing the final two games of the Sydney trip, Schweickle is looking forward to seeing how his team can rise for the occasion of playing at home in front of their home fans for the first time in 2017.

“I am looking forward to playing our first home game. For me it will be my first one here at home and I’m looking forward to it. The girls have a nickname for this place now and they call it the ‘Fortress’ so they are looking forward to meeting teams at their home pool,” Schweickle said.

“At the end of the day I think you have to perform anywhere even though home ground advantage does make a big difference. The girls are really looking forward to being at home and not being on the road.”

Schweickle has also heard plenty about the home pool environment that the Torpedoes have worked hard on creating in recent years.

He wants to see firsthand how enjoyable it is for the players and spectators alike starting Thursday night.

“The administrative side of the club is very professional and we’ve got some good strategic thinkers there who set up the game,” Schweickle said.

“They are very professional and the girls are really looking forward to marching on the pool deck and having that big crowd behind us. They will have a barbecue going, the bar will be open and I couldn’t think of a better atmosphere.”