Hunter Hurricanes look to home games after tough weekend in Sydney

Hurricane Mitch Robinson playing Newcastle harbour last season.
Hurricane Mitch Robinson playing Newcastle harbour last season.

The Hunter Hurricanes were keen to put a disappointing weekend behind them and focus on their first National Water Polo League home games of the season after returning empty-handed from their Sydney road trip.

The Hunter men lost 11-8 to Sydney Uni Lions on Saturday and 8-6 to Cronulla on Sunday, a week after beating Balmain 6-4 and Drummoyne 11-7 away.

The Hurricanes women’s side also lost both games over their round two weekend, going down 8-4 to Sydney Uni and 11-5 to Cronulla. They scored a 9-8 victory over Balmain in week one but lost to Drummoyne 9-3.

The club hosts University of Western Australia Torpedoes on Tuesday and Wednesday at Lambton Pool.

They then take on Fremantle the following Saturday in Newcastle Harbour at Queens Wharf and on Sunday at Lambton Pool.

Men’s coach Dan Robinson was expecting a tougher time in round two and was keen to turn the focus to the home clashes.

“We had plenty of chances but just couldn’t score,” Robinson said of the two matches over the weekend.

“We had a lot of opportunities but we would make a wayward throw and they would go down the other end and score. We made it difficult on ourselves.

“But they were tough games and we’re not taking away too many negatives, other than obviously the results. Sydney Uni and Cronulla were silver and bronze medallists last year and we are a newer team with a lot of younger guys.

“We’ve just got to keep it upbeat and look forward to our first home games.”