Melbourne City share house inspires winning formula for Kaitlyn Torpey

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Melbourne City recruit Kaitlyn Torpey believes time spent in a share house with her new teammates could be the crucial first step to a successful A-League Women’s campaign.

Torpey, still only 21, played 43 A-League Women’s games for Brisbane Roar before Melbourne City signed the attacking full-back in September.

Whilst Torpey acknowledged that it was challenging leaving her home state of Queensland behind, the blow was softened by her fascinating quarantine period upon arriving in Melbourne.

“We had to isolate for just over a week in a big house with some of the girls,” Torpey explained.

“All of the interstate girls isolated together…there were like seven of us.”

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The kind of experience that is unique to interstate travel during the Covid pandemic, Torpey spoke glowingly of her time getting to know her new teammates, albeit in an unusually intimate setting.

“It was really good and really fun. We bonded really quickly,” she said.

“Everyone is so close now and our team has bonded really quickly and that’s probably the thing that’s helped a lot.”

Torpey believes that her share house experience didn’t just benefit her personally, but has also contributed to City’s preparation for the upcoming A-League Women’s season.

“I think the bond that we’ve all formed during pre-season is going to help us succeed once the actual season starts,” she said.

“I think it will help us get into a good rhythm when we start the season.”

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Underpinning Torpey’s beliefs are her experiences of a positive and healthy group dynamic in training.

“Everyone is so enthusiastic and wants you to do well. We’re all egging each other on,” Torpey said.

“Having like-minded people around me just makes it a lot easier to perform.”

For Torpey, the new players in the squad have clearly benefitted from the intensive ice-breaker session at the share house.

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City have recruited a significant number of new players, particularly youngsters, over recent months. Perhaps the City share house could be the secret ingredient to a successful campaign for the four-time A-League Women champions.

“Having team chemistry is going to be a big thing for us this season and I think we already have a lot of it,” Torpey said.

“As soon as you get to training everyone just wants to be there and wants to train…we’re all super hungry to play.”

When asked whether such enthusiasm and passion could boil over into a more unsavoury group dynamic, Torpey was quick to highlight the positivity underlying the competitiveness.

“Everyone is here to support each other. At the end of the day, whoever gets game time gets game time,” she said.

“I think that having competition for spots is the most important thing for a team to succeed – everyone’s on your tail and you can’t take anything for granted.”

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City are aiming to bounce back after a disappointing title defence last season. The current playing group is not short on confidence though and are hunting for more silverware.

“We want to do the double,” Torpey said.

Whether the share house experience for Melbourne City’s interstate players proves to be the catalyst for a successful season on the pitch remains to be seen.

Nonetheless, there is little doubt that these Covid-specific circumstances have added a whole new range of dynamics to the A-League Women’s pre-season.

Feature Image Credit: Melbourne City FC

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Oscar Rutherford
Sports tragic studying Law/Arts at Monash University. Second-best paid Oscar working in football who has been to China.

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