Australia men's national water polo team

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Australia
Nickname(s) Sharks
Association Australian Water Polo
Confederation OSA (Oceania)
Head coach Elvis Fatović
Asst coach Paul Oberman
Captain Rhys Howden
FINA code AUS
Olympic Games
Appearances 13 (first in 1948)
Best result 5th place, 1984, 1992
World Championships
Appearances 15 (first in 1973)
Best result 4th place, 1998
World League
Appearances 6 (first in 2003)
Best result 3 2007, 2008
World Cup
Appearances 6 (first in 1981)
Best result 3 1993
Commonwealth Championship
Appearances 2 (first in 2002)
Best result 1 (2006)

The Australian national water polo team represents Australia in men's international water polo competitions and is controlled by Australian Water Polo Inc. The national men's team has the nickname of "The Sharks". It is currently organised into the Asia/Oceania regional group. The national team is currently sponsored by Qantas airlines, Turbo Water polo and Mikasa Sports.

History[edit]

Australia has competed internationally since the 1948 London Olympic Games, and has qualified for all subsequent Olympic tournaments except Atlanta in 1996, and although not achieving the success of European teams, has remained relatively competitive at international level since.

Australia did not achieve their first point in Olympic competition until they drew with Bulgaria in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.

The Australian team managed 5th place in both the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, and the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, the highest Olympic placing so far, and managed to finish 4th in the World Championships at home in Perth in 1998.

Australia's best international water polo success came in 1996, when the Sharks won the prestigious six nation Control Cup in Hungary, and followed it up with a bronze medal at an eight nation tournament in Italy in the same year. However, the early success of 1996 was soured when they failed to qualify for the Olympics for the first time.

A reinvigorated youthful team managed to finish second to Canada in an international tournament in England in 2002, and in 2003, they beat then world Champions Serbia 12–11 in a FINA Water Polo World League match in Hungary, and followed it up by beating Croatia 10–6 at the 2003 Water polo world championship in Barcelona, Spain.

Following the 2007 FINA World Championships John Fox took over as Head coach.

Tournament History[edit]

A red box around the year indicates tournaments played within Australia

Summer Olympics[edit]

Olympics Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L
France 1900 Did not participate
United States 1904
United Kingdom 1908
Sweden 1912
Belgium 1920
France 1924
Netherlands 1928
United States 1932
Germany 1936
United Kingdom 1948 Group Stages 17th 2 0 0 2
Finland 1952 Group Stages 17th 2 0 0 2
Australia 1956 Group Stages 9th 6 1 0 5
Italy 1960 Group Stages 15th 3 0 0 3
Japan 1964 Group Stages 12th 2 0 0 2
Mexico 1968 Qualified but did not compete
Germany 1972 Group Stages 12th 9 0 2 7
Canada 1976 Group Stages 11th 8 1 1 6
Soviet Union 1980 Group Stages 7th 8 5 1 2
United States 1984 Final Group Stages 5th 8 2 2 4
South Korea 1988 Group Stages 8th 8 3 0 5
Spain 1992 Group Stages 5th 8 4 2 2
United States 1996 Did not qualify
Australia 2000 Group Stages 8th 8 1 2 5
Greece 2004 Group Stages 9th 8 3 1 4
China 2008 Group Stages 8th 7 3 1 3
United Kingdom 2012 Quarterfinals 7th 8 3 0 5
Brazil 2016 Not Qualified Yet
Total 0 Titles 15/27 95 26 12 57

Honours[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following is the Australian roster in the men's water polo tournament of the 2012 Summer Olympics.[1] view · talk

Name Pos. Height Weight Date of birth 2012 club
1 Dennerley, JoelJoel Dennerley GK 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 25 June 1987 Australia UNSW Wests Magpies
2 Campbell, RichieRichie Campbell CB 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 99 kg (218 lb) 18 September 1987 Australia UNSW Wests Magpies
3 Cleland, TimTim Cleland CB 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 115 kg (254 lb) 15 December 1984 Australia Fremantle Mariners
4 Cotterill, JohnnoJohnno Cotterill D 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 27 October 1987 Greece Panionios Water Polo Club
5 Younger, AaronAaron Younger D 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 25 September 1991 Hungary Szeged Beton
6 Beadsworth, JamieJamie Beadsworth CF 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 114 kg (251 lb) 11 June 1985 Australia Fremantle Mariners
7 Roach, AidenAiden Roach D 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 7 September 1990 Australia Drummoyne Devils
8 McGregor, SamSam McGregor D 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 12 August 1984 Australia Victorian Tigers
9 Whalan, ThomasThomas Whalan D 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 13 October 1980 Australia Sydney Uni Water Polo Club
10 Woods, GavinGavin Woods CF 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 1 March 1978 Australia Balmain Tigers
11 Howden, RhysRhys Howden D 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 2 April 1987 Australia Brisbane Barracudas
12 Miller, BillyBilly Miller D 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 89 kg (196 lb) 21 February 1988 Australia Queensland Breakers
13 Clark, JamesJames Clark GK 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 22 March 1991 Australia Balmain Water Polo Club
Head coach: John Fox[2]

Notable players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athlete Profiles >> Water Polo". Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Sharks lying in wait for London attack". Australian Olympic Committee London 2012 News. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 

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