Australia women's national water polo team

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Australia
Nickname(s) Stingers
Association Australian Water Polo
Confederation OSA (Oceania)
Head coach Greg McFadden
Asst coach Eddie Denis
Captain Bronwen Knox
FINA code AUS
Olympic Games
Appearances 4 (first in 2000)
Best result 1st, 2000
World Championships
Appearances 11 (first in 1986)
Best result 1st, 1986
World League
Appearances 9 (first in 2004)
Best result 2nd, 2007, 2010, 2012
World Cup
Appearances 15 (first in 1979)
Best result 1st, 1984, 1995, 2006

The Australian national women's water polo team represents Australia in women's international water polo competitions and is controlled by Australian Water Polo Incorporated. It is currently organised into the Asia/Oceania regional group.

History[edit]

The Australian women's water polo team played their first international in 1975. Since that time they have gone from strength to strength. The team have often had to struggle with lack of funding, but despite that continued to perform credibly on the international stage.

Following 6th place at the 1994 World Aquatics Championships in Rome, Italy, they won the women's Water polo World Cup at home in Sydney, Australia, in 1995. In 1996, the women won the silver medal in the Olympic Year Tournament behind the Netherlands, then finished with bronze in the following year's World Cup in Nancy, France. Australia continued their successful mid-1990s run by winning the bronze medal at the 1998 World Aquatics Championships in Perth, and remarkably over the rest of 1998 and 1999 were unbeatable, winning the four international tournaments they contested in the Netherlands, Italy, the United States and Hungary.

After an incredible 14 month winning streak, they only managed the silver at the 1999 world cup in Winnipeg, Canada.

Another success came in 1997 when it was announced that women's Water polo would be included in the Olympic Games for the first time at their home Olympics in Sydney.

Having had an excellent build up to the 2000 Summer Olympic Games at home in Sydney, the team went into the first Olympic tournament at home. They only lost one match to the powerful Dutch side in that historic campaign, on the way to winning the first ever women's Olympic gold medal in front of an ecstatic home crowd.

In an incredible Olympic final, the evenly matched US and Australian sides were tied 3–3 with 1.3 seconds remaining on the clock, when Yvette Higgins blasted in a nine-metre shot from a free throw. The ball crossed the goal-line 0.2s from the final hooter to give Australia a 4–3 win, and the gold medal.

The Australian team which won the gold medal at the Sydney Olympics was composed of Naomi Castle, Jo Fox, Bridgette Gusterson (C), Simone Hankin, Kate Hooper, Yvette Higgins, Bronwyn Mayer, Gail Miller, Melissa Mills, Debbie Watson, Liz Weekes, Danielle Woodhouse, and Taryn Woods.

The team was brought back down to earth with an Olympic hangover in 2001, only managing 5th in the World Championships of that year. This dip in form was short lived, however, as they won the inaugural Commonwealth Water Polo Championships title in Manchester, England in 2002, beating world No 3 Canada 6–5 in the final.

The Australian women then suffered another lean patch, finishing 7th at the 2003 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona, Spain, 4th at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, and 6th at the 2005 World Aquatics Championships in Montreal, Canada.

The team returned to successful ways by taking the bronze at the 2005 FINA Water Polo World League event in Kirishi, Russia, and at the 2007 Water polo world championship in Melbourne, Australia by taking the silver medal, after losing a hard fought final 5–6 to the US team.

At the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, the team took the bronze medal after beating Hungary for 3rd place in a penalty shootout.

Olympic record[edit]

Year Games Position
2000 2000 Summer Olympics, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Gold medal (won 6–3 v Russia, lost 4–5 v Netherlands, won 7–6 v USA, won 9–4 v Canada, won 7–6 v Russia, won 4–3 v USA (gold medal match))
2004 2004 Summer Olympics, Athens, Greece 4th (won 6–5 v Italy, lost 4–9 v Kazakhstan, tie 7–7 v Greece, lost 2–6 v Greece, lost 5–6 v USA (bronze medal match)).
2008 2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing, China Bronze medal (won 8–6 v Greece, tie 7–7 v Hungary, won 10–9 v Netherlands, won 12–11 v China, lost 9–8 v USA, won 8–8 with penalty shootout 4–3 v Hungary (bronze medal match)).
2012 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Great Britain Bronze medal (won 10–8 v Italy, won 16–3 v Great Britain, won 11–8 v Russia, won 16–16 with penalty shootout 4–2 v China, lost 9–11 v USA, won 13–11 after overtime v Hungary (bronze medal match)).

Honours[edit]

Results[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Olympic Year Tournament[edit]

  • 19962nd place

FINA World Championship[edit]

FINA World League[edit]

FINA World Cup[edit]

Holiday Cup[edit]

  • 19981st place
  • 19991st place
  • 20003rd place
  • 2001did not compete
  • 2002did not compete
  • 20034th place
  • 2004did not compete
  • 20063rd place
  • 20075th place

Squads[edit]

Current squad[edit]

On 12 June 2012, the Australian roster for the women's water polo tournament was announced.[1] view · talk

Name Pos. Height Weight Date of birth 2012 club
1 Brown, VictoriaVictoria Brown GK 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 76 kg (168 lb) 27 July 1985 Australia Victorian Tigers
2 Beadsworth, GemmaGemma Beadsworth CF 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 79 kg (174 lb) 17 July 1987 Australia Fremantle Marlins
3 Smith, SophieSophie Smith CB 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 68 kg (150 lb) 26 February 1986 Australia Queensland Breakers
4 Lincoln-Smith, HollyHolly Lincoln-Smith CF 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 26 March 1988 Australia Cronulla Sharks
5 Moran, JaneJane Moran D 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in) 70 kg (154 lb) 6 June 1985 Australia Brisbane Barracudas
6 Knox, BronwenBronwen Knox CF 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 16 April 1986 Australia Victorian Tigers
7 Webster, RowenaRowena Webster CB 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 27 December 1987 Australia Victorian Tigers
8 Gynther, KateKate Gynther D 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 73 kg (161 lb) 5 July 1982 Australia Brisbane Barracudas
9 Ralph, GlencoraGlencora Ralph CB 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 67 kg (148 lb) 8 August 1988 Australia Fremantle Marlins
10 Southern, AshleighAshleigh Southern CF 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 22 October 1992 Australia Brisbane Barracudas
11 Rippon, MelissaMelissa Rippon D 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in) 70 kg (154 lb) 20 January 1981 Australia Brisbane Barracudas
12 Zagame, NicolaNicola Zagame D 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) 72 kg (159 lb) 11 August 1990 Australia Cronulla Sharks
13 Maccormack, AliciaAlicia McCormack GK 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) 72 kg (159 lb) 7 June 1983 Australia Cronulla Sharks
Head coach: Greg McFadden

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stinging for gold". Australian Olympic Committee News. 12 June 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  • HistoFINA Volume VIII (Edition 2004)