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 Dean Kontlc
Paul Oberman
Captain Aaron Younger
FINA code AUS
Olympic Games
Appearances 16 (first in 1948)
Best result 5th place (1984, 1992)
World Championships
Appearances 17 (first in 1973)
Best result 4th place (1998)
World League
Appearances 6 (first in 2003)
Best result 3rd, bronze medalist(s) (2007, 2008)
World Cup
Appearances 6 (first in 1981)
Best result 3rd, bronze medalist(s) (1993)
Commonwealth Championship
Appearances 2 (first in 2002)
Best result 1st, gold medalist(s) (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 organised into the Asia/Oceania regional group.

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.

In 1968, the team qualified to compete at the Mexico Olympic Games, but was denied entry by the Australian Olympic Federation.[1]

Australia scored their first point in Olympic competition when they drew with Bulgaria in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.

The Australian team placed 5th in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, and in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, the highest Olympic placing so far, and finished 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 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, they failed to qualify for that year's Olympics for the first time since 1948.

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.

The first history of the sport in Australia was launched in February 2009, under the title 'Water Warriors: Chronicle of Australian Water Polo',[2] by Dr. Tracy Rockwell. The 592 page publication features over 1,300 images and is an in-depth reference on water polo in Australia from its very first match in 1879 to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. An updated edition is being planned.

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 Group stage 9th 5 2 1 2
Total 0 Titles 16/27 100 28 13 59

World Championship[edit]

FINA World Cup[edit]

FINA World League[edit]

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Squad for the 2017 World Aquatics Championships.[3]

Head coach: Croatia Elvis Fatović

Name Pos. Height Weight L/R Date of birth 2016/17 club
1 Edward Slade GK R 28 March 1991 Australia Fremantle Mariners
2 Timothy Putt CF R 6 November 1998 Australia UWA Torpedoes
3 George Ford CF 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 95 kg (209 lb) R 24 February 1993 Australia UWA Torpedoes
4 Joe Kayes CF 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 115 kg (254 lb) R 3 January 1991 Australia Cronulla Sharks
5 Nathan Power CF 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 104 kg (229 lb) R 13 February 1993 Australia UNSW Wests Magpies
6 Lachlan Edwards CF R 6 February 1995 Australia Victorian Seals
7 Jarrod Gilchrist D 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 93 kg (205 lb) R 13 June 1990 Australia UNSW Wests Magpies
8 Aaron Younger (c) D 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 100 kg (220 lb) R 25 September 1991 Hungary Szolnoki Dózsa
9 Andrew Ford D R 21 April 1995 Australia UWA Torpedoes
10 James Fannon D R 28 March 1991 Australia Fremantle Mariners
11 Lachlan Hollis D R 2 June 1989 Australia UNSW Wests Magpies
12 Nicolas Brooks D L 12 October 1995 Australia Cronulla Sharks
13 Anthony Hrysanthos GK R 28 November 1995 Australia Sydney Uni Lions

Notable players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Games bid by Aust water polo team". The Sydney Morning Herald. 6 December 1971. p. 11. 
  2. ^ Rockwell, Tracy (2009). Water Warriors: Chronicle of Australian Water Polo. Sydney: Pegasus Publishing. ISBN 9780646488615. 
  3. ^ "Budapest 2017 Australian Men's Water Polo Team" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 

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