Australia men's national water polo team
|Association||Australian Water Polo|
|Head coach||Elvis Fatović|
|Asst coach||Paul Oberman
|Appearances||16 (first in 1948)|
|Best result||5th place (1984, 1992)|
|Appearances||16 (first in 1973)|
|Best result||4th place (1998)|
|Appearances||6 (first in 2003)|
|Best result||(2007, 2008)|
|Appearances||6 (first in 1981)|
|Appearances||2 (first in 2002)|
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. The national team is sponsored by Qantas airlines, Turbo Water polo and Mikasa Sports.
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.
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', 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.
A red box around the year indicates tournaments played within Australia
|Olympics Games record|
|1900||Did not participate|
|1968||Qualified but did not compete|
|1984||Final Group Stages||5th||8||2||2||4|
|1996||Did not qualify|
- 1973 — 14th place
- 1975 — 11th place
- 1978 — 9th place
- 1982 — 11th place
- 1986 — 10th place
- 1991 — 8th place
- 1994 — 10th place
- 1998 — 4th place
- 2001 — 10th place
- 2003 — 7th place
- 2005 — 10th place
- 2007 — 10th place
- 2011 — 9th place
- 2013 — 8th place
- 2015 — 8th place
FINA World Cup
- 1981 — 7th place
- 1985 — 7th place
- 1989 — 7th place
- 1991 — 7th place
- 1993 — 3rd place
- 1999 — 8th place
- 2010 — 6th place
FINA World League
- 2003 — 7th place
- 2004 — 7th place
- 2005 — 11th place
- 2006 — 4th place
- 2007 — 3rd place
- 2008 — 3rd place
- 2009 — 6th place
- 2010 — 4th place
- 2011 — 6th place
The following is the Australian roster in the men's water polo tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Nathan Power was originally named, but was replaced by Tyler Martin after injuring his hand during a pre-games training camp in Croatia.
Head coach: Elvis Fatović
|№||Name||Pos.||Height||Weight||Date of birth||2016 club|
|1||Dennerley, JoelJoel Dennerley||GK||1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)||91 kg (201 lb)||25 June 1987||UNSW Wests Magpies|
|2||Campbell, RichieRichie Campbell||CB||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)||99 kg (218 lb)||28 September 1987||UNSW Wests Magpies|
|3||Ford, GeorgeGeorge Ford||CB||1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)||95 kg (209 lb)||24 February 1993||UWA Torpedoes|
|4||Cotterill, JohnnoJohnno Cotterill||D||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)||88 kg (194 lb)||27 October 1987||Sydney University Lions|
|5||Martin, TylerTyler Martin||CF||2.00 m (6 ft 7 in)||108 kg (238 lb)||13 February 1993||UNSW Wests Magpies|
|6||Gilchrist, JarrodJarrod Gilchrist||D||1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)||90 kg (198 lb)||13 June 1990||UNSW Wests Magpies|
|7||Roach, AidanAidan Roach||D||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)||88 kg (194 lb)||7 September 1990||Drummoyne Devils|
|8||Younger, AaronAaron Younger||D||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)||100 kg (220 lb)||25 September 1991||Szolnoki Dózsa|
|9||Swift, JoelJoel Swift||D||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)||103 kg (227 lb)||14 June 1990||Fremantle Mariners|
|10||Kayes, JoeJoe Kayes||CF||1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)||125 kg (276 lb)||3 January 1991||Cronulla Sharks|
|11||Howden, RhysRhys Howden||D||1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)||84 kg (185 lb)||2 April 1987||Brisbane Barracudas|
|12||Emery, MitchellMitchell Emery||D||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)||89 kg (196 lb)||27 September 1990||Drummoyne Devils|
|13||Stanton, JamesJames Stanton||GK||2.00 m (6 ft 7 in)||93 kg (205 lb)||21 July 1983||Victorian Seals|
- "Games bid by Aust water polo team". The Sydney Morning Herald. 6 December 1971. p. 11.
- Rockwell, Tracy (2009). Water Warriors: Chronicle of Australian Water Polo. Sydney: Pegasus Publishing. ISBN 9780646488615.
- "Men's Water Polo Team look to make history at Rio". Australian Olympic Committee. 1 July 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
- "Games 2016: Water polo player Nathan Power injured". 27 July 2016.