Australia women's national water polo team
|Association||Australian Water Polo|
|Head coach||Athansios Kechagias|
|Asst coach||Predrag Mihailović|
|Appearances||5 (first in 2000)|
|Best result||1st (2000)|
|Appearances||13 (first in 1986)|
|Best result||1st (1986)|
|Appearances||9 (first in 2004)|
|Best result||2nd (2007, 2010, 2012)|
|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.
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.
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, Quebec, 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.
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.
|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)).|
- Water polo at the Summer Olympics:
- FINA Women's Water Polo World Cup:
- World Championships:
- Commonwealth Water Polo Championships:
- Gold medal England 2002.
Olympic Year Tournament
- 1996 — 2nd place
FINA World Championship
- 1986 — 1st place
- 1991 — 5th place
- 1994 — 6th place
- 1998 — 3rd place
- 2001 — 5th place
- 2003 — 7th place
- 2005 — 6th place
- 2007 — 2nd place
- 2009 — 6th place
- 2011 — 5th place
- 2013 — 2nd place
- 2015 — 4th place
- 2017 — 8th place
FINA World League
- 2004 — 7th place
- 2005 — 3rd place
- 2006 — 4th place
- 2007 — 2nd place
- 2008 — 3rd place
- 2009 — 3rd place
- 2010 — 2nd place
- 2011 — 3rd place
- 2012 — 2nd place
- 2014 — 3rd place
- 2015 — 2nd place
- 2016 — 3rd place
FINA World Cup
- 1979 — 3rd place
- 1980 — 4th place
- 1981 — 3rd place
- 1983 — 3rd place
- 1984 — 1st place
- 1988 — 5th place
- 1989 — 5th place
- 1991 — 2nd place
- 1993 — 4th place
- 1995 — 1st place
- 1997 — 3rd place
- 1999 — 2nd place
- 2002 — 6th place
- 2006 — 1st place
- 2010 — 2nd place
- 1998 — 1st place
- 1999 — 1st place
- 2000 — 3rd place
- 2003 — 4th place
- 2006 — 3rd place
- 2007 — 5th place
The following is the Australian roster in the women's water polo tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Head coach: Greg McFadden
|№||Name||Pos.||Height||Weight||Date of birth||2016 club|
|1||Yanitsas, LeaLea Yanitsas||GK||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)||78 kg (172 lb)||15 March 1989||Sydney Uni Water Polo Club|
|2||Beadsworth, GemmaGemma Beadsworth||CF||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||78 kg (172 lb)||17 July 1987||Fremantle Marlins|
|3||Buckling, HannahHannah Buckling||CB||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)||75 kg (165 lb)||3 June 1992||Sydney Uni Water Polo Club|
|4||Lincoln-Smith, HollyHolly Lincoln-Smith||CF||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)||82 kg (181 lb)||26 March 1988||Cronulla Sharks|
|5||Gofers, KeesjaKeesja Gofers||D||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)||64 kg (141 lb)||16 March 1990||Sydney Uni Water Polo Club|
|6||Knox, BronwenBronwen Knox (c)||CF||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)||88 kg (194 lb)||16 April 1986||Victorian Tigers|
|7||Webster, RowenaRowena Webster||CB||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||64 kg (141 lb)||27 December 1987||Victorian Tigers|
|8||Ralph, GlencoraGlencora Ralph||CB||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||68 kg (150 lb)||8 August 1988||Fremantle Marlins|
|9||Arancini, ZoeZoe Arancini||D||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)||70 kg (154 lb)||14 July 1991||Fremantle Marlins|
|10||Southern, AshleighAshleigh Southern||CF||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)||82 kg (181 lb)||22 October 1992||Brisbane Barracudas|
|11||Bishop, IsobelIsobel Bishop||D||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||69 kg (152 lb)||8 September 1991||Sydney Uni Water Polo Club|
|12||Zagame, NicolaNicola Zagame||D||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)||72 kg (159 lb)||11 August 1990||Cronulla Sharks|
|13||Wakefield, KelseyKelsey Wakefield||GK||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||64 kg (141 lb)||1 June 1991||Queensland Breakers|
- 1984 FINA World Cup — Gold medal
- 1986 World Championship — Gold medal
- 1995 FINA World Cup — Gold medal
- 1998 World Championship — Bronze medal
- 2000 Olympic Games — Gold medal
- 2003 World Championship — 7th place
- 2004 Olympic Games — 4th place
- 2005 FINA World League — Bronze medal
- 2006 FINA World League — 4th place
- 2007 World Championship Silver medal
- 2007 FINA World League — Silver medal
- 2007 Holiday Cup — 5th place
- 2008 Summer Olympics — Bronze medal
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- Rockwell, Tracy (2009). Water Warriors: Chronicle of Australian Water Polo. Sydney: Pegasus Publishing. ISBN 9780646488615.
- "Sydney golden girls help announce Rio women's water polo team". Australian Olympic Committee. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
- HistoFINA Volume VIII (Edition 2004)