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Australia men's national water polo team

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.

Australia
Nickname(s)Sharks
AssociationAustralian Water Polo
ConfederationOSA (Oceania)
Head coachElvis Fatović
Asst coachDean Kontlc
Paul Oberman
CaptainAaron Younger
FINA codeAUS
Olympic Games
Appearances16 (first in 1948)
Best result5th place (1984, 1992)
World Championships
Appearances17 (first in 1973)
Best result4th place (1998)
World League
Appearances15 (first in 2003)
Best result3rd, bronze medalist(s) (2007, 2008)
World Cup
Appearances9 (first in 1981)
Best result2nd, silver medalist(s) (2018)
Commonwealth Championship
Appearances2 (first in 2002)
Best result1st, gold medalist(s) (2006)

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HistoryEdit

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.

Tournament historyEdit

A red box around the year indicates tournaments played within Australia

Summer OlympicsEdit

Olympic Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L
  1900 Did not participate
  1904
  1908
  1912
  1920
  1924
  1928
  1932
  1936
  1948 Group Stages 17th 2 0 0 2
  1952 Group Stages 17th 2 0 0 2
  1956 Group Stages 9th 6 1 0 5
  1960 Group Stages 15th 3 0 0 3
  1964 Group Stages 12th 2 0 0 2
  1968 Qualified but did not compete
  1972 Group Stages 12th 9 0 2 7
  1976 Group Stages 11th 8 1 1 6
  1980 Group Stages 7th 8 5 1 2
  1984 Final Group Stages 5th 8 2 2 4
  1988 Group Stages 8th 8 3 0 5
  1992 Group Stages 5th 8 4 2 2
  1996 Did not qualify
  2000 Group Stages 8th 8 1 2 5
  2004 Group Stages 9th 8 3 1 4
  2008 Group Stages 8th 7 3 1 3
  2012 Quarterfinals 7th 8 3 0 5
  2016 Group stage 9th 5 2 1 2
Total 0 Titles 16/27 100 28 13 59

World ChampionshipEdit

FINA World CupEdit

FINA World LeagueEdit

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

Squad for the 2017 World Aquatics Championships.[2]

Head coach:   Elvis Fatović

Name Pos. Height Weight L/R Date of birth 2016/17 club
1 Edward Slade GK R 28 March 1991   Fremantle Mariners
2 Timothy Putt CF R 6 November 1998   UWA Torpedoes
3 George Ford CF 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 95 kg (209 lb) R 24 February 1993   UWA Torpedoes
4 Joe Kayes CF 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 115 kg (254 lb) R 3 January 1991   Cronulla Sharks
5 Nathan Power CF 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 104 kg (229 lb) R 13 February 1993   UNSW Wests Magpies
6 Jack Lange CF R 15 March 1998   Flinders University Rangers
7 Joshua Galpin D 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 78 kg (172 lb) R 12 March 1998   Flinders University Rangers
8 Aaron Younger (c) D 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 100 kg (220 lb) R 25 September 1991   Szolnoki Dózsa
9 Andrew Ford D R 21 April 1995   UWA Torpedoes
10 James Fannon D R 28 March 1991   Fremantle Mariners
11 Lachlan Hollis D R 2 June 1989   UNSW Wests Magpies
12 Nicolas Brooks D L 12 October 1995   Cronulla Sharks
13 Anthony Hrysanthos GK R 28 November 1995   Sydney Uni Lions

Notable playersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Games bid by Aust water polo team". The Sydney Morning Herald. 6 December 1971. p. 11.
  2. ^ "Budapest 2017 Australian Men's Water Polo Team" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 15 July 2017.

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