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.
|Association||Australian Water Polo|
|Head coach||Elvis Fatović|
|Asst coach||Dean Kontlc
|Appearances||16 (first in 1948)|
|Best result||5th place (1984, 1992)|
|Appearances||17 (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)|
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
- 2017 — 7th place
FINA World CupEdit
- 1981 — 7th place
- 1985 — 7th place
- 1989 — 7th place
- 1991 — 7th place
- 1993 — 3rd place
- 1999 — 8th place
- 2010 — 6th place
FINA World LeagueEdit
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|
- "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.
- "Budapest 2017 Australian Men's Water Polo Team" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 15 July 2017.