Australia men's national water polo team

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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
Appearances18 (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)

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.

Tournament history[edit]

A red box around the year indicates tournaments played within Australia

Summer Olympics[edit]

Olympic 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 Quarter-finals 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]

Roster for the 2019 World Championships.[2]

Head coach: Elvis Fatović

Name Pos. Height Weight L/R Date of birth Club
1 Joel Dennerley GK 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) R (1987-06-25) 25 June 1987 (age 32) Australia UNSW Wests Magpies
2 Richard Campbell FP 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) (1987-09-18) 18 September 1987 (age 32)
3 George Ford CB 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) R (1993-02-24) 24 February 1993 (age 26) Australia UWA Torpedoes
4 Joe Kayes CF 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) R (1991-01-03) 3 January 1991 (age 28) Australia ACU Cronulla Sharks
5 Nathan Power CB 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) R (1993-02-13) 13 February 1993 (age 26) Australia UNSW Wests Magpies
6 Lachlan Edwards CF 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) R (1995-02-06) 6 February 1995 (age 24) United States USC Trojans
7 Aidan Roach FP 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) R (1990-09-07) 7 September 1990 (age 29) Australia Drummoyne Devils
8 Aaron Younger (C) CB 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) R (1991-09-25) 25 September 1991 (age 28) Australia Fremantle Mariners
9 Andrew Ford FP 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) R (1995-04-21) 21 April 1995 (age 24) Australia UWA Torpedoes
10 Timothy Putt FP R (1998-11-06) 6 November 1998 (age 21)
11 Rhys Howden FP 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) R (1987-04-02) 2 April 1987 (age 32) Australia Brisbane Barracudas
12 Blake Edwards FP 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) R (1992-02-14) 14 February 1992 (age 27) United States USC Trojans
13 Anthony Hrysanthos GK R (1995-11-28) 28 November 1995 (age 24) Australia Sydney University 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. ^ "2019 World Championships roster" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 13 July 2019.

External links[edit]