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New look water polo team named for World League

13 April 2017

WATERPOLO: The Australian Men’s Water Polo Team, the Aussie Sharks, have named their squad ahead of the FINA World League Intercontinental Tournament that will be held on the Gold Coast from 25-30 April 2017.

A new look side for the Aussie Sharks will go head to head with teams from USA, Japan, China, New Zealand and Kazakhstan.

The top ranked sides from the World League Tournament on the Gold Coast will qualify through to the FINA World League Final that will be held in June in Russia.

Australian Head Coach, Elvis Fatovic, said the FINA World League Tournament, Gold Coast, provides the ideal opportunity for Aussie athletes to experience competing at an international tournament in front of a home crowd.

“Being able to play in our home country will be a great experience for our team. This is a young, new team for us, especially with some of our players unavailable due to playing commitments in Europe and USA,” said Fatovic.

“It’s an opportunity for many of our players to step up and take on a new challenge.

“Most of the teams that will be visiting we know will be tough. We can expect Japan to be the same strong side we faced at the Olympic Games, we also know the USA will be tough and I believe Kazakhstan will have a reasonable team.

“We don’t know exactly what to expect from China as we haven’t seen a lot from them. But then there is New Zealand who we are very familiar with after a few training sessions with them earlier in the year. All round it will be exciting competition for the teams and spectators,” he said.

The Aussie Sharks will head into camp on the Gold Coast next week as they prepare for the Tournament.  They will be joined by the USA team for training games late next week.

The FINA World League Intercontinental Tournament will kick off on ANZAC Day with Australia set to take on New Zealand.

 

FINA World League Intercontinental Tournament

Dates: 25-30 April 2017
Location: Gold Coast Aquatic Centre
Who: Australia, USA, Japan, China, New Zealand and Kazakhstan
Daily Session Times(25-29 April): Game1, 3:30pm; Game 2, 4:50pm; Game 3, 6:10pm
Finals Times (Sunday 30 April): 5th vs 6th, 9:20am; 3rd vs 4th, 10:40am; 1st vs 2nd, 12:00noon
Tickets: Available at the door. $20 Adults, $10 Children and $50 family of four (2 adults and 2 children)

AUSTRALIAN MEN’S WATER POLO SQUAD

FIRST NAME

SURNAME

Nic

Brooks

Negus

Charlie

Nick

Elphick

James

Fannon

Andrew

Ford

George

Ford

Jarrod

Gilchrist

Rhys

Holden

Lachlan

Hollis

Anthony

Hrysanthos

Joe

Kayes

Tom

Kearns

Luke

Pavillard

Nathan

Power

Tim

Putt

Aidan

Roach

Ed

Slade

 

Waterpolo Australia

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