Get in the driver's seat. Squad for the World Aquatics Championships. Once the danger passes, the belts are loosened and the side windows and sunroof can be opened again. The Australian women's water polo team played their first international in
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".
Australia has competed internationally since the London Olympic Games , and has qualified for all subsequent Olympic tournaments except Atlanta in , and although not achieving the success of European teams, has remained relatively competitive at international level since. In , the team qualified to compete at the Mexico Olympic Games, but was denied entry by the Australian Olympic Federation.
Australia scored their first point in Olympic competition when they drew with Bulgaria in the Summer Olympics in Munich. The Australian team placed 5th in the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles , and in the Summer Olympics in Barcelona , the highest Olympic placing so far, and finished 4th in the World Championships at home in Perth in Australia's best international water polo success came in , 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 A reinvigorated youthful team managed to finish second to Canada in an international tournament in England in , and in , 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 Water polo world championship in Barcelona, Spain.
Squad for the World Aquatics Championships. The Australian women's water polo team played their first international in 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. In , 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 mids run by winning the bronze medal at the World Aquatics Championships in Perth , and remarkably over the rest of and were unbeatable, winning the four international tournaments they contested in the Netherlands , Italy , the United States and Hungary.
After an incredible 14 month winning streak, they only managed the silver at the world cup in Winnipeg , Canada. Another success came in when it was announced that women's Water polo would be included in the Olympic Games for the first time at their home Olympics in Sydney.
Having had an excellent build up to the 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.
The ball crossed the goal-line 0. The team was brought back down to earth with an Olympic hangover in , 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 , beating world No 3 Canada 6—5 in the final.
The team returned to successful ways by taking the bronze at the FINA Water Polo World League event in Kirishi , Russia , and at the Water polo world championship in Melbourne , Australia by taking the silver medal, after losing a hard fought final 5—6 to the US team.
At the Summer Olympic Games , the team took the bronze medal after beating Hungary for 3rd place in a penalty shootout.
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