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Schedule & Results: Catch Up

(Local) / 05:50 PM 20 Aug (Rio)
Men's Gold Medal Match

7 (Lost)

11 (Won)

Croatia

Serbia


Serbia (SRB)
Croatia (CRO)

(Local) / 01:00 PM 20 Aug (Rio)
Men's Bronze Medal Match

10 (Lost)

12 (Won)

Montenegro

Italy


Italy (ITA)

(Local) / 03:30 PM 19 Aug (Rio)
Women's Gold Medal Match

12 (Won)

5 (Lost)

United States

Italy


United States (USA)
Italy (ITA)

(Local) / 02:10 PM 19 Aug (Rio)
Women's Classification 5th-6th Place

10 (Lost)

12 (Won)

Australia

Spain


Lea Yanitsas Gemma Beadsworth Hannah Buckling Holly Lincoln-Smith Keesja Kaia Gofers Bronwen Knox Rowie Webster Glencora McGhie Zoe Arancini Ash Southern Isobel Bishop Nicola Zagame Kelsey Wakefield


(Local) / 11:20 AM 19 Aug (Rio)
Women's Bronze Medal Match

18 (Lost)

19 (Won)

Hungary

Russia


Russia (RUS)

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Women constant medal threat and men looking for breakthrough

The Australian water polo teams will be donning their speedos and caps in sunny Rio in hopes for another medal for the girls and a first for the men.

Despite only having participated in four Olympic Games, the women’s team will be looking to add a fourth Olympic medal and hopefully a second gold medal to their tally, while the men’s team will be looking to secure their first Olympic medal.

The Croatian and Serbians teams will be a major threat in the men’s competition, while the USA women’s team will be looking for their fifth Olympic medal in a row.

Women to watch: The Australian Women’s Water Polo Team for the Rio Olympics will see captain Bronwen Knox and Gemma Beadsworth both line up for their third Olympics with Rowie WebsterGlencora McGhieNicola ZagameHolly Lincoln-Smith and Ashleigh Southern all lining up for their second. 

They will be joined by six debutants, Keesja GofersHannah BucklingKelsey WakefieldLea YanitsasIsobel Bishop and Zoe Arancini.

Men to watch: A solid mix of experience and youth will make up the Australian Men’s Water Polo side for the Rio Olympic Games, as the team set out to bring home a medal and claim history.

Rhys Howden and Richie Campbell will look towards an Olympic medal at their third Olympic campaign, while Joel DennerleyJohnno Cotterill, Aidan Roach and Aaron Younger all aim for their second Olympic appearance.

Goalkeeper, James Stanton-French will be looking to compete in his third Olympic Games, after representing Australia at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. 

Lining up for their first Olympic Games is Nathan Power, George Ford, Jarrod Gilchrist, Joel Swift, Joe Kayes and Mitchell Emery. 

Qualification, Nomination & Selection

12 men's teams will be selected in the following manner:

  •         1 place – host nation (Brazil)
  •         1 place - 2015 World League (Serbia qualified)
  •         2 places - 2015 Kazan FINA World Championships (If Serbia is top 2 then the 3rd place)
  •         5 places - Continental Championships (The best ranked NOC in each of the five continental championships. If already qualified then next best ranked will obtain a quota place.) The continental championships to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games are:

o   African Water Polo Championships (1 place)

o   Asian Water Polo Championships (1 place)

o   2016 European Championships (1 place)

o   2015 Pan American Games (1 place)

o   Oceanian Water Polo Championships (1 place)

  •         3 places - Men’s Olympic Games Qualification Tournament

Eight (8) women's teams will be selected in the following manner:

  •         1 place – host nation/Americas continent spot (Brazil)
  •         4 places - Continental Championships

o   African Water Polo Championships (1 place)

o   Asian Water Polo Championships (1 place)

o   2016 European Championships (1 place)

o   Oceanian Water Polo Championships (1 place)

  •         3 places - Women’s Olympic Games Qualification Tournament

For the full detail >>>

Nomination to the AOC

Following the qualification of both Men’s and Women’s Teams, the respective Water Polo Australia (WPA) National Head Coach, and with the approval of the WPA Board, will consider the nomination of athletes in accordance with a series of mandatory performance or participation requirements. These factors include, but are not limited to, demonstrated ability to contribute to the appropriate balance of Athletes across various specialist playing positions, achieve desired playing strategies, performances in international and national competition, level of skill and fitness and demonstrated ability to work with coaching staff, team officials and other players.

For the full detail on men's nomination >>>
For the full detail on women's nomination >>>

Selection by the AOC

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Appeals Tribunal Chair

John Renshaw
Email: jrenshaw@mcwnsw.com.au

Team qualified (as January 2016)

  • Men – Brazil, Serbia, USA, Greece, Croatia, Japan
  • Women - Brazil, China

Competition Format & Events

Water polo at the Olympic Games is comprised of a men’s and women’s competition. Eight teams play in the women’s competition while 12 compete in the men’s division.

In the men's event, the qualifying teams are divided into two pools of six for a round-robin preliminary heat. The top four teams from each pool advance to the quarter-finals, and the quarter-finals winners advance to the medal rounds.

The women's teams play a full round-robin preliminary heat, with the top four teams advancing to the medal rounds. The four teams failing to advance, play to determine fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth place.

Water polo is played by teams of seven in a pool with a goal at each end. Matches are divided into four periods of eight minutes and each team has only 30 seconds to attempt to score before the ball is returned to the opposition. Players aren’t allowed to touch the sides or the bottom of the pool during play.

Australia and Olympic Water Polo

The gold medal winning performance by the Australian women at their home Olympics in 2000 is the overwhelming highlight for Australia in this sport. In a nail-biting finish, Australia’s Yvette Higgins scored the winning goal with 1.2 seconds left on the clock.

In Beijing 2008, after a series of close calls for the women's team to miss the gold medal game, they beat Hungary by one goal in a thrilling match to win bronze.

The Australian women’s team returned to the 2012 London Olympic Games and had another great tournament to win another bronze. men’s team closed out its OIympic campaign in seventh place.

Australia’s men have not won a medal in water polo with the best placing being fifth at 1984 Los Angeles and 1992 Barcelona. At the London 2012 Games the men’s water polo team had a narrow loss in the quarter-final to eventual bronze medallists Serbia. They are targeting a big jump on their seventh at these Games.

Australia's Olympic water polo medal tally is: 3 (1 gold, 0 silver, 2 bronze)

Read more about water polo at the Olympics and Australia’s history here>>>

Search for all Australian Olympian water polo players here>>>

Did you know

 

  • Water polo is the oldest Olympic team sport having been contested continuously at every modern Olympic Games since Paris 1900. 
  • Women’s water polo made its debut in Sydney 2000. Much of the credit for its inclusion on the Olympic program can be credited to lobbying led by Australia, the United States, Canada and Holland.
  • A team has seven players and six substitutes. At any time in the game, a player may be substituted. Only the head coach is allowed to move away from the Team bench.
  • Each team may request two timeouts in any game. An additional timeout including any timeouts not utilised may be requested should the game go into extra time. The duration of the timeout shall be one minute. A timeout may be requested at any time, including after a goal, by the coach of the team in possession of the ball.
  • A penalty throw shall be taken by any player of the team (except the goalkeeper) to which it is awarded for a penalty foul. All other players must leave the 5m area leaving only the defending goalkeeper in goal.
  • The first listed team will wear white caps or the caps reflecting the colour of their country and will start the game to the left of the official table. The other team will wear blue caps or caps of a contrasting colour and will start the game to the right of the table. Goalkeepers wear red caps.

Pre-Rio AUS Tally

1 Gold
0 Silver
2 Bronze

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