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Men’s World League Super Finals 2019 – Meet the Teams: Australia

The Australian national men’s team has the nickname of “The Sharks.”

Australia has competed internationally since the 1948 London Olympic Games, and has qualified for all subsequent Olympic tournaments except for Atlanta in 1996. Despite not achieving the same success as European teams, Australia has remained relatively competitive.

The current national team line up is the following:

Aaron Younger (Capitan) made his national team debut at the age of 19, and has already represented Australia at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Younger made the jump to the Hungarian national water polo in 2010 when he joined Szeged for three seasons. He has also played in the Australian and Croatian national leagues until 2015. He signed with Hungarian powerhouse FTC in 2018.

Aidan Roach is a dual Olympian and has continually demonstrated his international class with outstanding performances at various international tournaments, including the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympic Games. His talent has been recognized by professional overseas teams with time in three different European leagues across six years, including contracts to well-known Serbian and Hungarian national league teams.

Andrew Ford is aiming to represent Australia in his first Olympics at Tokyo 2020. Ford is a long time scholarship holder at Western Australian Institute of Sport, and has represented Australian junior teams before transitioning to the senior squad.

Anthony Hrysanthos whose club is Vouliagmeni (Greece). He played a vital part in the Sydney University Lions 2018 Australian Waterpolo League title which went into penalty shootouts after scores were equal at full time. Hrysanthos saved three penalty shoots, helping his side to a 11-10 gold medal match victory.

Blake Edwards is renowned for his hard work ethic and ability to handle high pressure situations which were on display during his three seasons playing for the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans. Blake has received All American honours each year as selected by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) courtesy of his solid play and strong physical presence against opposition.

Charlie Negus is a 20-year old newcomer to the Aussie Sharks squad. He has spent a significant amount of time at a club level with USW Wests Magpies which has provided him with a strong base and great teammates to teach him about expectations within an Aussie Sharks squad.

George Ford‘s speed and counter attacking abilities make him an ideal candidate for the centre back position within the squad. Ford hails from a strong club background which has provided him with great knowledge and skills on how to play effectively in a position like that.

Joe Kayes made his Olympic debut in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. He set the pool on fire with his performances. Kayes was one of Australia’s top scorers of the 2016 Olympics competition with a total of 8 goals to his name. In a testament to Kayes’ growing international reputation, Italian national league team and an internationally famous club, Pro Recco announced the signing of Kayes in mid-2018.

Joel Dennerley is a dual Olympian after competing at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympics. He has experienced water polo success abroad as part of his time in the American College system with University of Southern California Trojans. Dennerley was the first Australian to join the men’s Trojans team in 2008 and with him came four consecutive NCAA championships.

Lachlan Edwards is a powerful centre forward possessing a strong stroke which assists him to score crucial goals for his team. Arriving to USC’s team Trojans in 2014 as a 21-year old, he was offered a spot on the University of Southern California roster due to his toughness and force.

Lachlan Hollis begun his career in the Aussie Sharks squad from an early age and over the years has developed a reputation for his sharp shooting and never give up attitude. Hollis missed the London 2012 Olympics when a broken foot ruled him out of selection and was unavailable for 2016 Rio Olympic Games selection due to health reasons.

Nathan Power made his Aussie Sharks debut in 2013, and has become a regular member since then. Since 2016, Power has been playing professionally in Croatia’s national water polo league. He currently plays for Jadran Split, a team based on the Dalmatian Coast and in their latest season won a bronze medal in Croatia’s national water polo competition.

Nick Brooks recently making his Aussie Sharks debut in 2017, Brooks immediately made an impact in the squad helping the Aussie Sharks to secure seventh place at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest. In Australia’s national competition, he continues to assert his class finishing eighth highest goal scorer in season 2018 with 39 goals from 23 matches.

Nic Porter is one of the newest members in the Aussie Sharks squad after making his international debut in his local state of Queensland at the Sunshine Coast against USA. As part of his development and transition into the senior team, he recently spent time in Croatia training and learning from some of the best water polo players in the world at Croatian club JUG Dubrovnik.

Rhys Howden is a triple Olympian and in his latest Olympics at Rio was the Australian Men’s captain. Since debuting for the Aussie Sharks over a decade ago, Rhys has built up a wealth of experience in the green and gold and provides world class plays for his teammates as well as a mentoring role to the younger Aussie Sharks squad members.

Richard Campbell is a triple Olympian and a veteran of the Aussie Sharks squad. Campbell was the youngest member of the men’s water polo team in his Olympic debut at Beijing. Having experienced most scenarios during his time in international water polo, Campbell is aiming for his fourth Olympics in Tokyo 2020.

Tim Putt is a young gun who announced himself on the world stage at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest when he displayed composure beyond his years with a series of consistent performances. In a testament to his team first mentality and leadership qualities, Putt was named co-captain of Australia’s 2017 Junior World Championship team which competed in Serbia.

Head Coach Elvis Fatović is a former Croatian water poloist. He is known as the best Croatian player in history – he had played for Jug Dubrovnik and HAVK Mladost. With Mladost he won the Croatian Championship and Cup in 1993, then he returned to Jug, and continued his marvelous career. With Jug, he won 5 Croatian championships and 6 Croatian cups. He led Jug in winning the European championships in 2001 and 2006, and he also won the LEN Cup in 2000. Fatović played for the Croatian national team 128 times, and won silver medal in the European Championship in 2003 in Kranj, Slovenia. He retired in 2007, and was the Jug’s senior team’s coach until 2011.

Source: The Sharks