Aussie Sharks head into gold medal game undefeated

29 APRIL 2017, GOLD COAST: The Australian Men’s Water Polo Team will head into tomorrow’s gold medal game undefeated, after a convincing 13-3 win over China today in the last round of World League Intercontinental Tournament.

The new look Aussie Sharks have won all rounds of the Tournament which will be a confidence booster for them when they face the USA in the gold medal game.

Dual Olympian and leading goal scorer for the Aussies, Johnno Cotterill, only came into the side on Friday, making an immediate impact, with an impressive six goals today.

“It was a tough game.  We probably started a bit hesitant and we’re the sort of team that if we start hesitant we can be like that throughout the game,” said Cotterill.

“China came out hard and we were a bit slow for us, but we picked it up in the second half it was a lot better.

“It was a little hard to come in to today knowing we’d made the Final, but every opportunity we have to play as a team is a good thing.

“We are a new team so this was another opportunity for us to play as a group on the international stage and that is nothing to be scoffed at.

“This is a young and talented side – I don’t think therefore it’s a surprise we’ll head into tomorrow’s final undefeated,” he said.

Despite the strong win for the Aussies against the USA on day four, Cotterill admitted they will be tough to beat come the final.

“The Americans are a young team as well so they are going to come in with no fear and be going 100 per cent.  They won’t be tired they’ll come to play a hard game.

“Yesterday’s win against the USA was a confident booster for us, we can take some things from the game – but tomorrow is what it’s all about.  If we put it all in the pool and do what we need to, the result will take care of itself.

Australia will play USA tomorrow 12noon at Gold Coast Aqautic Centre in the gold medal game of the 2017 FINA World League Intercontinental Tournament. 

RESULTS 

AUS 13 CHN 3

GOAL SCORES: AUS; KAYES, J (2) FORD, A (2), GILCHRIST, J (2) COTTERILL, J (6), FANNON, J (2), HOLLIS, L (2); CHN; CHU, C (2), CHEN, Z (1)

QTR SCORES AUS-CHN: 4-1; 1-0; 3-1; 5-1

AUSTRALIA: Ed Slade, Luke Pavillard, Tim Putt, Joe Kayes, Nathan Power, Andrew Ford , Jarrod Gilchrist, John Cotterill, Rhys Holden, James Fannon, Lachlan Hollis, Nicholas Brooks, Anthony Hrysanthos. Head Coach: Elvis Fatovic.

CHINA: Zhi Wei Liang, Cheng Hao Chu Jia Hao Peng, De Ming Li, Zhong Xian Chen, Ze Kai Xie, Wen Hui Lu, Yi Min Chen, Ge Lin Zhu, Yu Liu, Yun Ji Wang, Xiang Fu, Lin Feng Li. Head Coach: Ling Yun Mao.