The Aussie Sharks have named their side for the FINA World League Super Final that kicks off tonight in Budapest, Hungary.
After a week training in Croatia in preparation for the Final, the team are set to face host Hungary along with Japan and Montenegro in the pool stages.
Three time Olympian Richie Campbell is back with the Aussie Sharks after taking time out after the Rio Olympics, with his experience set to bolster the Sharks squads.
“It’s been a tough week, but really good to get the boys together and train as a team,” said Campbell.
“We’ve been working on our systems, attack and defence. It was our first hit out since National League (AWL) Finals which has been good.”
Campbell said the training camp with reigning World Champions Croatia throughout the week has provided the Sharks with solid preparation ahead of the World League Super Final.
“They (Croatia) are pretty tough. They do play a different style to what we’re used to at home so adapting to the way they play has been a little bit tough but interesting and enjoyable and everyone has benefited from it,” he said.
Like the 2017 FINA World Championships where Australia’s opening match was against host Hungary, Blake Edwards is hoping that experience will prepare the Aussie Sharks for their first match with a big and loud crowd expected to turn out.
“We had that opportunity last year in front of a big crowd at the World Championship so hopefully we can benefit from that experience too and have a really solid hit out against them in game one,” said Edwards.
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Aussie Sharks schedule (local Australian Time – AEST):
- Day 1 Monday, June 18 – Aus vs Hungary 20:05 (4:05am AEST, June 19)
- Day 2 Tuesday, June 19 – Aus vs Japan 15:15 (11:15pm AEST )
- Day 3 Wednesday, June 20 – Aus vs Montenegro 16:45 (12:45am AEST, June 21)
- Day 4-6 – TBC
Aussie Sharks World League Super Final team:
|1||Nic Porter||QLD||Queensland Breakers|
|2||Richard Campbell||NSW||UNSW Wests|
|3||Blake Edwards||VIC||USC Trojans|
|4||Joe Kayes||NSW||ACU Cronulla Sharks|
|5||Nathan Power||NSW||UNSW Wests / Jadran|
|7||Aidan Roach||NSW||ACU Cronulla Sharks|
|8||Aaron Younger||WA||Fremantle / Ferencvaros|
|11||Lachlan Hollis||NSW||UNSW Wests|
|12||Nic Brooks||NSW||ACU Cronulla Sharks|
|13||Anthony Hrysanthos||NSW||Sydney University|