The Aussie Sharks head into the quarter finals of the FINA World League Super where they will go head to head against Spain tonight.
After securing a solid victory against Japan, the Aussie Sharks suffered narrow losses toMontenegro as well as going down to hosts Hungary.
The Spanish team have experienced a mix tournament so far going down to USA in their opening match but rebounding strongly in their second match and easily accounting for Kazakhstan in their third.
Spain sent an early warning shot to the competition on day two defeating current World Champions Croatia courtesy of a penalty shootout 13-10.
Aussie Sharks captain will lead be leading from the front for his side after scoring eight goals in his last two appearances.
Tune into the FINAtv live stream tonight at 12:45am AEST (June 22) to watch the Aussie Sharks face off with Spain or stay up to date and follow @WaterPoloAus on Twitter.
Aussie Sharks Team:
- Nic Porter – Queensland Breakers, QLD
- Richard Campbell – UNSW Wests, NSW
- Blake Edwards – USC Trojans, VIC
- Joe Kayes – ACU Cronulla Sharks
- Nathan Power – UNSW Wests / Jadran, NSW
- Nick Elphick – Fremantle, WA
- Aidan Roach – ACU Cronulla Sharks, NSW
- Aaron Younger – Fremantle / Ferencvaros, WA
- Andrew Ford – UWA, WA
- Tim Putt – UWA, WA
- Lachlan Hollis – UNSW Wests, NSW
- Nic Brooks – ACU Cronulla Sharks, NSW
- Anthony Hrysanthos, Sydney University, NSW
Day 3: Aussie Sharks set to clash with table toppers Montenegro
Following their first FINA World League Super Final win against Japan, the Aussie Sharks tonight turn their attention to Montengro in their last pool match.
Montengro remain undefeated throughout the Tournament after edging out Hungary 12-9 and taking a solid 14-8 win over Japan.
Australia hasn’t faced Montengro often in recent years – but given their ability to deliver big results at this tournament, anything could happen when the two sides meet.
Aussie Sharks centre back and Croatian national league player, Nathan Power is familiar with the different style of play the Europeans will bring to the game.
“They are a well-coached team and they have some players that are world class, their younger guys are very prepared as well,” said Power.
“Traditionally they are tough and physical. It will be one of those games that if we can match them physically and keep our composure we will do well.”
The 25 year old is hoping to draw on his recent experience playing overseas as he re-joins his Aussie Sharks team mates.
“It has been really valuable experience for me playing overseas, I hope I can use that experience to help me and my teammates when playing for the Aussie Sharks.
“My season with Jadran Split was really good. We got to experience a lot of highs and lows, but we had a satisfying finish to the season with a bronze medal and I will be heading back there for another season,” he said.
Tune into the FINAtv live stream tonight at 12:45am AEST (June 21) and watch Aussie Sharks go head to head with Montenegro or keep up to date by following @WaterPoloAus on Twitter.
Aussie Sharks Team:
1. Nic Porter – Queensland Breakers, QLD
2. Richard Campbell – UNSW Wests, NSW
3. Blake Edwards – USC Trojans, VIC
4. Joe Kayes – ACU Cronulla Sharks
5. Nathan Power – UNSW Wests / Jadran, NSW
6. Nick Elphick – Fremantle, WA
7. Aidan Roach – ACU Cronulla Sharks, NSW
8. Aaron Younger – Fremantle / Ferencvaros, WA
9. Andrew Ford – UWA, WA
10. Tim Putt – UWA, WA
11. Lachlan Hollis – UNSW Wests, NSW
12. Nic Brooks – ACU Cronulla Sharks, NSW
13. Anthony Hrysanthos, Sydney University, NSW
DAY 2: AUSSIE SHARKS SQUARE UP AGAINST JAPAN
The Aussie Sharks will be looking to rebound quickly when they take on Japan in their second pool match tonight at the FINA World League Super Final.
After losing to a tough Hungarian team in their opening match for the Tournament, the Aussie Sharks will be determined as they continue to establish their systems.
The Aussies will be familiar with Japan when the face off tonight, given the two sides frequently train and play against each other.
Japan will head into the match looking to bounce back after being out powered by Montenegro 8-14 in their first pool match at Budapest.
Dual Olympian and Aussie Sharks enforcer Aidan Roach says the team will be wary of Japan’s unique playing style.
“Japan usually play a heavy pressing style, right up in the lanes. So I think we need to control the ball, play calm and find searching passes for the centre forward.
“In defence we have got to really shut down their counter attack. It is crucial we control the ball and not to turn offence into a mistake and receive on the other end,” he said.
Tune in tonight via FINAtv at 11:15pm AEST and watch Australia take on Japan or follow match updates on our @WaterPoloAus Twitter page.
- 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