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June 20, 2012

Australian water polo players Zagame and Rippon whooping it up

Australian water polo players Zagame and Rippon whooping it up

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

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Nicola Zagame at the Australian Institute of Sport
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Melissa Rippon at the Australian Institute of Sport
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Earlier today, the Australian Institute of Sport and Swimming Australia cancelled a team meeting for the Australian Stingers and a Swimming Australia Grand Prix event scheduled for this weekend after two Olympic bound water polo players, Melissa Rippon and Nicola Zagame, were diagnosed with whooping cough.

Both players are receiving treatment administered by the Australian Institute of Sport. Meanwhile, their teammates are in quarantine. In a statement issued by Water Polo Australia, they said “Water Polo Australia is taking this very seriously and will continue to work closely with AIS health professionals to provide the best care for those players diagnosed and to reduce any potential further risk”.

For Australia’s Olympic bound swimmers, their coaches are expected to arrange alternative training ahead of their leaving for Europe. In a statement released by Olympic swimming head coach Leigh Nugent, he said, “Originally we’d planned to have this camp as an opportunity to come together for some further relay preparation and the chance for some of the athletes to race and time trial, a month or so out from the Games. From a relay perspective we are confident we’re on track with our preparations and will fine-tune things when we get to Manchester in July.”

Rippon and Zagame are expected to be recovered next week and should be ready for London.



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June 3, 2012

Australian Stingers stung by US at FINA World League Final gold medal match

Australian Stingers stung by US at FINA World League Final gold medal match

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

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(6) Bronwen Knox during a test match between Great Britain and Australia earlier in the year
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In the gold medal match at water polo’s FINA World League Final tonight between the Australia Stingers and United States women’s national water polo team, Australia lost 4–6 to the USA in the last major competition before the 2012 Summer Olympics. The victory made for seven World League Super Final titles for Team USA.

At 7:00 p.m. Chinese local time, 9:00 p.m. Australian local time, the game got under way, with a Tweet from Australian Water Polo for fans at home who could not watch the game live. The Australians were down at quarter time, 1–2 with the team’s only goal coming from Bronwen Knox off a pass by Kate Gynther. By half time, Australia had battled back to take the lead 4–3, only to finish the third period tied 4–4 with the United States, and eventually lose 4–6.

In the lead up to the World League Final, the Australians spent time in Singapore before departing for China. While in Singapore, players had an opportunity to relax at the pool and several, including Knox, Rowena Webster, Nicola Zagame, and Melissa Rippon were very active on Twitter.

The team arrived in Shanghai and the Shanghai Institute of Sport a week before the start of the FINA Super League Finals. During their week-long preparation, they worked on strength and fitness training. When away from the pool, they did not have access to Twitter, Facebook, or television and had to entertain themselves using other means. Players finally explored the city six days after their arrival.

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With limited opportunities for amusement in the hotel room during the competition, assistant coach Ryan Moar updated his Twitter account and played with a toy helicopter. Several of the players who were active on Twitter before departing for China stopped updating, including Webster, Rippon, and Zagame. Knox and Moran continued to provide updates on Twitter and Instagram throughout the competition.

Australian game days during the tournament included warming up poolside before the start of their games, and cooling down in the pool after them. Going into their match against the USA, they notched an 8–7 victory over China, an 18 to nil victory against Germany, and a 9–7 overtime shootout win against Russia.

On gold medal game day, Jane Moran updated her Twitter account to say “Final of World League Super Finals today v USA – goooo Stingers! ‪#stingerspride”. About eight hours prior to game time, the team finished their final training session. Earlier in the afternoon, prior to game time in Australia, Channel 9 ran a feature on the team. Prior to the start of the game, the Australian Stingers official team Twitter account mocked Team USA for their team-branded k tape. During the pre-game warm up, team members did a variety of things including playing with their phones, warming up, and getting their arms taped. It was business as usual for the team that had beaten the United States the previous month at the VISA Water Polo International.

The bronze medal match between the China women’s national water polo team and Greece women’s national water polo team preceded the gold medal game, which Greece won 8–7, with quarter scoring of 1–2 in the first, 4–2 in the second, 1–2 in the third, and 1–2 in the fourth. In the other match, the Russia women’s national water polo team easily beat the Germany women’s national water polo team 18-4.


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Australian women to meet USA in water polo\’s FINA Women\’s World League Super Finals gold medal game

Australian women to meet USA in water polo’s FINA Women’s World League Super Finals gold medal game

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

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Melissa Rippon of Australia during a test match earlier this year between Great Britain and Australia in Canberra
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Overnight in China, the Australia women’s national water polo team beat the China women’s national water polo team 8–7 in the FINA Women’s World League Super Finals semi finals to qualify for the gold medal match later tonight against the United States women’s national water polo team who beat the Greece women’s national water polo team 7–6 in their own qualifying match.

Australia trailed the Chinese 0–2 at the end of the first quarter before coming back to win. They were down 0–4 at one point before battling back for the win. Australia finished the second period with 3 goals, scored 3 more in the third period with China only able to score 2, and beat China in scoring in the fourth period with 2 goals to 1.

In the qualifying game between the United States and Greece, Courtney Mathewson and Kami Craig led the United States in scoring with two goals each. Ann Arbor, Michigan based goal keeper Betsey Armstrong had seven saves in net for her team. Greece performed better than Team USA during power plays, capitalising on one of their three shots while the United States was unable to score on any of their six opportunities.

The gold medal game is to be played at 19:00 local time in Changshu, China immediately following the bronze medal match between China and Greece being played at 17:40 local time. It will be a rematch of the VISA Water Polo International final, which Australia won.

In other matches played yesterday, the Germany women’s national water polo team beat the Canada women’s national water polo team 15–13 in an overtime penalty shootout to qualify for the fifth place match in their inaugural appearance in the competition, while the Russia women’s national water polo team beat the Italy women’s national water polo team 17–4. The fifth place match between Germany and Russia is to be played at 16:20 local time, while the seventh place match between Canada and Italy are to kick off the final round at 15:00 local time.



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June 2, 2012

Australia women\’s water polo team into FINA Women\’s World League Super Finals semi finals

Australia women’s water polo team into FINA Women’s World League Super Finals semi finals

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

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(1) Victoria Brown and (4) Holly Lincoln-Smith during a test match earlier this year between Great Britain and Australia in Canberra
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Yesterday’s quarter final match of the FINA Women’s World League Super Finals saw the Australian women’s water polo team easily beat Germany by 18 to nil. Australia will now go on to play China in the semi finals. If Australia wins, they will play in the gold medal game on Sunday night.

Nicola Zagame and Melissa Rippon led Australia in scoring with three goals each. Gemma Beadsworth, Holly Lincoln-Smith, Rowena Webster, Glencora Ralph, Kate Gynther each scored twice for Australia, and Sophie Smith and Jane Moran both scored a goal each to round out Australia’s goal total. In the net for Australia, Alicia McCormack and Victoria Brown each made six saves.

In other quarter final matches, China beat Canada 13-7, Greece beat Russia 11-9, and the United States beat Italy 14-2. In other semi finals play, Canada will go up against Germany, Russia will play Italy and Greece will play the United States.



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June 1, 2012

Australia women\’s water polo team into FINA Women\’s World League Super Finals quarter finals

Australia women’s water polo team into FINA Women’s World League Super Finals quarter finals

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Friday, June 1, 2012

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Gemma Beadsworth in the white cap in a match earlier this year against the United Kingdom in Canberra
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Australia’s overnight penalty shootout 9–7 win against the Russia women’s national water polo team qualified the Australia women’s national water polo team into the quarter-finals of the FINA Women’s World League Super Finals, where they will meet the Germany women’s national water polo team at 9:00 p.m. AEST.

Australia was behind at the end of the first quarter, with a score of 2–3. They came back to tie up the game at the end of the second period where they scored 3 goals to Russia’s 2. Both teams scored a goal each in the third, before both went scoreless in the fourth quarter. Australia won the the penalty shoot out 3–1.

Glencora Ralph, Rowie Webster, and Nicola Zagame led Australia in scoring with two goals each. Gemma Beadsworth, Jane Moran, and Kate Gynther also scored a goal each.

The game marked the three hundredth cap for Australian Melissa Rippon and the two hundredth cap for Alicia McCormack. Other Australian players that competed in the match included Victoria Brown, Beadsworth, Sophie Smith, Holly Lincoln-Smith, Moran, Zoe Arancini, Gynther, Webster, Ralph, and Zagame.

Following the competition, Australia’s head coach Greg McFadden will make the last round of player cuts before the team heads to London for the Olympics.



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May 8, 2012

Australian women win VISA Water Polo International

Australian women win VISA Water Polo International

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

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Australia’s Olympic team at a 2012 test match in Canberra
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An Australian player at a 2012 test match in Canberra
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The Australian women’s national water polo team took home first place at the VISA Water Polo International on Sunday, beating the United States team 6-5 in the final, holding on to a 4-3 lead at the half. Australia is now widely considered a serious medal contender for the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics.

In goal for Australia, Alicia McCormack performed well, blocking a key penalty shot, and was assisted by Nicola Zagame who scored two goals in the victory over the United States. Lauren Wenger led the United States side with two goals scored, while Betsey Armstrong made 14 saves in goal.

The USA scored the first two goals in the game, before the Australians battled back, scoring three goals in the second quarter. At the start of the second half, Zagame scored both her goals to take the Australian side up 6-3.

The Australian squad contains eight new players who have not represented the country at the Olympics before. Coach Greg McFadden has been trying to create Olympic-like stress in order to prepare the team for the Games.

After the VISA Water Polo International concluded, the Olympic draw was announced, with Australia set to play Italy, Great Britain, and Russia in group play.



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February 28, 2012

Australian women\’s water polo team takes test series against Great Britain

Australian women’s water polo team takes test series against Great Britain

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Bruce, Canberra — Australia’s Stingers, the women’s national water polo team, completed their five-game test series in Canberra, Australia winning all five matches against Great Britain. The test is part of preparations for the team’s 2012 Summer Olympics appearance.

Moments during the of the first test series match
Image: Laura Hale.

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Great Britain water polo players on the bench at AIS Aquatic Centre during the second series against Australia.
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The third of a five game test series against the Great Britain women’s national water polo team on 25 February 2012. Australia won 15–6. On the far left is Bronwen Knox, then Zoe Arancini, Melissa Rippon, Rowena Webster, Hannah Buckling.
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An Australian lunges for the ball during the fourth test
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Melissa Rippon passes the ball in the fifth game
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With comfortable wins in all five matches, showing an advantage of at least six goals in each game, the test series was the first time Australia’s women competed against Great Britain in six years. The series results have implications for the squad composition; of the seventeen players brought into the Australian training camp running this test series, only thirteen of them can expect an opportunity to travel to London to compete in the Olympics.

Australia dominated the series with precision passing from the team’s goalkeepers who enabled the game to quickly move down the pool, and the ability of the team’s goal scorers to get the ball on target. In contrast, through out the series, the UK lacked a quality long passing game and instead relied on short passes from the perimeter of play where they were faced with less one-on-one coverage. The last game of the series also saw several turn overs and poor shooting on the part of the UK, with many shots going above or to the side of the net, or the shot clock running out.

Australia won all of the games of the test series, with scores of 13–5 in the first test last Tuesday, 14–4 in the second test last Thursday, 15–6 in the third test on Saturday, 14–8 in the fourth test yesterday (Monday) and 14–3 in the last test match today. In the first match, the scorers for Australia were Ashleigh Southern with four goals, Rowie Webster and Bronwen Knox with three goals each, and Gemma Beadsworth, Melissa Rippon, and Holly Lincoln-Smith each contributing a goal. In the second test match, the scorers for Australia were Hannah Buckling and Rippon with three goals, Knox and Beadsworth with two goals each, and Kate Gynther, Zoe Arancini, and Glencora Ralph each contributing a goal. For the third test, Australia’s goal scorers were Jane Moran, Webster, and Nicola Zagame with three goals each, Lincoln-Smith with two goals, and Beadsworth, Buckling, Rippon, and Sophie Smith with one goal apiece. In Australia’s fourth test match, Gynther and Zagame scored three each, Southern and Ralph scored two goals apiece, and Webster, Smith, Lincoln-Smith, and Moran each scored a goal. In the last game, Southern and Ralph scored three goals, Webster and Zagame had two goals each, and Beadsworth, Lincoln-Smith, Knox, and Buckling each scored a goal.



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