Ash Southern

Born and raised in North Queensland, Ashleigh Southern began playing water polo in a local dam. She made her national debut in 2010 at the Longmont tournament in Sydney and immediately impressed, scoring a remarkable eight goals in a 10-8 victory over the USA. Southern’s scoring prowess helped Australia claim silver at the 2010 World Cup and bronze at the 2011 World League Super Finals and by 2012 she was playing in every major tournament.

Southern made her Olympic debut at the London 2012 Games and was the youngest member of the women’s water polo team at 19.  After topping their group in the preliminary round the Australians played extra time games in the quarter-final, semi-final and bronze medal decider. They defeated China in a penalty shoot-out before falling to their American rivals in the semi 11-9. In the bronze medal showdown Hungary scored in the final second to force an extra period. The Australians remained composed and scored the only two goals in added time to take home the bronze medal, 13-11. Southern finished her debut campaign as joint top scorer for Australia with 12 goals.

Olympic Results

London 2012 - Summer Olympic Games

Water Polo - Women
Preliminary Round Group B - 02 Q1: 2-1, Q2: 2-3, Q3: 4-0, Q4: 2-4 ITA 10 - 8 Win
Preliminary Round Group B - 03 Q1: 3-1, Q2: 3-1, Q3: 5-1, Q4: 5-0 GBR 16 - 3 Win
Preliminary Round Group B - 06 Q1: 6-4, Q2: 2-1, Q3: 0-1, Q4: 3-2 RUS 11 - 8 Win
Quarterfinal Round - 02 Q1: 5-5, Q2: 3-3, Q3: 2-4, Q4: 2-4, ET1: 2-1, ET2: 0-1, PSO: 4-2 CHN 20 - 18 Win
Semifinal 1st-4th - 01 Q1: 3-3, Q2: 2-3, Q3: 1-1, Q4: 3-2, ET1: 0-2, ET2: 0-0 USA 9 - 11 Loss
Bronze Medal Match Q1: 2-1, Q2: 5-3, Q3: 3-4, Q4: 1-3, ET1: 1-0, ET2: 1-0 HUN 13 - 11 Win  
Final Placing 3 / 8

AYOF 2009 - Australian Youth Olympic Festival

Water Polo - Women
Round 1 Match 2 AUS v CHN AUSTRALIA 17 - CHINA 10 Australia 17 (Zoe Arancini 3, Steph Thomas, Isobel Bishop 2, Breanna Appel 3, Kayle Leathem 2, Ashleigh Southern 4, Claire Pierce 2) bt China 10 (Zhu Jiayi, Li Shuwei 2, Xi Yueliang, Sun Huizi 4, Qiao Leiying 2) Water Polo CHN Water Polo - Women 17-10 defeated
Round 2 Match 2 AUS v GRE AUSTRALIA 13 - GREECE 8 Australia 13 (Steph Thomas, Isobel Bishop 2, Sarah Grunberger, Breanna Appel 5, Kayle Leathern, Emmajo Grahame, Clair Pierce, Ashleigh Southern) bt Greece 8 (Eleni Niki Samara, Evdokia Tetzalidou, Eleni Farmaki 2, Magdalini Tzima 4 Water Polo GRC Water Polo - Women 13-8 defeated
Round 3 Match 2 AUS v HUN HUNGARY 10 - AUSTRALIA 9 Hungary 10 (Patricia Jancso, Dora Antal, Dora Czigany, Anna Kertes, Rita Keszthelyi 3, Nikoletta Pengo, Dora Kovacs, Noemi Somhegyi) bt Australia 9 (Zoe Arancini, Sarah Grunberger, Breanna Appel 2, Kayle Leathem, Ashleigh Southern Water Polo HUN Water Polo - Women 10-9 was defeated
Final HUNGARY 10 - AUSTRALIA 9 Hungary 10 (Patricia Jancso 3,Dora Antal 2, Rita Keszthelyi 4, Noemi Somhegyi) bt Australia 9 (Zoe Arancini 4, Rachel Flint, Breanna Appel 2, Ashleigh Southern, Emmajo Crahame) Water Polo HUN Water Polo - Women 10-9 was defeated
Final Placing 2 / 4