Bridgette Ireland

1973 -

Bridgette Ireland (now Gusterson) won a gold medal for Australia in women’s water polo at Sydney 2000. The West Australian had special reason to celebrate the historic victory – her sister Danielle Woodhouse was also on the team. Gusterson was captain of the team and proved a pivotal player during the tournament. She led Australia with 11 goals, none more memorable than her last-minute goal in the semi-final which secured Australia a 7-6 win over Russia. The Aussies went on to win another heart-stopper in the final, defeating the United States 4-3 when Yvette Higgins scored with 1.3 seconds left on the clock. It was the first time women’s water polo had been played at an Olympics.

Olympic Results

2000 Sydney

Water Polo - Women
Final Q1: 1:1, Q2: 0:1, Q3: 1:0, Q4: 2:1 USA 4-3 1st
Preliminaries Q1: 1:2, Q2: 1:2, Q3: 0:1, Q4: 0:4 KAZ 9-2 Win
Preliminaries Q1: 2:1, Q2: 1:1, Q3: 2:1, Q4: 1:0 RUS 6-3 Win
Preliminaries Q1: 2:1, Q2: 1:1, Q3: 0:2, Q4: 2:0 NED 5-4 Win
Preliminaries Q1: 2:2, Q2: 1:0, Q3: 2:4, Q4: 1:1 USA 7-6 Win
Preliminaries Q1: 0:1, Q2: 2:4, Q3: 1:2, Q4: 1:2 CAN 4-9 Win
Semi Final Q1: 2:3, Q2: 1:1, Q3: 1:2, Q4: 3:0 RUS 7-6 Win
Final Placing 1 / 6

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