Bridgette Ireland (Gusterson)

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

Sydney 2000 - Summer Olympic Games

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  
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