Glencora McGhie

Glencora McGhie contested her second Olympic Games in Rio as part of the Australian Women’s Water Polo Team, along with fellow Western Australian Freemantle Marlins water polo teammates Zoe Arancini, and Gemma Beadsworth.

McGhie proved to be an integral part of the women’s side, scoring a total of five goals for the Australians. 

The Aussies kicked started their Rio campaign with a strong, dominant 14-4 win over Russia. Their second pool match proved to be more of a challenge with the green and gold side narrowly going down to Italy 7-8 despite the scores being tied until the final seconds. 

The Aussies then powered home to take a decisive 10-3 win over hosts Brazil in the final pool game, setting up a quarter final clash against Hungary. In a physical, tense and ultimately heartbreaking encounter the Australians lost in a penalty shootout after scores were level, 8-8, after four quarters, ending their 2016 Olympic campaign. 

The Geraldton born centre back/driver's talent was identified early as she helped Australia to the gold medal at the 2007 Junior World Championships. She amassed over 100 caps for her nation by the age of 23 and became a senior member of the Stingers squad in the process.

McGhie made her Olympic debut in 2012, coming home with the bronze medal in a penalty shoot out over Hungary. The following year she helped Australia claim silver at the World Cup in Barcelona.

McGhie showed her decade of experience in the FINA Word League Final in February, 2016 when Australia defeated Olympic rivals China 12-10, with McGhie scoring five of the Stingers 12 goals. In June she helped Australia claim bronze at the World League Super Finals in Shanghai, China with a 10-3 victory over the host nation.

Out of the pool, McGhie is a qualified dental therapist and lives with husband and water polo player Brett in Perth. She wants to start a family when she hangs up her swimmers

 

Olympic Results

2016 Rio

Water Polo - Women
Preliminary Round Q1: 0:3, Q2: 1:5, Q3: 3:2, Q4: 0:4 RUS 4 - 14 Win
Preliminary Round Q1: 4:2, Q2: 0:1, Q3: 2:3, Q4: 2:1 ITA 8 - 7 Loss
Preliminary Round Q1: 1:1, Q2: 3:1, Q3: 3:0, Q4: 3:1 BRA 10 - 3 Win
Quarterfinal Q1: 3:1, Q2: 2:2, Q3: 2:3, Q4: 1:2, PSO: 3:5 HUN 11 - 13 Loss
Classification 5-8 Q1: 2:1, Q2: 3:1, Q3: 4:1, Q4: 2:1 BRA 11 - 4 Win
Classification 5-6 Q1: 5:4, Q2: 2:3, Q3: 1:3, Q4: 2:2 ESP 10 - 12 Loss
Final Placing 6 / 8

2012 London

Water Polo - Women
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
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
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
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
Final Placing 3 / 8