Naomi McCarthy (Castle)

1974 -

Naomi Castle won a gold medal for Australia in women’s water polo at Sydney 2000. The Queensland defender was a consistent contributor to the team as it advanced through the tournament. However, it was her goal scoring that proved most memorable. Castle scored in both of Australia’s final two games: its 7-6 win against Russia in the semi-final and then again in the unforgettable 4-3 victory over the United States in the gold medal final. Both goals were scored in the final two minutes of the respective matches, when the games were in the balance. The gold medal was ultimately decided by an Yvette Higgins goal with 1.3 seconds left. It was the first time women’s water polo had been played at an Olympics.

Olympic Results

Athens 2004 - Summer Olympic Games

Water Polo - Women
Preliminaries Q1: 3:1, Q2: 1:2, Q3: 1:1, Q4: 1:1 ITA 6-5 Win
Preliminaries Q1: 3:2, Q2: 2:1, Q3: 2:0, Q4: 2:1 KAZ 9-4 Win
Preliminaries Q1: 1:2, Q2: 3:5, Q3: 2:0, Q4: 1:0 GRE 7-7 Draw
Semifinals Q1: 1:4, Q2: 0:1, Q3: 1:1, Q4: 0:0 GRE 2-6 Loss
Bronze Medal Game Q1: 0:0, Q2: 0:4, Q3: 3:1, Q4: 2:1 USA 5-6 Loss
Final Placing 4 / 8

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  
Final Placing 1 / 6