Nikita Cuffe

Dual Olympian Nikita Cuffe won a bronze medal for Australia in women’s water polo in 2008. Cuffe, from Queensland made her Olympic debut in Athens, where the team placed fourth, losing the bronze medal final 6-5 to the United States. Having won the 2006 World Cup and a silver medal at the 2007 world championships, the team, coached by Greg McFadden, arrived in Beijing with strong prospects. Of its six matches, one was decided by two goals, four by a single goal and the other one was tied. The bronze medal final against Hungary was decided in a penalty shoot-out, the final score being 12-11. The bronze was Australia’s second women’s water polo medal following its Sydney 2000 gold.

 

Olympic Results

Beijing 2008 - Summer Olympic Games

Water Polo - Women
Preliminaries - Group B - Game 3 - GRE v AUS Q1: 2:5, Q2: 2:2, Q3: 1:1, Q4: 1:0 GRE 6-8 Win
Preliminaries - Group B - Game 5 - HUN v AUS Q1: 1:1, Q2: 1:1, Q3: 1:2, Q4: 4:3 HUN 7-7 Draw
Preliminaries - Group B - Game 9 - NED v AUS Q1: 1:2, Q2: 2:2, Q3: 1:2, Q4: 5:4 NED 9-10 Win
Quarterfinals - Game 14 - CHN v AUS Q1: 4:4, Q2: 2:2, Q3: 2:4, Q4: 3:2 CHN 12-11 Win
Semifinals - Game 17 - USA v AUS Q1: 2:2, Q2: 2:2, Q3: 4:1, Q4: 1:3 USA 8-9 Loss
Bronze Medal Game - Game 19 - AUS v HUN (3,4) Q1: 2:2, Q2: 1:3, Q3: 3:1, Q4: 1:1, ET1: 2:1, ET2: 0:1, PSO: 3:2 HUN 12-11 Win  
Final Placing 3 / 8

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