Men’s Water Polo ready for Brazil match up
31 July 2016
WATER POLO: The Australian Men’s Water Polo Team has arrived in Rio and didn’t miss a beat, getting straight into a pool session at Maria Lenk, the venue for the preliminary rounds.
The boys arrived in Rio fresh from an intense three-week training session in Europe where they got in practice games against Hungary, Croatia, Italy and Serbia.
Three time Olympian Rhys Howden will captain his first Olympic side, with the team confident they have what it takes to finish on the podium.
“Rio is the opportunity for us. Even though we’ve drawn a tough pool we are confident we can do well,” he said.
“We have felt the heartache many times when it comes to quarter -finals, it has been our downfall. But we think we have what it takes to overcome that hurdle and finish top three,” said Howden
While the team has had a solid training preparation leading into the Games, they had a blow when Nathan Power was ruled out due to injury last week.
“Everyone is very gutted for Nathan, for him personally. It has opened the door for Tyler and given him the chance to give it his best shot. It is fortunate that they are the same position so Tyler can slot right in.”
For dual Olympian Joel Dennerley, he said the side is excited about their first match up against Brazil.
“We are expecting a packed house and big atmosphere, it will be an exciting first game. Brazil are a quality team and have some exceptional players so we’ll definitely need to bring our A game,” said Dennerley.
“Coming into my second Olympics you come in more prepared on what to expect with all the Games hype.
“This team has played together at the last two World Championships and World Cups together so we know each other well and it’s just about treating each game like we would any other regular tournament,” he said.
Australia will take on Brazil in game one on Saturday 6 August, 8:50pm (local time) at Maria Lenk.