The FINA Intercontinental Cup came to an end in New Zealand last weekend (8 April) with both the Australian men’s and women’s teams claiming silver behind the USA.
The Intercontinental Cup acts as a preliminary round for the FINA Men's Water Polo World League “Super Final”, with non-European countries fighting for a place.
Both Australian teams won their lead up matches to the final with ease, coming up against strong teams such as Canada and New Zealand.
The men’s side, the Aussie Sharks, also included three UWA Torpedoes in the team, with Tim Putt joined by brothers George and Andrew Ford.
The game was tight, with the Sharks constantly drawing level with the USA. However, at the end of the day it was USA’s game to win, as they slipped ahead to a 9-6 victory.
The Aussie Stingers featured the addition of UWA alumni Lillian Hedges, who was named best goalkeeper of the tournament.
The Fremantle player is a Bachelor of Science graduate, who previously represented UWA at the World University Games, and was also a member of the Rio Olympics squad.
The Stingers were unlucky to let a 7-6 lead slip away from them, and finished the match 10-7 thanks to a strong last half performance by the US players.
With each team taking silver medals, they will now progress to the Super Finals, where they will come up against European powerhouses such as Montenegro, Croatia, and hosts Russia.
Graduate Officer, UWA Sport Marketing, Communication and Events