The Australian men’s water polo team has put on a clinical performance against Greece to keep their hopes of a medal in Rio alive.
The Sharks, featuring NSWIS players Aidan Roach, Jarrod Gilchrist, Joe Kayes, Joel Dennerley, Johno Cotterill, Mitchell Emery, Tyler Martin and Richie Campbell faced a must-win clash and they delivered, downing Greece 12-7.
They still require one other result to go their way though and need hosts Brazil to defeat Hungary in the final game of the qualifiers.
Earlier in the tournament, Australia lost 8-7 to Brazil and drew 9-all with Hungary.
Against Greece, Australia put the contest to bed by halftime, shooting out to a 10-4 lead at the main break.
Cotterill again starred, scoring three goals for the Sharks. Campbell, Kayes and Roach also put their name on the scoresheet.
The Australian women’s team is back in action tomorrow in a quarter-final clash with Hungary.
NSWIS athletes Bronwen Knox, Hannah Buckling, Holly Lincoln-Smith, Isobel Bishop, Keesja Gofers, Lea Yanitsas and Nicola Zagame will all be looking to secure the Stingers a place in the medal playoffs.
Australia has beaten Hungary in the bronze medal match at the past two Olympics.
“Hungary have a strong side this year, they have shooters all over the place, they’ve got strengths in a number of different areas,” Knox said.
“We’ve played them quite a number of times now, played them in two Olympic medal matches – so we’ll just sit down, review the game tapes and make sure our defence is on point.”