The Aussie canoe polo teams
The Australian World Games canoe polo teams deserve a hearty congratulations after some fantastic playing at the World Games.
The Australian World Games canoe polo teams deserve hearty congratulations after some fantastic playing at the World Games. Some matches were won with style, while some close calls squeezed Australian out of the medal tally.
The competition was so exciting that the World Games President refused to sit in the VIP area and instead sat as close to the court as possible.
The crowd went crazy when the Italian men’s team threw their tops into the grandstand.
The Aussie team stirred the crowd themselves, with the men cheering on the women and encouraging 600 Colombian school children to chant “Ozzy Ozzy Ozzy”.
In the early stages of the women’s competition the Aussies had some close matches. In the third round against the Brits, Siobhan Goble and Ailsa Enting-Hawke scored some excellent goals in the first half of the match to make the score 2-0 at half time. The Brits made a comeback in the second half, despite some great action from Aussie team captain Sarah Heard, leaving the score at 4-3 to Great Britain.
The Italian men’s team finished with the bronze medal, but was beaten by the Aussies in the third round.
We had this description of the match from the ICF:
“AUS v ITA - what did AUS have for lunch? A different team going 3-0 up after 5 minutes. Did ITA think they had this one after the earlier great result? That name again - Luca Bellini pulled one back to 3-1 but Bob Sims with a trademark slide into the zone and score before anybody realised it put AUS 4-1.
The second half saw ITA up their game to this morning’s levels with excellent goals from Novara and Bertelloni making it 4-4. ITA missed several good break opportunities and the game looked like ending in a draw. Up stepped big Matt Moore scoring from the 45 degree angle through the zone to win the game 5-4. Celebrating the goal Moore flexed his 'big gun' arms as if it was all a normal day in the office. Arrogance? NO - the crowd loved it.”
In the men’s fourth round against Canada, Australia was ahead 2-1 at half time, but the team stormed ahead in the second half to win 8-1, after Josh Holmes scored the final goal with only seconds to go.
“No easy games this weekend, everyone has come to play!!” – Anton Holmes
The final results for the event were:
Silver: Great Britain
4th: New Zealand
6th: United States of America
Men’s team player Anton Holmes summarized the contest:
"It was a hard fought competition which we narrowly missed out on making it through to the semi finals. Just a single goal away again.”
“Feeling pretty happy to have been able to play at all three World Games that Canoe Polo has been included in.”
The Holmes family were out in force at the Games; brothers Luke, Anton & Josh all competed on the men’s team while father Noel was one of two team managers, alongside John Moore.
The teams would like to thank their supporters -
“Thank you to everyone that supported us, financially, with their time, and the well wishes from back home and across the globe. A very special thank you to our sponsors, CPS and Vampire (available through Kayaks Plus Duncan Cochrane and Polo Mania - Cam Butler)"
"Your contributions help to ease the financial burden on each and every one of the players.” - Anton Holmes
"Thanks to our wonderful coach Matthew Mvp Heard for believing in us and pushing us 'til the end. Thank you to our managers Noel D Holmes and John Moore for all of your hard work. Thanks to our cheer squad Andy Badics, Austen Ljiljak and Col Hutchinson for losing your voices for us and rallying most of Cali behind us. Thank you to our sponsors polomania, cps and aus canoeing, as well as the aus canoe polo technical commitee. And thanks for all your support from home - your messages mean a lot." - Women's Canoe Polo Team
The full list of players:
Noel Holmes (SA)
John Moore (VIC)
The Women’s team:
Sarah Heard (SA, Captain)
Siobhan Goble (SA, Vice Captain)
Rebecca Jennings (VIC)
Lauren Lajilak (VIC)
Brooke Honeymoon (VIC)
Nikky Lee (WA)
Ailsa Enting-Hawke (SA)
Matthew Heard (SA, Coach)
The Men’s team:
Craig Hutchinson (NSW, Captain)
Ian McIntosh (SA, Vice Captain)
Stephen Hubbard (SA)
Anton Holmes (SA)
Bob Sims (NSW)
Matthew Moore (VIC)
Josh Holmes (SA)
Luke Holmes (SA)
Nathan Moore (VIC, Coach)