Trinity retains ties to Aussie water polo team

Trinity retains ties to Aussie water polo team

Trinity retains ties to Aussie Sharks

It’s farewell Tokyo, next stop Summer Hill, for Australian men’s water polo assistant coach Tim Hamill.

He will join Trinity’s sports staff as a coach as soon as his post-Olympics quarantine period is over, maintaining a close link between the School and the Sharks.

The Australian team, which included former Trinity coaches Blake and Lachlan Edwards, finished their Olympic campaign on Monday night with a 15-7 win over Kazakhstan.

But it was not enough to get them out of the so-called “group of death”.

The world eighth-ranked Aussies delivered moments of brilliance throughout the preliminary rounds, including an inspired 11-8 win over 2012 Olympic champions Croatia.

But they lost their opening match against Montenegro 10-15 and suffered back-to-back defeats against reigning Olympic champions Serbia (8-14) and table-topping Spain (5-16).

They outscored Serbia 7-4 in the second half but left their surge too late and weren’t able to close the gap.

While the European countries entered the Olympics with solid international competition behind them, the Australians had no international matches for more than 18 months due to pandemic travel restrictions.

Trinity’s Director of Water Polo Seamus Rodden said it was great for students to see their coaches on the Olympic stage.

“It gives them a greater appreciation and respect for the level of coaches provided for them,” he said.

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