The Australian women’s water polo team narrowly missed out on a medal at the 2015 FINA World Water Polo Championships, played in Kazan, Russia, after finishing fourth in a penalty shootout for the bronze medal.
Featuring four players from the Sydney University women’s club, Lea Yanitsas, Hannah Buckling, Keesja Gofers and Bronte Halligan, the Australians trailed 3-5 at half-time but fought back to hold Italy to 7-7 at the end of the four quarters, forcing the match into a shootout.
The Italians won the shootout 5-3 to take the bronze medal. The United States won the gold medal with a 5-4 result over the Netherlands.
Meanwhile, the Australian men’s water polo team, which included Sydney University representative Johnno Cotterill, missed out on the medals, finishing eighth after a 6-10 loss to the US in the quarter-finals.
The Sharks were matching it with the US until the Americans scored four unanswered goals in the third quarter to run away with victory.
Serbia won the men’s water polo gold with an 11-4 win over Croatia in the final.