© facebook.com/7belloOfficial 22 Dec Aussie Sharks take series win against Italy By: Tim Hartog National Teams, Miscellaneous Sydney, Tuesday 22 December: Australia’s Men’s Water Polo team have taken out the three game series against London 2012 silver medallists Italy, after a nail biting win 10-9. With Rio Olympic selection on the line for both the Aussie and Italian squads, the men were leaving nothing to chance in both the pool as well as at training. It comes on the back of the Aussie Men’s team last month taking out the Series against Japan. With the sights firmly set on Rio 2016 preparations the Sharks are feeling good about their preparation. Australian Men’s Assistant Coach Paul Oberman, said it was a great outcome on the back of what has been a tough training and competition week for the Aussies. “It has been a very hard week and the boys certainly put everything on the line tonight. “Italy is always tough to play, they have a really good team… it’s good for us to get those wins on the board, to build that confidence leading into Rio. “Next for the men it’s home for Christmas, a couple days’ break, National Water Polo League rounds and then back into camp end February,” said Oberman. There was many stand out performances for the Aussies including leading goal scorer Blake Edwards who scored three goals. “The Italians are very skilful, very fast team and we knew had to be careful about their counter attack and implement the game plan we’ve been practicing all week, so it was a good win. “It’s a massive confidence boost for us as a team going into Rio, the Italians are one of the best teams in the world to come away 2-1 win in a series is just a fantastic result for the team,” said Edwards. Making his Australian team debut was former English national Scott Carpenter, who was part of the goal scoring team on the night with one goal on debut. It has been a closely fought battle between the two the sides who played the first test at Drummoyne last Friday going to the Aussies and the big exhibition event Water Polo by the Sea in Sydney Harbour on Saturday going to the Italians. The Aussies Sharks will now break and head back to their National Water Polo League Clubs until the next squad camp in February 2016. Source: Water Polo Australia.