Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Countries Set to Clash; US and Australia Are Primed for Battle in Water Polo Test Series

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Countries Set to Clash; US and Australia Are Primed for Battle in Water Polo Test Series

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Byline: Tom Threadingham Tom.Threadingham@scnews.com.au

WATER POLO: It's a young, fresh side but United States head coach Dejan Udovicic is hopeful his charges can match it with Australia's best in the pool this week.

The men's and women's US water polo teams arrived on the Sunshine Coast on Monday and are set to dive into a training camp and a two Test match series against Australia.

The international clash will be held at Kawana Aquatics Centre on Thursday and Friday as both countries prepare for the upcoming FINA World League Intercontinental Tournament.

Udovicic expected the two games to be testing, but that's exactly what he wanted.

"I think it'll be interesting to watch the game between us and Australia and they're always close games," he said.

"We are going to use this as a learning process and we are hoping (as a result) that we will be fine for upcoming tournaments."

He said the squad was short a few regular players, but would gain them back ahead of the major intercontinental competition in New Zealand next week. …

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