Cronulla Water Polo Club produces Aussie talent

Big pool: Cronulla Water Polo Club's Australian representatives at Sutherland Leisure Centre. Picture: John Veage
Big pool: Cronulla Water Polo Club's Australian representatives at Sutherland Leisure Centre. Picture: John Veage

CRONULLA Water Polo Club has a new group of talent emerging to compete in several major international championships in coming weeks.

The club has a history of providing representative standard players at state, national and international level, and the latest group of emerging boys and girls maintain that tradition.

The Australian Youth Girls under-18s team (players born in 1996) are competing in the FINA World Youth Championships in Spain on August 25-31.

Cronulla's representatives are Lena Mihailovic, Samantha Mitchell and Amy Ridge.

Cronulla's Australia Youth Boys under-18s team (born 1996) for the FINA World Youth Championships, Turkey, on August 2-10 are Angus Lambie and Rhys Holden.

The Australian Junior Men's U20 team members (born 1995) for the European Tour in July and August are goalkeeper, Sam Cocokios, Nic Brooks and Dylan Holden.

Philipa Cooper will play in the Australian Junior Women's U20 team (born 1995) while Australia's girls U16 squad for the Pan Pacific Youth Water Polo Festival includes Kiara Holden, Brooke McClean, and Mollie Williams. Chelsea Clarke is a reserve.

In the Australian schoolgirls team are Pip Cooper, Kiara Holden and Samantha Mitchell.

Cronulla Water Polo club's Jett Turner and Keelan Milinkovic made the Australian under-15s youth team for the tour of Belgrade at the Memorial Darko Cukic tournament on August 13-18.

It's a family affair for Dylan Holden, 19, Rhys Holden, 17, and Kiara Holden, 14, who have all made Australian teams.

The benefit of having Sutherland Leisure Centre at their back door allowed many training opportunities for the siblings, who started their careers in the Sutherland Shire junior competition.

"Cronulla is a strong club and under the guidance of great coaches are producing many future champions," Sandra Holden said.

"The guidance of Predrag Mihailovic, Bec Rippon and Dusan Krstic have been instrumental in developing these future stars.

"These coaches have also been rewarded with Australian Youth team coaching positions showcasing the depth of Cronulla water polo is not limited only to its talented players."