Marlins to play for Australia

Glencora Ralph in action in the pool.
Glencora Ralph in action in the pool.

Como resident Ralph is one of six London Olympic bronze medallists in the squad selected by coach and former Olympian McFadden, while East Victoria Park resident Arancini, who has been a peripheral member of the squad since 2009, has the chance to cement her place in the team.

McFadden, who has coached the Stingers at the past two Olympics, said Fremantle Marlins teammates Ralph and Arancini would play an important role at the world championships and expected both players’ composure and tenacity to shine through.

‘Glencora played her best tournament in Beijing recently and we are expecting her to continue her improvement. I believe she can become one of the most dangerous left wing players in the world and her defence is outstanding,’ McFadden said.

‘Zoe brings a fierce competitiveness and determination to her game and training every day. Zoe never ever gives less than 100 per cent and is starting to prove her true value to the senior team.’

McFadden added the team showed promise with their improvement and attitude at the recent FINA World League Finals and was optimistic about the Stingers’ chances leading into the FINA World Championships in Barcelona.

‘We did not have a great result in Beijing, but we believe the team improved throughout the tournament and our goal has always been the world championships,’ he said.

‘In Beijing, the players we selected displayed the true Stingers’ culture of never ever giving up and we know they will work hard to make the necessary improvements in the lead-up to Barcelona and we have the faith in them to do this.’

Despite Australia’s record at the FINA World League reading a disappointing two wins and four losses, reality tells a different story with the team just a few goals away from a podium finish, and McFadden is excited about working with his team in the lead up to Barcelona.

‘While our team is relatively inexperienced at this level the six Olympians have certainly flourished in helping the team develop,’ he said.

‘They all showed great leadership in our games in Beijing and I really look forward to them continuing in this manner which will provide the base for the team to keep improving.’

The Stingers will play in a Four Nation Tournament in Portugalete, Spain, from July 12-14, before moving to Barcelona to commence their world championship campaign. Australia’s first game is against New Zealand on July 21, with the medal matches on August 2.