Five big questions to be answered in June
2 June 2017
Winter is here and the year continues to fly by.
Our Australian athletes are extremely busy both in Australia and around the world as they look to rise to the top of their respective sports.
Here are five big questions to be answered in June.
Can our water polo teams secure World League medals?
Our Aussie water polo teams are set to fight it out against the world’s best in their respective World League Super Final tournaments this month. The women’s side have bounced back strongly after missing a medal in Rio and recently took out the FINA Intercontinental Tournament. On their way to victory they defeated Rio 2016 gold medallists USA and will head into the Super Final as one of the favourites as they look to claim their first ever victory in the event having made the final four times previously. They face Hungary, Canada and hosts China in their group. The event will run from 6-11 June in Shanghai, China.
Needing only to finish top four in the World League event held on the Gold Coast earlier this year to qualify, our Aussie men went undefeated as they claimed gold on home soil. Joe Kayes was awarded the Most Valuable Player of the tournament and will now be hoping to replicate his form as the Aussies prepare to take on Croatia, Japan and hosts Russia in the group stage of the event. Australia will be looking to secure their first top three finish at the annual event since 2008. The event runs from 20-25 June in Ruza, Russia.
Can our Olympic Champions finish the season on a high?
Our Aussie sevens women will look to round out the 2016/17 season with their first tournament victory since winning gold at Rio. The Aussies have made the semi-finals at each event finishing second twice, third twice, while also claiming fourth in Sydney. The final event will be held in Clermont-Ferrand, France, where Australia will need to secure a better result than Canada to claim second on the overall standings. Defending their world title is all but out of reach with New Zealand needing to have a horror tournament for either the Aussies or Canada to have a chance at snatching World Series glory. The event will be held on 24-25 June with a host of Australia’s Rio gold medallists joining the next generation of green and gold stars for the final tournament.
Will our Aussie women book their spots at major tournaments?
The Hockeyroos have a lot to play for at the World League semi-finals in Brussels, Belgium. Not only will World League Final qualification be on the line but the tournament will also give teams the opportunity to book their spot for the 2018 World Cup. Australia will face New Zealand, Belgium, Spain and Malaysia in their group with four teams in each of the two groups progressing to the quarter-finals. The Aussies will need to finish the tournament in the top three to guarantee one of the seven spots in the World League Final, while ten of the twenty teams that will play across the two semi-finals will secure World Cup berths. Western Australia’s Georgia Wilson will make her debut with the full Australian squad here>>>
Can Australia’s best taekwondo athletes conquer the world in Korea?
It was about this time after the London 2012 Games that Carmen Marton made history by becoming Australia’s first ever taekwondo World Champion. Just under a year had passed from the Games and Marton fought her way through to lightweight gold. Four years on, and almost a year after the Rio Games, a team of 16 Aussies will be looking to replicate Marton’s magical run. Jeonbuk, Korea, plays host to the event which will again feature three-time Olympian Marton, dual Olympian Safwan Khalili and Rio 2016 athlete Hayder Shkara. The event will run from June 22-30.
Which Aussies will lift in Hobart?
The Australian Weightlifting Championships take place in Hobart as the nation’s top weightlifters look to push for Commonwealth Games selection. Dual Olympian Damon Kelly headlines the men’s field as he goes in search of another 105kg+ national title while London 2012 Olympian Seen Lee will be tough to beat in the women’s 63kg division. The event runs from June 2-4. Check out all the athletes competing here>>>