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Rio 2016 – Day 5 Water Polo

A cross between basketball and rugby but played on water, I saw a little bit of water polo when I was younger as I had a good mate who played to national standard and I used to go and watch him occasionally. Water polo is a tough sport and it is plenty physical and what goes on under the water is best not seen!

There are 4 periods of 8 minutes with time outs and sin bins used to stop serial eye gouging. The Olympic men’s water polo is still in the group stage and we saw three games today at the Aquatic Centre, where the night before Michael Phelps signed off with his 23rd gold medal.

It was a bit more sedate today especially for the first game, a tight encounter between the fancied Spanish side against Montenegro. It finished as a 9-9 draw. Next Australia comfortably smacked Greece 12-7. Plenty of Aussies in the arena to up the noise level and then the best game was probably last when the Italians were unfortunate to lose the USA 10-7.

Just like the tennis the other day, out of nowhere came the Italian supporters and along with the Americans they made for a good atmosphere.

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