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VALE Robert Gronow

Robert "Fats" Gronow

The Melbourne University Water Polo Club mourns the sad passing of Victorian water polo icon Robert “Fats” Gronow. Robert represented the University of Melbourne at a number of Intervarsity Championships and went on to make a major contribution to water polo as President of Victorian Water Polo and as a Board Member of Water Polo Australia.

Our condolences and thoughts are with his three children Christopher, Alexandra and Matthew, who like their father were all representatives of the Melbourne University Water Polo Club.


2013 Australian University Games Report

2013 Australian University Games Melbourne University Women's Team

The Australian University Games is the pinnacle of any university student’s athletic career, surpassing the likes of the World University Games thanks to the six days of fun loving turmoil, team bonding and character building that makes up the Australian University Games that was held in the Gold Coast this year.

Defined by its spectacular beaches, hinterland ranges, forests, waterways and vibrant communities, the Gold Coast is apparently an outstanding global city. Our players however didn’t experience any of these attractions during their stay, instead choosing to proudly represent the University of Melbourne in a week long water polo tournament.

Men’s Team Report

The men’s team were given a tough task from day one, with a rematch of last year’s Bronze medal game against the University of New South Wales (“UNSW”) to open their week of competition. Melbourne University held a strong lead for most of the game; however UNSW had a number of strong attacks which narrowed the margin late in the game. Despite these attempts by UNSW, the Melbourne University Men’s team stayed strong and defeated UNSW 10 goals to 7.

The following Men’s Division 1 Tournament game for the Melbourne University Men’s Team was held in the afternoon of the first day and presented the Melbourne University Team with yet another strong opponent – Sydney University. Last years AUG Men’s Water Polo Champions, and a constant force within the AUG Division 1 Men’s Competition, Sydney University came well prepared, however thanks to a number of quick goals being scored in the first half by Melbourne University, we were able to hold the lead until the final siren winning 8 goals to 5. A special mention must go out to Daniel Zanin who scored 3 superb goals, assisted by his team mates including Victorian Tigers National League Captain James Woods.

Day two of the Men’s Division 1 Tournament saw the men face off against a stacked team of World University Games team members in the University of Western Australia’s (“UWA”) Men’s Team. When we had thought we’d defeated two of the top teams in the competition, the men were in for a tough game. UWA’s outside shooters penetrated the cage repeatedly and we were defeated 11 goals to 6. UWA would go on to be 2013’s AUG Men’s Water Polo Champions.

The struggles continued in the afternoon against the University of Technology Sydney (“UTS”) Division 1 Men’s Team which came into the competition with a number of National League players. Solid defence held Melbourne University to just 3 goals for the game, leading to Melbourne University going down to UTS 8 goals to 3.

Day three of the Men’s Division 1 Tournament saw Melbourne University victorious once again in both their round games against the University of Newcastle (“NCLE”) and fellow Victorian’s Monash University. Given the results, Melbourne University were to have a rematch against UWA in the semi finals. This match was closer than the first; however UWA showed that they were here for the Gold medal, going through to the Gold Medal Final by defeating Melbourne University 8 goals to 5.

An upset in the other semi final saw Sydney University defeat UTS, leaving Melbourne with a tough task against UTS to win Bronze. Despite outside shots and outstanding individual efforts from Josh Barrington, Melbourne University went down 11 goals to 5.

With higher competition standards than last year, Melbourne deservedly finished 4th and higher than any other Victorian Universities. Congratulations to James Woods for being named in the Tournament’s Green and Gold Team, with special mention to Josh Barrington whose performance was outstanding all week.

Women’s Team Report

The opening game of the 2013 Australian University Games Division 1 Women’s Water Polo Tournament saw our Melbourne University Women’s team face fellow Victorians Monash University. In what is always a hard fought encounter, Ellie Stott proved that she would be a force to reckon with for the tournament and helping lead the Melbourne University Women’s Team to their first victory of the tournament in their first game defeating Monash University 6 goals to 2 in a stellar start to the competition.

In their second game of the Women’s Division 1 Tournament, Melbourne University came head to head with last year’s National Champions, Sydney University. Leading into half time Melbourne University were playing well until Sydney University decided to take their best player out of the goals and put her in the field. Once again Ellie Stott showed the Sydney University girls how to play water polo and American recruit goalkeeper Jessie “OJ” Sinkula snapped up the attempts at goal from the Sydney University Australian representative players. After a strong second half by Sydney University, Melbourne University went down 9 goals to 4 in one of the closest fought games against Sydney in many years.

Day two of the Women’s Division 1 Tournament saw Melbourne University narrowly defeat University of Western Australia’s (“UWA”) Women’s Team 4 goals to 2. Jessie “OJ” Sinkula was again outstanding in the goals, keeping the opposition to only 2 goals for the entire game, aided by a strong team defence.

The games to follow put our Women’s team up against two strong teams from Macquarie University and the University of Technology Sydney (“UTS”). Unfortunately our women’s team were defeated in both games with a margin no greater than four goals – a real testimony to the teams strong press defence and continuously threatening offence.

Melbourne University finished the Women’s Division 1 Tournament games on a high, comfortably defeating the University of Newcastle (“NCLE”) and putting the Melbourne University Women’s Team in the position to defeat the University of New South Wales (“UNSW”) and grab a spot in the semi-finals. UNSW however, with their four National League players, decided they belonged in the semi finals, pulling away to secure the win and their spot in the semi’s 11 goals to 6. Ellie Stott was once again the shining light for Melbourne University Women’s team scoring all six goals.

The 5th and 6th play off was a battle against UWA. The tight game earlier in the week was repeated with neither team wanting to fall further down the ladder for the final placing. Melbourne fought hard the entire game, but were fatigued from the weeks on and off field performances and UWA were victorious 5 goals to 4.

Congratulations go to Ellie “Dream Girl” Stott who was named in the Tournament’s Green and Gold team. Each player in the women’s team stepped up to create a fantastic team who no one could underestimate. The girls also improved on last year’s 9th place with their 6th place final standing.

Special thanks to Team Manager Matthew Keen for organising another flawless Uni Games. Without Matt’s many hours put in to the organisation of both teams these games would not have been such a success.

Furthermore, The University of Melbourne won the Overall National Champions title to top off a fantastic week of water polo and the continuation of MUPolo games traditions.


MUPolo End of the 2013 WPV Winter Competition Trivia Night

June 26, 2013
7:00 pmto9:30 pm

What better way to celebrate the end of the 2013 Water Polo Victoria Winter Competition (and the end of the Semester 1 exam period) then getting your team mates back together and creating a trivia team to dominate at the MUPolo Trivia Night!

Come on down to Honey Bar and Restaurant at 7pm on Wednesday the 26th of June 2013 for a fun and social trivia night with players and club members of the Melbourne University Water Polo Club!

Food Deals:
$12 Burgers, Parmas and Fish & Chips
$15 Ribs, Wings and Rings

Drink Deals:
$5 Spirits, Wines and Coronas


2013 Melbourne University Water Polo Club Golden Jubilee Black Tie Ball

August 10, 2013
7:00 pmto11:00 pm


2013 MUPolo Annual General Meeting

April 21, 2013
2:30 pmto5:30 pm


2013 Water Polo Victoria Winter Competition – Team Entry & Player Interest

The 2013 Water Polo Victoria Winter Competition is scheduled to commence on Tuesday the 16th of April 2013 and will run for 9 rounds with finals schedule for the last week of June as outlined in the table below:

The Men’s & Women’s team will play on the following evenings between the time of 6:30pm and 9:30pm:

  • Tuesday – WSL1, WSL2, WSL3
  • Wednesday – MSL1, MSL2, MSL4
  • Thursday – MSL1, MSL2, MSL3, MSL5

Team entries are due shortly and the Melbourne University Water Polo Club will endeavour to enter teams in the Women’s State League 1, 2 & 3 competitions as well as the Men’s State League 2, 3, 4 & 5 competitions (pending player interest).

To indicate your interest in the 2013 WPV Winter Competition please complete the Player Interest Form and we will endeavour to place you in your desired team.


MUPolo Oktoberfest 2012

October 19, 2012 8:00 pmtoOctober 20, 2012 12:00 am


Melbourne University Water Polo Club kindly invites you to:


MUPolo’s Oktoberfest event will have an OPEN BAR which will include a wide array of German and other imported beers on tap, as well as cider, a selection of wines and soft drinks.

In keeping with the theme of the evening, the dress code is also in the Bavarian tradition with Lederhosen for the boys and Dirndls for the girls.

Tickets are only $65!!

Netbank Details:
Melbourne University Water Polo Club
Commonwealth Bank Parkville
BSB: 063 238
ACC: 1038 3425

Please ensure that you leave your name as the reference, and if buying multiple tickets, add the number of tickets you are purchasing.

You can also pay in cash at training or your team games.

All are welcome so we hope to see you there,



New MUPolo Custom Bathers from AgonSwim

The Melbourne University Water Polo Club have been working with AgonSwim to design a revised version of our Custom Bathers for club members to wear when competing for MUPolo
Men’s Bathers = $40

Women’s Bathers = $80


If you would like a pair please fill out the online order form here.

We will confirm your order and forward an invoice to you once your order has been placed.


2012 VWPI Winter Competition Team Lists

MSL2 Blues

  1. Ben Rees
  2. Ben Yeo
  3. Brett Laing
  4. Courtney Date
  5. David Danne
  6. David Hallamore
  7. Matthew Keen
  8. Nathan Wawryk
  9. Rainer Anderson (G)
  10. Scott Modra

MSL2 Blacks

  1. Alastair Keen
  2. Alex Morse
  3. Ben Zanin
  4. Charles Hopkins
  5. James Kiel
  6. Michael Zippel
  7. Nick Roffey
  8. Ryan Morath (G)
  9. Ryan Tan
  10. Tom Scodellaro
  11. William Gorman
  12. Yianni Katiforis


MSL4 Blues

  1. Alex Gibson
  2. Alex Neal
  3. Brian Adamson (G)
  4. David Gibson
  5. David Kellam
  6. Hayden Burch
  7. Hugh Wilson
  8. Johan Ahlberg
  9. Luke Southwell
  10. Ian Stapleton


MSL4 Blacks

  1. Andrew Lanarus
  2. Ioannis Polygenis
  3. Ken-Leon Yap
  4. Khong Fwu Chin
  5. Mark Hoffman
  6. Mazen Nuwayhid
  7. Myles Baiden Assan (G)
  8. Nathan Stanley
  9. Oliver Taylor
  10. Will Colman



  1. Aimee Bradley
  2. Briony Fowler
  3. Clare O’Donnel
  4. Jess Clark
  5. Kat Moran
  6. Kate Walker
  7. Kate Bowring
  8. Lara Thompson
  9. Mhairi Roberts
  10. Sarah Mander
  11. Thao Phan



  1. Amy Van Stekelenberg
  2. Alice D’Arcy
  3. Alison Morin
  4. Charlotte Anderson
  5. Christin Quirk
  6. Emma Smith
  7. Hannah Kennish
  8. Jenny Chen
  9. Iris Marginean
  10. Lisa Hulthén
  11. Max Bergh
  12. Renee O’Connor


Please note that these team lists have been chosen by a number of senior players from within the club, and the teams are in no way set and will most likely change as the season progresses.


MUPolo in 2012

Welcome to what is promising to be yet another exciting year for the Melbourne University Water Polo Club. 2012 brings with it new members and new competitions which MUPolo is proud to have teams competing and representing the club in.

Renewing your/Becoming a MUPolo Member in 2012

This year the club has made it even easier for previous & new members to join with our club membership forms being available for download from the clubs website.

If you intend to renew your membership in 2012, please go to the clubs website and download the relevant form, then email it back to us or bring it to our first training session on Monday the 27th of February.

MUPolo Membership Rates for 2012

As with each year there has been a small increase in membership rates to cover additional competitions being entered, training sessions and social events throughout 2012. The full membership in 2012 will cover all training sessions for the year, fully comprehensive player insurance (for both games & training), invites to all social events held throughout 2012, and will make you eligible for selection in all MUPolo water polo teams. The rates for 2012 are as follows:

  • Melbourne University Student Membership = $65.00
  • Non-Melbourne University Student Membership = $90.00
  • Non-Student Membership = $100.00


MUPolo will be recommencing our Monday evening training at the South Yarra Sports Centre (679 chapel St, South Yarra) on Monday the 27th of February.

Men’s and Women’s training times will remain the same as previous years:

  • Women train from 7:30pm through to 8:45pm
  • Men train from 8:30pm through to 10:00pm


MUPolo have entered two teams (one Men’s and one Women’s) in the 13th Brighton Baths Fast Fives Water Polo Tournament. The Brighton Baths Fast Fives Water Polo Tournament will be played on Saturday the 11th of February 2012 and for more information please click here. Spots in the teams are limited however if you wish to play please email me back and I will try my best to include you in the relevant team.

Depending on membership numbers, MUPolo will be entering three Men’s teams and two Women’s teams in the Victorian Water Polo State Championship & Winter Competitions held during 2012. In addition to this MUPolo will be sending a representative Men’s & Women’s team to represent the University of Melbourne at the Southern University Games in Julyand the Australian University Games in September.


The MUPolo website will soon have a merchandise store which will allow all club members and members of the public to purchase club merchandise such as bathers, jackets, singlets, t-shirts and other items. Stay tuned for when the store opens.

O-Week Clubs & Societies Day

MUPolo will have a table set up at the Melbourne University Clubs & Societies Day of Thursday the 23rd of February, so if you are on campus during the day please pop by, say hello & sign up for 2012.


Many thanks and if you have any questions regarding the club in 2012, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Ben Yeo

Melbourne University Water Polo Club
Mob: 0403 351 836