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Team coaches

Aaron Jones


What’s your best tip for players?

Learn how to love the game. It is as simple as that. If you’re winning games, love the feeling of winning. If you lose a game, don’t just think about what you can do to improve, but also learn to love the things you did well (it may have been scoring a great goal, or even working really hard to prevent a goal in defence). Because the more you love the game, the more you will want to play and train. And the more you play and train, the better you will become.

What have been your water polo career highlights?

I started playing when I was 11 years old for the Ryde u/16s in 1993, alongside my older brother Jason. After a couple of years I transferred to Sydney University, making my National League debut in 1998. I went on to play over 200 National League games, and won 3 premierships along the way.

I was fortunate enough to be selected in the Australian Schoolboys team from 1998-2000, the Australian U/20s from 1999-2001, and the Australian Opens squad from 2002-2004. My career highlight would probably be winning a bronze medal at the World University Games in South Korea, 2003.

Stefano Salvi


What’s your best tip for players?

My tip for players is to love this sport and train consistently every single day because this is the only way to enjoy it at an high level and achieve your goals. Another important thing about this sport is: don’t forget that you are part of a team and for this reason your teammates must be very important for you. You must have a good relationship with all of them. I learnt this being the captain of the teams I played with.

What have been your water polo career highlights?

The highlights of my waterpolo carrier are two: the experience I have done when I started to train and play with the main team of Rari Nantes Napoli. I was 13 and my club had the main team in A2 series (Australian M2) when I have been told that I was part it, definitely the best thing that ever happened during my waterpolo carrier. The second is the promotion to the C series with San Paolo. This amazing success we accomplished is very special for me because I was the captain of that team and it happened just before I left Italy to move here in Australia.

Cathryn Scarano


What’s your best tip for players?

After coaching the girls I can say that the most important thing during a game is being in the right mindset: you need to be aggressive but not necessarily violent, and 110% focussed on your team and every detail of the game.

Tell us about your water polo background

I’ve played water polo now for about 8 years, since I was 11. I started at Ryde aquatic doing junior development for a year then moved on to competition, playing both goalie and field. For a year I trained with NSW Academy, waking up before the sun rose three times a week.  I’m currently playing for L3s and coaching the U14s girls with Stefano Salvi.

Junior Development coaches

Peter Gerrie


What’s your best tip for players?

Train hard in all aspects of the game and practice drills correctly is the simplest advice I can give to improve in water polo. It is a very physically demanding sport so fitness plays a huge part. It is also an extremely skilful sport so fitness alone will not make you a good player, you must also devote a lot of time to practice ball skills and positional play in order to get the most out of your game.

What have been your water polo career highlights?

Winning Grand Finals when your team wasn’t supposed to is always rewarding when you can put all the practice into action and it comes off on the night. Playing for Australia against Russia was such an experience as Russia were the world champions at the time. We only won one game in a 5 game series however it was the first time an Australian team had beaten them so that was rewarding.

Stewart Randall


What’s your best tip for players?

Perfect the egg-beater kick; work hard on giving a good pass in all circumstances; when in doubt, attack up the right.

What have been your water polo career highlights?

The occasional grand final win over the years both as a coach and a player. A Silver in the Australian Masters with Ryde Water Polo old dudes. Playing in a club where the members are really great people.