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It s time to shine for water polo stars
Australian water polo representatives Aaron Younger and Glencora McGhie will play in the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series. Picture Ian Munro/WA News

Australia's swimmers often steal the headlines, but WA's water polo stars are here to say they also can put on a show.

The men's and women's Australian teams will take on quality international opponents as part of this week's BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series in Perth.

Glencora McGhie will play her first international game since last year's world championships when the Stingers take on China on Friday night.

McGhie, who was a key player when the Stingers took the bronze medal at the London Olympics, captained Australia during the last Super Series but doubted she would get the honour this year.

"It is a great concept," she said.

"It gets our international season started a lot sooner than it would normally and it's a great opportunity for juniors to get a chance to play at a high level.

"It's always fun and I do have a lot of family and friends coming.

"China are a very disciplined team.

"We beat them quite convincingly in Barcelona but that's usually not the case, it is usually very close."

McGhie said she had enjoyed her break from the sport and was excited about 2014, with the World Cup and World League on the agenda.

Fellow West Australian Aaron Younger is just 22 but has already been on the Sharks team for five years. He will be a key player when the Australian men take on Olympic champions Croatia on Saturday afternoon.

"I have seen the team change over the last few years," he said.

"We have got a much younger team now. Since London we have lost a lot of players, so we have a young squad and we are going to develop it through to Rio (in 2016) and hopefully have a good team then."

Younger, who made the switch from swimming to water polo as a child, said he wanted to take more of a leadership role and that would start against Croatia.

"I have been in the team probably a bit longer than most people," he said.

"We don't often get the chance to play international games in front of a home crowd, so it should be exciting."

The West Australian

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