Italy women’s head coach, Carlo Silipo, has announced his 15-player squad for the World Championships in Fukuoka.
The Italians, who were crowned World Champions in Perth in 1998, have been placed in Group C alongside Argentina, South Africa, and Greece. The Setterosa’s most recent medal on the World stage was in Kazan in 2015 when two of the current squad members, Tabani and Bianconi, secured a bronze medal in a 12-10 penalty shoot-out victory against Australia.
Ekipe Orizzonte, the Italian champions, have the largest representation in the squad, with seven players named.
Dafne Bettini, one of the Setterosa’s most influential players, expressed her confidence in the upcoming event in Fukuoka during an interview with Total Waterpolo last month.
“In Split, we won the bronze medal, and we are all proud of that,” said the 20-year-old. “Now, we have the World Championship in Japan, where we aim to perform well,” she added.
“My dream is to participate in the Olympics. It is not only my dream but also the dream of my teammates, and we will fight to secure Olympic qualification. We have worked hard this summer, and I am sure it will go well.”
Italian Women’s Roster for World Championships, Fukuoka.
Silvia Avegno (Mataro), Lucrezia Cergol (Trieste), Caterina Banchelli (SIS Roma), Roberta Bianconi (Rapallo Water Polo), Giuditta Galardi (SIS Rome ), Domitilla Picozzi (SIS Rome), Sofia Giustini (Sabadell) Agnese Cocchiere (SIS Rome), Claudia Marletta (Ekipe Orizzonte), Valeria Palmieri, (Ekipe Orizzonte) Giulia Viacava (Ekipe Orizzonte), Aurora Condorelli (Ekipe Orizzonte), Dafne Bettini (Ekipe Orizzonte), Veronica Gant (Ekipe Orizzonte), Chiara Tabani (Ekipe Orizzonte).