Total Player 2023 by Zoe Arancini

November 22, 2023

Aussie Stinger captain Zoe Arancini is back to vote in the TPA for a second year in a row.

With a rich background in water polo, Arancini’s destiny to excel in the sport was evident, given that both her parents and her aunt were Australian internationals.

Arancini boasts extensive experience as a two-time Olympian, having represented Australia in Rio in 2016 and Tokyo in 2020. Her leadership and pedigree contribute significantly to the Australian Stingers’ prowess on the international water polo stageβ€”especially this summer, where they secured an impressive 4th-place finish at the World Championships in Fukuoka.

Here are my top five!” said Arancini. ” I just want to note that I’m only basing this off the World Champs as I have not watched much of the Euroleague games.” she added.


+1 Pt | Caterina Banchelli (ITA)

Italian National Team Player. Club: SIS Roma. Position: Goalkeeper

Was excellent in the cage, her presence was notable and that has a positive impact on the Italians defence especially in the final games.

+2 Pts | Tilly Kearns (AUS)

Australian National Team Player. Club: USC. Position: Centre-forward

Was a stand out at the World Championships, is explosive and moves well in centre forward, and when given the ball is able to create a result.

+3 Pts | Elena Ruiz (ESP)

Spanish National Team Player. Club: Sabadell. Position: Driver/h4> Played very well at the World Championships, very clinical in her shooting and stands up in the big moments.


+4 Pts | Brigitte Sleeking (NED)

Netherlands National Team Player. Club: Vouliagmeni. Position: Winger

Played consistently well for Netherlands and works hard both in attack and defence, providing good leadership for her team.

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+5 Pts | Judith Forca (ESP)

Spanish National Team Player. Clubs: Sabadell. Position: Right-Wing

A dangerous attacker, passes the ball well into the centre forward and shoots well around a blocker.