Miller weighs up future after 'shock' Olympics omission
WATER POLO: London Olympian Billy Miller admits he was surprised to miss out on selection for Rio and is now unsure whether he will continue in the sport.
The 28-year-old from the Sunshine Coast was the most valuable player in the recent National Water Polo League and was Australia's top goal scorer at the Games four years ago.
But he was omitted from the squad this time around.
"That came as a shock," he said.
"Our team (Brisbane) went terribly this year (in the WNPL but) I was the MVP of the series."
He said all but three of the current crop of Sharks played in the domestic competition.
"Feedback (from selectors) has been given but I'm still trying to process it I suppose," he said.
He did not elaborate on their reasons to omit him and now, he's unsure if he'll continue in the upper echelons of the sport.
"That's the million-dollar question," he said.
Miller's world was rocked in January, when he tragically lost his younger brother and keen water polo player Cole.
The 18-year-old died in hospital after an alleged coward punch attack during a night out in Brisbane.
Billy was not just a brother to Cole, he was a mentor, especially in the pool.
"He was a pretty good player. He was playing in our national league team and was in the train-on squad for the QAS (Queensland Academy of Sport)," Miller said.
"He's obviously been to one Olympics (to watch in 2012) and witnessed it so there was probably a bit of hunger there," he said.
While Miller wasn't selected for the Games this month, he will still watch the Sharks with interest and expects a close competition.
"It's always tough at an Olympics. It doesn't matter if you're favourite or underdog, you've still got a chance of winning," he said.
"There's only two pools and both pools are difficult. It's the best 12 teams in the world
"They (Sharks) have just got focus on the first game against Brazil."
The clash with the host should be a blockbuster.
"They (Brazil) have spent a lot of money, given they're competing at home. They've acquired a lot of players and have probably one of the best coaches in they world (Ratko Rudic).
"He won the last Olympics so they will be stiff competition. But every game will be tough. It doesn't matter if it's number one in the world or number eight, the difference between them is generally one or two goals so its just going to be whoever is better on the day."
Miller's father Steve operates Kawana Aquatic Centre, where this is a burgeoning water polo program and national age representatives.
"They've got a lot of kids coming through the ranks," Billy said.
"The Sunshine Coast is now becoming one of the best breeding grounds for athletes and especially water polo players," he said.
"It's due to the number of kids they're getting and also the quality in coaching they've got there."
The Daily has asked Water Polo Australia why Miller was not selected and is awaiting a response.