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Cole Miller death: Water polo games cancelled as community mourns

Water polo teams across Australia will be without their number 10 caps this weekend as a mark of respect to slain Brisbane athlete Cole Miller.

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Scheduled matches for the 18-year-old's club, the Brisbane Barracudas, along with the Queensland Breakers, have also been postponed, Water Polo Australia has announced, as the sporting community continues to come to terms with the promising young athlete's shock death.

Mr Miller suffered massive head injuries after being felled by a punch allegedly inflicted by 21-year-old Armstrong Renata in an inner Brisbane entertainment precinct in the early hours of Sunday.

The Highgate Hill teenager died in hospital the following day.

On Wednesday, Water Polo Australia announced that the weekend's scheduled National Water Polo League for Cole's team, the Brisbane Barracudas, and for the KFC Queensland Breakers have been postponed.


Chief executive Chris Harrison also announced other clubs across the country would observe a minute's silence in remembrance of Cole before their matches and that every team would be without their number 10 caps, the number the teenager wore.

"There is not one person in the water polo community who hasn't been hit hard by the tragic news of Cole's senseless death," Mr Harrison said.

"​The overwhelming outpouring of grief through social media is evidence of just how close the water polo community is and the huge respect held for the Miller family.

"This weekend's one minute silence and removal of the #10 cap, Cole's cap, are just small ways for the NWPL to further demonstrate their support for the Millers and the Barracudas."

Cole's older brother Billy represented Australia in water polo at the 2012 London Olympics.

The 27-year-old was one of a number of friends and family members who paid their respects to Cole in a moving memorial on Wednesday.

The gathering took place at the site in Fortitude Valley's Chinatown Mall where Cole was allegedly punched in an unprovoked attack on Sunday as he and a friend walked to a taxi rank.

A makeshift shrine to the teenager has been established there in the days following his death.

Mr Renata and Daniel Maxwell have both been charged with unlawful striking causing death, a charge that carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

Both are in custody.

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