The Australian Women’s Water Polo team have booked their spot in the gold medal match at the FINA World League Intercontinental Tournament in Texas, after a dominate 26-4 win over Japan today.
Not only will the Aussies face the USA in the gold medal game, but they will also come up against them tomorrow in the final match in the round robin, requiring them to face the London gold medalist twice in two days.
While the USA remain the world number one, the Aussie Stingers claimed gold against them in the six nation competition in Rio last November.
Dual Olympian Gemma Beadsworth celebrated her 250th international game for Australia when she lined up against Japan today.
As the Perth star sets her sights firmly on a third Olympic Games team, she admitted that while today's win against Japan was pleasing for the Aussie Stingers the World League Tournament was about getting quality competition against USA under their belt ahead of Rio.
“It’s always good to get a solid win. We started a bit slowly but then we managed to get it together in the second half,” said Beadsworth.
“This tournament has always been about playing the US, they are number one in the world and we’ve got to beat them consistently.
“We are definitely looking forward to tomorrow,” she said.
Game 5 against USA will take place Sunday 21 February at 12:20pm (AEDST).
GOLD MEDAL match against the USA will take place Monday 22 February, 5:20am (AEDST).