Australia’s Women’s Water Polo team have claimed the silver medal at the FINA World League Intercontinental Tournament in Texas, after a narrow defeat to USA in the final 6-5.
With the USA ranked number one in the world the Aussies knew it was going to be a tough task in front of the sell out home crowd, but they were determined to play a strong defensive game.
The first quarter the Aussies were kept scoreless while the USA put away three goals, but the team came back strong in the second quarter and were right in it for the rest of the game, never backing off the pressure.
It was a strong comeback with Australian Team Coach Greg McFadden pleased in the team’s efforts coming out of the first quarter
“I really admire the way we fought our way back into the game,” said McFadden.
While the Aussies lost two from two against the USA, there was no taking away from an impressive tour securing wins against China, Canada, Japan and Brazil.
Captain Rowie Webster (London bronze medalist) tied for the ‘top goal scorer of the tournament’ with an impressive 13 goals, with Aussie Goal Keeper Kelsey Wakefield winning the ‘goal keeper of the tournament’.
Australia has now secured a spot in the FINA World League Super Final to be contested in Shanghai, China from 7-12 June. It will be the last major international competition for the Aussies ahead of the Rio Olympic Games.
The Australian Women’s Water Polo team is one of only four countries to secure their spot for the Rio Olympic Games along with hosts Brazil, China and Hungary.
Results: Australia v USA
AUS 5 (0, 3, 1, 1) K. Gofers 2, A. Southern 2, N. Zagame 1
USA 6 (3, 1, 1, 1) M. Musselman 3, R. Fattal 2, A. Fischer 1
Extra man for: Australia scored 2 from 6 and 2 from 2 penalties
Extra man against: USA scored 2 from 7 and 0 from 0 penalties
Aussie start list: (1) Lea Yanitas (2) Gemma Beadsworth (3) Hannah Bucklin (4) Holly Lincoln-Smith (5) Keesja Gofers (6) Bronte Halligan (7) Rowie Webster (C) (8) Glencora McGhie (9) Zoe Arancini (10) Ashleigh Southern (11) Isobel Bishop (12) Nicola Zagame (13) Kelsey Wakefield.