Friday 19 Feb 2016
The Australian Women’s Water Polo remain undefeated at FINA World League Intercontinental Tournament in Texas, taking their third consecutive win after a 15-3 victory against Brazil.
The win has all but secured the Aussies their spot in the gold medal game, with their likely opponents to be London gold medalists USA. Their next game in the rounds will be against Japan before they play the final round against USA, meaning they may play the USA twice in two days.
It was a slow start for the Aussies in the third game today, managing only one goal in the first quarter.
Coach Greg McFadden admitted the team needed to shake things up at half time to really turn the game around.
“Tonight I was disappointed in our first half, but in the second half the girls did what we spoke about at half time and it was a really pleasing. Hopefully we can continue that tomorrow against Japan,” said McFadden.
Rio hopeful Isobel Bishop managed three goals during the match but also echoed McFadden’s comments about the disappointing first half.
“I think in the first half we didn’t follow the game plan and we weren’t executing how we wanted to.
“But in the second half it was much better, we attacked the ball not the player and everyone was really executing, finishing and following the tactics as we wanted,” she said.
Stingers Captain Rowie Webster also had a stand out game for the side with three goals.
“We have taken three wins from the three games we’ve played, but we’ve still got a lot of improvement individually and as a group to do.
“We are looking to build on tonight’s performance going into Japan’s game tomorrow and hopefully get another win on the board," said Webster.
Stingers v Japan
Australia will face Japan tomorrow (Saturday 20 February) at 11:00am (AEDST).
Thursday 18 Feb 2016
The Australian Women’s Water Polo have taken back to back victories at the FINA World League Intercontinental Tournament in Texas, with a convincing 11-2 win over Canada.
The last time the two sides met the six nation tournament in Rio in November, it was a very different result with the two teams drawing 6-6. The Aussies were keen not repeat the result as they continue to build towards the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Goal Keeper Kelsey Wakefield (Qld) is aiming for her first Olympic Games with Rio firmly in her sights. The 24-year-old put in a strong performance today, notching up 16 saves in goal.
“We had a poor defensive game against China yesterday so we really wanted to focus on that today.
“I think we did a really good job, we were able to structure our defense well and that allowed us to really build in our attack and have really good game overall,” said Wakefield.
The Aussies managed to lead from the start, coming out strong and managing to keep the Canadians scoreless throughout the second half.
Next game for Australia will see them face Brazil tomorrow (Friday 19 February) at 1:20pm (AEDST) and streamed live online.
Aussie Stingers goal scorers
Buckling (2), Halligan (2), Webster (2), Zagame (2), Lincoln-Smith (1), Gofers (1), McGhie (1).
Aussie Stingers 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.