Aussies 2 from 2 at World League Tournament
5 May 2017
WATER POLO: Australia’s Women’s Water Polo Team have claimed two from two wins at the 2017 FINA World League Tournament in the USA, after a 10-7 win over Canada.
Afrter a a strong win on day one of the FINA World League Intercontinental Tournament, with 13-6 win over China, day two provided a learning opportunity for the new-look team.
While the Aussie Stingers led from start to finish, the young side had a disappointing third quarter which saw them have to fight back in the final quarter.
Australian Head Coach Sakis Kechagias said the side is building and while they had many highlights throughout the game, they also have areas to improve on.
“Every game I want to work on something different. Today we had bad moments and good moments. It’s important for us to read the situation and react. This is our focus at the moment: read and react,” he said.
Rio Olympian Hannah Buckling led the goal scoring effort by the Aussies with an impressive four goals, admitting the side had to fight their way to a win against a tough Canadian outfit.
“Playing against Canada is always heavy. We’re just both very strong teams.
“We had a terrible third quarter, so it was good to see the girls all fight back and take away the win,” she said.
Within the first four minutes of the game, the Aussie Stingers took a commanding 4-0 lead thanks, in part, to three goals by Hannah Buckling.
Dominique Perreault then added two points for Canada, but Australia still led 4-2 after the first period. In the second period, Aussie captain Rowie Webster took the team’s lead out to 6-2. Buckling added one more to make it 7-2.
Then, with 1:14 remaining in the first half, Perreault scored at point-blank range off a quick pass by Joelle Bekhazi to net her third goal for Canada. At halftime, Australia had a 7-3 advantage.
Canada held Australia scoreless in the third period while adding two goals of its own, by Shae Fournier and Elyse Lemay, to bring the game within reach.
But the Aussies weren’t about to let the win get by them, immediately in the fourth quarter following up the 7-5 lead with three unanswered goals (including two by Keesja Gofers). Trailing 5-10, Canada scored twice more before the final buzzer but lost 10-7 in the end.
CANADA 7 AUSTRALIA 10
Quarters: 2-4, 1-3, 2-0, 2-3.
Goal scorers: Keesja Gofers (2), Hannah Buckling (4), Isobel Bishop (2), Rowie Webster (2),
AUSTRALIA 13 CHINA 6
Quarters: 3-1, 3-2, 3-1, 4-2
Goal scorers: Gofers (3), Armit (1), Bishop (1), Ridge (2), Webster (4), Leeson-Smith (1),