Following a physically-demanding encounter against Canada in the quarter-finals of the FINA World League Super Final in China on Friday, the Australian women’s water polo team, the Aussie Stingers, suffered a 13-4 semi-final loss to the USA.
It was hard work in attack for the Aussies as numerous goal-scoring attempts failed to be converted into points, with USA goalkeeper Sami Hill managing to protect the back of the cage. With goals at a premium, it was world championship silver medallists Rowie Webster and Glencora McGhie who shared the scoring for Australia, both taking two goals.
The USA led early, scoring four unanswered goals as the Australians struggled to convert extra-man opportunities.
It wasn’t until the second quarter that the Stingers put points on the board, however they were unable to bridge the gap as the USA lead grew to 7-2 at the main break.
Goals were equally hard to come by in the second half as the Stingers managed just one in the third and fourth quarters respectively.
Aussie goalkeeper Lilian Hedges managed to stem the flow of US goals in the final stanza, however it wasn’t enough as the USA continued to dominate in attack, running out 13-4 winners.
Stingers player Rowie Webster said it was always going to be difficult to overcome the early deficit.
“The game was tough, we knew they would come out with a really heavy press,” Webster said.
“At the start we just missed our mark and gave them a good head start and it was always going to be a tough challenge to get back in front.”
The Stingers next game will be against either Italy or China on Sunday afternoon (AEST).